31 Days to a Clutter Free Life by Ruth Soukup ~ CHALLENGE Post 1

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Hello! Welcome to my journey through the best organizing book I’ve found yet. 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life is exactly what I need as we continue to unpack and organize our life. Each day has an area of the home to organize or task to be completed to help regain control of the clutter and use the space more effectively. I found that as I’m working on one task, I tend to be working on another one without even realizing it! Each time I’m complete a task I’m going to share my before and after photos and what I did to get more organized.

Day 1 prepares you for the challenges ahead in the book that will help you to become clutter free. Day 2 starts in the entry way. We happen to have two entry ways in our home and one has just been redone with that dresser I brought home from up north. You can see that post HERE. The other entry way is from the garage into the house and it actually serves multiple purposes. It’s my command center, mail drop, calendar, meal planning area and key corral. I started by clearing the area and cleaning. I updated my calendar, meals for the week and cut some fresh flowers. I then found four giant piles of paper in another room that I just keep moving from one place to another and added it to the pile from our mail holder. Before I could go through it all, I had to move all the books I had just removed from around our TV in to a different room so I had more space to spread out. I covered my living room in PILES of magazines, check stubs, miscellaneous papers, and junk mail. See where I’m going with this? I started by taking care of a small area and I ended up completing FIVE challenges from the book!! Once I got started I didn’t want to stop! Ready to see everything I got accomplished?!

Day 2 ~ Entry Way

Objective: A clear entryway that sets the tone for the rest of the home.

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Day 3 ~ Mail

Objective: An easy-to-follow system that ensures all mail is dealt with in a timely manner.

I didn’t get a picture of our mail specifically because all mail that comes in, I take with me to work to go through it. It’s really helped get rid of the junk that comes in the mail and address any bills.

 

Day 23 ~ Bills & Paperwork

Objective: A bill-pay, paperwork, and filing system the keeps your home office clear of clutter and user-friendly.

This giant pile is a combination of paperwork, bills, magazines and random things that pile up over the weeks. Sammy was supervising.

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Day 28 ~ Control Center

Objective: A functional Family Control Center where you can organize a month’s worth of cleaning, household tasks, meals, important events and social obligations.

I call the whole area in our entryway our control center. You’ll see our calendar below.

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Day 30 ~ Calendar and Schedule

Objective: A calendar to help you schedule tasks and manage time usage wisely.

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Since I completed so many tasks in one day, I’ll be adding different tasks to those days. I’m also switching up a few that are specific to homes with kids since we don’t have any.

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Have you ever read this book? If you have, I’d love to hear how the challenge went for you and what tips and tricks you may have for staying clutter free. If you haven’t, then I highly recommend checking it out. I can already tell it’s going to be a huge help with getting our house put together and keeping the clutter at bay. Check back soon for the Day 4 challenge!!!

Much love,

Liz

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