Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 3 {40 bags in 40 days}

On Wednesday I started a challenge called 40 bags in 40 days.  I learned of this challenge from Ann Marie over at whitehouse,blackshutters.

The purpose of the challenge is to declutter your home, life and everything in between.  I love the idea of decluttering and to be honest, I haven't decluttered in a long time.

My first project was my master bedroom closet.  It was a big task to start with but really needed done.  You can see the progress here.

It took me all day to clean everything out, sort through everything and then put everything back in.  I was exhausted at the end of the day; but I'm not giving up.  I ended up with 1 bag of trash and 3 bags of stuff to go to goodwill.

My thought process was that on day number 2 I would do the master bathroom and then the master bedroom and then just work myself down the hall into the kids rooms and bath and so forth.  I liked how it seemed all organized and flowed nicely.

After such a huge day 1, I was lucky to do anything on day 2.  I did manage to clean the kids bathroom.  I wasn't cluttered, it just needed to be cleaned.  So I can check that off my list.

Today, however; I got it together and tackled our master bathroom. 

Can I just start off by saying "we hate our master bathroom".  That's terrible, but we really, really hate it.  We would love to just gut the whole thing and start over.  Unfortunately, the lack of time and money keeps us from doing just that. 

Sometime ago, I got the bright idea of putting this bookshelf in the bathroom to hold all the things I had to have in there.  I don't know why I thought this was a good idea but I did.  The bathroom isn't huge and this took up quite a bit of space.

I kept it pretty full, too.  You can see the brown wall behind it.  I decided I wanted to paint the bathroom brown and so I painted just that one wall, hated it and it's been that way since.

This is under hubby's sink.  It's not too bad.  That plastic bin, if you can see it there, is empty.  It's suppose to be for his extra bars of soap.  You can see where they are.

This is under my sink.  Not too bad, but there is a lot of stuff thrown in the back.  I did try to be a little organized with the plastic bins.

I have a few of these bins sitting around collecting hair gels.  I don't know why I bother, I never use them. 

And so I began; I removed everything from under the sinks and off the bookshelf.  I started tossing bottles of stuff that I don't even remember why I bought it in the first place.  It's amazing how much stuff we can collect.

I organized it all, made use of the plastic bins that I had anyway, wiped everything down and put it all back in.  Only organized this time.

This is what under my sink looks like now.

I was even able to get some of the things off the bookshelf in there, which is what I really wanted.

Under hubby's sink.

Why is it that men just naturally require so much fewer stuff than we do?  I'll never know.

I even got more things into hubby's drawer, which was only half full.

While I was at it, I cleaned everything.

See, doesn't it look much bigger without those bookshelves in there?

Maybe one day we will get to redo this room.  For now; I'll just do my best to keep it clutter free.

I'm linking up with whitehouse,blackshutters for her 40 bags in 40 days challenge.

Looking forward to what the next 37 days bring :)



  1. Very nice work! I personally really like your master bathroom. The actual master bath in our house is super tiny. It's the smallest bath in the house to be honest and on top of everything else, it isn't much bigger than the linen closet in our hallway. It's only a half bath, as it has a sink and a toilet in it. We gave the master bedroom and bathroom to our older boys and took a room that had been renovated for our own. Works better this way for us. Regardless, great job on your master bath!

  2. "It's amazing how much stuff we collect" - thank you. That statement right there sums it all up for me.

    I'm getting ready to work on ours and it amazes me how much crap can fit into such a small bathroom, lol! Great job, great progress, thanks for the motivation! I hate our bathroom as well, it makes me feel better to know I'm not alone. :)

    Thanks for linking up, have a great week!

  3. Thank you, Ann Marie for the motivation. I love knowing that others are also cleaning, sorting and tossing right along with me. I hate clutter so this was a great challenge for me and couldn't have come at a better time.

    Thank you so much for visiting. ~Nancy



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