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Tidying Goals that were Achievable In A Weekend!

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This past weekend, I got the bright idea of setting some tidying goals for my 600 square foot home. I consider myself decluttered, but not necessarily tidy. With these tidying goals, I changed that!

Some of my cabinets needed reworking to utilize the space better. I felt like I was always cleaning up after myself and reorganizing my things for more space.

This was a pointless cycle, and I needed it to end! I mean who really needs to spend hours every day cleaning up and reorganizing?

Since I’m having a garage sale this week, I decided it was time to be relentless with my belongings, and end this cycle. I started with a list of goals for each area to help me move throughout my space more efficiently.

I made it a point to touch everything including paperwork, cleaning products, pots, pans, spices, clothing, etc. While I knew I wouldn’t get rid of a lot, this allowed me to set up better systems within my home.

This past weekend, I got the bright idea of setting some tidying goals for my 600 square foot home. I have considered myself decluttered for about 2 months, but not necessarily tidy.

My Tidying Goals included:

  1. Have one basket for paperwork and organization so that I could deal with paper as it comes into my home. No more papers on counter tops!
  2. More space for my spices to easily fit on one small shelf, but still easily accessible.
  3. Easy to clean counter tops at all times. This includes night stand, kitchen counter tops, bathroom counter top, and table between recliners.
  4. Storage shelving in bathroom needs to look more uniform and less like a storage building.
  5. Everything has a space to be stored or out it goes!

With my tidying goals set, I could find fixes easier and quicker!

Let’s Get to Work on These Tidying Goals

I started with paperwork, because it was the hardest task for me. Sorting through paperwork to decide what is important to keep and what isn’t is not my idea of a good time.

I started with my pretty basket to create the space I needed to consolidate my other box of important paperwork that was in storage when I did my 30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge.

I gained about half the basket back with asking my husband which owner’s manuals we needed or didn’t need to keep. This was enough space to add in what I needed to keep from the other box of paperwork.

Now I have plenty of room if I need to add to it! We have an envelope for things we have to keep for tax purposes and a space for bills that come in the mail.

Tidying Goal #1 Complete!

When it comes to my spices, I have a 1 1/2′ by 1 1/2′ space to store them. For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to put my sugar in this space with them. I removed the sugar and reorganized my spices.

With my first problem fixed, I decided what to do with the sugar. I wanted it close to the spices, so I moved it down a space. I reworked and tidied this space.

As you can imagine, this repeated all throughout my cabinets. I culled 3 casserole dishes, 1 basket, and random kitchen utensils [shown below, and to be honest there is probably more to cull…. another time…].

This freed up space I needed for tidy upper kitchen cabinets.

Tidying Goal #2 Complete & Then Some!

This past weekend, I got the bright idea of getting tidy in my 600 square foot home. It's been decluttered for a while, but I want it tidy!

Since I just tidied my kitchen cabinets, it was the perfect time to start clearing my kitchen counter tops. I’ve purchased more fruits lately, and there isn’t as much counter top space. Needless to say, it’s a mess!

I started with clearing off anything that did not belong on the counter tops, evaluated what remained, and moved our vitamins to an upper kitchen cabinet [where there was space!].

I switched my kitchen baskets around to provide more space and a better fruit storage solution. The only other things I keep on my kitchen counter tops are my Keurig and 2 canisters, silver wear, knife block, and microwave.

I use all of these on a daily basis, so it only makes sense to keep them readily available. Also, I don’t have drawers for my silver wear, so the counter tops are my best option currently.

My bathroom counter top holds a soap dispenser and, at times, a wash cloth. To me, it was already tidy, so it got a quick cleaning.

My night stands were a drop all space, so it was a process to get these clear. I worried with my night stand, and my husband took care of his night stand.

My night stand is where my paperwork usually ends up, so I went through it all with my first goal.

From there I put away hair bands, bobby pins, and any other random objects. My drawer was still tidy from my 30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge update, so it was easy to find anything I didn’t need.

I culled some things within the shelves of my nightstand. All that remained on my night stand was a lamp, coaster, and wax warmer!

Tidying Goal #3 Complete!

My bathroom storage shelf is something that drives me a little crazy! It is organized, but not pretty.

This space is utilized for all bathroom essentials, bulk purchased items, cleaning supplies, and medicine. As you can see in the before picture, it is not a junkie space, but it is not organized in the best way, either.

[P.S. The hole on the left is for my nice towels. They were in the washing machine at the time. All of these towels are used in one way or another, so I need this many towels at this time. Hopefully that changes soon.]

This past weekend, I got the bright idea of getting tidy in my 600 square foot home. It's been decluttered for a while, but I want it tidy!

Two baskets held scented wax that I worked to eliminate [because no one needs this many scented waxes on hand]. I culled a few, used up the ones that only had one or two squared left, and downsized to one basket!

From there, I worked through another basket full of hair products, alcohol, peroxide, and dog cleaning supplies to tidy it up a bit and added a few other things to it that sit on the shelf.

Then I simply moved things around until I felt better, and pulled the plastic bags [yikes!] to use for the garage sale next week.

This past weekend, I got the bright idea of setting some tidying goals for my 600 square foot home. I have considered myself decluttered for about 2 months, but not necessarily tidy.

At first, I was pleased with the results, but after sending a picture to my husband to show him the process, I felt like something was off.

So I decided to do some more rearranging to see if it would help, and this is the result! [I may or may not have gotten rid of my weight scale in this process!]

This past weekend, I got the bright idea of setting some tidying goals for my 600 square foot home. I have considered myself decluttered for about 2 months, but not necessarily tidy.

Now it feels perfect! Well, for now it feels perfect! Once I eliminate my scented wax inventory, there will be one less basket, which equals more space!

I am also debating whether I should switch the baskets for matching baskets. What do you think?

Tidying Goal #4 Complete!

I wasn’t far from a tidy space and wanted to go an extra step. Since the garage sale is next week, I wanted to make sure there wasn’t anything else I could live without.

I cleaned out some of my scarves, books, kitchen gadgets I had not sorted through in goal #2, things stored in our loft, etc. I am shocked at the amount of stuff I found to let go of or organize better.

In total, I cleaned out four boxes and packed up a trunk full of things for the sale! I guess it is true. This journey is a process. By the time I finished, I felt everything had a place or on its way out the door!

Tidying Goal #5 Complete!

This past weekend, I got the bright idea of setting some tidying goals for my 600 square foot home. I have considered myself decluttered for about 2 months, but not necessarily tidy.

How I Feel with My Tidying Goals Completed

Now that my space is tidy, I love it so much more! For 600 square feet, it feels incredibly spacious. I did not realize that there was a such a big difference between decluttering and tidying.

I also have a new routine that frees up an additional hour of my day I did not have before now.

A decluttered space frees up my mind, but having a tidy space completely sets me free! I also understand Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, now. It is not about the amount of things you own; it is about the space you give the things that mean something to you.

If you give something the appropriate amount of space, your home will feel happy. If you do not give something the appropriate amount of space, it either does not belong in the space or the things crowding it does not belong.

Either way, each thing in your home needs the appropriate amount of space to create a happy, tidy space. It is easier to keep a place tidy than creating a tidy space.

Do you notice a difference in your home when it is tidy and when it is not? How do you keep a tidy home? Let me know below in the comments! If you have any questions, I’d love to answer them for you!

Also, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Cara at Kindly Unspoken! I would love it if you stopped by and checked it out for me! Interview with a Minimalist: Erin | A Welder’s Wife

25 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathy from CT
    May 11, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Good job & good post.

    My visual spaces are uncluttered and tidy. My hidden spaces, however, are organized & bursting. To everyone else, it is fine but to me it isn’t. *I* know what is hidden & those are my next focus areas.

    Might I suggest you get some shoe boxes, cover them with pretty contact paper (from the Dollar Store), and use them for some of the items on the bathroom shelf? Or just some plastic containers from the
    Dollar Store. Both are visually appealing, but my favorite is the contact paper because they come in a
    variety of patterns.

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 11, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Kathy, I love your suggestions! I’ve had the baskets for years, in different rooms, but when we downsized they ended up together. I am hoping at least one of these baskets will be empty by the end of the year. But I would like a more uniform look. I am hesitant to spend money on anything at this moment. I know my needs are still changing, and I maybe able to do away with them altogether one day.

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      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 11, 2016 at 8:00 am

      I also agree with how you feel with the things stored out of sight. It bothers me to know if something isn’t organized and spacious. I used to be a crammer, but my anxiety has helped me change that! Now I focus on giving things adequate space and that has helped tremendously!

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    Lily
    May 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hi Erin! Coming over from Cara’s blog, loved your interview with her! And I love the idea of being a minimalist. I for one, don’t think I could do it…yet! LOL! But I do enjoy reading and watching YTubers do it…is that weird? Haha!

    I need to do a good tidying up and getting things organized for sure. One of my pet peeves is having papers all over the counters…urgh! Need to find me a basket or something that will help with that. I also need to go through my bathroom drawers…they are a mess right now and so many of the things in there I don’t even use!

    Thanks for the inspiration, Erin! I think I may have to tackle this very soon!

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      I’m glad I could help motivate you, Lily! And no, enjoying hearing, reading, or watching about minimalism is not weird! I did a lot of studying before deciding it was the lifestyle I truly wanted. We all take our own time for things. You will get there! I used to have a mess of bathroom drawers as well, but now I am glad I have it all downsized to what I use on a daily basis. It makes getting ready a lot simpler in the mornings. If you need any tips or help, simply email me! I am always here to help!

  • Reply
    Georgiana Daniels
    May 11, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Paperwork is the hardest for me too! Last weekend I tidied up my desk, which was LONG overdue. We’ve lived in a small space before, the kind where you leave out a cup, a sock, and a newspaper, and it looks like a hurricane blew through! Good luck with your garage sale 😀

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Georgiana! I don’t know what it is, but if I don’t handle paperwork right away, it stacks up a mile high!

  • Reply
    Carlen cooper
    May 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I love this Erin! I have become so much happier since purging, organizing (well, as much as one can with crazy boys in the house) and just minimizing! Love your blog and would love to connect with you. Carlen @RealMomsWingingIt.com

  • Reply
    Kim
    May 11, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I loved your interview with Cara! I had commented to her that I am currently in the exact same boat you were when starting your journey! I’m moving, having to stage my condo, declutter AND moving in with my parents so I am definintely in minimalism mode right now and your posts are super helpful! This post will be extremely helpful for my husband as well, we always want to be more tidy and struggle between getting rid of everything and just finding a place for the important things. Thanks for sharing with us! XO -Kim

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Kim, that is awesome! I love Cara! She is such a sweet person! I’m glad you found this helpful! I can’t believe how close our stories are! What is your plan after you sell your condo?

  • Reply
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    May 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    For me it’s all about breaking it all down so it’s a smaller projects vs seeming SO overwhelming!

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 12, 2016 at 10:07 am

      I agree, Katie! You are also more likely to complete your projects by breaking them up into smaller projects, because you feel like you have accomplished more when you are frequently checking things off. This is the way it works for me at least!

  • Reply
    Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts
    May 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I really need to start decluttering, especially in my pantry and spice cabinet! You did great tackling all this – bravo!

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you, Brittany! I decluttered my spice cabinet back when we moved, because I accidentally forgot to pack them! Best way to declutter in my opinion! haha! I’ve only purchased as I’ve needed something, but did not have enough room for them after a few months.

  • Reply
    Rachel
    May 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    You go girl! These are great tips. I really need to work on some of my decluttering this weekend too!

  • Reply
    Donnica
    May 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    This is awesome. I signed up for InkWellPress Organization Challenge (I’m way behind). However, some of your tips will prove helpful as I tackle a few areas this weekend – my spice cabinet and pantry being the main areas of concern.

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    Cara
    May 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    This is so helpful Erin! Paperwork is always our biggest struggle too. I think just being proactive with it and dealing with it immediately as it comes through the door is best. That way you don’t have it piling up. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck with the garage sale!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Edgar
    May 14, 2016 at 8:39 am

    You did a great job! I need to declutter some of the closets in the house. They’re overflowing with junk. Good luck with the garage sale!

  • Reply
    Marian
    February 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Add a tension rod across that opening for the bathroom store and hand shower curtain would really make the space spa like.

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