Why I Love Vacation Rentals and Hotel Rooms

9 01 2010

That moment when you walk in the door and everything is all pristine?  Oh, I love it. And I think, I could live here. I want to live here forever and ever!! WHY? Because there’s no STUFF everywhere!

And then I notice that there are no bookcases here, just like three coffee-table books on the coffee table. So I would have nothing to read (except the 6 books I stuffed in my suitcase). And there is nothing in the closets, just the clothes I brought.  But ahh it is such a clean, beautiful feeling. How can I bring this home with me? CAN I?

I was so happy for the first few hours we were here last night. Of course now it is the Day After, and all five of us are here, and we have strewn things on every pristine surface (ha ha ha, wah wah wah) and it looks almost Just Like Home. LOL

But, before we left, I did have a nice breakthrough. I was able to almost finish up my office, which I had begun over a week ago, found that nice stash of $$, and then abandoned. That was upsetting. I had joined an online site called The Clutter Diet (very helpful!!) and they have message boards, and professional organizing folks come and answer your questions and problems. I posted something called “The Eighty Percent Problem.” Meaning that I will attack something energetically, get about 80% through it, then run out of time (or energy), and then leave the 20% behind, at which point that 20% will start attracting more junk until it grows to be another giant mess. 😦

The advice I got back was very wise. It said, basically, I am trying to do too much at once. It suggested doing ONE DRAWER or one small corner rather than a whole room. Or to set a time limit. The folks at Clutter Diet liken this “mass attack” decluttering to a crash diet. It isn’t sustainable over the long run. I get that.

So, my dear friend and declutter buddy LM came over last week (we go to her house next!!). She helped me unclutter ONE CORNER. But it was a corner piled high with crap that had been there a long time.  We set the timer for 30 minutes because that’s all we had. And we cleaned the corner. Including a bag of framed photos that had been there SINCE I MOVED IN. (5 years ago) 😦

But it is now empty. And you wanna hear something realllllllllllly funny/sad? OK.

I have complained a long time that my office is too cold to work in. Well, the other day I found a SPACE HEATER under all the clutter. Which was thing one. I had had no idea where that thing had gone to. It had gone nowhere; I’d just buried it. 😦

AND yesterday I walked in and it was miraculously … WARMER. What did I find? I found that the room ACTUALLY HAS A HEATING VENT but I’d totally covered THAT up with a DIFFERENT pile of junk that I’d since cleared.

Red face. But warm feet.

And here’s the before-n-after of THAT side of the office (which I’d previously neglected to show you).

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6 responses

10 01 2010
Kitt

Ha. That’s awesome. I’ll bet you feel warmer already!

I hear you on the baby steps. I have 20 different decluttering/organizing projects that need to be done but I can hardly get started on any one before another distracts me.

10 01 2010
Larkspur

I am laughing but believe me it’s sympathy. Looks great.

10 01 2010
Ericka

This is so funny! The space heater/vent stuff made me guffaw out loud. In sympathy. Really! You KNOW I understand!

10 01 2010
Margaret Oscilia

Just happened on your blog and love your posts — very fun, honest and you are not alone! I’m a home stager and most of my clients have your same situation and frustrations! One thing I ask people is to think about how wonderful it feels to enter a beautiful hotel or resort — how restful and refreshing it can feel! Implementing that into our homes is challenging but worth the effort. I cleaned out my nightstand yesterday and it’s amazing what just one area clear and organized gives you inspiration for more. Look forward to more of your great blogs!

14 01 2010
Shannon

That is what I love about hotels. I always wonder how to do it at home but really our homes are not like that cuz we live there. You have to live right?! Just think of what you will be able to do with warm feet and a clean office 🙂

14 01 2010
tara

I alwayes miss home enviroment!!

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