We have 15 days left to stay-at-home and we encourage you to make good use of this time while we have it in front of us!  

15 Minute Challenge:

Set a goal to spend 15 minutes each day on an area of your home that you normally neglect. Because you are not biting off everything at once, your organization process will seem more doable. Likewise, you will love the momentum you feel as you slowly gain control of your space. Finally, you are setting the tone for your family and the future of your home by setting an organized example.

Here’s some motivation for you of a before and after project we completed in the bathroom! 

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15 before
15 after

WHEN

What time of day is best to get 15 minutes of focused time?  When do you have the most energy?  When is the rest of your family busy and can give you uninterrupted time?  It may mean you need to wake up just a little earlier to get ahead in your day. 

WHERE

Be prepared as this process will carry over into multiple days. While this depends on how large of a space or how much stuff you have accumulated in the area you are focusing on, it is a common reason people get discouraged.  Because of this, an area with a table that can stay out is great.

WHAT TO DO IN 15 MINUTES

For example we will focus on personal care items and toiletries. What are you looking for?  Items in this category may include:

  • Makeup and applicators
  • Nail polish and nail care items 
  • Cotton swabs, pads and facial tissue
  • Perfumes, colognes and deodorants
  • Lotions and moisturizers
  • Skin care 
  • Sun protection 
  • Dental care 
  • Bath and shower items 
  • Hair care
  • Shaving items
  • Travel items

HOW

1. The first step is to go around the house collecting items from all the areas where they could be stashed.  This is the hard part as things travel depending on who uses them when – and they don’t always find their way back home. Bring them back to your designated location and work with your family to get them there in the first place.

 2. As you sort through items gathered, you will find things that have expired or be too old to use. Whatever the reason this is the time to make a decision.  Here’s a list of toiletry and makeup expiration recommendations: Click here — > toiletry and makeup expiration recommendations.

3. After editing, determine placement.  First, place extra bulk items in a labeled container and placed out of sight.  Then, arrange a guest bin for anyone who visits your home and needs to borrow personal care items.  You may realize you have an abundance of razors for instance and never have to purchase one for the next year!  The bottom line is to determine how to categorize the items you have, decide on placement using labeled containers and placing near its area of use.  

4. There is usually something left. Whether you donate or throw it away depends on the condition. Don’t donate things that you feel would be unsanitary to use. Give unopened personal care products to homeless or women’s shelters.  We can help you with that should you have a large amount needing to be dispersed.  Most other items can be placed in your normal trash or rinsed out and recycled such as cardboard, aerosol bottles (spray the rest of product out first) and plastics labeled #1 and #2. 




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