Post-Holiday Holiday

This year, for the first time, I took January 2nd and 3rd off just to relax, recharge and organize and declutter my house.  I've never done that before, but it's been so successful I think I'm going to make this a standing vacation.  It's nice to ease back into the working world slowly like this.

It hardly seems possible, but we've lived in this house for 2.5 years at this point, and we built the kitchen two years ago, and there are things we haven't used in that time but still have stored!  Time for a purge.

Current donation box, plus a Crock-Pot (not shown) because the Instant Pot is the Pot to End All Pots
I also took these two days to think of ways to make our lives easier this year.  Less time hunting for lids for bowls means more barn time down the road right?  Hopefully?  Maybe?  That's what I told myself this week.

There are more elegant solutions to the deep utensil drawer clusterf***, but none cheaper than $2.99 IKEA utensil holders!


I should've taken a "Before" picture of this cabinet.  It was a Tupperware nightmare.

As a working equestrian, my life can feel like a blur of work-ride-sleep work-ride-sleep, and a lot of this little non-essential but very important house stuff can fall by the wayside.  Even if I get through my day without a problem, clutter and disorganization make me feel frazzled and out of control.  Since it's still too cold to ride here, it's been nice to just get it done.

A-L spices, we have two of these drawers side by side.  So much easier than hunting through a pile in the cabinet like we used to do.

$5.99 drawer dividers

This drawer used to be a clusterf*** of pots and pans.  No more!

Anyone else doing the big clean and purge this month?

15 comments:

  1. We're definitely on clean-and-purge right now, too! Both Johnny and I had the week between Christmas and New Year's off, so we started going through the house one room at a time to clean and declutter. I have a big pile of stuff to donate and recycle!

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    1. Exactly! Getting Nick roped in to it has been hard but worthwhile, lol. It feels good!

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  2. This is why I love having 2 weeks forced off from my work, so much time to just do normal life things (like I'm restocking the kitchen/fridge/pantry prior to starting work next monday)

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  3. Having those two days is a great idea. I'm working on a little bit every night and realizing just how much stuff I have.

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    1. Yeah, I was getting a little stuff claustrophobic!

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  4. I've done this with our linen closet and the giant clusterfuck cabinet in my kitchen. Damn it feels good! :)

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    1. Lol, why does every kitchen have one of those? Mine is still my pantry which is the only thing I haven't organized yet. I can't figure out what to do with it.

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  5. Great idea! I need to do this. Yet I cannot seem to leave the comfort of my couch lol!

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    1. Lol, I have to say I'm with you, I was all fired up this morning and now I'm sitting in front of my computer with a giant bowl of mac and cheese trying to ignore the fact that I have two giant boxes of shit to take to Goodwill...

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  6. I love Ikea for organization. Their towel racks are great for saddle pads!

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  7. I applaud your motivation and yeah, envy your time off.

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  8. I can't lie, an organized house makes my heart go pitter patter

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  9. I’m doing it as part of packing to move to my new apartment!! I LOVE decluttering

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  10. I love being organized. Guilty secret - G is less than tidy, so when hes away I pick one room and happily organize it, then later I am like "missing item? what are you talking about, honey? Missing item has always been filed/stored away neatly. You don't remember buying those organizers? That's weird! Its been like that forever, thought you knew that!" Lol

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