22 Mar 2013

Conquer the Clutter: Week 4

4 weeks, 20 Spaces. Let's Conquer the Clutter together

15 spaces down, 4 to go!  Yay!  For those of you who are following along in this challenge are you starting to feel pretty proud of yourselves?  Personally I think I am rockin' this challenge!  (nothing like gloating on your own blog, right?).  After a major set back last week, I came back with a vengeance this week.  I channelled all of my anger into organizing...and it worked.  (If you are new here you can read all about the past weeks here.)

I told you at the beginning of this challenge that I am not an organizing genius.  Heck no!  My goal is to purge and get it looking somewhat decent.  I know that my organizing is not up to the standards that many keep in their homes (i.e. labelling every bin and shelf), but it's good for me, and that's a total win for our family. 

I wish I had the gene that made me want to colour code and sort by size, but it's just not in me.  I honestly don't care.  All I want is a space that feels calm and where stuff doesn't all fall on me when I open the door (like the tupperware in our pantry currently does).

The linen closet was on the Week 3 list, but because of everything that was going on with our rental house I didn't get to it until the weekend.  I don't have a before (if you are a regular reader, you know that when I am on a roll I forget to take pictures...and for this one I was on a R-O-L-L).

It looks pretty decent now.

organized linen closet

Clearly I don't care if my extra towels match.  I think it's time soon to throw out the bright orange ones. Oprah would not be proud.  I remember her saying how she likes to have all of her towels match and be lined up nice and neat.  (Random things stick in my brain).

My favourite thing in our newly organized linen closet is our sheet sets.  Dorky? YUP!  When I get a complete set of sheets (including pillow cases) all washed and folded, I then take the full set and put it inside one of the matching pillow cases.  Fold it all tight and wrap it up, then put it away.  It's really easy, and it saves a ton of time when you are making the bed.  Just grab the whole bundle and you already have everything you need.  

Bundle sheet sets together inside a pillow case.  When it's time to make the bed just grab the bundle and go. // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I also took on my walk-in closet this week and actually won!  Can we just take a moment to talk about how life is not fair sometimes?  While I was literally swallowed alive in my closet my little helper was doing this:

Can you see my hand peeking out from the door asking for a life line?  (don't look to hard, it's not actually there...).  All while she watched Wonder Pets in luxury.....

Anyhow, I started out with this:

Messy Closet

It is technically a walk -in closet, but as you can see, there is barely room to stand in it.  The dresser takes up most of the room, but I'd rather have it in the closet than taking up room in the bedroom.

After a few hours and too many fashion shows to count for my non-interested toddler audience, my closet finally looked a little better.

Clean Closet
It's not revolutionary, but the fact that everything is actually hanging up is like the miracle of all miracles.  By the way...see that cardboard box way up on the top shelf that I can barely reach?  That's my present hiding box.  Does anyone else have one of those?  Mr. Swell has yet to figure it out, and since he doesn't usually read my blog, I think my secret is still safe.  (It was his birthday yesterday and little did he know that I had his present hidden in there for days....)

Since I left you with such a stellar tip for your linen closet (heavy sarcasm), here's my one clothes folding tip.

Fold your clothes this way....you can fit more in! // www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Folding your shirts this way and standing them each on end instead of on top of one another allows WAY more shirts to fit.  Added bonus is that it actually lets you see what shirts you have.  I am sure I saw this on Pinterest way back when, but let me tell you....I am a total convert.  Somebody had their coffee the morning they thought of this trick!  (I have also heard good things about the Flip Fold....and I know at least one of you out there believes that it's a total time saver and makes folding fun....folding and fun...should those two words ever go together??)

Aside from the linen closet and my clothes closet we did successfully tackle the desk, the car (and survived to speak about it), the bathroom and all of Fin's toys.  High fives all around.  

So, what's left you ask?  

Well, here are the last 5 areas for week 4.
1. The Pantry.  Lord help me.....
2. The pots & pans.  Basically just sort through them and minimize down to what you actually use.
3. Your hobby.  Is it crafting, sewing, painting, drawing?  Whatever it is, let's corral the goods and throw out or donate the odds and ends that you won't ever use.  Mine will be moving my paint into smaller containers.
4. Entry way #2.  In week 1 you did an entry, but I am assuming that most people have more than one - this week it's time to face the other one.
5. Photos.  Yes, this is a doozy, but I think it's an important one.  Maybe yours are actual prints that are hanging around in a box, or maybe they are a bazillion digital files - either way it's time to come up with a system and spend some quality time with your memories.  If photography is your hobby then get to knock off two items with one task!

So there you have it! That's 20 areas.  I'll post the quick reference list on Facebook. I know I missed a couple big ones - the garage and the basement - but I didn't include them on purpose.  The goal of this challenge is to quickly take control of areas.  I don't know about you, but there is nothing quick about our garage - it's a full weekend event.  Maybe we can all tackle it together in the late spring? Did I miss any others?  Let me know...I'll save them up in case we decide to put ourselves through this punishment once again next year.

Need a theme song for this week?  It's an oldie but a goodie....We Are the Champions by Queen.  Why?  Because you are!  This is the home stretch and you CAN do it!  In case you don't already happen to have the song in your repertoire, you can download it here (US) and here (Canada).

Good luck in the last week of the challenge!!  Off you go.....


  1. Thank you so much for coming over to my blog before and the sweet words!
    Love how you are cleaning all your clutter. I just cleaned most of mine too!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you for starting this challenge! Thanks to you, I renovated our front entry (painted, new shelves, hooks, shoe storage and mirror) AND I finally took out the crappy one shelve in our linen closet and installed proper shelving. Rolled all our towels and donated some to the dog. So pleased with myself!!!

    1. That makes me so happy! That fact that I could inspire even one person to get moving on the clutter amazes me. Thank you so much for sharing your successes. I wanted to change out the shelving in our linen closet so badly, but I just didn't have the time to tackle it last week - another time. I bet your dog is one happy camper!
      have a great weekend.

  3. Oh I love that idea of bundling sheets inside a pillow case - duh! (light bulbs going off...) thanks for the tip and have a wonderful weekend!


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