My Dirty Little Secret…

I have a confession to make.  I have dirty closets.  And drawers.  And cupboards.  And a messy office.  There’s barely room for me to type here on my desk.

I used to think there were two organizational types.  A filer and a piler.  And while I am a piler (goodness knows I like to pile), the truth is, when it comes to cleaning, I’m a hider, a stasher, a put-it-all-behind-that-door-and-no-one-will-be-the-wiser organizer. This type of “organizer” is a descendant of the hoarder.  (No Mom, I’m not calling you a hoarder, but you know we have at least one in the family).  I do get rid of things.  And I do have places to put things.  But not places for everything.  Maybe it because I have a small house?  Probably not though.  I think I’d still clean this way even in a McMansion with double walk-in closets the size of my living room.

So, this I’ve known about myself for a long time, and my husband puts up with it, mostly because the house looks neat when people come over.  But last week I came across this site, thanks to former Thrifty Thursday buddy, Tracy.  52 weeks of organizing.  Hmm… cool concept.  And that particular post, “Purge Until It Fits,” hit some high notes for me.  That’s what I usually do with the boys’ toys.  And I like it.  Rick calls me the toy Nazi, but I like it anyway.  So I decided to join in, with my own little twist.  20 weeks.

Twenty weeks of organizing.  I chose 20 weeks simply because I am half way through my pregnancy, which means I have roughly 20 weeks to go before the newbie arrives.  And I know that when I’m pregnant, I’m highly motivated to clean.  I nest with the best!  And also because I have to get the office out of the office and set up somewhere (where???) else in the house because we need this room for the baby.

To the challenge!

Step one: identify and list 20 areas that need organizing/reorganizing.  Keep the projects small – don’t list “organize office,” that’s too broad.  Go with “organize junk drawer,” and “clean off printer table,” etc.

Step two: organize those areas – one per week, don’t get overwhelmed.

Step three: Document your progress and share it!  I’m going to strive for before and after photos of each of my 20 items. I’d really love it if someone else wanted to join me in this challenge.  But your moral support and the blog accountability will do too.

Bonus points: organizing your stuff using or re-purposing what you already have as opposed to buying new things to organize with.

So my list for the next 20 weeks… in no particular order:

  1. Bathroom cabinet
  2. Boys closet shelf
  3. Boys toys & bedding storage
  4. Desktop
  5. Office corners
  6. Office closet upper shelf
  7. Junk drawers
  8. Buffet
  9. Our bedroom closet
  10. Kitchen desk area
  11. Boys clothes
  12. Move desk out of office/new baby room
  13. Make a place for table linens
  14. Canned goods/canning and food storage supplies
  15. Find a place for Rick’s work clothes and my business supplies
  16. Kitchen glasses cupboard
  17. Bathroom linens
  18. Scrapbooking table
  19. My sewing items
  20. Lower kitchen appliance cabinet

Stay tuned later this week for the after photos of the bathroom cabinet, which I completed this weekend.  What about you?  What kind of organizer are you?  Do you have any cluttered areas you keep behind closed doors?

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15 thoughts on “My Dirty Little Secret…

  1. I might be able to join you… although I might give myself a little more leeway– how about 16 for me (3 weeks out of each month, more of less)? Thanks for inspiring me!

  2. Great idea! I just might be able to do this. I’m strange though. My closets and cupboards and drawers are the cleanest places in my house – if you can walk thru the room to get to them. lol

  3. That’s so great Anisa! So glad I could inspire you to take action! Good luck!

  4. Anisa

    Glad you guys are joining in! Make sure to send me links to your posts!

    And if someone who doesn’t blog but reads wants to join, send me your before & after pics and I’ll share them here!

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  6. Andrea

    Geez, I totally could have written that first part. It fits me to a T! I am not an organizer, I mean…I sorta am. I know where things are. Problem is that no one else can find a thing because I have like…4 junk drawers! No one should have that many. Thank you for the push to get that stuff cleaned up. My biggest excuse is that I live in a small house, but after having to clean out my mothers things last year, I have a new found respect for “a place for everything”. Plus…half this crap I don’t need anyway! Hahaha.

  7. Anisa

    Yeah – I have three junk drawers. There’s just one pictured up there. I feel actually quite vulnerable posting those before pictures… they’re so bad!

    But – hopefully this project will change all that!

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  11. The Bearded Iris

    Good for you! I’ve been doing the 52 weeks project since January and it has really changed my life. It’s wonderful that you are doing your own version to go with the remainder of your pregnancy. What a cool idea. “Nest with the best” – LOVE IT! Good luck!

    • Anisa

      Yeah – my husband can’t decide if he loves it though – we get a lot done in a short amount of time, but the projects are usually huge and often backbreaking for him too. maybe it’s a good tradeoff though since he gets a kid and completed home improvement projects out of the deal. ;)

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