30 Days to an Organized Life Day 4
Yesterday I shared why small changes are lasting changes and I introduced the concept of the 10 Minute Declutter.
Today we’re jumping in with our first decluttering session.
Click here to read the guidelines for 10 Minutes a Day Decluttering. We normally spend one week on each area of our homes but for the 30 day Challenge we will focus on one area each day we declutter.
I want to start first with the Master Bedroom Closet. Why? Because it’s one of the first places you see every morning when you get dressed. Enjoying an organized closet can start your day on a positive note rather than draining you emotionally and mentally as soon as you open the door. Organizing your closet can also help you to get dressed faster.
IMPORTANT: Please do not take everything out of your closet and pile it on the floor and bed!
Remember our motto is progress not perfection so you are not going to overhaul your entire closet today, organize your clothing by color or buy a new shelving system.
I spent 10 minutes last week in my closet and you can see the before and after:
The before shot is quite the disaster (especially the top left quadrant!) but surprisingly it only took me a few minutes to refold clothing and remove items from the shoe storage that belonged elsewhere.
Today’s 10 Minute Task: Spend 10 minutes in your Master Bedroom Closet removing items that don’t belong in the closet and choosing 5 – 10 items to give away. Place the giveaway items in a box, bin or bag and place them in your car so you can take them to the donation center the next time you run errands.
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Okay, I’m really glad we’re visiting these areas again on a regular basis. I didn’t make much of a dent in the closet because one of the first things I spotted was my coach purse (a hand me down from a niece) that I’ve been avoiding. I let a few junior mints escape and they melted and made a huge mess. There were also a couple of sticks of gum that crumbled into that mess. All of my loose change got stuck in the mess. I hate to admit but I just left the change and the mess in there and shoved it in the closet – out of sight, out of mind. I realize now how that could have attracted some icky things but I bit the bullet for this challenge. I have now cleaned all the mess out (that would flake off) and I have the change soaking. Tomorrow (since everyone’s gone to bed) I will experiment with pulling the liner inside out and doing some things to get it clean enough to use. I consider this a big step toward progress since I really wanted to just shove it in the basket with the other strays I managed to wrangle back in. Thanks for the inspiration, Kimberlee!!
Kimberlee Stokes says
Haha! I love this Trish!
I can totally see myself doing this because I just didn’t want to deal with the mess. I’m so proud of you for taking care of the mess. Great job!
My closet would be the worst place to start! So discouraging! It is a walk in closet and is full of all kinds of stuff! I need to save it for last!
Kimberlee Stokes says
Of course you should do what works for you Joy, but I think you will be surprised at how much of a difference you can make if you focus on one area of your closet and work for 10 minutes. Maybe you can focus on choosing 5 to 10 items to give away.
You can do this!