11 February 2011

. . . the pit of despair . . .

. . . name that movie . . .
{see post title}

. . . welcome to my closet . . .
{think scary twilight zone music}


. . . which, as you can see,
is very deserving of its nickname . . .



. . . would you like a guided tour? . . .
. . . just to the left of the door . . .
{i bet you have a box of old cassettes in your closet, too. lucky you!}


. . . here's the side designated
for bill's cra...stuff . . .
. . . featuring 3 boxes full
of 6 years worth
of medical papers, xrays and mris . . .
. . . an empty dvd player box . . .
. . . and some really dusty sweaters . . .


. . . turning the corner,
we have the first glimpse
of my cra...stuff . . .
. . . mostly ~ clothes i haven't worn in years . . .


. . . and some sweaters behind closed doors
that i'd forgotten i even had . . .


. . . and a messy jumble
of purses, shoes, cosmetic bags,
and other cra...stuff . . .


. . . including two reallllllllllly dusty pair of boots . . .


. . . here's my out of control jewelry drawer . . .


. . . and a slightly confusing visual aid
from bill's lesson to the 16 and 17-year-olds
in our ward a couple of weeks ago . . .
{for the record ~
we were talking about sins of commission ~
things we [do], but shouldn't ~
and sins of omission ~
things we [don't] do, but should ~
and we're opposed to both kinds ~
just for the record}


. . . here's another little section
where husband's stuff tends to accumulate . . .


. . . oh, look! . . .
. . . there's a christmas present
i forgot i bought for amber . . .
. . . and some raggedy jeans . . .


. . . and no closet would be complete
without a randy johnson bobblehead . . .


. . . my closet is 9.5'x9.5' . . .
. . . 90 square feet of organizational possibilities . . .
. . . it's supposed to be classy . . .
. . . see? . . .

. . . let's just say it was not
living up to its' potential . . .

. . . so ~ remember when i was
without internet for a week? . . .
. . . guess what else i accomplished? . . .
. . . and yes ~ i managed
to spread this project out
over about ten days . . .
. . . but ~ ta da! . . .
. . . i even washed that little window inside and out . . .
. . . and dusted the shutters . . .


. . . after plenty of sorting and purging . . .

. . . dusting, vacuuming, and magic erasering . . .

. . . re-hanging . . .
. . . alterations and ironing . . .

. . . and RY G BIVing . . .
{in steph's world, ROY becomes RY}


. . . welcome to cardiganville . . .


. . . and boring colored skirts- and pantsville . . .


. . . black hoodies, anyone? . . .


. . . a few empty shelves don't bug me at all . . .


. . . there's plenty of room for more shoes . . .
. . . but i'm pretty happy
with my cute cheetah peeptoes
and nike frees . . .
{thanks, drew and jess!}


. . . here's what i like to call
the mr. clean section . . .


. . . it's really white . . .
{i even erased the board and did all the laundry}


. . . there're eleven watches in this drawer . . .
. . . one of them has a functioning battery . . .


. . . did you notice i only used white hangers? . . .
. . . would you like to see
what my ocd self
did with all the other colored ones? . . .
{looks like "ry" just became "r" g biv}


. . . so ~ in review . . .
. . . the pit of despair . . .


. . . and i so wish i knew
how to put sparkles
and harp music/angels singing
on this photo . . .


. . . we'll just have to make do
with rainbows and unicorns . . .


. . . in any case . . .
. . . here is the aftermath . . .
. . . not including three trash bags
full of shredded documents . . .

. . . there's some pretty awesome mhs tshirts
and lots of other treasures in those bags . . .
. . . which i happily delivered
to my local goodwill last saturday . . .
. . . except not the randy johnson bobblehead . . .
. . . nope ~ we totally kept him . . .
. . . some stuff is just too good to get rid of . . .
{edit: see comments. oops ~
that bobblehead is obviously not tall enough to be randy johnson}


13 comments:

angieinpink said...

wow! amazing. from one ocd heart to another, good work.

cardiganville makes me really happy. and a tiny bit jealous.

vicki said...

I am a little jealous. No. A lot jealous!

Sparks Fam said...

that's classy. and ironing and altering to boot. nice job!

The Blacks said...

wow. i am quite impressed. i am also happy to see you still have an area dedicated to bath and body works overflow items that can easily be grabbed for last minute secret bunny gifts. i adore your land of cardigans and i am happy to see that each pair of once dusty boots now gets their very own shelf. fancy.

Emily, Julia, and Annie said...

Um I am REALLY jealous of cardiganville. And when I come home with another cardi, I will just say I'm learning from the master!!

Bill said...

My wife is the most organized person I know. (I think I know where Elliott gets his OCD) However, she needs to work on her sports knowledge. Every man knows that the bobblehead is Brandon Webb NOT Randy Johnson!

julie said...

can you say JEALOUS!!! no, let's say SUPER JEALOUS! THAT is my D R E A M!!!

manders said...

pretty, pretty closet. come do mine, please. although i only have about 1.5 ft x 3 ft to work with. and 4 cardis instead of 48.

chris+amber said...

your closet makes me happy. i wish mine made me happy. it is indeed the pit of despair at my house. best movie ever, BTW. good job, mama!

Koko said...

Ok Steph, check your genealogy because you and Donna HAVE TO BE related (the before pic anyway). Let's see, your burst of energy can't be attributed to using your kids Riddlin (they're all grown). OCD? Maybe, but doubtful (however the color coordinated hangers in perfect light spectrum order may call for a 2nd opinion - hmm?). Internet Withdrawal Syndrome? Bingo! All I can say is your willingness to show the "before" and the "reveal" violates one of the cardinal rules for us men: "Never look in a woman's purse or her closet!"

K Bailey said...

Very impressive. Want a trip to OKC? I could use you....My house may look and be clean....until you open doors and drawers!

Candice and Steve said...

The "Fly Lady" would be doing her happy dance!

Heather said...

You are so cute and your closet is amazing. I love cardiganville. :)