4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Assignment #11

Missed some of the first assignments? See the links at the bottom of this post for Assignments 1-10.

It’s Monday and that means we’re back to cleaning and organizing our homes again. And boy does our home need some cleaning and organizing!

It was a bit of a crazy weekend around here — especially with all the stormy weather and tornadoes. In light of the tornado damage and destruction others experienced this weekend, I can hardly complain about a messy house.

But I still need to whip this place back into shape. I think it may look worse than these mess house photos I posted last month!

Day 11 Assignment

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life! Get your free copy of SarahMae’s ebook, Frumps to Pumps, if you need more motivation in this.}

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and make a list of weekly goals. I’ll post my goals along with a link-up around 1 p.m. ET this afternoon.

::Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}

::Set the timer for 15 minutes and quickly pick up your house and put things back into order after the weekend. If your house looks like mine, you might need to spend longer than 15 minutes. :)

::Clean out your silverware drawer. Remove all items, vacuum out the crumbs with your vacuum’s attachment, wipe down the drawer with a damp cloth, get rid of anything you don’t need or no longer use, and then put everything you’re keeping back into the drawer in an organized manner.

::Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.

Note: If you work outside the home or have a really busy week with little time for extra projects, just do the bolded project above.

At 9 p.m. ET tonight, I’ll be posting my progress and pictures, along with a link-up for you to share your progress and pictures, too. Here’s to our productivity today!

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  1. Renee says

    Perfect!!! I just started going through my silverware, & needed to clean out the drawer today!! Thanks so much for doing this!! I have shared your site with several people!

  2. says

    I was JUST thinking I needed to tackle that drawer! You’re so on top of things! ;)
    I just joined y’all on this organizing journey a couple of days ago. Once we get through the 4 weeks, will you start the process over (since I know it’s never-ending)? (Meaning, will you continually post on your blog?) Or do I need to go back on my own to complete them after we are finished?

  3. Meredith says

    Sounds good…. and pretty quick! I already threw 3 things out this morning before I left for work. I’ve been raving about this challenge to all my friends and family, and pretty much anyone who will listen!:)

  4. Molly baker says

    Just did this last night. How Dow all those crumbs get in a drawer that you only put clean silverware in?

    • Carrie says

      My kids leave the drawer open and then make something to eat (usually something with lots of crumbs) right by the drawer. I ended up moving the drawer!

    • Lana says

      Same at my house. It will be full of crumbs again in just a few days and we are empty nesters and I rarely cook anything above that drawer. Falls into the same mystery as the disappearing socks thing :)

    • Teresa says

      I was going to say the SAME thing! lol How does it happen? I’m glad it’s not just me. I think it may come from above the drawer, like the underside of the countertops or another drawer.

  5. says

    sliverware draw! O boy! always interesting crumbs found in there! I actually woke up to a tidy house this morning. My husband was kind enough to pick up and sweep up after I went to bed last night. So I am thinking instead of 15 minutes of attacking the whole house I will focus on our master bedroom some more.

  6. Angie D says

    I hear ya! I almost joked about it looking like a tornado hit our house and then decided that wasn’t very funny. Huddling in the basement storage room sure helped my resolved to purge (AGAIN)….and helped us all realize how it can all be gone in an instant and is just STUFF.

    • Chelsea says

      That tornado was scary stuff! Finding a way to reach out to those who were affected is definitely going to be on my list of things to do this week.

      I’m excited to carry on with this challenge! I haven’t participated much until this point because we’ve been so busy.

  7. Allison says

    YEA!! Did this one on a whim last week – got a utensil out and realized it needed cleaning and organizing so just did it then! Plus, found some baby feeding items we no longer need in the drawer and sold them on ebay over the weekend and made $10!

    • Busy Mama says

      Sounds like my house, but I use a baby spoon to put peppercorns into my pepper mill, and the toddler spoons are great for serving dips; I saved a few spoons on purpose.

    • Lana says

      I still have all the baby/toddler silverware and my youngest is 21. I kept them for hospitality purposes when we had guests with young ones and now my grandchildren use them. Some of mine go back to my grandmother and I would never part with them.

  8. jessi says

    I am glad cleaning the silverware drawer was on the list today, since it was on my weekly goal list :-) Doing a quick clean do straighten up is something I try and do a few times a day…helps keep up on the mess so at the end of the day there isn’t as much to do…with toddlers around this isn’t always easy :-)
    I was surprised at how many crumbs were in my drawer too!!! I didn’t realize how much it needed a good cleaning…!

  9. Kara says

    perfect task for a monday when weekend messes seem like a lot to do. I kept saying I was going to do this but now I don’t have to its done! took 3min tops : )

  10. Corey says

    Thank you so much for starting this process for us, Crystal~! I finally joined in today and it only took me 10 minutes to clean and reorganize our drawer. I think cleaning out the junk drawer should be on this list if it’s not. We all have one and it’s the one embarrassing part of my kitchen….I cringe whenever someone else opens it to find a pencil or tape. My pantry is clean, fridge is clean and car is clean so I feel great starting with you at this point. Thanks again for your blog, although I’ve never replied here, visiting you is something I look forward to each day.

  11. Jenny says

    Oh, the silverware drawer.. we moved into our apartment in August, I am curious to see how bad it is!

    I am working full time as a high school Spanish teacher and have been trying to follow along with your posts! It is very inspiring to get my home cleaned up! (I have it easy–it’s just me and my husband, no kids yet!)

    I was gone most of Saturday and came home to find out that my husband had cleaned the whole apartment and had cleaned out the fridge!!! That was one of the things I was behind on, and he didn’t even know! :) yay!

  12. Susan says

    I work full time and have a hard time keeping up with your cleaning schedule. I did manage to clean both of my freezers this weekend (the one in the garage had to be completely defrosted. Ick!) Bonus, I found food in the back that I had forgot about.

    Also, gave away one boy’s bike, one pair of boy’s shoes, a Spiderman alarm clock, and 25 kids books. Hopfully, that catches me up on the 7 items per day.

    I’m going to try to do the silverware drawer tonight. Cleaning the refrigerator is scheduled for this weekend.

  13. says

    I’m not doing this particular system, but I have been purging during the last month. I have two friends who are needing money for good causes (an overseas adoption and a mission trip) so they both had yard sales to raise money and we were blessed to give them our stuff. Among other random things, we came up with over 450 pieces of clothing to give away. Is that ridiculous or what?! Yes, we have six kids, but good grief, stuff adds up so fast. It feels so good to purge the extra stuff out of our home. :)

  14. says

    Thanks for encouraging all of us Crystal! I just started writing about spring cleaning yesterday and it’s on my plan for this week to do the drawers! I love how you motivate us. :)

  15. Lis says

    I don’t think I could actually vaccuum my drawers! The thought of putting something that has been on the floor next to things we eat with. . . . But maybe I’m just a little crazy. I think I will use a damp paper towel instead.