This is the year.
The last few years we’ve had a lot on the go. I’m sure you have, too. I mean, doesn’t everybody?
And that’s great.
It’s great to be busy! To be out enjoying life…
Last year we undertook several big room makeovers, went on three major trips, and kept up with our boys busy sports schedule; all on top of both of us working full-time. We had a great year!
All of that didn’t leave much time for getting, or staying, organized.
And lately, I’ve been feeling it. Feeling the need to get on top of our “stuff”. And then I came upon this quote; and it really got me to thinking:
Do you ever have days where you feel like all you do is tidy up?
Pick things up. Put them away. Move items around your house from their landing place to their rightful place…
Again. and again. and again.
And even though I’m a really good tidier….I don’t want to doing so much tidying!
Do you ever just feel BURIED by your STUFF? Overwhelmed by it all?
Let’s get one thing straight, here.
I’m not moving deeply into the world of minimalism. Because let’s be honest. I like stuff. Pretty things. Useful things. Sentimental things.
But I have many things that don’t fit into any of these categories.
And that’s where I need to start. Purging. Downsizing. Letting go.
And I think it comes down to the fact that I’ve never given myself the TIME. The FOCUS. The PERMISSION. To make purging. downsizing. and letting go of “stuff” my most important goal.
Because honestly, I think this is a big job. At least as big as a room makeover. Maybe even more time consuming. And definitely less exciting. But I also think it’s likely to be way more life changing.
So I’m giving myself the next TEN weeks.
No other major projects. No huge room makeovers or big renovations.
I’ve come to the conclusion that to truly do this properly I need to dedicate myself to it… the time; the energy; and the focus.
I have a tendency to get excited by new projects and ideas and leave other, less glamorous ones in the dust. But I’m not going to do that this year. To use the words that used to make my parents tremble in fear: I’ve got a plan!
So here is the plan! Are you going to join me?!?
Below is just a list of the posts I wrote each week as I worked my way through the challenge. Please click on the links to be taken to the individual posts.
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Paperwork. The Command Center. Filing. School Papers. Aka the bane of my existence.
How to set it all up and create a system that works!
I started off week one by sharing a how-to for tackling paper clutter & organizing it once & for all. Then once you have your papers in order (and purged), I shared all about the essential elements of setting up a Command Center in my post: Get & Stay Organized with a System. Next, I shared how I actually reorganized my existing Command Center. And, finally, I went back at the end of the challenge and shared a new way to handle paperwork that involves organizing Paperwork with a Colour Coded File System.
The Kitchen. Cupboards. Drawers. The Pantry. Under the Sink. The Fridge. The Freezer. Menu Planning. Shopping.
The kitchen was the first real “room” that I tackled on this challenge! I started off the week by sharing some super creative kitchen organization ideas – many of which are DIY and affordable! Next, I tackled my own kitchen and shared the details with a clear how-to post : completely organize your entire kitchen. Lastly, I shared how we made our big wall calendar to help keep ourselves organized throughout the week with a tutorial on making our DIY Giant Chalkboard Weekly Planner .
Other kitchen organization related posts:
I also tackled the pantry!! Read all about it in How to Completely Organize Your Pantry . And to help with weekly meal planning and organization, I shared some Free Printable Weekly Meal Planner and Shopping List Planners!
I also gathered together some awesome pantry organization ideas and inspiration in my post 20 Incredible Small Pantry Organization Ideas & Makeovers.
The Laundry Room. The Mud Room. The Cleaning Supplies.
I followed this with my own how-to and steps for how I tackled organizing these rooms in our home with How to Create an Organized Entry or Mud Room in a Small Space.; followed by How to Completely Organize Your Laundry Space in Three Steps.
The Bathrooms. Cabinets. Under the Sink. Cosmetics. All that extra junk.
Week four is all about the bathrooms! I shared a collections of Ingenious Ideas & DIYs for Bathroom Storage & Organization, followed by my own how-to post full of tips and ideas for How to Completely Organize Your Bathroom!
The Linen Closet. How many sheets and towels do we really need?
Seriously, I’m a geek. Because this is one of my favourite weeks! After gathering together and sharing inspiration and idea in my post 20 Beautifully Organized Linen Closets , I decided to go full-out with this makeover and gave our linen closet a new paint job along with some beautiful new wood shelving. I shared a DIY tutorial on How to Replace Wire Shelves with DIY Wooden Shelves. Lastly, I completely purged and reorganized our own linen closet and shared the details in my post How to Completely Organize Your Linen Closet .
The Master Bedroom. Closets. Dressers. Purging Your Clothes!!
This is a big one, am I right? Dealing with clothing! Dressers, closets, accessories. All of it. I shared some serious inspiration in my posts 25 Ingenious Ways to Store & Organize Jewelry and 20 Incredible Small Walk-in Closet Ideas & Makeovers .
Next, I shared my own process and how-to! I worked my way through this big job by first sharing How to Complete Purge Your Clothing. Once you’ve cleared out the clutter and you are ready to put it all away again, I shared 7 Tips for Organizing Your Closet & Dresser!
The Kids’ Bedroom. Toys. Clothes. Storage. Clutter clutter clutter clutter…
After getting our bedroom under control, it was on to the kid’s room. I shared some awesome ideas for Organizing Kid’s bedrooms. Then I wrapped this week up with my own How to Completely Organize Kid’s Rooms post where I detailed what I did to completely organize our boys’ bedroom!
The Playroom / Rec Room. Kid’s Spaces. Toys. Games. Books.
More kid’s stuff, this week. I first shared 25 Fab Ideas for Organizing Playrooms and Kid’s Spaces to help inspire your transformation. And I followed this with an in-depth DIY post all about what I did in our own playroom organization makeover; How to Completely Organize a Playroom or Kid’s Play Zone
The Craft Room / Office. The zone where is all goes to wait.
I love this week! It felt so good to get this area cleaned up and organized. While not everyone has a craft room, many of us have a home office, and the tips I shared in my post How to Organize a Craft Room Workspace can apply to work spaces as well as craft rooms. This week I also gathered together and shared some super Creative, Thrify, & Small Space Craft Room Organization Ideas.
I’m going to deal with: Filing, Kid’s Artwork, Keepsakes, Digital Family Photos etc.
This week is meant for you to direct towards an area in your home or part of your life that you feel needs attention and order. I wrote a post all about Setting Organization Goals to Finish off the Ten Week Challenge.
For my own goals, I shared how to Organize Paperwork with a Colour Coded File System. There are some additional areas that I plan to tackle and I will be linking to them here as I add them to the blog!
And once you are done the challenge?? How to keep it up!
I shared a post all about How to Stay Organized and what to do to keep things going after the 10 week organizing challenge.
I also shared my best tips for staying on top of our cluttered lives in my post: Real World Organizing: How to Keep your House Tidy!
So each week over the course of this challenge, I’m shared some inspiration and ideas with you as well as share my own personal journey and progress on the project for that week.
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