My daughter is amazing.
Truly, she is. She’s at the top of her class (in spite of a killer course load), she volunteers, she’s a leader in her school activities, and the only worry she ever gives me is that she might be pushing herself too hard. Her biggest indulgence? Binge-reading YA novels and binge-watching Netflix on the rare weekend that she gets some downtime.
It’s because her downtime is so rare that I have let her get away with this:
Right now, she’s away at a national student competition. (In Nashville! I am so jealous.) Back in May, I told her that her room would need to be restored to order and cleanliness before she left. Late last week, I realized that was likely not going to happen.
In fairness, it is not all her fault. Although she’s got lots of desk and shelf space, she doesn’t even have a closet:
This room was created to be a home office, but we’ve been using it as a 4th bedroom. We’ve never done much to fix this space up; she’s always been an independent, do-it-myself kind of person, and she hasn’t wanted my help. She has said she likes it just the way it is.
I did tell her before she left on Friday that I’d be finishing the job for her, and I received her blessing. (Mostly.) I made sure to find out what things could and could not be discarded.
Last night (after Cane and I had a lovely one-night stay at the Oregon coast), I started in. Within minutes I realized that this room needs a total overhaul.
Part of the reason the room looks like something from an episode of Hoarders is that my girl has a hard time letting go of things, and part of the reason is that she is so dang busy, but a bigger part is that there are no organizational systems that work for how she really lives.
Momma’s gonna change all that. And I’ve got to do it by Thursday.
I knew that if I live-blogged this challenge, I’d be more likely to get it done. So here goes: By Thursday, this room is going to have:
- A system for storing all her clothing
- Storage at the top of her elevated bed
- Systems for storing make-up, jewelry and other accessories, school supplies, and books
- No more mini-blinds or vertical blinds
- Adequate lighting and seating
And, it’s all going to look good, too.
I’m gathering ideas as fast as I can. You can see what I’ve found on this Pinterest board:
I’ll be tracking progress on our Facebook page, and I’ll try to get a mid-way post up on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Wish me luck! And if you’ve got any great ideas, please do share!
UPDATE: Links below will take you to all the project posts: