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Help…I Don’t Know Where to Start!

So maybe you didn’t quite make it to our declutter challenge…No worry Mama, We gotcha covered!

If your room is so cluttered, you are not quite sure where to start (no judgement here, I’ve been there), start at the surface areas.

Those places your eye sees first.  Tops of dressers, night stands, or bookshelves.  If you are like me, you have all 3 of these pieces of furniture in your room.

Surface areas is a great place to start the declutter process.  First, it gives you instant gratification and a great sense of accomplishment.  It’s typically where we store junk, water bottles, old magazines, etc., etc., so it usually goes straight to the trash bin, no overthinking there Mama!

Secondly that sense of accomplishment is a great motivator to help you keep going and dig a little deeper.

Don’t make it too difficult!  Just take a few minutes per day to start…even if it’s just one drawer at a time…perfection is the enemy of progress.

#missiondeclutter

#gettinleanin2017of#weight#stuff#debt

#missiondeclutter ~ Pyrex Cabinet ~

Happy Saturday Lovelies…I hope your weekend is off to a great start! As promised, here is my Pyrex drawer Kitchen Declutter!

To be honest my Kitchen has been more of an organization / repurpose challenge.  We recently renovated our Kitchen, so the last 6 months has been learning how I want to organize and make my kitchen as functional and efficient as possible, now that I’m living and working in it!

When my Kitchen was being remolded, I spent a fair amount of time researching organization and efficiency information. I read a lot and watched a lot of You Tube videos.  I found some great ideas.  One of my all time favorite organization gurus is Alejandra Costello.  I have learned so much from both her site and video’s.  If your looking for some great organizational tips, she is your gal.  Her link is here.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to get rid of plastic containers and use glass as much as possible, especially when storing food.  There is a plethora of information regarding BPA (a harmful chemical found in plastic ) and it’s effects on the thyroid as well as Woman’s hormones.  THM has included some of that research in their books. After doing the research for myself, I threw out 95% of my plastic storage containers.  I kept my cupcake and pie containers for Church potlucks, as food is not really stored, but carried in these items.

I had a few pieces of Pyrex glass, but not enough if glass was to be my primary storage containers. You can get Pyrex pretty much anywhere, and of course I got mine on sale.

Here is a pic of my cabinet:

Sorry for the blurry pic, the smaller bowls and mid size rectangle dishes are in the dishwasher.  I didn’t have a dishwasher before my kitchen reno, and can I just tell ya….I LOVE IT!!!!!!  I usually only run it at night (completely full) and on energy saver mode, but it has been a convenience that I am happy to pay an extra few pennies for!

One of my next favorite organizational tools is my over the door lid holder.  I purchased mine on Amazon and the link is here.  I LOVE this thing.  It is easy to install (literally hang it over the door), it is super convenient, but most of all  it is extremely efficient!

One of my family’s secret to financial success, is we pay for things as much as we value them.  This costs around $14.  Paying $14 for a tool that will bring organization and efficiency to my life, has value to me. Paying $5-$6 for a gourmet coffee that will have no value when it’s gone…does not.  Don’t judge…just sharing some of our families tips…(and yes there are times when a gourmet coffee may have value to me)!!

One of the best features in my opinion is #1 it is movable and not fixed…So if I decide to move my cabinet, I just move the lid holder. #2  It has felt padding on the hangers so that it doesn’t scratch my brand new doors! I have put much thought and planning into what each cabinet stores so having the option to move is big for me.  This is the cabinet that is both near the sink and dish washer, so it is super efficient.

Hope you find this post helpful and motivating…..

Next up, “under the sink cabinet”

Stay tuned!!

#gettidnglean2017 #weight#debt#stuff

 

 

 

 

 

#missiondeclutter ~ Kitchen Drawers ~

Good morning lovely mamas,

I am back in the #missiondeclutterchallenge this week, and we are in the Kitchen.  This drawer is my utensil draw and next to my stove.  I use this draw daily.

I emptied the entire drawer out completely and wiped it clean.  Ahhhh…fresh start.

Then I added these wonderful delightful bamboo draw dividers, I purchased on Amazon.

The dividers come in sets of 2 or 4.  I have purchased  both and have used them in several draws in my Kitchen.

Lipper International Bamboo Kitchen Drawer Dividers, – Adjust From 22″ to 17 ⅜” and are super easy to install.  They make the draw much more functional and organized.  They also are very easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. Double Score!

You will notice some of the Utensils are missing from the original picture.  I use all the tools that were in the drawer originally, but I have reorganized for efficiency.  We recently did a Kitchen Reno in July so I had decluttered at that point.  I now need to reorganize and gain better efficiency.  Wasting time looking for a specific cooking utensil is a BIG time waster.  I have re-organized other drawers and will share that in a future post.  I love how organized this drawer is from the first pic.  It took the right organizing tool to take this from messy and unorganized to functional and efficient!

Stay tuned for my Pyrex Cabinet Declutter & Reorganize!

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Blessings Lovelies!

#gettinglean2017#weight#debt#stuff

 

 

Week 2 of #missiondeclutter

 

Onto the Bathroom kiddos……

Remember this is NOT deep cleaning.  It’s ditch stuff.  Stuff that no longer serves you and is taking up space.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Half used bottles, bottles with missing caps, lotions, potions, or the like that you are no longer using
  • Towels/washcloths with stains or rips
  • Cleaning solutions that are no longer useful
  • Medications that are expired
  • Makeup, hair accessories, hairsprays, deodorants……..that you are no longer using.

Hint:  If you haven’t used it in over a year, you’re probably not going to.  Ditch the stuff.

Seriously people hang on to clutter for all kinds of reasons, and sometimes those reasons are complicated.  If you struggle in the area of clutter there is almost always an underlying reason.

If it is difficult for you to throw stuff away (it used to be for me) than put those items that you question in a box.  Place that box in an out of the way place.  The cellar, garage, attic, etc.  If you haven’t gone looking for your “stuff” in 6 months……You may feel better at that point about tossing the box.  At least for now, those items will be out of your space, and the area will be less cluttered.

Remember you don’t have to throw the stuff away.  You can give it away.  The goal is to remove the stuff that you have to touch, manage, and move every day that you are no longer using.

I have created a pdf file that you can print here to help you check off the space as you declutter and stay on task.  I love lists and find them very helpful in helping me achieve my goals by breaking the goal down into bite size pieces.

As the old saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”

    #missiondeclutter  #gettinglean2017#weight#debt#stuff

 

Peace out Lovelies!!!

What Does Decluttering Have to do With Weight Loss?

More than you think…

Clutter is the absolute enemy of peace and tranquility.

Let me share a little experiment with you.

I want you to take a look at the graphic below and write down the first 5 words that come to mind.  Really look at this image.  How does it make you feel inside?

Now look at the second graphic.  Now write down the first 5 words that come to your mind.  How does this image make you feel?  Do you feel differently?   If so, in what way?

Over the next 31 days, we will be exploring how having too much stuff affects us emotionally and impacts us in negative ways, especially in the area of food!

Remember Mamas…don’t get hung up cleaning and organizing, I promise that will come.  Don’t overwhelm yourself. J ust set that timer and get rid of stuff!!

Be Beautiful and Be YOU!

Happy Thought: We are past hump day, and it’s almost Friday!!!

#missiondeclutter Tip #1

One of the first things you will be tempted to say will be “I don’t have to time to declutter”.  Here are a few quick tips to help you get started…

  • Turn off Social Media
  • Get up 15 min early and Go to bed 15 min later
  • Schedule 30 minutes in your Calendar for Decluttering
  • Schedule a very simple meal and use the extra time to Declutter
  • Don’t turn on the computer, TV, IPad or other Social media Device until you’ve completed your task

I follow several You Tube tutorial channels.  I very, very, rarely watch TV, but I have to watch myself with my favorite Homesteading/Frugal living You Tube channels.  I usually will save watching these until the evening after all my work is done, and it is such a treat!  I look forward to it all day!

Before I get hate mail, Social media, TV, You Tube, etc….those are not necessarily bad things, unless they are keeping you from reaching your goals.  Be ruthless with your goals Mamas!

Don’t let You stop You from reaching those goals!

Let 2017 be the year of #gettinleanin2017of#weight#stuff#debt!!!!!

Be Beautiful & Be YOU!

January Theme ~ #missiondeclutter ~

January theme is:  Declutter!

I  actually started this process last year after our kitchen renovation.  It was so liberating.  I got rid of tons of stuff!  Items that no longer served me, I didn’t love, and was challenged to find a purpose for in my home.

Clutter bogs us down physically, emotionally & spiritually.  Our lives are weighted down by too much stuff!!

This year I’m trading stuff in for experiences…more on that later.

My home is cleaner and much more organized than it was last year.

But I’m not done yet.  That was just surface stuff.  This time around I’m getting ruthless with STUFF!

Stuff affects us in so many ways!  Have you ever felt yourself become so overwhelmed just from the stuff that surrounds you?  Yeah me too!

Feeling overwhelmed makes us spend more, eat more, and perpetuates a vicious cycle.  We eat more and spend more, then feel badly, only to eat more and spend more to feel better.  Sound crazy?  It is, but how many of us would actually admit we have been here more times than we would like to admit?  You are not alone.

We are a society that’s thrives on Excess…excess food, excess debt, excess weight….and the stress of all the excess  is killing us.  Quite Literally.

So I’m lighting my load from the beginning of 2017!   Here is my plan:

For the next 31 days I am going to Declutter my Home and my Finances.  We will talk finances on Frugal Friday (so be sure to stop back on 1/6 for our new series!) where I will share how we are Decluttering our finances this year!

Home Declutter: I have divided the Challenge up into 4 weeks. The Challenge will run Mon-Sat with Sundays off for re-group/ & recharge.

We are not looking to deep clean here ladies.  Don’t get bogged down by perfection or overthinking!!  Remember Perfection is the enemy of Progress!  We are just getting rid of Stuff!!

I have created a Pdf Weekly Challenge Sheet for you all to follow along with me if your interested.  I will use the hashtag #mission declutter over on the FB page to share photos and updates of my progress.

Week 1 will be the Master Bedroom…I chose this room because this is where we spend 8-9 hours of every day.  It should be a clean organized space where our minds & body’s heal and restore.  A chaotic unorganized bedroom can actually do the opposite, making us feel wired & tired.  For those of us who suffer from insomnia this is huge!

The goal will be to remove 7 articles of stuff from each of the categories listed.  I created the sheet with my room in mind, but left extra spaces for you all to add in what works for you!

Remember this is NOT a cleaning / organizing challenge . It is a stuff removal challenge.  It will be much easier to clean & organize once all the STUFF is gone.

I have created 3 bins

Give away, Sell & Trash

Each item that no longer serves me will be placed in one of these 3 bins.

Here’s how to get rid of stuff:

  • Set the timer for 30 minutes then start getting rid of stuff
  • If you haven’t Worn it, Touched it, or Used it, in 6 mos to 1 year… onesville!
  • My goal is to remove 7 pieces of stuff from each category
  • Don’t get hung up here, if you don’t make 7 you haven’t failed.  Just remove what no longer serves you
  • When the timer goes off you are done 🙂

At the End of our 31-day challenge…we will have removed (taking Sundays off)

 182 Articles of Stuff from our Homes 

Making space for all those things in your home that you love and serve you well!

Hope you will join me!