I began the 52-week organizing challenge last January, and now it comes to a close. Is my house more organized? Yes! Have I completed every challenge? No!
Some weeks have been easy with little or nothing to do. But some of the tasks have been huge and while I started working on them, they are not complete. In fact, I am considering doing the challenge again next year, so I can finish some of the challenges I didn’t complete or skipped. The challenges are not in the same order each year so maybe some of the incomplete challenges will hit me in a less busy time, or maybe I just need to buckle down and tackle those I put off.
Anyway, here is how it has gone since September….(If you would like to catch up on the rest of the challenge click here to see my other updates – intro to challenge, update in March, update in June, update in July & update in September.)
Master Bedroom (Oct 5) – OMG. This area needs some work. The bookcase was done earlier in the year, but my dresser tends to be a dumping ground for so many things. I did get some of it straightened up, and I did clean off my nightstand. Baby steps here I guess.
Basement (Oct 12) – Yeah! A free pass. We have no basement!
Garage (Oct 19) – Another free pass for me. We have a garage but that is my husband’s domain, so I am not organizing it for him.
Attic (Oct 26) – Again, with the free pass. We have an attic but store nothing in it so no organizing for me. Loving October! (OK – so I should have spent the month catching up on other challenges that I didn’t finish but that didn’t happen.)
Jewelry and Accessories (Nov 2) – This week sets out to organize jewelry, hair accessories, scarves, ties, belts and sunglasses. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry or hair accessories and have pretty much no scarves, ties or belts and only one pair of sunglasses. This should have been an easy challenge but sadly, I didn’t finish sorting the small amounts of jewelry I do have.
Shoes (Nov 9) – Whether I have a lot of shoes would solely depend on your definition of a lot. I have about 20 pairs, including boots and sandals. I had recently paired down some of my older pairs so this challenge was pretty easy. I didn’t like the shoe rack I had in the closet as it didn’t hold more than 12 pairs of shoes, so I bought a new one that works perfectly for me.
Cosmetics (Nov 16) – Again, here I go with not having a lot to do this week. I have very few cosmetics, but it was good to get rid of (and replenish) the old ones. And I bought a second makeup bag, so I could separate the stuff I use daily with the special-occasion items.
Kids’ Closets (Nov 23) – In June, I organized the kids’ rooms and closets so that I could paint their walls. Since I had recently done this challenge (and the one for next week), I decided not to so this challenge now. It will probably need to be done when the challenge rolls around next year.
Kids’ bedrooms (Nov 30) – See my above answer about the kids’ closets.
Toys & Games (Dec 7) – Again, this was done during the summer, so I didn’t have much to do this week. Definitely will need to do this next year.
Holiday Decorations/Gift Wrap (Dec 14) – The decorations were already up, so I guess I will have to weed through all my ornaments and decorations when I take them down after Christmas. I did clean up my gift wrap bins and bought another one that held those extra-long rolls that wouldn’t fit in my wrapping paper storage bin.
China, glassware, crystal and silverware (Dec 21) – I already have a fine china storage unit so not much to do this week, which was good because it was Christmas week and very busy at our house. I also don’t have real silverware, so I got to skip that one too.
Family Calendar (Dec 28) – I always do this every year so nothing new for me. I spend hours typing everything into my Microsoft Outlook calendar and will be doing that this week.
And that completes the 52-week challenge! The house is better than it was last year at this time, but I am definitely going to be doing the challenge again next year to finish off our organizing.