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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Assignment #8

Missed the first few days’ assignments? You can see all the posts in the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series here.

Day 8 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 go through your dresser drawers. Remove items you no longer love, need, and/or wear. Quickly organize the remaining items.

::Wipe down all the door handles in your home. You can use a damp rag with a little disinfectant on it or a cleaning wipe. If you have younger children, they’d probably enjoy joining you in tackling this project!

::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. 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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  • Lana says:

    Yes, this needs to be done and while I am near every door I think the switchplates need doing too! Thanks for the nudge!

    • Lana says:

      Done! That was easy and I wiped down the outside of my front door which—ahem—had cobwebs all over it. What a nice welcoming thing for guests 🙁

  • Maria says:

    Whew, much more doable task today!!! Still working on the baseboards from yesterday!

    • Laura says:

      Agreed! I would definitely consider this an easy task, especially since we do it quite regularly (along with the switchplates). Finishing the baseboards is on my list today, too!

  • Lana says:

    One great tip I saw recenty somewhere on a blog was to keep a trashcan lined with a trash bag in your closet. Anytime you come across something in the closet or dresser that needs to go just toss it in there. When the bag gets full take it out and donate it. I plan to do this so we can keep ahead of the overstuffed closet problem.

  • I haven’t had time to join in, but you have inspired me today with things I need to do!

  • Wanda Smith says:

    I decided to take the plunge to get rid of seven things. This led to me selling some kids’ clothing on a local Facebook page. I live in a rural area but was able to set up delivery for when I went to town. In two trips to town I was able to sell $98 worth of stuff thanks to your suggestion. My girls and I have decided to start a vacation fund with anything we sell of their clothes or toys. We are all very excited. Thank you for your encouragement along the way.

  • Meredith says:

    Yay, this seems easy! I mentioned on last night’s update, would you consider putting together a printable checklist of all our tasks when we’re done? I’d love to have one! Thanks for helping me get my house together!

    • Heidi says:

      I’d love a checklist, too. I don’t have time right now to keep up with the tasks, but I want to tackle them this summer.

  • Danielle B says:

    Yay! I’ve already gone through our drawers and gotten rid of everything we can, which is partially why I started the challenge with six bags of things for Goodwill in our van. 🙂 The doorknobs won’t take long to do at all, especially not with my chidren helping. This will give me a chance to finish catching up on my other assignments. Here’s to another productive day!

  • Jessica says:

    I’m doing the 2012 things in 2012 challenge. I find at least 10 items per day on weekdays to toss, donate or recycle (or Freecycle). I’m not following on your assignments, but I am tackling one area each day to clean that badly needs it.

    Yesterday, I went to get my air popper out for making popcorn for our afternoon snack. The plug was stuck. I keep the popper in the cabinet above my stove. The plug was stuck down the vent shaft. So I got on the stepstool and released the plug but saw that the bottom of the cabinet was all sticky and yucky. Standing on the floor I can’t see the surface of the cabinet and my husband doesn’t look up there because he doesn’t eat popcorn!

    So, I washed that cabinet before I made the popcorn.

  • Anna says:

    Hooray! I can do this! And hopefully have some time to finish those evil baseboards!

  • Ilyssa says:

    A nice easy one! And a commonly overlooked one! Glad I’m getting this done… hopefully it’ll keep my family healthier… I plan on adding light switches, cabinet pulls, toilet handle and other commonly touched things. It’ll be a disinfecting day.

  • Nicole says:

    Thank you for this. I just finished my baseboards and they were SO dusty. I’m not sure I’d cleaned them since we moved in almost 2 years ago. 🙁 But they look better now!

  • Kay says:

    Washing baseboards and doors are much easier tasks for small apartment dwellers than selecting 7 items has been! I don’t have that much space to stuff extra things to easily find 7*20 extra items.

    • Crystal says:

      Maybe you can start counting pieces junk mail that you throw out? 😉

      • Kay says:

        Tempting! I feel like I’m taking a bag of papers down every week to be recycled and it’s just the two of us so I never understand how it piles up so fast.

    • Holly says:

      Eww not in our apartment, it was very makeshiftly put together and some rooms have actual molding while others have 1×2’s that are caulked on the top edge to the wall and the caulk collects dust and dirt like like glue… In our apartment I put off the baseboards yesterday I will admit. :-/

    • Diana says:

      Ha! I was thinking the same thing and wondering if I was doing something wrong. No garage, no attic, no basement, and barely and closet space…so where do I come up with 7 items a day? This has been a really fun challenge. I completely surprised myself yesterday when I went thru my closet and found tons of stuff to donate!

      • Kay says:

        Exactly! The “clean under items” was also an interesting challenge since I utilize the under bed and under cabinet space for additional storage.

        I confess I pushed my fiance to go through his drawers last year but only did a token effort on mine. I really ought to clean out my closet too because I *know* there are items in there I haven’t worn in one year.

  • Krystal says:

    All my doors and light switches will be getting the full scrub down during naptime. 🙂

  • Mackenzie says:

    Yea, an easy task today! Excited to find 7 things to get rid of. Kind of like a treasure hunt! 😉

  • Valerie Henry says:

    This I can handle! My dresser drawers are pretty empty right now because I haven’t brought my summer clothes down from the attic yet. I only did one baseboard yesterday. I used a damp cloth, and the baseboard was so dirty that the dust mixed with the water on the cloth and got streaks of dirt of my wall, so I had to clean my wall. ***sigh*** I’m such a great housekeeper……not!

  • We do this regularly so I know I can get the kids to help me. I forgot yesterday to find 7 things to get rid of but the junk drawer need to be gone through so I am sure I will find somethings there.

  • Kara says:

    Thanks for the new series. I enjoy coming on each day to see what you have in store. Sometimes you just need that extra reminder of jobs you don’t do in your normal day to day cleaning. Our house is starting to look less cluttered and cleaner. I love the 7 things to get rid of/donate. I am sure I have had a few days where I have gotten rid of 10 or more things. I go for hunts to find things….its actually fun. lol Off to clean door knobs! : ) Thanks!

  • Jan says:

    I am love love lovin’ this series but because I work part time out side the home I am behind a few days- any chance you can make a printable of all the tasks at some point in the 4 weeks? thanks!!!

  • I got out of yesterday’s task…since this baby has dropped, there is not a chance on earth I could bend down to get the baseboards 🙂
    And, luckily, I wipe down all the door handles on a daily basis, so we’re set there.
    Today I’m doing the one project I missed last week–cleaning out the garage freezer. I’m doing a freezer cooking session today, and need to make some room. Kind of scared of what I may find…if no one hears from me, send out a search team! 🙂

  • Emilie says:

    I too would love a list of all teh “bold” tasks as I hope to do them all this summer when I am not teaching.
    I love your way of posting the assignment and then the results too!

    I also want to try to do the 7 things a day but with my children. I want to see if they will be willing to part with things too if I make it a challenge to seeif they can collect the items faster than I can! I think we will do 10 items each on Saturdays…40 items a week from my house would really help improve the amount of clutter!

  • Anu says:

    Could u kindly send me the links to assignment #2 and #1 .
    I could not find the link to the same.

  • You know at first I dreaded the 7 things, but now it is the first thing I do to get me motivated!

    • Brandy says:

      I totally agree! I was nervous about coming up with 7 things everyday, but it is so refreshing to know that you are taking a little more clutter out of your life! I feel like that is the permanent part! The dust may recollect, but that piece of clutter is GONE!!!

  • Tennille P. says:

    This has motivated me so much!! I look forward to reading the new post every morning and how you did every night. I also Love reading everyone’s comments on how they did or what they did different. This is a blog that I wish was year round because it keeps me focused. One thing extra I did this week was went through my entire closet and since I have recented lost over 25lbs, I pulled all clothes out and separated what fit and what didn’t fit. I am donating or consigning depending on how nice the clothing is. I Love my closet again.

  • Rebekah says:

    Seriously, it is really odd how fun this has been. I’m still not done with the baseboards (I’m 6 months pregnant plus i keep getting distracted by the fingerprints and smudges all over my walls!) but breaking all these tasks up into bite sized pieces and getting to work on them “together” is so motivating! (The nesting instinct helps, too!) I’m going to vacuum the couches out tomorrow when I do our main living areas and our bedroom is already spotless since we just painted it, so that is helping me feel more caught up on all this. 🙂 Just have the baseboards in the kids’ bedrooms left to do!

    • Alicia Hart says:

      I agree – It really has been actually FUN. How weird! LOL! I am 5 months along and I want to get all this done before this babe comes.

  • Meredith says:

    Done! Easy day:)

  • Kim says:

    The doorknobs, light switches, & telephone are also good to do frequently throughout cold & flu season (to prevent spreading germs). As a prior school nurse, I’ taught infection control for years & many people don’t realize this.

  • Alicia Hart says:

    Okay, I am a bit behind but I my vacuumed out my couch yesterday, and I just finished wiping down my fridge. We got sick over the week end and my DH stayed home for the past day or so.

    Today our toilet over flowed and then my toddler had an accident in the middle of our other bathroom floor. Now we have a dry cereal mess all over the living room floor. Whew!! Who needs to work out when its already built into your day! How convenient! 🙂

    Now, to get to those dresser drawers and door knobs. I really enjoy reading the posts that people write. It makes me feel like I am not alone in this adventure.

  • Cheranne Johnson says:

    Thanks for this…. it really needed doing 🙂 I was also using today to try the “get rid of 7 items”….I thought it would be hard. It wasn’t and I found other items I could get rid of too. I donated 3 pairs of old eyeglasses, one case to go with them, and I got rid of an old warranty booklet for an item I no longer have. I got rid of a pile of papers/brochures/ driving directions from our recent trip from Florida. (just got home Monday)…it feels good to know I won’t be looking at them forever!
    Thanks again for the motivation. I also like the idea from the other day about the long handled duster to reach behind furniture for the baseboards!

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