Cleaning

A Month of Less: Organizing Paperwork

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Am I the only one who struggles to deal with the important papers that seem to arrive daily?  And now that our boys are at school, there are so many more!  I’m always surprised at tax time that I’ve actually found most of our forms, though it takes a lot of searching.   A lot of my papers get shoved behind ... Read More »

A Month of Less: The Tuppeware / Plastics Cupboard

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My Tupperware cupboard has been exploding since the day after I cleaned it up in the summer. It was time. I did this one a few weeks ago, actually, because I wanted to see if I could keep it from falling into disarray in the next 7 days. Well, this time, it has made it for a full 3 weeks ... Read More »

A Month of Less: Kids’ Books

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      Sometimes it’s a little intimidating to face an entire room of kids’ things and organize/sort/throw out stuff.  So I thought I’d just tackle one small area today – their little bookshelf.  Since we had moved about 10 months ago, I had already gotten rid of so many books and toys, but we still had a lot.  So ... Read More »

A Month of Less: The Coat Closet

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Today’s challenge is the Coat Closet! Now, I’m hoping for your sake that yours is not in as bad shape as mine was – it was a little lot embarrassing. We had so many fabric & plastic bags stuffed in there that it was kind of a shove everything inside as far as possible and then quickly shut the door ... Read More »

A Month of Less: My Dresser

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If you’re like me, your dresser and closet are always overflowing.  No matter how much you can organize or separate or get rid of things, there’s always a mess.  I’m not exactly sure why that happens.  I decided to tackle my dresser today.  I didn’t have time to do a big sort and organize, so I just went through and found ... Read More »

A Month of Less: Digital Photo Organizing

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 I have to admit that I’m not great about organizing and backing up my photos.  They often sit on my computer in whatever place they get saved on, until I have hundreds of little files of pictures.  So what I started doing about a year ago was to create 4 folders for each year.  Jan-Mar., Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept., and Oct-Dec.  This ... Read More »

A Month of Less: The Junk Drawer

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Somehow, since we’ve moved into a kitchen with more cupboard space, I’ve gone from one “junk drawer” to one “main” one and two extras.  Do I really need 3 drawers for random things?  No.  Now I just have to do something about it.  Organize, and throw stuff out! Here’s our two main “junk” drawers.  I went through, dumped them out.  ... Read More »

A Month of Less: Email Simplifying

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One thing that I find eats up a lot of my time is email.  Whether it’s checking & responding to the important ones, or deleting/ignoring the spam/mailing lists.  My inbox is so full that it gets overwhelming sometimes.  Aside from my own Gmail account, I have a shared Hotmail account with my husband, as well as a work email account.  ... Read More »

A Month of Less: Purse/Diaper Bag

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Okay, so my purse is usually a disaster.  I don’t clean it out on a regular basis, so it keeps collecting things.  Receipts, garbage, toys, papers, etc.  As a result, it gets really heavy.  I’ve read articles about how much a woman’s purse often weighs, and it can cause back/neck/shoulder pain.  So it’s a good place to simplify and de-clutter. ... Read More »

A Month of Less: Simplify and DeClutter

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I always enjoy a challenge to keep me on track for things (fitness challenges, water-drinking challenges).  And so about a year and a half ago, I discovered a great blog, with her challenge to de-clutter and simplify her life, one day at a time.  www.theyearofless.blogspot.ca It was a great inspiration to see her task for the day, see her before ... Read More »