Finally! The last week of our year long home organization project. It’s been a long year, hasn’t it? Time for another New Year and all of the resolutions that get made. We won’t be doing year-two of this decluttering madness, I promise.
Home Organization Project 52
- This week’s project. Travel gear – luggage, bags, and toiletries.
- Small. It only took about 45 minutes. The hardest part was just getting started. That’s always the hardest part, isn’t it? We procrastinated as long as possible in case you’re wondering. It was already Friday afternoon.
- Clear and clean. All of our luggage is stored underneath our basement stairs. The stairs used to be open and we framed them out, added cute paneling (Can paneling be cute? Hmmmm….well, it’s wainscoting paneling that’s painted white. In my book, that equals cute.), and a door. Storage area done. It was all wood leftover from other projects – we used the cute paneling in our kitchen cabinets, too. (The kitchen cabinet project is here.)
- Get set. We got rid of a bag insert for luggage we no longer own and another tote/overnight bag that we got for free. Into the donation basket they went!
- Stop buying. With one of our kids going to college in the fall, I was reluctant to get rid of any bags. They need luggage for their stuff when they fly the coop and head off to school. Luckily, Brad and I still have our bags from college and that’s what will be headed off to college again. Not pretty stuff but what do college kids need? And do they care?
- Less is more. Yes it is but we really need less of this stuff….I always toss free samples or the leftover bits of something into our travel grab bag. Perhaps I’m hopeful to always be traveling? I don’t know but the little bits of stuff in here was a joke!
Just because items are free doesn’t mean they don’t cost us at some point. I’ll pass along what we don’t need or want by donating to Goodwill or a homeless shelter.
We actually did another project yesterday, too, but we were almost done with it when I said, “Oh, this could have been an organizing post.” And, it could have been but the ball was in motion and sometimes it’s easier to finish than it is to stop and take pictures of an almost cleaned up mess.
I will miss the organizing and cleaning out that we’ve accomplished this year but I can tell you one person who couldn’t be happier that this is the last week – my husband. He’s endured this project only because I’m sharing it weekly but I think he may have talked me out of it several months ago – like maybe around the time of the garage project (home organization project #30) or possibly the tool room (home organization project #37).
Check that off the to do list! Done.
How’s your home organizing and cleaning out? Are you getting started for the New Year?