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This used to be a spare bedroom. Now it's the “Wedding Room.”

Hello again readers. It's officially 31 days to the big W Day (as I'm writing this) and I didn't think life could get any crazier. Then, two weeks ago my grandma had a stroke. She passed away last week and dang it's hard to feel good and excited when you're family is grieving. I feel little to no motivation to tackle my wedding to-do list. I can barely be a functioning human being.

Because I lost two weekends of wedding project time to traveling to be with my family I only had one thing left to do — throw money at projects I knew I wouldn't be able to get done. The DIY'd bridesmaid gifts to go with their big gifts went out the window. I bought them something special instead. The snowflake confetti I was going to make for the flower girl to throw was purchased for $3.50 on Etsy. I just had to get some things crossed off my list. I had to do it to make it mentally feel like this wedding is going to happen.

Unfortunately, getting all of this great stuff for the wedding means it has to go somewhere until the big day. We have zero storage space as it is. We don't have a garage or a basement, so our two guest rooms have been getting most of the ever-growing clutter. All of the wedding gifts are going in the downstairs guest room. It's still useable, there's just a couple of stacks of boxes. The upstairs guest room is another story (see photo above). The wedding clutter started in the corner and has just kept growing. Some boxes are labeled and some aren't. I just don't even know what to do with this mess. I abhor clutter so much I keep the bedroom door closed so I don't have to look at it. I just get the new package and open the door, throw it in, and close it up again. I've thought about buying those containers that are plastic and labeling everything, but those containers can be $10 a piece!

Any ideas out there for a budget-savvy way to de-clutter before the wedding? I was hoping when my mom came she would tackle it….


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About Jillian

Jillian, age 26, runs a weekly newspaper in a small town in Eastern Washington State. Her wedding date is set for Dec. 15, 2012 and loves the challenges and possible snow that comes with a winter wedding. While she's not running around reporting and hanging out with her family of newsies, she is reading, laughing, cuddling her kitty, dancing or sitting on her porch in the sunshine with her husband to be.

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  • Lyssah

    Jillian, have you tried using those larger Tupperware type bins or those college room drawers you can get at Wal-Mart? Maybe grouping them by project in packaging that will keep them neat and orderly (and can be used again even after the wedding) will help at least bring order to the chaos. I haven’t gotten to this point, but one thing I am planning on doing to help with this is as things are assembled, putting them into Bins with instructions and pictures of how they will look. Once they are together and have been staged for the photo, they can get pushed to the side. Just a thought. I know it will all come together 🙂

    • Lyssah

      Sorry, I meant to include…check out dollar tree for the dividers and bins. I have gotten some great ones there-they aren’t as big, but they still get the job done.

    • Sounds like you are quite the organizer!! All great ideas & advice, Lyssah!!

  • I just want to know, too. It’s still 9 months until my wedding and I’m completely overrun

  • Yup, my spare room has not been usable for months… and I am not getting married until July. It’s only going to get worse! Is it even avoidable, or do we just make the best of it? Great topic! Glad to know I am not the only one!

  • SSR

    Oh, no, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a grandparent is such a profound loss for the entire family :(.

  • Dana


    I read your post the other day and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Despite the fact I have never met you, I know the struggle you are going through trying to be excited about your upcoming wedding while you are still grieving inside. It is all a bit confusing. I unexpectedly lost my dad about 2 months before we got engaged, and now planning a wedding knowing my dad won’t be there has been an emotional roller coaster. So, I don’t have any advice for you on how to organize the clutter, but I wanted to let you know you aren’t alone in the confusion of losing someone while trying to plan for your big day. Just remember even though your grandma won’t be there physically, she is there with you.

    Happy Wedding Day,

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