Trailer Trashtastic

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Project 1: De-Clutter

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Okay, so this looks pretty trashy.

This is the handicapped, waaaay beyond second-hand shelf where my children shove everything that has no home. When I ask them to pick up the living room this is the result.

This shelf makes me crazy.

I decided to take stock of the things that haphazardly live on this shelf. We have remote control cars that no one plays with. VHS tapes that no one watches. Vehicles made of legos that are supposedly very important, but you would never know it the way they are thrown on the shelf beside a stack of Woman’s Day magazines and a pile of broken crayons.

I’ve been shelf-shopping online for a pretty long while now, trying to find a replacement for this bizarre piece of furniture that used to be built into the wall of an old Craftsman style home. I’d settled on a shelf that matches my existing bookshelf- an Ikea purchase I made a couple of years ago.

But we live in the middle-of-nowhere and trips to Ikea have to be planned and budgeted for.

I got antsy.

So I took it upon myself to completely unhinge the entire living room one day while Chad was at work and the kids were at school. I got about halfway through it before I realized that I needed Chad to help me move the furniture. He was pretty excited when he came home for lunch.

I mean, who wouldn’t get excited about moving heavy furniture in the middle of the workday?

With everything off the shelves and in the floor it was really easy to see that no one needs any of this stuff.

So I got rid of it.

Well not the books. But everything else.

Kept my stack of magazines, too. Because I USE them! But I put them in this pretty metal bin that I stole from my boys’ bedroom.

I made another trip to Ollie’s and bought this pretty little pot for $2.99 and stuck some ivy in it.

Now the shelf is too barren instead of too junky. But that’s a better problem to have in my opinion.

Do you have an area in your house that makes you crazy?


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

May 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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  1. My husband’s office drives me insane. Coffee cups, random papers, sometimes even bowls and forks can be found in there. When he leaves onbusiness trips, I attack that room.


    May 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    • I attacked that shelf. To the point that there was nothing left. And ya know what? I don’t think my kids even remember what used to be there!

  2. Wow! Love big clearouts like that once you get into them – and you certainly did! Glad to see you didn’t get rid of the monopoly though!!


    May 5, 2012 at 8:12 am

    • Hahahha we kept Monopoly 🙂 Evan would have totally noticed if that had gone missing!!! Throwing all that mess away was very super satisfying!!!

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