Project Declutter: Bookcases

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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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Project Declutter: Office Paper System

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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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Why I'm doing Baby-Led Weaning and What it Looks Like

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Baby-led feeding is the practice of giving your baby soft, palatable whole foods and letting her feed herself her first ‘bites’, while continuing to breastfeed. The theory is that babies will experiment and discover food at their own pace, as well as develop new abilities including chewing and keen hand-eye coordination.

Most babies start their journey with solid food by being spoon-fed their first mouthfuls of pureed food on a date determined by their parents. Some babies are considered a “good eater”, for others it is a struggle to keep the food in their mouth. Often families settle for separate mealtimes and different foods for adults and children.

What happens if you don’t do this? What if you let them learn about handling food at their own pace?

You may ask “What if he is not getting enough nutrition?” The reason baby-led weaning works so

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Project Declutter: Front of house

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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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Project Declutter: Office desk

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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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Project Declutter: Nursery Expedit

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Day 10: Nursery Expedit

So happy to be done with the nursery!! It is my favorite room in the house – I love all the colors and when it is picked up, it is so peaceful!! So, let’s show you the progress I made today. Here is the before of the expedit and all of Ain’s toys:

 

Since the closet was already done, I was just focusing on everything in the Expedit. I got rid of the random baskets on top. I will LOVE to re-purpose them somewhere else in the house! Since I had the space, I wanted to make it pretty as well as functional. Here is how it turned out:

 

I’m thankful I had places to put everything, since I recently bought the Drona boxes from IKEA. I just had to decide how to categorize everything. In

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Project Declutter: Nursery Closet

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Day 9: Nursery Closet

While I’m still brainstorming how I’m going to organize my Expedit, I decided to tackle the nursery closet today. Here was the messy before:

 

It was actually somewhat organized, but I was not really taking full advantage of the space. I had recently gotten the white 3-drawer container at a garage sale and hadn’t put it to use yet. First, I consolidated all my gift bags (I have a lot I’m keeping). I had a tall basket I wasn’t using, but I put the bags inside the basket. And then remember all the bags of clothes I recently got from a friend?

 

I was able to put the bigger size clothes in the white 3-drawer bin!! And ta-da – organized closet space!!

 

I even have some room to spare!! The

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Project Declutter: Nursery Organization

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Day 8: Nursery Organization

This is the messiest room in the house!! It desperately needs organizing AND decluttering. Especially since recently a friend of mine gave me even more boy clothes – yay!! Now, just to fit it in the space. The blue bins I just recently got from IKEA. They are all empty right now, I just need to brainstorm what I want to put in each and how to organize everything. Any ideas?

 

Today, I decided I needed to start with his clothes, since many of the clothes we have out are getting too short for him. Plus – it’s disorganized. Look at it!

 

I have a huge box full of clothes he has outgrown – something else to go into storage in the basement. I decided to organize the clothes he is wearing by putting his onesies

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Project Declutter: Coat Closet

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Day 7: Entryway Coat and Shoe Closet

This closet has become pretty disorganized and stuffed. Since, I have organized it before, I didn’t think it would take too long to reorganize (especially with decluttering in mind). Here are some before pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the top shelf of this closet we’ve been storing wine tasting supplies, but since we’ve put that business on pause, I’m moving the stuff to the basement. That helped me clear off the top shelf some!! In the box on the left we’ve got our winter gloves and hats. The basket is all of our bike accessories and helmets. And on the very right is our helmets for the moped.

 

The coats I quickly looked through and organized. I have 5 coats. I’m

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Project Declutter: Basement shelves

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Day 6 of Decluttering

Welcome back! Today I tackled the shelving by the basement door. This was piled high with miscellaneous items which needed better organization. I also wanted to create some open space so that I could add to it as I decluttered the rest of the house and wanted to move something less used into the basement. Here is want it looked like before I got started:

 

1) Set the timer. Go!

I throw some things away, broke down empty boxes, and consolidated space. It really didn’t take me long. (I couldn’t go through my husband’s black bins without him.)

2) Write it down

In the cabinets I’ve been storing some Christmas and kitchen stuff. I decided that I would wait until after this Christmas season – if I didn’t use the Christmas tins for cookies or gifts, then I would get rid

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