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Declutter & Clean Up Challenge: Bedrooms

Monday, August 17, 2015

Regrettably, I've been held up these few weeks struggling to balance work, family & staying sane, so blogging has taken a back seat. Now that I'm nearing my due date in just a little over a month, I'm finally giving myself a little break to brace for the onslaught of upcoming sleepless nights, hence more downtime to catch up on entry backlogs.

So back to my declutter challenge, where I spent a week rummaging through the 2 bedrooms that we have currently in use, here's how my timeline went:

Days 4-5: Sort though clothes for any pieces that can be disposed or donated. I had a bag for anything too shabby (ex. pambahay or pantulog clothes that can be turned to rags) and another for clothing that were still usable, but wouldn't fit me anymore. Anything I haven't used in the last year also went.

the jungle that is our unsorted closet
Day 6: Organize! I had hubby help install baskets on the closet doors for both bedrooms, where all the mini-foldables went including socks, neck ties, and the like. Making use of available vertical space is an excellent trick to increase storage capacity when you don't have the floor space for stand alone shelves or cabinets. Also found these plastic containers on sale, which I now use as shoe boxes that are easier to stack up since they're uniform in size, so they look tidier too.

plastic baskets simply attached with washers & screws, for miscellaneous clothing
items like socks, neck ties, undies & handkerchiefs 
before: an unsightly area under my dresser where shoes are randomly stacked in their boxes
after: neatly arranged shoes in inexpensive plastic boxes. I love that they're transparent so I can easily see the
contents. The opening swings out so I don't have to unstack and re-stack when I need to get a different pair each 
time. The uniformity makes it look neater, too!
Day 7: In the spirit of "out with the old, in with the new" we had to dedicate a separate day for going through Don Joaquin's toys, simply because he has amassed tons of these over the last 3 years. I imagine that we will be hoarding more cars, trucks, trains, & planes with our 2nd boy, too.

before: some of these have probably been broken for ages, some he's forgotten and have been ignored for the longest time; off to either the trash or find a new home!
after: what part of the shelf now looks like - each morning that is, before the little tornado that is Don Joaquin comes back :)

As with the rest of the house, the next challenge now is maintenance!

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