My Spare Bedroom or “The Black Hole”

March 11, 2010

In the name of full disclosure, I present this evidence:

Guest Room Disaster

This is our extra bedroom.  It’s our guest room/ game room/ sewing room/ garbage collecting room.  Everything in the house that needs a temporary home gets thrown in here.  It’s kind of like a black hole.  Things go into this room and are never seen from again. 

This week, I’m on a mission.  I’m going to go through every shelf, drawer, corner and hidey hole and get rid of the clutter.  

I found this great decluttering tool over at The Red Chair Blog.   I love what it says.  The parts about “If I were free from guilt…” and “Did I choose to bring it into my life?” really speak to me.  
magpieeditedWe’re lucky to have an extra bedroom, but our house is far from spacious so we really can’t just waste this square footage.  I really want to improve this room’s functionality and add some style at the same time so I don’t have to close this door when we have people over.  It needs to be a place where my 14 year old and his friends can play games, where I can sew or craft and where the Grandmas can stay when they visit.  I think it’s a tall order.

Any ideas?

Linking up to Anti-Procrastination Tuesday at New Nostalgia.


  1. What a beautiful blog you have here!
    I would love to see this post linked to "Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays" at New Nostalgia. It is a new weekly link party, started for us to help each other get stuff done! I love your authenticity, that is just what I am looking for. Here is the link if you or any of your readers are interested.
    Thanks for a great blog, I will for sure be back!

  2. That's a great decluttering tool! I'm going to blow it up and print it out and frame it for my space.

    You could try creating zones or at least designated storage spaces for certain items, grouping like together. Like in the closet have one shelf be for games, another for your sewing things (or two lol or more if you're like me)

    I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  3. getting started will be the hardest part! But once you get going I am sure there will be no stopping you! Can't wait to see your plan!
    Joanne B.

  4. That looks like my basement only my basement is 10 times worse :) Good luck, it will feel so great to have it cleaned out.

  5. Good luck with the organizing! It's a big task, but you'll love it once you're finished. It always helps me to make sure everything has a place to live. Just make boxes and bins and places to hang things for everything you currently keep in there as well as everything that may end up in there in the future. As far as designing the space goes, you should check out the office space that was created by centsational girl:
    I think your room could totally look this good. Instead of using a couch, use a daybed of sorts so you have a sleeping place. I don't know if you need a twin or a double/queen size bed in there, but you could turn either one so it's laying sideways against the wall and cover it with pillows and such to make it a "couch". Teenagers would love to hang out on a huge couch like that. Add a coffee table and some chairs, and you have a sleeping area / game area. Then, use the opposite wall in the room be your desk space. I'd get a desk with a lot of storage and flank it with some great bookshelves, or armoires if you don't want the stuff to be seen. Good luck. I can't wait to see the finished product.

  6. I have a room like that to tackle next week on Spring Break. I wish you luck and thanks for posting the tips. Lezlee

  7. HA!! I think we all have one of these! :)

  8. Thanks for linking up!
    Your bathroom cabinet redo-to die for..
    Had to tweet about it...

  9. I had a spare room like that too! Then the second baby came, we rearranged the sleeping situations and the black hole became my whole basement! I suggest not just dumping stuff into a new place, if an item doesn't have a permanent home then you need to reach deep down and truly ask yourself if you love it enough to keep it.

    Good luck! I'll be posting a vlog entry in about a month of my basement black hole renovation.

  10. Wow, I have a room that looks like that too. I love the pretty quilt and matching lamp :) The list is my mantra - I still need to recheck this and will print it as I always need reminders. You have a lovely blog here :)


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