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).
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. I’m aiming for 5 items instead because we actually don’t own too much due to the fact that I hate shopping (oh, you didn’t know? :p hehe).
Day 6: Kitchen “other” – Water bottles, reusable bags, lunch boxes and containers, cleaning supplies, anything else you store in the kitchen that isn’t covered somewhere else on the list.
What to do with that empty space…I could easily get rid of that top shelf too……
It pretty much looks the same except for the chicken broth I moved over.
I couldn’t think of what else to get rid of, but these are our other cupboards.
We have one completely empty one. It used to have toys that the girls played with when I was cooking, but that was when they were younger.
And there’s cupboards above the fridge, but I can’t get to them, so nothing is there. And the same thing with the tiny ones above the sink area which I don’t have a photo of.
Day 7: Kitchen cookbooks and recipes.
I did this one way back in 2009 for a challenge that the OrgJunkie had, so I didn’t do much for this day, which worked out because I was sick (along with the girls)! All I did was move the cookbooks previously in the girls’ room because the bookcases are in there (because it used to be the office). 🙂 And I also rearranged a few things on the counter a little bit. Sorry no before photos.
Day 8: Videos, DVDs and CDs.
Most of these are Norm’s so I’m delegating this one out to him, but I don’t think much will change. We don’t own a TV, so we also don’t own too many DVDs. We check out a lot from the library, so they get returned after 1-3 weeks. The surrounding mess that you see will be cleaned up soon!!
Day 9: Your desk or work area. This might not be an actual desk, but wherever you keep your files or important, notepaper, or take messages if you don’t have a desk.
I did one back in 2009 for another OrgJunkie challenge, but you know, papers happen… I’m so relieved to have this one done!!!! Piles are not conducive to my productivity.
Breathe a sigh of relief with me as you look at these photos.
There are still a few things I need to work on but overall I’m happy with the results. 🙂 And Melody was especially happy about it too.
Day 10: Childrens books – Day 1
We are working on this one, but we have until Monday to finish, so I will show results next week. It will not drastic decluttering because we are HUGE BOOKWORMS around here!!!! The girls did already choose some books to pass on to others, maybe for Operation Christmas Child?
To review, here’s my goal: declutter 5 items a day. Cleaning and organizing will come after the challenge is over. 🙂 Please don’t judge the cleanliness and organization of my home yet. :p
wow joyce! You did so much, even with you guys being sick last week. It looks great!
Thanks Jodi! Some of it really didn’t take too long….just a matter of doing it!
You’re doing great, Joyce!! You crack me up, because a lot of your “cluttered” spaces look like mine after I declutter, haha. I did go through and get rid of like 50% of my books a few months ago. It was hard but I am SOOOO much happier with my book collection now. There are only two shelves of books, so now they’re easier to organize and find what I want, and I know they’re all books I enjoy.
Kara, I need to be working on my books this week…it’s hard, but I will probably pass on a few to some friends. So hard for a bookworm!
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Oh I know what you mean about a “sigh of relief” when the desk is organized. . .I was just looking over at mine thinking it needed an over-haul. Good for you — this would be a good challenge for me next summer since our summer breaks are only 8 weeks long. . .I can tell it takes a lot of time and discipline to just “do it”. It’s fun looking at all of your before-and-after pics!
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