February organizing challenge #1

mommabirdFebruary 15, 2013

Sorry this is so late in the month. I have been stripping and repairing my bathroom vanity this month and am only 1/2 done. This leads to the first Feb challenge: clean out the cabinet and drawers of your main bathroom's vanity.

Because I have to repair the drawers I am faced with how much useless stuff was in the drawers! I took it all out and put it in a big laundry basket. In 2 weeks I have only removed 3 items. So, tomorrow, the rest goes to Goodwill. I already culled out items to throw away.

Now you do it, too.

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Yesterday, I was about to change the cat litter box out. I went to the cabinet in that bathroom to check on supply inventory, and was greeted by a major leak. Looked like it had been a minor drip for a while, but had apparently gotten worse. Huge mess...

Anyway, needless to say, that vanity got a cleaning. And to be honest, most of what was in the back of the cabinet was 15 year old expired stuff.

Since that leak did some long-term damage, we will go ahead and use the surprise plumbing job to do the remodel we have postponed.

Your challenge is a worthy one!!!! After what I saw down there, I will definitely find similar clutter in the upstairs baths!!!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 8:54AM
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OK, I'm in!

My big problem is that I now work at a place that gets lots of freebie beauty products and other toiletries. So there are way too many of those.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 10:01PM
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I once grabbed all my samples and freebies, put them in a box and gave to a local women's charity. They were happy to have some "luxuries" for the women they help. I'm cleaning 2 rooms today because the carpet guys are coming tomorrow1

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:56AM
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I have console sinks in both bathrooms so no cabinets underneath. My medicine cabinets are gone through a couple times a month just because I don't have much storeage so no extra clutter.

But, I do have a huge kitchen cabinet that is over 36 inches deep in my kitchen- it is over the basement stairs. It is full of various serving dishes and bowls. I lack enough storeage in the kitchen as it is. Anyway, it is a jumbled mess. That will be my challenge this week and next, to organize it. It has been on the to do list for a while. Just have to figure out where to put the overflow that makes sense.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 7:35PM
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One of my favorite organizing tasks is "consolidation". I did a massive consolidation several years ago and shared it on this forum.

Going through my bathrooms and nightstands, I found hundreds of products from moisturizers to hair products not to mention the hotel samples from traveling with my job. I looked for the largest containers I had to consolidate like products. If it wasn't a "magic bullet" product I consolidated it. I even emptied tubes of products with more liquid products then shook them to mix.

All this goes towards my 401K as I figure that I won't have to buy certain beauty and household cleaning products for many years.

Sample of moisturizer consolidation:

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 3:07PM
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RE: Consolidation. I consolidated the little free beauty products (the ones worth keeping) into one of the free makeup bags the freebies usually come with. I kept one or two extra bags for travel. The rest went to the charity pile.

This way, I organized the freebies, and put one of the bags to good use.

The system has been working for about 3 years now. Prior to this, every time I would try and recall where I put the little face cream tube, I could not find it. Now, when one runs out, I can grab the next. I like using things up!!! It feels gratifying.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:16AM
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For years I traveled with my job and collected a lot of the hotel miniatures. When I had a substantial number of items, I donated them. One of my colleagues who volunteered at the shelter I donated to told me that the "clients" didn't like them as they felt their lives were "temporary". I was shocked to hear my donations were considered insensitive.

I have been keeping all the freebies in a large decorative jar in the guest bathroom.

I'm with you, I love using up something. I have changed my purchasing habits so one down, one less piece of clutter.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:37AM
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I spent all day yesterday in the spare bedroom/office/what have you, weeding out recipes. My 3 inch loose leaf recipe book had become overwhelming and heavy. Lots of "What was I thinking" recipes made it to the trash, as well as some that I know I won't be using again. The loose ones I put in plastic sleeves and removed the ones that were on the sticky cardboard photo pages and put them into sleeves also. They are in categories, and weigh much less :-)

That was one of my winter goals. Next will be photos. I re-did albums and gave to my sons, then started getting rid of a lot of other photos, which they don't want. That project I started last year and hope to finish before spring.

I pretty much stay on top of kitchen and bath organizing, so no big projects there, for now :-)

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 3:52AM
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Don't take the hotel freebies!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 7:31PM
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I don't take them any longer, I did originally to donate to shelters. I even carried a stash in the car to hand out to folks soliciting on the medians in the roadway. I was told that was demeaning!! My bad, just trying to help folks.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 12:20PM
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Susan..what's the reasoning behind not taking the hotel freebies? Some of them are almost normal size, and if you use some of the bottle, can't you take the remainder?

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 1:48PM
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