By Caroline Bujold
Catching up on Peter Walsh’s challenges last weekend …
Day 10 – Wallets, purses and pocketbooks. If you’re dragging around a handbag that weighs as much as a bowling ball or a wallet that has two year’s of receipts in it then you need to tackle this challenge now!!
Here is the content of my purse. It seems like a lot, but everything is compartmentalized and easy to find.
- I have all my cards, money and coupons in my wallet. I check for expired coupons regularly. Admittedly I don’t use a lot of coupons, so they don’t take much space.
- I keep a notepad and pen, but also use my phone sometimes for notes.
- Some ‘’gadgets’’ I use: a case for business cards, a hook to hold my purse instead of putting it on the floor in restaurants (although in all honesty, I forget to use it) and two Bobino® Cord Wraps for my ear buds which I love. Why two sets you ask? Because the ones that come with my phone hurt my ears if I’m going to listen to music, but it has a microphone if I have to speak on the phone hands free.
- I also have a case for my glasses, a folding tote and a bus schedule for the one bus that comes our way.
- Finally I have a few pouches for products like medicine, feminine products and cosmetics. The plastic bag is from my last flight. You know the one you use for liquids? It sounds like I’m flying every week; I’m not. But I get on a plane for work three to four times a year, so I just don’t bother to switch the content anymore; I just change the bag at the airport when it gets too ratty.
I did find a few coupons, gum wrappers and an old quote from a fortune cookie that said: ‘‘you will soon be travelling to a distant land’’. Why yes please 🙂 !
Day 11 – If you have Unidentified Frozen Objects (UFO’s) cluttering your freezer then today is for you!! Get everything out that you can’t identify and trash. The items you can use, use this week, this will free up some space. From now on, use a permanent marker to label and date your frozen items.
Oh Yay! I absolutely needed to do this, so the timing is perfect.
I eliminated strawberries, blueberries, one sorry looking banana and grapes because all of it had been in there too long and would definitely taste like freezer burn. Out went some ginger; a container of Arrabiata sauce that was way too spicy, so I know we won’t eat it, and a container that I think is either eggnog or buttermilk. You know it’s a bad sign when …
Finally I took some breakfast muffins I made in the fall and will eat them this week.
This seriously took about two minutes.
Day 12 – This challenge is about your car. Cars can easily become clutter magnets. Today’s challenge is just about cleaning out the centre console in your car.
I don’t own a car. That’s right, I’m almost 43 and have never owned a car of my own. Living in Montreal for 15 years I didn’t feel like I needed one, with the public transport system there.
But since I’ve moved to Edmonton, I REALLY want my own. I have been pilling up money for some time to finally buy a small car. Wish me luck in my search.
Right now, I share a vehicle with my husband, so I get to clean that one. There wasn’t much junk to throw away, but it sure needed a good cleaning. Dirty-truck-needs-a-bath.
Day 13 – The magical ‘’lower third’’ – Decluttering the lower third of any pile of clothing in your home, which are the least likely to be used.
There is a reason certain items of clothing end up at the bottom of the piles; we rarely wear them. I do have a few tricks up my sleeves to try to limit this as much as possible;
- When we switch our clothes from summer to winter (and vice-versa), I do put the piles backwards (with the collars in the front) and store items back normally once I wear them. It’s annoying for a little while, but helps a lot to see what does end up at the bottom of the pile;
- When I do laundry and have a bunch of shirts that go on the same pile, I lift the whole pile and put the newly washed shirts at the bottom. This forces the bottom third to become the top third at some point and I’m more likely to grab the top shirt.
That being said, we did manage to edit more; especially my husband Dave, who hadn’t taken the time to edit his clothes at the last switch. See the results.
How about you? Did you find that the lower third had to go?
Day 14 – Decluttering your cleaning supplies – How many drawers, shelves and cupboards in your home have cleaning supplies hiding in them? Today’s the day to find out!
This was done on Day 8. See my previous post for the details.
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Note: The challenges are not mine, but part of Peter Walsh’s 31Days2GetOrganized.