2015 Home Organizing Challenge

December 31, 2014


Home Organization 101 14 Week Challenge via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Happy New Year!  Tomorrow marks the start of a brand new year, with new beginnings.  Start the new year off right by joining thousands of others who are participating in the 2015 Home Organization 101 ~ 14 week challenge.  This year, I will be mixing it up a bit & adding a couple of new challenges.  The schedule will be a little different than usual but the outcome will remain the same – an organized home!  If your home is in desperate need of some organization, this is the perfect challenge for you.  It’s proven to be an effective way to get rid of the clutter and get your home in order.

Sign up to receive the challenge assignments weekly via email.  If you are already signed up for A Bowl Full of Lemons updates, you don’t need to sign up, however this email sign up is only for the challenges.

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How the challenge works?

  • Sign up for the challenge here. The challenge begins on January 4th!
  • Join the Home Organization 101 Facebook group (optional).
  • Print out the 14 week schedule.
  • Check your email on January 4th (or visit the blog), for your first assignment.
  • Take the full 7 days to complete each assignment.
  • Follow A Bowl Full of Lemons on FB for updates!
  • Follow ABFOL on Instagram for updates & grab my challenge picture to share!
  • Use the hashtag #abfolorganizechallenge and share your pictures on Instagram.


Home Organization 101 14 Week Challenge Checklist


See you on January 4th!


84 comments on “2015 Home Organizing Challenge

  1. I cannot wait for this! We have lived in our house for 10 months which seems the perfect amount of time to fill up all the space but not enough time to get it all organized!!

  2. Carla says:

    I CAN’T wait!!!!!! Thank you so much for guiding me through this task!

  3. Genia Jirak says:

    I am so excited to get started and REALLY looking forward to the results! Thanks so much for doing this for all.of us.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Smart to start the weeks on Saturday instead of the 1st.
    Looking forward to seeing your tips. 🙂

  5. I cannot wait to do this!

  6. Hoping this is the start I need to bring even more beauty to my Interior Life. Simplicity is key! Thanks for doing this!

  7. Hi! This is a good initiative that will help so many people get the support and friendship they need to improve their homes and their life. We will be mentioning it at our website in the Happy Homes section. Best wishes for a good and organized New Year

  8. Vicki says:

    I have used several of your organizing tips over the past year and am excited to join this challenge! Thanks so much!

  9. Emily says:

    So very excited for this challenge! We’re having a baby within the next week, so it’ll be interesting to see how this goes, but definitely a worthwhile endeavor!

  10. Helen Warden-Flood says:

    I also have been in this new home for 8 months and still not organised. Thank you for the inspiration to complete my home.

  11. Jeanette says:

    Oh my goodness. This is so exciting as I started yesterday with the kitchen. It was actually fun to see it coming togethr Coming back home to dad’s after 3 yrs in Atl he sure has alot of garbage. Lol.

    • Nancy says:

      Hi Jo,
      I have just signed up for this organization challenge. Like you, I too deal with mental illness (major depression, agoraphobia, anxiety, etc.) and its a large part of why our house is so very cluttered and disorganized. I also have the pet clutter, supplies, etc., instead of the kid element. Maybe we can “buddy-up” and motivate each other through the next 14 weeks, or whatever is left of the challenge! Ya know, one would (maybe) think that since I do not leave the house (except for dr appts that my husband takes me to), that my house would be in tip-top shape! ha! Motivating a majorly depressed person to clean and pick up clutter is very difficult, as my husband has found out. Poor guy! I want to succeed at this challenge to make my husband happy and proud of me. It has been a long time since I’ve taken on a challenge….and not given up.

  12. Jo says:

    I am desperate to get my place organized. I’ve tried so many different challenges but just given up for one reason or another: unsupportive spouse, health, working 50-60 hours a week, and just the sheer enormity of the whole thing. Or even of one part of the whole thing. Suffering from depression and bipolar (on top of the usual winter colds, etc) does not help. I want to try this, but I suspect it will more likely be TWO weeks (at least) for each task, and I still have many of the same barriers as always. At least I don’t have the kid areas to handle – but I do have a LOT of pet food and supplies! Any suggestions on making this successful for me?

    • Jo says:

      Anybody? Week 1 Kitchen is more than half over and all I’ve been able to do is 3 sinks full of dishes. With about 10 more to go. 🙁

      • Nancy says:

        Also – I forgot to mention that I tried finding a link for “contact us” but could not find one anywhere on your website. How do we contact Administrators or the Host, etc.? Thank you!!

  13. Kelly Ann says:

    Thank you!!! Excited to start!! 🙂

  14. Jenny says:

    This is so amazing!! I’m from a small town in northern Canada and would love create a group on FB to keep individuals in my area on task and accountable while using your challenge. I hope this would be okay, if not just let me know. Love you and your blog tons and tons. Happy New Year!

  15. laurie says:

    I am giddy with excitement! Love everything about ABFOL. Thank you Toni.

  16. mary says:

    My house is upside down including basement 2 Kitchen 2 bathrooms 3 bedrooms 1 dining room and 1 living-room 2 girls and one husband one dog 2 birds and a full time job really I hope this make me motivate yesterday I wash 4 load of cloths.

  17. alisa says:

    I’m so excited.. i need this change!

  18. ky1123@yahoo.com says:

    Where did you get the sign that is above the master bed? I love it!

  19. Sylvia Moya says:

    Looking forward to this challenge!!!

  20. Peggy says:

    Let’s Roll!!!

  21. Johanna @ Lillie's Lovelies Boutique says:

    I look forward to joining you for this challenge!!


  22. Caley says:

    Yay! I am so excited to get started when we get home on Tuesday. Thank you for sharing x

  23. Tonya says:

    Just moved from VA to NY at Thanksgiving (the WORST time to move !!!) With the Christmas holiday things have just compounded !!! Aaaaahhhhhhh SO need to do this !!! Still have boxes to unpack !!

  24. Karen Kelly says:

    Ready to do this, too! Many thanks!

  25. Tanya says:

    I’m so in! My home needs this badly!

  26. Tina says:

    I received my first organizing challenge email yesterday. The email mentioned that summer was finally here, and the comments were from 2013. Am I signed up for the correct challenge ?

  27. Jenn says:

    It won’t let me sign up for weekly challenges? The link won’t load.

  28. Kathy says:

    Just wondering where you schedule the De-Christmasing. It takes several days to put all the stuff up and it’ll take just as long to take it down. I didn’t see a time slot/date on the schedule for it.

  29. We live in a small two bedroom apartment and there is two adults one seven year old and a 20 year old with two teens who float in and out on the weekends.

  30. Forgot to say I signed up lol

  31. sharon camel says:

    Is there a specialized punch list/ suggestion list for organizing and cleaning ideas per each week challenge? Something to refer to as I go through the kitchen this week? Thank you!

  32. Jaime says:

    Ive signed up for this twice already and I have received no emails with the challenge 🙁 what gives?!

    • Rachel says:

      I’m sorry you’re having issues with signing up. Do me a favor and send me an email (click the icon at the bottom of the screen) and I’ll see what I can do to add your to our mailing list.

  33. Suzanne says:

    Great tips! Thank you for posting these and helping others to get a good start to organizing for 2015. I know my house needs it lol.
    I’m going to pin this to my Pinterest board about organizing!

  34. Carol Hoover says:

    Am I too late to sign up for the challenge?
    I found out about this from my friend today (Jan.8th)
    and I would LOVE to participate….
    Any way I can still join in and just run one week behind everyone else?


    • Rachel says:

      never too late! Instead of running a week behind, jump in where we’re at and then go back. There may be weeks when you don’t have anything to do (the garage, for example, if you don’t have one.

  35. Rhonda says:

    I have not been receiving any emails. I successfully completed week 1. Could you please tell me if there is a list of chores for week 2 and if so how to get the list? Thank you and I love this concept. Its keeping me on task.

    • John says:

      I checked to see that you were subscribed and you are. Check your spam, and other folders. 🙂 Let me know.

  36. claudia-cipi says:

    Ie really like this challenge! And I need it because my house is a mess. Can I join today, skipping 1st step (and making it as soon as possible)?

    • Rachel says:

      Absolutely. Join us as we work in the laundry room this week. Go back to the kitchen during a week that doesn’t apply to you or during a week when you don’t have as much to do in a space, or after the challenge has finished.

  37. Winnie Boo says:

    This is absolutely a good idea to start the year. Actually, I’m having a trouble to schedule everything that need to organized at home. Ater work, I’m usually tired and go straight to bed and on weekend, I prefer to sleep whole day. But, I promise to do this 14 Week Challenge! Thanks Toni 🙂

  38. Adele says:

    I’ve had a lot going on in since before the holidays but was so looking forward to doing this. On top of so much other stuff muddying my head, my husband just left today for two weeks in Texas (we live in NY) for work training. I’m a bit of a wreck but I think this challenge might help me keep my mind off missing him like crazy. I see you giving people the advice to jump in where the challenge is and then go back. That’s exactly what I’m going to do. Also, I’m already subscribed to the ABFOL newsletter. Is the challenge subscription something different?

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