Before and After Cindy’s Art Closet

Saturday Quick Post – by Cindy

I fought the art closet, and I won. What was removed…

  • A velvet art book
  • 2 Idea books
  • Some origami paper & instruction book
  • 2 Set of glitter glue pens
  • A package of horse stencils.

All these were donated. I also gathered a bunch of little tidbits for the craft corner of the 2nd grade classroom and threw away a huge number of little bits of dry, dusty and yarn-wrapped junk.
Cindy art closet beforeCindy art closet after

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  1. The closet looks great – I really love those mini drawer sets.Labeling really helps too

  2. Looks great!

  3. Nice and tidy!

  4. Looks great! I’m sure the teacher appreciated the supplies.

    Mini missions: Monday, Thursday and Friday’s: done! I have no picnic basket. I plan to hit the digital photos this weekend.

    I’ve also started my own little mini mission to do list of five things to tackle each day. This week I made a business call that I hadn’t done and a personal call I’d been avoiding, renewed my teacher credential and renewed my drivers license.

    • Hi Willow,
      Good to see you are working on the mini missions and creating some of your own. I love making lists they inspire me to get through the tasks just so I can cross them off.

  5. Good job, that closet looks so organized now.

  6. Ah, what a pleasant sight. Decluttering provides instant gratification of a very healthy kind.

    • Hi David,
      thanks for dropping in. There’s nothing like a good before and after comparison to spur one on with the decluttering. It can be bit embarrassing though to have to show the before shot thought.

  7. Mini missions: I decluttered my jewelry box, but the rest I had done earlier. Picnic items are hibernating nicely in one box where I put them a few weeks ago after getting tired of having them scattered in several different shelves. My special mini mission this week was to declutter my purse. I cancelled several loyalty cards that I don’t use anymore and made a place for receipts to be put every night. Another mini mission was to tackle the stationery items that were in four different containers. After purging broken items etc I was able to fit them all in one small wicker basket that is on my desk. Lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Anne,
      my heavens you are ahead of me at every turn I am really going to have to come up with something obscure to give you something to do soon. You are even ahead for me for this week because that handbag you are about to clean out is on the list for tomorrow. Don’t you worry I will come up with something. ๐Ÿ˜•

  8. Great job, Cindy. This is the kind of cleanup that would take me hours when my kids were your age. Would you feel like sharing with us how long it took and how many of you there were doing it? (and if some were children, because it does tend to slow down the process, especially if they don’t like to part with stuff!) I have this picture of myself as being very slow, and I’m wondering (1) if that’s true, and if so (2) how to go faster. Again, very impressive, and maybe it’s just my geekiness or maybe it’s my forgetfulness but I love things labelled too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks everyone for your kind words. This project took me pretty much the whole time the kids were at school, and I did it solo. As you can see form the “before” picture, the framework for the organization was there. It was just 1) exploded and 2) way too much stuff. I did not involve the kids, although I do in their room decluttering and tidying.

    I do love a good label. Before the youngest was old enough to read, I had pictures of the contents in addition to the label. Not a photo of the actual drawer, just images of crayons or clay that I found on google images. Very helpful for non-readers. Even clear-ish drawers are hard to see into.

    Just today I was working on a post about how I think it’s best to go about a big decluttering – a massive, work until it’s done push to clean or declutter a whole room or area at once. That’s certainly what I did in this closet. When it’s finished, perhaps it will be helpful to you Jo.

    • Thanks, Cindy – it sounds like this job took about the same amount of time as I was estimating. Maybe I’m not too far off from average. Looking forward to your new post!

  10. Cindy, what a great job you did! I find myself going back to look at the photos again and again as if I’m the one who has made the messy place so tidy!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend to do that when I have finished a decluttering or cleaning project. It gives me immense satisfaction…which you can probably relate to in this finished project.

  11. I’m with you Di and Colleen! I love to gaze up on a lovely, decluttered area. That’s half the thrill (at least!).