As a family we decided to challenge ourselves this winter(since spring through fall is all outside work except for canning) to take one room per month to focus on. We will clean, repair, paint, declutter and organize that room throughout the month. Without going over a tight budget we are also trying to make the room function better. Like getting rid of my desktop and getting a laptop(may not happen till next year) and replacing an old lighting fixture with a much needed fan for summer heat. We are loosely using the book Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry for a reference and tips. You don't have to have the book to start but she does have great tips and checklists.
So here is the challenge for those who want to join us-
- First step is to pick a room or space you want to work on.
- Second is to write down your goals for that room. What do you have to repair, how do you want the room to function, what items do you never use, does it need a new coat of paint?
- Then set a reward for yourself. This not only makes this exercise fun and motivating but it helps you to connect with your family or friends over the winter months. We pick things like going to a favorite museum, restaurant or a family fun center with laser tag. A coffee or dessert date with a friend or spouse would be fun too.
- So lets get started!!! Some tips in case you are still new to the purge... make sure you start out with some boxes and bags(we put canned items to donate, books and hard toys in boxes and clothes/stuffed toys in bags to donate) ready for any items that are leaving the house. Then make sure to touch everything in that space and ask yourself these questions- Is it expired? Do I love it? Does it serve a purpose or do I own something else that serves the same purpose? Have I used it or will I really ever use it? Is it broken? Does it fit? Can I live without it? And my favorite with repeat items.... will this expire before I can use the second, third or fourth bottle? I buy my husbands favorite toothpaste on Amazon since we can't find it in stores so there are usually three extra tubes lined up. This doesn't happen often in our home but make sure you have room and are organized for those situations. EVERYTHING needs a home. Envision what you want that room to look like. You want your home to be a sanctuary for you and your family from the stressful busy world.
I will be posting before and after pictures at the end of each month. Let me know if your joining the challenge and how you are coming along during the month. Make sure to follow the blog so you get updates each month.