28 Days Purging Series: Day 8

Welcome to day eight of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the utensil drawer.

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.

This task should not take long. If yours is like mine, we are constantly shifting the tools around. It is so easy for this drawer to become unorganized or too full. My older kids do chores, and one of their chores is to put away the clean dishes. With this being said of course things are not put the way we would do it and that’s ok. So, this is why this task is a good one. We can get it back in order. I have pulled all of the cooking utensils and gadgets out, went thru it all. I am into kitchen gadgets and at times something I buy might not work for me or I don’t like it, but instead of tossing it there and then I can at times for some reason hold onto it. Today is the day to let go of those. Get rid of those cooking utensils that are well used and you see it’s time to be replaced. If you don’t have a second of something that you use daily, keep it until you replace it. Make a note of what needs to be replaced. Also, be sure once they are replaced to toss them. My drawer organizer is from Costco and I have had it for many years. It came with the utensil organizer for your cutlery and this one for your cooking utensils. It works and is very durable.

Something I also did was added this cute tin to my stove top to hold my most used utensils. It looks cute and is so convenient. This tin is from Dollarama, it came with a wood lid and I just took it off and thought it was cute just like this. What do you think about it?

Are you enjoying this purging series? Is there an area that’s not covered in this series (printable calendar here) that you would like to see in a next purging series? You feedback is greatly appreciated.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 7

Welcome to day seven of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Serving Dishes.

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.

It’s time for another quick purge task, it’s Sunday so I want to make sure the task was a easy one so it doesn’t take up much of family time or your other tasks you may have. Go through your serving dishes, pull anything that is chipped or old, it’s time to go. Any dishes you come across that you can’t remember the last time you use it get rid of it. Just be honest with yourself, if it’s not used often it is just taken up space that can be freed up. You could also make a note of dishes you may need to replace.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 6

Welcome to day six of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Kitchen Linens.

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.

Kitchen linens should not take more then 5-10 minutes depending on the amount you have. For me this task took me less then 5 minutes. Go through all your dish towels, table cloths, cloth napkins, & placemats. Get rid of all that are stained, ripped, &/or old. I would also get rid (donate) the ones your just aren’t using or no longer suit you colour pallet.

This was a quick task right? Let me know in the comments below how long it took you. If you didn’t get rid of any of it, that’s ok too. Maybe you got to reorganize the space your store yours and got to see what you need and don’t need.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 5

Welcome to day five of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Spices.

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.

This task should be pretty simply and quick. Go through all your spices get rid of all old ones, expired, etc… and combine all your back ups to one place. Now is also the time to get rid of the ones you bought and never used. In my tasks of spices I included to go through oils & sauces (packaged, in a jar &/or bottle). I included this in mine as it only took me 5 minutes to go through our spices and I felt I really needed to go through the sauces and such. If you are like me, sometimes I buy a new sauce in hopes to try or actually do try, but don’t like. So for me I had a few I knew I could get rid of &/or donate. If you like, you can also make a note of spices you need to buy since your already going through it, it’s the perfect time to note what you may need instead of doing it another day.

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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.

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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.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 2

Welcome to day two of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the freezer.
If you missed yesterday’s Day 1 you can find it here.

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.

With the freezer it depends what kind of freezer you have, if it’s upright and side by side of your fridge the process will be similar to what we did in our day one The Fridge. If you have the bottom drawer style freezer or the top door one it will be slightly different in how I am explaining it in steps, but the process will be to declutter & reorganizing. No matter which you have it should not take long.

If your freezer is the side by side, you can start at the top shelf area and work your way down and then to the door. If your freezer in the kitchen doesn’t need to be done and you have a deep freezer or another kind you can choose to do those instead. Organize items as you go thru putting them in order &/or in their correct spot. If you have a top or bottom freezer I would take everything out and put items back in once sorted. This will make it easier for you to know exactly what you have in there. It will also make it easier to regroup the items you want together. This should not take long enough where items can defrost.
Start with the items that can’t be out long like ice creams, popsicles, etc… You want to look for items that have been there way too long. For freezable meals (frozen pizza, microwave dinners, chicken nuggets), check the expiry date. For meat and fish, look for items that have been there too long or have freezer burn. Depending on how long they have been there, if you decided to keep it then insure you keep it on the top or/& front so they can be used. You can also look for items that you bought, but didn’t enjoy and are still in there, now is the perfect time to get rid of them and make space for things you use. Tip: I have a deep freezer in my garage, before every shopping trip I go thru that freezer and move what I need into my kitchen freezer so I am not one, over buying and two keep a good rotation. Also, when putting away items I have bought I make sure to put it at the bottom &/or back of the freezer and move what was there forward &/or top. This insures that I am using “the older” ones (which is not really old but you know what I mean).

A great organization tip, if you need some structure in your freezers, I use plastic bins from Dollarama, items I do not keep in their boxes can be put in them. It’s organized and easy to find. My freezer has sliding bins which is where I sort my fish and my meats. I have one shelf where breakfast items are stored and the other for things like frozen vegetables, fruit, fries, etc.. Bins work even better for those bottom drawer freezers & top freezers. It’s a great affordable way to have an organized freezer. You can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree.

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.

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