Decluttering Progress

I’m still moving right along with the Decluttering challenges, and I’ve made it through most of January and February.  I still haven’t created a household notebook/binder.  Maybe I’m still thinking that I’ll find the one I had, and I still have some dishes, cups, and mugs to declutter for February.  However, the progress that I’ve made is immense.

In January, I was able to clear a counter, and after a month, it still remains clean (at least once a week :).

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I also organized our cabinets.  The one with the spices definitely showed the most improvement.

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I’ve been making runs to the Dollar Tree where I can pick up little plastic containers that I’ve been using all around the house to help keep things organized.  I love that I don’t have to spend a lot to help stay organized.

February was all about organizing recipes and coupons, meal planning, and recycling.  My biggest accomplishments were getting my recipes organized because most of my recipes are on Pinterest.  Before, they were all crammed onto the one board.  Now, there are numerous boards categorized by the main ingredient or type of dish, and I’ve put all the recipes I’ve tried and liked onto a “Tried and True” board.pinterest-boards

My husband also created a meal plan for the month, shopping lists for each week included!  I recently saw a post about using dollar store picture frames, where you put a calendar or just white paper into the frame, and then write on the glass with a dry erase marker, just like you would a dry erase board.  I wanted to give it a try, but I didn’t have the right markers for it, making it difficult to see.

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You get the idea, though.  In the end, I decided to order a cheap calendar white board from Amazon, complete with fine-tipped dry erase markers.  That should make it much easier.

Won’t you join in decluttering this year?  It’s turning out to be very rewarding, and it makes cleaning much easier, not to mention making just living in the house easier since everything has a place where it’s suppose to be.  This may be the usual thing for your house, but it’s not for ours…so it’s been nice.  Let me know how your decluttering is going, and if you haven’t started or don’t know where to start, Home-Storage-Solutions-101.com gives simple missions with directions for each.

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