I"m a little behind! I didn't quite get this done yesterday, so I'm making up today.
I really needed this one!! I don't think I'd cleaned out my freezer since.... EVER!
What a mess....
So I pulled everything out...
I've heard vinegar is good to clean the fridge so you don't use chemicals, so that's what I used!
I sorted through the food, and threw some things out...
Ahhhh... clean freezer...
I guess I know what I'll be cooking next week!
Tidbit: On tupperware for leftovers I use a dry erase marker to write the date I made it and use by date! It stays on in the freezer but washes off when you want it to!
This cabinet doesn't get used too often....
Tidbit: Invest in these turntables from Bed Bath and Beyond. They aren't too expensive if you use your 20% coupons. They are SO worth it!
Do spices go bad???? Some of these were expired but they were full so I kept them anyway.
Day 13 & 15
The Medicine Cabinet
This is probably the WORST area in our home. I have been putting this off... and putting this off... We put these cabinets in about a year ago and they just became the tossing ground for... well... just about everything that didn't have a home!
I threw away about half the things in this cabinet. I will admit (shamefully) - there were things in here that expired in 2007! '07!! Oh my goodness...
And then I replaced the empty space with some things that were under our sink. I think I need more baskets!
Bathroom - Under the Sink
Our Master Bath has always been a huge issue in keeping organized.
The drawers to the right have definitely helped. But as you an see, they're a mess. I forgot to take a before pic of the inside of the drawers. We'll just say they looked a lot like my junk drawer...
So my tibdit for today: Think about what containers work for your routine and your space. When I originally organized this space I did use containers and drawers, but I definitely didn't use the right kind! On a typical day, this this is what my counter looks like...
I decided to get rid of the container I had, and replace it with 4 different containers, sorted by which products I use the most. I put the items I use everyday in one basket so I can pull that one out and slip it back in when I'm done getting ready. I put the items I only use periodically in the baskets at the back.
Cleaning the Fridge
So glad I didn't go to the store yesterday! Here are the pics from today's challenge:
SO much better! And in need of some groceries!
Tidbit of the day: I've never done this before, but I am definitely doing it from now on. I have everything grouped together in the side like Toni did (ex: ketchup, mayo, mustard... all together). I had two of so many things in the fridge and I never noticed! Especially pickles... probably left over from pregnancy cravings. haha
Mobile Command Center
I can NOT believe how fast the past 17 days have gone!! Only 4 more days!! I can tell a HUGE difference in our house. It's amazing how quickly I am able to find things and I now know exactly what we have in our house!
So today's challenge was the paperwork. I have been waiting for this challenge and let me tell you I needed it - badly! Here's the before (please don't look too closely at the mess in the background!):
I found some really cute folders at Walmart. They seemed expensive to me (around $5 for 6 of them), but I didn't need many of them, so I thought I would splurge!
I actually had this fantastic organizer that has made it through many moves - I think it may be from college??? I just knew I would need it one day! It's faded, but it works perfectly. Now I just need to think of something cute to do with it!
Tidbit of the Day: This is a pretty useful one that I picked up from my mom. As you will see I didn't make a folder for my coupons. I actually keep them in a plastic envelope that is easy to take with me. I don't have a picture because it is in my car right now!
Thank goodness I just did this one about a month ago! Sorry no before and after pictures. You've seen enough of my messy spaces to guesstimate!
We don't have too many keepsakes, since we've only been married a few years, and our little guy is still... well... little. AND my parents thankfully haven't made me take anything out out of there attic yet. Basically all we have are cards from our wedding, pictures etc. I keep everything in my pie cabinet with other crafty things, sewing machine, and scrapbooking papers.
Honestly looking at this picture it still looks a little chaotic, but it is MUCH better than it was and with me being a day behind it will have to do for now! =)
I keep all of our cards in our card box from our wedding. I'm still trying to come up with something fantastic to do with these, so if you have any ideas let me know!!
Tidbit of the Day: This is actually more for me than anyone, BUT I've discovered that I have amazing intentions for scrapbooking. I have a book for every year my hubby and I dated, a book for my little man, a book for our wedding. However... NONE of them are finished!! I'm hoping that one day I will get motivated and finish them all, but for now, I purchase the picture books from shutterfly. I've realized that they're smaller, easier to make additional copies to share with family members, and so much fun to go back and look through! And they don't take nearly as much time to create!! So I think for now I'm pretty hooked on the Shutterfly books. They always have amazing deals and they just always turn out so good!!
Now I'm off to clean out the master closet - whew!
OH MY GOODNESS....
Let me give you a little background on our closet.... it's about 10 feet long and VERY narrow and FULL wall to wall. Don't judge me - I worked retail for 7 years. To say this is WAY past due is an understatement. This is like many years past due. Here is one of my goodwill piles.
I have a SUPER hard time giving away clothes (and shoes). They hold sentimental value to me, sort of like they're a part of who I am, part of a chapter of my life.... I know SO cheezy! So here's what I did to "let go".
I tried on EVERYTHING! Yes, EVERYTHING! With just recently having a baby I had absolutely no idea how anything fit. I stood in front of the mirror and asked myself how I felt in that shirt, pant etc. If it didn't make me feel great, wasn't comfortable, or was out of style it got tossed.
A very wise woman once told me - if you keep things that you're on the fence about you're not going to be able to find the clothes that make you feel fabulous! (who doesn't want to feel fabulous???)
Okay so enough of my rambling. This project is going to take probably the next week to finish. I just wanted everyone to know I wasn't slacking!
This one will just have to be continued....
The majority of my photos aren't printed out yet, so this project was pretty easy for me! The photos I do have printed are organized and at the top of my closet in boxes.
The rest of our pictures are organized and on SmugMug. I started using smugmug when my son was born. It's not too expensive - I paid 1 full year up front. I upload all of our pics there so it's easy to share them with family and friends. I chose smugmug because there are so many options for privacy and it also allows people to download them and get them printed off themselves.
I finally finished the master closet! Woo hoo!! It was a HUGE task, but it is finally finished!!
- Use the same style of hanger for each category of clothes
- Hang up clothes with the hanger facing the same way. Always make a ? with the hanger - clothes face you and hanger is always the way a question mark would face. That's a tip I picked up while working my many years in retail.
- Hang clothes according to style and color
- Don't keep things you don't wear!
- I personally give the dry cleaning hangers to goodwill. They have a sharp point that can damage clothes. I DO keep their pant hangers though and use those for all my pants. They are great pant hangers!
It's a great way to keep your laundry baskets organized. Here is a look at the hardware we used to put them up.
I don't have step by step instructions because we did this so long ago, but e-mail me if you have questions! it's a life saver!!
I can't believe the 21 days are over!! What an accomplishment this has been!! This week I am relaxing and enjoying my organized home!