By Caroline Bujold
I’ve been sort of slacking lately. Well actually, I was sick, but also slacking.
I am committed to completing these challenges though. It doesn’t really matter if I take more time, as long as they get done, right?
So folks, here are some completed challenges.
Day 15 – One drawer of your desk.
This is where I work most days. Here lives everything to do with my job, a two-drawer filing cabinet for all our files; crafting and wrapping materials; some photo albums and travel knick-knacks; references and most of our books.
It started with David and I having each a table, but he never used it. So I expanded my ‘’queendom’’.
It’s organized … mostly, but a bit busy compared to the rest of the house. It could always get better and sleeker, but I would have to spend money on containers and binders and I’d rather use what I have, even if it’s not Matchy-Matchy.
One weekend, I’d like to tackle the whole thing and make it prettier, but that will have to be a future project.
As of now, my drawers are ok for organization, so I spent my 10 minutes reorganizing two small cabinets that store paper, hard drives for backups, extra binders and packing material. For drawers, I use small containers as much as possible. Any type will do. They make it easier to keep things tidy, especially if one groups like-things together as Peter Walsh suggests.
Day 16 – Baking supplies – Rather than tackle your whole pantry, focus on only those items that you use for baking.
I think this task is partly why I was slacking last week. The pantry is one of those areas we barely renovated in our house. It’s not even painted and I knew that what I wanted to accomplish with it was going to take longer than 15 minutes.
I don’t bake a lot so my baking supplies are on the top shelve in our far-away pantry, located in the hallway. It’s weird, but it’s partly because we switched the location of the dinning room and the kitchen in our renovation. Suffice it to say that hauling everything out was more work than actually organizing and labelling the supplies.
I’m happy it’s done though. Gone are few out-dated ingredients and never-to-be-used supplies. And now, everything is labelled. And I just realized my label reads ”Power Sugar”! So much for perfection Ha Ha.
Day 17 – The spare room or guest room – Many people have one room that they refer to as the spare room. Today, let’s explore what clutter is hiding in there!
We do have a spare bedroom. Right now it’s occupied four days of the week by one of our nephews who is completing an apprenticeship. Since he is only here a few days a week, the room is pretty stark. Not much clutter there.
But we do have a giant ‘’spare room’’ a.k.a. THE UNFINISHED BASEMENT.
If anyone of you thought I was Miss Perfect and that I have everything organized or that I suffer from OCD (which is no joke if you do), I have news for you.
Our basement is my nemesis. It’s our dumping ground. It’s unfinished and we are not exactly sure when we will have the time and financial means to get to it. Below you can see our un-edited mess. THIS, my friends is reality.
So, in other words, it’s a huge giant mess. And thinking I only had 10-15 minutes there, I decided to tidy up as much as possible the ‘’garage sale/donation area’’. As I mentioned on Day 7, I’m not sure if we will have a garage sale, but I give ourselves until the fall to decide. If nothing has happened by then, items in this space will simply go to donations.
Day 18 – Kids toys – This challenge involves you AND your kids. It’s about decluttering and creating more generous children! Find five toys per child that they want to donate to other kids. If you don’t have kids, no problem, find five items to add to your own donation basket.
Here are our five items:
- 3 bags/purses I like but don’t use
- 1 umbrella
- 2 candle holders
- 1 candle extinguisher (!)
- 1 phone book (seriously, that’s what Google is for)
Day 19 – Cups and glasses (and all those plastic drinky things!) – Today, it’s all about decluttering some of those cups, glasses and plastic water bottles that you’re just not using and opening up a little space in your kitchen.
Aha! Peter I beat you to this on Day 7 (yay me).
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Note: The challenges are not mine, but part of Peter Walsh’s 31Days2GetOrganized.