By Caroline Bujold
Are you doing the #31Days2GetOrganized challenge by PeterWalsh? I was away for my ‘’real job’’ last week, so I couldn’t keep up.
If like me, life got in the way or you fell off the organizing wagon, have no fear. Dedicate one hour this weekend and you’ll be caught up with about four to six challenges. Time yourself so you don’t go over your 10-15 minute per task. If you have more time you can do more.
Day 6 – What’s in your nightstand?
Not much actually. The top drawer has a few books, a notebook and pen where we write what we are thankful for that day. I usually keep in there a few lip balms and can always find stray Bobby Pins. I also have an eye mask, because our curtains do not really block sunlight and in the mornings, especially during the summer months in Alberta where we get about 16 hours or daylight, sometimes it helps to go back to sleep.
In the bottom drawer, I throw my pyjamas.
On my husband side, it’s more of the same. Just replace the novels by How-To repair car books.
Day 7 – Donation basket. Establish a donation basket and find seven items to put into it.
This is a great idea, especially if you have space to put the basket on your path out the door (which we don’t). That way, it’s easy to grab it on your way to work and stop at your favourite donation centre on your way back. Replace the empty basket in its spot and it is ready for your future donations.
Right now, our unfinished basement serves as a dumping ground for everything. It’s our laundry room, our storage room, where we park ‘’just in case’’ building materials since we’re not quite finished. There is a corner for exercise that seldom gets used and it’s our ‘’next garage sale/donation’’ staging area. In other words, it’s my physical space nemesis and I hate it; but more on that in another post.
I’m not sure if we will organize a garage sale next summer or if we will end up donating everything that is there. We’ve had one garage sale so far, and although I was quite surprised by our results (we made $400), my first reflex is to just donate the things we don’t use anymore so they effectively disappear.
But for today and for the purpose of this exercise, I did manage to find a basket, label it and put items in there that had been around the house, which should already have been in the donation area downstairs:
- The sweater I decided to donate on Day 2;
- Other items of clothing already put aside for donations (boots, scarf, gloves, toque);
- Crafting material that will go to the ReUse Centre;
- Two small picture frames;
- Go-Cups and cup holders (they seem to multiply in our house);
- A small cosmetic bag I don’t have a use for;
- And a bag of pennies (about 1,20 worth). I know it’s weird, but I’m not sure what do to with them now that they are not in use and I figure the donation centre will.
The basket has found a home in our pantry.
Day 8 – Tackle the clutter under one sink in your home.
We only have one ‘’under the sink’’ and it’s in the kitchen. It was pretty organized already, but I hauled everything out, cleaned and, because I knew what was coming on Day 14 (cleaning supplies), I consolidated all our regular products here. This really only took about 10 minutes. So, because the basket of shoe product was already out, I had used it during the week, I tackled that one too. Very satisfying.
Day 9 – Declutter your digital life. Get rid of those apps you no longer need or use. Open up some digital space on your personal electronic devices. Embrace your digital life by using an online notebook
Oy! I would need a few days to do everything I want to do to declutter my ENTIRE digital life. But 15 minutes is all I needed to delete and reorganize the apps on my phone, delete unwanted pictures and plug it into my computer to sync everything up.
Done and done!
Have you tried the challenges? I promise you, Peter is right. Use only 10-15 minutes a day and little corners or your life will get organized with almost no effort.
Also in this series:
- Part one: Day 1-5
Note: The challenges are not mine, but part of Peter Walsh’s 31Days2GetOrganized.