Saturday, March 16, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 27 • Bags & Boxes

Welcome to Day 27 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 3 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 27, we'll be heading into the kitchen! We'll be tidying kitchen komono, eating implements, cups & mugs, cooking tools, storage containers, and table decor.

Some thoughts on Day 27:

1) Reuseable bags tend to build up very quickly. Hubby and I have decluttered our reuseable bags before, and we haven't really been shopping very much lately. Yet our collection of reuseable bags has somehow built up again. There is really only one or two reuseable bags I gravitate towards on a regular basis. I'll definitely be keeping those and perhaps a few others in the condo. As for the rest of them? I'm loathe to declutter them as I may use them for future donations, but since we have so many, I'll be letting go of some and storing the balance in our locker.

2) By now, you may have a lot of empty boxes that you can use for organization. Hubby and I let go of so many things in the 26 days leading up to today that we have a slew of empty boxes that we can now use for organization! I've earmarked a lot of them for hubby's things so he doesn't have to keep "finding space" for them in the wall unit. I'm not sure I'll need them all, but I'll try to use as many as I can and potentially store the rest. We have a lot of nice boxes that I'm sure we'll be able to use as our old boxes wear out (or get inadvertently chewed up by our rabbit).

3) Finding an organization solution to a longstanding problem area is a marvelous thing! The plastic bag situation in our condo felt like Groundhog Day. Every time I folded up all the bags and had them organized, they would inevitably get messed up again within months. The problem was that I was storing them in the wrong place--they were up high in a cupboard above the stove that I could barely reach, so I would just shove the bags in as best I could. Then I would open the cupboard, and plastic bags would reign down. Not ideal! With this tidying challenge, I decided to solve the issue once and for all. I folded the bags (again) and instead organized them into a couple of my empty boxes, which I will find room for in the next three days. Partial success!

Thank you for tuning into Day 27! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 28.

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