Before - View from the front door
I have done it. I have tackled Mt Everest and won the battle. Above is a picture of my personal Mt Everest. While I was studying this little corner was fairly tidy and organised. Since I finished (over a year ago!) this has become the place where I dump my stuff. I don't work here because the modem doesn't seem to like the front room and I have sketchy internet at best. Besides, it's much more relaxing to sit in front of the telly, so that's where I tend to work when I bring things home.
It took me hours of riffling through piles and bags and bits and pieces. I threw out a whole bunch of stuff I haven't looked at in ages. It is so tempting, as a teacher, to keep great resources. I have decided, however, that there is little point to keeping much beyond the year level I currently teach, and so much of what I have is also in electronic version on my computer.
After - View from the front door
I have reduced my rubbish tip to one bookshelf and moved the little filing cabinet to another corner of the room where it doesn't look too out of place. What you can't see are all the things I need to take to school. I didn't realise how much I had collected, but I'm thinking a big plastic box/tub will keep all those things contained and defined as mine.
I think that is the last frontier that needed my attention over the summer. I refuse to deal with the kids' rooms. We will fumigate and replace carpet when they leave. Just kidding...sort of. Actually maybe it's just Mr Busy. In any case, doors were created for their ability to close so that's the method I use to deal with their messes.