Wednesday, February 13, 2013

30 Bags in 30 Days :: Update #4

Update #4: This challenge has been completed! Wow! I could not believe how much went out of our house in the past 30 days. We gave things away to friends and family; we donated things to charities throughout our city; and best of all, we lightened our load. I have a new perspective on how we should spend our money and what we should spend it on. My husband has most of his garage back (we've got a few things to organize now) and the boys' rooms seem a bit more manageable. I imagine we may need to do this purging at least once a year, but we may do it before Spring and Fall Cleanings. I hope we don't have quite as many bags our next time around!

How did you and your family do? Does your house seem a little lighter; your pocket book a little heavier? How did the 30 bags in 30 days challenge help you?

January heralds the yearly purging of our home. During the next 30 days, our family goes through all the drawers, cabinets, closets and catch-all spaces to remove unwanted items for either donation, sale, or trash. While I don't commence my deep cleaning again until Spring, I do make it a habit to encourage my husband and boys to purge during the first month of the year.

I know a lot of people want to declutter or purge their homes; however, they often find themselves purging and deep cleaning which can become very overwhelming at times. I find that if you declutter first, you save yourself time later when you begin Spring cleaning.

If you want to join me, here is my month-long purging schedule. Feel free to substitute my items to better serve your needs. I'll post at the end of each week about my progress and any organizational tips or strategies I discover along the way. Let me know if you've got suggestions to share, too!

30 Bags in 30 Days

1. Junk drawer in laundry room
2. Cabinets in laundry room
3. School closet
4. Attic
5. Attic (holiday bins)
6. Under kitchen sink
7. Pantry
8. Filing Cabinet
9. Boy #1 desk
10. Boy #2 desk
11. Boys' closets
12. Closet (mine)
13. Dresser drawers
14. Jewelry cabinet
15. Magazine basket
16. Gardening cabinet
17. Bathroom drawers (mine)
18. Bathroom drawers (boys)
19. Toys
20. Craft bins
21. Garage (shelves)
22. Garage (tools)
23. My car
24. Cookbook drawer
25. Baking tools
26. Vase cupboard
27. Book shelves
28. Pet cabinet
29. Patio
30. Flower Bed

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