Welcome to the 2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Two! If you are just joining in on the fun, jump over to the introduction page, and print out the free printable for this challenge! You will also want to go through Week One’s tasks before you start on Week Two’s tasks! If you have followed this challenge from the beginning, let us do a recap and introduction to Week Two’s tasks!
First I want to say, I am excited to have all of you participating with me to rid our homes of clutter so that we can shift our focus to achieving our goals we set for the year. I know I started us off with a daunting task last week, but I hope you made great progress with your kitchen and dining room organization! Before we discuss Week Two’s tasks, let us review Week One’s tasks to check our progress! I bet we all did better than we anticipated!
[If you want to skip this past week’s review, keep scrolling until you see the 2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Two.]
Week One’s Task Review
- Clear and clean all counter tops and dining table.
- Declutter and organize cups, plates, and storage containers.
- Declutter and organize pots, pans, and small appliances.
- Clear out, clean, declutter, and reorganize the pantry and refrigerator.
- Empty, clean, declutter, and reorganize drawers.
- Declutter and clean any extra furniture, such as a buffet, china cabinet, and/or drink bar.
- Declutter linens, such as table cloths, wash cloths, kitchen towels, etc.
How you did with each task.
I want to hear all about your progress!
Were you able to declutter enough to make your kitchen and dining room completely organized?
What was the hardest part of Week One’s tasks?
What was the easiest part of Week One’s tasks?
How many items did you declutter?
Let me know below in the comments!!
How I did with each task.
- Cleared and cleaned it all, and I have been everyday since!
- I was able to let go of all of my plastic cups and wine glasses! Plates were at a good number before I started. A few mismatched lids and an abundance of small containers we never use left as well!
- The pots and pans moved to a new space for better ease of access. Small appliances moved around to create more space for mixing bowels and canning supplies.
- The pantry and refrigerator are clear of expired foods, foods we were not going to eat, and things we finished off during this week! The pictures of my pantry do not reflect my normal food storage. I avoided grocery shopping at all costs during the holidays, so there are many things missing that we normally have on hand, such as green beans, tomato sauce and paste, etc.
- We do not have drawers exactly in our kitchen. I do have one basket that holds my kitchen utensils. It was also holding my canning lids and rings. By finding a new space to store the lids and rings, I was able to free up a lot of space in this basket!
- We live in a pretty small space, so we do not have a formal dining room or extra furniture to declutter. However, I wanted to include it within this challenge, because I know more homes do than do not. Instead, I decided to remove everything from each cabinet as I went, cleaned it well, and made a list of anything I needed to make my space better organized. I will include these items within my pictures to explain.
- Over the past few months, I have implemented a new linen system in my kitchen. I love the idea of all white linens! So I put all of my current ones in a box, just to see if I would like this new system. I actually love it, and have been able to declutter all 14 of the kitchen towels I previously used! [If you would like to know more about why I switched my linen system, let me know in the comments!]
Hardest Part: Making the decision to get started. This was a big task to start this challenge, but I am so glad it is complete!
Easiest Part: Culling things I knew I no longer needed.
Here are a few before and after photos to give you an idea of how out of wack my kitchen was and where it is now!
These are just a few examples of how much my space changed this past week! The rest of it is just as organized and spacious! I am loving it! I do have a few things I need now that I have decluttered to organize it a bit better, such as a Lazy Susan for my spices, another wire shelf like the one above, and a couple of dividers.
Now that Week One is out of the way, let us move forward to Week Two!
2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Two
For this week’s tasks, I want us to focus on a few spaces that seem to accumulate things easier than others. These spaces overrun with products, clothing, shoes, etc. The spaces we are focusing on this week include the bathroom, laundry room, and foyer/mud room.
We all know the bathroom is the place for products, samples, and toiletries. However, too often many of these are forgotten about. How many of us have purchased shampoo, conditioner, face products, etc that we already had? I know I am very guilty of doing this in the past! What about all the extra towels and washcloths we have, but never use?
The laundry room is something that many struggle with for many reasons. Before you know it, clothes stack up, the dryer eats a few socks, and your laundry products range from so many different things that you are not sure what to use anymore! It is probably scarier to think about if you keep all of your cleaning supplies in there as well!
The foyer/mud room is probably the easiest to whip back into shape this week, and that is why I wanted to include it. I wanted to give us a quick and easy success after all that we have done up to this point! The main focus for the foyer/mud room is the shoes, jackets, hockey gear, etc that seem to pile up over time. Am I right?!
Before you get started….
I want you to close your eyes and envision what these areas would look like in your dreams. Think about what attracts you to a bathroom, laundry room, and foyer/mudroom. Then think about how your spaces will transform into this vision.
My first thought is clean and clear. These spaces should make me feel as if I am in the clouds. My bathroom is my sanctuary. The laundry room is clean and clear of all things that need washed, and ready to go when I do need to wash a load of laundry. My foyer will be clear of all shoes and jackets. All things will be in their proper locations in my dreams!
I know this can be tough to envision. If you need motivation to see such spaces as your dreams show you, jump on Pinterest or Google, and search for your dream bathroom, laundry room, and foyer/mudroom.
Week Two Tasks
- Clear all contents from the foyer/mudroom and put everything in its proper location.
- Deep clean the foyer/mudroom after removing everything. [Do not forget the baseboards!]
- Catch up on all laundry. This includes folding/hanging it and putting it where it goes.
- Clear out and declutter all items in laundry room cabinets and/or shelves.
- Deep clean cabinets and/or shelves in laundry room. Then organize all products into the cabinets and/or shelves.
- Clear out and declutter everything in your bathroom cabinets, including linens, face and hair products, samples, and cleaning supplies [if you keep any in the bathroom].
- Deep clean EVERYTHING in the bathroom, including countertops, cabinets, shelves, toilet, and shower/bathtub.
- Put everything you are keeping in your bathroom back into the desired location to have an organized, and functional bathroom!
- Catching up on laundry is the perfect way to feel that you have done something big! It will be this week’s big motivator to keep going and pushing through to the end.
- If you have mismatched socks, see if you can pair them with a match. If not, get rid of them.
- Have you ever considered owning one kind and color of sock? It makes life much simpler! I personally did this in December, and I love it! All of my socks are stacked up, flat in one pile.
- See how well you can keep up with your laundry pile this week. [ You will want to for next week’s tasks 😉 ] You may come up with a new and improved system that makes doing the laundry easy peasy!
- When it comes to laundry products, simplify it! You do not need a laundry soap for blacks, one for whites, and one for delicates. That is a marketing scheme! I have one laundry soap for all of my clothes, vinegar as my fabric softener [which works great by the way!], and my bleach for when I was whites.
- For cleaning products, I challenge you to switch all of them to natural solutions! I have a great post on how to help with that, if you would like to check it out, click HERE! I guarantee you it will be much better and simpler than what you have right now!
- For the linens in the bathroom, I want you to go through and let go of all the worn out, holy towels and washcloths. You deserve better than that! Your bathroom experience is supposed to be relaxing, pampering, and enjoyable! How can you do that with old worn out linens? It is time to invest in yourself, my friend!
- Ladies, we have to tackle makeup and skin care this week, as well! I realize it may be a chore, but WE CAN DO IT! Cull the expired products, products you no longer like/use, and do not forget those brushes! For everything you keep, give it a good cleaning. Once a week, you need to clean your brushes to remove any build up and to prevent bacteria growth. If you use a beauty sponge, it needs to be cleaned every day! Your face will thank you!
- For the rest of the products in your bathroom, pair up the products you use, the products you would like to use, and the products you know you will not use. The first and last options are obvious in what to do with them. For the products you would like to use, give yourself a time frame to use them. After this time, any products not used need tossed or donated. If you are brave enough, you will get rid of them now versus later. [I learned the hard way…]
I never promised this challenge would be easy, but stick with me and we will get through it! The hardest week is behind you, and it is only going to get easier!
If you have problems, feel free to contact me. I do not mind guiding you through this process. You can comment on this post, through one of my social media platforms [If on desktop it is in the column to the right. If on mobile, it is located below a photo of me.], or by email [firstname.lastname@example.org].
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I cannot wait to read about how your decluttering went for week one, and how it will go for week two! I know you have and will do great! Make sure to count how many items you decluttered, because I want you to share them with me next week for our recap of week two as well as the start of Week Three!