21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 10

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I am now on day 10 in the 21 day declutter challenge. So errr, this challenge will likely be renamed the 30 day declutter challenge by the time I am done, but I am ok with that.  Reason being, some of these projects have proven to take me longer than I thought they would. And to make sure I do a good job, I’ll take as long as I have to.  For  today’s (and yesterday’s) challenge, I decluttered the bedroom closets and I am laughing now because I just realized that I added “bedroom closets” to the checklist twice. I crack myself up sometimes. Now I don’t feel quite as bad for taking two days. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

Our closets in our bedrooms are places where things get shoved in and forgotten about. I use my closet to hide Christmas and birthday presents. I rarely go through it though to see what’s in there, but luckily this challenge came along, because it was seriously getting out of order.

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Here is my side of the closet. It was a jungle in there.

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But it’s not quite as bad now. At least I can see what’s in there.

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I  had alot of fun going through the kids closets. I started with the boys’ room, because they seem to have more clothes stored up between the two of them. I like to keep my oldest sons clothes for my younger son and I also like to keep some bigger sizes ready for my oldest. That’s what’s in all the boxes. I had to sort through all of it and get out the clothes that we could use now. I was giddy with excitement.

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I also needed to weed through the stockpile of coats there that were too small or not being used. How many coats do two boys need? Well, I’m pretty sure they don’t need this many, but it’s a start.

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This side of the closet is where my oldest’s dresser is kept. Am I the only one who puts dressers in closets? He likes to pile things on top of it. Mainly, the things that he wants to keep safe from his younger siblings. Can’t say I blame him. But it was in a state of disarray.

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I went through and had them pick the hats and backpacks they wanted to keep and kept his important stuff on the dresser. He was really happy with how it came out. I am happy too.

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Last but not least, my little girl’s closet needed some attention. She really doesn’t have that much in there, but there were boxes and bags of clothes in bigger sizes that needed to be gone through. I even found some clothes she can wear now. So exciting.

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After sorting through the clothes, I just kinda cleaned up the stuff from the floor and hung up her dresses and coats.  So glad it’s all done!

Some of you might be wondering what you can do with the clothes that you no longer need. Here are a few ideas for you.

For the kids clothes you can use Thredup. Thredup will send you a bag to put your gently used clothes in to send in for credit. They even pay the shipping. You can also get $10 off your first purchase of practically new kids’ clothes at thredUP. Use code: SAVE10 at checkout.

For the adult clothes, try Twice. You can request a free bag and print a pre-paid mailing label. The free bag should be in your mail within 2-3 days. Twice is also a great place to buy clothes. They give you a $10 credit just for joining. Be sure to check out Twice. I love their site!

Other options for clothing you are done with are more obvious, such as donating, yardsale, pass them on to friends, Freecycle, etc. There are so many options. Just do what works for you.

Friday’s task: The Garage.

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 9

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I am now on day 9 in the 21 day declutter challenge.  For  today’s challenge, I decluttered the kitchen cabinets. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

Today’s challenge was a bit rougher than I thought it would be. Well, I can’t really say it was hard, but it took more effort than I felt like putting out. For some reason I wasn’t really feeling it, but I made myself push through it and I’m really glad I did. I have alot of cabinets in the kitchen.  The main problem areas were those that contained food. Instead of showing you the whole area, I will just give you highlights of the areas I was especially glad to see cleaned up.

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This is the cabinet which I keep all of my cans and spaghetti sauces and such. It goes back pretty far and it’s easy for things to get lost in the back. Notice how things start to pile in the front? Yikes.

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The plan here was to group all of the like items and put them in logical order. This way made the most sense to me. I can find what I am looking for now without much trouble.

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This spice cabinet was getting out of control. It was so crowded the door didn’t want to close.

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It didn’t take too long to get it in order though. Noticed how I stacked the spices in the plastic bins? Not ideal, but it will work for now. I really like the lazy susan style spice racks, but they seem to get cluttered too. I also used the plastic bins to hold packets of gravy and other mixes. It works really well.

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This too was another trouble spot. Because it goes back so far, it’s easy for things to get lost in the back.

kitchen snack after

I’m not sure how it got fuller after I reorganized it, ( I think I brought over a few things from the other cabinets) but this setup isn’t too bad. I think it will be easy enough to work with.

Tuesday’s task: Was supposed to be to declutter the makeup bag, but seeing as how I don’t use one, I think I will give myself a break and get back to decluttering on Wednesday with the bedroom closets!

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 8

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I am now on day 8 in the 21 day declutter challenge.  Well, it’s more like day 7 got carried over into a two part series, but you’ll all forgive me right? For  today’s challenge, I decluttered the freezer. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

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I don’t know if this happens to you or not, but I clean my freezer less than the fridge. It’s just such a pain, but at some point, it starts looking like this and you can’t really find much of anything. Who knows what’s in the back layers of this beast. It’s really bad for meal planning, let me tell you. It’s also a safety issue because things can come flying out at you in avalanche fashion when you open the door.

Instead of cleaning out the shelves one by one, I just took a laundry basket and put everything in there. Then I cleaned out the inside, the baskets and the trays. It went really quick.

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I wish I could say it came out as breathtakingly as the fridge, but it’s pretty ho hum. It is alot easier to see what’s happening in there, but I feel like I need more bins. I’m sensing wasted space in there.

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At some point, I’d really like to get something like this to hold the opened bags of things that get misshapen after you open them. But I think I’ll wait until I find something on clearance. I bet even the dollar store might have something that would work…. For today, this will have to do.  Day 8 is done.

Monday’s task: Kitchen Cabinets

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 7

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I am now on day 7 in the 21 day declutter challenge. Today’s task to tackle from the checklist was to clean out the fridge and freezer, however I must be losing steam because I only was able to get the fridge done. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

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As you can see, my fridge is a scary place. *Insert horror music here* How’d this happen? I don’t really know. I imagined I would discover new life forms as I sorted through it all. Luckily I didn’t, but there were some pretty funky smells at times. Ack!

I started with the top shelf, removing everything and cleaned off the shelves. I actually took the shelves out and washed them in the sink and dried them and put them back in. The bigger drawers on the bottom I  washed in the bathtub because it was easier than trying to fit them in my little sink.

Then came time to throw away the bad stuff and put the good stuff back in. (Tip: If you store little packets like ketchup or soy sauce from dining out, you don’t have to throw these out. Keep some in the freezer and use them as ice packs for the kids!) Sadly, I think there may have been more bad stuff than good in there. Shame on me, I know!

After that, I cleaned out the door side, (which was almost equally as scary) and then put everything back in. Not a hard job by any means, just time consuming.

To organize the little items like applesauce and fruit cups, I used a tupperware container that was not really good for putting food in anymore and lined them up in there. It’s easier to see what’s in there and easier to access too.

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If you’re a neatnick though and want something attractive to organize your fridge, you might like something more like this fridge bin on Amazon. It looks pretty sharp. They come in different sizes too.

fridge after

Here is the after shot. I must say that it all smells alot better and looks alot better too. I actually feel like making dinner now.

Tomorrow’s task: Clean the Freezer

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 6

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It’s day 6 in the 21 day declutter challenge. Today’s task to tackle from the checklist is to clean under the sinks. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

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Since we have three sinks in the house, this task took me a bit longer than I thought it would. Who knew I was keeping so much junk in them? Out of sight, out of mind I suppose. I decided to start in the kitchen, since it seemed to be the worse of the three. As you can see from the before picture it was pretty gnarly in there. Yes, I use a small trashcan to put my dirty kitchen towels in. Doesn’t everyone? It sure makes it easier to wash them all at once….

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I took everything out and cleaned the inside and bottom of the cabinets. Next I borrowed some items from other parts of the house that weren’t being utilized in useful ways, and made them useful, such as the little blue and white basket. I put everything back in and it’s oh, so much better. I’m really fond of the tension rod to hold up the spray bottles. Why didn’t I think of it sooner? One down, two more to go.

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Next I went after the cabinet in our half bath. It was heaping with junk as you can see. It’s kind of embarrassing actually.  And look how my poor Thirty One tote is smooshed by the TP avalanche. Just sad.  So I did the same thing as before here. Take everything out, wipe down, put everything useful back in, in an orderly fashion, preferably.

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Much better. And less junky. Well, sorta.

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Last but not least, the main bath was the next target. Thankfully, I had already gone through the plastic drawers on the same day I had decluttered the medicine cabinets, so they were pretty neat and tidy already. (Side note: I love these drawers. They really do help save space. I think I got them at Target and if I remember correctly, they were reasonably priced.) All that really needed to be done here was to wipe down and rearrange the stuff on top. Not too painful.

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By moving the drawer on the right all the way over, it gave me an extra 2 inches to use in the middle. I added a basket to put my hair dryers in and lined up the cleaning products in the middle and called it a day.

Tomorrow’s task: Fridge/Freezer…. Ack!

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 5

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It’s day 5 in the 21 day declutter challenge. Today’s task to tackle from the checklist is to clean out my purse. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

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Today’s challenge was pretty easy for me. I don’t keep too much in my purse, which worked to my advantage today. I was using this cute  D&B bag…

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but then I  remembered that I had this bag in my closet which I had hardly used, so I decided to switch out.

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First, I emptied out the D&B bag. Here’s everything that was in there. Not very exciting, I know. As you can see, some of these items are essential and some of them are not. I took all the non-essential items and put them away or threw them away depending on if they were trash or not. I also went through my wallet and made sure there were no expired insurance cards and that type of thing. If you have credit cards that are expired be sure to shred them or cut them up before throwing them away for safety.

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After that, I put what was left in the bag and I was done. Easy peasy. It’s hard to see from the pic, but since I don’t keep much in there, I don’t have to do much digging to find what I want. If you, however, need to carry alot of items, or have a different style bag, you might benefit from adding a purse organizer insert.

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Amazon has this really cool one for $3.97 and free shipping. (Measurements are 11.2″ x 6.7″ x 3.3″ x 28.5cm x 17cm x 8.5cm) Click here to view. (Price can change at any time)

Tomorrow’s task: Under the sinks…..

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 4

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It’s day 4 in the 21 day declutter challenge. Today’s task to tackle from the checklist is the laundry room. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

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Do you have a room that scares you? One that you ignore in hopes that it will clean itself up? Mine is the laundry room. When we bought this house 2 years ago, we did alot of DIY work on it. All of the tools, light switches, sanders, extra parts, odds and ends, etc. ended up in the laundry room cabinets. Not to mention everything else that I actually needed in there, like laundry stuff went in there too. It was a catch all of sorts. The junk drawer in cabinet form, if you will. Dealing with all of this is what frightened me the most. Take special notice of the 60’s floral print shelf liner that we neglected to remove when we moved in. Not a pretty sight. I tried to avoid this room like the plague.

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Because the cabinets were so full of junk, there was a ripple effect. Things began to pile up on top of the dryer. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the pile covered the whole top of the dryer. Yes, I know I’m kicking it old school with my top loading washer. Pretty classy, huh? :) The dryer is just as old too. But, they’re paid for and they still work, so they stay for now.

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Now, I get to show all of you my mountain of dirty laundry. This is the pile on a good day. It usually spills over onto the floor. Remember there’s 5 of us and one of me.

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In order to deal with this overwhelming mess, I started with the cabinets. Everything came out. The ugly shelf liners came out. The cabinets were wiped down. Then I systematically put it all back in, in a way that made sense to me. The laundry stuff went back in first. I had a nice plastic container to put all of my laundry soap samples into. I also had a cute basket that I decided to use as a caddy for cleaning cloths and cleaners I will use around the house, like Windex.  I can just take the whole basket down and clean up and then put it back. Yeah! I found a home for alot of the odds and ends, and some of the original junk that I wasn’t sure what to do with went back in, like the light switches and such. But it’s all much more organized and I can see what I need. Much improved I would say.

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The washer and dryer are now clear of clutter and this makes me happy. The only thing left out is my Mint Floor Cleaner, so that it can stay charged and so I can use it, because it’s awesome.

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I did get some laundry done which decreased the big pile and I actually found the lid to the hamper while I was cleaning. It’s *almost* closed. Sweet victory! And with that, day 4 is done. How’s decluttering going for you?

Tomorrow’s task: The Purse…..

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21 Day Declutter Challenge: Day 3

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It’s day 3 in the 21 day declutter challenge. Today’s task to tackle from the checklist is under the beds. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.

Today’s challenge was a piece of cake. Mainly because I don’t store anything under the kids beds and I only keep extra blankets stored under my bed. Needless to say, there’s really nothing too exciting to report. All I needed to do was pull out the blankets and get the dust bunnies out from under the beds and then put the blankets back under.

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To store the blankets, I like to use these handy totes from Scout. They are very sturdy, zippered bags that are cute as well as functional. I couldn’t find them on the Scout website, so it’s possible that they stopped making them, which would be a shame, but I was able to locate them on Amazon.

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Prices start at $9.99 on the Scout Be-Low-Me Under Bed Stowage. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can also get the same item from Buy.com for $9.99 and free shipping. Hopefully today’s challenge will be as easy on you as it was on me. Next week the tasks will get harder, but I’m ready to go for it. How about you?

Monday’s task: The Laundry Room…. I’m actually a bit afraid of this one.

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