DECLUTTER: Day 7-9 of 30 – Beating the Clock

Beating the Clock

Although I skipped a few days, on the days I finally did Day 7, 8 and 9 of the 30 Day 30 Minute Declutter Challenge, I completed each task in less than 30 minutes!

Day 7 – “Medicine Cupboards”
Total Time: 13 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

Our medicine cabinet is in our 1/2-bathroom and it’s filled with completely random stuff, and mostly gauze pads. Don’t ask.

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Day 8 – “2nd Bathroom”
take 1… i’m lazy
take 2… i’m still lazy
take 3… Total Time: 20 minutes. Total items for donation: 1

This is our kid’s bathroom. My goal is to keep the tub area clutter-free and prevent it from being an eye-sore, which is a huge task with the amount of bath toys, but from this photo you can see I’ve been successful. (They’re all in a big hidden between the toilet and the tub.)

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Same for their linen closet. It’s pretty bare.

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The kid’s vanity however, is another issue.  Most of those drawers are empty, except for two designated for my mom. And the cabinet above hasn’t been looked at all, so there were items from when my kids were infants. The one item for donation is a tub of Desitin!

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Day 9 – “Laundry Room”
Total Time: 11 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

This took me longer than I thought it would. The pile that’s collected in our Laundry Room (which is more a closet) are things that just needed to be put away in our guest room.

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DECLUTTER: Day 4-6 of 30 – Cleaners Remorse

Cleaners Remorse

Cleaning my own space is fine. I actually enjoy it. Call me Monica Geller. So, Day 4 and 5 went smooth.  Then I went off-track and cleaned a dreaded space not on the 30 Day Declutter Challenge list… my daughter’s bedroom.  Between the Shopkins and 101 gel pens, I regretted it as soon as we started.

Day 4 – “Bedroom Nightstands”
Total Time: 20 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

Yes, please! Such an eyesore that needed attention.

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Let’s take a look inside. (Anyone else an Ipsy subscriber?)

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Day 5 – “Bathroom Drawers & Shower”
Total Time: 40 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

Shower is pretty bare as it is. The wall shelf is mine and I use every single thing.  The stuff on the floor is my husband and kids and only one bottle was empty. Same for my side of our dual-vanity sink.

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However, my collection of hotel toiletries and miscellaneous goodies is a mess.  It took some time to figure out what was expired, and then to reorganize under the sink and the drawers.

 

Day 6 – “Linen Closet”
Attempt 1 – Skipped

I don’t have a linen closet and the spaces were we do kept our linens are minimal. I have a pretty simple system for our master bathroom… I buy everything in white. It sounds a bit like a sterile hospital, but it helps streamline making our bed (not having to find matching sets).  The kids have the colorful towels and their bedsheets are neutral colors that can be mixed and matched. I find buying bedsheets a boring ordeal, so our inventory is already minimal.

Attempt 2 – My daughter’s entire bedroom
Total Time: 5 hours!!!!  Total items for donation: an entire bag of little toys

WHY?! Why did I decide to lose my entire Sunday to helping my almost-7-year-old clean her room and then kick her out so I could just throw things out without her showing me signs of being a hoarder. Since I went into this unplanned I don’t have Before photos, but here are After photos.

IKEA hacked corner desk
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Future purse/shoe closet. For now… home for all her toys.
Reminders (white board wall decal)
 
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DECLUTTER: Day 1-3 of 30 – I’m Clean!

I’m Clean!

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the task of decluttering.  By picking a challenge defined as “30 minutes a day”, I felt a lot of pressure taken off myself.  Days 1, 2 and 3 were spent in my Master Closet where I expected I’d need to focus much of my energy, however it ends up I’m cleaner than I thought and the process was quick and painless.

Day 1 – “Bedroom Dresser”
Total Time: 45 minutes. Total Items for Donation: 3 bags.

Keep in mind that my master walk-in is a shared closet with my husband.  My side is the left, his the right.  And despite a short-term career folding clothes at The GAP when he was a teenager, he usually leaves his clothes on the floor.

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Here’s a peak inside my drawers.  Have you read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo? I haven’t, but I did watch YouTube videos and have found her folding method very useful and especially efficient when getting dressed – it’s nice to see every item in your drawer.

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Day 2 – “Bedroom Closet – Hanging Clothes”
Total Time: 20 minutes . Total Items for Donation: 1 sweater

I’m not touching my husband’s clothes.  He’s a bit of a metrosexual and I dare not decide what stays and what goes from his side of the closet. The great thing about today’s task is that I found a lot of empty hangers; not that there’s room for new things to hang. Especially since I only got rid of one cardigan.

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Day 3 – “Bedroom Closet – Folded Clothes”
Total Time: 20 minutes. Totals Items for Donation: 8 t-shirts

Tonight I only focused on my t-shirts and tank-tops section. (In Day 2’s photo there’s also folded clothes but those are seasonal items and will be swapped out soon.)  The great part about our shelving system is that I’m able to adjust our shelves as my collection of clothes I barely wear changes year-to-year. You can’t tell in the picture, but I did give my tanks on the bottom shelf more ceiling height.

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Like a large purse, the more space I have – the more junk I will fit in it.  So, while having a walk-in closet is a luxury, I’m glad that ours is on the smaller side and shared. Sharing it with my husband forces me to be mindful and considerate of his space.  I designed our cabinets and shelves at EasyClosets.com and it’s customized to our needs; including built-in hampers. I highly recommend their system if you’re in the market.  I pride myself on being handy and am proud to say that I installed all this on my own.

DECLUTTER: Day 0 – Spring Clearing

Spring Clearing

It’s April. It’s raining. The dirty snow outside is finally getting washed away. But the mess inside my house will remain the same unless I do something about it. I don’t want to do a typical spring cleaning, I want to do a 2017 clearing.

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The hubby, kids and I moved into this house only two years ago, but we quickly added to the clutter that we brought over from our small apartment.  And just the past two weeks I’ve been traveling, then had back-to-back dinners upon my return.  So I have yet to unpack, let alone bring the house back to order.

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The 30 Day Declutter I chose was found off Pinterest. I don’t know who created it originally, but the blog that referenced it is: http://www.divaswithapurpose.com/declutter-bootcamp-making-a-happy-home and I decided on this one because it said “30 minutes”.  Any challenge the next 30 days will be tough because I start a new full-time job this week, so if the idea is to complete it in 30minutes I’m all-in.

Status Quo:

  • I’m an organized mess
    • I have slight OCD.  I don’t clean things up right away, but I know where everything is.
  • I’m a low-grade hoarder
    • there’s always a chance I might need it
  • My husband is oblivious
    • unless it smells, he probably won’t notice

Goals:

  • To complete this within 40 days (I have to be reasonable)
  • to have a box full of items to donate
  • find better ways to stay organized

 

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