Welcome! I have decided that 2016 is my year to get my house in order for real. I’ve created a week-by-week guide focusing on one area at a time. Yes, I realize a year is a long time. But I believe it’s the time line needed to make the thorough and permanent changes. No more surface organizing – we’re getting down and dirty! So let’s get started! Each week we will have an assignment, an area of the home to clean up, clean out and organize. And since cluttered homes are harder to keep organized, there will be an additional challenge each week to help you purge items from your home!
52 Weeks to a More Organized Home | #10 & 11 The Garage
How did you do last week with cleaning out your fridge and freezer?
Now we’re going to tackle the garage! Don’t worry, I’ll give you two weeks to work on it! This is a great time to get things ready for a spring yard sale too! Be sure to check out my tips on how to have a good yard sale!
Your additional challenges this week:
- Let’s keep returning things to their places. Make it a habit this week to grab one thing from a room before you leave that doesn’t belong in that room and either return it where it belongs, trash it, or add it to the donate box.
- The winter season is almost behind us. How many of the hangers in your closet are still turned around backwards? How many of those are winter items! It’s time to either wear it or toss it!
- If you’re doing the 2016 Clean Out Challenge you should have tossed around 400 items already and you’ll need to toss out about 80 items over the next two weeks. (Shouldn’t be too hard if your garage looks anything like mine!)
- Some things to note about the clean out challenge, while 40 items sounds like a lot, it doesn’t mean it has to be 40 things of any great size or value. Did you find 7 old receipts in your junk drawer? That’s 7 items you just threw away! It doesn’t matter how big or small, if it goes, it counts! I have a notepad on the fridge and put a tally mark for every item I toss so I can keep up with how much I’ve gotten rid of so far! I’m a little behind at only 300 items.
Are you going to join me in having a more organized home? Comment below! Leave your tips, questions and suggestions! Let us know how your week went. I’ll be honest, I’m about 40 items behind on my 2,016 Item Clean Out Challenge… Also, tell me about problem areas in your house – everyone’s home is different and I want to make sure we cover all areas during our 52 weeks! Don’t forget to come back next week for a new challenge!