This series of posts is not for the faint of heart. You will be shocked. Neat freaks and germophobes beware. We may be the messiest couple on the planet. They should make a TLC reality show about our apartment. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is! (skip to 1:50)
When my boyfriend and I first started dating, he thought it would be fun to tell each other all of the things that the other person might hate about us -- to get it out on the table right away. First on his list: "I'm really messy and decoratorally challenged (and I make up words)." That turned out not to be a point of conflict at all because I'm equally messy (and also frequently make up words)! While we are both responsible adults who go to work every day, pay bills on time, cook for ourselves, avoid spending money frivolously, and so on, neither one of us is a "type A" personality. We seem to have trouble cleaning up after ourselves right away, so by the end of the week, the mess can be somewhat overwhelming. On the other hand, we are both homebodies who would rather make a nice dinner and watch TV than go out to a bar. But the more time I spend at home, the more I wish it would look like a home (rather than looking like someone's junk-filled basement). Last week, we helped one of our neighbors carry some shelves up to her apartment and I marveled at her pretty curtains, painted walls and plush rug, saying, "Oh wow, I didn't realize these apartments could actually look nice." There are even several studies that link messy, cluttered environments to increased stress and belly fat. Well, I've had enough! This calls for a major "spring cleaning"
One of our biggest problems is that we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it all. We are both avid readers and we both like to collect things, but all of our shelves are full, so stuff just kind of accumulates on every surface around the apartment.
My plan for dealing with this clutter is to first sort through it all; I may find that if it's actually somewhat organized, then we might have space for more of it than I thought. Next would be to throw away anything we don't need or to put it in a box in one of the closets. Which brings me to our next biggest problem...
|OUR CLOSETS ARE THE WORST|
Once the apartment is clean, then I can focus on the aesthetic side of our apartment. We have a lot of fun things to display: oddities, masks, autographed photos, collectible toys, artwork, etc. I think the place would feel more like a home if these things were hung up on the wall or given a designated shelf so that we can see them all the time. We also have a lot of souvenirs we've brought home from our various adventures. Making these things visible around our home -- instead of shoved into a corner or tossed on a desk -- would be a constant reminder of the fun experiences we've had.