Day 14: Get paper and files in order.
Looking back on the week, I realized I skipped this day. I do all of my banking electronically, my bills are set up on auto pay, and not too much makes it past my landing strip. That said, I do have a drawer in my kitchen where any paperwork I deem important goes, but there is no real organization to it. After reading about Abby's home journal on Monday, I am going to revisit this challenge some rainy afternoon and create a journal of my own.
Day 15: Exercise a little cord control.
I sourced this project out. Same friends who helped me install new under cabinet lights a couple weeks ago returned to securely tuck those pesky cords away. This week I was reminded that cords are frustrating and that I have good friends.
Day 16: Give your bathroom and medicine cabinets a cleanout.
I found this challenge to be incredibly satisfying. After reading the purge guidelines, it was hard to justify keeping expired medicine or makeup I literally have not used in over 5 years. One trash bag later, my bathroom is feeling lighter and more organized.
Day 17: Take a look at your living room lighting.
The living room is the room I spend the most time in, and I am mostly satisfied with my lighting. For ambient light, I rely on both the pendant light above the bar cart and the string lights that are wrapped around the steam pipe; they are in opposite corners of the room and each cast a nice, warm glow. If I am reading or need a task light, I add the floor lamp next to my couch. When I sat down last Thursday, I realized my floor lamp could use a dimmer switch and a new lamp shade (the current one is pretty dingy), and I was reminded that all 3 fixtures could use a good cleaning. I added the dimmer and the shade to my shopping list, and a light fixture clean to my to-do list.
Day 18: Weekend chores, flowers, living room, empty the outbox.
Living room and light fixtures are officially clean. My outbox, not so much. Unfortunately I am still having some trouble (and guilt) with about half of my outbox. I added it to the top of my list for this week and will report back. Wish me luck!
(Images: Kate Legere)