Wednesday, January 12, 2021
I will not be talking about fashion today as I normally do on Wednesdays, but come back tomorrow when I link up with Fashion Files.
I think this is really the key…
I really try to scrutinize every purchase that will come into my home. Where will I put it? Do I NEED it? Is there something else that can be used in its place?
The less stuff you own the less stuff you need to organize.
One of the best things I do yearly is my 30 Bags in 30 Days challenge. I list 30 spaces in my home and try to get a “bag” of stuff from that area that I don’t need. I have donation bags and trash bags. The spaces can be larger or smaller. I like to be super specific so that I can tackle more than one in a day or while dinner cooks. I got this idea from a former blogger, Mel Larson. She is on Instagram and has great ideas and is a fun follow!
Here is my list for 2022: (If you are a long time blog reader, you will recognize many of these same spaces.)
- drawer under microwave
- silverware drawer (take out plastic dividers and wash, too)
- dishtowel drawer
- plastic storage container drawer
- baggies, foil drawer
- kitchen junk drawer
- big utensil drawer
- Amy closet jewlery drawer
- Amy socks
- basement storage room
- seasonal decor
- Amy car console
- throw blankets
- seasonal pillows
- wrapping paper box
- cabinet above microwave
- shelves below tv in living room
- book shelves in basement
- playroom shelves
- playroom closet
- jackets and coats – do this quickly so someone can be using
- bathroom linen closet
- mudroom dog towels and beach towels
- under sink cleaning products
- living room hall closet
I’m sure that is super boring to read, but it gives you an idea of how I do this and it holds me accountable.
I don’t mess with any of Tom’s stuff or Jack and Mason’s stuff.
Another tip: Do not go out and buy a ton of organizing products (baskets and bins) until you know where you need them and how you will use them. I did that once and then regretted it big time!
-I throw away/recycle anything that can be looked up online.
– take a photo of any important things so that it is on my phone’s camera roll.
-I open mail while standing over my trash and recycling and immediately deposit it in one of the two if I don’t need to keep it.
I am a product/makeup junkie but since I have started buying better brands I don’t throw so much away. When I was buying impulsively in Target and drugstores I had so much that I was tossing out.
I am utilizing a vase for my laundry pods:
and a giant Mason jar for my dishwasher pods:
I love these white baskets in my closet:
I have some varying sizes:
I also keep a paper planner and write lots of lists.
My phone memo section has tons of lists to. I have lists for:
-my next grocery order
-restaurants I want to try
-Shows I want to watch/movies I want to watch
-Books I want to read
-Spring fashion items I am interested in
-the grades of all my nieces and nephews are in – hey, I have a lot!
I hope I gave you at least one tip you can use! Leave me your best tip in the comments!