By Caroline Bujold
Did you make any New Year resolutions for 2015? It’s so easy to make resolutions, but so hard to keep them. Dividing the whole project into chunks and carving out time to accomplish even one small part of your big goal is key to your success.
This is partly why I keep doing theses small challenges presented by Peter Walsh. Yes it takes some time and some of them I’ve already seen. But once in a while a small light bulb moment will happen and I learn how to be a better version of myself.
So from our house to yours, here is Part 2 of the challenges I’ve completed. Hope you get a motivational kick to go do one small thing on your resolution list.
Day 11 – Examine your mail routine
Task: Discard any junk mail and set-up a system to deal with mail coming in your house
Time: 1 min.
This is my husband’s nemesis and why I decided to assign him a tray in our entrance and take care of the filing.
Working from home, I’m the one opening our mail. I put aside any David needs to have a look at in his tray and file, shred or recycle the rest.
We also put a ”No flyers” sign on our mailbox and we opted to receive our bills via email notifications. Just those two made a huge difference.
Having a good filling system and a shredder also helps lots.
Day 12 – Tackle the top of your bathroom vanity
Task: Clear out your bathroom vanity to simplify your morning routine.
Time: 30 min.
We opted to have basically nothing on our bathroom counter top. It’s our only bathroom in the house.
The clutter, because there is clutter, can be found in our drawers and cupboards and it was so satisfying to clean them out.
Day 13 – Declutter for good
Task: Find an item that you love but doesn’t fit in your life, an item that could go to someone else
Time: 2 min.
One of the reasons some people have trouble decluttering is that they have a hard time parting with the value they see in their possessions. But it gets easier when you can give some of your stuff to people you love, knowing they will actually use and love it. But be sure they actually want the item, don’t burden them with your stuff.
Earlier, I had put aside a sketchpad and drawing pencils that will go to our artist niece. Many more items from this exercise will go in our donation bin. It’s easier to donate when you know it’s going to help someone else.
Day 14 – Garage or shed
Task: Find 5 items from your garage or shed that you can part with (trash, recycle, donate)
Time: 5 min.
THAT was a task for David. The garage is my husband’s man cave, so he got to work today and found these items that are now on standby to go to the Eco Station.
Day 15 – The clutter in your mind
Task: Reconnect with a loved one
Time: 5 min.
Life goes by fast. You mean to call or send an email to a friend and then suddenly it’s three months later and it’s still lingering in your mind.
Try it! Call that friend; write to your mother, it’s entirely satisfying.
Day 16 – Undies and socks
Task: Get rid of your old socks and underwear
Part of our semi-annual closet switcheroo, we tackle the underwear drawers too.
Once you go through yours, you only need to maintain. Find holes in your socks? Don’t put them back, throw them out. Bought a new pair of undies? Trash an old pair.
Day 17 – Baking pans
Task: Realistically look at all your baking pans and trays and determine how many you can actually use.
Time: 5 min.
In our house, some trays need to be replaced for sure (or scrubbed) and some I use less than others, but the number doesn’t feel overwhelming and fits well at the bottom of our stove. I might have to think about this some more.
One tray was actually in use – yummy homemade vegan chocolate-zucchini muffins … Recipe by Oh She Glows
Day 18 – The Junk Drawer
Task: Declutter one junk drawer
Time: 10 min.
Junk drawer? What junk drawer?
We have several drawers and bins that collect our miscellaneous items like batteries, pens, small electronics, etc. They are all pretty much organized, but I can’t stress enough the value of going through them once in a while. One you might find something you had forgotten was there and use it, trash it or donate it.
The bottom right picture represents items that went in the garbage, donation bin or back in their proper place.
Day 19 – Organize your books
Task: Go through your books and find the ones you will never read again and can donate.
Time: 8 min.
Books are always hard for me. I love reading novels; especially series that see characters evolve over the course of multiple books. I’ve only recently started buying (some) electronically, but it’s hard to beat the feeling of a book.
I’ve moved my life several times though and I’ve parted with many, selling or giving them away. The rest I’ve arranged in my home office where we store 99 % of our books and magazine.
Still I found some to give away.
Day 20 – Electronic Cords and Cables
Task: Eliminate cords and cables you are no longer using
Time: 0 min.
This is how I keep my cords organized: small pouch, washi tape and Bobino cord wrap.
Are you enjoying this series? Has it motivated you to tackle on small corner of your life? Only 10 days remaining. See also Getting organized little by little – Part 3 and Getting organized little by little – Part 1.
Source: Peter Walsh has been putting this challenge together for three years. You can see all the videos of this year’s challenge on his YouTube Channel and also access previous challenges.