Yesterday I informed Brian this was CLEAN OUT OUR HOUSE week. FOR REAL!
I’m tired of the never ending clutter. Yeah, I’ve cleaned up over and over different parts of our house here and there. But we’ve never absolutely sorted ALLLL the clutter in our home.
I’ve sorted all of our bathroom items. Remember that post from last year?
This week I’m on a mission to make that happen – ALL over our house.
First up: cards cards CARDS!
Yes, I had help today. My sister and her best friend have signed on to help me with this massive project. Honestly, having them here was one of the VERY best things I could have done for myself. With them here waiting on instruction, I was forced to keep at the task at hand and not go off and do something else. I would have given up mid way through the process today, surely.
They kept me going – even if Joy did complain about being tired. And hungry. And anything else she could figure out. Ha! I love you, JOY!!
While they started sorting cards, I went all over the house collecting every kind of card from every imaginable place I have them stashed. Thank you cards, Christmas cards, blank cards, invitation cards, etc. All cards. Here. In the floor.
Chloe said it was like my own personal Hallmark store….ha! Indeed, Chloe!
After we got them all sorted, we boxed them by like categories and stuck labels where they can be seen on the shelf.
I cleaned out everything from this desk in our kitchen. It has always been a catch all for random stuff and never really used to its fullest potential. Until today!
This is every card and envelope we own! Ready to use, at the desk where I need them to grab and run out the door!
Next, we worked on party supplies. I love throwing parties and I hardly ever throw a decoration away. (GASP, no…not me???) Most of our supplies have been pretty organized, but the problem was they were buried in the bottom of a closet in this bin. I could never get to them when I needed them and so I would go by new supplies.
Houston, we have a party problem.
We consolidated, donated and they all fit nicely right above the cards.
Everything is right in the kitchen and I can get to it whenever we need to throw a party! Y’all wanna come over Friday?? Joy and Chloe are convinced we have everything we need to invite people over 🙂
We even added these little pockets to keep banners in where I won’t forget we have them!
That was totally Joy’s idea. She’s a genius! Maybe I’ll use cute paper later to make them more appealing.
Next stop: markers, crayons and any other kind of writing utensil.
We really worked on this craziness and it all fits in the kitchen desk cabinet too!
I like keeping anything used to color up and away from the reach of little hands. This prevents us from having colored walls or colored furniture, etc. They have to ask before we get these down for use. Win-win!
Oh wait, there’s more!!!
Paper plates, paper cups, plastic utensils, napkins. These items were scattered in drawers and cabinets allllll over our kitchen. I don’t know why. This is so great to have them all available where we need them, in one place.
Note: we usually buy in bulk from Sam’s or Costco, thus the 14 thousand plates and cups.
Last sorting for the day: kids kitchen stuff and Ziploc containers.
Joy was amused at our used dip container holding the kid spoons. Maybe I should recover that. Oooopss!
I got rid of almost everything in this cabinet. We don’t use it. I’m refusing to keep it. No more!!!
Here is what the cabinet looks like now.
These items have been in 4 different cabinets in the past. I’ve consolidated and we even have room to spare!
I used the sun chips box to keep all our kids cups where they can be contained and the kids can actually get them on their own.
It wouldn’t exactly fit under the shelf, so I just cut it down! Use what ya got, right?
This very well may be the most productive #trashouttuesday we’ve ever had in the Haigler house! I’m not stopping. I may just stay up all night and finish our entire kitchen. Brian would think he’s moved into a new home!!!
Starr’s tips for cleaning out and organizing your home:
#1 – Find someone to come to your house and help. They can hold you accountable for doing the work and also help you decide how best to sort, what to keep, etc.
#2 – Clear out a large area for sorting and have lots of boxes on hand. We had a pile for donate, sell, keep, recycle and trash. Note: we filled 8 trash bags today!
#3 – Gather like items from ALL over your house as you go. Don’t just focus on cleaning the area you’re in. Find an item – like cards – and gather them from everywhere. Otherwise, you’ll never truly organize it all and your space for cards may be too small once you find them later.
#4 – Stay with one item until you’re done. I had a hard time getting distracted today. I’d find something and want to move onto another item. Joy and Chloe helped me stay focused. You’ll waste a lot of time if you don’t ever finish anything and you’ll feel defeated. Finishing one item makes you excited to see the progress and motivates you to move to another item.
Happy trashing, y’all!
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