Kansas City Kristal

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

21 Day Organization Challenge AFTER--AFTER Party!

Did you think that cleaning out my Master Closet had killed me?  Almost.  But I am a LITTLE tougher than that.  I have been doing so much, but not accomplishing enough.  Know where I am coming from?  I've been trying to get to my photo organization and the final day of the 21 day challenge posted (which has been done for a while...) so really it is just the photo organization that has been holding me up.  I don't know why--maybe because Toni gave us until the end of the month?  Procrastinator!  Then I realized, Holy Cow, it's almost Groundhog Day and I am supposed to host my first linky party (I guess that's what it is called?)
It's the 21 Day Organizational Challenge
Re-Cap/Update/After--After Party and you are ALL cordially invited! 
You can join this party by posting your AFTER picture and then your AFTER-AFTER picture of one, or any, or all of the 21 challenges that you completed.  I came up with this idea because I noticed there were a few areas that I was still tweaking after living with the new organization for a while....ok, really there were projects I was doing and wanted to SHOW OFF!  Also, I knew I needed some accountability and figured I wasn't alone.  So, it's been a month since the first day of the challenge, how are you doing?  How is your organization holding up?  What cool tweaking and projects have you done that you want to share with us?  What have you learned along the way?  Inquiring and organized minds want to know!  (Organized Minds, what a great name for a band, or a blog, hmmmm.....)
So, here's the current state of my affairs:
Day 1: Junk Drawer
                                          Junk Drawer-AFTER

                                          Junk Drawer AFTER-AFTER
Switched the BBQ tools from the middle to the side and put non-slip grip under the white basket.

                                Junk Drawer BEFORE....
                                we've come a long way, baby!

So, just when I think I am getting this blogging thing down, my computer goes haywire and I can't add the pictures to my blog and the spacing gets all messed up....so had to end my post and start over, sorry!

 Here we go with Day 2, The Computer Desk:
                                          The Computer Desk AFTER
                                          The Computer Desk AFTER--AFTER

We got a new wireless keyboard and mouse.  Lovin' The Wave from Logitech.

New hardware for the desk my husband made in high school.  Would never have thought to do this until the 21 Day Challenge from A Bowl Full of Lemons.

Day 3 was the Tupperware Cabinet:
 Tupperware AFTER
 Tupperware AFTER--AFTER, can you spot the differences?  This one seems to be holding up....

It pretty much looked the same before, though.

Day 4, The Linen Closet
Linen Closet--AFTER
Linen Closet--AFTER--AFTER

I got these great "Halloween" storage bins on clearance to put in the bottom of the linen closet to tame the dirty laundry.  

I also washed some laundry, so I had clean towels to fill the empty spots I had made for them in my organizing/consolidating of the linen closet.  I can't bear to show you how this looked BEFORE, so I won't.

Day 5 was Under the Kitchen Sink
Under the Kitchen Sink--AFTER
This was actually after I tweaked the After pic that I showed in the challenge.  I love the green basket for my towels and rags.  Everything is in a good place for what I use and getting to it.....then I got paranoid about all the chemicals in my HOME and I joined Shaklee!  So I had to clean out all these toxic chemicals....
And replaced all of these chemicals with just these few, good-for-the-earth products!

Under my Kitchen Sink looks better than ever, now!  I feel GREAT about it, too!
The products are AWESOME and so affordable and good for our planet and smell yummy....there has been no down side.  I hope you will try some in your HOME, too!  I'll be using up the Cascade and the wet floor wipes and then exclusively using the Shaklee Basic H2 on my floors, it's AMAZING!  No haze or foot prints right after you clean.

Day 6 was Dresser Drawers
I can't remember if I ever showed my husbands drawers, but he still has one completely empty drawer and matched white sock drawer!  The other ones are in good shape and my drawers are also in the same condition since day 6....except I was able to match up a few more socks since I have been tackling the laundry since Day 10!

Day 7 was The Pantry
So, I added this boring striped contact paper to my pantry and got this challenge all done and then I saw the prettiest pantry EVER at House of Smiths, and I HAD TO DO SOMETHING!  I hated the dark brown shelves and our pantry is so dark anyway.  I had to piece together the bottom shelf contact paper because I ran out, I just wasn't happy with it.  I shopped around for some solution to a pretty pattern on the background/walls.  I knew I didn't want to take the time or expense to do what my inspiration pantry owner had done, so the hunt for the green contact paper with the white scroll design began. Yes, like Toni's.  
Pantry AFTER, but not happy yet....

Yuck, dark brown shelves : (  Organized, but ugly.
After inspiration, it looks like this!

It's hard to see, but I put up a cute wood trim on the shelves.  I also added 2 tap lights which helps a lot.  Total cost of these items: $20.00 (wood trim, primer, paint, wire nails, liquid nails, 3 tap lights) and then about $4 worth of contact paper and less than $10 on containers and boxes.  I put the 3rd tap light in our DVD/Wine fridge cabinet in our entertainment armoire which was very dark.  Love the solutions!

This is definitely my favorite transformation.  So thankful for all of the inspiration and great ideas throughout the 21 Day Organizational Challenge!

Please link up and check back soon because this AFTER--AFTER Party continues on Wednesday!  I'd love to see your AFTER and AFTER--AFTER pics, hear about what you learned, your favorite challenge, anything you are struggling with, how it has affected you, your family, your roommate(s) and what organizational challenge YOU need to (and ARE going to) tackle next.

Um, we got about 16 inches of snow Tuesday, so I'm guessing Phil is gonna see his shadow.  Happy Groundhog Day, anyway!
Snowfall by 3:45pm Tuesday afternoon.

Snow dogs!

Current state of affairs at 1 am on 2/2/11
Glad I don't have to travel anywhere.  Hope everyone who had to venture out is safe and sound.

1 comment:

  1. Hey you got one! :)
    I really loved the idea of going back and looking at how things have changed. I hadn't even realized how cluttered laundry is looking already. Time for more baskets! LOL Happy belated Groundhog Day! Stay warm :)


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