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August 22, 2014

Get out your box of trash bags, broom, and dust pan.

Today's Before & After Friday projects are all about
saving time and money -

by being organized!

The change in the craft room, below, is amazing: 


You'll get a lot more done in less time
if your work space is organized:
Before                                                                        After

The 'before' photo looks as if a toy bomb exploded:
Before                                                                        After

I'm sure the 'after' closet changed this young woman's life:

Why is organizing your mud room so important?
Because it's a room that everyone in the family uses:
Before                                                                        After
Love the cheerful pink walls.

I feel sorry for most garages - they tend
to be catch-alls for everything:
Much better!

You're going to have a hard time
believing this garage's transformation:

The homeowner tackled a combination living room
and dining room and the results are amazing:

Check out this compact sewing station:

Getting ready for work is so much easier
when you can actually find your clothes:

Tip:  Hang your clothes facing backwards.  After you wear an item and launder it, hang it in your closet the 'right way.'  Within a couple of months you'll notice that you've got lots of clothes hanging backwards.  Donate these to a charity thrift shop.

Go from this . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to this:

Repeat after me:  Clutter is not my friend.

I'm stressed just looking at this before:

Who knew that there was a beautiful 
room buried beneath the clutter?
Before                                                                 After

House Logic released some amazing findings by the
UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families:

o  There's a definite link between elevated stress hormones
and "a high density of household objects."

o The U.S. only has 3% of the world's children
but we purchase 40% of the world's toys.

o  The more dishes that pile up in the sink, the
more anxious women feel.  (No kidding.)

Basically, the study uncovered a link between
depression and the amount of stuff in our homes.

Hmmmm . . . . . . can't say that I'm too fond of this study but I'm not really surprised.  Fortunately, getting organized is one of the best ways to de-clutter our lives and possibly letting go of some of our stuff.  I feel more relaxed already!

UPDATE:  A reader sent this photo - perfect for today's post:


  1. Some amazing differences with the before and after for the sake of de -cluttering.

    1. It would be interesting to go back to their houses in 6 months to see if the Organize Fix lasted.

  2. Wow no wonder I'm depressed I'm living in all the before pics, time to get to the after, but it's nice to see i'm not the only junker messy human being lol, thanks so much

  3. All the afters only work if you retrain oneself to put things back. Which is the main reason why you get the before.
    But I am a firm believer in if your home is a mess I think you become a mess yourself.
    My home is very uncluttered no extra things. That way when i work in my studio can and does become messy till I finish a job but then it is clean up and start all over again.
    Do you really think people can live with all the clutter, clothes and garbage flung around or is it added for contrast ?

    I keep forgetting to tell you how much I love your blog assistants photo !

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Hello Jan, thank you for all the organization pics and I think Boswell and Archie are the cutest blog assistants I've seen in a while.
    Happy weekend.

    Lisa x