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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Assignment #14

Day 14 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, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

::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 clean the mirrors and glass doors in your house.

::Clean out your utensil drawer(s) (those with serving spoons, ladles, spatulas, etc.) in the kitchen and your junk drawer(s). Take everything out, throw out the trash, get rid of extra clutter, wipe out the drawers, and re-organize the contents as you put them back in.

::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 around 9 p.m. EST 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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  • Angelique says:

    I feel like you know exactly what I was trying to hide …. my junk drawer!

    I know I will feel better when it is clean – *sigh*

  • Molly baker says:

    I did this with the silverware drawer. Guess i will stop putting off the inside of the fridge!! Skipped that day. Yuck .

  • Melissa says:

    That was easy! I have been cleaning out my utensil and junk drawers a couple of times a month since January! My husband is applying for teaching jobs all over and we have no idea when or where we will have to move. I’m due with our fourth in June, and I know from experience that energy will be at a premium, so I am trying to prepare as much as possible between now and then!

  • Anna says:

    Wow, I have been staying ahead for some very odd reason. Thank you for choosing things that I have recently done (why I did it, I have no idea). I am honestly surprised at my excitement for cleaning these days! My husband eagerly asks each day when he gets home, “What did she ask you to clean today??” Happy Hubby, Happy Home. 🙂 Thank you!! Wish I was at your conference so I could give you a big hug!!

  • missy says:

    We have so many junk drawers in my house:( Honestly, I don’t know what to do about them! We also have lots of junk cupboards and cabinets….You’d think with all the hidden space we have there would be nothing on the counters….not so much!!

  • My husband just walked into the room a bit ago and asked “could you get Money Saving Mom to assign window cleaning?” he is loving the results of this series, and so am I. My junk drawers are not in my kitchen and mostly my husbands small tools, but I will brave them, and my utensil drawer too!

  • april says:

    I only have one drawer in my kitchen and I cleaned it the other day 🙂

  • Sarah Z. says:

    I read it and thought that is the worst job! So I did it right away and now I am happy it is done! Thank you for the motivation.

  • Angela S. says:

    Aww….that’s not too scary. I have our junk drawer organized with tupperware containers….pens are in one, cell chargers in an another etc…..
    It really has helped it to not be a huge mess.
    P.S I love that you’re doing this challenge series!

  • Julie says:

    Yes! The one time I’m glad I don’t have a junk drawer! I usually stash some of that stuff in a basket on top of the fridge, but took care of that yesterday. I loved waking up to a clean fridge, I also cleaned off the front of it. Much less cluttered. Thanks for all your work on giving us the motivation to get no-so-fun jobs done! 🙂

  • Meredith says:

    I can’t believe how focused I’ve been with cleaning since I started the challenge with you! We were practically out the door last night to go to a school function and I made them wait so I could finish the bathroom. That is so not typical of me! I love it and I love the results. I just emailed my husband the assignment today to see if he wanted doors or junk drawer… we’ve been sort of tag teaming the jobs. Love it!!

  • Amy says:

    All I have to do is to tackle that junk drawer (& mirrors) because I did the utensil/kitchen tools drawer yesterday! Whoo hoo, I’m ahead again! I was thinking of doing the utensil drawer with the silverware drawer but I opened it and quickly closed it on that day – it scared me. lol Yesterday I resolved to tackle it since I had already cleaned my oven/stove & microwave the day before. 🙂 It felt good to do something I had put off. Procrastination is a problem for me! 😉
    Thank you so much for this series!! I’ve had motivation to do above and beyond and even cleaned out my entire laundry room yesterday – cupboards and all – no small feat in this house!

    • Amy says:

      Whooops…must be tired because yesterday I did fridge tops & my laundry room….make that a couple of days ago I tackled the utensil drawer & oven. Anyway, it’s done. 😀

  • I already did my junk drawer the other day. I did some of the utensils when I did my silverware drawer but I have one drawer with all my measuring cups and spoons along with a few other odds an ends. So I will get that drawer cleaned up today. Our windows do need some cleaning too so I will get to that today. I still have out my steam cleaner so maybe I will use that it works so well on windows. Now if only it wasn’t raining so I could do the outside of the windows too. Well that will have to wait for another day.

  • Danielle says:

    Thank you so much for this series! I’m doing a year long series, but am really loving this one with smaller daily tasks that make a huge difference. Thank you for sharing and encouraging us! And have a great trip!!! (off to tackle the top of my fridge which I skipped…)

  • Mackenzie says:

    My junk drawer scares me, really and truly! The utensil drawer is already clean, thank goodness 🙂

  • Athena says:

    If I wasn’t working full time I would definitely be doing this! I have been printing them out and saving them so when I do start I have it all down. I did start the 15 min timer with my kids and I and that is wonderful! Thank you!!

  • Grace says:

    Not following this particularly since we are moving in two weeks more like packing but it’s great to find stuff I forgot I had 🙂 and sooooo much stuff I have found to get rid of about 30 so far today

  • Emilie says:

    A few months ago I took everything out of the “scary drawer” as we call it, put it all in a rubbermaid and put it in the back porch. Since then I have been taking a untensil here and there out and adding it back to the drawer. In June, whatever is left is going away: rummage sale, St Vinnies, trash etc. There are so many weird things that I never use. I bet there are still 20 items in the back porch.

  • Lana says:

    Ah, the junk drawer, I can hardly get it closed so it does need doing! Glass doors is a tall order in this house! We have many, many French doors and what a pain it is to keep them all clean!

  • MerricksMom says:

    I’m going to skip the silverware drawer, since I have a toddler that uses it to keep himself occupied while Mom’s making supper. (The sharp stuff is in another kitchen drawer.) He’s happy as can be with straws and measuring spoons, etc, and that is worth the trade-off for a messy silverware drawer!
    The junk drawer on the other hand, sometimes doesn’t shut…..

    • Crystal says:

      We did the silverware drawer a few days ago, today’s drawer is actually the kitchen serving/baking, etc. utensils. Sorry if my post wasn’t very clear; I’m not sure if there’s an “official” name for today’s drawer. 🙂

  • Donna says:

    Class, the teacher is cutting us some slack today…after yesterday! 😉
    You wouldn’t believe the neat stuff I’m finding in my house!

  • Jenae says:

    I’m praying that cleaning out the pantry won’t be on this list…which probably means I should be doing it! I didn’t start until this week but I’m already caught up and it feels GOOD! I’m also in the process of purging TONS of stuff! 🙂

  • Corey says:

    Phew. I cringed when I saw the junk drawer on the list (even though I hoped it would be on this list since it had gotten out of control), and I thought there was no way I could get both that and the baking drawer finished in one day…but 1/2 an hour later, I was done. I was actually ruthless and tossed many things I don’t use anymore. So happy things are getting in shape for spring!

  • Tabitha says:

    I just moved my junk drawer to my pantry. I used a shoe organizer on the door and then placed all the items in categories: tape, batteries, ziploc bags ect. into each pocket and I worked well. Now I have a free drawer in the kitchen yay! Thanks for keeping us motivated Crystal!

    • Alicia Hart says:

      We use a shoe organizer in our coat closet for mittens, hats, gloves, etc. I never thought of using it in my kitchen! Great idea – esp since we do not haved a lot of drawer space. Thanks

      • Tabitha says:

        Yes, they work great in just about any room. I have on my craft closet for pencils, pens, scissors, glue, tape, crayons, and more . It’s an inexpensive storage solution (usually around 5 dollars) that houses at least 24 items! 🙂

  • Vane says:

    I am loving this series! Thank you so much! so far I’ve only been reading because my house was a huge mess! so i had to clean it first to organize lol! but i did that yesterday huge back ache today! 🙁 but I’m planning on starting and following you throughout today! hopefully i can stick with it! ^_^ wish me luck! XD <3

  • Sarabell says:

    I’m far, far behind and catching up with this… I noticed per the links at the bottom that there is no Day 15. Where can I find that?

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