Organizational Sunday Week #1

Heather says:

This week you’ll need to repurpose or buy two containers, the type of containers will depend on two things, your budget and space. Personally, I like the big 66 quart totes (don’t buy these, this is just so you can see what I am trying to describe). If you have the room they will work for most of our projects and you can find them at any big box store. One will hold items for donation and the other to take to your county’s waste disposal. Most of the time the items you’ll be getting rid of will be clean and dry, but there may be a few weeks where this isn’t the case. 

If you are short on space heavy duty trash bags or reusable shopping bags will work. The goal is to have containers that are easily accessible.

Put the containers somewhere that makes sense for you. If you have room in the garage, great. Otherwise, it may be the bottom of a rarely used closet or in a corner of the laundry room. Whatever works for your household.

Now here’s the catch, finding the two containers isn’t this week’s challenge. Since you had to get the containers ready, we’ll keep the challenge simple.coat closet organization

Organization Challenge #1

Take a look at your coat closet (or entryway or mudroom, if that’s where you keep your winter coats and shoes). Donate any coats that no longer fit (whether it’s due to kids getting bigger or your own changing taste). If you don’t love it and you already have a replacement, it’s time to  ♬ let it go

Easy enough, right? 

That’s the plan, most weeks we’ll tackle a section of the house and by this time next year, those little changes will have turned into a big one. 

organization challenges

Click the picture for the list of challenges

*Want to earn a little extra credit?* If you’ve got a pile of shoes in the bottom of that closet, consider some cubes to divide and conquer.  The problem with this solution is you need to make sure the other people involved actually use it. This may take coaching and guidance. Good luck!

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  1. ceci on January 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I bought a house without a coat closet. I don’t really want to have my guests walk in the front door and be faced with a bunch of coats and boots, any suggestion of a good way to hide them? The staircase is right in front of the door so there is no wall or anything to put up hooks or stand an armoire in front of.

  2. RAA on March 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I can’t access the links. For some reason when I click them it connects to a read it format. Any advice?
    Thank you!

    • Heather Solos on July 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Heh I broke the site in March. It’s why I disappeared for a bit, that was a lot of work to fix 🙂

  3. Narariel on January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Well, I did it! The coat part, at least. It actually wasn’t very hard since this is our first winter in our house & I donated lots when we moved. And I just used my usual “donate box” that I keep in the reading room. (It helps my husband & daughter if they always know where to put things she’s outgrown, etc.)

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