Introducing: Project Simplify

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About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

The first day of spring is in 31 days, if you can believe it. If you’re like me, you’re giddy with excitement about breezy weather, open windows, and wildflowers in bloom.

This is also the season when many of us feel the itch to get our homes in order. Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing — “spring cleaning” is the default phrase. There’s something about the budding season that awakens our internal clocks to a fresh start, both inside and out. Spring cleaning feels good — tossing, dusting, and piling energizes our spirits.

At least for me, anyway.

It’s with my book, Organized Simplicity, that I’m launching a new series called Project: Simplify.” Care to join me? Read on for more details (and how you can enter to win a copy of the book today!).

Where’s your “hot spot”?

I asked the Simple Mom Facebook and Twitter followers for their homes’ biggest clutter “hot spot”where is the default catch-all for clutter, clutter, and more clutter?

Some of the most popular hot spots:

1. Bathroom cabinets

Laura Kinman said, “Bathroom drawers and under the sinks — you know, a whole load of different cleaners for the house and your body, boxes of feminine products, cotton balls, toliet paper…… Oh wow, is that an action figure shoved in there?”

Nicole Spellman said, “Bathroom cupboard; no actual medicine cabinet, just too much stuff (the rest is shoved under the stairwell closet).”

2. Master bedroom

Sarah Libby said, “Master bedroom — everything ends up there to keep it out of somewhere else….then at the end of the day I hate seeing it all, so I just turn off the lights and go to bed.”

Andie Wade said, “Our desk and master bedroom. Both are behind doors that are easily closed when people come over so they’re where I tend to dump things with the good intention of ‘putting them away later.’”

Kim Disberger said, “Sadly, the area beneath my beautiful picture window in the master bedroom. It began as a couple stacks of books needing a better home, and has grown to include anything the kids don’t know what to do with. I have got to get that tackled.”

3. Kitchen and dining rooms

Annie of Phd in Parenting said, “The kitchen counter. Notes from school bags. Half-eaten snacks. Things the kids bring me while I’m cooking (toys, pictures they’ve drawn, things that need to be fixed).”

Rebecca Nichols said, “Definitely the edge of the kitchen counter. Also — one side of my dining table; it seats six but there are only three of us…. so the end closest to the front door ends up being a landing pad for everything we bring home!”

Sarah Taylor said, “Our dining room/work room! My hubby is adamant about not putting stuff in our entry from our garage to our kitchen, so we go around the corner to the dining room (where we do not eat – we eat at the kitchen table) and drop/store our bags, papers, books, files, coloring/craft stuff….It’s almost like a family office, but I need help implementing and MAINTAINING order.”

So where’s the worst clutter offender? I think Britanie Myers sums it up best — “Pretty much any flat surface.”

Can you relate?

Project: Simplify

For five weeks this spring, from March 7 to April 8, we’ll be tackling five different areas in our homes. On Monday, I’ll announce the week’s “hot spot.” That Friday, I’ll share my before and after photos in my home (because yes, it gets disorganized, too!).

Then here’s how you participate: You’ll post your “before” and “after” experience (photos are a must!) on your own blog, then link to it on Friday’s Simple Mom post. (If you don’t have a blog, you can post your before and after photos to the Simple Living Flickr pool, describing your experience in the photo’s description.)

We’ll spend Friday (and that weekend) browsing each other’s sites; encouraging our successes in tackling the hot spots. Inspiration is found knowing there will be other families worldwide, decluttering and organizing the same areas in their homes!

Then this is the fun part — everyone who participates in that week’s hot spot is automatically entered to win a giveaway! And no, it won’t be more “stuff” to organize — it’ll be inspiration or a tool to keep on simplifying your life.

So, to sum up:

1. On Monday, I’ll announce that week’s “hot spot” project.

2. You’ll have the week to declutter, clean, and organize that area — don’t forget to take “before” and “after” photos (no straightening up ahead of time, either!).

3. On Friday, I’ll reveal my own “before” and “after” photos.

4a. You’ll also post your photos and write about your experience on your own blog, then link to it on Simple Mom.

4b. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your “before” and “after” photos in the Simple Living Flickr pool, describing your experience in the photos’ description. (You can also do this even if you have a blog.)

5. Rest from the week’s hard work by browsing everyone else’s photos (and find inspiration for the next project!).

6. Cross your fingers in hopes that you’ve won that week’s giveaway.

Get prepared

My book, Organized Simplicity, will be the foundation for this project. We’ll soon be talking about family purpose statements, the foundation to simplifying your home and life. I devote an entire chapter in the book to creating a statement that reflects your family’s values, which is the crux for making decisions in all areas of your life. It’s an essential step; not to be missed.

Before the first project on March 7, I highly encourage you to create your family’s purpose statement.

We’ll also continue our posts on money management 101, because getting finances in order is a major step to simplifying your entire life, including your homes’ clutter. Ever bought anything more than once because you couldn’t find your first purchase? Riddled with late library fees because that pesky book is nowhere to be found?

Don’t yet have a copy of Organized Simplicity? You’re in luck — today, Crystal at Money Saving Mom is giving away ten copies! Head over there to enter for a chance to win.

I’ve also got a guest post there today, about a few things I learned from living overseas. These lessons should also provide inspiration to roll up your sleeves and get to work in your home.

Are you as excited as I am? I hope many of you participate! If you’ve always wanted to really declutter your home, but lose hope or steam after just a few hours, this will be the ticket. Nothing like knowing there are many families around the world working right alongside you.

And I’ll be right there with you, patting you on the back every step of the way.

Are you ready? What are you excited about organizing or decluttering this spring?

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  1. Oooh, this post has me excited! I will definitely join in. I don’t have your book yet but have been itching to buy it.
    I guess if there was one thing in my household that I want to get really, really organized, it would be my humongous amount of scrapbook supplies. It’s OUT of CONTROL. Also, the basket of unmatched socks that have been in my bedroom for a year now. ;)

  2. What a fabulous idea! It will be the perfect way to put your book into action. I can’t wait!
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  3. What a GREAT idea. No, I can not believe spring is just a hop, skip and a jump away. I NEED to get organized. The holiday’s really have my house a mess. I try to get organized, but become frustrated with the task.

  4. Cool project.

    My apartment’s real small though and I already kind of started. My room was a total mess so I just couldn’t stand it anymore and went on a cleaning mood yesterday. And when I came back from work today, turns out my apartment mate cleaned up the bathroom.

    Looks like we’re doing spring cleaning a bit early this year. XD

  5. I’m moving at the end of April but hey why not?

    PS- Thanks for mentioning my comment. It just made my day to see that. :D
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  6. This is a great idea! I’ve been in the organizing mood ever since I put away the Christmas decorations and finished reading your book. This should be fun :)

  7. Fun! (yes, I think organizing is fun) I love this idea. I purchased Organized Simplicity at the beginning of January and loved it! So, needless to say, I’ve already cleaned up some hot spots in my home. Maybe I’ll have to do some ‘cluttering’ so I feel more involved…na, just kidding. I’ll have plenty of work to do if you mention ‘home office’….

    • Haha! I was thinking this exact thing! “Hmm…maybe I’ll have to get some more stuff just so I can get rid of it.” Sometimes my house already feels like a blank slate…except for (you guessed it) the office. Maybe we can just substitute the office if it doesn’t come up.
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  8. Ooooh! How exciting! I have your book and I am currently working my way through it! It’s so excited to get to share our progress with one another!!!

  9. I’m so excited that I’ll have 5 days to complete the project. I hope one of the assignments is organizing your craft/hobby space!
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  10. Thank you for this great idea. It’ll be very helpful to get rid of some “hot-spots” with the help and motivation of others. I’ll be part of it!

  11. Yep, definitely participating. We’re moving out of this home in May and it’s the perfect way to make the prep fun :)
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  12. This sounds great! I always getting the cleaning bug in the spring and boy do I need a big bug this year! ;)
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  13. I’m excited to get organized! I got your book as a Christmas present and I so enjoyed reading it. Now, I just have to put it into practic. I did use some of your “Money is a Tool” chapter with my high school students!

  14. Ohhhhh…. I can’t wait!!! Will you have a button to use???

  15. Love this idea, Tsh – so fun!
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  16. I’m in and excited! and I’d like a button too! to add to my blog and invite my readers. Let us know!

  17. Darn it, I’ve already decluttered and simplified most places in my house. Oh well, maybe I can do the outbuilding instead. It feels so good to pare down to the minimum you actually NEED.

    • If you’re like me, then decluttering and simplifying is a journey, not a destination. Whenever I work on an area, I don’t ever call it “finished” because it won’t always stay perfect (especially with kids in the house). But that’s okay — working on it, even just a little, makes it much easier to keep simple over the long haul.

      So if you’ve already done the process for a season, good for you! Yes, you’re welcome to pick another area and tackle that as well. I hope you join in!

  18. Have you been peeking in my windows? I SO need this right now :-)

    Count me in, my friend!
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  19. Tsh, you are embracing those BlissDom buzzwords: you want us to expose our shame and vulnerability all at once. ;) (i just want to become as good of an organizer as my hubby was while I was at the conference)
    Dawn Camp´s latest post: Broken- Earthen Vessels

  20. Very excited for this project! I have the book and have slowly been working on simplifying our home. Having focus and a community will surely be a blessing.

  21. We’re in a unique situation. We’re currently living 1000 miles away from our real home, with only what we could pack in two cars during a 6 month job rotation for my husband. Part of me is excited about this opportunity to “practice” in a home with less stuff than our permanent residence. On the other hand, I really don’t want to buy and organizing bins that I’ll just have to pack later. I really want to participate though so I’m going to be creative with what we already have and hope for the best!

    • Sarah, I’ve been in your exact situation. Several times, in fact. So take heart — in my book I specifically say you don’t need to buy more organizing stuff in order to organize. Most of us have plenty of useful things around the home already.

      In fact, I believe that’s a reason many of us never get around to decluttering or organizing — they think they need more stuff.

      And I also believe that’s a big, fat, lie of the organizing industry. :)

      • Thanks Tsh, that makes me feel better. We have actually been slowly working on our family’s mission statement for the past few weeks so this is coming at a perfect time. I’d never considered how much more simply we could live until this move and your blog. It’s been a huge eye opener to our family and I have big changes (in small baby steps) to make when we get back “home”. Thanks for the encouragement!
        Sarah G´s latest post: How I Tame the Grocery Beast

  22. Well… I’m already trying to get everything simple… it’s taking so much time… I’d love to read your book, seems really exciting!

  23. Ohhh sounds fun!
    Jen E @ mommablogsalot´s latest post: I Read- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

  24. I’m so excited! I have put in my notice at work & my first day home with my boys in March 1 – I have been reading your book & CANNOT WAIT to get into each room of our house and simplify! I am waiting until then to start so I will have more time but it’s killing me to wait! :)
    Looking forward to this fun project!

  25. I’m so excited about this! I read your book at the start of the year and then, typically, I got side-tracked. Love the idea of being held accountable through a “course” so to speak, and perfect timing for my friends visiting from England in April! :)

  26. I just finished your book a few weeks ago and I have been going through the 10 day process slowly because that is all I can do with my husband working around a clock. It feels great to get back to basics, prepare for our spring yard sale and declutter :) WE LOVE our family purpose statement and our family management notebook is finally at a place where it is functional (only took a year to get it right for us). Thank you for everything!!! I so appreciate everything you do and look forward to this project, I will participate to the best of my ability :)
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  27. Great idea. Looking forward to getting my house organized. God knows the living room needs it!

  28. I’m so excited about this project! I just moved, so I will be doing A LOT of organizing in the next month. :)
    Mariposa´s latest post: On the Move

  29. Just so you all know, you can still totally do the book’s 10-day process of going room-by-room. This is more like an “extra-curricular” of paying special attention to those hot spots. :)

    I’m glad you’re all excited!

  30. Yay! I almost wish I hadn’t done my bedroom last week……almost.

  31. wow…a real kick in the pants! I won’t be participating though, since I don’t have an active blog, and keep plugging away at my trouble spots. The kitchen counter is definitely one of the worst spots! And the table where the children do their projects. It becomes the landing space for every other thing.
    My house is actually a basement house, and the main living space is all in one area, including the laundry room, which really isn’t a room alone. Probably the worst area is what we call the ‘can room’, where we keep pantry extras, home canned goods, and the freezer.
    The next room is….the master bedroom! It’s currently home to some things that my husband is thinking about buying, and he put those items in there the last time we had company. Then I have my scrapbooking stuff setting in there, plus other stuff that needs a landing space.
    I’ll be looking for more tips!

  32. Oh, Tsh! You KNOW I am totally in for this one. We have been working on hard on hot spots all over the house, but still have two rooms downstairs to work on and the ENTIRE upstairs. I will SO be working alongside you in this!!!
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  33. Can’t wait! I’m in desperate need of this!

  34. I think this will be just what I need to get my house cleaned up for Spring. I was happy to see that there are 31 days till Spring arrives. I needed that, Thank you.
    I enjoyed your guest post on Money Saving Mom and I hope to be able to “downsize” a lot in my home. We have WAY to much stuff.
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  35. Great initiave! Everything will help to give me some extra spring cleaning motivation :)
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  36. YEAH! I’m so excited to participate this year! :-)

  37. I’m ready and so looking forward to this Tsh!
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  38. This is perfect timing! I’m in!
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  39. I am so ready!

    We actually did quite a bit over the Christmas holiday. We opted to simplify (!!) and stay home rather than travel. My husband had a whole week off, plus weekends too and that really helped. We went through all the kids books, clothes, toys, videos, linen closet and bathroom cabinets. In the end we had a whole trunk load of stuff we took to goodwill or donated to the library. It felt really good and our life has definitely been more streamlined. We still have the garage and kitchen left to do.

    The kitchen will surely be the hardest place because of all the props for food photography. I can’t really get rid of most of the things.

    I’m looking forward to all the inspiration!
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  40. how exciting. I will try to join in. I have to write my masters thesis during that time, but it might be a good way for me to relax. De-cluttering helps me think.
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  41. Ooo, I’m excited about this. I’ve been feeling the itch to clean out and fix up. It’ll be good to have a little direction to get me motivated and moving. Although I don’t feel that we are too overloaded with stuff I’d really like to pare down what we do have. Especially clothes. I think my kids have too many clothes b/c it seems that all I ever do is wash them!

  42. I’m in!! I’m on an organizing mission… I’ve also become ‘addicted’ to reading blogs, but I still don’t know, what’s a button?:)

  43. This is sooo perfect for me. I just got your book in the mail yesterday. My word for the year is simplify. And March is my Spring Cleaning month!

  44. Oh this sounds great! I’m suggesting your book for my book club group so hopefully will be reading it around the same time this challenge starts! I like to think my house is organized but when I read about other bloggers organizational methods I realize that I can do way more and be so much happier with my house!
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  45. I’ll be joining in as well – this warmer weather is definitely inspiring me to want to clean and simplify. I received your book for Christmas, so I’ll be catching up on my reading before then.

    My word for the year is also “simplify.”

  46. I have to agree that any horizontal surface in my house is a magnet for stuff. I am a notorious pile-r, and trying so hard to rehabilitate myself from that habit!
    Looking forward to this challenge!
    Bernice
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  47. I love this! I have a few too many “hot spots” in my house. :-)
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  48. this’ll be great motivation for me as we prepare to make the across-the-ocean move once again. i have a lot of stuff to get rid of!
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  49. Oh, I so need the motivation. I am a clutter queen at times. I’m heading over to try and win a copy of the book, if not I will pick it up. : )
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  50. I have been away for awhile; I will try to follow this project since, with a 4yo, an online biz and an ever-expanding garden, keeping my house decluttered has become less than high-priority.
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  51. I am so excited about doing this! We are moving at the end of August and I need to declutter the whole house before the movers come.
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  52. I cannot wait! I am going to pick up the book this afternoon! This is the motivation I needed!

  53. FYI — buttons are now available here!

  54. So excited to find your site from Money Saving Mom. My husband and I just applied for teaching jobs overseas. Any tips on how to downsize and pack for that kind of move?

    • Thanks for coming over, Becky! Have you read my book yet? I talk about our overseas move in it quite a bit, as well as a 10-step process of working through your home with a basic declutter-clean-organize routine. So if you read the book (shameless plug, I know…), then you’ll probably glean some useful tips there.

      But if you want the 10 peso version — get rid of (donate or sell) tons of stuff, save the sentimental stuff you want to keep in just a few boxes in a small storage unit or in a friend’s attic, and pack a week’s worth of clothes for each season. Add a few more essentials. :)

  55. I am so much looking forward to this challenge!!
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  56. I LOVE this idea! I actually already bought your book, but I’d love another one to use as a giveaway for my blog. It will be nice to have a sort of “support system” online ot help with the organizing!!!

  57. I’m so excited about this! I just tackled the bathroom vanity this week and have just reached the chapter in your book on creating a family purpose statement. I’m loving “Organized Simplicity”– you’ve actually inspired my last blog post!

    Can’t wait to add the button to my blog!
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  58. We just moved a few months ago and you know how that goes…shoving things under the bathroom sink because that is where it is supposed to be but not actually unpacking or organizing any of it. This will be so good for me to smooth out the wrinkles in our new place. Thank you!

  59. I really love the spring time too & the fresh inspiration to get organised and declutter. I downloaded your book to my iPhone a month or so ago & am working my way through slowly, it’s a great help! I look forward to joining in with this as well. I can totally relate to the hot spot area of any flat surface, so glad I’m not the only one!

  60. This is a great idea! I can’t wait!

  61. Oh, this sounds like fun. I’m expecting baby #3 around the end of May and wanted to get things in order. This challenge is just what I need.
    I can’t wait!
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  62. OK, I think I’m probably in on this, but if I’m to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I won’t die of embarassment posting “before” photos!
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  63. So glad you’re announcing this! I’ve been thinking about it and I’m so excited, I tried it last year and I failed miserably, but I’m ready as I’ve already accomplished a lot through out this year by getting rid of half of my wardrobe! :)

    *currently enjoying the book*

  64. my family of three lives in a 720 sq. ft. home…this is right up my alley. i’ve never committed to something like this, but i think i’m ready. i’m in!
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  65. I updated the link in the post above, but I wanted to let you all know here, too, that the giveaway on Money Saving Mom is now live! So if you don’t have my book yet, now’s your chance to win one of ten copies!

  66. avatar
    Liza Purdy says:

    Tsh, this is perfect! I’ll be there with you. Question: my husband is really not into creating the family mission statement. I’ve tried a couple of times to no avail. Is it okay to just do it on my own?

  67. I’m always excited about spring cleaning! (I’m not sure we can have spring without it!) However, this year we are dealing with some challenges (my boy was diagnosed with a genetic disorder this past fall) that make me wonder how this years spring cleaning will go. Because of the fickleness of his disease (and the unpredictability of his days), I’m not sure I can completely “tear down” a room or area for any period of time. Any thoughts?
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    • Karen–
      My interpretation of this project is that it will be smaller areas, rather than entire rooms. Things like the cabinets under the sink, etc. If there is ever a project that requires a whole room, maybe you could choose a small problem area in that room, rather than trying to tackle the whole room. That way you can get things done when your son has good days. Any small amount helps, I think. Good luck!
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  68. This sounds just GREAT! … cant wait to join in..

    PS: Love your book, I have been making some of the homemade cleaning products – thanks heaps for adding that in the book

  69. Tsh– I’ve been devouring your book and planning my own Whole-Life cleanse and my home is a major part of the plan– thanks to your great and simple strategies I was really able to get a clear plan of attack laid out–

    Can’t wait for your Project Simplify– it is just amazing how energetically lifted you feel when your surroundings are streamlined!
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  70. I’m ready!! I’ve just bought your book, and it is just adding to the internal inspiration I’ve had since the beginning of the year to be more INTENTIONAL about all areas of my life. I’ve got several areas of my home in desperate need of purging & organizing, and I can’t wait. Thank you!

  71. I’ve been toying with the idea of challenging myself to declutter & get organized—using my blog as a sort of accountability measure by chronicling it there—but I hadn’t come up with a systematic way of doing it. This is perfect, and the timing couldn’t be better. Count me in. :)

  72. I’m helping a friend get organized, and we’re done decluttering, so now would be a great time to organize what’s left. you’ll be helping us both :)

  73. My One Little Word this year is {simple}. I just purchased your book with hopes to move in the direction of creating my simple life. I’m excited for this project! Thanks!
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  74. I’m so into this! I just started up my blog, and want to do a series on the massive task of getting my home organized (I’m a domestically challenged new mom), but I want to build up my main content first. This should be a good warmup, and get me tackling the hotspots that have popped up everywhere my baby can’t reach!
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  75. Hi Tsh,
    I am from Australia. Could I do the ‘challenge’ even though it would not be Spring here but Autumn? I really do need to declutter and get organised. I have just ordered your book and should get a copy within the next three weeks. I can’t wait. My biggest problem is that my husband is a hoarder, (that is a challenge in itself). I hope you won’t mind someone from the other side of the world doing your challenge. Take care. Love Pauline

    • You can just call it Autumn Cleaning! :) I know it must be strange when so much of the Internet talks about things in the opposite season as yours.

  76. I am ready to go! I can’t wait for the first challenge!

    :)
    Lisa

  77. Hey Tsh,
    Sounds like fun and fits in perfectly to my own project I’ve been working on, Operation Minimize, where I throw out 2,011 items taken up valuable space in my home this year. I finished the challenge last year and got rid of 2,010 items but sadly, I’m not quite “there” yet. The areas you mention just happen to be the last spaces I have left (not counting the garage). Here’s hoping you can help me tackle them
    Stacy of KSW´s latest post: Do What You Can

  78. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I had already decided that my word for March is declutter (I am choosing a monthly word to support my One Little Word for the year). I just ordered your book and can’t wait to get started!
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  79. I’m already on a mission to declutter, reduce and just otherwise streamline our lives at home so there is less to deal with, less to clean up later and more happiness overall! I’m looking forward to the challenge! Your book sounds fabulous too!
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  80. I’ve been de-cluttering a little every week. I look forward to this challenge. It will surely inspire me!
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  81. I’m in! We have quite a few “hot spots” and the stuff just seems to rotate around the house – clear off the dining room table by “temporarily” putting the stuff on the office desk, etc. I also need tips for dealing with the kids’ bathroom that has no medicine cabinet or drawers… how to keep things in reach without cluttering?
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  82. I *need* this! All surfaces that things can land on are my hotspots…
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  83. I’m in! I just got your book last week, I’m only in chapter 2 and have been tossing useless items just as life happens. Can’t wait! My husband is excited too. We have 3 kids in abt 600 sq ft and need to get rid of more stuff.
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  84. I can’t wait to join this!!
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  85. I forgot to add, please start with the home office!!! ;-)
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  86. I’m on board!!! I can’t wait. Do we need to “sign up” anywhere? I’m a subscriber to the blog, so guessing it might come through that? Thanks!

  87. What a pity. I’ve been reading your book (love it!) and am all psyched, but those 5 weeks will coincide with packing up our house and moving to the country. I’ve already started the decluttering cleanup and can’t wait to unpack the streamlined version in our new house (when I find that). Maybe I’ll use your hotspots as refernce material when they undoubtaedly occur in the new place!

  88. I’m in!

  89. This sounds very exciting. I can’t wait to get started. Will re-read your book before March 7.

  90. Definitely doing this… yay! Here is a recent blogpost I wrote about it: http://sodomesticated.blogspot.com/2011/02/perfect-pasta-saladand-project-simplify.html

  91. Ok…this may require a lot of coffee but I’m in. I’ve been trying to get more organized for when I go back to work in a few months…

  92. Can’t wait till Monday, new clutter free home here we come :)

  93. Count me in. I’m also not spending so, … I hope the library has your book. But do I need this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Melody Hanson´s latest post: Envy

  94. I’m joining you from Argentina! Thanks for letting me organize my home with people from all around the world, it makes the task more interesting!

  95. I got your book last week – the ebook to avoid adding new clutter! And I am ready to go!

    We cleared our house out in February to stage it for selling. It looked GORGEOUS. However, we have decided not to sell, so now I must bring all of that junk I stacked in the garage back into the house. It gives me hives just thinking about it! When I saw Project Simplify, I knew I had to join in to avoid bringing all of that *extra stuff* back in here!

    Can’t wait to start!

  96. Can’t wait, even though I try to keep the chaos under control…………….it’s scary how quickly it all creeps back in. Looking forward to seeing all the before and afters.
    Janis@Home Style´s latest post: 3 Tips to a Clutter Free Home

  97. Hopping over from Life as Mom’s site. Okay, I am definitely ready for this.
    I would say my biggest problem area is my buffet. It holds all of my girls’ craft tems and always gets a little out of control. The playroom, and the girls’ room are problems too, and let’s not talk about the garage. At least, my mini-van fits in it but one day I will be buried under an avalanche of bikes, gardening, and miscellaneous “stuff”. Let’s get this party started!
    Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith´s latest post: The Story of A Soul- St Therese of Lisieux

  98. I am SO on board!! I have your book and it has been such an inspiration to me! I have so much more to do to get my house the way it should be, but I have hope again. I used to be completely overwhelmed and defeated by the clutter and chaos of my home, but now I’m making significant progress and it is very exciting. I’m looking forward to this five week project :)
    Rachel´s latest post: Wowlook at the time

  99. I need this and I like the idea of “hot spots” to tackle vs. whole rooms. I hope one of the hot spots in “behind a big chair nobody sits in”! I’ll use my blog to post progress. Usually blogging is what KEEPS me from progress!

  100. I’m totally ready to do this!! I actually just started my new blog and I’m hoping this will be a great way to kick it off. I’m ready to go

    http://peanutnmonkey.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-cleaning-with-simple-mom.html
    Bonnie´s latest post: Spring Cleaning with Simple Mom

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