We made it!! We have reached the end of our 40 bags in 40 days challenge. It has been hard, easy, and time consuming all at the same time. I thought, for the final post, I would leave you with the 5 biggest biggest factors to successfully organize and purge your house that I learned while completing this challenge.
1. Start Small
Make a list of all the areas in your house that are in need of organization and purging. Now take that list and divide each item into a few smaller areas.
The biggest challenge in cleaning, organizing, and purging your house is actually starting the task. Make it easier on yourself by making each project a 20 minute one instead of a 5 hour one. For instance, when I started this challenge I had trouble focusing it down to tasks and just identified the kitchen on my list. After struggling to really get started I realized I didn’t have time to organize and purge my kitchen as a whole. BUT, I did have time to clean out the spices and reorganize them. And then the next time I had 20 minutes, I hit the pots and pans storage. And so on.
2. Strategize Organization
Spend a couple of minutes coming up with some storage and organization ideas for your problem areas. Your best resources for this are friends and family or Pinterest. Check out my organization board here. Don’t be afraid to do something really different from how you are currently doing it. The biggest change I made was organizing my pantry by type of food (e.g. Mexican, Italian, Asian) as opposed to canned goods, boxed goods, etc. This has made making a grocery list so much easier since this is how most grocery stores are laid out. Also its a huge benefit for meal planning.
Once you have an idea for some tools that may help, stop by the dollar store or order them from Amazon.
The first thing you should do is pull everything out of your identified area and get rid of anything unneeded, broken, or unused. This will be hard for some people (me!), but really try to pair it down to the essentials. Make sure you have multiple bags for the purge: donate, trash, and recycle.
4. Implement Your Organization
Add in the organization system that you found in step 2. Remember its ok to take breaks if it doesn’t look like it will be completed in your allotted time. Also, you may have to divide the task even further down into sub tasks.
5. Allow for Adjustment
Most organizational systems don’t work perfectly right off the bat, allow room for you to change your mind about how things will work.
Check out how my fellow bloggers finished up the challenge.