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 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.

Comment below and let me know if you took part in today’s task. I am loving these tasks, keeping it simple without the overwhelming feelings is great motivation.

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Organizing & Decluttering

Hello friends,

On today’s post I will be sharing some organizing and decluttering tips that I use and it helps me get to it done.

I love to use bins and laundry baskets to sort piles out like relocate, toss, donate. Relocate can be something found out of place or I would like to use it in another part of the house, I also use that if I am going to hand it down to one of the kids.

Start small, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are dreading to even start. Also, getting those smaller areas done makes me feel accomplished, giving me that feeling to tackle another area.

Before you start on any room or/& space, visualize how you want the room/space to look like. Then you can choose a category on what to tackle first ex; supplies, books, papers, pictures, knick-knacks, etc… When it comes to your clothing and shoes, if there is a lot to go thru split the task. For example, tackle all your sweaters, then t-shirts and so forth. Making it less stressful and getting one category done will lead you to want to continue either at that same moment, if you have time, or on your next decluttering/organizing slot. You can apply that method to shoes too, do sandals first, the running shoes, etc…. I don’t mean all the shoes in your house. For me, we are a family of six, so I declutter by person. So, if I am doing my shoes and clothes I am only doing mine not anyone else. At this time in my life I only declutter clothing, shoes, bedrooms for myself and my two younger kids, ages 8 and 9 years old. My two older kids do their own and so does hubby.

I also answer these questions when decluttering:
1. Does it fit?
2. Do I still like this style?
3. When is the last time it was woren?

For home decor or/& knick-knacks I also ask myself questions, does this still go with our home decor? and is there too much stuff in this area? If it does not belong in that space I move it to where it should be.

If it doesn’t have a home it’s time to go.

I love decluttering and organizing, but I have to admit sometimes when I started full in I use to get overwhelmed, the amount to go thru when decluttering or even with organizing. I use to pull out my entire closet and then half way thru feel overwhelmed and leaving it for later, which later turned into some other time because then I would dread doing it. Or with kids I would have to stop to make snacks, lunch, or attend to them and that gives me less time. With time, I learned a better way, I would try ways to help these tasks become enjoyable and not stress me out. The most rewarding part of decluttering and organizing is having a space you love where your items have a home and you are able to find whatever you are looking for. Also, having a decluttered and organized kitchen, closet, bathroom, makes getting ready and looking for something so much easier with less time spent. I love reaching into my kitchen cupboard and being able to get what I need without having to search for it or take half of the cupboard out to get it. Same applies to my clothing and shoes so much easier to get dressed and know where everything is.

It gives me such peace of mind when I know where everything is. It also helps the whole family be able to get things on their own with simple or no direction.

I keep this up thru out the year. I usually do clothing, shoes, jackets before each change of season. I plan ahead to insure I start earlier, giving me the time to separate by category and family member.
For house decor and knicks-knacks, I do not need to go over so much anymore, as I have been keeping it down to what I like. If I deicide to redecorate or change up some decor, I deicide right there if I want the orginal decor for another spot in the house or it gets donated.

For my kitchen and bathroom cupboards & drawers, I don’t set certain seasons to do it, as these are well used parts in our home, I do those as I see necessary. Leaving it easier to up keep.

Now, onto the last category Seasonal Decor. A great idea is get rid of what you do not use once you have finished decorating for that season. I love Christmas decorations and found it so hard to get rid of any of it at one point in my life, but I changed that. Thanks to one year when my husband bought up every bin and box labeled Christmas and I saw the amount of bins and boxes with decor that I was holding onto for that what if moment which didn’t happen in years. That was when I really went thru everything and got rid of everything I wasn’t using. I also promised myself to not let it get that bad again, so every year what doesn’t get used gets donated &/or tossed. With that experience, I do that method to all my seasonal decor. Not only does this save you time when changing out your seasonal decor, it clears room in your storage space making everything else accessible and neat.

Remember just start some where. You don’t have to do everything in a day, week, or/& month. Plan your days as you go and see when you have time for it. Even with a small grab of time one of the smaller areas or things can get done and marked off your list. The first go at it, you may not let go of much or organize as much, but that’s ok. Once you get into a habit and do it more often thru out the year, the easier it will be and the more change you will see. Organize spaces to best work with you and your family. I learned over time as well that not every way others organize will work. Create organization for you, how you see and feel that it will work. If it doesn’t at the first go you can learn from it and change it to what will work. That’s how I got better at it, trail and error. In one of my previous post, I share my Top Productivity tips and that too was learned as I tried to come up with what works for me.

Do you have tips or advise on decluttering and organizing to share with our community? Comment below. I love hearing new ideas and methods that work with others and I can try. How often do you declutter and organize?

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