The Box

*Warning these pictures are not for the faint of heart.  I am embarrassed that I will see some of you face to face and you will now know what lurked behind closed doors...

You start with one little idea like I think I'll take Organizing Junkie's challenge and clean out a small space and then it becomes Oh my gosh what in the heck was I thinking?! 

Upon moving back Stateside 22 months ago, I tried to make our Little Pink House our Little Pink Home from the get-go. 

As soon as our accumulation of 8 years' worth of belongings arrived from Jolly Olde England (J.O.E.), I ripped through boxes and put away things as fast as I could.  Within days our house was furnished and looked like we had lived there for years.   The only clue that we had just moved in was a rather large Allied/Pickfords moving box that was left untouched.

That box moved around into different rooms and finally found a landing spot in our closet.  This box eventually became part of the furniture so to speak and was a catch all for anything else that Engineer Moppins or I didn't know what to do with or where to put.

Why was this box left unpacked you ask.  

Well, because it is the box that contained all of the letters, cards, and keepsakes that our treasured and precious friends in J.O.E. had given us before we left for our trek back across the globe. 

Every time I would attempt to go through it, overwhelming sadness and nostalgia would overcome me and I would decide that maybe I should just wait until later to deal with it.  My friends, today, later came.

Stuff that was purged from the closet as a whole (not just the box although that was my focus) went to recycling, a keepsake box, or charity. 

In order to keep the floor space open I am going enlist EM as an accountability buddy whereby we keep each other accountable for our clutter stuff.  Everything coming into the closet will need to have a place to live or something else will have to find a new home. 

My favorite part of our closet is my jewelry board.  All Most Some of my costume jewelry is hanging on a peg board by color so that I can easily pick out what I want to wear and put it back when I am done.

Although this was a challenge with a prize from Organizing Junkie, I feel like I've already won (as cheesy as that sounds) because I have relinquished that last bit from our life EM said that if I got that blasted box out of the way he would hang another shoe rack and let me have some time with a professional organizer.  ;)


  1. Wow - I am impressed! You were right...I had no idea you had that lurking! Good cover!

  2. Doesn't it feel good to get all that behind you?? =) Very impressive transformation! =)


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