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. 😀
Spring has not yet arrived where I live. How about you? It isn't even quite March yet, so I guess I should be patient awhile longer. But, there is no reason to wait to begin spring organizing in your home! Here is one easy category to organize today to get your spring off to great start:
Cold weather accessories! Now is a perfect time to assess what you have worn or used in the last several months. This can include boots, coats, hats, scarves and gloves. It should be simple to determine what you've been loving, and what didn't make the cut. Letting go of those items that sat on the sideline will free up valuable real estate.
I am in this with you. I just found 2 pair of gloves that I've been holding onto. They never keep my fingers warm, but I've been thinking, "maybe this year will be different!". No more, off to the donation bin they go. What winter items will you let go of today? Please share in the comments!
Who is ready to play Organizing Bingo?
It doesn't have to take hours to get your space organized. Take 15 minutes and try to get BINGO! You choose which three-in-a-row it takes to win. Spend just 5 minutes on a category, and then move on to the next. With 15 minutes spent, who needs a Free Space?!
Share in the comments which three categories you tackled and we can all yell BINGO along with you!!
When things begin piling up in our spaces, it is often because they do not have a designated home. I am issuing a challenge to any and all who choose to accept it: Find three items today that are lying around in your home, and choose where they will live. It will be so much easier to put things away and tidy up when you know where it goes. I would love to hear about the items you find...and where they live now! Bonus points for sharing a photo in the comments! Let's all inspire each other. :-D😀
Have you ever thought that you just can't get organized because you've tried in the past without success? Fear not!! There are multitudes of methods for organizing homes and reducing clutter. The key is to find the one that works best for YOU. Don't be afraid to try new ways if something is not working. Sometimes, several methods used together will be the best approach. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Timer tidy: set a timer for 5-10 minutes and remove clutter (a great family activity!).
2) Rewards: a clean and orderly house on Saturday means a day at the park.
3) Morning minutes: spend 10 minutes each morning readying the home for the day. (this also works well done in the evening for those with more energy at night!)
4) Empty spaces: remember it is OK to have empty spaces in your home.
5) Trading: when you bring a new item into the home, decide which item could be traded out so you can avoid accumulating clutter.
6) Planning: before bringing anything into the home, plan where it will be used and stored.
The challenge for today is to try out one of these methods that may be new to you. Share in the comments which number you could try out today! I like #1, because you have an excuse to stop when it goes off. :-)
Do you have an empty Amazon Box? Use that box to donate! This is a great way to make donating your unused, no-longer-loved items simple. With this new program, customers can reuse their online shipping boxes. Simply fill your Amazon box with items you want to donate to Goodwill.
So, here is the challenge....find 3 items you no longer want in your space and find a way to donate them. Try out this new Amazon program, drop it off at another local charity, or use a gifting community. Just get those items out of your space! Good luck! I would love to hear what things you find to donate.
Who took on my challenge and found 5 things to let go today?
I decided to take a peek in my kitchen for things I no longer, use, need or love. I will be donating a tablecloth, paper doilies, a deviled egg ceramic tray, 2 placemats, and a souvenir wine glass!
Find 5 items in your space to let go of today. This can be in any space, your kitchen, laundry room, purse, car, garage, anywhere. Perhaps a pair of aspirational pants, a spare ruler in your desk you never use, something broken... Find your items and share them in the comments below. The stuff you are letting go may inspire someone else. I will be sharing what I jettison later today! Happy hunting!
My family recently returned from an extended trip. When I returned the toiletry bags to the cabinet, I pulled out several random items that I found still in there...you know, way back in the darkest corner. If we did not choose to bring these things along on this trip, when are we going to use them? I am taking these lonely items out of my space. Someone else out there can put these to use!
Who will join me today to find 3 items in their space that they can let go?
Today's challenge is all about cutting down on kitchen clutter. Cooking and baking are so much easier when the kitchen is organized and free of clutter. Here are a few tips that will help make meal preparation so much easier!
1. Store things that you use infrequently, like Christmas cookie cutters, with the holiday decorations instead of in the kitchen. If you only use them once a year, they don't need their own drawer.
2. Use wall space for hooks and towel holders to save counter or cupboard space.
3. Keep necessary and frequently used items within arm's reach to save yourself time.
4. Make recycling easy and efficient by using a dedicated bin.
5. Store less frequently used appliances in the least accessible cupboard, or even out of the kitchen. For example, if you only use a coffee maker when guests arrive you don't need to have it on the counter all the time.
Below is a photo of how I made use of tip #2 using hooks to hold our oven mitts. This change freed up an entire drawer. What is one item that you can remove or relocate in your kitchen?
Today's challenge is taming your utility closet. Maybe this is a closet, or just an area where you keep the tools for keeping your home clean.
Step 1. Bring all of the tools together here which may have wandered off into other areas.
Step 2. Weed out any duplicates, broken items, or tools you don't use.
Step 3. Return everything to your newly organized utility space.
Step 4. Pat yourself on the back and move on with your day!
Choose a designated home for 3 homeless, wandering items in your space. The best candidates are those that you can never seem to locate when you need them.
Clutter often comes from having no clear place for a specific item, such as no spot to put batteries, extra birthday party supplies, or your keys. Take a few moments to decide which items seem to be consistently out of place, and then give them a home!