I kickstarted Project 30 with the basement because buried down there were the organizers I would need to accomplish the rest of my Project 30 tasks. I did about 30 minutes every night for seven nights after the kids were in bed, setting the timer and working against the clock.
Before starting, I gathered a few supplies:
Permanent marker to label boxes
Black chalk labels and a gold marker
3M Command hooks and refill strips
Music and a timer (both on my phone)
A breakdown of the seven sessions:
1-Set up and started sorting:
Marked boxes: DONATE, FAMILY/FRIENDS, SELL, RECYCLE, GARBAGE. I also marked boxes for stuff that should be stored in other rooms of the house. For example, we had quite a few candles sitting on the floor which I planned to move to an empty cupboard in the laundry room.
Designated areas for sorting items to keep by category: organisers, kitchen stuff; pantry, gift wrapping; sports & leisure etc.
2-Sorted like crazy
3-Sorted like crazy and admitted to self that inside me live a ruthless editor and a hoarder
4-Organised pantry shelves and kitchen related stuff – on this night, I did about 2 hours because I was on a roll and eager to finish this section
5-Organised gift wrapping stuff
6-Organised the remainder
7-Organised the remainder
A few snap shots of the results…
It is great to be able to walk in the basement without tripping over stuff; know exactly what we have, and find what we need in a snap. One of the biggest pay offs is that with the floor clear, our daughters have a place to ride their scooters indoors.
Total investment: 5 hours + $0
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