Day 21 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
It’s our last day in the kitchen. So peek into those drawers and cabinets that you may not have gotten into on previous days. I’ve got a motley crew today. We have a water bottle, coffee mug, some expired spices, paper plates and popcorn 🍿 containers that we just never use. Please share what items you find today! 👍
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Day 20 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today is the day to dive into your cutlery, glassware, dishes and pots. I didn’t think I would find much here. But, yet again, I have a bag of donations. Stray glasses, cute glass canister that I never use, and fun small casserole dishes are all leaving today.
Share what you find in the comments!
It’s Day 19 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Let’s do some more work in the kitchen. Today I am taking a look at all the bakeware and any decor. Here is my bag for donation. A cooling rack for an appliance we no longer own, and unused pans are some of the item heading out the door. Let’s have a new kind of bake sale! 😜
We’ve made it to Day 18 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
I am dedicating the next 4 days to the kitchen. This is a hardworking space that deserves some attention. Today let’s look at cookbooks, recipes, and food storage/Tupperware. I found a cookbook I no longer use, and 10 recipes that I won’t be making again. This lunch tote is leaving as well.
Please share in the comments what you discover in your kitchen!
Day 17 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Are you ready? It’s time to tackle your pantry. You CAN do this! Things got real in my pantry. I made some honest decisions about what foods we are eating and the storage bins that I’ve long been keeping...yep...”just-in-case”. I've also admitted that I don't care about grinding my own coffee beans, or making shaped ice cubes. No more. These things are all leaving my house.
Please share what you are evicting from your pantry. Embrace who you are today. Let’s inspire each other! 👍 😀
We’ve made it to Day 16 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today is the day to look at all those books 📚and magazines. Just because you bought them, or received them as a gift does not mean you are obligated to keep them forever!
Let’s see some pics of what you gather today. 😀
It’s Day 15 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! Let’s tackle our movies 🎥 and music🎶. We discovered a whopping 24 DVD’s and 3 cds that we no longer use. Here are our bags. Please share a pic of what you find!
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Are you ready for Day 14 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge?
Let’s move into the entryway and coat closet areas. This may include shoes, coats, and possibly decor. Take a hard look at anything that you didn’t wear over the winter. It’s likely you won’t want it in the next one either. Do you have room to hang someone’s coat, or even all of your own? Here is my bag of hats and scarves that didn’t make the cut this time.
Please share what you discover in your entryway! 😊
Day 13 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today we are checking out the Dining Room. If you don’t have an official dining room, take a look through all of the stuff you use while dining. This may include entertaining items, table linens, and placemats, etc. Here is my bag with unused placecard holders (who am I kidding, I’m not that fancy!) and extra placemats.
What’s in your bag?
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Day 12 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge is here and that means your Family Room. I am a bit late in sharing the bag I have gathered. But, that’s what it’s all about, right? Progress - not perfection. Apparently, we have extra electronic accessories coming out the ears.
What clutter will you find in your family room? Show us your bag!
It’s Day 11 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge and we’re moving into the Living Room. I found an abundance of coasters in the end tables. I decided to keep only the ones we’ve picked up in our travels, and the fun Seahawks ones my talented mother-in-law, Ellen Nieminen made for us. 😀. Old magazines and extra electronic stuff joined the coasters in my bag.
Please share what you discover in your living room!
Day 10 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge is upon us!
Not gonna lie...I was relieved to declutter the guest bathrooms after yesterday’s hard work in the office. 😓 I was surprised to find a bag of unnecessary items, including a disturbing number of lip glosses and lipsticks that I had forgotten. I also found a few expired medications that need to go.
What will you find in your spare bathroom?
Day 9 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge has arrived!
Today we move into the home office or desk space. I have been dreading this day a little bit (ok, a lot!). This is a hardworking space. It needs to have workspace, hold gift wrapping/giving supplies, shipping supplies, work stuff, books, memorabilia, photos and, and, and....you get the idea. Our office can very quickly become a black hole especially for items I "think" I may use on a future project. Here are my resulting donations bags. Yup, I was tough this time and finally parting with all of these things that someone else can actually use!
Do you have an office space that needs some love? Share your bag of donations in the comments and encourage someone else!
It’s Day 8 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge. Today is the day to dive into your junk drawer. We all have them. Mine was not in bad shape. However, I took the time to take everything out, clean it up a little, and put back only what was needed. Not a lot of donations today. But, I did take out a ton of bread bag clips. Honestly, they’re useful, but, why was I keeping so many?!
Day 7 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! Are you still with me in this?!
Today we tackle another guest room or child’s bedroom. I moved into the guest room. I didn’t think I would find much here. (This is a recurring theme!) Then, I recalled my “stash” of organizing products that I keep in that closet. These are the extra items that I think I may want to use in a future project. This line of thinking is definitely a hazard in my line of work! Anybody else out there save these just-in-case items? Please share so I don’t feel alone!
**Never fear, no curious cats will be donated today. 😂
Are you ready for Day 6 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge?
Today was set to be a guest/2nd bedroom. For me, that means my 12-year-old son’s room. Now, as I’ve cautioned before, you should not attempt to declutter anyone else’s stuff. So, I asked him to take a look and see if he had anything he was no longer using. In a move shocking no one, he did not! I next looked for anything I was keeping in there that could go. I came across these 8 cube containers that were folded up in the closet. The bookshelf has long since been repurposed, so these are heading out the door! Success!!
Do you have a spare room, a son or daughters’ room to be decluttered? Share what you declutter there!
Day 5 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge is here! Today let’s peek into our linen closet and see what’s lurking there. We keep games, puzzles, and swimming/beach stuff in ours. So that’s what I tackled. I thought...”Oh, there’s not much in there. This should be quick!” Well, it had become a black hole. But there is now some empty shelf space, and we have renewed enthusiasm for our games! What’s hiding in your linen closet? Don’t forget to share a pic of your donation bag for the day. We’re in this together! 😃
Minimal living...nobody said it would be easy. But, nothing worth doing ever is! It’s Day 4 of the July Clutter Independence Challenge. Today we move into the master bathroom vanity. We’re looking for makeup, medicine, beauty tools and linens that are no longer loved or needed. Here’s my bag of expired medicine (will properly dispose of it!), unused hair clips, and extra travel shampoo bottles and a few other odds and ends. What will you find in your bathroom? Share in the comments! 😀
Day 3 of the July Clutter Independence Challenge...Let’s take a look in our nightstands and master bedroom decor today. I’ve decided it’s time for these hatboxes to go. They are not serving any purpose and are no longer my style. Time to let someone else love them. What clutter have you found today?
It’s Day 2 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! Today is all about your dresser. Undergarments, workout gear, pajamas...Here’s my bag of donations. Show us yours! Please share how this challenge is going for you so far. Haven’t gathered a bag yet? No worries! You can join in anytime!
If you’re joining in on this challenge with us feel free to follow along in whatever area I am decluttering. Or you can also “go rogue” and work in whichever area in your home you feel needs the attention. Throughout the month, we’ll move around to cover the most common spaces.
I decided to tackle the Master Closet today, just the hanging or on-a-shelf portion. I can’t take credit for the 2nd bag. Those are my husband and son’s items. Be sure to get approval before donating others’ items! 😉
Quick tip: keep a basket or container (as seen in the pic) in your closet to easily place items that you want to donate. When it’s full, it’s time to take it away. Please share in the comments what you will be letting go today!
Happy Fourth of July! Independence Day is not only a day for parades, hotdogs, and smore‘s. It's also the day to claim our independence from too much stuff!
I am beginning a challenge tomorrow, July 5th, for the month of July to declutter one bag of items from my house every day. There is no item too big or too small. And, any bag will work. The only rule is 1 bag each day.
You may be saying, but wait, it will already be the 5th of July. Shouldn’t we wait until next month to begin on the 1st? Nope. The best time to start is always right now. You may be saying to yourself, Christa, you’re a professional organizer, you probably don't have anything extra in your home. That is definitely not the case! No one is immune to acquiring new things, and keeping them all. Tastes change as time goes by, and eventually we are all left with too much stuff. I'm thinking of this challenge as an archaeological discovery. We will be finding things we used to use, hobbies we used to do, and clothes that used to fit. I will be sharing photos of my bags of items along the way over on Instagram https://instagram.com/simply_organized_nw/.
So who’s with me? Who will take on this July Clutter Independence Challenge? Let’s encourage each other. 😀
I'm sure you already know the reasons why you are better off not using expired makeup. The good news is that it can be very simple to keep track of when to toss the old stuff.
1. Write down the expiration times for your makeup. Keep this note somewhere near your makeup. This can be a full-sized sheet like the one in the pic below. I attached this to the inside of my bathroom cabinet for easy reference. It can also be a simple as a post-it note in your makeup bag.
2. Note the expiration on your makeup when you purchase it. It is great to know how long to keep something (see step 1!), but that only helps if you recall when you bought it. I like to use price tag stickers that I got from the Dollar Tree and a Sharpie for this job. Works like a charm.
3. Congratulate yourself on using fresh makeup. Your face will thank you! :D
Do you keep track of your makeup's expiration? If not, will you start today? Please share in the comments!
Being organized isn't about getting rid of everything you own. It's not about having rigid rules that can never be altered. It just means being able to find what you need, when you need it!
I am excited to offer my next paper organizing Sunday Basket® 1.0 workshop in May. I will be hosting this workshop monthly at my home, here in Bothell, and I would love it if you would join me! Take a look at your calendar and see if this date works for you. You can sign up for the next workshop, May 20th at 2pm, by clicking on the WORKSHOPS tab above.
Or, if you would like to gather your friends and host a workshop in your home or theirs, get in touch and we can set it up!
Bring your papers with you, and by the end you'll have them organized in a system to use going forward. And, we will have a lot of fun along the way!