One year. Can it be? 365 days ago I began writing out my experiences with organizing. I wasn’t sure where it would go, but I was eager to find out. My first blog post ever was about cleaning up the desk in our sad little office/guest room/craft room/storage unit in the old house.
I hit the ground running and conquered several areas after that. To my astonishment and excitement, Mrs. Limestone over at Brooklyn Limestone linked to my zero-budget bathroom drawer solution at the end of her Junk Drawer Overhaul series. I couldn’t believe my eyes as my stats counter jumped overnight. Now, traffic hasn’t been quite that busy (crazy to have your highest traffic day within your first month of blogging, huh?), but it has been steady over the past year.
Within the first two weeks, I had read books on organizing, pondered my existence (okay, maybe just how I got to be messy in the first place), and conquered my master bedroom closet. I have to say, that closet remains one of my proudest organizational moments. Up until that point, my bedroom closet had always been the scary territory where boxes and bags and missing clothing and everything that had nowhere else to go got stuck. Now, our clothes closet is just a clothes closet, and it has been (mostly) tidy. Not always blog picture-perfect, but always neat and useable.
The next big traffic spike came from Centsational Girl when Kate featured a picture of my spray-painted branches project in a highlights post she made after her Paint Projects Party. Talk about excited! I was glowing.
In the months to come I would paint our dining room and discover that a LOT of people were finding this blog by searching for greige paint. In fact, it is still a top search term! Can’t say I blame them. I’m a fan of greige and loved the Behr color I had picked. Sadly, we moved shortly afterwards, so bye-bye greige!
Other popular posts included our tutorial on how to install a digital programmable thermostat to save on electric bills, my use of storage above our washer and dryer, and how I compare organizing and decluttering to following a household budget.
Summertime slowed blogging down to a crawl. There were places and people to see and things to do and I realized blogging was eating up a lot of Daniel’s and my together time after work. I geared back a little, which wasn’t too hard since so many of my biggest clutter spots were now under control thanks to our early push for organization in January and February.
Then, in September, my former roommate who had lived with me in my dad’s rental duplex (pre-wedding) moved out of the house. In an off-hand comment while we were running on treadmills at the YMCA, Daniel suggested we move in. And just like that, we were handing in our notice on our lease and taking weekends to move all of our stuff into a home I had lived in–TWICE–before.
Our attempts at decluttering from a previous move had already paid off, but this move got our butts in gear. We donated/tossed/sold even more items so we took only what we really wanted to bring with us. Our previous move took six months to get our things unpacked and under control. This time? A mere six weeks, give or take.
And that brings us to the present. I started the year off with a blog series of Five Steps to Get Organized in 2012 to share what I’ve learned so far. Now, with my new Home Tour Tuesday feature, I’ll explore the duplex and show off the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’re looking forward to renovating it to sell in the future, but we’re also excited about decorating and making it our own, and I still have some clutter habits to conquer.
Here’s to another productive 365 (well, 366 since it is a leap year) days of this organizational journey. To celebrate our first year, be sure to check out the giveaway I’m hosting in today’s next blog post!