Monday, February 21, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 7th Hour

About 24 Hours of Progress:

So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Seventh Hour:

Move Out Old Media:  I'm the type of person who likes to own a copy of my favorite movies and television shows (noteably, every season of Dawson's Creek). My husband - not so much. He's the type of guy that likes to watch a movie once, form an opinion of it, and remember it that way only (with a few exceptions of course). So until our daughter was born, our DVD collection was pretty steady.
 
Now, though, our shelves are beginning to overflow with Disney movies, Sesame Street favorites, and learning programs. It's not a bad thing, but it was creating a little clutter. I was so glad when my husband and I went through all the DVDs and decided which ones we actually were going to watch again. We probably got rid of 30 of them. You know, over time they just lose their meaning, and of course in the day and age of Netflix there is no longer the irony of "oh, we might as well buy it because it's so expensive to rent it from the video store..."
 
While we were at it, we went through our old CDs as well. Save the good, out with the no longer sentimental. Sorry, Britney Spears. I can honestly say I'll never want to kick back and listen to the entire Baby One More Time CD, ever again.
 
Coat Closet Clutter: Coat closets are a great place for coats and clutter. Whenever I need to clean up in a flash, it seems that the odds and ends are always getting shoved into the coat closet. Beach chairs, broom, snow shovel, empty shoe boxes. You name it, it's probably there. Which might be why most of the time my coat never makes it past the banister... the coat closet is out of room!
 
Clean it out. If you're not a "cleaning type of person" this is a great place to start, because we often don't put little things (notes, pens, etc) into the coat closet.
 
No More Old Magazines!: I tend to hoard magazines. "I don't have time to read this right now, so I'll save it for later." "This has some really great articles that might come in handy later." It's a really, really bad habit. If you have any subscriptions (my husband and I have a combined 8) they tend to build up pretty quickly. Not with my new rule though. I am currently going through all my magazines... giving them a quick look-through, and unless it has something that I will come back to in the next couple weeks (like a blog topic, etc) it's going to be recycled. For magazines with last year's date, I took less time to flip and more time recycling. Getting this clutter out of my home makes me feel great!

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