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Home Organization Challenge – Week 4 – Launch Pad

Week 4 of the Home Organization Challenge was the launch pad, and I was looking forward to this week as I’ve been meaning to organize our front hallway closet for awhile! I had shoes shoved into the shoe organizers, shoes laying all over the floor, and the top shelf was just crammed full of random things – shoe care products, mitts, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, and two heating pads (what?!).

Front Entry Way – Before

 

Front Closet – Before

My first job was to tackle the shoes – anything that I hadn’t worn in over a year was automatically thrown out (or put in a bag for donation if they were still in relatively good shape). One big garbage bag full of shoes that I haven’t worn in years were removed from that closet! I then swept out and mopped the floor of the closet.

As for the jackets, you don’t see many jackets in that closet as I only keep my two most often worn jackets and my husband’s two most often worn jackets in that closet. I try to keep some room in that closet for guests to hang up their jackets.

I bought a basket from Michaels to contain all the items in the top shelf. I had 7 scarves up on that shelf, only 3 of which I would wear. I had bought a basket from Chapters the other day, thinking that I needed storage for my scarves and throw blankets. I like having it by the front door as it matches the decor, but I actually don’t have that many scarves to fill it, and all of my throws are always actively in use on our couches and chairs. I had grand plans of having a nice fluffy white throw peeking out from that basket, but now it’s sitting pretty empty! Oh well. I’m sure I’ll find something to store in it as I progress through this Home Organization Challenge.

Front Entry – After

 

Front Closet – After

Speaking of empty, our front hallway area is looking pretty bare now that I’ve removed my Christmas decorations. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can decorate this area?

I’m looking for something all-season, as I don’t want to spend much money or time decorating for spring, then summer, then fall, then Christmas. The big mirror was a purchase from HomeSense and my husband made the live edge wood ledge, but I’m drawing a blank as to how to decorate the ledge.

Anyway, week 5 is the living room! Not much to do in our living room, but maybe I’ll take this opportunity to take down our Christmas tree!

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Home Organization Challenge – Week 3 – Dining Room

Hi everyone,

So week 3 of the home organization challenge is in the books. I’ll admit that I didn’t even start cleaning and organizing the dining room until mid-week, as we don’t have much in our dining room. The focal point of our dining room is our custom made dining room table, made by the local Regina shop Mortise and Tenon. This table is probably my favourite piece of furniture in our house. It is a white oak trestle table, weighing in at over 300 lbs! Check out the Mortise and Tenon website if you’re interested in your own custom piece of furniture. It usually takes about 6-12 weeks from time of deposit to delivery, and you won’t find anyone else who is so passionate about woodworking and who takes such pride in their work!

When my husband and I built this house, we knew we wanted a custom solid wood dining room table that would last us many years and would be the central place for big family dinners and board game nights. Many late nights have been spent at this table drinking wine and scotch, and playing Dominion or Settlers of Catan with the family!

For the most part, our dining room table is pretty neat and clean. However, we don’t have a home office area in our house, so the dining room is where I do most of my writing, bullet journalling, and paying bills. And ever since we had the baby, her bouncy chair is on the dining room table as that’s where she sits to watch me cook and that’s where she sits when we are having our meals.

For the sake of this challenge, I cleared the bouncy chair and table centerpieces off the table and gave the table a good wipe down. I also cleaned the window sill and baseboards in the dining room. This was a pretty easy week for me. Next week, however, is the launch pad or entry way. This will be a more difficult week, as this will include our front entry way closet. There is a mountain of shoes and loads of scarves, mitts, toques, jackets, etc that I will have to go through and either keep or donate. And if I’m keeping them, I’ll have to find a way to organize them better. I’ll check in with everyone next week!

 

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Home Organization Challenge – Week 2 – The Pantry

Well, I barely got the pantry organized this week and it’s still not quite perfect. I managed to clean up some of the clutter that was on the floor of our pantry, like grocery bags and random kitchen appliances, and I renewed some of the storage options in the pantry. Previously, I had used cheap storage boxes from the dollar store to organize my pantry items. However, they were flimsy and it was difficult to lift a box containing heavy items because the bottom of the box couldn’t support the weight. Luckily, Michaels had a sale this week on storage boxes, so I picked up some nice teal storage options that tie in with the colour scheme of our kitchen. Our pantry door is closed most of the time, but I think it’s pretty neat to see the pop of colour every time it is opened.

My spices have always been neatly organized in glass jars so I didn’t have to do much there. I just cleared off the shelf and gave it a good scrubbing.

The floor of the pantry is still pretty cluttered, but I just don’t have any other space to put my kitchen appliances or the big bags of rice that are so common in Asian households!

Anyways, on to week 3, which is the dining room. I don’t have much to declutter in the dining room, but I’ll use some of the time this week to clean the baseboards and blinds. And if I’m feeling inspired, maybe I’ll try to decorate the dining room a bit with a nice table centerpiece!

Is anyone else doing this challenge? How is it going for you guys?

Pantry Before Picture – pile of plastic bag on the floor and cheap dollar store storage boxes

Pantry After Picture – new teal storage boxes from Michaels and a somewhat tidier floor