When we moved in to the new place, we weren’t exactly organized with the whole unpacking thing.
Basically, we shoved everything into drawers and closets and said, we’ll deal with it later. To further complicate things, Will and I didn’t even do all the shoving ourselves. My mom—by request—stocked my kitchen cabinets for me (thanks, Mom!) and my mother-in-law loaded up my linen closet (thank you!).
For a while, that worked fine.
But two weeks ago I reached the breaking point. My mental grace period for rolling with the mess and clutter is apparently over. It’s been two months, and we’ve made very little progress. (Except for the pantry, which is looking pretty good thanks to Will’s Young House Love-inspired update.)
It’s driving me crazy that I still don’t know where anything is. I can’t find my favorite pair of jeans. I don’t know where the tupperware belongs, or the salad bowls. My camera battery is drained and my charger is AWOL.
I told my friend that I’m experiencing Delayed Moving Overwhelm: all I want to do is organize everything, immediately and non-stop.
bookshelves in the living room
She nodded. “Yep, I call that angry cleaning.”
But as much as I may want to, it’s hard to whip a house into shape in a day. I’m trying to figure out some kind of plan—a strategy that helps me make rapid progress without totally overwhelming me or making me feel even more hopeless. I’m sure there are rules about this: move room by room, start with the problem areas, don’t tackle more than you can handle in a day.
I’m not having much luck with it so far.
But there’s a glimmer of hope: on our massive IKEA run, we bought some pieces to pull a few rooms together, but we also bought storage, which we desperately needed. The house finally feels like it’s starting to take shape. A little.
the other side of my office. much better than the desk, right?
But I still can’t find my jeans.
Do you have tips on whole-house organizing strategies? Please share them in comments!