21-day challenge: organizing your outdoor areas AND trash/recycle

http://grupocentro.com.uy/write-an-english-essay/ Welcome to the final installment of the 21-day challenge. You have been very patient with me and you’ve been faithful readers. I truly appreciate this!


Bad weather and the busyness of the holiday season meant our outdoor spaces began looking like this.


Throw away piles everywhere and things that needed to be put away. It really made our back yard look horrible.

Plus, both of these areas were in sight of our patio and back porch.

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After a little throwing away and a little putting away, we came up with this:


Let’s see that before and after again, shall we?


And now let’s talk recycling. You will notice we have this little alcove that has a locking gate. The previous owners used this for a dog run.


I originally had the idea to use it for a little storage spot for lawn tools but it isn’t covered.

I decided instead that it’d be an awesome place to hide our trash and recycle cans.
I think this is a nice use of the space. What do you think?

Here are some ideas from the WWW that I’d like to try for a home recycling and trash center.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our 21-day challenge. Join us tomorrow for a recap.


Have a wonderful weekend.

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21-day challenge: an organized fridge and freezer

This is my fridge after receiving some love. Like the rest of our house, we were looking a little disorganized. 

To add to the chaos, we were bad about wasting the fruits and veggies in the crisper drawers… not intentionally, we’d just forget about them until it was too late.

  1. We reorganized the fridge so we could see what we had. I gave its good cleaning and DIYed some fridge coasters (more about that next week). I also threw out anything that was expired.


I love using the glass containers to store fruit because I can see everything, and they’re super easy to clean. Plus,my DIY fridge coasters make cleaning easy as well.

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I ended up reorganizing my fridge and “coastering” it for about $8.

Tomorrow is our final installment of the  challenge:the outdoors and recycle center. Thanks for loyally reading each day!

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21-day challenge: purse and diaper bag 

It hasn’t been that long since my purse got a good organizing.



I gave it a quick refresher course and dumped everything out of it.


I put the loose items back into their respective pouches and threw away the trash. Way better.

Our diaper bag needed way more TLC.


I took everything out of the bag and made two piles: things we still need and use and things we don’t. Then, I grouped them into like piles.


I used ziplock bags because people other than us occasionally watch our child and need to be able to find things in our diaper bag. The clear bags help with that.


Now our diaper bag is less of a jumbled mess and more functional and organized.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day organizing challenge:

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21-day challenge: vehicles


We just organized our van not too long ago, but as vehicles tend to do, it got horribly messy again.

We spend a lot of time in our van and sometimes I feel like we live in the thing. At any given time, you can find kids’ toys, Emorie’s gymnastics stuff, headphones, DVDs, stuff I’m taking to the thrift store/ consignment shop, “traveling with a baby stuff…” well, you get the idea.

I’m just going to let these “before” photos speak for themselves.

This is the back seat floor.


And that’s the “trunk” area of my van.

Yikes.

I started by putting away things that actually do belong in the van and making a pile of things that belong in the house.


I put the girls’ toys and coloring books in this bag to keep them from being all over the van.


I used a separate bag to corral baby feeding items, like finger food mats, the high chair cover, and an extra cup and bowl.


My trunk organizer was a bit smashed from having junk piles on it, so I reinforced it with these file boxes I repurposed from our office.


This organizer holds some extra clothes and diapers, but also an emergency vehicle kit I put together awhile back.

When I was finished, all that remained was our stroller, our car organizer and a Rubbermaid tote filled with things to donate. Not bad!


Let’s see that before and after again:


And here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge.


See you tomorrow!

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21-day challenge: medicine cabinet


We have this awkward little cabinet above our microwave in the kitchen.

It’s too high, so it’s hard to reach and it’s too narrow and Shallow to be very useful. Plus, the microwave cord takes up a lot of space.


We’ve been using it for a medicine cabinet, since the cabinet is too high for our littlest to reach. But the medicines weren’t organized and the cabinet was a mess.

My first order of action was to throw away any almost empty or expired medicines. Then, I grouped them by function.

I made some labels for them and popped them on there.

I used all containers we already had, so I didn’t spend a dime.

Let’s look at that before and after:


Here’s a look at what lies ahead. We have only seven more days left in the challenge.


Thanks for sticking with me and being patient!!

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21-day challenge: home office

We wanted a home office in our last home but had no room for it.

We are blessed to have one now, but it’s been turning into the “catch-all room.”

Since you can see this room from our front entry, it makes our whole house look cluttered.

We cleaned, purged and put away, until we ended up with this:


Then, the guitar found a new home and so did the basketball goal.

Now our home office is looking like a grown up space again and it’s great.
Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:


Happy Friday! Have a wonderful week end.

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21-day challenge: garage

Our garage works hard for us, but lately we haven’t been working hard to keep it organized.


Our unfinished garage has three of four walls that are still studs. It also has a nonfloored attic. On any given day, it holds two cars, our kids’ outdoor and ride on toys…and a whole bunch of crap we don’t need.


The previous owner DIYed some shelves and a workbench but neither work well for us.

We are doing a little at a time, since garage organizing is costly.

We want to get some new shelves, better organize our tool area, and buy a few of these.


If money was no object, I’d choose this:


Ted’s Woodworking
In the meantime, decluttering doesn’t cost a thing! We put everything away, swept out the garage, and hauled a truck load to the trash dump.

Here’s what we ended up with:


Certainly not perfect, but definitely way better.

And here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge.


Have a wonderful week.

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21-day challenge: craft supplies

We bought this armoire off Craigslist two years ago to store my craft supplies.


My craft cabinet really needed some help. It used to be my dirty little secret.
Then, I was able to utilize some removable shelves, well placed storage containers and hooks and get this:



I was able to straighten and clean out my cabinet and get rid of the supplies we didn’t need or use.

I am looking at what we can do to make this space more functional. What I really want to do is build a closet like this:


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Or maybe even this:


DIY by Design
Those are nice , but due to spacing, I’ll probably do something more like this.


Everything Etsy
Or this:


A Girl and Her Blog
But in the meantime, this is what I’m interested in doing to our craft armoire.


Pinterest
Or maybe this:


Design Mom
The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to show you what I choose to do.

But until then, it’s nice not having a disorganized armoire.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

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21-day challenge: under the beds

Under the bed is actually a great place for storage. It can easily get out of hand if you aren’t careful, though.

Underneath my oldest daughter’s bed, we store her old baby blankets (the ones people made that we will never part with) and her out of season clothes.


Under my youngest daughter’s bed is where we store my wedding dress and our surplus baby products.


Underneath our bed was out of control.

We store our table leaves there, but there were things under our bed I didn’t know about.


I made three piles: put away, throw away, and donate.



Now, the only things under our bed are gift wrap supplies, a guitar, and table leaves. It’s way better.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:


Stay tuned for medicine storage, craft supplies, home office and fridge/freezer.

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21-day challenge: bathroom 

We have been steadily working on our home and making our spaces more organized. This week, we decided to work on organizing our bathroom.

Michael’s side of the vanity looked great.


And so did the girl’s cabinet:

But mine? Mine was looking like this:


I couldn’t find a thing and there were items in here I hadn’t used in years.

I sorted out the items I didn’t use and threw away several things.Then, I used one of the vanity drawers to store my hair related products.


And I sorted the remainder of my products into two categories: extras, and things I use daily.


Everything you see in the photo above is used at least every other day.

The extra items were stored in the linen closet.


Now my side of the vanity looks like this:


I can find what I need and I’m not having to sort through things I don’t use to find what I need.

Here’s what’s still to come on the 21-day challenge:


This week, we’re organizing the home office, fridge and freezer, under the beds, craft supplies and medications.

Come back tomorrow for an organized home office.

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