I finally sat down and drew out my plan for the 52 Weeks of Organizing Challenge. I do reserve the right to make changes and tackle items in a different order then stated here.
Here is my initial list of 52 organizing tasks:
- Clean off/out buffet
- My desk
- Entry table
- Entry bench
- My Car
- Living Room Tables
- Hall Closet
- My nightstand
- My dresser
- Hubby’s nightstand
- My closet
- Master bathroom
- Hall Bathroom
- Linen Closet
- Kids Closet
- Kids Dresser
- Rest of kids room
- Playroom Closet
- Playroom shelves
- Rest of playroom
- Kitchen Cart
- Bakers Rack
- Pots and Pans Cabinets
- Kitchen Island
- Family Cork Board
- Spice Cabinet
- Tea Cabinet
- Remaining Kitchen Cabinets
- Storage Room – Kids Clothing Tubs
- Storage Room – Out of Season Clothing
- Storage Room – Food Shelves
- Storage Room – Household Items Shelves
- Storage Room – Toiletries Shelves
- Storage Room – Cleaning Supply Shelves
- Storage Room – Office Supply Shelves
- Storage Room – Laundry Shelves
- Storage Room – Toy Shelves
- Storage Room – Old Bar Storage Area
- Storage Room – Under Steps Storage Area
- Basement Bathroom
- Laundry Sorting Area
- Family Room Bookshelves
- Family Room Game Shelves
- Family Room Desk
- Family Room – Storage Closet
- Family Room – Everything Else
- Playroom (Again to prepare for Christmas gifts)
- Garage – Outside Toy Storage Area
- My Car
You can find more information and links to other participating blogs over at Org Junkie’s 52 Weeks #1 post. From here on out I plan for my posts to be about my progress and to hopefully include pictures.
For the month of January Jessica at Life As Mom is hosting a Pantry Challenge. The point of the challenge is to use what you have, whatever that may mean for you.
Here are the areas I want to address for my personal Pantry Challenge:
- Limit grocery spending to $60 a week.
- Eliminate unhealthy foods from our pantry.
- Inventory and organize my pantry.
- Inventory and organize my freezer.
That may not seem like a lot, but with everything else I have going on right now it will be a stretch for me to actually complete all of this.
What about you, does your pantry need attention?
I plan to post weekly updates about my progress with this challenge. I also plan to have a wrap up post at the end of the month to see how I did and set some goals for our family’s grocery budget for the next month.
Much like everyone else, the New Year gets me to start thinking of what I want to accomplish this year. Naturally there are lots of various goals I have and I want them all accomplished NOW. I need to work on my patience and keep in mind that it takes time. To help pace myself I joined the 3 in 30 group on Facebook. The plan is to set 3 goals for yourself each month. That way you don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to change too many things at one time.
Here are my goals for January:
- Write in my journal daily.
- Track everything I eat and drink daily.
- Declutter my Dining Room
To help track my progress on these I goals I am looking for an iPhone app that tracks goal progress. I had a few recommendations that I am checking out. Once I make my selection and try it out I will post a review of the app.
You can find links to other blogs participating in this challenge over at The Tuckers Take Tennessee.
Also to help me keep on track with some of my larger goals, like decluttering and organizing my whole house, I have decided to join the 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge over at Orgjunkie. The goal of this challenge is to complete one small organizing task each week for the whole year. Well, you could do a larger task if you’re so motivated, but a smaller one will work better for me. Since I want to declutter and organize my whole house this year, I definitely think this is a good fit for me. I just read about this challenge today so I will probably be a day late posting about this week’s challenge, but my goal is to post my weekly updates on this challenge every Friday from here on out.
Have you set any goals for yourself this year? Did you join any online challenges to help keep yourself motivated?
It’s the end of the year and that means that I, like so many others, am spending time looking back over 2010 and making plans for 2011. One of the areas that I want to improve on is my reading. In the past I have been able to read 100+ books in a year. My children do keep me pretty busy so I don’t expect that I will hit the triple digits in 2011, but I do hope to read more in 2011 than I did in 2010. To help me with that I have decided to set some reading goals for myself and to join some reading challenges to help keep myself motivated. Right now I am still reviewing various reading challenges, so look for a post later this week detailing exactly which challenges I will be joining.
For this week, to help finish the year up in a way I can be proud of I am joining the Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon. This challenge only runs from December 29th thru December 31st. Since I do have to work this week I don’t expect to get a ton of reading done, but I do hope to finish up the 3 books that I’m currently reading and I would really like to complete one additional book.
Are you trying to finish up any books before the end of the year?
For our family movie night this weekend we watched Barbie A Fashion Fairytale. Since my daughter is just 3, this was her first Barbie movie. She is just getting into Barbie so I figured this movie would be a special treat for her.
Movie Description (from the dvd case):
Join Barbie in a colorful, modern-day fairytale filled with fashion, friends and fun!
Barbie and her dog, Sequin, jet off to visit her aunt’s amazing fashion house in Paris, and much to her surprise it’s about to be shut down forever. After she discovers three enchanting Flairies with sparkle-magic powers, Barbie comes up with a brilliant idea to save the business. She even inspires Alice, a shy fashion designer, and together they create a dazzling runway fashion show.
Barbie shows that magic happens when you believe in yourself.
The movie is 1 hour and 23 minutes long. That may seem a little long for a 3 year old, but my daughter loved it and was absorbed in the movie the whole time. Ever since we watched it she has been asking to watch it again.
This was also my first time watching a Barbie movie. I have to say that I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. I loved that the movie had a good message for kids about believing in themselves and not giving up on their dreams. This was an enjoyable movie and one I am sure we will be watching again.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie for free from Barbie and Mom Select in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided.