Monday, February 7, 2011

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday originated with 5 Minutes for Mom and then Katie put her own spin on it and is doing assignments, so this post will be linked up both places. Oh - and please excuse the poor quality photos. They are taken with my phone because I STILL have not found my camera cord and I'm too cheap frugal to buy a new one.

For starters, Katie suggested we clear off our entertainment centers. For me, this is a huge necessity because I use it as a dumping ground all of the time. It's the highest place in the room and the Punky and Boo children do not have access to the top of it.

I bought these three crosses at Christmas time that I figured would be nice to have on display year round, so I have placed them up here, but it's all the junky clutter that piles up there that drives me mad. Also, the little DVD player that is up here. We rarely use it now (since we got cable installed again) and I have a mind to tuck it away, but I think it is something that is still used often enough that we should keep it there. It does need to be kept up though, because Boo is just a little too, um, investigative, with this item.

And actually, while I am at it, I should clear off these shelves too. They are a fright! I had attempted to make them nice and neat and sort like items into similar containers, etc. etc. but it just doesn't work for me like this. Plus, when you pull out the containers, you can see the other stuff that has gotten mixed in with it. Yeah, definitely does not work for me!

So, that was the challenge. And here are the results:
Top of entertainment center before:

Top of entertainment center cleared off, leaving only the three crosses, the DVD player and some (old!) pics of the kids:

First shelf of the entertainment center before:

And after:

Second shelf of the entertainment center before:

And after:

Third shelf of the entertainment center before:

And after:

Bottom shelf of the entertainment center before:

And after:

And the area under the television before:

And after:

The whole entertainment center before again:

And the whole entertainment center after:

Looks so much neater now, doesn't it? And in reality, it only took about an hour to clear it all off and make it neat and presentable again. Yay for quick projects! And here I thought I didn't have time for any projects right now. But in reality, if you make your mind up to make time for something, you can do it. It also helped that I had a couple of nights off from work due to having bronchitis.


  1. This looks great! Make sure you link up tomorrow when this week's post goes up! What did you do with all of the stuff you took out?

  2. Thanks Cilla! It helps some that the before pictures were taken in the middle of the night when the lighting was terrible and the after pictures were done in the daylight when the lighting was MUCH better. :) But I love the way it looks now too!

    Katie - Will definitely link up tomorrow! Most of what came out of there was books that needed to go to the bookshelf in the den, toys that needed to go to the kids' rooms, the train case that needed to go to my bedroom, trash, dishes, recycling...Yeah, it was actually quite a bit of stuff. Crazy, huh? I didn't even realize how much junk had accumulated there! Makes me wonder (and cringe) thinking about other cluttered areas in our house. LOL!

  3. Don't worry! We'll get to all of them. Chances are if you need to tackle them, so do I! Today's post is up. Spread the word..hehe

  4. This is AWESOME!

    I did the same thing to my Expedit in my living room. And now the girls are playing with the toys I left out.

  5. Thanks Crystal! As Katie mentioned, you should check out her weekly challenge posts! Great motivation to get things done around the house!