30 Day Challenge: 30 Days of Organizing

February flew by while we kept ourselves occupied and saved money with 30 days (ok, 28, but who’s counting?) of saving money with our own DIY projects. If you participated in last month’s challenge, which DIY projects do you intend to keep up with? Did your homemade detergent do the trick? Did you DIY any beauty products? Furniture? Share your experience in the comments below!

While there’s hope of spring making its debut, winter still in full-swing for many of us (and for some, you might feel a little stir crazy). We’ve bundled up in our layers and cooked enough comfort food, and despite our fantasies of jetsetting to the beach, this actually may be the calmest time of the year before life starts to shift into high gear; summers are packed with social events of the wedding/baby shower/happy-hour sort, while fall is that short period before the holidays make their merry way back into our lives.

But we don’t want the prospect of being “busy” to stress you out. In fact, we want to harness momentum and help ourselves to a healthy dose of motivation. This month we want to use our time to get ready for the good times to come with 30 days of organizing.

You can’t pretend you haven’t tucked away those white elephant gifts into a closet to think about on some other rainy day; we know you’ve have a drawer full of RSVPs you need to respond to; and let’s not even get started on how many sweaters you accidentally shrunk (that you think you can salvage!) tucked into your drawers.  So this month let’s pull out the planners and begin crossing items off your to-do list before the ‘last minute’ arrives.

It’s easy to procrastinate when it comes to organizing your home, time, and various aspects of your life, but tidying up various odds and ends before we’re distracted with spontaneous obligations (like a House of Cards marathon) that arise can save you a load of stress energy.

Here are a few projects we’ll be working on this month:

  • Cleaning out our closet is always on top of our list—one less ill-fitting blouse in your closet will save you the struggle of having to wiggle out of something too tight when you get dressed. Check our closet guidelines here.
  • Organizing your pantry is a great way to inspire meals and save on dining out. Have an excess of diced tomatoes and vermicelli? Host a night in and try this light and tasty spaghetti recipe.
  • Showers, weddings, birthdays, and road trips—these adventures all take time and effort so consider your calendar and try collaborating with friends to create a carpool schedule—everyone can rotate responsibility and share in the cost of fuel.
  • Responsible financial planning can be a huge game changer as we come out of winter’s hibernation; creating budgets for specific activities (dining out, gifts and travel costs) can help you stay on track when it comes to your social life.

Regardless of how your winter was spent, we want your spring to be just as fun, if not better! And to us it means a little bit of planning to get us lined up for life’s current and coming adventures. We want to hear how you prep and set yourself up for success, so share your tips with us in the comments below, or tag us in your pictures and posts with the hashtag #TEG30DayChallenge. We’ll, of course, regram a few of our favorites along the way!

When you get organized, what’s the first task on your to-do list? What organizational activity do you avoid at all costs? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

  • There is no time like the spring to get organized! We do it every-time we move between coasts haha but the accumulation starts in between. My goal is to purge our “storage closet” where unnecessary items get stashed in bins and forgotten!

    Jill

    Latest Post: DIY Distressed Denim – Can You Tell Which Pair Cost $200?

  • Alyssa Loring

    If you’re cleaning out your closet and stumble on old prom dresses or bridesmaid dresses, Style My Bridal is collecting them to donate to girls who otherwise could not afford to attend prom. Drop off sites are in NYC and MA – listed here: http://www.stylemybridal.com/blog/2014/12/28/partnership-with-belle-of-the-ball

    Thanks!

  • Emily

    Love this month’s challenge! When TheEverygirl.com was new, there was a workbook/toolkit(?) on budgeting. It’s since disappeared, but I’d love if you could make it available again. Is this possible? I remember it being an excellent resource.

    • May

      Is this the one? http://theeverygirl.com/how-to-budget 🙂

  • So excited to participate in this challenge! There are a LOT of areas in my life that I’m getting organized at the moment.

    26 and Not Counting

  • This is something I need to do and stick to! My organization skills tend to crumble around week 2!

    Ashley
    Sunday Brunch

  • Kelly B

    I love this challenge! I moved last year and still have some boxes I haven’t unpacked, so I’m committing to spending 15 minutes each night on finally taking care of this last bit of moving!

  • Nicole

    I actually feel like I got a jump-start on this month’s goal! I’ve already organized/sorted my closet, my under-sink cabinets (bathroom and kitchen), the laundry ‘nook’… I just have my kitchen cabinets to organize! And maybe my car!

  • Audrey

    Some of my best Sunday mornings are spent at a cafe getting one thing or another organized, but I’ve been slacking recently – this challenge is perfect! Organizing my closet & apartment to get ready for a busy spring, and my finances to prep for upcoming trips.

  • Andrea

    Does anyone have any good recommendations for organizing apps?

    • Andrea,

      I know it seems super basic, but I live by my Notes on my iPhone! I have all Apple products (not a plug) but it’s nice that they all sync together so no matter what device I’m on (and I’m always on at least one! haha) I can find my notes.

      I’ve also heard Evernote is nice but I haven’t personally tried it yet!

      If you have a lot of documents, I recommend OneDrive– that’s been huge for me when I’m writing and on the go! It auto-syncs my documents so if I have to run and forgot to upload something to my Google Drive, I can open it from my OneDrive on any device!

  • I’d be scared to show you my before photo! lol. I am going to tackle one room at a time, one week on, one week off so I don’t get overwhelmed. I am committed to getting rid of HALF of my possessions & donating them to a local women’s shelter.

    Good luck everyone!

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