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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 1 – The Kitchen

Well, I successfully completed Week 1 of the Home Organization Challenge and my kitchen is in great shape! It could use some better decorating and staging (I do not have an eye for decorating at all!) but at least it is clean and decluttered.

The toughest areas to tackle were my junk drawer, underneath the kitchen sink, the Tupperware cupboard, and the fridge. I purged a lot of beat up plastic Tupperware and better organized my glass containers. And the fridge, good lord, did I ever purge a lot of that fridge. There were tons of half-used salad dressings, condiments, sauces, etc that I had used for a recipe at some point, and have all expired. The fridge and underneath the kitchen sink all got a good scrubbing and sanitizing. I even gave the dishwasher a good sanitizing using a method I found on Pinterest – I put a measuring cup of vinegar on the top rack, sprinkled baking soda on the bottom, and ran a short hot cycle. It’s quite gross to see all the crud built up in the dishwasher, so I highly recommend cleaning it often.

I also had a cupboard full of mugs and glasses that I never use. I use the same coffee mug every day (this gorgeous one pictured below made by Regina local ceramic artist Carla Lorence) and the same wineglasses and water glasses every day. I gathered up all my cups and mugs that I didn’t use and I will be donating them to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

My favourite mug, by Regina ceramic artist Carla Lorence

I’ve shared some photos below. I’m off to Michaels now to buy some storage items so I can tackle Week 2 – The Pantry!

Coffee corner – my favourite spot in the house!

Fridge looks so empty after a good purge!