Mission 17: Play Space

Hopefully, you are all finished with your kids’ bedrooms and closets.  Now we are ready to tackle any extra play spaces you may have.  Whether you call it a Game Room or a Playroom, it’s all the same.

Go through each area and decide if it’s working for your family. Make the best use of your space. As you’ve probably already discovered, I love using storage bins for everything. This room is no exception.  Whether they are used to store small toys, games, or Legos, bins are my go-to method for organization.

Decide how you can make the best use of your space. Maybe it’s closet shelves. Maybe it’s bookcase shelving. Maybe it’s a few storage bins.  Whatever you decide, teach your kids your new methods of organization.

Last but not least, spend a little time at the end of every play session and return the room to order! You’ll be so thankful you did.


 

Missions 15-16: Kids’ Bedrooms

Since I don’t know how many kids’ rooms you have, I decided to allow 2 weeks for this mission.  You can do them all in one week and take a break or spread them out over the two weeks.

You are looking to declutter the overall room and closet. Make sure the clothes are hung neatly. This is a great opportunity to give away all the clothes that no longer fit.  It’s also a great time to go through the toys and see if there is anything the child is ready to give away.  We will have a toy week later this year so if you don’t quite have enough time to do this right, you can save the toys for later.  The main goal is to stack them neatly and make the room and closet look as clean, neat, and big as possible.

Too many trophies? Keep the ones that mean the most.

Too many stuffed animals? Give away to someone in need.

Find a home for everything.  If you have younger children, large bins are a great way to help children with daily pick up tasks. You can even print photos of the insides of the bins so the children can play a matching game with their daily pick-up time. Remember, it’s always faster to do a daily pick-up vs waiting until the weekend to return the room to order.  Children will sleep better in a decluttered space as well.

Have fun with these missions.  You may choose to do it alone or you may choose to have your children help.  Anticipate that it will take longer if you let your children help. Of course, letting them help you just might make them realize keeping it picked up is much easier than spending a whole week cleaning later!

Mission 14: Linen Closet

Whether your linen closet is in your Master Bath or in the hallway, this is the week to tackle it. (If you don’t have a linen closet, you may want to consider creating one out of another closet that doesn’t get frequent use.)

I personally do not like folding fitted sheets. They never look right. This one area can affect the look of an entire closet. Several years ago, I decided to take the easy way out and purchase some storage bins for them.  Now my linen closet makes me smile.

I have some drawer sets for medications.  We will cover that area in a later week. For now just spruce up the overall look of your linen closet.  We will dive into details later.  If you have more than one linen closet, be sure you take care of all of them this week.

This is a great week to go back and finish any unfinished areas from past weeks. Otherwise, enjoy your easy week!

 

Week 13: Master Bath

You’ve made it through the first 3 months of our missions!  So happy for you!

Today we tackle another bathroom in our homes.  Usually, this is the largest bathroom in the home.  Some people have a separate bathtub and shower while others have a bathtub/shower combination. Either way, it’s time to go through your hair products and shave gels in your shower and narrow it down to only the ones you actually use!  Give that area a really good scrubbing, too.  Rust on your shower head?  Time to clean it up and make it shine.

Next, move on to the cabinet drawers and under the sink areas.  We will tackle the cosmetics and medications later in separate missions.  For now, do a general straightening session here.  You may need to purchase some bins to corral everything.  I assure you being able to find what you need when you are in a rush will make all the difference in the world!  Put cosmetics together.  Put medications together.  Put hair products and supplies together.  And by all means get rid of ANYTHING that has expired or is a little crusty!

Take some time to polish up the cabinet fronts and clean the baseboards.  I’m sure you already clean your toilet weekly but now is a good time to be sure you clean behind the toilet.  Give the trash can a good wiping as well.

Here are a few quick-cleaning tips while we are here.  Keep a toilet brush in the bathroom.  You can even get one to coordinate with your decor.  Swiping it often will prevent a nasty ring.  Keep wipes under the sink for a daily counter clean (or every few days at least). Lastly, consider keeping a box of tissues under the sink as well. This will work great for any stray toothpaste that lands somewhere you wish it hadn’t landed.

You get the whole week for this bathroom.  Make it sparkle and shine!  It will make getting ready for each day a breeze!

Until next week..

Week 12: Master Closets

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For the last few weeks, we have focused on full-size rooms so let’s change things up a bit. This week let’s tackle our Master closets! These are usually the largest closets in the house. Yours may be one single his/her closet or it may be two closets. Either way, let’s get in there and organize those closets.

The size of a master closet can truly make or break the sale of a home. We want to make sure we maximize the square footage as much as possible. Even if you are following along with the challenges with no intent to sell your home, you will reap big rewards for decluttering this space.  Think of all the time you will save each day when choosing your clothes and shoes to wear each day!

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. Get rid of anything with holes or stains first! If you haven’t worn it in the last year or so, it’s time to say good-bye. If you didn’t like that sweater last year, what makes you think you will like it next winter? Keep the clothes that make you feel great about yourself! If you are on the fence about something, decide now that you will give it one more season to make the cut. Turn all your hangers the wrong way and then turn them the right way after you wear the items again. If anything is left turned the wrong way at the end of the season, then you know it shouldn’t make the cut.

What about those belts and purses? Ties and scarves? If you wear or use them, keep them! If you don’t, let them go! The same thing applies to shoes.

Some people like to pull everything out of the closet and then put things back in one by one. That method overwhelms me, especially if I’m not sure I can finish in one decluttering session. It makes me feel like I have another room to deal with if I don’t finish.  I tend to declutter my closet one section at a time. Do what works for you! There’s not really a right or wrong way to do it. Some people want to do it all in one session. Some prefer to declutter in 15 minute increments.  The choice is yours! Whichever methods you choose, be satisfied that you are getting the job done!

Next week, we tackle the Master Bathroom!

 

Mission 11: Master Bedroom

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We will now transition from the main areas of the house to the more private areas. Most people tend to not be as picky about their bedrooms as they are the more public spaces. I challenge you to make those private areas just as important as the rest of the house. You spend as much time there as you do anywhere. You will sleep so much better in an uncluttered space.

The #1 thing to do every single day to make your bedroom look tidy is make your bed. Now we can argue that you will just mess it up again at night, but typically 80% of a bedroom’s peacefulness is gained simply from keeping the bed made.

The next thing to do is look at the tops of the dresser and nightstands. Clean off the tops and keep them that way. Find “homes” for every item whether it’s clothes or mail or anything else you may have there.

Do you have a chair, bench, or piece of sports equipment? Do you use those items as intended or have they become a dumping ground?  If they are not being used as intended, consider letting them go. If you aren’t ready to let them go, at least find “homes” for the things that have been dumped there.

What about under the bed?  Now I know sometimes it’s the only place in the house to store a leaf for a table. However, if you are constantly stuffing things there so you don’t have to deal with them, now is the time to clean that space out. Even if you can’t see the clutter, you’ll sleep better knowing it isn’t there.

Don’t forget the insides of the drawers and nightstands. Match up your socks. Stack everything neatly. Get rid of anything with holes. Not only will getting ready in the morning be easier, but knowing that those drawers are neat will give you peace of mind each day.

I hope this room won’t be too hard to get organized. If you end up needing extra time, do the best you can this week. Come back to it when you have an easier week.

Here’s to a peaceful night’s sleep!

Karen

 

Mission 10: Laundry Room

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As I was planning out the year of missions, I decided to declutter the laundry room BEFORE we decluttered our bedrooms.  This will ensure that your clothes are in the proper closet before you begin working in the closets.

First things first, put away any clothes that are ready to be put away.  Whether they are hanging clothes or socks that are stacked on the dryer, move them to their appropriate closet or dresser.

What else do you keep on top of your washer and dryer? Maybe you have things that need to be repaired like something with a missing button or a hem that needs to be redone. Plan some time this week and take care of those projects.

Do you dump mail here? What about shoes?  Pet toys? Pet food? Decide if this is the best room for these items.  We will discuss mail later this year. If this is the best space for your items, that is great.  Be sure you have a basket or container for those items. Let’s not make the top of the washer and dryer a dumping ground.  Keeping those appliances clear makes the whole room feel less cluttered.

Maybe you keep cleaning supplies here.  Go through them and get rid of anything you no longer use. Maybe you keep first aid supplies or even sunscreen or outdoor items here.  Check expiration dates and make sure you are making the best use of the space.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what you store in a space as long as it is working for you and your family.  The main thing is to make sure every item in your house has a home.  This is the first step to decluttering your home and keeping it that way.

Until next week…

Karen