So how have you been doing on our Project 52 challenge so far? If you missed the details of this year-long challenge, you can read all about it in the original post (Introducing Project 52). I have actually been doing pretty well with this challenge so far. I just hope I can keep up this momentum for the entire year!
I’ve been wanting to declutter and organize our house for awhile now and this challenge has helped me focus on exactly what areas I want to tackle, therefore making it easier for me to actually get to each area. That’s why I am glad that for my first project I chose to make a list of all of the projects I wanted to complete this year. It helps me see what I want to do so that I can make a plan to get it done. I also made a printable to record what projects I have completed so far.
Project 2 – The bathtub!
After I made my list for the year, I got to work on picking a project to start on. I chose to go through my kids bathtub toys. Exciting right?! While it may not be the most interesting project in the world, it’s one that desperately needed to be done! There were way too many toys hanging out in the bathtub, and most of them never got used. So I took all of the toys out, threw away the gross or broken ones and washed the rest. Some of the favorites went back into the toy basket in the bathtub, but most ended up in the yard sale pile. And you know what, my kids could care less that the toy bin only has a few toys in it now. They still have just as much fun with the few toys that they do have left.
Project 3 – The bathroom and linen closet
After cleaning the bathtub and all of the toys that were in it, I wanted the rest of the bathroom to be just as decluttered and organized. So I tackled a project that I had been putting off for awhile; the bathroom cabinets and drawers. I don’t know why I have been avoiding this area, but I didn’t want to ignore it any longer because I knew it wasn’t going to clean itself (although if that were possible, I would be one happy lady!). And once I got started, it really wasn’t that bad. I was able to get rid of a lot of old, unused, or expired items and doing so freed up a lot of space in the drawers and cabinets. This made it easy to organize all of the stuff we are keeping, so now everything has its own place and I know that what we do still have are things we actually will use. A few days later I did the same thing with my linen closet, which is right by the bathroom. After re-folding sheets and towels and getting rid of things that were no longer needed, it looks like a whole new space.
Project 4 – The laundry area
The last project that I finished was adding another shelf to my laundry area. This helped me in two ways. First, in order for my husband to put the new shelf up, I had to take off everything on the existing shelf. Yikes was there a lot of junk on that shelf! Second, it gave me the extra space to store things like toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies so that these items could be up and out of the way, but still accessible. I didn’t find anything for our yard sale, but I was able to throw a lot away, which is just as good!
Not all of the projects on my list involve purging and organizing, but a majority of them do. My goal is to get most, if not all, of the decluttering projects done before the beginning of summer so that we can have one big yard sale and get rid of our unwanted
junk treasures! I enjoy going to yard sales, but I really hate having them. However, with the amount of stuff that I have been purging, a yard sale makes the most sense. Then whatever doesn’t sell can be donated to Goodwill or some other organization. Either way it is NOT coming back in our house!
My current project – My closet and dresser
For this weeks challenge I am going to go through my dresser and my husbands, as well our closet and ruthlessly purge! In our previous house we each had a huge walk in closet and we had them both filled. When we moved into our current house we got rid of a lot of clothes because we would be sharing a smaller closet. But old ways die hard and that one small closet is jammed packed with as much as we can fit, yet we find ourselves wearing the same few items over and over (please tell me that I am not alone on this struggle!).
I am tired of trying to squeeze all of that stuff into a small space every time I put away laundry. So a purge it is! I am only keeping the things that we really like and wear and the rest will end up in our yard sale or Goodwill. I cannot wait until I can put laundry away without all of that extra clutter. Maybe this way I will be more likely to put the clean clothes away right after folding them instead of leaving them folded in the basket for a week (or more!). A girl can hope right?!
So that’s where my projects stand for this challenge so far. I am actually excited to continue purging and organizing because now I am starting to see the results of my hard work. And less clutter is proving to be a good thing for my sanity! What projects have you been working on this month? What are some of your upcoming project ideas?