It’s time for the Declutter Your Home Weekend Challenge!
In the New Year, I created the 31 Day Declutter Your Home Challenge. It was a great way to kick-off and get yourself, your family and your home organized.
But due to scheduling conflicts, many of you had more time during the weekends than the weekdays.
KIDS TOYS AND BOOKS
As your kids grow, they outgrow toys. It may be hard to get rid of somethings that seem nostalgic, but they are just taking up space in your home. Go through old toys and games to make room for the new ones. Make sure pieces are included before donating. Create a library for the summer of the best kids books and by age.
Make sure to update your kids’ playroom based on their age. Open bins are perfect for a younger age for learning clean up.
Donate any clothes that no longer fit or put them in a labeled storage bin for the next sibling or to give away to friends.
Go through underwear and check sizes. Find any socks that don’t have a mate and get rid of. Go through outfits and rematch so your kids can learn how to dress themselves. These expandable drawer dividers are wonderful for separating clothes.
KIDS BATHROOM CABINETS
Go through and get rid of old toothbrushes. Gather up loose hair bands and put in a zipper pouch. Wipe down cabinets and drawers. Make sure toilet paper is fully stocked along with hand soap.
Color code your tops lightest to darkest. If you have not worn it in a year, get rid of it unless it’s seasonal. Perfect time to get these boot shapers or roll up magazines and put inside your boots for next season.
Go through stretched out leggings or workout pants. Create outfits for running errands or for your day off.
Donate anything you don’t wear. Organize your top pieces that you always wear.
SOCK AND UNDERWEAR DRAWER
Find mates to your socks. Get rid of old underwear. Bras are only good for 6 months. Create a list of what you need in undergarments.
BED SIDE TABLES
Clean this out and store your TV remotes, lotions, medications and a journal and pen. Do not keep your jewelry, weapons or any other valuables in your night stand. (I was robbed a few years ago and it’s the first place they look.)
On my bedside table right now!
MASTER BATHROOM DRAWERS AND CABINETS
Throw out old toothbrushes and any beauty products you have not used in 6 months. Get open containers to organize lotions, hair products and more.
Toss out any expired, cracked or old makeup. Pick out your favorite lipsticks and create a zipper pouch.
MEDICINE CABINET/ FIRST AID SUPPLIES
Toss out any expired medication. Make sure you have enough band aids , neosporin and any other medical needs.
Organize sheets by bedrooms. Use a label maker to show your kids where things go. Throw away anything with holes or stains.
FRIDGE AND FREEZER
Make sure to get rid of any old food that might be hiding from the holidays. Check expiration dates on all of your condiments and meat in your freezer.
Pull everything out and wipe down. Line vegetable and fruit bins with paper towels.
Add snack organizers for easy access for your kids during school year or summer time.
PANTRY AND OTHER DRY FOOD STORAGE
Go through your pantry checking expiration dates on canned goods and dry goods. You’d be surprised what you might find. Organize your canned goods, pasta and other similiar items together to ease your mind.
Do a pantry challenge where you try and use up items from your pantry in recipes for a week.
Make sure plastic storage containers have matching lids or glass containers. Get rid of anything you don’t use. Throw away old pots or baking pans. Get rid of sippy cups that are missing parts. Clean out under your sink. Make sure to use up old cleaning products.
Go through pens and pencils. Donate to your child’s classroom or school. Throw out random papers. Give kids all the notepads and post it to draw on.
Go through inbox or old files. Make your desk clear to start the summer or school time. Go through any pending business and finish it up.
Are their piles of papers, bills and receipts on the kitchen counter or in your home office?
Go through bills, receipts, and school papers tossing and shredding.
Find storage areas or places for items that end up on the kitchen table. Get rid of any plates or serving pieces with chips. Donate any dishes or serving pieces you don’t use anymore.
Make sure all DVD’s and CD’s are in their proper cases (Get the kids involved). Organize batteries and cords for electronics.
MAGAZINES AND BOOK
Cut out magazine pages you like and scan them in your phone. Create a binder of some of your favorite recipes. Recycle or donate and old magazines or books.
FRONT ENTRYWAY/ HALL CLOSET
Go through any drawers near the front hallway and gather loose change, old keys and golf tees.
Create a shoe basket near your front door. If you already have one, go through kids shoes and check sizes.
Remove the random stuff from your purse. Cut down on pens, notepads. Get a zipper pouch for lipsticks, lip balm, hair ties and hand wipes.
Have your car professionally cleaned. Steam carpets and clean floor mats. Organize center console and add wipes, tissues, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Gather up anything your not using anymore or need. This can be a bigger task and you may need more time. That’s why it’s last.
Don’t let the clutter stress you out or overwhelm you. Put on fun music. Make yourself a tasty beverage while you clean.
Catch Up Day
This is it!
Anything that’s been pending or you didn’t get to because of a birthday party, Mother’s Day, sports event or just needing a day to chill. Here is your chance!
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