You know I love a good challenge. It helps me keep motivated and accountable. There was a cleaning challenge that I wanted to do, but couldn’t get started before it ended! Then I saw Stephanie’s 8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home. 40 days. That’s it. Go through the house little by little, area by area (which is awesome when you have little kids). It definitely helped me to stay focused this first week.
Here is the goal of the challenge: To spend 30 minutes or less each day working on a specific area of the home and to find 10 items to get rid of each day.
We actually don’t own too much due to the fact that I hate shopping (oh, you didn’t know? :p hehe). Most of the stuff we have in our home are either hand-me-downs or gifts…or the girl’s crafts/knick knacks from carnivals and parties and such. I’m not to the point that I want to get rid of it all, so I’m aiming at a goal of 5 items out of the house each day instead.
Before: I think we got 3 sets of cooking utensils for our wedding. That big container was sitting next to the stove, but I rarely used any of the stuff. After: I had found an old Pom container and used that instead. What I use weekly –> Pasta spoon thingie, soup ladle, and 3 for $1 Ikea set from my parents. (I didn’t completely get rid of the whole container. Some items are leaving our house though.)
Day 2: Kitchen cupboards – w/ eating dishes (plates, glasses, china, wine glasses, etc.) and storage containers (like Tupperware or Pyrex containers).
Before and After. I’m working on use other methods to store our food, so hopefully by the end of the year, we don’t need most of this. At Thanksgiving, 75% of the containers are used to store leftover goodies for guests, but then, it starts over again.
My 5yo saying, “Who needs all these plastic storage containers?”
Day 3: Kitchen cupboards – w/ cooking items (pots, pans, casserole dishes, baking trays or pans) & small appliances (blenders, food processors, toaster ovens, etc.).
I forgot to take a few Before pics. If it looks like there’s even more stuff in the cupboards now, it’s because there is. I took all the pots and pans out of the oven. Now I don’t have to remove everything when I want to bake something! Got rid of a pot and other various things, and it is more organized.
Day 4: Kitchen drawers – Any junk or miscellaneous drawers.
I had swapped days because I knew I would need extra time to work on this one, but it actually went by pretty quickly. Again, the drawers don’t look that much different because we don’t own that much stuff (or maybe we do…it’s all relative, right?) and we actually do use most of what we have on a regular basis. This is our tea/drinks and baking/cookie cutters drawer.
Where we put all the kids’ sugary stuff from holidays and parties…the marshmallows are for Rice Krispy Treats.
Did you know we like corn? This is our backup veggie on weeks when we go frugal and don’t buy groceries and eat from the pantry (and we don’t have an actual “pantry” thus the cans in the drawers (worked out better than having them in our cupboards for some reason)).
This drawer holds coasters and our table talkers.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. :p I don’t grab any extras when we go out to eat, but somehow, these always end up in our home. It was overflowing. Again, organized with Kirkland tissue boxes. :p It was a good sorting lesson for the girls: chopsticks, forks, spoons, straws.
Day 5: Kitchen linens – Dish towels, cloths, rags, oven mitts, napkins, tablecloths, placemats.
Not much difference here, but I got rid of a few extra plates and a kitchen towel, and straightened things up a bit. We don’t own any tablecloths or placemats, so we’re good in that department.
Overall, it doesn’t seem like much, but we are decluttering a little, so it’s a start!!! And if it still seems messy, it’s because it is. I’m focusing more on the decluttering first, and will get to cleaning later.