Project Simplify, week 3: closets, countertops, and drawers (oh my)

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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.

We’re halfway through Project Simplify! Feeling better yet? I’m excited about this week’s because it’s the cousin to my arch nemesis, paper clutter. Isn’t the note above hilarious? It’s from contributor Sarah Park‘s daughter. Perhaps she’s on to her.

This week, we’re focusing on closets, countertops, and drawers. Know that one spot in your house where everything is dumped? This week, you can clear it.

Or how about your coat closet where jackets are relegated to the floor because there’s no more hanging room? Now you can set aside time to weed through your collection and box some up for the thrift store.

Do yours kids have a craft station full of dried markers, like mine? Make a plan to cull through the defects and weed through the scrap paper pile.

Whatever’s giving you grief in your home in the department of closets, countertops, or drawers, this week it’s being tackled. Won’t it feel good to get this crossed off your list?

Paper: the beast that spawns

Paper tends to be cause for a lot of clutter in these specific areas, so here’s a few thoughts as you approach your hotspots this week.

Go paperless

Head online to your bill services and select the paperless option. You’ll receive an email when it’s time to pay, which can then obviously be done online. I don’t even know where my checkbook is anymore.

Opt out of junk mail

If you’re in the U.S., there isn’t one main government site to completely eradicate junk mail. Head here to be removed from Direct Mail’s “do not mail” list, though they can’t guarantee complete removal. At least it’s a start.

Head here if you’re in Canada. I’m not sure what’s available for those of you elsewhere, but if you know, please share in the comments below.

For any flier or notice related to an upcoming event, write down necessary info on your calendar, then toss the paper in the recycling bin.

Magazines

Honestly, Pinterest has changed how and why I keep magazines. So many mags have their photos online, so if it’s a picture of a particular wall color, or if they have a recipe I’d like to try, I first search online. If it’s there, then I pin it.

If I truly love a magazine from cover to cover, I’ll keep it. I’m keeping all my issues of Cottage Living (may my favorite defunct shelter mag rest in peace).

But if I haven’t flipped through the magazine in about six months or so, I usually recycle or donate it.

Receipts

This is a tricky one, because sometimes you need them, sometimes you don’t.

If they’re for a debit card purchase you know you’re not returning (or some other purchase that would otherwise show up online), toss it in the shred pile. You’ve got a digital record of that purchase, and you can use that to enter it in your budgeting record (we use Pear Budget).

If they’re for a cash purchase, grab the pen and label it with your budget category, then store it near your computer so you can add these to your budget record. After you record it, toss it in the shred box.

If you’re self-employed and the receipts are tax-deductible business expenses, store them somewhere logical and write down as much info on it you think you’ll need. (See below about a nifty receipt-handling tool you can week this week!)

Kids’ creations

There’s absolutely no way I can keep all my kids’ artwork, so some things just have to go. I love the advice to save three things from every age of each kid — one that shows handprint size, one that shows handwriting, and one drawing. Don’t ask me how to possibly decide which of those are the most save-worthy.

But I do love getting rid of stuff, so for me, unless it’s remarkably creative or unique, out it goes. I either stash it back in the scrap paper pile, to be drawn on the other side, I photograph it and store the digital file, it’s kept and reused as gift wrap, or — most commonly — it gets recycled.

I’m a fan of displaying kids’ artwork as unique and frugal home decor. I like framing it, displaying it on the fridge, and pinning artwork from a clothesline on the wall. I know other people take digital photos of artwork, too.

Tax info

I am not a CPA, so please, double-check with a professional who can talk with you if you have specific questions. But according to the IRS website, simple annual tax returns should be kept for a minimum of three years or a comfortable seven years.  If you’re not sure, then plan on keeping them for life. They’re usually a few short pages, and since it holds all your necessary financial information for that year, more than likely you won’t need to keep “extras,” like W2s or 1099s.

Instruction manuals and warranties

I like to scan these things. Quickly scan them, store them as PDF files on a simple CD or hard drive, and then toss the paper.

Even better, you can easily find instruction manuals online for many common electronics and appliances, rendering their storage at home rather pointless.

My plan

We have this lovely dresser in the dining room that serves as our craft station. I refurbished it last year, so it looks great on the outside. The inside, however, is horrendous.

I’m going to show those crayon stubs and dried markers no mercy, and I’m going to make it a lot easier for the kids to find the glue, pipe cleaners, and stencils.

I’m also going to clear one particular countertop in the kitchen that seems to attract paper like white on rice.

And then I’ll clear out our one closet, organize the ski stuff (man, that puffy winter gear takes up a lot of room), and make it a little less scary to open.

Your turn

One participant in this week’s Project Simplify will win a NeatDesk. Seriously! I’ve wanted one forever (we have their smaller NeatReceipts), and it’s already helped us streamline our receipts, notes, and contracts. Helpful, as we’re in the home buying process. I’ll show you how we use it on Friday.

This baby will seriously help you handle the paper clutter in your home. And I’m thrilled that one of you will win it!

Update: See my before and after photos from this week’s hotspot here.

What spots are you targeting this week?

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Comments

  1. Ooh…our master bedroom closet is the one ‘room’ in our house that hasn’t had a thorough clean-out in the last 2 years. It’s a giant repository of clothes, storage, craft supplies…etc. Tackling it sort of terrifies me, but I guess now is the time!

  2. I worked on the countertops last week while we were in the kitchen (Yay, it feels so good to have that done!), so I’m thinking this week I will join you in working on some drawers we use for arts and crafts and kid papers. And maybe the junk drawer in the kitchen, too. The Neat Desk looks…. neato! :-)

  3. avatar
    Leah Adamowicz says:

    I’ve wanted a neat desk forever as well!

  4. This is exactly the project I want to tackle this week! Except I can never narrow things down — I want to do every closet in the house! Fortunately, that’s only three. :) Also, I’ve got two rolls of drawer liner sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be cut and installed.

    The big goal: A yard sale on Saturday to make a little money with all the stuff cluttering up my closets! :)

  5. Man I love reading this stuff, it gets me motivated to attack all my mess!

  6. This week I will be targeting bedroom closets. Maybe I’ll be able to finally walk into my walk-in closets!!

  7. I will be tackling the closet that is in my daughter’s room. She is a toddler and doesn’t use it yet, so we have just been throwing stuff in there and then shutting the door. The closet is super scary and I’ve been hesitant to tackle it. But, it must be done! :)

  8. I am going to focus on my linen closet, my utensil drawers and my desk. It seems that when I cleaned the other areas of the house, my desk got messier.

  9. I am also going to tackle my daughters room…again….

  10. This post turns me on in ways only an organized house can!

    I’m an expert at clearing the counter tops and drawers. The hardest part is keeping the mysterious piles of crap from growing again and again.

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    Jessica D says:

    Also try Catalog Choice to help stop junk mail. It helped alot at my house.

    https://www.catalogchoice.org/

    • Yes! I love Catalog Choice. It has reduced our junk mail intake so much. The mailman has actually commented about it — we rarely get pointless mail, especially wasteful catalogs.

  12. I find that keeping the craft area pristine (easier said than done!) encourages the kids to craft and create more. This would create an artwork storage problem, but I have NO problem binning the art before it’s dry. I figure this keeps the focus is on the creation, not the keeping, and it actually means my perfectionist eldest daughter is more comfortable having a go and making mistakes. When she does finally do something she is proud of, if is hung on the wall with great fanfare!

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    Jessica Wilson says:

    I plan to tackle the mail area, the craft area, and my desk. I know that might be biting off more than I can chew in a week with 2 year old twins and a 6 and 8 year old, but at least I have vision for myself! ;-)

  14. Our closet is so full that it’s taken over a room. It’ll take weeks to fix, and probably need a yardsale.
    Most if it is Mr Accidental’s. Actually, it’d probably be easier just to sell him… Going cheap, one devoted husband, good breeding, calm temperament, comes with full accessories. Owners screened for suitability. Contact The Accidental Housewife.

  15. avatar
    Jessica Wilson says:

    I am planning to tackle the mail area, the craft area, and my desk.
    I realize I may be biting off more than I can chew, especially with twin 2 year olds in tow and their 6 and 8 year old siblings. However, you can’t fault me for having vision for what I want to accomplish. ;-)

  16. avatar
    Anne Sharma says:

    New here. I’m working on the cabinet that houses our art supplies. It’s daunting!

  17. My husband and I had a complete house cleanup last Saturday. Our closet as well as my kid’s took almost half the cleaning time. We don’t know what things to keep and what to throw away. We just ended up putting it all back in our closet. These tips will be very helpful next weekend. Thanks! :)

  18. I am attacking the kitchen drawer of “everything useful”, stuff that belongs somewhere else but never makes it there. Why is it that we are so limited in drawer space in our kitchens but yet that is the place where everything goes? I am also going to attack the magazines and instruction manuals. Great idea of scanning instruction manuals, this will save a ton of space. Be blessed!

  19. avatar
    cindy jones says:

    I’m Ready!! These past two weeks have been very rewarding…..areas that are cleaner, neater, and organized……Yard Sale Items:)
    Your book is awesome too….got it first of last week.

  20. I was planning on putting all of our appliance booklets in binders, but now am rethinking that maybe we should just scan them. I’d rather save the bookshelf space for more interesting reading material!

  21. I’m going to clear out my hall closet. Too many coats and all sorts of other things that really don’t belong. I’m also planning to take the top 2 shelves to use as additional pantry space. The closet is adjacent to my kitchen. I really don’t have enough cabinet space in the kitchen, so this well help me out with the reducing the amount of stuff that I have on my kitchen counters!

  22. Definitely the storage room in the basement! There is a local kids’ clothes consignment sale this weekend and I have lots to take!

  23. I am attempting junk drawers and hopefully my closet (including my husband’s clothes). And also getting my entry way cleaned up :-) That neatdesk looks pretty awesome. Paper clutter is my nemesis. Honestly, I should probably attack the filing cabinet that I use more as a junk drawer for bills :-) But I’m not sure a week would be adequate for that task!

  24. I am a CPA (& an avid Simple Mom reader) and I would just say DO make sure you keep ALL of the supporting documentation with your tax return for the IRS recommended length of time. If the IRS audits your return you need to be able to support all of the numbers reported.

  25. avatar
    jen Van Riper says:

    I targeted the master bathroom today, who knew I would have SO MANY expired medications, vitamins, lotions…you name it. It took me all day, but I came out with an organized clutter free bathroom. I think I’m going to hit my bedside table next and attack the drawer of junk…then maybe I will work on the guest room which needs all packed up and turned in to a room for the new baby. what to do with all my craft stuff though? I have fabric, yarn, pens, pencils, you name it.

  26. These posts are exactly what I need….motivation. I’m going to work on a kitchen junk drawer…again. before it gets too out of control. It didn’t take the kids too long to trash it. I’m also going to work on winter coats. It’s been in the 70′s and 80′s for a week…..in Chicago!! Infrared of in March. So I’m just going to pack up the snowpants and a few of the coats and gloves. Not going in the attic yet. Afterall….it is Chicago.

  27. My son and I will be tackling his toy closet, now that he is older he is not ready to recycle his toys. Since both of us love to organize we are going to work on fitting a bin of toys that are in his room into the closet, this should be fun and will ultimately give him more floor space in his room.

  28. avatar
    Tracey G. says:

    I’ve made lots of progress in becoming paper-free but there’s still a nagging pile of things that I want to keep but can’t find online. The Neat Desk looks so appealing. I think I’m also going to tackle our medicine cabinet.

  29. This week, my target is the set of crates in the master bedroom. It’s got everything from craft supplies to paperwork to electronics. And I hate them, so it’s time for them to be at least organized instead of overflowing.

  30. I’m shooting for my coat area! It’s time to put the winter things away, which will help make that area less cluttered!

  31. My “arch nemesis” is also paper clutter…ugh! I’m going to research scanner options for going mostly paperless. I’m also going to tackle the kids’ art “stuff” and (be still my trembling heart) the numerous boxes of teaching materials in the garage (from when I taught school in the 90s). Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. Love this series!

  32. My desk… after spring break it is a mess!

  33. I am targeting three paper magnets: the kitchen table, the computer desk, and the coffee table I am also targeting two closets: the coat closet and the master bedroom closet.

  34. This week I am taking on my school papers/ art work by the horns! I can’t function anymore!

  35. So this week I am going to tackle two closets my bedroom closet and the hallway closet. I am leaving the office space for Spring Break the last week of the challege which will deal with my paper issues and crafty projects. Here’s to another week of accountability and cleanliness!

  36. We have multiple binders worth of bank statements for accounts that are now closed. You have inspired me to pick up with the shredding again. It takes perseverance as our little shredder only does about fifty pages before overheating for half an hour.

  37. I have been working on the craft closet, too, and it’s much more presentable now! (Rather wish I had some crayon stubs so I could melt them into fun shapes like I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest, but alas! A ton of other things but no crayon bits….) Today I worked on the dining room table (sad that it took “working on” to clear it), and I hope to also work on the rest of the craft/play/ guest room this week, as well as organize some kitchen drawers and – gulp – the game/DVD/ tv cabinet.

  38. avatar
    Ally Abbott says:

    I am tackling my husband’s underwear drawer. We have agreed that he can trust me to get it in order. I have recently tackled the laundry room and craft cupboards. Honestly, moving every year or so has really helped us to keep the clutter at bay.

  39. I’ll be tackling the 2nd bedroom and front entry closets, to prepare for guests coming in two weeks. I’ve wanted a NeatReceipts for a super long time!

  40. I’m hesitant to say what I’ll be cleaning this week. I have one hot spot that seems to catch all the paperwork, then it turns into two as I try to tame the first one and… oh my. I desperately need that Neat Desk, or something similar. I will be tackling my paper hotspots as well as my bedroom closet. That one should be very helpful, as we have traveled past its borders to elsewhere. This week apparently we’ll take care of that and the laundry monster!

  41. I’m glad that other people have spots that attract clutter too. I’ve been trying to purge and simplify and appreciate the tips. I think the scanner would go a long way to clearing off my desk.

  42. I will attack a part of my crafts wall unit. Two shelves have served as a catchall for nick-nacks I want to use in crafts… but will I use them? or chuck ‘em?

    • I forgot about one drawer that needs immediate attention: the broken things drawer. It is FULL of torn books, toys that need battery replacement or glueing, clothes to mend, etc. Now I have my hands full for the week…

  43. I’m aiming to get through my guest bedroom/workout room. It’s also turned into the “don’t want to deal with it? Dump it here” room. I also need to deal with my sewing station as I have a few projects I want to finish and it’s a MESS. If I get those 2 things (and cleaning the bathrooms) done, I’ll be ecstatic! Thanks for the chance at the NeatDesk as well! I’ve been drooling over those for a long time!

  44. We are moving out of state this summer. So, for the past six months we having been cleaning room by room. Everything has been sorted into three main piles. Trash (and/or recycle), donate & keep. It’s been a real eye opener for the kiddos. They’re are learning: if you don’t need it,
    don’t buy it. The garage is this Weeks project.

  45. This week I’m working on my pantry/laundry room. Everything is being cleaned, sorted. weeded out, containerized and labeled. Great feeling to get one room crossed off my list!

  46. Re: your Pinterest photo – I spy a few pins from Young House Love! :-)

  47. We’ve just moved to a new house so there are a plethora of spaces that need attention. I think I will focus on my dining room buffet, it is currently a resting place for tools and other things from the move. At one time we used that space to hold the boys’ workbooks, art supplies, and board games, but now that we have an official playroom I can use it for something else. I also need to organize my desk!

  48. I really need to get our home office under control. I keep sweeping through it with quick fixes but it needs a true organization overhaul.

  49. I am psyched to tackle the junk drawer in our kitchen! This time I vow to really get rid of the unneeded, unused junk and keep only the essential junk! :)

  50. I am working on the master bedroom – we have a long dresser, a very long window seat, and my night stand which have been forever cluttered! I’m also going to work on the files in my closet and get rid of some of the papers I’ve been holding on to forever.

  51. This week I plan to tackle the dreaded storage closet. With a baby on the way, it’s time to make room for new items.

  52. I’m working on my whole house! Seriously though, we have a roommate moving out and a baby on the way, and a lot of work to do between the two. I am going to reorganize my kitchen and definitely my boy’s room; they are both just a jumbled mess right now.

  53. Tackling the craft cabinets and my desk area (which has started to take over a part of the kitchen counter – yikes!)

    That NeatDesk is…well…neat!

  54. Oh my! I am drooling. I want, need, must have a NeatDesk! I run two businesses from home and have lots of kids and paper is overtaking my desk, living room, file cabinets, storage bins in the shed and encroaching on the entire house. What a marvelous tool!

  55. I will be tackling the coat/shoe closet, the end tables, and the buffet table. We have a teeny tiny apartment so any clutter looks like a lot of clutter and I feel like I’m drowning right now!

  56. Working on decluttering the whole house, slowly but surely. I’ve been looking at the NeatDesk scanner but just haven’t been able to justify the $$. Would put this to very good use should I win. May have to invest in one soon. Thanks for your encouragement.

  57. Thanks for the inspiration. I am tackling my closet this week. Ooh I would love to have that Neat Desk.

  58. avatar
    Stephanie Silverstein says:

    Craft supplies… I love them, and tend to collect a huge array (some of which I’ve never even used) so those are going to be tackled today!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  59. avatar
    Shannon Wirth says:

    The NeatDesk looks awesome! What a great solution for paperwork clutter!

  60. My closet needs some serious help. I have winter, summer, maternity and non-maternity clothes all mixed together in there. It’s a crazy mess!!!

  61. My desk is a must-attack project today…I guess I dread it b/c I don’t have a great filing cabinet…a drawer here, a cart there – nothing systematic. I’ve dreamed of going paperless for years. NeatDesk looks…neat!

  62. avatar
    Debbie Karp says:

    I’m working on the foyer closet. Not only does it house our jackets but also serves as a craft station for my daughter. It’s amazing how quickly it gets out of hand. Would LOVE to win the NeatDesk.

  63. I’ve only been following your blog for about a week but already it’s been so helpful! I’m pregnant so the little energy that I do have is used up doing my basic every day chores like laundry and dishes. However, every now and again I get a burst of energy that lasts longer than 10 minutes and I’ve been using that time to try to achieve some sort of pre-baby order. Our house is being turned upside down to make room for the new addition so I’m purging and organizing and cleaning as much as I can bear to lately. I did my pantry over the weekend and organized two kitchen cabinets. I’m hoping to clean out the fridge this week – if I can stand it long enough :o). I purged my closet but need to do the hubby’s too. And I have a coat closet and a linen closet to sort through this week. Little by little there will be more space for Baby!

  64. avatar
    Sarah Jane says:

    I attacked the craft corner while doing the kids rooms, although they’ve already undone a lot of my work. For this week,I will be tackling the dining room table and the foyer table. This is where all the paper lands. Receipts need a going away party. My kids are hoarders and want to keep every scrap of paper they bring home. In past years, I made boxes to put their papers in from their backpacks (kept by the door for last minute access) but now we have several of them! Time to sort them out.

  65. Paper is my nemesis. I hides in places I don’t remember, and builds tall fortresses designed to confuse and overwhelm my life. I have not just counters, drawers, but rooms filled with papers. Sigh…… obviously this is the stronghold I need to overcome. Thanks for your ideas. I always hope for a victory over this enemy.

  66. Tsh thanks for the do not mail registry info!

  67. Love the process and the ideas on how to get organized. I am addicted.

  68. Thank you for the breakdown — and for your example of taking the decluttering week by week! I totally agree that by trying to go paperless, that is the huge benefit from the technology that we have today — it’s so important for busy Moms to understand how to use technology for efficiency versus just thinking of it as another time suck. There is always a silver lining! :)

  69. The past 2 weeks, I’ve been working on closets–2 linen closets and the master bedroom. I’ve gotten rid of 1/3 to 1/2 of the contents of each and I feel so much better without the mental clutter that physical clutter brings! I’ve done 2 kitchen cabinets and the laundry room cabinets, plus my desk, although it still has hotspots. Next up are 2 book cases. I’m on a different schedule, Tsh, but I’m workin’ it, girls, I’m workin’ it!

  70. Just waiting to see what your next project will be!

  71. We’ve just started budgeting seriously, so we could really use this NeatDesk-
    It would help so much as we separate regular receipts from self-employed receipts etc…

  72. organizing helps me be a happier person and a better mom. Thank you for not overwhelming me, just helping me and introducing us to things like neat desk. I’ll put that in line to save for. It might have to move ahead of my vitamix. Health or organizing? organizing =happiness which makes me healthier right? WIsh it could go ahead of student loans, diapers and a broken car…and and… :)

  73. OH i didn’t realize we could win one. I’m qualified! I am targeting our desk which is in our kitchen so neeeds to be cleaned or I’m embarassed. AND the junk drawer in my kitchen. I follow you like a baby duck. :)

  74. avatar
    Kamela Barrier says:

    We tackled the linen closet, kids’ bathroom closet and both kids closets last week. Up this week is the guest/hall closet and the master bedroom closet. Once that’s done, we’ll go through the boxes of outgrown and no longer worn clothing and price what we can for our garage sale and donate the rest.

    Doing it a little at a time really does help. My closets tend to stay in relatively good shape…It’s truly the paper in our house that creates the issues. My husband always says that we have papers laying on every flat surface in the house :)! We just purchased a shredder, so I’m hoping that will assist in a big way.

    Thanks for all of the great tips. Keep ‘em coming!

  75. This week I am working on organizing my clothes. I LOVE NeatReceipt and have always wanted one. :-)

  76. I’ve been on a quest to eliminate junk mail. I even shelled out $7 for a Mail Stop envelope from Catalog Choice. It holds up to 15 peices of junk mail, you send it to Catalog Choice, and they do all the work for you. We’ll see how this holds up.

    My recent project is going through the boxes of files in our basement. Somehow I don’t think tax returns from 1997 are relevent any more! Seriously, I can’t believe how much old financial paperwork we have. Other than tax returns and bank statments, we’re chucking everything older than 2 years. We’re keeping things like the letters confirming our student loans are paid off, one statement from each of the ten (I know!!!) credit cards I had when I was single, and a few other odds and ends with medical bills and such.

  77. I am going to tackle my dining room table. I took all the papers from everywhere else and put them there to go through, and that is what I will be working on this week.

  78. I recently did the closet, my son’s toys and my own bedroom shelves…now I need to tackle my daughter’s closet, her bookshelves, and get her room decluttered and ready for company and of course clean out the fridge and get the kitchen counters cleared….again. I have a question. To enter the drawing for the neatdesk, do I need to post before and after pics on a blog to be elligible or is just commenting here enough?

  79. I’m working on my kitchen and desk this week. I was in Spring Break last week and tackled all the areas that my toddler easily “let” me. One day he decided to play with his toy kitchen so I did some pantry work, or drawer work. We worked on his room and the living room. Closets and all. I am excited! This project is getting bigger and bigger, but it is getting done and that is an accomplishment in my book! :)

    JP

  80. The countertops are my nemisis! Oh, how I love when they are tidy and bare, but things around here pile up so quickly.
    I also have to mention how much I miss Cottage Living. Who’s idea was it to cease publication of my favorite magazine?

  81. Well, for me it’s my computer – it’s my living but it needs to downsize. I do a lot of research in renewable energy project development; you have to download something to see it. Usually my fingers are flying to find what I need but never time to review and get rid of the unnecessary at the same time. Last week I got a nice piece of free software called calibre to help organize and convert to any reader my e-book collection and .pdf files. Once my computer is cleaned off, I can look at my closet. I’m going to check out pinterest to see what it does. Yes, I could use the neatdesk to organize my 7 years of receipts (at least their organized by month). It would be great to look around and have nothing to do but create something! Thanks for this website and allowing us to post.

  82. This week, I’m going to continue working on my laundry/craft room. I’ve slowly worked my way through most of the closets/drawers/cupboards upstairs, but the basement still needs work. A LOT of work.

  83. avatar
    Margaret says:

    This week I’m going to focus on our “catch-all” closet.

  84. I am struggling with the kids artwork. Mine are still so young that I don’t really think any of it is all that spectacular, but I need to come up with a plan before hand!

    I am going to be tackling two hall closets. Since we live in an apartment with no storage everything is in the closets. It isn’t terribly cluttered but I need to make things more accessible and better organized!

  85. I am attacking our linen closet. I was so happy to have a designated linen closet when we designed our gutted home a few years back, but sadly it has never lived up to the pictures I had for it in my head. I am going to try to do it using a simple system that even the kids could keep up as they fold the majority of the laundry now and put it away, including all the sheets for the beds.

  86. The breakfast table – no one can sit there to eat (or do anything else).

  87. avatar
    Heather Abbott says:

    I recently decluttered my walk in closet and the kids closets with change over to winter clothes. I also did my underwear drawer – I mean seriously that was so overdue and amazing how much usable undergarments I have! My sock drawer and workout clothing is up for overhaul next!

  88. Just tackled the bathroom closet today. Need to do my countertops and try to find a way to keep them clean! Also my pantry is part of a big closet that is truly a ‘stick it anywhere’ kind of a place in our house. Wish me luck! =)

  89. Well when you get married I learned that it’s not only the joining of two lives but the joining of two people’s clutter and endless plastic containers of desperately needing to be gone through paperwork which came to live in our garage. Many other random items have since come to live in my garage. So my project is to reclaim the garage for the sake of the car and a big garage sale with the help of a powerful shredder and a big trash can. A NeatDesk could always help. :)

  90. What a great tool! What is it about kitchen counters? They seem to have some inherent sticky component that attracts paper!

    My project for the week is to make that small mountain of paper clutter disappear.

  91. Closet – donate clothes that have not been worn in the past 6 months. Also, would like to make some t-shirt back packs. They look really cute.

  92. The computer cabinet is the project of the week.

  93. My master bedroom closet has turned into the dumping ground for my whole house. I have clothes the kids have out grown, pictures, photo albums, toys, clothes that are too big for me… It actually stresses me out to open it every morning!!! Can’t wait to get this done!

  94. Oh, the paper! It is a endless battle. I keep intending to tackle the office but it is overwhelming. This week I’m going to try a new tactic; taking a first swipe at it rather than being disappointed that I didn’t finish it.

  95. I’ve cut out a corner in my basement for my work center. A table for the sewing machine and another for projects. I’m almost done organizing. I can’t wait to use it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  96. I would love to simplify my craft/home office area. It is located in the corner of our bedroom and is in serious need of a scanner to rid the area of paper!!

  97. I’ve been participating in Project Simplify again this year (although slightly behind). Recovering from a thyroidectomy mid Feb. and c-section to our newest addition on March 11, I have a pretty good excuse!

    For Week 1: kids clothes/toys, I went through our 3 & 4 year olds’ closet and took out everything that no longer fit them as well as their fall/winter items. I also sanded/ & painted a dresser I bought off craigslist to use as our newborn dresser/changing table and organized all the newborn clothes, etc. in the drawers.

    Today, hubby and I are working on Week 2. Thoroughly cleaned microwave, oven, fridge, organizing “tupperware” section and trying to see if I can clear a drawer for baby items (breast pump accessories, bottles, etc.)

    This week for Week 3, 1. I’m planning on reorganizing our linen closet to include a section for medicines/first aid kit (I don’t want them stored in the bathrooms anymore due to humidity concerns and to have out of reach of the kids). 2. The bathroom cabinets are still in pretty good shape from participating in Project Simplify last year…but a quick look-over to make sure they are still organized efficiently. 3. The last thing I’m hoping to get to is our filing cabinet (label folders w/label maker I got for Christmas, shred outdated documents, etc.)

  98. I have taken on my kitchen countertops and art supplies (also in the kitchen) in the last week, but I REALLY need to tackle my kitchen desk area and the art work that has been piling up in the laundry room. I can’t wait to give some before and after photos on this one! I’m a first timer….

  99. i’m targeting our guest room/home office/craft room in order to declutter and get it ready for baby #3′s arrival in a few short weeks. lots to do!!!

  100. avatar
    Cassandra says:

    Bring it on. I have a desk and a hallway closet. Those are probably two of the last likely places I would organize. Goal for thedesk : create an efficient filing system that is labeled for everyone. Goal for the hallway closet: no coats on the floor and there is room for the vaccum cleaner. Easy enough?

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