52 Weeks: #3 Identify the Piles + giveaway!
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It’s Friday! This week I’ve been a busy girl organizing kitchen drawers and my office. I keep forgetting to take pictures for you but one of these days I’m going to take a video of some of my spaces so you can take a peek at them.
We went into the city earlier this week for my son’s allergy testing so of course I had to make a quick run into Michaels. Their baskets always seem to be on sale and I can’t resist checking them out. Last time we were there I didn’t buy a thing which was so hard to do considering they were all on for 50% off. Talk about will power!! :) This time though I went with a purpose. Our recently adopted little Bella dog needed a basket for all her toys. Since this one would sit out in our living room I wanted something a little more snazzy. Look what found it’s way into my basket at 40% off:
The blue matches my living perfectly which totally calls for a happy dance!! Now I just have to work on getting Bella to put the toys back when she’s done with them and I’m all set! :)
I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is to read your comments and celebrate your organizing successes with you. I love what Trixie of Farm Home Life had to say in her post:
Last week’s project was cleaning out and organizing what was left of our junk drawer. Let me tell you— it has been absolutely WONDERFUL to have a neatly organized “junk” drawer. Twice this week I needed to quickly find something in there and it was so easy!! Just today my husband commented how nice it was that he could readily see if we had a certain size battery. I think he is thrilled I’m doing these organizing projects (I spilled the beans when he wanted to know why on earth I was photographing our closet: ).
YES! Now that’s what I’m talking about it. Look at the difference even organizing something as small as a junk drawer can make in one’s life! It all matters. Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small and keep the momentum going!
Next I couldn’t help but laugh when I read this sentence over at Barefoot Deliberations after she purged a whole pile of clothes:
Guess what? It didn’t hurt or cause pain. It wasn’t comparable to torture or agony and I think I even had a little bit of fun!
Yay to that!
So speaking of piles, who has them? Look around…do you see any? I think sometimes we get so use to the clutter we stop seeing it. Piles occur with stuff that doesn’t have a “home”. It accumulates on a counter, desk, dresser or even the floor (no, say it isn’t so!) when we don’t know where else to put it. So my challenge for you this week is to tackle one of those piles. Sort it out to see exactly what is really buried under there and do something about it. If you’ve got a question about something in that pile that you just don’t know what to do with, leave a note in the comments for me and I’ll do my best to help you out or direct you to a past post of mine.
Questions to ponder:
1. What areas did you organize this week?
2. Where you happy with what you accomplished or disappointed? Explain.
3. What types of piles would you like to get under control?
This giveaway is now closed
Now to motivate you just a teeny bit I’ve got a sweet giveaway for you. My sister-in-law gave me the most beautiful piece of mosaic jewelry for Christmas and I just love the originality of it. She makes them herself and just starting selling them on Etsy as well as her website, Crafty Mosaics, and offered to giveaway this pretty circle pendant below to one of my readers.
Isn’t that gorgeous! Here’s a sample of some of the other pieces she makes:
How do you win you ask? Just leave a comment on this post telling me something you’ve organized this past week. What? You didn’t organize anything? No worries, it’s not too late. I’ll leave this giveaway open until Tuesday, January 25th at 3:00 pm PST to give you lots of time to tackle one of your piles :)
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