If you are new here you can check out week 1 here.
I shared some of my successes on Facebook throughout the week and you told me about yours. I loved hearing your stories (which included duct taped shoes and repainting a whole entry!). Hilarious.
I promise I won't bore you with all of my organized areas, but here are a few highlights of my week.
Remember our disgraceful back entry? The one that my Mom told me I should not share with the world.
Well we tackled it as a family on Saturday morning. Even our littlest member got in on the organizing action.
Zebra PJs must have given her super hero stacking abilities....
We purged, and purged, and purged! We moved stuff to the garage (random tools we tend to toss in the closet), moved the paint downstairs, and attempted to match up all of the shoes. After only about 20 minutes we ended up with this.
Everything now has a place. We even found the lid for the dog food container (which is actually our old diaper pail...haha...don't worry, we washed it!), which was a huge success as Fin is still obsessed with the dog food and the lid is very helpful at deterring her.
I would really like a new shoe rack, but since our goal was to do all of this organizing without spending any money, the old wire shoe rack will stay for now. Mr. Swell wears size 13 shoes, so it's really quite a challenge fitting them on shoe racks (see how all of his shoes are hanging over?).
Just organizing this little area made me feel so much better! It really is nice coming into the house and seeing this instead of the gong show that it was before.
I also self cleaned our oven over the weekend. I hate to admit it, but since we moved in 3 years ago we have never self cleaned the oven. I was scared. I had this fear that the whole thing was going to blow up. It doesn't help that we have a huge crack through the glass top of the stove, so that made me almost positive that something bad was going to happen. Well...I hit the 'clean' button, went downstairs for 2 hours and when I came back up it was all done and still intact. A little smokey, but everything was still standing. Phew. I really should have done it earlier.
The microwave is also nice and shiny.
Look at that! You can even see Fin's finger painting art work in the reflection. Thanks to my Ultimate Cloths the stainless steel shined right up.
On Monday night I tackled our cutlery drawer.
I threw out all of the odd cutlery that didn't match our set, moved the measuring spoons to where they should be, and donated a bunch of other stuff.
I lined the drawer with some wrapping paper and then put the cutlery back in.
So. Much. Better. And yes, we do have big spoons...they were all in the dishwasher when I took this photo (all the better to see the pretty paper anyhow).
The last thing I'll share is the spare bedroom closet. Oh man...this is the one I was dreading. Remember my closet of frames that I have talked about before? This is it! It's amazing that I can even find any frames in it. Truth be told, usually when I do find one, things (like those red pilates balls) end up falling on my head while I am digging it out.
Even Diefenbaker was scared.
After sorting through everything and making some tough decisions on what to keep and what to donate, we ended up with this huge pile to go to the thrift store.
Do you think someone will be happy with our CD collection? My guess is that we donated close to 100 CDs. We kept hanging onto them but finally gave in and realized that we haven't listen to a CD in years. Time to go.
The closet looks much better now. I can close the doors, which is a HUGE success.
This might just be the most exciting 'after' so far on this blog.....I can't quite believe that I have stooped to showing you the innards of our closets! Sorry.....
Anyhow, how did you do? Did you donate your old CD collection to the thrift shop too? Did you find money in the pocket of a winter coat in your entry way?
Ready for this week's list? Here it is:
1. Linen closet. Or linen drawers....whatever you have. Toss the old holey sheets and random pillow cases. Line up all of the towels nice and pretty :)
2. A bathroom cabinet. Hello odd bobby pins and goopy lotion bottles.
3. The freezer. Clean 'er up. If it looks more like a block of ice than a loaf of bread it's time for it to go.
4. A junk drawer/junk area. You know...that area where you toss things never to be found again.
5. Toys. If you don't have small kids then you are off the hook for this one. If you do have small kids it's time to sort through everything and either donate or store what the kiddos aren't using any more.
I'll post it on Facebook for quick reference.
Sound ok? I have been staring at our junk area for a week now just wanting to get going at it but restraining myself so that I can do it along with the rest of you (is that an excuse? maybe...).
Once again, keep sharing your successes on Facebook, and I'll keep cheering you on!
Need a theme song for this week? How about the Zac Brown Band - Knee Deep? It's a tune to bop along to while you are tossing things out. I am craving summer, so it works for me to imagine that I am knee deep in the water somewhere while I am straightening towels and organizing my nail polish. You can preview or buy the song here (US) or here (Canada).
I wish you oodles of success with your clutter this week!
p.s. The JACEK Chocolate giveaway is still open. Enter here.