goals, organizing

Organize and Simplify

So the theme for November was organize. And did I ever!!

My goals to focus on were:

1. Dogs room/storage/guest room – I made really good head way on this room! I got rid of a huge trash bag full of things and got a lot of it straightened up. I did a deep cleaning of the dog crates and threw out their old smelly blankets and got fresh ones. Gracie got a new dog bed too. There is still more to do, but I accomplished what I set out to do, get it started!

2. Two shelves in the kitchen pantry – I organized the entire kitchen pantry. It looks awesome!

3. Random cabinet next to stove – I organized the random cabinet which is no longer random, the spice cabinet, the pots and pans and well…basically every cabinet was conquered.

I was on such a kick, that I didn’t stop with my list! I also organized one of the guest bedroom closets, a few boxes in the garage, the holiday decor, re-purposed some decor and a few drawers in our bedroom. I couldn’t be stopped!


Organize NovemberThe adventure for December is simplify. I find this fitting seeing as how December is the month of excess with Christmas, wanting things, buying things, food, events, decor. All of it!

To simplify this month, I plan on living in the moment more often. These days we are so quick to have our cell phones in hand at all times. Constantly checking social media, emails, etc. When I am in company with others, I plan to keep the phone put away and just enjoy the moment.

I also plan to discard things that are no longer of use. Unfollow blogs that I mark as read every day without even opening the link. Delete pins that I see on my boards that I never plan to use. Donate the remaining clothes that I have sitting around that I will never wear again. Clean out folders on my computer. Delete apps that I have never opened on my phone. You get the idea!

What are your goals for this month?

Also, don’t forget about the Instagram challenge that Jana and I are doing this month! Use #inthedrawer and join in on the fun! There have been lots of laughs so far.

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  • Reply Kerry December 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I think it’s a great idea to delete old pins, or unfollow blogs you never read. You did awesome on the pantry and shelves. I so wish I had a pantry.

  • Reply Ellesees.blogspot.com December 4, 2014 at 8:14 am

    i love your ideas of things to delete and organize. i’ve got a bunch to do this weekend, like this.

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As... December 4, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Congrats on all of your organizing! I have the delete pins & less phone time when I’m with others on my list too.

  • Reply kristen December 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I keep meaning to get a barbie so i can participate in your instagram thingy.
    the blogs that i mark as read.. yeah i need to get rid of those as well. there are some i keep around because i do want to read some of their posts, but not all of them, and others that i dont even remember who they are and how i followed them. i know its not a giveaway because i dont do that anymore (if i enter giveaways i only use entries for people i already follow etc so that my bloglovin etc doesnt get out of control).
    i put the phone around other people on my list as well. its my security blanket sometimes and i need to stop.
    i didnt organise hardly anything. hopefully i can get all of those goals done as well this month.. we’ll see.

  • Reply Pamela @ Sequins & Sea Breezes December 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Dang girl! You nailed the organization in November! Can you come help me with mine now? 😉 I started doing some organizing and “spring” cleaning in November…now I just need to finish!

    <3, Pamela

  • Reply Biana Perez December 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Way to go on the organization!! That’s a huge accomplishment!! I think it’s so important to be in the moment this time of year especially so I’m with you on that!!


  • Reply Amanda December 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Come do mine, please. I’m afraid I’m going to die from an avalanche every time I open the damn pots/pans cupboard.

  • Reply Kate December 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I need to do a clothes purge and donation too. And a blog purge 🙂

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Girrrl, you killed it! Love your fresh spaces.

    I also love your simplify goals. I should definitely kick the can on the mark as read blogs.

  • Reply Julia December 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Wow, way to go on your organizing! I am so impressed! You sound like me, once I get started on organizing or cleaning I’m very one track minded and I just want to organize the entire house! I love your goal of simplifying for December, I so need to do that!

  • Reply Kelli December 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I’m on the look out for a dollar store barbie this weekend!

    Good job getting organized, I got rid of old toys to make room for new toys. Yayyy!

  • Reply tricia coniglio December 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I always feel so good after organizing or repurposing. Admittedly, I have not done it in a while but it always feels so good to get it done.
    Nice job!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says December 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    You did such a great job on your organizing goals!!! There’s something refreshing about a clean and organized pantry that makes everything okay. I need to clean up my Bloglovin feed. I think it’ll be ongoing, like Pinterest.

    I need to work through the simplified iPhone challenge I found a few weeks ago. It’ll be hard because I really think I can’t live without some of the apps but I’m pretty sure I actually can.

    YAY for our Instagram challenge!!! It’s so much fun!

  • Reply Kelli Gilbert December 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    this is seriously impressive! i need to get on this bandwagon!

  • Reply Stephanie December 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Man you kicked ass on November!! All those photos make me giddy, it’s so pretty. Nicely done!
    I hear you on the phone thing. I’m actually pretty terrible about doing things like responding to texts and checking email – I never do it. But I do use the camera too much, I need to put it away more!

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design December 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    You kicked ass on this! Way to go! I had clean out computer files on my Simplify list, too, until I realized I was making too many goals. And I love the one about living in the moment. Now if only I could get my boyfriend to make that goal and put down his phone…

  • Reply alyssa December 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Nice job organizing! I always appreciate a good organizing post, haha. And those sound like great ideas for simplifying in December. Every once in a while I go to my Pinterest boards and I’m like, umm, that’s been there for 3 years and I’ve ignored it for 3 years. DELETE!

  • Reply C.Lem (creativeclementine) December 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I can only DREAM of one day being able to type/say the words, “every cabinet was conquered.”

    I am tres jealous right now. That may be another marker of your success at tackling november! 🙂

  • Reply Joey December 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I am so impressed with your organizing! I shove every thing in the cabinets under my kitchen counters and refuse to look under it haha

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells December 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations! I cleaned out my closet and kitchen cupboards last week and it made me so happy!

  • Reply Krystal December 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Oh girl you did a fab job! GO YOU!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth December 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I am so impressed girl!!!!! Sooooo you want to come to FL and help me organize and pack???? 😉

  • Reply P.J. December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I need to seriously learn to organize some things in life. I think that is something I can’t set as a goal for a month though … maybe 2015?

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie December 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I stole your idea for a basket for lids and it is a total game changer!!!

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal December 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Yay for Organizing!!!!!

    And I have been having so much fun with the #inthedrawer thing!!!!!

    Also: I totally need to think about “Simplify” goals.

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