Thursday, September 9, 2010

#Goodbye Junk Helpful Tip #1

As my son would say, "Helllloooooo, ladies!!"

How are you doing with your #GoodbyeJunk challenge this week?  Don't forget there will be a new linkup coming on Monday, so snap a picture, or jot down something that you can post or leave in the comments so we can support you!

Here's our first Goodbye Junk Helpful Tip:  Figure out a way to deal with your horizontal surfaces.  You know- those flat spots on a table, counter, or wherever that just collect junk in piles?  Yeah.  Those surfaces.

For myself, I've done two things.  First, once I get one of these cleared off, I make it a priority to keep it cleared off or at least get it completely cleared off before the end of the day.  The biggest help here is not letting something that doesn't have a home sit there for later.  I try to find a home for it right away.  Somedays that works better than others.  The other way I've decided to deal with these junk hotspots is to make them pretty.  Yes, you heard me!  If it's pretty, I'm much more likely to not want to cover it up with some pile of clutter.  Try it.  Let me know if it works for you.

Here's an example before and after of one of my previously awful horizontal surfaces. This is in my office, which is by far the very worst room in the house.  I think even the garage might be better.  So, before:

I wanted to hide these drawers (they look so messy, even though their contents are organized). But I still wanted to have easy access, so I took some particle board and covered it with pretty scrapbook paper. 
Particle board, recycled from somewhere else in the house.

This is so much prettier in person!
I even added a lovely quote that makes me happy.
 And finally, the result:
Saying Goodbye Junk to the piles on either side next!

Now, it's a lovely table top, and I don't want to put anything on it that will take away from the prettiness of it. In fact, I'm planning a few more finishing touches to make it even nicer.  The bonus is all the drawer storage for different projects that's now hidden underneath, but still easy to access.   Just finished it, so I'll let you know how that works out, but I'm pretty hopeful that it will be a success.

If you're still looking for inspiration, read here for more helpful ideas from Organizing Junkie (and she's got a little challenge too...)

How are you dealing with your horizontal surfaces?


SomeGirl said...

Looks good! My trick is to have people over fairly often to FORCE me to clean horizontal spaces... now if I could just find a good maintenance program. :) Oh, it also helps a lot to keep in mind how we lived when we were selling our house... it helped then, so I figure it will help now. :)

Jennifer said...

I'm liking this Goodbye Junk thing...heaven knows I have plenty of it that I'd like to bid farewell. I'll be checking back in with you for tips. :)

megan said...

Hey, that's awesome! I'm so happy that getting new carpet forced us to get rid of all our crap already.

Nemo said...

Hi :)
This looks great! I'm the same, once it looks pretty I don't want to mess it up anymore... like my beautiful couch with the pretty cusions. Before there were no cusions and it was just sitting there dull. But it is a continuous job keeping the house clutterfree, it's not something you do once. You have to rinse and repeat as they say.
I posted a summary of everything I did in the last 10 days since I took on the challenge, you can find it here. Unfortunately this weekend I am fully booked with other things out of the house.

@SomeGirl: I also like that idea, nothing like company to get the house sparkling again! ;)

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!!