Take it on Tuesday Project: Decluttering and Organizing the Basement

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Up until this year we really haven’t invested in buying storage bins to use in our basement. We’ve been married 2 years – I figure now is about time!

We’ve kind of made it our habit to use the time right after Christmas to completely go through all we have in the basement and get rid of what we haven’t used and re-organize everything. Last year when we organized the basement, this was our result:

 

 

It’s more organized, but with only boxes – this was the best we could do. (By the way, that tall stack in the back is empty boxes we decided we needed to keep – don’t ask me why we kept that many…)

 

Well, as the year went on, the basement slowly started to gain more clutter… (isn’t that what always happens?) Mid-year we did install our old kitchen

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Take it on Tuesday blog hop #31: Hall Closet Organization

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How is everyone’s week going? Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend! Ours was busy – we ran a 5K on Saturday, then had a packed full rest of the weekend.

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! YOU make this a success!! I make it my priority to follow everyone’s blog by the second time they link up (usually in my Google Reader). I also pin your projects on my Favorite’s Board.

 

 

This week I’m focusing on Google +. I would love to start following your page on Google + if you have one, then please follow me back!!

 

First, I’d like to show you what I’ve been up to this week, then I’ll reveal my favorite 5! Finally, scroll down to link up your new projects!!

 

Hall Closet Organization

 

Unfortunately, I don’t have a before pictures of our hall closet. Let me just say, there

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Take it on Tuesday #29: Wine Bottle Luminaries

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It’s great to see more new faces this week!! I just love hosting this blog hop and getting the chance to see what projects are out on the blogsphere!! (Scroll down to link up!)

Sorry, I haven’t made it to everyone’s link yet (busy graduation weekend), but I will!! I make it my priority to follow everyone’s blog by the second time they link up (usually in my Google Reader) and like/follow them on  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. So if you link up, you will be followed! (by me, at least) Plus, I do pin your projects on my Favorite’s Board.

First, I’d like to show you what I’ve been up to this week, then I’ll reveal my favorite 5!

 

 

Wine Bottle Luminaries

As we’ve been going through our house and decluttering, we found that we had MANY wine bottles we have collected. My husband suggested we put them to use in our decor

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Simplify: Project Declutter

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I’ve been mentioning in several posts about how we’ve taken on the task of going through each room in our house and decluttering. (I’ve gotten this idea from Money Saving Mom’s book.)

 

 

We first gathered boxes together and labeled them as:

– Sell/Give away

– Put away

– Upcycle (or this could be called craft/DIY supplies)

– Trash (in a bag)

– File (tray)

 

Then, we had two scratch pieces of paper to list out:

– Big Projects to Tackle

– Furniture to sell

– Things to do

– Organizational things to buy

 

Tackle each room:

1. Set the timer for 30 minutes.

Take this 30 minutes to look throw everything in the room and decide whether you should keep it, or get rid of it. Have you used it in the past year? Just because you have room to store something, doesn’t

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