Today, I will deviate a little from my 40 Days ~ 1 Whole House outline.
To view my whole 40 Day list click here.
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:
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:
Those juice cubes are still in the freezer. Uneaten!!
So, what do you think? How did I do? Head on over to Org Junkie to see some other great room transformations!