40 Days ~ 1 Whole House ~Day 7 The Storage Room Reveal

Today, I will deviate a little from my 40 Days ~ 1 Whole House outline.

Day 1 of my personal challenge had me in the storage room. You can read my interview with myself  here.

Today, I am finished. To reflect, I am answering Org Junkie’s 7 questions:

1.      What space did you decide to organize and why?

I chose my basement storage room. I PURGE and organize this room every year in January or February. After the holidays, it becomes a huge dumping ground and desperately needs attention.

This year, I was planning on starting my 40 Days ~ 1 Whole House challenge for Lent. Since the storage room would take longer than a day, I decided to tackle that before Lent in Org Junkie’s challenge.

I also tend to organize from the top of my house to the bottom. When I get to the basement storage room, I have less energy than when I first start my BIG organizational challenges.

2.      What steps did you take to ensure you completed the space within the 29 day timeline?

Organizing your storage room can be put off indefinitely. It’s not like dinner guests want to have a gander at your stored Christmas decorations LOL! So, I accepted the challenge and posted my before pictures on my blog February1st. Being accountable to my readers made me go finish what I started tonight.

3.      What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and how did you overcome it?

Finishing. Who wants to sort through paint supplies and old wallpaper? I LOVE organizing, but this has to be the most boring organizing there is!

So, I posted on my Facebook page about my procrastination. I had a few replies that made me bite the bullet, blast the 80’s tunes and just ‘getter done!

4.      What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?

Trashed it, mostly. There is a little I saved for a garage sale and small pile that went to donations, but storage room PURGING is usually trash.

5.      Tell me one of your proudest moments during this challenge?

I LOVE my whole shelving unit for organizers waiting to be used in a project. It has made it SOOO easy to organize other rooms, since I can quickly and easily get to all my organizational boxes.

I was reading through Org Junkie’s site during the challenge and came across her post:

Container for my Containers

I was afraid to read it because I thought she would say to PURGE my containers. And well~ I just bought a whole shelving unit to house them! Luckily for me, Laura is as close to her containers as I am. She even calls them her friends!

So, as silly as it sounds, my proudest moment was seeing my new shelving unit full of empty storage containers ready to help me organize my Whole House in the next 40 days!

6.      Explain any organizing “tools” you used to help you create additional space and to establish some limits and boundaries?

I use shelving units and containers to define spaces. This room is easy. I just added shelving units over time around the perimeter of the room. Each shelving unit has a purpose.

7.      What is ONE piece of advice you’d give to someone else to encourage them on their organizational journey?

Organize WITH someone.

  •      Take an online challenge like Org Junkie’s or my 40 Days ~ 1 Whole House.
  •      Use a Professional Organizer.
  •      Join Facebook pages that post daily organizational tips like Organize 365.
  •      Partner with a close friend. Spend one day at her house helping her and another at yours.

And now for the pictures:

Before:

40 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize365

after:40 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize365

before:

40 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize365

40 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize36540 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize365Those juice cubes are still in the freezer. Uneaten!!
After:

 

 

 

Before:

40 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize365

 

After:

40 Days - 1 Whole House Organization Challenge: Day 7 - The Storage Room Reveal | Organize365

 

So, what do you think? How did I do? Head on over to Org Junkie to see some other great room transformations!

Org Junkie 29 Day Organizational Challenge

 

Read the rest of the 40 Days – 1 Whole House Series:
Day 1: Storage Room Part 1
Day 2: Basement Hall Closet
Day 3: Basement Bedroom Closet
Day 4: Basement Bedroom
Day 5: Basement Family Room
Day 6: The Project Closet
Day 7: The Storage Room Reveal {You’re here!}
Day 8: The Basement Pantry
Day 9, 10, & 11: Paper
Day 12: Kitchen office
Day 14: The Pantry
Day 15: Kitchen Cabinets
Day 16: Kitchen Drawers
Day 17: Corralling Electronic Clutter
Day 18: Kids’ Closets
Day 19 & 20: Master Bedroom and Master Closet
Day 21 & 22: The Garage
Day 23: Mom’s Car
Day 26 & 27: The Kids’ Bedrooms
Day 28: The Master Bath
Day 29: The Kids’ Bathroom|
Day 30 & 31: Main Floor and Basement Baths
Day 32 & 33: The Family Room and Living Room
Day 34: The Dining Room
Day 35: The Back Hall
Day 37: The Loft
Day 38 & 39: The Laundry Room
Day 40: Completion!

Comments

  1. says

    Lisa- I think you did GREAT! I love your shelving…. and when it is all organized like that- it just feels SO GOOD, doesn’t it?! BTW- I think we have the same freezer as yours (Sears?) and the same blue folding chairs! :)

  2. says

    I love your suggestion to partner with a friend because that’s exactly what my sister and I do. We trade off houses. A day at hers working on projects then a day at mine. It works so well because we are completely impartial about the other person’s stuff and can tell them what is a keep or a toss without feelings being involved. Your transformation pictures are really great too!

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