I got an email a few days ago from a reader asking how things are going with my organized spaces. Let’s check up on things with a progress report, shall we?
It’s been a week since I cleaned out my fridge. Things are going well! I started meal planning last week so it’s been making fridge management pretty easy.
I’m dedicated to keeping it up. It’s refreshing opening up an organized fridge because I can see exactly what’s in there! I’m also teaching myself the beauty of an empty fridge and have adopted the idea of only going to the grocery store when I really NEED to. To keep it in order, I’ve been more thoughtful about putting things away properly and make sure that everything that goes back in the fridge is free of gunk. As a result, it’s still pretty clean inside.
More on meal planning next week!
It’s been two weeks since I organized Cooper’s toys.
Things are looking good!
We ALL remember to put the books back after we read them so they don’t pile up around the room.
After Cooper’s bath at night we read a few stories and now we’ve added the act of putting away his toys before he gets in bed to our routine. I’m hoping that he understands how nice it is to go to bed in a clean room. I’ve also been really good about enforcing the rule of one activity/toy out at a time. He can’t play with the trains until he puts all of his construction toys away. He’s starting to pick up on this now and I can see him making a better effort not to take too much out at once.
I hope to get proper laminated labels on his boxes soon because one night of the humidifier made some of the making tape labels peel off. Lesson learned!
It’s been three weeks since I cleaned out my shelves and it’s going REALLY well. Sometimes I look over at my shelves and don’t recognize them.
There were a few small things I did when I organized (like moving shelves and adding that extra stack of storage containers) that made a HUGE impact on my life. There’s really no excuse to not to keep things organized.
I still have to find a place for my Clarisonic. Gotta make some room!
It’s also so refreshing to know exactly where to look when I need to find something.
Every time I go into my pantry I make sure things look right. Things have been going really well because I’m taking my time putting things away properly. I’m also trying to use up items in the pantry so I don’t run out and buy things I already have. I like that feeling of “grocery shopping” in my own pantry.
Since I cleaned up my desk/office area I’ve done quite a few projects. It’s really nice to have extra desk space when I’m working so whenever things start to get a little unkempt, I quickly tidy things up. I also find that when I’m started to get stressed out while working I take a break and put things away that don’t belong on my desk
There’s a stack of books sitting on my desk that need to go downstairs on my bookshelf, but other than that my desk is pretty clean.
The drawers next to my desk are still pretty tidy! Cooper isn’t allow in this drawer, which is why it’s still clean!
When I’m working on something and need to put something away in this drawer, I’m very deliberate about where things go back. It’s working.
This tupperware of all of my nail polish has been EXCELLENT. Whenever I paint my nails I’ve been really good about putting everything back in the container.
I also decided that most of my nail painting should take place at my desk so I don’t have an opportunity to leave polish throughout the house.
The shelves above my desk are still organized. I don’t look at them as a place to put stuff where Cooper can’t reach!
The paper sation has changed my life!! We have significantly less paper littered throughout our house as a result!
It’s made a fantastic difference. Cooper’s art drawer is piling up, which means I have to go through that soon, but other than that we’re good.
The recycling bin right next to the paper station has also been a wonderful addition. When I enter the house through the garage, I bring all the paper/plastic that needs to be recycled right to the bin. It doesn’t even ENTER our house. I love that.
Still going strong! We’ve added a few products and things are constantly changing in this cabinet but it’s going really well.
When I’m brusing my teeth, I usually open up the cabinet and straighten things up.
That’s how I keep it up!
So there you have it. That’s my progress report. I’m still doing a pretty good job on keeping my PURSE ORGANIZED. I make a point to clean it out every Sunday to get ready for work on Monday.
If you are having a hard time maintaining your freshly organized space:
–Share your accomplishments with others! It will help hold you accountable for your actions. I know that I’m working hard at this because I have other people looking at my projects. How could I give people advice if I don’t practice what I preach?
Take pictures. Post it to your blog or facebook. When other people are watching you’re way more motivated.
–Have company over. It will help motivate you to keep things clean. Most of my friends are familiar with what I’m doing on High Straightenence. And even if they aren’t, I pretend like they’re going to look through my stuff when they get to my house. This helps keep me on my toes. I want to prove to them & myself that I’m dedicated.
–Be thoughtful & don’t hurry. Things have really approved around my house because I’m not trying to do too many things at once. When I set out to put something away I really THINK about what I am doing and as a result I don’t make lazy decisions.
-Don’t get discouraged! If you start slipping and start falling into bad habits, take it easy on yourself. Get back on it and maintain! You have to remember that it will take some time to make your new behavior apart of your routine.