52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 21


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Today I am decluttering the all purpose counter of our mudroom area.

countertopI call it the all purpose counter because it serves a lot of purposes; too many purposes. It holds our second bread machine, our printer, our electric pencil sharpener, our phone, our extra paper, and a whole lot more. Needless to say it gets cluttered fast.

I was surprised that it didn’t take all that long to organize. I think 21 weeks in to the 52 week project I have finally found a good decluttering system.

I threw away a grocery bag of garbage and found one or two things to give away.

jacks stuffI quickly discovered that most of the mess was made by things my husband is using on his current handyman project.  I grabbed a box and threw it all in there for him. I kept it on the floor for him so that it is near the project he is currently working on. I find when I give my husband’s project stuff a box to land in it really does help him to not only find what he needs when he needs it but also keep what he needs in one place.

finishedDoesn’t that look much better? I am hoping I can do a better job of keeping it up, especially in the summer time when visitors pass this area of our home on their way out to the backyard very frequently.

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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 20


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This week I tackled the coats as I continued work on the back entrance area of our home.

coat area beforeThe coat hooks don’t  look all that bad, but then this isn’t our entire coat collection. Before I expose you to the rest, I want you to know there are 5 people in our home, all wear adult sized clothing and we live in Indiana, a state where you can start your day out in a parka, and end it in a tank top;seriously not kidding, I have done it.

In case you are wondering about the hairbrush hanging from the string in the picture above, the story behind that begins about a year ago. I got really tired of having to hunt down a brush every day. My children seem unable to place them back in the drawer they are suppose to live in. In my frustration I remembered Beth Moore writing about how she tied her hairbrush to a drawer for similar reasons, so I decided to give it a try and it works! I swear that tied up hairbrush saves me 1 hour a week. (there is a mirror opposite it)

coat pileRemember me talking about the coat bin we keep near our front door? Well this is it. I decided if I was going to tackle the coats at the back door I might as well tackle the coat bin too. That way all the dead of winter coats will be put away until next winter.

big coat pileTo make myself take a good look at the over all coat problem in our home I stacked the ones on the hook on top of the ones in the bin.  Yeah, that is frightening. We have coats for deep of winter, coats for those summer Indiana down pours, coats for cool fall evenings, coats for running, coats for working around the house, coats for church; pretty much coats for all occasions.

coat binsIn the end just one coat went in the giveaway pile and one coat went into the garbage, the rest either got hung up or put in these 2 bins. In these bins are the coats for the deep of winter, and since in is now mid May I think it might be safe to assume we won’t be needing them for several months.

coats hung upThese are all the coats I left out for the summer and into the fall. The big bin is actually empty. I did hang up a few coats I use for running and biking, in a very small hanging area we have at the top of our basement stairs.

The area still looks kind of messy but there isn’t much you can do with coat hooks to make them look neater when in use.

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Schoola is offering free shipping again which means if you haven’t ordered from them yet you can start your account with a $15 and get one to three items of clothing completely free. PLUS they are also offering an additional $10 credit to both new and current customers (those who have already placed an order) when you take just a few seconds to make a collection. You can make a collection by clicking the collection tab at the top of the Schoola home page then click the pink “+new collection” words. I made a collection adding just my daughters name and sizes, it was simple and short to do. Psst…they have adult sized clothing too!

I ordered 4 tops through Schoola  for my daughter last time they offered free shipping, we loved 3 of the 4 tops, but one came with a stain that I thought was pretty unacceptable for something listed as good condition. Now Schoola did send out an email early this week to all their members saying they are working on this issue, but I believe in 100% honesty with my readers so I wanted you to know what happened. I would suggest picking first from the New With Tags and Perfect Condition area, then moving on to the good condition, that is where the top with staining was found. Remember though these clothes are free, so you truly can’t lose.

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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 19


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This week I decided to start work on the back entrance area. This area is what everyone walks through to get to our backyard and with summer just a few weeks away, we tend to have more people over and they walk right through this area to get to our back deck.

back shoe messWhen we bought the house this area was where the washer and dryer were, but I thought there just wouldn’t be enough room to have well functioning laundry area here, and I really wanted some place to store shoes and coats since there is not coat closet in the home.

I thought we would use the back door to enter the home more than the front door but I was wrong, we end up using the front door a lot more often. Which is why if you remember my $10,000 home tour, I keep two laundry baskets for shoes in that room and a big plastic tote for coats in that room. So we have a shoe and coat mess in two areas of our home that is very out there for all to see.  Not ideal but it is what it is.

As for the overflowing basket of shoes in front of the bins…well…if you look closely very few people have been putting their shoes away for quite a while and someone put a empty laundry basket there for some reason and then the next person came along and started putting shoes in it and the next thing I knew that laundry bin had been there for well over 2 years.

The day I tackled this area is that day it left!

shoe messIt was such a sunny day when I tackled this project that I decided to haul all the shoe bins out to the back deck. I  also grabbed the two laundry baskets full of shoes near the front door.  I grabbed a box for shoes to give away and a trash bag to get rid of those too far gone for anyone to want them.

shoes to give awayIn the end I parted with an entire box worth of shoes, and I do mean I as I think perhaps only 2 or 3 pairs in this box actually aren’t mine.

summer shoesI put the summer sandals and our running shoes in the two bins that live near the next door since those are the ones we are all wearing right now. I placed all the winter shoes in the bins by the back door.

cleaning shoe cubbiesBefore placing the bins back into their homes I gave each shoe cubby a good vacuuming.

shoe boxes doneI am pleased with the extra room in the tight area now that the laundry basket is gone. Next week I will tackle either the counter above the shoe area or those jackets hanging on the wall. Oh and that last bin is full of cloth bags for groceries.

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