Day 8 - Under the Sink
Today choose any one sink in your home (kitchen, laundry, bathroom). Take everything out, give the shelves a quick wipe, gather like things together and return to the cupboard neatly. I use plastics baskets to keep my sink plugs, scourers and cloths together. I also do the same in my bathroom for my products. It makes things look so much tidier and easier to find. 10 minutes...GO!
What have you found under your sink that doesn't belong?
Day 9: Kids Artwork
As you know, this is more than a 10 minute task, even after 10 years, I still find myself fine-tuning the system I have.
I currently store my kids artwork in an A2 Portfolio case, scrapbooks for the smaller 'masterpieces' and for the bigger, bulkier projects, they are stored in 60L plastic containers. I have some of their current artwork displayed in our playroom using twine and little pegs. I would like to have a wall gallery in our home. Watch this space.
In the past I have used artwork (especially the pre-school art) as wrapping paper (perfect for personalising Christmas and Birthday presents), gifted some to Grandparents, framed our favourites, and have also taken photos of their art and displayed it in a Digital Frame (my favourite).
How do you display your kids artwork?
Day 10 - Tame Your Magazines
Hands up if you love magazines! I do! Well today's task is for us to de-clutter the stack of magazines we have in our homes. Eek! I know!
Get them down to a reasonable number that you are going to read. Donate the rest to schools, kindy, Doctors, etc, any place that will use them.
I used to buy a magazine every week and would have them scattered all over the place. Now I only have my OHbaby subscription - I keep for a year, then pass on to expecting/new Mums) and I rarely buy Woman's Day magazines.
How many magazines did you find in your home?
Day 11 - Examine Your Mail Routine
I sort/organise my mail into categories straightaway.
1. Junk mail: Recycle/rubbish. I keep mine in a basket in the dining/lounge. It stays there for one week, then it's recycled.
2. Bills: I write the due date on the family calendar, and in my diary and put the "Bill To Be Paid" in a letter holder. (Note: I bin the envelopes). Once the bill has been paid, it is filed in the expanding file (purchased from K-Mart) .
3. Any other correspondence: I write down any important notes/dates on the calendar and in my diary. Then file it in the expanding file. New magazines are put in the magazine holder for when I am ready to read it.
Do you have a system for YOUR mail? What works for you?
Day 12 - Tackle the bathroom vanity
What's on the top of YOUR bathroom vanity? I only keep our hand wash and toothbrushes out. I have little baskets in the drawers to help keep them organised and bigger baskets in the cupboards for things like moisturises and hair products. I also keep a Bathroom/Shower cleaner & a cloth in the cupboard for when I give the bathroom a quick clean before I go to bed. It feels great to wake up to a clear surface.
What do you have on YOUR vanity?
Day 13 - De-clutter for 'GOOD'
“Decluttering for good” is one of Peter Walsh's favourite expressions. The idea is that the things you de-clutter from your home can really do some 'good' for someone else. So today, find at least one item in your home that is mostly just taking up space and pass it on to someone who can benefit from it more than you.
Since I started this challenge, I have donated a whole bunch of girls clothes to a friend's daughter who absolutely loves her 'new clothes'! And I have another friend who I will be donating my stuff to. Anything they don't use/need is then given to charity.
"Getting rid of something (even something you may love) can be very powerful for both you and for them".
What are YOU going to de-clutter for GOOD?
Day 14 - Garage or Workshed
When it comes to the garage/workshed - this is my partner's space. I don't have anything to do with the garage (lucky for me). So I have given my partner todays' task: De-clutter 5 things from the garage today you no longer need or want.
What about you? What's lurking in your garage that can be de-cluttered?