40 bags in 40 days, final update!

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Thank you to those who followed along with my 40 Bags in 40 Days decluttering challenge from White House Black Shutters.

The last date scheduled on my list was April 4th. I took a couple extra days to finish it up because I was feeling a little exhausted but I’m finally done!

With my last few days I cleaned out all the junk in my truck and deleted about a billion emails from my 5 email accounts.

I also reorganized our desks and purged some office supplies that we never use, were broken, have been updated, etc.

I did quite a bit of work on some meal planning and prepping to make freezer meals in a couple weeks. (If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!) Trying to get things ready and simple for when the little man gets here so all I have to do is heat and eat!

Some fun mail came last week in the form of a fancy new planner from Plum Paper Designs on Etsy so I basically got my entire life reorganized. I’ll be posting about this amazing planner later on this week.

I did a big purge on my fridge and freezer, got rid of any and all expired salad dressings, condiments, etc. I went back through my junk drawer and basket on the counter where stuff seems to accumulate. I’ve done a decent job of keeping that organized so that task was a breeze.

Finally I straightened up my closest that’s under the stairs (again) and made it so I could store some baby items in there that he won’t need until he’s older.

This challenge was a decent success! I know I could have stayed on top of things a little bit better and stuck to my schedule more strictly. Regardless of my motivational deficiencies, after 40 days I can definitely tell a difference in my house. I would estimate that I purged at least 15 full trash bags of stuff, between items to donate and junk that needed to be thrown out!

This gives me a head start on my upcoming move this summer, as well as make room for our new addition and all of his goodies!

How’d you do with your challenge? Share in the comments below! I’ll definitely be doing this again next spring. Now off to find a new challenge!

Siggyforblog

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40 bags in 40 days, Week 5 Update

I’m a day late with this update…oops! After last week’s post I was feeling pretty good, finally getting my re-organizing and decluttering back on track!

This week, week 5 of my 40 bags in 40 days Challenge, hasn’t been quite as productive but I’m still making progress.

I scheduled three days in a row to work on the garage. I mentioned in my post last week that I was ahead by a day after clearing out all our recycling and getting a corner cleaned up. The other two days were a bit of a pipe dream. It’s pretty organized as is. I do have a pile that I’ll either be trying to re-sell or donating, so I left that alone. There’s too much stuff for me to be trying to load it into the truck and carry it into the donation center. I’ll have the hubby help me with that on a different day. 🙂

Other items on this weeks list were to clean up and sort through all of my jewelry. I’m not a big jewelry wearer. I have a couple necklaces I rotate on a daily basis. And a few things that Wes has bought me that I wear or wear for a special occasion. But then I have a ton of items, specifically earrings, that I’ve had since I got my ears pierced around the age of 13. So it was definitely time do some purging!

I also had clearing out books on my list. We’d done this a few months ago so I did a quick look of all my books to see if there was anything else I was ready to let go of.

Finances were scheduled this week as well. This included getting taxes done (which I did last week!) It also including reviewing our bills, budget and setting up a couple financial goals.

The last item for the week was to clean up my coat closet that’s downstairs. We have no use for coats here…and since we’re 95% certain as to where and when we’re moving, I can’t anticipate needing them anytime soon. So I’m taking all those and getting them stored into space bags. I also keep extra dog and pet supplies in there so I will be purging those and cleaning all that up. I’m also keeping some baby stuff in there, like the 25 bibs I’m the proud owner of…since I figure most bibs should be closer to the kitchen?

Once I space bag everything I’ll have a ton of room to store any baby stuff that I’d like to leave downstairs. I meant to do this yesterday…but after I had an ant problem in my kitchen yesterday morning, I suddenly felt the need to scrub my entire kitchen. Which lead to me deep cleaning my bathroom.

So the coat closet is happening today!

My regularly scheduled task for today, to start off this week, was to clean out all the junk in my truck, which is already done! My task for tomorrow is done as well! Looks like I’m off to a great start!

How’s your challenge going? Is your housing looking decluttered?

Siggyforblog

40 bags in 40 days, Week 4 update

So last week was a disaster, I mentioned that in my last post.

The last week hasn’t been a whole lot better but I did make up for it today and yesterday! Here is what my list currently looks like:

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I have one task left that I need to catch up on. Not only did I catch up on everything but one task, I even did a few ahead of time! Maybe the nesting thing is finally kicking in?! And, have we all noticed….I’m more than halfway done with my challenge!

The one task that I just flat out didn’t finish this week was filing all of my paperwork away. I absolutely hate filing all that stuff so I let it pile up for weeks months and then do a huge stack at once. So that’s left on the list. Yes I know this isn’t decluttering as in purging…but it really is. I broke it up into two days so I didn’t get overwhelmed. I don’t always open statements and things so I went through and made sure I got all the junk out, opened everything and re-piled it nicely. So that is still on my to do list — mainly because I’m avoiding it because I just really don’t want to do it. It’s a really big pile…

I did purge an office trash can full of stuff, so I definitely made some progress! And it looks almost organized in the office aka man cave.

But that was my one missed task of the week. I did a bunch today so I’ll highlight my favorite accomplishments!

I cleaned out ALL the cupboards in all three of my bathroom’s today and was able to purge a ton of stuff, so I’m quite proud of that accomplishment. I got rid of a trash bag, between expired medicines, bath products I don’t use anymore and just other stuff that I’ve been hoarding, it felt really good!

All in a days work (or two!) getting my purge on!

All in a days work (or two!) getting my purge on!

Plus I have a small pile of stuff to add to my donation items also. Things I don’t use, things I’ve upgraded, things I somehow have three of, etc. Bonus,all of the cupboards are neatly organized now!

I jumped ahead and already finished Thursday’s task which was getting all of our recycling out, breaking down boxes, clearing up a corner of the garage, so I’m ahead there by a day. Since we are getting so much baby stuff sent to us, I could build a box fort. My cat would love that.

Another item on my list (not for another week!) was to clean out and declutter my email inbox, that’s done. I was bored last night and it seemed like a good idea. Lastly, I also checked up on, as well as organized our finances and budget.

I’m feeling really accomplished now!

So while I am still a little behind I have three days in the next couple weeks that are already taken care of. Small victories people, small victories!

How goes your declutter challenge? Or any other challenge you might be working on?

Siggyforblog

40 bags in 40 days Challenge, Week 2 Update

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So Week 2 of my 40 bags in 40 days Challenge has pretty much been a disaster, I’m not going to lie. I started off strong, finishing my Thursday and Friday tasks with ease. Then I fizzled out and skipped Saturday – Monday. Part of this was due to a power outage Saturday but the majority was to my lack of motivation and my desire for napping. I’m a napping champion.

So Tuesday was my catch up day, plus Tuesday’s task, leaving me with four tasks to try and accomplish. Luckily two of my tasks were super easy and I had just done them about two months ago, so I just went through and made sure I didn’t miss anything and re-straightened a few things.

That left me with the laundry room my, biggest task of the week. During this challenge I try and deep clean the area while also doing my decluttering.

My laundry room is mostly just unorganized and needs a good scrubbing. But I can’t really reach or get to most things with the whole belly in the way. So this will definitely need another good cleaning in a couple of months. I got a portion of it done yesterday in moving a few things around. With all the new things I’m storing in there (cleaning and washing products for baby clothes and diapers) it mainly needs some reorganizing.

Yesterday I sprayed for ants, swept and straightened up Athena’s litter box supplies. My laundry room doubles as a litter box and kitty food dish room. Today I’ll finish the laundry room by reorganizing the products I store there and the tops of my washer and dryer which have random stuff all over them. So finishing the laundry room is on today’s list.

Also on the list for today (and I already did it!) was cleaning out my purse. I got it all nice and cleaned out, receipts thrown out or organized and tossed some long dead and empty Chapstick containers.

Today’s task is to clean under by bathroom sink in the downstairs half bath. There shouldn’t be much to purge in there since it’s mostly Bath & Body Works supplies that I’m hoarding. But it could definitely use a quick re-straightening.

Next week is simple since I only have a couple tasks since I will be out of town for most of it, I only scheduled three tasks for next week.

Hopefully once I get back from my trip I’ll do much better than I did this week!

How goes your challenge? Are you sailing through it? Having any difficulties?

Check out my original post and first update on the challenge.

Share below and have a great Wednesday!

Siggyforblog

40 bags in 40 days Challenge, Week 1 Update

So last week I posted about the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. I began the challenge last Wednesday have now been through the first week. Check out my original post here.

I have to say even though the areas I’ve chosen to focus on are small, it definitely feels good to decrapify!

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Right around the time I discovered we were expecting, I’ve been trying to declutter and clean anyways. Nesting maybe? It’s all been big stuff, like a closet here, a closet there, the garage, etc. Between the incoming arrival of a tiny person and all the STUFF he will need, plus potentially moving at the end of the year, getting rid of stuff has been a priority.

So for this challenge I wanted to focus on really small areas of the house. The FlyLady (check her out if you haven’t) would probably call some of these hot-spots, or areas that seem to attract clutter. Or if it’s a bigger area, or somewhere I feel is a bit daunting, I’ve broken it up into sections. Like I have three days where I want to work on my garage because otherwise it probably won’t get done.

Here’s my list.

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Two of my first tasks were to hit the junk drawer in kitchen and a basket we keep on the counter that I’ve been piling random things in. It was ridiculous how much stuff I was able to purge. I had coupons in my junk drawer from Christmas 2013. Oops.

Another daily task was to get rid of all of my recycling since I’d been to lazy to cut down my boxes and get them in the recycle bin. Getting that done actually really cleared up a huge space in my garage so I wasn’t tripping over stuff every time I went out to my truck. On the same day I also cleaned up my backyard a little bit and got some decorations out that were totally rusted and useless. (Hawaiian perk).

My toughest task of these first seven days was my food pantry. Each time my awesome momma comes to visit we she cleans out my pantries and throws away all the expired stuff, reorganizes, etc. Because she’s awesome like that.

So I guess maybe I should work on being awesome too.

I did get a few things purged and definitely reorganized, so it doesn’t look like someone ransacked my pantry anymore. Just like with my cooking, momma does it better.

I sent this challenge to a few of my friends, to see if they would do it with me. Misery loves company right? Just kidding. Some were already doing other challenges but one told me she didn’t have enough stuff to get rid of 40 bags. I know I definitely don’t since I’ve been working on purging for months. But I’m looking at it a bit differently.

Through the first seven days I think I maybe have threw away one trash bag worth of stuff. That’s not much, but it’s one less bag of stuff I have in my house AND that means a few sections of my house are that much cleaner and well organized!

Plus this is helping to keep me motivated. I’ve noticed a serious drop in my energy lately so now I feel obligated to at least straighten, purge and clean one teeny tiny part of my house each day. Once I start moving around and doing stuff, it’s hard to stop so then I get a little more cleaning done than I planned!

Did you start this challenge? How’s it going?