22 Feb 2013

Can We Organize Together?

So I have an idea...and you guys have to tell me if I am crazy, or if it's something that you'd be interested in.

You know I hate cleaning and organizing, right? It's so not my thing.  I have many other things, but organizing is not one of them.  BUT....I have to get our house under control.  It's not a total disaster, but there are areas that have been neglected and they need some serious attention.

What our living room looks like after Hurricane Fin.   Even the dog doesn't know what to do!
I am guessing that I am not the only one out there who has this issue.  Please tell me that there are other people who do not dream about alphabetically organizing their canned goods?  Who would rather sit and watch an episode of Sons of Anarchy (and swoon over Jax Teller) before labelling shoe boxes using Polaroid pictures?

If you do actually love organizing then we can still totally be friends....in fact...maybe you'd like to come over and visit for a while and help me....maybe?

So here's my plan.  I am going to tackle one little area in my house each weeknight for the next 4 weeks.  And by little, I really do mean little.  One night will be the utensil drawer, one night will be the front entry closet, one night will be wiping dust off of baseboards....you get the picture.  After 4 weeks there will be 20 beautifully organized and cleaned areas.

The goal is to purge, organize and clean.  Minimize, minimize, minimize.  If I haven't used it in 6 months and it doesn't have serious sentimental value then it is gone.  I am no longer keeping stuff just for the sake of keeping stuff.  I tend to keep things thinking that I will use them some other day for some other project.  No longer.  Stuff will either go to the garbage or go to the thrift store.


I'm going to try really hard to use what I have.  I loathe spending money on organizing stuff (just ask my husband...he begs me to buy Tupperware and Rubber-maid bins).  I'd much rather spend my money on clothes or a new lamp instead of plastic storage bins.  My plan is to use containers we already have, old cereal boxes cut down, washi tape, scrapbook paper, etc to try and make things pretty, but still easy and quick.  If I have to go to the store then I am just going to get distracted and forget what the goal is - and we can't have that!

So...here's my real question....and the whole point of this post...

I think things are more fun together.  Working in isolation is boring and makes it too convenient to stop.  It's easy to not do the task if you don't have to answer to anyone.  I need motivation.  And maybe you do too?  Would you be up for doing this together?  A club of sorts?  A club that is dedicated to stocking thrift store shelves over the next 4 weeks all while gaining control of our forgotten spaces.

Be honest.  I promise you won't hurt my feelings if you say no.  If you'd rather organize in isolation that's fine.    Or maybe you are already an organizing maven?  In that case you can always cheer the rest of us on.

I'm thinking that every Friday I will post a list here of the spaces to tackle the following week.  5 spaces/tasks.  The goal is to keep every task under half an hour, although the odd one might be a doozy (i.e. the linen closet).  If Monday-Friday doesn't work for you that's fine, you can adjust accordingly   For me though, the weekends are busy with other things and are usually left for regular house cleaning, so I like to have them free.

Throughout the week we can stay connected via Facebook.  You can post your successes, we can cheer each other on, you can show off your nice de-cluttered space so we can all oohhh and ahhh and cyber applaud.


My plan isn't to post every space that I organize here on the blog.  I am sure that you don't really care that I managed to toss out 4 random forks and make the rest nice and straight in their holder.  It's more about sharing successes, and knowing that while you are purging your tea towels and shredding your old bills that someone else is doing it with you.  Share your photos with me and I will some of them here on the blog (so that more peeps can cheer for you!).  I bet you all have better thrifty organizing ideas than I do.

Let me know in the comments below (or via email) if you are in.  Depending on the response, I'll then solidify a plan.  

**from the comments below it looks like there is a fair amount of interest, so it's a go!  I'll post the kick off next Friday (March 1) and then we can organize our little hearts out.



18 comments:

  1. I am definitely in, though I will be out of town for a week. Since I did a small purge last spring, I can substitute missed projects for ones I have already done!

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  2. I signed up with another blogger to de-clutter 40 places in 40 days. I think that was obviously overwhelming because I did 1 spot and quit! Your plan for 20 spaces over 4 weeks sounds more achievable. I'm in.

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    1. Oh ya, every day....I could not do that. I need at least a day to regroup. We will kick off next Friday. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Love this idea and would be happy to be included..but I am only an avid blog reader (I don't blog or facebook)..would you consider this fodder for your blog (like a one post a day - 20 day challenge)?

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    1. My plan is to post about it once a week, and then you can comment about your progress, etc. If you are super proud of an area then you are more than welcome to send me pictures. I'll post some spaces here on the blog. Does that work for you? Thanks for joining the club!

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  4. I'd love the extra motivation. The house has gotten really bad while I've been studying for the Bar Exam, but I finish that next week. So I'll be ready to start decluttering in March!

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    1. Awesome! We will kick off next Friday. You must be so excited to be close to finish your studying. When is the big exam day?

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  5. I'm a blog fan but not a blogger myself. I'd love to join to kick me in the @ss!!!

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    1. Sounds good! I am good at kicking in the ass...as long as it's not my own.

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  6. Hmmm.

    - Getting organized: I only fantasize about it daily

    - Cheering squad: I like where this is going

    - Accountability: I need a good dose of that

    **Heck yeah, sign me up!!

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    1. Awesome! Cheering and accountability help most things, don't they?

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  7. Your idea is great Kelly, what a fantastic idea putting a support group together! I am, um, well organized all the time. I don't let things get too bad around here and "there's a place for everything" so... can I just be a cheerleader on the sidelines? Go girls, go!

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  8. I'm sorry, I can't seem to comment on anything other than your dog! LOL... He's super duper adorable! What the heck has he got himself wrapped up in?!

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    1. That's ok...he provides some good comment worthy content:) He's all wrapped up in a blanket....I guess he was cold!

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  9. This sounds like a ton of fun and just the thing I need to get me out of this "just living with it" rut I seem to be stuck in. Can't wait!!!!

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