Welcome to the 5th annual A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization 101 Challenge. Over the next fourteen weeks, we will be challenging ourselves to conquer clutter and get our homes in order. We will weed through the paper piles, mountains of clothing, and bins of toys, donating as much as possible so that we can take back our homes. You don’t have to live in clutter anymore. It’s up to you to make this change. So what are you waiting for?
Prepare ahead of time. The challenge will begin on Saturday, January 9th. To prepare, print out the free schedule and checklists below. Stock up on trash bags, boxes and bins. Finally, cook a few freezer meals ahead of time, so that you can concentrate on the challenge.
Get the companion book to the challenge. If you’re a book lover like me, you’ll love my brand new guide that goes along with our challenge, The Complete Book of Home Organization. It contains hundreds of organizing ideas and tips on how to get your entire home (big or small) in order. It includes all 14 challenges (plus a bonus challenge). This is a great reference guide that will help you along the way. You can use it year after year.
Choose an accountability partner. Don’t go through this alone. Ask a friend or family member to join you. Hold each other accountable. Conquer the clutter together. If you have a blog, invite your readers! Make it a fun event.
Share your progress. If you need extra encouragement to keep going, join my Home Organization 101 Facebook group. We will be participating together, sharing photos, struggles, and inspiration. If you’re on Instagram, our challenge hashtag is #2016abfolchallenge. If you’re sharing on social media, tag me so I can see your accomplishments. My Instagram handle is @abowlfulloflemons.
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Joining Late? If you’re late to the game, that’s okay. Begin on the current week and catch up on the missed spaces when you can. You can even go at your own pace. Do what works for you!
Spread the word. Let others know about the challenge by pinning this post, sharing on Instagram, and posting on your blog. Let’s get everyone involved.
Print out the complete 14 week schedule and checklists below. There are 2 sizes to choose from. Add them to your planner or hang on the fridge.
2016 Home Organization Challenge Schedule
- Week 1 (1/9/16) – Kitchen
- Week 2 (1/16/16) – Pantry
- Week 3 (1/23/16) – Dining Room
- Week 4 (1/30/16) – Launch Pad
- Week 5 (2/6/16) – Living Room
- Week 6 (2/13/16) – Master Bedroom
- Week 7 (2/20/16) – Master Closet
- Week 8 (2/27/16) – Kids Closets
- Week 9 (3/5/16) – Linen Closet
- Week 10 (3/12/16) Bathrooms
- Week 11 (3/19/16) – Office
- Week 12 (3/26/16) – Playroom/Toys
- Week 13 (4/2/16) – Laundry Room
- Week 14 (4/9/16) – Garage
- Week 15 (4/16/16) – Car (Bonus Week)
Now that you’re all set up and ready to go, relax for the next couple of days. You’re going to be putting in a lot of hard work. You’ll need the energy. I’ll see you on Saturday.