It's been a couple weeks and I just wanted to check in and let you all know that, no, I haven't given up or anything! Since I finished my first project a little early in January, I took the last week "off" from major projects and had some friends in town this past weekend, so I haven't been able to start on my next project.
Having company over always gives me a new perspective on my home. I think most of us just go about our daily activities and don't think too much about a little clutter here, an inconvenience there, because we're used to it. As soon as company comes over, suddenly we become acutely aware of the problem areas. Perhaps at times we get a little too paranoid about things (I seriously doubt any of my friends would actually perform a "white glove test"), but those little things we've been ignoring suddenly come to light (the dust bunnies in the corner must be swept up!).
It's the same with clutter, I think. Having to clear out some things from the office to make room for the bed just reminded me of the excess "things" around the house. We can't possibly need all of these "things."
After a great weekend with friends, I am also geared up and ready to get moving on that office! This room, originally slated as the room in February and the closet in March, will probably be more like a joint project, working on both concurrently and spanning two months. I really want to take the time to be thoughtful about this one since it's multifunctional and rather small, and I want it to be comfortable enough that I'd enjoy spending time in there. (Right now, that room just stresses me out!) The spare bed, which previously has been kept leaning against one of the walls to take up less space, has already been put up for sale on Craigslist. This weekend the purging will begin...can't wait!
(As a side note, I think my desire for organization is starting to rub off on my boyfriend: he was reorganizing his art supplies the other day! I guess positive energy from a simplified life is contagious!)