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Old 06-26-2020, 11:34 AM
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I want to do some orgnaizing while in the mood. Where should I begin? All areas are equally horrible, so I'm having a hard time deciding.
-pantry
-under bathroom sink
-kitchen drawers


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Old 06-26-2020, 11:41 AM
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I personally would start with a small area that I could get done within a few hours. Why? It makes me feel good and want to do more because it now looks great and I want to do more.
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Old 06-26-2020, 11:56 AM
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I would also start with the easiest job to get the ball rolling. For me, that would be the pantry.
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Old 06-26-2020, 11:59 AM
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I was going to say the same as the other posters. Start with something small to get the ball rolling. Or, on the flip side, do the biggest job first to get it out of the way! How's that for help?
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Old 06-26-2020, 11:59 AM
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I started in our pantry and was amazed at the out of date items that I found. Made organizing a lot easier as I threw things away!


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Old 06-26-2020, 12:00 PM
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You have some alone time and you are going to do deep cleaning? What?

I would be taking a bubble bath. Then give myself a mani/pedi. Binge watch some chic flicks and take an uninterrupted nap. Then I would go get some take out so I don't have to cook. The next day I would talk with some girlfriends and give myself a facial. Then cuddle up with a good book and read until I fall asleep.

But that is just me. You should do whatever makes you happy. I would start with the pantry. It is usually a big job and it feels good when it is done. Enjoy your weekend break from your DH.
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:05 PM
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Love your reply, 1956! Why be practical? (On the other hand... clearing out clutter is good for the soul, too.) Thanks for the smile!
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:33 PM
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I am NOT the person to give organizing advice

But, I tend to start with the area that is least likely to be seen by anyone else and I drag it all out to make a big giant mess
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:46 PM
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Iím the opposite of MKat, I always do the worst job first to get it out of the way. Then the bubble bath.
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:52 PM
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I'd go with 1956BD's fabulous advice! Usually though I start with what I see the most of so when beginning to declutter my home about a year ago,I started in the kitchen. Pots/Pans and plastic containers. Then onto silverware drawers and appliance cupboards. Then the pantry. The pantry took several days Good luck!


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Old 06-26-2020, 01:03 PM
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My pantry will be a nightmare to do. It is a walk in with shelves on 4 walls all the way to the ceiling.
We have 23 drawers in the kitchen.
We have pedestal sinks in the bathrooms so I would start there
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Old 06-26-2020, 01:17 PM
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I would also get the biggest job done first- then if you run out of steam... thereís only smaller areas to do.
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Old 06-26-2020, 02:13 PM
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Our public library offered a free Zoom program with a decluttering expert. The most important takeaway I got was to set a timer for 10 minutes and do what you can in that time. Her theory was that you would never be overwhelmed by the size of the task and could attack it gradually.
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Old 06-26-2020, 02:40 PM
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It depends on your organizational issues. Do things end up in rooms where they don't belong or is the type of clutter and mess confined to the correct space?

For those who spread their clutter, I would get boxes for each room and pick one room to start with and find as many objects as you can that don't belong in that room and put it in the box. Once that is all done, pick an area based on what you collected and start organizing. Nothing is worse than organizing then finding out you still have a bunch of stuff elsewhere in the house that belongs in the room you just organized.

If you are a confined clutter, decide what motivates you or if the need to complete the worst task keeps you going. Work from that perspective. Personally, if I pick the one place that I want organized the most and do it first, the rest won't get done.

Another thought is what slows you down the most? Fix that first then you have more time to fix other areas.
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Calm down- DH doesn't leave til tomorrow! :)
Old 06-26-2020, 03:00 PM
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Thanks for looking out for my weekend of "me" time. DH doesn't leave til tomorrow morning.

My weekend plans are something like an at-home pedi, some chick flicks, reading, salmon patties for dinner (DH hates them), and whatever else I choose.

As for my organizing efforts, I began with our kitchen drawers. We have 3 drawers, but the silverware drawer never gets bad. It's just the other 2 that are troublemakers. Here's my before and after.
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Old 06-26-2020, 03:07 PM
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Good for you!
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Old 06-26-2020, 03:22 PM
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Good for you! That looks like it will be so much easier to find things.

Plus, now the popup ads on my feed are for closet storage organizers.
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