Tuesday, June 18, 2013

40 Day Challenge: Week One Update

Here's how I did during week one: 

-The master bathroom: I managed to find two grocery bags full of stuff to throw away. I also consolidated things like the travel toiletries into one little bag so the next time we go on a trip I'm not digging through everything trying to find a 3 oz tube of toothpaste. Then I bought drawer organizers so I can see what beauty products I actually own. I'm a little embarrassed to admit how many multiples of things I have. I'm sure it's due to the fact everything was tossed into drawers/makeup bags and since I had a hard time finding what I wanted, I assumed it was out and bought more. Now not only can I see what I own, but I have room underneath my sink, an almost empty drawer, and more shelf space in the linen closet.  

-Ella's closet: I put all the winter clothes/clothes she has outgrown into storage and organized all the clothes that are too big by size/type. The goal of this was two-fold. By putting way things that aren't seasonal, I don't have to sit there and argue with her that she can't wear fleece pants when it's 100 degrees outside. Then by organizing all the new clothes for next fall/winter, I can have a better sense of what she has enough of and what she actually needs. The problem I still face: ignoring the siren call of baby gap. 

-Magazines: I went through our gigantic pile of magazines and put all the ones we don't want anymore into recycling. Then all the Brew magazines Jim wants to save went into magazine racks. 

-Recycling: This is my most hated chore, which is why it made it onto this list. Our town somehow used to do trash pickup twice a week (we're now down to once a week) but we have to haul our recycling over to the center. I think it's a huge pain and discourages most people from actually recycling, which is a rant of mine for a different time. In any case, Jim loaded it into the car for me and since that meant I couldn't get anything into my trunk, I forced myself to drive over there. 

-Back patio: Technically Jim took care of this (hey he got to it before I could!). We had a little family activity of finally finishing planting seeds in their pots, then Jim hosed off the patio and furniture and put the gardening tools/potting soil away. 

How I feel after week one: Honestly, for all the work I feel I did I don't feel like I have much to show for it. I'm sure it doesn't help that the only big task I took on was the bathroom. Oh well. Hopefully I'll feel more accomplished at the end of next week. 

1 comment:

  1. I finally had to hide both Liesl's puffy down jacket and her too-small life vest, because she kept insisting on wearing them. Sigh. Why can't 18-month olds understand the concept of "Dress appropriately for the weather"?

    And - don't even get me started on the brewing magazines! Like they're ever REALLY going to go back through and reread all of those articles comparing yeast strains, etc, etc... Jason tried to sell some on Craigslist and was actually surprised when no one wanted to buy them.