Day 20: Living Room
The living room didn’t really have that much extra stuff. I knew it would be pretty easy, because we have gradually baby-proofed it over the last few months (i.e. – taking more and more stuff out of the room).
Here is what it looked like before:
And another view:
I decided to get rid of the walker in the living room (Ain is no longer using it) and I moved the jogging stroller into the basement – weather is getting too cold. I also went through all my piano books – I have some to give to my sister. Finally, I took out the basket that was in the side table. It doesn’t really work in that place anymore. So, this is what is look like now:
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Day 19: Bathroom Make-up and Hall Closet
After Day 1 of organizing the bathroom, I knew I would spend the second day organizing my make-up. Here’s what I have:
I had three cute bags, so I split all my make-up into three different categories: eye, face, and lip. I put the extra make-up in the bags and fit it all in a bin. What I didn’t love, I didn’t keep.
The make-up I use regularly, I keep over the sink:
and in this wonderful-smelling glass vase:
I also set the timer and tackled the hall closet. This is the before picture:
And the after picture:
The basket contains our travel bags and travel size toiletries. I got rid
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Day 18: Bathroom Cabinet and Sink
The bathroom is pretty cluttered right now. There are some things in the cabinet below the sink that have been there awhile and we don’t use. Here is what the before looked like:
It was really easy to declutter a bunch of stuff – yay!! Also, I got rid of the drawer inserts and decided to use bins to contain our extra teeth and eye supplies:
The basket above contains our medicine and the shoe box has the “first aid” supplies. Nope, we don’t have a fancy first aid bag or box – we’ll have to get one sometime.
The sink I jut quickly tidied (I was running out of time to do too much more). It went from this:
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Day 17: Kitchen Cabinets and Surfaces
Yay!! I’m so excited to show you my decluttered, organized kitchen!!
First off, I went through a couple of more cabinets, decluttering and organizing. Here is the corner cabinet:
It’s got my nice dishes which we use infrequently, serving tray, wine glasses, and then plastic cups (which we also use infrequently right now), Ain’s cups and plates. The drawer underneath it had place mats and cloth napkins, which we RARELY use so I decided to relocate them to the basement. It’s empty for now, until I decide what I need to put in it.
I also tidied up the main cabinet next to our fridge. Matt and I have talk to many time about getting rid of some of our mugs, but we can just never seem to do it! So, yes, three of the shelves are mugs:
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Day 16: Kitchen Cabinets
My toddler loves to play in my kitchen cabinets:
So they end up like this:
I thought this cabinet would be a good place to start decluttering, since it was already messy. As it turned out, I do use most of these pots and pans regularly. I did find space to add in my paper organizer. I’m not sure I like it better there than the counter space, but we’ll try it out for a few days.
I then moved on to the silverware drawer and made it look like this:
I also took out my cookbooks that were taking space in the kitchen cabinet (I’m keeping them downstairs, since my kitchen is small). I want to make more space on my
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Day 15: Kitchen Pantry
I’m starting with the part of the kitchen that gets disorganized the fastest – the pantry. Check out my before pictures:
Yikes!! That top section is always the worst. Here is the bottom part:
I got rid of food that was expired and canned items that I don’t think we are going to eat (since it’s been in the pantry awhile). I’ll donate the few canned items I took out of the pantry. It was pretty fun to consolidate and categorize the food again.
For the top section, I decided I could make best use of my space if I put the popcorn maker on TOP of the pantry and put all the paper items in the basket on the top shelf. Everything is just organized so much better!!
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Day 14: Bookcases
Today my goal was to just get rid of as many books as possible. We have 4 long bookcases and 1 half bookcase. That’s a LOT of books!! The first bookcase I had gone through in May, but I still found some books I wanted to get rid of. I was strict and asked these questions of every book I went through:
Will I read this again? Is this a classic I want my kids to read someday? Will I ever loan this book out to someone else to read? (Which is something I rarely do – but this is a way of determining if it is a good resource book to keep, even if I don’t read again.)
I was very happy will the results of the first bookcase I went through. I went through the top three shelves. The bottom two shelves (one shelf not
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Day 13: Office Paper System
Paper, papers, papers. We have too many papers in our lives!! Today I finally filed the rest of the papers that were piling up on my desk:
And now it looks so much better!! The top is a lot less cluttered. Also, I have a pretty box to put in all the papers I need to file!!
Best part of all – the floor is completely clear of clutter – so I can stretch my legs out!!
In the kitchen I have this hanging folder bin. Even though I try to keep very few papers (I menu plan and look up recipes on the web most of the time), I do have some papers in this bin. Eventually, I want to have even less. But for now, this bin
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Day 12: Front of house and donating
We are almost halfway through this challenge!! Wahoo! And my house is looking better, but there is still MUCH to be done. Today, since I had company coming, I wanted to make the front of the house a little more presentable. It was REALLY BAD!! I have done nothing all summer long – not even water my plants! Check it out:
The rose bushes were just out of control!!
It didn’t take too long to clip everything down. I even did it without gloves – very carefully!! Here is how nice it looked afterward. Better, right? I know it’s not pretty, but winter is coming, so no use in putting down mulch, etc.
I also took the opportunity to take a load to Salvation Army – it’s good
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Day 11: Office desk
It’s SO hard to keep my desk clear and clutter-free. I’m such a piler and my desk is one of the places I pile the most. Here is what it has looked like lately:
And the floor is really bad too. The piles on the floor have recently come from other rooms after decluttering.
I had just a short amount of time today (Ain’s naps have been shorter this week), so I set my timer for 30 minutes and set to work. I basically did a bunch of filing. You can see the floor, some desk space, and even the top of the desk is not over run with papers!!
It definitely needs more time another day to organize everything a bit better. AND I didn’t go through every part
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