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Toss It Out Tuesday | Kids’ Pencil Drawer

by Ann-Marie on January 27, 2015

We’re fortunate to have a small desk area off our eat-in kitchen (a popular concept for late ’80s construction); and when we moved here, we intended to use this space for the kids to do their homework. Then, clutter happens. The counter area becomes littered with school papers, charging cords and other random items; and what had started out as our kids’ pencil drawer turned into this hot mess:

And this is relatively not-that-bad. What you can’t quite see in the photo is it’s a very deep drawer, and in the back I found loads of expired pizza coupons, paper clips, and a whole lot of itty bitty dust bunnies.

It’s another edition of Toss It Out Tuesday! As I introduced previously, the concept is simple.

  • Have 6 bins, boxes or bags labeled Donate, Move, File, Sell, Recycle and Trash.
  • Pick an area of your home to begin with – even a small space, such as a linen closet is a great way to begin!
  • Start tossin’.

Toss It Out Tuesday

This week’s decluttering mission was for my kids’ pencil drawer, so I could get a basic inventory of what we have, what needs to be tossed, donated and moved.

When I started pulling out each and every item, I couldn’t believe all that could be packed into one drawer. What you can’t see very well because it’s white, but I find hilarious, is one single Barbie shoe (but we know where that goes now).

I mean, seriously … how many pencils do three children need?

Quick & easy way to declutter a kids' pencil drawer, with this week's organization mission, Toss It Out Tuesday!

Many times at restaurants, the kids have received a mini box of crayons to color with, and to take home. And if you know this routine, how many times after coming home, did your kids ever use those crayons again? Yep, that’s what I thought. So we’ve collected them.

While my update is a bit light this week (after last week’s larger project!), I did accomplish one decluttering task, and for that I’m thankful. Here’s what I did:

  1. Donate: Seven mini boxes of crayons.
  2. Move: Crayons, markers and colored pencils were moved to larger separate storage bins, leaving only pencils for the kids’ pencil drawer. If those new bins were a bit more shallow they would fit nicely in the drawer, but alas, they don’t.
  3. File: Nada.
  4. Sell: Absolutely nothing in that drawer is worth selling.
  5. Recycle: Expired coupons and other miscellaneous papers.
  6. Trash: Lots of baby fuzz balls, and about 16 pencils that didn’t make the cut. Sadly, including Junior.

Your Turn!

Here’s your last turn in January to share what you tossed during the last week! Leave a comment below, sharing what you tossed (into any of the categories above). Everyone who comments on the Toss It Tuesday posts each week will be entered into a monthly drawing for a fun prize! Did you miss what all the wackiness is about? Read about Toss It Tuesday, and keep the fun going by following along on Facebook!

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Quick & easy way to declutter a kids' pencil drawer, with this week's organization mission, Toss It Out Tuesday!

 

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Toss It Out Tuesday | Bookshelf Clutter

by Ann-Marie on January 20, 2015

Do you have a bookshelf that’s a cluttered mess? Here are easy organization tips to help you declutter with Toss It Out Tuesday!

I barely squeaked by to get this Toss It Out Tuesday post written while it was still Tuesday! But as you can see from the photo above, I’ve been busy!

Do you have a bookshelf that’s a cluttered mess? With this week’s Toss It out Tuesday, I give you 4 easy steps to declutter that hot mess!

As I introduced previously, the concept for Toss It Out Tuesday is simple.

  • Have 6 bins, boxes or bags labeled Donate, Move, File, Sell, Recycle and Trash.
  • Pick an area of your home to begin with – even a small space, such as a bookshelf is a great way to begin!
  • Start tossin’.

Toss It Out Tuesday

These bookshelves are in our home office, which is an absolute wreck. It’s our catch-all room, where we toss those bags of clutter when our guests are coming in 15 minutes!

The problem is that our home office is right inside the front door, visible by everyone who steps inside. It’s embarrassing, but what I’ve found is … I’m not alone.

Here are 4 easy organization tips I’ve found to be SO helpful, when I’m ready to tackle massively cluttered spaces like my bookshelves:

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Toss It Out Tuesday | A Peek Inside

by Ann-Marie on January 13, 2015

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Toss it Out Tuesday

You guys, it’s Tuesday which means Toss It Out Tuesday, your inspiration for getting that clutter out of your house! As I introduced previously, the concept is simple.

  • Have 6 bins, boxes or bags labeled Donate, Move, File, Sell, Recycle and Trash.
  • Pick an area of your home to begin with – even a small space, such as a linen closet is a great way to begin!
  • Start tossin’.

Toss It Out Tuesday

This week, I tossed out a whole bunch of stuff, but sadly it was only 1 bag’s worth!

Here’s my problem. {Confession Alert} My dirty little secret – actually my “cleaning” little secret, is that if I have people coming over in 15 minutes and there’s STILL crap on the kitchen counter (usually because I’ve been dawdling in the kitchen too long), I toss it in a bag.

Not so much a problem, IF I took care of the bag’s contents, in … oh, I don’t know … a day after they were placed in said bag.

But I don’t, and the bag gets tossed around from room to room depending on which room’s being seen by guests, and then I’m faced with:

  • Missing school papers that needed signed
  • Expired coupons I could have used
  • Missing checks (uh-huh, it’s happened. Don’t tell my accountant husband or accountant father. Scratch that, at least one of them reads my blog.)
  • Purchasing duplicates of something unnecessarily

The bigger problem? I don’t just have 1 bag of this counter clutter. I have several. And while I’m hoping you’re on this journey with me, it’s one step at a time; and this particular bag I tossed had papers and coupons from 2013! Seriously!!

Toss It Out Tuesday

So for your amusement, and possibly my own humiliation, here’s what I tossed this week, from that one measly bag of counter clutter:

  1. Donate: A couple small toys still new in package are being donated to Carlie’s classroom “treasure” box.
  2. Move: Fourteen cents were moved into my wallet. That was exciting, wasn’t it?!
  3. File: My dog’s vet record from 2013. My 5th grader daughter’s 2nd grade school picture. Crayon artwork from one of my children. It’s so old I can’t tell whose art it is.
  4. Sell: Other small toys I placed in a “FREE” or “25¢” box that I use at my garage sale.
  5. Recycle: Lots and lots of papers, old coupon inserts, and a couple of old magazines.
  6. Trash: Another Barbie leg. I kid you not. A used paint stick (?!?!).

So I’m sorry this week I’m sharing the not-so-pretty peek into my clutter contents, but nevertheless this is my journey, and it’s one less bag I’ve tossed. So I’ll chalk that up to a Win.

Your Turn!

Here’s your turn to share what you tossed during the last week! Leave a comment below, sharing what you tossed (into any of the categories above). Everyone who comments on the Toss It Tuesday posts each week will be entered into a monthly drawing for a fun prize!

Did you miss what all the wackiness is about? Read about Toss It Tuesday, and keep the fun going by following along on Facebook! You might also be interested in:

 

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