In addition to The Organizing Junkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge, i Heart Organizing has had a month long organizing challenge in which she assigned an area of the house each week to be organized.   (Can I have a nickel for everytime I say organizing, organizing, organizing…..?) Anyway I am going to do a  “by area roundup” review of some of what I have worked on for the last month, starting with my entry way.
Before

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gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingAfter
On to the living room….

gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingI purged these videos to donate…gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingFrom this cabinet In the kitchen I decluttered….

gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingThe counter went from crazy

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To calm
And…
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingMy medicine cabinet went from this…gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingTo this…  🙂
And a disastrous drawer went from this….
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingOh my!
To…
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingHello!
The kids’ bathroom received some:
Tub toy purging

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Much better after

gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful Homemaking
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingTheir toothbrush drawer got tidied and cleaned
And…
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingThe scary corner in my bedroom turned into…
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingNot so scary after all 

My son’s clothing….
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingBeforegettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingAfter some purging and tidying
For something new… Can you say “HOT SPOT”!?
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingThis coffee table is where the “living” happens in our living room. My kids play around it. We snack, read, and watch t.v. around it, and it is a GIANT magnet for  everything that needs a place to park for the moment. So it is in CONSTANT need of decluttering as you can obviously see!gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingSo I worked hard, and recruited my kids to put their toys away, and this is what we got it to look like for 2 whole minutes!
i Heart Organizing asked us to purge at least 30 things for the month of April,
and I can proudly say I went way over.
gettting rid of clutter, Organizing Around the House, Joyful HomemakingMy hubby hauled all this to a Salvation Army store for me!
While maintenance is most always necessary after organizing and decluttering a space, it is much easier to keep up with than to deal with in the first place, and it is so exciting and satisfying to see the results!

11 Comments

  1. Wow, wow, wow!! I loved loved loved all the before and afters. How very inspiring! Good job! I think I need to get up from my seat and go look in my kitchen cabinets.

  2. Great job! I LOVE before and after organizing photos! I love getting ideas from them, too. So much fun to get organized and be able to enjoy the finished product!

  3. great job. you have inspired me to check the merge the medicines into one area. Currently in two different places. To organize the bathroom drawers. And pack my car with all the donation boxes.

  4. you have been busy!!
    if you read my post, my daughter, her 5 children and her bf moved in this week.
    We are in he process of re-organizing the chest of drawers I already had for the kids plus adding to it to fill the drawers. Other organizing to get done as well, but I am sure taking baby steps at this. Saddest part is we only bought this house in March and I’ve already let clutter take over most of it when I promised that I wouldn’t.

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