DECLUTTER: Day 13-15 of 30 – Clean Kitchen

Clean Kitchen

Just as with days 10-12, I completed the below over a month ago but just now getting around to posting it. You’ll find out why in the next post…

Day 13 “Under Kitchen Sink”
Total Time: 5 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

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Day 14 “Utensil Drawer”
Total Time: 4 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

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Day 15 “Cupboard with bakeware”
Total Time: 5 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

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Truth is, I did all the above in one night and completed it in exactly 15 minutes. I don’t cook much in the kitchen, but my mom does and it forces me to keep the space in order.

DECLUTTER: Day 10-12 of 30 – … One Month Later

…One Month Later

This was done more than a month ago, but I never got around to posting it.

Day 10 “Mud Room / Closet”
Total Time: 30 minutes. Total items for donation: I don’t remember. 

take 1 – I’m lazy.
take 2 – I don’t have a mud room, but I think our main closet serves that purpose. As an asian family, we don’t wear shoes around the house so with the entry way closet, I made sure to build max out on shoe storage. I laughed that I ended up allotting more shelves for my husband than myself.

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Day 11 “Shoes (in bedroom closets & entryway closet)”
Total Time: 15 minutes. Total items for donation: 0

take 1 – I’m lazy, again.
take 2 – Since I did the entry way already, today I focused back at the master closet and my hidden shoes. Mostly heels I buy and never wear, but they’re so pretty to look at.

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Day 12 “Desk”
Total Time: 20 minutes. Total items for donation:  a lot of garbage

I decided to focus on my make-up desk for this task.

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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

 

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

 

 

MARRIAGE: Day 28-30 of 30 – Boy, Bye!

Boy, Bye!

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This is the last 3 days of the 30 Day Marriage Challenge, and I’m so happy.  Happy that it’s finally over! It’s disappointing that I was so excited going into this challenge and that it quickly went downhill before I even hit the half-way mark.  I half-assed Days 28, 29 and 30.

Day 28
Look at him admiringly. Make sure he sees you looking at him.

I do this often because I find it funny when I awkwardly flirt with him.

Day 29
Turn off the electronics – phone, TV, tablet, etc. 

Easy enough for me. Impossible for him. So I did my part.

Day 30
Today’s focus: LOVE

Today I leave for Paris, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m leaving my husband and the kids.  So it was definitely a day full of hugs, kisses and a lot of “I’m going to miss you!”

I chose the iMom’s version of the Marriage Challenge because the tasks seemed most realistic, but now I see that I should’ve gone with a version that seemed impractical because they would be more challenging and possibly more fun.  Perhaps they would’ve made more of an impact.

My goals going into the challenge were:

  • To complete it in 30 days

It took me 31 days because I was trying to be extra kind 😇

  • To do each task genuinely

I felt I fulfilled each task, as mundane as they were 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Be honest to you with every post

I been telling you how I’m honestly unsatisfied. 😕

CHALLENGE: MARRIAGE – ✔️ COMPLETED

 

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MARRIAGE: Day 22-24 of 30 – This is Boring

This is Boring

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I don’t know what it says, about me or about this challenge, but Days 22, 23, and 24 were boring to me.  I picked a 30 Day Marriage Challenge that I believed to be realistic, but maybe I should’ve chosen one that was more out-of-the-box and made this more challenging regardless of how impractical some of the tasks seem to be. Anyways, here we go…

Day 22
Assume the best about your husband.

I don’t have to assume.

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Day 23
Treat him with respect today

Everyday.

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Day 24
Do not interrupt your husband when he’s talking.

I practice what I preach to my kids – don’t interrupt.

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I don’t have the perfect marriage, but faith, respect, and courtesy are #basic. We wouldn’t still be married if these fundamental elements of a relationship (for any relationship!) didn’t exist.  I hope the next 3 days of the 30 Day Marriage Challenge are more demanding. Stay tuned and find out…

 

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MARRIAGE: Day 19-21 of 30 – I’m a Better Wife Because I’m a Mom

I’m a Better Wife Because I’m a Mom

My role as a wife and a mom is blurred. On Days 19, 20, and 21 of the 30 Day Marriage Challenge I discovered that being a mom makes me a better wife.  As a mom I have to do things myself if I want things done. I have to have patience if I want to teach. And I have to forgive if I want to love. As a wife…

Day 19
Don’t ask him to do any chores or honey-dos.

Besides making money to pay the bills, his “chore” is taking out the trash. Mostly because I prefer not to go outside. During the nice months, he takes it upon himself to do the outside work. So, I don’t have to ask him to do anything.  I do, however, leave hints. Today, no hints. 😉

As for the “honey-do” list, I had never heard of this until recently.  I know I’m not the only woman out there who also plays the role of handy[wo]man in their house. I may need him for the heavy-lifting, but I’m usually the one with a screwdriver, hammer, caulk, snake or plunger.  When we started building our house, he even bought me a drill.  I love to DIY.

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Day 20
Today’s focus: Patience

I’m a very patient person. However, I lose it when my husband’s driving. I have zero patience for his inconsiderate driving – from unnecessary lane changes, to cutting people off, to merging last minute to exit. It drives me nuts, and I’m not quiet about it. Unfortunately, today was a day we commuted to work together. To distract myself from being a passenger-seat driver, I closed my mouth and focused on liking and commenting on Instagram – come join me.

Day 21
Forgive him when he makes a mistake.

Is it possible, he hasn’t made a mistake today (yet)? Regardless, whatever trivial mistake he would make, I’m generally a forgiving person. I will let him know I think he made a mistake.  But I learned long ago that forgiveness is easier than staying angry. I will end this post like yesterday, with a quote:

“Forgiving someone may cost you your pride, but not forgiving them will cost you your freedom.” Because holding onto anger only hurts you, not them. Speak your piece. Then have peace. 

Most wives will say they have a man-child as a husband or include their husband in the # of children. I am one of those.  However, the skills I’ve grown to improve as a mom are helping my marriage.

Super mom. Super wife. Super woman.

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MARRIAGE: Day 16-18 of 30 – Family First

Family First

Family reunions. They’re usually stressful event for couples.  A topic of contention. A partner’s moment to get creative with excuses to ditch.  On Day 16, 17 and 18 of this 30 Day Marriage Challenge I’m relieved that the tasks came easy, not despite the fact that we were having a huge family reunion but because we were hosting it.

Day 16
Thank him for all he does for your family. 

I had that cliche movie moment – when I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this guy.  I was on the other side of the world, studying abroad, and called my mom to check in.  There she was, having lunch with my aunt and my cousins (just babies at the time) – and there he was, without asking.  I didn’t expect him to spend time with my family when I wasn’t around. That was when I knew: he was the one.

Today, as I was preparing our house for the big reunion of my relatives visiting from across the country and from around the world, without asking – he was cleaning bathrooms, the basement, the kitchen. He wasn’t doing this for me. He was doing this for my family.  Our family.

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Day 17
Laugh with your husband today.

Easy! There was a lot of laughing today. There also happen to be a lot of wine.

A lot of the time I find him embarrassing because my husband is blunt and crass. But it balances my dry sense of humor. Together, we laugh a lot.  Nowadays, mostly about the things are kids say and do.  What made today even more special is being surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins – from ages 1 to 90 – all laughing together, in our home.

Day 18
Who is a wife you admire? Try to be more like her today. 

I really had to think about this one. There are definitely moms I admire, but I couldn’t think about a single wifely figure. It actually made me sad but also happy. One thing I’ve been working on is not comparing myself.  It puts me in a bad headspace.  So, I concluded that I’m content with what I am as a wife. And therefore, I will be ME today.

“Why compare yourself to others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.”

With all that said, there were people missing from our family reunion. People who have torn our family apart.  It made me even more grateful for the man who is my partner.  His presence in my life actually made my connection with my family stronger. Our extended family is bigger, yet tighter, because of it.  I don’t want to be bold and say that we are the bond to this family, but I’d like to think that there was a reason we were asked to host.  That the reunion was held in our home because everyone feels like its also their home.  It makes me hope that we’re doing something right as a couple.  And maybe I’m the wife to be admired.

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