I don’t really understand why so many wait until the new year to clean and organize.
I’m so glad I don’t fall in that category though…
I mean, I’ve clearly kept up. Lookin’ spic ‘n span if I do say so myself!
During Christmas, as I was sprinting from project to project, the piles just grew higher. I hired my son to organize it one day, just so there would be some pathways. He did a pretty good job with no instruction. Paths were indeed made.
But.. sigh. There’s just too much chaos to organize. A good portion just has to go.
And this is only one area that needs me. The entire HOUSE needs this kind of treatment.
What treatment you ask?
Why, the Heap of Change Challenge treatment of course!
I showed you in THIS POST what my house can look like. And I want it back. If you want your house back too, I hope you’ll join in!
I suggest pick an area that you need the most.
While I would have had more fun gutting closets or dumping out junk drawers (yeah.. what a blast, what was I thinking?!), I chose my work area. Because I can’t work as is.
And unless you wish to be flooded with purging pictures until the end of time, I need a workspace to take shots of other things in between all this chaos.
2. Take a before picture of it.
Sorry, but even if you never share it, it’s a gift to you. You’ll thank me when you see it beside your after.
3. Finish the space. Yes. Finish it.
I could have suggested you just grab a garbage bag and run through the entire house. That works too. But here’s the thing with me.
I need to see progress quickly to stay motivated. And if that means I have to live with heaps of shame in every room in my house except the room I’m working on, so be it. I’m busy cleaning down there,
and then getting on Facebook, so I’ll never see the rest of the mess, anyway. Right?!
4. Be ready to show your room complete, or at the very least, some good progress each Thursday, for the month of January.
Yeah, I gave you a week to make a good dent. Because if there’s no deadline, you may stay on Facebook. 🙂
Thing is, I’d like to run this Heap of Change each Thursday, for the entire month of January, for constant encouragement. So if you have some progress pictures, I’d love you to show them off!
I mean, would you like just one room clean, or 4, or maybe even more? It’s up to you!
If there’s still interest, I’ll extend the series into Feb too!
BUT… give yourself a deadline, promise? Otherwise you won’t do it!
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5. Two ways to play:
Watch for my prompt on my Facebook page next Thursday. I’m going to introduce what we are doing, then invite you to share a picture of whatever you wish!
Or the amount of stuff you are lugging away.
I’ll choose a few from Facebook, and share them on the blog with my own progress shots.
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Blog about what you’re doing with the event logo. As much as you want! Then bring your link over to the blog next Thursday and link up your own progress!
You may also join in on the Facebook prompt on Thursday too! And feel free to add your links.
I’ll pick a few of yours to feature in the post or on social media too.
Who knows… maybe by month end, I can convince a sponsor or 2 that someone deserves to win a little prize for their efforts. Lemme mull that all over a little more.
But in a nutshell, I really just want your participation so you can have your home back! That’s the REAL prize!
So are you ready to work? Good! But don’t think I’m gonna leave you hangin’ here. Here’s some advice on going about this…
When every room is a mess, it’s hard. One clearly needs to put things away, but when it’s chaos everywhere, there’s no where to put it. So here’s what I did to get the ball rolling.
A. Gut your room… into piles
I’ve always said that it’s better to gut a room, vs shuffle the stuff around, then fill it up with only the stuff you want back. But that’s hard to do when there isn’t enough room. So I made piles.
Dump / Thrift store / Curb / Another room / Keep
B. Have bags and boxes nearby
You know the rule about handling something only once, right? Have your bags ready so you can fill them with your garbage and recyclable immediately. Use boxes for the rest.
C. Round up things that hold and organize
Haul out anything that can hold something. You need a place for the keepers. Worry about beauty later, this is for organization at this point.
Floors, windows, surfaces, you name it. Get out your soap and water, cleaners and vacuum, and go to town. Do it floor to ceiling. Wipe it down and do a proper spring clean. You can do it! It’s easy with no junk around, remember?
E. Move back in.
Move what you need back in, but only what you need. This will keep your space clutter free.
And here’s the thing. Once it’s clean and sparse, you’ll be much more inclined to pretty things up. You just wait and see!
I know I’ve asked for a LOT here. But, you can do this. Your chosen space can be as big as a living room or as small as a junk drawer or as medium as a closet. It’s up to you. What do you need in order pronto? Let’s make a dent in this! Today! Now!
What’s that? You aren’t motivated?
I get it. I’ve resisted until today myself. I’ve made every excuse to not do this. But today, I just got off my chair, logged off the computer, and started. (take that, Facebook!) Once you’re in the zone… you’ll stay the course. I promise.
Oh wait… you need a little extra visual push? Sure thing…
Remember my garage?
You know you want this… 🙂
Now go make it happen!
Who’s playing? Chime in with the room you think you’ll work on! Why are you choosing it? Let’s support each other in comments and DOOOOOO THIS!
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