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THE "Fresh Start February" Challenge: Day 1-7

Mini projects to tackle each day, every week!
THE "Fresh Start February" Challenge: Day 1-7

Was getting organized one of your New Year's resolutions, yet we're already a month in and you've barely organized a thing?





THAT IS TOTALLY FINE. Let's be honest: January always has a bit of December attached to it. If we're being realistic here, February is the best time to turn over a new leaf...but still very, very slowly.





The fact is that if you are going to organize your home, you've got to start small. We're talking about projects that take you no more than 15 minutes but will make a huge difference in your daily life.





This month, we'll be offering mini projects for you to tackle each week, every day. Don't feel obligated to follow the exact order...there are no rules here! Just do what works for you and finish off each project with a gold star, whether that's a glass of champagne, your favorite candy, or a binge-watch session of your favorite show.





Let's get started...





Day 1: Check Expiration Dates









No need to take everything out. Just grab a trash bag and start checking dates. Keep track of the expired items that should be replaced or never bought again. If you have bulk items in canisters, make sure to write the expiration date on the back, either with a label maker or a washable chalk marker, because no one likes a stale pasta night.





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Day 2: Tackle a Drawer









Not two. Just one. We always say, "If you can manage a drawer, you can do so much more." And it's so true! Drawers are a manageable project that will give you a bite-sized win without feeling overwhelmed.





Use individual inserts in various sizes to contain your categories, testing multiple configurations to come up with the smartest solution for the space. 





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Day 3: Master the File Fold









File folding is so calming—it’s basically a cheap form of therapy. This technique turns stacks of clothing or linens upright so you can quickly identify what you have, and helps maximize drawer space when you really need it.





Step 1: Lay the shirt flat in front of you, with the front of the shirt facing down.





Step 2: Fold in the right sleeve





Step 3: Fold both sleeves to the middle of the shirt. Fold the sides of the shirt slightly, it should never go past where the hem (aka the neckline stitching) begins on either side





Step 4: Fold the shirt in half from the bottom hem





You’re done! The trick to knowing whether you folded it correctly is if the shirt stands up by itself with the folded side up. If your shirts need a little extra support, feel free to add some expandable dividers into your drawer.





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Day 4: Edit Your Inbox





Start by purging anything you no longer need and unsubscribing to any newsletter or promotional content that is clogging up your inbox. Then set up folders for your general categories (Work, Family, Travel, Etc.) and use filters so emails go straight to the inbox they belong in. From there, you can also prioritize these emails into categories that signal action such as Reply or Waiting For Reply so you don’t miss anything.





Day 5: Try a Turntable





If there's one thing we know to be true, it's that we *love* a turntable. They work practically anywhere in the home and can be the perfect solution for even the trickiest of spaces! Think about something that is giving you trouble. Maybe it's the fact that you can never access the cooking oils properly in your pantry. Maybe it's that awkward corner in your bathroom cabinet where things get lost in the mix. Try a turntable and see what happens!





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Day 6: Tame Your Cords





Every device seems to come with extra cables, adapters, and accessories. Chances are, you probably don't need all of them, BUT IF YOU DO...wrap a cord tie around each individual cord, add a label to identify what they go, and store them in a designated drawer or bin.





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Day 7: Swap Your Hangers





Wire and plastic hangers are the worst. Sorry if that offends anybody, but it’s true. If you’re looking for the easiest way to update your closet and maximize hanging room, invest in matching velvet or wooden hangers.





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Stay tuned for next week's projects! Happy organizing!





xo, clea + joanna


Day 15: Edit Your Jewelry

Like paper clutter, no one is in the mood for a tangled necklace or a damaged heirloom. To organize jewelry is to protect it. We love using a product line called Stackers. They look like a leather case from the outside, but the inside is a velvet material with compartments to keep things safe. There’s a variety of colors and options to fit any aesthetic and need.

Suggested Products
Classic Stackers Premium Stackable Jewelry Box – White
Classic Stackers Premium Stackable Jewelry Box – White
Stackers Classic Stackable Jewelry Box – Taupe
Stackers Classic Stackable Jewelry Box – Taupe
Stackers Clear Acrylic Lids
Stackers Clear Acrylic Lids
Stackers Expandable Necklace Tray
Stackers Expandable Necklace Tray
Stackers Large Expandable Jewelry Storage Tray
Stackers Large Expandable Jewelry Storage Tray
Stackers Supersize Jewelry Box – Blush
Stackers Supersize Jewelry Box – Blush
Stackers Supersize Jewelry Box – Taupe
Stackers Supersize Jewelry Box – Taupe
Supersize Stackers Premium Jewelry Storage Kit - White
Supersize Stackers Premium Jewelry Storage Kit - White
Stackers Watch Roll – Taupe
Stackers Watch Roll – Taupe

Day 16: Tackle Your Tupperware

For starters, if something has a missing part, go ahead and toss it. Safe to say it’s gone forever! To avoid that situation in the future, we suggest storing lids separately. It might seem counterintuitive but it saves space being able to nest containers and store the lids filed vertically.

Suggested Products
Maple Racks
Maple Racks
Whitewashed Rattan Storage Bins
Whitewashed Rattan Storage Bins
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles

Day 17: Get First-Aid Ready

There’s no better time than now to edit your medicine cabinet. Check every expiration date and take inventory of what you have or need. Group by category and if possible, remove excess packaging for easy access. It also helps to add bin inserts or “baby bins” to subcategorize within a larger category.

Suggested Products
The Home Edit 8 Piece Multipurpose Edit
The Home Edit 8 Piece Multipurpose Edit
THE Bath & Laundry Labels
THE Bath & Laundry Labels
The Home Edit 10 Piece Plastic Bath Edit
The Home Edit 10 Piece Plastic Bath Edit
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
The Home Edit Large Drawer, Pack of 2
The Home Edit Large Drawer, Pack of 2

Day 18: Edit Your Board Games

Just like food storage, it’s extremely common for board game pieces to go missing in action. Carve out some time to look through each box and purge any games with missing pieces. Transfer to a clear storage box if the original cardboard box is damaged

Suggested Products
Our Clear Storage Boxes
Our Clear Storage Boxes
Small Stackable Storage Box
Small Stackable Storage Box
Blue Plastic Boxes
Blue Plastic Boxes
Marine Plastic Boxes
Marine Plastic Boxes

Day 19: Create a Coffee Station

If you don’t create a system for paper, small stacks turn into mountains that people tend to ignore…for a very long time. The easiest solution? Separate your papers into three categories: Recycle, To-Do, and File. Categorize and use document boxes or acrylic file boxes for storing your files. For the To-Do papers, trays will keep them easily accessible.

Suggested Products
Open Front All-Purpose Bin – 10 x 10, Sand
Open Front All-Purpose Bin – 10 x 10, Sand
Turntable – 9″, Sand
Turntable – 9″, Sand
The Home Edit 3 Piece Canister Edit
The Home Edit 3 Piece Canister Edit
THE Canisters
THE Canisters

Day 20: Create a Guest Kit

When you practically live in hotels as we do, you end up learning a few things about the art of hosting guests from being a guest. Like how much it means to arrive after a long flight to everything we need without having to ask for it. Create a "guest kit" that includes a mix of items that people tend to forget (toothbrush, phone charger) and also some that will make them feel more comfortable (lip balm, eye mask). Don’t forget to add a label so they know it’s there for them.

Suggested Products
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
The Home Edit 10 Piece Plastic Bath Edit
The Home Edit 10 Piece Plastic Bath Edit
Silver Bin Clips
Silver Bin Clips
Albany Cane Rattan Bins
Albany Cane Rattan Bins

Day 21: Try a Tote Hanger

Large bulky tote bags can be the bane of our existence. We use them, we need them, but when it comes to storing them? Well, they can be bulky. This is where tote hangers come in! They maximize space, accessibility, and even allow you to create grab-and-go bags for multiple situations.

Suggested Products
Metal Purse Hooks
Metal Purse Hooks
THE S-Hook
THE S-Hook
Purse Hooks
Purse Hooks

Day 22: Prep Your Packing List

Let’s talk travel essentials because we all have them. These are the items that would absolutely mess up your entire routine if you forgot to pack them, which no one wants. Schedule time today to create a list you can run through each time you’re preparing for a trip. It’s more helpful than you’d ever realize!

Happy organizing!

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