What a difference a long weekend makes! We fully celebrated MLK Day with a mommy/son late morning hike through the Arboretum and it did wonders. We went with another mom and friend and just had the best time being outside. It's always great to appreciate the clear, sunny skies after many, many days of cold, dreary rain. Being outside and being active with my son made me crave more time like that.
I finished another project on my Top 10 Organizing Challenge too! After two major organization jobs last week (the PANTRY and the TOYS), I was ready for an easier project. My goal was to go through our medicine and gather what had been spread across the house in various rooms, toss what was old, and reorganize it into the categories I created over a ago. Since we don't have a traditional medicine cabinet, I keep our medicine in clear divider bins in our linen closet in the master bathroom. After it was all done, we ended up with this:
You can see this area isn't too terrible, just needed a quick look at the medicine to see what was still good and what had expired and a refolding/rearranging of towels. Behind the doors below is just the dirty laundry.
Easy peasy to refold and put away neatly.
These shelves are deep so I can put towels in front and behind.
Since we don't really use washcloths (opting for mesh sponges instead), I moved them to James' bathroom for his baths. The white towels go in the guest bathroom and the few oldest aqua towels were donated.
The medicine was pretty easy to go through and sort.
And surprisingly, we ended up with only this.
All of this other stuff was expired or empty.
With two towels hanging and a couple more in the dirty clothes, we have so much more room in this cabinet now. I've been keeping more of our hand towels in the mudroom because we take them to the gym, so it's easier to just grab one from there on the way out the door.
The medicine is so much better. You can see how I created the fun labels here.
So much better!
Since cleaning out that cabinet didn't take too long, I got motivated to clean our bathroom drawers as well. I keep them pretty organized already, so there's not a big before/after reveal. I just cleaned out the drawers really well and donated some things I had multiples of like hair bands, barrettes, and safety pins.
This brush attachment on our vacuum cleaner is perfect for getting out all the dust and hair from inside the drawers and especially in the corners. I took the clear bins downstairs and washed them with warm, soapy water in the kitchen sink.
Starting on the drawers closest to the cabinet, are hair things I reach for daily and below that my brushes, curing irons, and hairdryer.
The bottom drawer is for refills and curlers I rarely (but sometimes!) use, which is why I still have them.
The top drawer closest to the sink holds all the daily items like toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.
Below that are hair products and the hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, polish remover, etc.
The bottom drawer is full of stuff for manicures and pedicures.
Finally, below the sink are other products and contact lenses, etc. And, why yes, I did washi tape my drain pipe. :)
Doing these projects is still impacting me so much in that I realize how much we have and what we definitely don't need to buy more of (like vitamins!). I cancelled my Amazon Subscribe & Save because I would sometimes end up with WAY too many of something when I'd forget to update my order before the next shipment. Also, I took a big bag of coins to the Coinstar in our grocery store and made over $40! If you redeem for cash, you pay a fee for the service, but now you can redeem for gift cards at lots of stores without a fee (I chose Amazon). I took James with me too so I could show him how the coins added up to dollars.
I am quite content to continue on this organizing challenge until the last project is done. I've been keeping two large cardboard boxes in our entry way so I can put donations there as I come across them. I find myself organizing lots of little spots throughout the day, but I'm trying to hold off on the bigger projects that I listed so I can properly photograph the process as it occurs. I'm anxious to get to my closet!
Update: You can see the organizing challenges I've completed so far here:
FRIDGE | PANTRY | TOYS | MEDICINE/BATH DRAWERS | PAPERWORK | MUDROOM/CLEANING SUPPLIES | KID CLOTHES