Let's get organized in 2013
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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:31:20 PM
I put an old desk out from the yard sale to the street last night. It was there before I left and now it is gone!! WOO HOO.

Went boating and lunch at Hooters - tore up my stomach (lunch) and just got home. I can feel my back burning from the salty sun but it was such a great relaxing time. Off to take a short nap and then start cleaning/organizing again.







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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:12:07 PM
Has anyone found a successful system for storing charging cords? I had a sock organizing box in a shallow drawer that I thought would be the perfect solution, but it has just turned into a mess.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:26:09 PM

Has anyone found a successful system for storing charging cords? I had a sock organizing box in a shallow drawer that I thought would be the perfect solution, but it has just turned into a mess.


I use a clear plastic shoe organizer cut to size on the back of a closet door. Each pocket is labeled for the item it accessorizes.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:52:54 PM
Not masses of progress here this weekend - I just wasn't in the mood. The only thing I did was sort a couple of small drawers in the bedroom that were just holding accumulated junk for the most part. Some stuff has gone in the bin, some in the charity donation bag, and some has found better homes. One is now holding all my hair accessories, curling tongs, brushes etc. The other is still fairly random esoterica that may find a better home at a later date but in the meantime I don't need the drawer for anything else and at least what is in there I know I want to keep and it's reasonably tidy

I also grabbed a few pairs of shoes out from their hanger that I know I won't wear again, which have gone in the charity bag. I have about 3 pairs left I need to make a decision about, then all I'm left with are ones I use fairly regularly.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:56:27 PM
I finally have something to report here. I completely cleared out my office yesterday, plus my daughter's en suite bathroom which had become a dumping ground after the shower broke.I finally have the money to get a new roof, bathroom and finish a couple of minor projects about the house so have to really pare down and put the stuff in the roof space in storage. I am so relieved as the leaking roof has worried me to death the last few months.

I am really tired-too tired to sleep, it is almost 2 am here!- but I achieved so much this weekend that I feel good anyway!


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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:54:40 AM
I cleaned out my toiletries and meds. yesterday. I had a lot of expired things. Made a list of what I need to replace. Today I will continue in that linen closet!

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Posted: 1/14/2013 2:40:31 PM
I worked in the basement a little yesterday. I filled 3 garbage bags full of kids clothes to give to the Salvation Army, a big plastic tub of clothes to give to my nephew, and threw out 2 broken lamps and a large kid toy. I'm hoping to get a little more done down there this week.

When I'm done decluttering the first section of the basement then I will be able to organize the Christmas decorations.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:17:18 PM
I'm working on updating and cleaning out our household note book. Looking for free printables online.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:22:20 PM

I'm working on updating and cleaning out our household note book. Looking for free printables online.


I've seen plenty on Pinterest- I think some may have been linked earlier in this thread?


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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:31:37 PM

I cleaned out my toiletries and meds. yesterday. I had a lot of expired things. Made a list of what I need to replace.


I soo need to do this one- I think I'll out it on tomorrow's list. Seems like it's a quick and easy organizing project.

My main goal tomorrow is my scrapbook area in the basement. I have a corner to myself with some cubbards and a counter top on one side, and a table and slat wall on the other. I know the cabinets can be purged, and then I want to match paper to some photos I've already separated onto shelves on an old paper rack I bought from a scrapbook store going out of business some time ago.

THEN, I have to go through my cubbard in the kitchen bursting with recipes I've collected and not organized in the least. I also have 10 or so cookbooks that I don't use regularly so I want to scan through the books, tear out some that I will try, and categorize the whole mess. Or maybe I'll just donate the books- I guess I can find about anything online and save the shelf space....

Loving all your inspiration- you are all making some fantastic progress with your organization!


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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:54:08 PM
Ugh! I decided to organize my 3 kitchen utensil drawers. Took measurements, figured out how I wanted to do it, and went to Target. Stupid drawer trays that say 15" length are really 15-1/4" and don't fit.

Guess I'll go return them tomorrow. Good thing the Container store is right around the corner from Target.

The drawer is 15 inches deep by 30.5" wide. Things just rattle around if I don't have trays to corral things.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:14:48 AM
Been up since about 4:30 - finished the ironing, swept and mopped the floors and now I am taking a short break before I get started again. I want to work on the garage but I can't get in to it until I put the queen mattress and box spring in the spare bedroom. I currently have a full size that I will be getting rid of.

Then I will start organizing, packing and tossing stuff in the garage.







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Posted: 1/15/2013 3:11:46 PM
Linen cupboard done!

Loving this thread. Thanks!



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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:57:03 PM
I just found this thread and am loving all the energy!! Thanks for the motivation!

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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:46:24 AM
Does anyone else find themselves looking forward to what they can get rid of next?



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Posted: 1/16/2013 6:55:15 AM

Does anyone else find themselves looking forward to what they can get rid of next?
I told myself this morning that I have to put in 2 hours of editing (billable work) before I can organize my other two utensil drawers!

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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:00:18 AM
Just worked for 2 hours cleaning the garage back up after the yard sale. Still have more to do but am worn out so taking a break. I went to get my kitchen chairs that we used in the yard sale and couldn't get to them for the stuff around them. Most of the stuff is from my mom's stash that I hadn't dealt with and some misc Christmas that I found throughout the house on one of my cleaning missions.

I also have several boxes that both myself and my DD are bring home in case I get the house so I broke them down and put them inside another box.

Still looks junky but an organized junky.







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Posted: 1/16/2013 12:06:05 PM
My goal today is to finish in my bathroom, all drawers taken out and reworked. The make-up drawer is the worst

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Posted: 1/16/2013 12:56:07 PM
DH is going out of town this weekend. I plan to clean out the master closet and paint the bedroom. I painted it a few years ago and hated the color. I kept thinking it would "grow" on me, but it never did.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 1:15:15 PM
The garage is done as far as I am concerned. We went through 2/3rds of it and dh was great at getting rid of stuff. We actually have empty shelves!

My stained glass corner is coming together. All my supplies have been sitting there since we moved in 2004 and now I am finally doing it. It is all cleaned up and I am slowly buying all the needed supplies. I have to wash all the glass soon.

I am going to clean out the china cabinets drawers and take down all the knick knacks from the top and wash them and put them back today.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 1:34:27 PM
Slightly side tracked from my original plans to work on my medicines and matching papers to photos...

Ended up doing all the 1099's and W-2's for the four companies I do bookkeeping for instead. Once the accountant proofs them this evening, I can print my final copies and get them in the mail. I was also able to reconcile 8 bank accounts, including one of my own! and scanned all the year end closing reports into pdf files so I can get them backed up on CD's for year end archives.

I still need to pull the 2012 check copies and paid invoices from the filing cabinets and bundle them for storage for my clients. I'm hoping to do that while I'm running back and forth from the dermatologist, gymnastics, and robotics club build session; maybe between 9:00 and 11:00 tonight...!

Tomorrow's a new day- I'm sure once I get this year end paperwork out of the way, I'll feel "free" to take on the rest of my house organization!


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Posted: 1/16/2013 4:51:17 PM
I've been avoiding this thread, but now I'm ready to jump in!

DD (10) is a packrat, and I told her a couple of weeks ago that we were going to spend last weekend really going through everything in her room and getting rid of a lot of stuff. She has not been able to put her birthday presents (from October) or Christmas presents in her room because I refused to allow her to do so until things were in order.

Cleaning and organizing her room has always been a struggle in the past because she really does like all her "stuff" and it gets awfully boring just sitting in that room all day, sorting and purging. Well, I came up with a brilliant idea that I wish I had thought of before. I purchased a box of the large, black Hefty-type garbage bags. Into them we threw everything that was on the floor (lots and lots of stuff!), in her kitchen set (which we're getting rid of), under her bed, on top of her dresser, on top of her bookcase, and on the floor of her closet. We also immediately threw anything that was clearly trash. It was probably a total of 6 bags worth! Anyway, after that I drug all the bags over to the loft (where we have a TV), spread a sheet out on the floor and we dumped out and sorted through one bag at a time. We put all trash into a trash bag, put all donate into donate bags, and put off to the top anything that she was keeping or needed to go elsewhere. I was so proud of her and the manner in which she was able to quickly make decisions and part with things. Having the TV on to keep us entertained (we watched John and Kate + 8 on Netflix [her choice]- blech!), really kept us, and especially her, entertained. Her room looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G now! So clean, orderly and clutter-free!

Because we were able to get through my DD's initial bags in record time, I went back into her room and pulled everything out of her dresser, closet, toy bin and bookcase, and we sorted through that as well. When we were done with that, I went through the bookcases in the loft that house games and toys, as well as the under sink cabinets under the kids' sinks. I was on a roll!

Last night I pulled everything out of my dresser and was able to fill up 3/4 of a Hefty garbage bag. Before the weekend I will go through my nightstand, the top of my dresser and the pile that is next to my dresser. Friday will be the cabinets underneath the master bath sinks, my makeup area drawers and the medicine cabinet. Saturday and Sunday will be the master closet (it's huge and PACKED!). I am super-excited and am so loving the feeling of getting rid of things that I no longer need and having things in order. My ultimate goal is to go through the entire house. The house isn't too bad, as DH and I are pretty good about going through things and purging on a semi-regular basis. However, life has been crazy-busy of late, and it has been a long time since we've done this for every single area in the house. I don't have a particular timetable, but I do hope to do something to this end every week. Even the smallest thing will make a difference.

Thanks, OP, for starting this thread, as well as to everyone else who has contributed. I have found it to be very helpful and inspiring!

Sonia


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Organize my entire house one drawer, cabinet, nook and cranny at a time!

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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:39:27 PM
Well, I didn't complete my bathroom clean out and organization today. It took longer that I thought to clean out make-up, etc. Anyway, I'm 1/2 way there!

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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:24:09 PM
Great job on DD's room mom22reds. Doing a clean sweep and letting her purge in another location was inspired!

I took inspiration from some of you today. I was making dinner and my annoying long utensil drawer was its usual mess. The Peas who used cereal boxes for drawer organizers came to mind. I grabbed a few boxes from the recycle bin and finally have a custom storage drawer for ladles, scoops, spoons and spatulas.

Thanks for the inspiration!



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Posted: 1/17/2013 5:53:36 AM
WOO HOO!!!!!! mom22reds - that is awesome idea to distract her and get her to toss and purge at the same time!

Also cleaned up (not organized) my craft room yesterday. I needed to clear off the craft table as I wanted to find a card to send to my mom.







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Posted: 1/17/2013 5:43:06 PM
Being lazy right now as the temperatures are dropping and its misty raining again. Not up to taking the dogs for a walk in it.

May work on some paperwork tonight - or maybe some crafting!







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Posted: 1/18/2013 6:52:53 AM
Friday is my paperwork day, so I'm going to spend a little time organizing my tax stuff. It's all in one giant file, but at least it's in one place this year. Then I can shred the stuff I don't need.

Anyone want to talk planners? I have Jen Allyson's and love it. I print it out one month at a time and keep it in a three ring binder. I may print out the whole thing and spiral bind it so it takes up less space -- haven't done that yet. I leave it out on the counter and check it constantly through the day. I keep to-do lists on it, jot down the week's meals, lists of phone calls. Everything to do with the house. It's worked well for me.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 7:49:31 AM
mom22reds- what a great accomplishment! I bet you're still amazed at what you were able to work through!

One thing I've learned with my son, the ultimate collector of all that's not nailed down! is very similar to what you did. First, we purge his room, much in the way you did. We line up a sorting spot in the hallway outside his door and then allow him to "decorate" his bookcase with things he really wants to keep. Once he has his room exactly as we both agree it should be, he knows he must be very selective about whatelse he wants to keep because now there's really no where for it. This method seems to make it easier for him to part with much of his stuff.

Same for clothes, socks, etc. First we dump the drawer and then sort through to get items to keep, then everything else goes. Seems backwards to how my daughter works- she dumps then sorts through to toss things first, then reorganizes what she wants to keep.

I've always agreed they are "night" and "day"!

Another trick a fellow mom gave me when they were toddlers was set a time limit. Instead of saying "go pick up your toys" (which is unimaginably daunting to a child), say "lets take 5 minutes and pick up the room". This gives them a sense of beginning and end, and isn't so overwhelming to them. And, if you set a timer, 5 minutes is a lot of time to work with, really.

Wishing you all another productive day!!

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Posted: 1/18/2013 3:40:55 PM
I have company coming this weekend, which is a real incentive for me to get my house in order. All week I've been doing little bits of organizing and cleaning in preparation for a big push today and tonight. DD and DH are going to help me with getting the last of the Xmas mess and gifts put away, then we will all do some actual cleaning.

While I was working at my desk today, I had one of those "AHA" moments. I have a lot of clutter on my desk - gym clip container, various packets of filing tabs, batteries, etc. I've just come to accept that they are part of the hardscape of my desktop. While looking thru my desk drawer, I realized that I had an organizer in there - an almost empty organizer. DUH! I took out as many clip, tabs, batteries, etc as would fit in the spaces and out them in their new homes. I took a box, labelled it "Desktop Supplies," loaded it up, and put it in an empty cubby in the cube unit behind my chair. Wow! Who knew this desktop was so big.

Several times during this month's cleaning and organizing I have found that I have become so used to the clutter that I don't even see it anymore. I cleaned out one cubby that had several packages of labeler tape. Even though the tape was RIGHT BEHIND ME, right where I looked before ordering more, I didn't see it. It had become one with the clutterscape. I repurposed an Amazon box to fit in the cubby and I LABELED it. Maybe I'll at least take time to read the labels before I order any more office supplies.

Does anyone else become blind to the actual items that are creating the clutter?

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Posted: 1/18/2013 3:46:03 PM

Does anyone else become blind to the actual items that are creating the clutter?


Definitely. I was stuck home today waiting for the cable installer and I decided to tackle the stack of papers on my desk that needed to be filed. Right on top of the stack I found a bag with stocking stuffers I was supposed to give my kids for Christmas! I never even noticed it SITTING ON TOP OF MY DESK! I'm ready for all the clutter to go!

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Posted: 1/18/2013 4:23:45 PM
So glad I found this thread. Just went upstairs to our guest bathroom and took everything out from underneath, washed the shelf and floor, and the doors inside and out... and then put everything back in

I already had bought containers and packed everything into them in the fall but I checked exp dates and tossed a few half used lotions etc.

Then I tackled the guest bedroom closet. I keep some black fabric bins on the top shelf in that closet for gift storage. They are mostly empty after Christmas so I made a list of what was left and placed it in the end bin (the one that is easiest to lift down.

I found a shinto bar stool in the back of the close that I had bought for a gift. I hid it in there and had forgot about it!

Also found some frames in one of the bins. I was saving them for some pinterest projects (initials from buttons, or from flowers, or from lego, or from washers and metal bits)...well...they are not going to get madeesitting up there...so I brought them down to the craft room.

I sponsored some new immigrants with Christmas hampers a couple of years ago...they are all settled now but don't have many pretty things or pictures. I thought I would do each childs initial in a wall frame and give them this Xmas..hey ho...guess it will be next year!!!

I also sorted my jewelry drawer...it was a bit of a tangled mess. All in all, I have one blue rubbermaid bin to go to the thrift shop with odds and ends I collected as I organized.


Now, back to the scrapbook room...

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Posted: 1/18/2013 4:51:40 PM
Well, it's been a messy few days, but my daughter's en suite is now up and running again. It had become a dumping ground when the shower broke and toilet started leaking. I have dumped most of what was in there, apart from a storage unit from my youngest's room and an unused sewing machine that the charity shop were happy to take off my hands. My daughter is so happy! I had cleaned it but she asked me to pick up her own set of cleaning stuff for up there today, and I found her cleaning it all again, lol. Se has a lovey room and bathroom now which is nice as she is 22 but no sign of moving out yet.

Next major job is to get a skip and clear out the loft. The roof needs redoing but the roofers we have approached have asked us to clear it as much as possible so they can see exactly what needs doing and quote accurately. Some stuff will need to go into a storage unit for the duration, but I am going to get rid of as much as I possibly can ( will enable me to get the smallest unit and save money). The main bathroom is going to be redone in about 6 weeks. I can't wait!


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Posted: 1/18/2013 5:15:52 PM
Have a box marked "Notions" that my dad sent over. I will be sitting down watching an old Jeff Foxworthy DVD and sorting through the box. That is about all my plans for tonight.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 6:25:13 PM
I've been reading this thread and getting inspired by all you peas, but I haven't posted yet. I have done a couple things around the house. Went through under the sink in the master bathroom. The nice thing is, I had organized it last year, so this was more of a quick clean sweep. I pulled out any expired medicines and personal items (lotions, etc) that we weren't going to use. I also went through the linen closet. Another area I hit was the kitchen counters. There was some clutter there that I needed to find a home for.

One area that I really want to get a grip on this year is organizing my recipes. So I set up a Google calendar. With it, I can keep track of the recipes that we really like. It even has a space I can put the actual recipes. Plus I can repeat a recipe that we really like for future meals at the touch of a button. It's really cool. I need to do this because I try a lot of new recipes and at times I can't remember them and where I found them (internet, cookbook, magazine). I hope that makes sense.


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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:38:58 PM
Worked in the scrapbook room sorting the three drawers in the dresser unit that supports my countertop. I keep my handmade finished card and envelope sets, placed in plastic sleeves and stored in Michaels card boxes in the two deep drawers.
I changed it about so that my finished cards are in the middle drawer (easiest to get into). The nicest envelopes are also in the card boxes in the bottom drawer.
But I am a bit of a card blanks/envelope hoarder! In total I have 4 card boxes completely FULL of card blanks. All the matching envelopes fit into 2 more card boxes. So I set up an area for those and then made labels for all the boxes. I donate cards so I didn't want to donate any of the card blanks!
When Michaels has the little notecard sets on clearance for 25 cents, I always buy a bunch. They are perfect for kiddie birthday party cards or invites. I threw away all the plastic wrapping and the ugly shiny paper cards that were inside. I had a big back of recycle after that task!
I also tackled labeling the plastic drawers in my cupboards and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 6:34:18 AM
Scrappymo - I desperately need to find a way to organize my cards. I just inherited all my mom's on top of the dishevel mess I have. May work on that project today. Thanks for the motivation!

Didn't get to the notions box last night but I did watch Jeff Foxworthy and has several good laughs which was needed.

Are you ladies remembering to reward yourself when you finish a project - like a cup of special tea/coffee with a couple of cookies, reading of a book, long relaxing soak in the tub via candlelight, etc. I try to limit my reward time to 15 minutes so that I don't lose the momentum. One thing I love to do is take a cup of coffee and sit on my patio and watch the birds at the bird feeder. This week there has been tons of cardinals - my favorite bird - and it has been a thrill to watch them.







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Posted: 1/19/2013 8:45:29 AM
Denise, I love cardinals too. We have an owl in one of the trees in the backyard and I really want to see which kind it is, but so far, no luck. Owls are my very very favorite. We hear him at night.

I have a tip for tax stuff. About 3-4 years ago, I went out and bought some cute hanging files with matching file folders. I labeled each hanging file and each file folder like this: 2009 TAXES; 2010 TAXES; 2011 TAXES; 2012 TAXES; 2013 TAXES; 2014 TAXES....etc. I have a little two-drawer filing cabinet in my studio/office. I just put all the future-year tax folders in the back and then I forget about them. Until I need a place to stash a receipt for tax purposes. Then I go to the back of the drawer and pull out the current year's folder and throw the receipt in there, and put it back in the front of the drawer. It is VERY NICE to have this already done several years ahead. There's no stopping to take care of it/putting that off/letting the receipts pile up/whatever other procrastinator thing I can come up with. As the W2s and mortgage interest statements and school fee statements come in this year, it is very nice to already have a folder to throw them into. I thank myself for being so clever each year when this comes up. I think I may have to do it again soon for the next batch of years, but this time what I will do is probably go through the whole drawer and dump stuff I no longer need. I am determined that my financial/household paperwork life be contained in one file drawer plus two notebooks, so that's my limit. It makes sense to do all of that sort of thing at once--labeling ahead for tax folders, going through and dumping/shredding stuff, etc. That can all be done at one sitting and I only have to do it about every 4-5 years, other than going through my "paid bills" folder about once a year and pitching it. I used to have folders for each utility account, each bank account, etc., but I haven't done that for years, and it hasn't made one bit of difference. I throw my paid bills (the ones I don't pay online) in a folder and when it gets too full, I go through and pitch most of it.

Anyway, that's my simple way of keeping track of all that stuff. I reward myself by buying cute folders and hanging folders and using my labeler when I do it, rather than crappy ugly ones that are boring.

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As for my progress this week, we painted the kitchen and mud room, but that's not very organization-related. The kitchen is done, though (other than the ceiling, which my husband is taking care of today). The mud room is almost done. We ran out of paint. We should be able to finish it this weekend, no problem.

I have the painting of my office/studio scheduled for this weekend, and the room is not quite cleared, so I need to work on that. I still have some stuff to sell before we move, so my plan is to store it in the expedit cubes. I need to empty the cubes out and then pack them with the stuff to sell, plus the shipping supplies. That should clear out most of the rest of what is in the room. I'm very excited that we will have time to get all this done. It feels good to not cart stuff to our next home when I really don't need/want it anymore but it's too good to just toss. I sold a ton of rubber stamps last fall doing this and it was awesome. I'm really glad we did it, too--one rubber stamp set that I probably paid $10 for went for $75!!! What the heck is that about? Anyway, good feeling. I have a system down for shipping stuff and a bunch of supplies from the post office left over, so I am just going to put it all in a few of the expedit cubes and that way I will know where to find it when I need it. Right now it is in a wicker laundry basket on the floor in the studio, cluttering up the place.

I really need to get everything off the walls in there today, so I can fill the screw/nail holes before we paint. Painting will probably be tomorrow. Then next week I am hopeful we can get the hallway painted during the week. I have a sort of tight schedule to get the rest of this stuff done. My target date to list the house is March 1st, but really I am fine with anytime from March 1st through March 15th, so I built in a couple of weeks to allow for delays. I just know that if I don't give us a deadline, we will keep dragging it out. So March 1st is the goal.

Everybody is getting so much done!! Hi to all the new people!



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Posted: 1/19/2013 9:38:20 AM
I agree with the idea to not "overfile." I tend to group items together and drop them in. I know I have the papers and *if* I need a certain item I can dedicate some time to finding it in the bigger file. This makes more sense to me than dedicating extra time on a regulars basis just to carefully file each item individually just in case I *might* need it someday.



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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:18:00 AM
Can I tell you how much I love this thread? LOL!

Well, my timetable isn't quite what I had hoped it would be as I got home from work later than anticipated this, and then had to help the kids with homework, etc. That left me little time for organizing. But, I've still made some progress. Last right I worked through my nightstand, top of my dresser and the pile next to the dresser. That took me longer than my dresser did and I'm still not done! I think the reason for this is even though none of these areas were totally jam-packed, most everything there are items that really should go elsewhere. And the problem with that is most of but "elsewhere" areas aren't really organized. So... I need to work that out. I think I need to be okay with the fact that as I'm going through this process, figuring out what I need to keep and toss and then how to organize what remains, there will be some disorder. So, if there's a pile in the office that I'm definitely keeping in that space but there's not nice, organized spot for it just yet, I need to be okay with that for now.

I'm being a bit lazy at the moment (it's 9:15am PST), but I do have some goals for today. I need to finish up what I started last night, and then move on to the master walk-in closet (gulp!). I tend to set unrealistic goals, and then get really discouraged when I can't meet them. So, at the very least, today I want to move out from my closet and start sorting through everything that is on the floor or on the shelves, and all the clothes that are hanging will stay for now. I think this will help me to keep things more manageable. When I get to the point of being ready to go through my clothes, I don't think I'll need to take everything out of the closet; I can just sort and toss right there on my closet floor. I need to remember to take a "before" pic first, and perhaps I'll post it if I'm feeling brave. It is BAD, you guys- LOL!

Wish me luck everyone, and happy organizing!

Sonia


2014 Goal:

Organize my entire house one drawer, cabinet, nook and cranny at a time!

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:57:09 AM
I haven't posted yet; but I am enjoying being inspired by all of you. Here is what I have done since the beginning of the year:

Kitchen: Threw out 2 big garbage bags of expired food-who knew the cupboards held so much. Some expired in 2008. Was able to put the rice cooker in one of the food cupboards to get it off the counter!

Bathroom: Threw out old make-up, soaps, etc. Still have a few shelves to go.

Organized college son's mail (from the past 6 years).

Donated 2 garbage bags full of clothes. Lot more to sort through.

Threw out portable closet in bedroom and put 2 new ones in it's place (the new ones have been in the way since August because I was waiting for DH or DS to help-that never happened, so I did it myself today).

I feel so good about getting all this done and know I have a long way to go; but now I know I can do it.

My main goal is to clean my ds's upstairs bedroom and get it ready for him to move back into once college is over (he may not, but at least it will be ready). Tons of his clothes are in there, so I will be sorting through them. After that I am moving his stuff from the downstairs room where he has been sleeping and making that into a craft room so that my main areas will look less messy.

Thank you all for inspiring me!

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Posted: 1/19/2013 3:39:52 PM
Finally finished my bathroom, drawers, linen closet, makeup, and cleaned out a junk drawer full of receipts! That's it for today.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 5:19:40 PM
Sorted and organized all the greeting cards into ones with envelopes and ones without as well as by category. I also have a basket of envelopes that I can match to the cards missing one. That is a watching a movie project.

Then I went through a box from my dad marked notions. My mom had enough elastic and seam binding to go coast to coast and back with some left over. Again a sign of ALZ - not remembering what you bought so you re-buy it. Got it sorted and put away.

Also went through my sideboard and tossed, a couple of cabinets especially the top shelves and put stuff in the donate pile. I will not be doing a yard sale again anytime soon!

Now I am looking through my Country Sampler magazines for ideas for decorating with what I have. I bought a wooden tool box and need ideas as to what to store in it and just general ideas on decorating after the holidays. My reward for a hard days work.







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Posted: 1/19/2013 5:21:45 PM
Forgot that I changed the bedroom mattress and box spring from a full size to a queen size, put on the headboard and remade the bed. Also swept and mopped the room.







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Posted: 1/19/2013 5:34:47 PM
I haven't posted in awhile but have still been organizing. I think I mentioned we've been at the hospital a lot ans taking care of nana's paperwork but i also had ds8 birthday party today. You might think I've been surface cleaning. But no.

I've rearranged kitchen cabinets. I have adjustable shelving so I adjusted it to work better for me. I switched up some other things and the family isn't thrilled that I keep changing things.

I woke up yesterday at 3 am, not by choice, and accomplished an amazing amount. But the big news is, i cleaned off my kitchen desk and it has stayed clear for about a week! Ds has been using it for homework.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 5:37:05 PM
Just skimming on my phone...


Pheestand what an accomplishment with all that tax stuff for your clients!

Seanna i love how you said, I thank myself for being prepared.

Everyone is doing such a great job!


~Jen


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Posted: 1/19/2013 5:38:24 PM
Finished my weekly paperwork that I started yesterday.

Took care of some minor repairs -- fixed a dresser handle, replaced the shop light bulbs in the basement, finally got the ceiling flood light bulb replaced -- had trouble reaching the 12 feet!

I was able to really quickly clean out the fridge before grocery shopping this afternoon. I'm so glad I cleaned, fixed, and organized it. Took me 5 minutes to keep up today.

ETA: Pheestand -- we took the artificial tree to the dump today! It was DH's suggestion. Next Christmas we'll get a new one, and hopefully by then my entire basement will be cleared out and there'll be plenty of space for it.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:17:39 PM
I am a bit late to the party but thanks to you all for inspiring me. Today after reading some of this thread, I started evaluating my kitchen. Organized one cabinet, then did all my spices. Moved on to the medicine "cabinet" and discarded all old stuff that had expired in the last month or so and reorganized everything else. DD has asthma and we have tons of meds for that, so I created a basket just for the asthma meds.

Thanks to you all for the inspiration and getting me going on things I need to get done.

~~ Lisa ~~

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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:08:09 AM
Planning on redoing my spice cabinet as it is narrow and I am just not happy with it. I think I will get a basket from the garage and use it as a tray in the pantry then move other stuff like cake mixes and baking stuff to that area.

Also I have a basket of stuff to sort and file for scrapping. I want to get it organized as every time I want something I have to dig for it.

I have tomorrow off so will be starting that after church today and working through till tomorrow. I know that will start a craft room reorganization!







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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:55:15 PM
Feeling pretty crummy today - severe allergies and migraine with it. So I haven't really done anything except bring my niece home and get some laundry done. Can't bend over without a lot of pressure and then feeling like I will pass out.







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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:45:25 PM

ETA: Pheestand -- we took the artificial tree to the dump today! It was DH's suggestion. Next Christmas we'll get a new one, and hopefully by then my entire basement will be cleared out and there'll be plenty of space for it.




Your post made my day! So very proud of you!

I was able to reorganize only one shelf in the pantry, and one smaller cubbard in the kitchen today. Kids have finals this week so I spent most of the weekend helping them empty binders and reorganize them for the upscoming new semester at school. Lots of studying going on here this weekend!

Oh, and I did clean off the DVR- you know, the DVR needs organizing every once in a while too!
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