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Old 01-02-2009, 03:19 AM - Thread Starter
 
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ne per day for the month of January.

Spend no more than 15 minutes . At the end of the month you have tidied 30 shelves/drawers :



Pull everything out of a drawer (or shelf) anywhere in your house. Just take the drawer out and empty it on a table. Then sort the drawer into three piles: 1) stuff that really should go in the drawer; 2) stuff that belongs elsewhere; 3) stuff to get rid of. Clean the drawer out nice, then put the stuff in the first pile back neatly and orderly. Deal with the other piles immediately!
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Very cool, IN!
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I am in!! I need to do my dresser and all the kitchen drawers and......

Besides, I just did the closets so why not keep it up!

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I am working on my spice drawer today ..... I am going to take everything out .. wipe it down.. .. and purge some old spices and make a quick post it note of what I need to restock on next shopping trip.
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Great idea, I'm in!

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excellent idea! i'm sitting next to the drawer that needs the most decluttering. i'm skerred. LOL
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excellent idea! i'm sitting next to the drawer that needs the most decluttering. i'm skerred. LOL

LOL -- Don't be skeered ..... LOL

I will hold your hand while you do it:

post back when you are done and I will celebrate with you
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This is a great idea! Something manageable and not overwhelming. I get paralyzed by the myriad of things I "need" to do! This will focus my "nesting" in my last month of pregnancy.
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I'm in too. I'll catch up and do two today. This should go great with the decluttering one item/day!!

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I did my spice cabinet today too! It turned into doing four cabinets, as they all interconnect, but it was awesome! Forgot the before and after pics though...oops!

Y'all are so inspiring...THANK YOU!!

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Oh cool! I'm in too

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This sounds great!

I am just seeing this tonight and we weren't home today, so nothing got done today. However, I did this with an entire office cabinet yesterday, which took me a few HOURS. I took pictures that I will post later. I also emptied my desk drawer yesterday. I sorted, too, and put some of the stuff away. There is more to do with that drawer, so that'd be a good place to start tomorrow.

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I cleaned out and organized my DD's 9 cube bookshelfy thing today, all nine fabric drawers. Go me. :
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This sounds great!

I am just seeing this tonight and we weren't home today, so nothing got done today. However, I did this with an entire office cabinet yesterday, which took me a few HOURS. I took pictures that I will post later. I also emptied my desk drawer yesterday. I sorted, too, and put some of the stuff away. There is more to do with that drawer, so that'd be a good place to start tomorrow.
Here is a link to pictures of the closet challenge and purge challenge results:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33329635@N07/sets/

I forgot to take pictures, but we also did the games & puzzles cabinets in the entertainment center yesterday. That is 4 more shelves.

I kinda doubt I will just do "ONE" shelf or drawer or small space each day, but I will attempt to average it out to be at least one a day. Certain areas lend themselves to being done in groups, ya know. I wouldn't have been very effective at doing the games & puzzles area (4 shelves) if I had done only one start to finish each day for four days. The overall point of keeping it manageable and doable in 15 or so minutes is a good reminder message. Thanks!

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I forgot to post that I also organized my photos on the laptop. I HATE decluttering/organizing files on the computer, so this was a big one for me.
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count me in too! I like this idea b/c it's not overwhelming or time consuming!

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I'm definitely in! I may run out of drawers and shelves in need of decluttering, but there are always little areas that need to be cleaned out. Sounds fun! Off to find once-wonderments to purge!

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I'm in too!
Starting right now in the hall closet.

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I am halfway through cleaning off a shelf in my fridge. That counts, right? I forgot to do it yesterday, so I'm also going to go through a drawer in a dresser that is so full it's driving me crazy.

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Great idea, I'm definately in!

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I'm definitely in! I may run out of drawers and shelves in need of decluttering, but there are always little areas that need to be cleaned out. Sounds fun! Off to find once-wonderments to purge!

You won't run out -- if you go through your whole house and see every shelf and drawer as one per day -- I would bet you have at least 75 ... if not more.

I have been doing this for years and it saves the need to do a big huge spring cleaning.

For me -- I do a shelf in my fridge on Mondays and another on Tuesdays because Wednesday is Garbage Day! .. so that takes up 2 to of my 7 days.

ITs always good to just quickly empty out a shelf and wipe it down and put everything back. Its so easy running a household to quickly forget what you have. It also helps with shopping lists.

I read so often here about moms spending a lot of time purging kids clothes / toys as they outgrow them ... but if you are always cleaning out a drawer or shelf -- this will be automatic.

Have fun :
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Ok I don't think I have enough shelves or drawers that I already haven't decluttered but I'm in. Today I decluttered our kitchen utensil drawer, it feels like I just recently did this but there was still some items that needed to go.
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I'm in! I don't have internet access at home (Verizon sucks), so I can't check in with this thread often. I've been doing this in the past few days. I have my entire "pantry" organized. I purged my books and put the keepers in our bookcase (which has been empty the past three months). I also cleared off and organized my kitchen counter. Next stop: junk drawer in the kitchen. It's very scary in there.

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Second shelf in our main closet: Done!

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So far, so good. I've got 2 drawers done in the kitchen since starting. I'm trying to follow the flylady plan and since next week is the kitchen zone, I decided to start there. And I started on the third, I decided to not "try to catch up", but start where I was.
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I did one kitchen drawer and the cabinet space under the sink yesterday! Not sure what I'll do today but it will be something!! Yeah for motivation!

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