I know it’s not much in the way of before pictures but I’ve been looking for before pictures for some of the rooms. I don’t have any before Fly Lady pictures inside the house because we lost our external hard drive and I of course didn’t have things backed up and I was also very careful not to take pictures of the clutter. I used to be very good at stashing clutter if I knew people were coming over. I think this is how my family room got so bad. I think this is also how “hidden” clutter got so bad too.
Here is the corner of the living room on a “good” day. It is decorated for Halloween (spider webs and witch cat). We’ve already decluttered quite a bit by the time this picture was taken as this book shelf used to house much more video games. There also used to be another shelf – yes – two shelves hanging out on top of a coffee table blocking our second entrance to our home.
This was considered really good to me. Since this picture was taken we’ve gotten rid of the wooden box under the table, the table, the book shelf and a good number of items included in this picture.
Leave it to my daughter to have some of the best “bad” pictures. The picture below is a good example – the left side of the picture shows the box spring “hidden” behind my dresser and the tall piece of furniture on top of my dresser is the 9 bin rack that used to be full of clutter. There used to be two of these 4 foot tall mirrors chilling behind furniture in my living room.
Below is a self portrait my daughter took. It’s completely normal to have two coffee tables right next to each other right? This room also had two couches and a recliner for a family of 3. if you look you’ll see that the tables block the usage of one of the recliners on the couch. this picture was taken on a very good day. notice the paper lanterns? not party decorations – every day decorations.
Wow – this is after I found and started following Fly Lady. This was good. Notice the television ontop of the television? yeah – (heavy sarcasam) i tricked ya with the busy quilt right? there is usable floor space so this definately was a good day.
My couch – on a bad day. In the past this is what you might find if you stopped by unannounced. I would say I was in the “middle” of reorganizing.
if these pictures have shocked you into a state of shock here is the after pics blog link.
Funny thing is – these aren’t even pictures of the room at its worst. I guess I really have come a long way!