28 Days Purging Series: Day 4

Welcome to day four of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing The Pantry.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series, if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Let’s jump in. Whatever kind of pantry you have start from the top and work your way down. This is not cleaning task, just a simple go through, tidy, and clear out. If you find something out of place, put aside and then once everything is done you can put it where it belongs. Look through all expiry dates, really look at everything. Get rid of anything that you are not using or/& have not used in a long while. If sealed in date you can donate it, if opened maybe you know someone who uses that product, or just toss it. Anything you think is stale get rid of, if you can’t remember how long it’s been there then it’s time to get rid of it. By getting rid of these things you will have more room. A cleaner and visible space, making it easier to see and know what you have. Also makes it easier to get what you need without pulling half of it out, or not knowing what you have and buying it again without really needing too.

Sharing mine with you, it was a hot mess.

This took me a while as we are a family of six and I store a lot in my pantry like baking supplies, healthy smoothie supplies, healthy snacks, kids snacks, chips, nuts, canned food, extras, etc… We really need a bigger pantry. (There maybe one soon, hint, hint.) I really was procrastinating this task. It also took me the whole time because as you can tell from the before and after pictures I did organize it as well as going thru all the items and getting rid of things. Honestly setting a timer is the best, you get it done and quick. I thought it would take me forever and it didn’t.
Tip: I have learned that if there is something I really am pushing off because of the time I think it would take, I set a timer and this motivates me to just do it. There’s something about setting a timer that makes it feel more fun to do. It’s like a game to beat the timer.
It motivates me to just get to it, also I used this method in my big basement clear out setting a timer for the amount of time I have that day and this was great, I knew I wouldn’t get it all done but it sure made me see the process and wanting to continue with it.

Also, these bins you can see in the pictures are from Dollarama and Dollar Tree, they are perfect for keeping things together in their categories and not having to keep every product box. It’s not perfect color coded or every bin matching, but it works and I love bins for organizing and keeping certain things contained.

Did you miss Day 1, 2, & 3 post? Click on the day number you missed, posts are linked.

Comment below and let me know if you took part in today’s task. How did today’s task go for you?Did you clear the clutter? How does it feel/look?

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 3

Welcome to day three of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the kitchen counters.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead.  If you missed the previous post Day 1 and Day 2, they are linked for you.

Our kitchen counters can get cluttered quick. I also, use to keep more appliances out on display (the pretty ones). I quickly learned that they are, one just taking up room and two making cleaning longer.
I now only keep out the appliances that we use daily (example; coffee machine, espresso machine, toaster oven) everything else I store away in the cupboards with easy access. This clears up room on the counters and makes cleaning the counters faster. It also makes the kitchen look bigger and sleek. I do have decor on my counters, but not much. The decor is also away from the spaces we use daily.

If you keep papers on your counters, I suggest getting an organizer for them.

You can sort into categories &/or family members, it’s neater and easier to find what you need. It is also a great way to keep on top of and making a habit to go thru weekly. You can easily tuck in on the counter where you like. This also makes it look so much better.

Let’s get right in.
First pull everything off that doesn’t belong on the counters &/or items out of place. If you have paper piles, go thru and sort them quickly, toss anything you see you don’t need (ex: flyers), and then you can move them to the place where you will be going thru them in more detail. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong there (tip: you can put the things that you want to move to another place of your home in a basket, a laundry basket works great, and move it to their homes once done) Keep appliances that you use daily out making it easier and less time consuming pulling them out everyday, the others if you have the room store it in a cupboard, or if you have a walk in pantry. If you do not have the space in the kitchen, think of an area of your home that you can make storage for those items. (could be a space you can setup in the basement, or in a hallway closet that has room, etc..). For your dish washing area, I personally keep a ceramic tray out that holds the dish soap, hand soap, dish sponge and brush. I do this because I have teenagers that do chores and having it out is easier for them. I added the tray to make it look more appealing. Under the sink is also a great storing area.

Comment below and let me know if you took part in today’s task. Do you love keeping pretty appliances out on display? Did you deicide to change it? Let me know.

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