We finally started working to get the nursery ready yesterday. At 10pm. I'm not sure why I was suddenly struck to go through the boxes of stuff that had been shoved into the extra bedroom upstairs, but I was. And so we started. Since we've moved in, that room has been the "where-should-we-put-this?-I-don't-know-just-stick-it-in-the-extra-room" room. So there were boxes of old toys, several old posters, old pictures, random baskets, old papers - you name it, it was in there. We made a huge pile of stuff to be donated to our local crisis pregnancy center resale store, and an even huger pile of trash.
THEN, we moved on to the craft room. Let me just say that I LOVE my craft room. It's nice to have a place where I can keep all the craft stuff, and not have to drag out the sewing machine whenever I want to sew. The downside of having a special place to do it all in is that I don't have lots of motivation to keep it neat. I can leave fabric pieces strewn about across the floor when I'm in the midst of a project, and then just close the door. Which I've been doing a lot of lately. It looked like a fabric store threw up. And the closet in the craft room - I had completely forgotten that it had a floor. Jeff and I thought that maybe the pile of stuff just went all the way to the center of the earth. But after going through it, and throwing stuff away, I'm happy to report that not only is there a floor, but the carpet looks pretty nice.
There is just a wonderful feeling that I get when I get rid of stuff. Like a weight is lifted. I was able to drop everything off today and wow - our upstairs is looking so much better. And now that things are neater I might even get motivated to start doing some nursery sewing soon.
I would say that I wish I had a before picture, but truthfully, that room was so bad I'd be ashamed to post it. So maybe later I'll take an "after" picture, and leave the rest to your imagination.