Day 9 Decluttering and Organizing Challenge

Master Bedroom

1. Make sure you have a bin or basket for your donation and keep pile.

2. Have a trash bag and recycling bag with you.

3. I like to start with the dressers. One drawer at a time. I don’t like getting overwhelmed.

4. I like to get the top of the dresser next.

5. I like to get under the bed next.

6. Lastly the nightstands.

Dresser Drawers Done

donation bags ready to go

Thank you everyone for doing this project with me…

-Pamela Henry

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Day 5 Declutter and Organizing Challenge

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Storage closet. This is the last closet in my home. It is our junk closet at times. I try to keep it organized but it still gets messy.

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Once again I start at the bottom and work my way up. I do one shelf at a time. I put everything in my keep, donate, or trash pile.

I take my keep pile and start organizing my shelves. Then put the other things in their proper places around the house.  My donation pile keeps growing with each and every closet and I am going to be dropping it off at the Good Will tomorrow.

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I am so glad to be done with closet spaces.  I am pleased with the results and love having the closets organized.  Looking forward to doing more decluttering and organizing next week. Hope you join me.

-Pamela Henry

Day 4 Decluttering and Organizing Challenge

Today I am tackling the linen closet.

I just did a big donation of sheets and blankets last year. So I only have a few items for donation out of the linen closet.

Also if you have old towels or one with holes you can cut them into kitchen rags. That is a good way to up cycle and save money.

before

donation pile

finished

So glad I am almost done with closets. Tomorrow I have one tiny storage closet to declutter and organize.

-Pamela Henry

Day 3 of Decluttering and Organizing Challenge

Today we are tacking the boys’ closet.

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So, I got my donation pile going. Had to get a dirty clothes bag for this project. Then put the to small clothes and shoes in the keep pile.

Remember to have a box or bin for the keep and donation pile.

Donation box

Once again I start at the bottom and work my way up. Starting with clothes and shoes. I also try to get all the torn, stained, and to small clothes out of the closet space. This isn’t a fun task but a necessary one.

Next I tackle the toys and games. Just go through and trash any broken toys. You can trash or donate games with missing pieces. I like to donate games they no longer play or outgrew. Toys that will be passed down can be put into the keep pile.

I always declutter, then clean, then organize the space.

img_4823I just want to thank you for doing this challenge with me……

-Pamela Henry

Day 2: Decluttering and Organization Challenge

We are tackling the Girls closet!

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Yes, it is a mess! Yes, it needs a lot of work!

1. Get your keep box, donation box, and trash bag ready.

2. Jump in and start. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up.

3. Declutter first! Then organize.

I like to start with the shoes. Go through and see what is to small or torn. Toss the torn up shoes.  If you are saving shoes for a younger sibling put in the keep pile and put in proper bin later.  If you are donating go ahead and put in donation box.

Second, go through toys and stuff animals.  Broken toys get tossed.  If it is a toy being handed down to younger sibling then put in the keep pile. Same thing with stuff animals.

If you haven’t gone through their hanging clothes yet.  This would be a good time to go through and take down clothes that are to small.    If keeping clothing for a younger sibling put into the keep pile to put in proper bin later.  If donating then go ahead and put into the donation box.

After I get the bottom done and the hanging clothes done. I like to tackle the top shelves.  Again go through things and donate, trash, or put in keep pile.

Lastly I try to get the donation box out of the house into the garage or storage area. I try to get it ready to get out of the house by the weekend.  I take the keep pile and try to get everything put into its proper place. Putting toys away in their proper home, shoes in their proper home or bin, putting clothes into their proper bin.  Also get that trash bag to the trash.

 

Finished product

I started with the closets because they can become the catch all in our space. I know that the closet spaces in my home can get pretty bad, especially in the children’s rooms.  I just love a clean closet space. It makes my mom heart happy.

-Pamela Henry

P.S. Thank you for joining me.  Please like, comment, and share.

Declutter and Organization Challenge

First step to organizing a space is decluttering. I know how hard it is to get rid of stuff, but if you want to be organized you have to declutter. You can spend hours organizing but if you have to much stuff it will become a disorganized mess again.

I like having a keep box. A donation box and a trash bag when I go into any space I am trying to get organized.

Today I am starting with my closet.

This is the before picture

Donation pile and trash bag

Keep pile and papers to go through

Finished product.

Donation pile 1.

Closet 1 done.

  1. Go through your clothes and shoes.  Toss anything that is torn or just to worn out.  Also go through any shelves or boxes and toss anything that is trash.
  2. Like I said before have a place to put all donation items.  Good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in over a year it is time to consider donating it.
  3. Remember organizing can be cheap and simple.  I actually use baby wipe containers, spaghetti jars, boxes, and dishpans to help me organize my closet.

-Pamela Henry

P.S. Please leave comments in the comment section.  Let me know if I need to add anything in this series, and thank you for decluttering and organizing with me.

Seasonal Clothing

It is that time of year again. Time to take out, sort through, fold, and hang up our Fall and Winter clothes!  Which means time to go through and put away our Spring and Summer clothes.

We have six bags full of light jackets and winter coats. Ones that are to small or to big for anyone to use at this time gets put back in a storage box.  Same with the long sleeve shirts and sweaters.

I also make sure everyone has what they need in the correct sizes. Which requires taking out the storage bins. Packing up the sizes that are getting to small and taking out the correct sizes.  If my oldest two need  something we make a list and go shopping. (My oldest is a boy, my second oldest is a girl.)

I have not posted anything lately because I have been drowning in Laundry!!!! Yes, it has to get done. A seasonal chore that can not be skipped over.

 

Just One Word

Laundry!

Ladies pull up a seat and let us talk about laundry….

No, I have not discovered the magic portal at the back of the dryer that steals socks.  I have not invented a machine that will fold our clothes for us.  I am not here to tell you some amazing secret that will solve all your laundry problems.

So, why am I bringing up this ugly subject? Well ladies, we all have laundry.  If you have living people in your home, you have laundry. It is something we all have to deal with, unless you have a maid to do it for you.( I know, I know that would be nice.) We all have to face the laundry baskets and hampers at some point before the monster gets out of control.

I really don’t have a secret formula. I am still trying to figure out what system works best for us and what really doesn’t work for us.  I have learned what worked two years ago might not work as well right now. Right now what works best is dividing the clothes into four sections: Boys clothes, Girls clothes, Me and Brian’s clothes, and towels . I also found that small loads are more manageable, and makes it easier for the children to help. It also makes it easier to fold and put away.  I have folded the same basket of clothes at least 3 to 4 times before because they were not put away quick enough. (That has happened to many times to count.) I have taught my children how to use the washer and dryer. I also start teaching them how to fold at a young age, that is when they are most eager to learn and help. Even Colt who is five can fold pretty well.

Just a little Henry Laundry History:  The first 4 1/2 years of marriage I lived in family housing at Mississippi State University.  We had to do laundry at the laundry mat on campus or go to my parents house.  Not fun at all not having a washer and dryer.  So, when my hubby graduated and we moved off campus and I got our first washer and dryer I was beyond thankful and excited. Baby #3 was on the way and I had two little ones 2 and under. So lots of messes and lots of laundry. As much as I really don’t like laundry, I was beyond thankful for the reasons I had so much laundry. Through the years we have added to our household. So that meant I added more and more laundry.  There have been times the laundry sat on the loveseat for a little to long.  There have been times I folded a basket of clothes so I would have a place to put the clothes coming out of the dryer.  There have been times I just wanted to go sit in my closet with a bag of Dove chocolate and a cup of coffee to avoid the laundry baskets. Other times I remember the reason I have all this laundry. I remember what a blessing it is to have a washer and dryer. I remember the little ones that need clean clothes. I remember that laundry in and of itself is a reminder of all my blessings. It is all about perspective.

So ladies, please leave some of your laundry tips in the comment section to share with everyone else. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

-Pamela Henry

Focus Challenge

 

A focus challenge is when you focus on a few task.  You start out by making a list. Example: 1. Make bed  2.Clean night stands 3.Clean up floor 4.Sweep.  It is important to keep the list small, all you need is 4 to 5 task to focus on at a time.

Then you set the timer, you can set it for 5 minutes or for 10, for each task.  The focus challenge is meant to pick task you can complete within a 5 to 10 minute time frame. It is important to complete each task at hand before moving on the next task.

Some things that help me focus and not get distracted:

  1. Have all my materials in the room with me.
  2. Have two Walmart bags, one for trash and one for recycling
  3. Have a dirty clothes basket
  4. Have a empty basket for items that belong in other rooms.
  5. Have my broom, vacuum, and Swiffer with me.

I usually do this when I am feeling overwhelmed and don’t really know where to start.  This also helps me get rooms cleaned up quickly.  To get my momentum going I usually start in the smallest room of the house. Then when I see progress I keep the momentum going by moving on to the next list of task to focus on.

-Pamela Henry