Are you tired from this weekend’s purge? We’re going to slow down a bit today and take a bit of a breather. This is a 5-15 minute challenge (I hope!)
This weekend we’re hanging out in the
Take the momentum from Friday and keep it up. Three 15 minute sessions should leave you with a much tidier space than you had before. Three 60 minute sessions and your probably getting close to sending your pictures in to Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
Good luck! And if you find anything especially cool, weird, strange, scary, funny, or outrageous, let me know! I’d love to see a few pictures of what’s lurking in your space!
My very first memory is of when I was 3 or 4 years old. My brother who was 11 months older than me, and I, were playing outside in the dirt with a couple of tiny little metal trucks. We were playing outside of our house. It was attached to the back of our fathers little neighborhood grocery store, Roy’s Grocery. It was the summertime. I know this because I remember the dirt was really dry and dusty and we were both only wearing summer shorts; no shoes, no little t-shirts. A thing that I remember is that, at a point, he pulled the trucks away and wouldn’t let me play with them anymore. I am not sure why, but they were his trucks and I was smaller and we were not playing together anymore. I don’t remember the feelings that I had, but I do remember experience visually. This was in the summer of 1948 or 49.
By now you hopefully have a pretty good pace of getting rid of things you no longer need, use or want. At least I really hope you have a rhythm going because this weekend I’m going to challenge you a bit more. It’s three days of “Pick Your Poison.”
Right now, picture the most disheveled, messy, unorganized, afraid-to-open-the-door-for-fear-you-might-be-crushed room/cabinet/closet. Got it? Don’t go there. Think about the place in your home that is one level less fear inducing. Still insane but doesn’t send you into a full-blown panic thinking of your mother-in-law opening the door. That’s the place we’re going to tackle.
This is a 3 Day Challenge. Unless you are just entirely bored for this upcoming weekend with no commitments (and probably no kids!) this is not a pull-everything-out-and-put-it-on-the-lawn exercise. This is a 15-60 minute per day challenge. If you’ve got 15 minutes to spare, spend that amount of time each day. You can probably achieve a ton in just a quarter of an hour. If you have a little more time, spend an hour. Do not freak your spouse out by making your whole house an “under construction” zone for this. Do what you can in the area in the amount of time you have allotted. Include a few minutes for cleanup in the allotment. Set a timer if you need to or do it during nap time so you have a built-in kid timer. And if you don’t get to everything today, no worries, we’re going to come back on Saturday & Sunday!
Trash/Recycle anything that’s:
*broken beyond repair
*broken and you don’t have the skills to to fix it
Donate anything that’s:
*still in good condition but no longer of use to you
*things you can’t remember using in the last decade
*things that don’t represent who you are as a person/family
Keep anything you:
*have a place for
No get hoppin’… there’s stuff to be vanquished!
Hopefully after yesterday this one should be nice and quick!
It’s time to get rid of anything in your shower that you don’t use or don’t like. Have 6 kinds of shampoo bottles with 1/8″ of product left in the bottom of each? Resolve to use them up over the next few days or toss them out if you don’t like them anymore. Ladies… old razors that are past their useful life? Toss them (where the kids won’t grab them and play with them!) Any bottles that are empty and poofs/loofahs/scrubbing tools that no longer perform need to go as well.
The shower is the first stop most of us make in the mornings. Try to make it a place that doesn’t stress you out!
We’re staying in the bathroom today and diving in to look at what might be lurking….
Are you like me? Do the cabinets under the sink tend to collect all manner of miscellaneous stuff. Mine is full of jewelry I never wear, old hair accessories, makeup samples and, well, I’m not sure what else. Time to get in there and start reclaiming the space.
Things to get rid of:
* products you don’t use/like
* jewelry & hair accessories that haven’t been in style in this century
* makeup that’s too old to use. Yes, makeup has a shelf life.
* anything that really doesn’t belong in the bathroom at all
Now if you have old accessories you can donate them or you can donate them to your kids! If you have a daughter I bet she’d love to have a few scrunchies and bangle bracelets and shell necklaces to add to her dress-up box. Just make sure she’s not too young for any small parts.
So much of our lives are online these days, our bills, our networks, our blogs. Would your spouse or family know what accounts you have and what action needs to be taken to access, close or otherwise deal with them? At this point, I’m not sure mine would. Mr. Brown would know where I keep my information but there’s a lot that he just doesn’t know, not because it’s a secret but because on a daily basis he doesn’t need to. We have all the legal stuff done – wills, power of attorney, medical power of attorney & living will. But it’s time for both of us to make sure we have a plan for the rest of it.
If you have already made some kind of kit to help your family, let us know! I’d love to learn from all of you.
Hopefully your bedroom is feeling a little less cluttered. Do you have a few empty hangers in your closet? A couple dozen fewer dust bunnies under your bed? Excellent! We’re moving out of the bedroom today into the bathroom.
Today I’m blog hopping. I like to spend time reading a lot of other blogs for a number of reasons… to “meet” other great bloggers and learn from them, to find ideas that would be helpful for my readers, and to keep a pulse on what kinds of issues real folks are facing that I can help with. If you’d like to check out a few new blogs this week, pop over to KDBuggie’s blog.
We’re back in the bedroom today. This challenge is a fun one. Either it’ll be super easy or make you cringe.
And if you write a blog post about it… link up and let the world know here.