Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Home Purge

One of the blogs I have been following for a while has been A Bowl Full of Lemons. Toni is currently doing a 31 Day Purge on her blog which I absolutely love! I can't think of a better way to get ready for the holiday season than going through and purging my home of the clutter that has accumulated.

Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons started this 31 Day Purge at the first of the month. But since October is playoff month for Volleyball State Championships (back to back State Champions by the way! My team is kind of badass.) I was unable to start on the first. So I've started this week. I'm planning on posting my progress as I go to help keep me accountable since I'm behind everyone else. At the same time I'll be doing the tasks out of order and throwing in a few of my own. 

To get things started I began with the pantry. Even though the month has been extremely busy I've neglected to put things in their proper places and it ends up looking like this....which makes my stomach turn a bit.

How did I ever find anything in this mess?

I removed everything from the pantry and tossed anything that was expired. I then sorted and grouped items together.

I refilled all my Oxo containers and made notes of what I needed to pick up at the store.

Then I grouped my canned food items and placed any excess items in this reusable grocery bag till I can find a new bin or basket to hold all these items.

Since I was feeling good about getting all that done I thought I would tackle another day on Toni's list. The next one just happened to be Magazines. 

Believe it or not I don't own a SINGLE magazine subscription. Kind of crazy right. But I'll let you in on a secret. I haven't needed one for almost a year. I use the Next Issue app! This was one of my Christmas gifts from the hubs last year.There are so many magazines in this app depending on what kind of subscription you want. 

When I find something I love and want to remember I just take a screen shot and save it in my inspiration folder on my iPad.

But since I was supposed to purge them I went back and deleted all downloaded issues on my iPhone and iPad so that I could make some storage space. 

I managed to get two tasks done pretty quickly and it's amazing what a difference getting rid of the excess stuff in your life can do for your day.

I'm planning on doing all the clothes in my dresser and closet next. I'll let you know how all that goes. It's going to be a bit crazy. I've been holding on to a lot of pre-pregnancy clothes (from 4 years ago). 

See you in a few days!

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