It’s been 3 weeks into the challenge, how are you doing? Have you been able to fill lots of bags?? This weekend, I took a walk through my home with the purpose of looking at my things objectively. Sometimes, we see a picture hanging, figurine, or what my mom calls “dust collectors” that we get so used to seeing, we don’t really pay attention to them, because they’ve been there for so long. But, I challenge you to take a walk and look at these things with an objective mind. Do you actually USE, NEED, or LOVE this item?
We’re about halfway through, so I thought this would be a great time to give you an extra boost of motivation in filing those 40 bags! I will give away a $10 Container Store gift card & a surprise organizing product to the person who:
1) Fills 40 bags in the 40 days (completed by Feb 9)
2) Sends me a list of every area you went through
3) Send me BEFORE & AFTER pictures of one of the rooms that I have given tips on in this challenge.
Are you motivated to keep going now? You can do it!!
Okay, specifically, this week, I want you to focus on your KITCHEN and JUNK DRAWER (s), even if you have already, take a look at these rooms again! Here’s some tips to guide you through these rooms:
1) How many gadgets do you really use? When was the last time you used your cantaloupe scoop or egg slicer? If you do, great! Keep it! If you really haven’t used those types of gadgets in a year or so, it’s time to put it in the bag! Leave more room for what you DO use! It’ll be so much easier to find it in the drawer that way!
2) Going through your fridge & freezer should be the easiest job. Why? If it’s expired, toss it! Simple as that! After you do that, a great way I found to organize food (so don’t forget what’s in the very back!) is to buy containers and label them according to type of food. I found these containers at The Container Store, which make it really easy to see everything that’s in the bin. After that, label the bins/drawers so your whole family knows where to put food back. I bought plastic label holders from Hobby Lobby so they would be long lasting.
3) Donate canned good or other dry products that you know you’re not going to use. Better to have them go to a food pantry where someone really NEEDS a can of soup, then to just keep it for the sake of keeping it. After you’ve purged the pantry, I recommend using 3-tier expandable shelves for storing your canned goods. I bought mine at Target. This has 2 main benefits, 1) it allows you see all the canned good you own, and 2) You can only keep what will fit on the shelves! Although, I totally get having a bulk food section in your garage, basement, or storage room. So, any canned goods that won’t fit on these shelves, and you know you’re going to use at some point, store these in the bulk food area.
Everyone has a junk drawer I’m guessing? Okay, I can live with that, but it drives me crazy when it becomes a time-waster because you’re searching for that scissors or pad of pen. Retrieving anything in that drawer should not consume precious time in your day! Here’s some quick tips”
1) Use Dollar Store containers to sort items in ‘like’ categories
2) Measure your drawer so you have enough bins to fill the entire width and length. Anytime you have empty space in a drawer, it’s too easy to chuck things in without much thought.
3) Finally, LABEL your bins with each specific category. For my junk drawer, I have pens, paper, matches, keys, and personal care. Have it make sense with what you have.
Don’t feel like you have to do this all at once. It’l be too overwhelming and you won’t really know where to start if you hold super high expectations for yourself. Instead, put 10-15 min in your calendar each day and spend those minutes going through the above areas. After a week’s time, you’ll see a difference, no doubt about it!
Question for You:
“What kitchen gadgets do you keep, but don’t actually use?”