4 Weeks to a More Organized Home {Week 1}

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I’m joining Crystal Paine’s 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge for the month of March and am excited!  Crystal’s challenges are my favorite.  They’re so beneficial to my family and my home.  Less clutter, more organization, calmer me.   Though I’m a few days behind, it’s okay. She designs these challenges so you’re able to join at any time–progress is progress!

The challenges include one main task for the day, but Crystal also lists other things you can do to get yourself motivated and moving in the right direction.  Do what works for you.   I usually do the main challenge and the toss-7-items-task. What I adore about her challenges is that with only a few minutes a day to dedicate, you can take part and reap the benefits.

I’d love it if you’d join me.  Having fellow Challengers motivates me and I get to encourage you as well! 

Click here for more information on the challenge.  She will post challenges for each weekday of March.  I plan to play catch up tonight and tomorrow and I’ll share pictures and my progress soon in another post.  Let’s do this!  Are you with me?

Here are the challenges for days 1 through 5 (truncated) if you’re going to do this with me (pretty please):

Day 1:

♦ Set the timer for 15 minutes and quickly pick up the main living areas of your home.

♦ Clean out your purse and/or diaper bag.

♦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.

Day 2:

♦ Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your kitchen: wash the dishes/load the dishwasher, clear off the countertops, and, if you have time, wipe down the countertops and the outside of the cupboards with wet rag or cleaning cloth.

♦ Clean out your refrigerator. There’s a step-by-step guide for cleaning out your refrigerator here.

♦ 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.

Day 3:

♦ Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bedroom: throw out any trash, put away items that are out of place, get rid of clutter, tidy up, vacuum, and make your bed.

♦ Clean out your freezer(s). If you need step-by-step help, read this guide on How to Clean Out Your Freezer.

♦ 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.

Day 4:

♦ Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bathroom. Need specific directions? Read this article on How to Clean Your Bathroom in 15 Minutes.

♦ Clean out underneath your beds and furniture. Remove clutter and trash and put it away or throw it away. Move the furniture (if possible) and vacuum underneath.

♦ 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.

Day 5:

♦ Remove your couch cushions and clean out any crumbs, toys, or other miscellaneous items you find. Vacuum the cushions, underneath the cushions, and all crevices of your furniture. Spot clean the fabric, if needed.

♦ Set the timer for at least 15 minutes and do something you really enjoy and that relaxes and rejuvenates you. If you need ideas, here are a few: read, write, call a friend, pray, exercise, bake, play with your children, laugh with your husband, stop by the bookstore and browse the book selection, work in the garden, or take a nap! Take some time to just stop and enjoy life today!

See how easy one day’s tasks can be?  Love it.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my progress.  See you then.  And do please comment below if you’re joining me!

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16 thoughts on “4 Weeks to a More Organized Home {Week 1}

  1. I actually have a good start on these already, did the fridge with my daughter Friday, and the kids cleaned the bathroom (throw away 7 included in there) so I am in! I’ve got a basement I’ve been promising myself to clean for a month now, and a couch that could completely benefit from the “vacuum any crumbs etc”. lol
    I follow you on FB, love your little daily pictures and notes about your day. Have a lovely March and let’s do this!

    1. Well, Jodi, you are well on your way! I’m playing catch-up right now and feeling good already. I need to do the couch soon and pull it out from against the wall. Wish me luck. lol Thank you for the kind words and for being a friend to me here and the FB page at Cozycakes Cottage. So glad you’re doing this along with me–Here we go…! xx

    1. Hi Kathy! I’m a whole week behind, too! No, worries–I’d just do the main items for each weekday of last week to catch up (you can just do those this week whenever you have the time in addition to each day’s new task). For example, one day was to clean out your purse, one day was to clean out your fridge, etc. Then each day there is a “set your timer to 15 minutes task.” I like to do those, too. So today I happen to have time to do most of the main tasks from last week so I’m cleaning out my purse, tidying my bedroom, cleaning out underneath the beds, cleaning out my fridge and freezer, and vacuuming the couch well (and behind it and under it). Then I’m taking time to find items to donate and doing as many of the “15 minute” tasks as I can. No pressure! Just do what you can from last week’s (they’re listed above) and then tomorrow I’ll post Monday’s newest task. If you’re too busy to play catch-up, I’d just start fresh tomorrow when I post the newest task! 🙂 So happy to have you join in! Thanks for stopping by! ~Danielle

      1. I might’ve been unclear: The challenge started last Monday so I posted all of those 5 days’ tasks above. Don’t let that discourage you because you’ll see how manageable they are when you read them. I’m catching up right now and am almost done! And I’ve only been doing it for a bit today in between other things I’m trying to get done. Stress-free! Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  2. Oh lord I need the whole day to clean out the freezer period LOL and same with the fridge and than being I have a small chest freezer and an upright freezer and 2 refrigerators with freezers

    1. Oh but I do try to do some of this everyday anyway and I have been filling boxes with stuff to get rid of at least once a week trying to get rid of some clutter that has built up over years I’m terrible I know

      1. LOL!!!! That just cracked me up! I love all the cold storage going on at your house! I still have to finish up my freezer and my upright freezer in the garage so I’m in the same boat. 🙂 You’re not terrible! There’s always something to do, isn’t there? I’ve been decluttering for 2 years. No joke. 😉

    1. Yes, it is. I love these challenges because it helps with digging in and getting a head start on spring cleaning. Doing it with others motivates. I’m just not someone whose home is perfect all the time, but I love to keep up with things so I enjoy joining these homemaking and organizational challenges. And sometimes we forget about areas of our home so Crystal’s challenges are great reminders for me.

I love your comments and read them all.