I shared about January’s homemaking challenge on this blog post. You can see all of my before pics over there.. now it’s time to give you an update on my progress.
Before I do, I just wanted to say how excited I was by the comments from you ladies who said you were joining me!! Very fun and very motivating! I hope you are also making good progress. Please let me know and if you've posted about it on your blog, please share a link so I can come and see your progress and cheer you on!!
With my “just tackle one section at a time” tactic I headed to the basement armed with my 3 boxes (keep, give, I don't know) ..
I started with this area…
I began by taking one item at a time off the shelves.. I have a large shelving unit in the basement and also spent some time rearranging items and getting rid of and consolidating items to make better use of the those shelves. I was able to move several items that I wanted to keep to the shelving unit. Not only making better use of that but also clearing things off for future use.
Here is what it looked like mid-way through (and excuse the ugly, very much in need of a paint job basement.. well.. it's a basement and over the years it has not been at the top of my priority list to take care of! :) )…
The shelving unit with some of these items…
I also had a few empty buckets with gamma seal lids that I wanted to move my beans into. Previously they were on the shelf in buckets but with lids that weren’t secure. So I made the change and labeled the buckets so I could quickly see what was what…
I finally got it all cleaned off.. except for that big box on the bottom.. that is my Christmas tree and there is no other spot in my house for it.. so it stays..
I sorted through and organized my grocery bags. I keep them for garbage bags and after getting home from the store they were just getting thrown up on top of the tote (that you see over on the left side) instead of being put neatly in the tote… will need to work on some kid training so they can continue to stay in the tote! :) .. then moved a couple more items back. I know I will be storing more things here, just not sure what yet. So I’m leaving my options open for now until I go through the rest of my things.
The white bags on the floor are things my kids have cleaned out of their rooms in the past year; mostly clothes. I need to go through them and see what clothes can be given away and which ones have lived out their useful life. Once sorted, I’ll take them to the nearest thrift store or Good Will.
As I worked my boxes filled up.. all except the “keep” box (on the right). I don’t think the things I went through this round were really in question .. most I wanted to keep, some I knew I was giving away.
As you can see from the picture below.. I still have a ways to go!! But, I still have time and will continue to pursue this goal this coming week. I figure even if it is only for 30 minutes… I’ll do what I can!!
How is your project going?
We Can Do This Girls!!