The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

52 Weeks

Well hello there and welcome to my obsession du jour! I’m participating in Org Junkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge.

It all started with a mess, a dream, and a list…

Iris's list of 52 organizing projects to complete in 2011.

Want to know more? So far, I’ve completed the projects listed below. Click on the links to follow my gradual journey from overwhelmed to organized!

  1. kitchen pantry
  2. linen closet
  3. the coffee table drawers
  4. the kids’ Nintendo DS cartridges
  5. the kids’ Legos
  6. a new way of managing my laundry
  7. kitchen window sill dumping ground
  8. dining room make-under
  9. laundry room highs and lows
  10. kitchen island “crap magnet,” and annoying wall art/clutter, buh-bye!
  11. the mother of all crap magnets (the outside of my fridge)
  12. kitchen desk drawer (junk drawer)
  13. I made my kitchen cabinet beg for mercy.
  14. how to clean out your car

I know, right? I can hardly believe it myself! Believe you me, following through isn’t really my thang. But something has finally clicked because I sure am seeing some progress.

You know what’s even better than completing these projects?  Maintaining them! Surprisingly, I’ve actually kept up with most of those improvements using what Org Junkie calls “The Ten Minute Tidy.” Before bed each night, I do a quick check of the places I’ve already organized and put anything away that is out of place. Truly – this is THE key to a more organized home. You can declutter and organize until the cows come home, but if you don’t make a conscious effort to MAINTAIN your organized spaces, you are pretty much screwed, pardon my French.

Here’s to living a life of simplicity and order!


© Copyright 2011, The Bearded Iris.

One comment on “52 Weeks

  1. Erin Branscom
    March 23, 2011

    I love your list!!! I am putting you on my blog roll so I can totally stalk you. 🙂 haha. I am surprised our paths haven’t crossed sooner. I see we read a alot of the same blogs! 🙂

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