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  1. Heather M White says

    This week is definitely going to challenge me But I’m determined and I WILL see this challenge through.
    One question that I have is that I do not have a pantry in my kitchen (or anywhere in my home), and I am envious of everyone who Do you have any specific suggestions as to utilize my cabinets,lazy Susan, etc. in order to gain the maximum benefit? I do have a fairly good size kitchen (not huge), but plenty of cabinet space. I am just not sure how to organize food,dishes,pots and pans,and everything else that should be in the kitchen all in my cabinets.:( But this has always been my downfall.
    There will definitely be alot of purging going on this week and I am excited for that I just don’t know the best way to utilize every space I have.
    Thank you for all of your help and for the amazing resources you’ve provided this far. It is very much appreciated.

    • Mary says

      After you declutter and it is time to organize, there are definitely ways to do it. Every cabinet situation is different, so if you could share pictures of yours in the group – I think you’d get lots of suggestions.

  2. Aury says

    Hi Mary I’ve been following your blog for a few months. One night I was literally in tears because I found myself feeling so beat up by housework….and I found your website and my whole life changed. My husband for some reason absolutely loves super tidy…’ve made us a team again and now neither of us feel overwhelmed about the cleaning. I’ve been ill so today is my first day doing the challenge but I can’t believe how awesome it feels to have cabinets that I use every day look so neat….I don’t have to fight through he Tupperware to find a matching lid, and I had no idea until today how much our mismatched silverware irritates my poor husband lol….I didn’t have to convince him that we should donate everything and get a new set. I can’t explain how much more peace I have because of your help and I’m telling all my friends!! Thank you 🙂

    • Mary says

      That is so awesome!!!!! I’m so glad you found me and thank you so much for letting me know about the progress – this really does help me keep going at it. 🙂

    • Mary says

      Do you subscribe to the emails? (There is a signup form at the bottom of this blog post.) I sent out an email tonight that talked about what to do so you don’t feel overwhelmed this week.

      The biggest thing is to remember that you aren’t decluttering, cleaning, organizing, and decorating … you are just decluttering. Often we feel most overwhelmed because we think we’re going to leave this space perfect at the end of the week. Not perfect, just a lot easier to use with way less stuff!!!

  3. Kay says

    I am decluttering so I can put my house on the market. I need tips on the best way to pack up china and crystal other than using plastic bins and newspapers. Is there a more creative and secure way to do this?

  4. Cyndi says

    “I can do hard things. I can do hard things.” I keep repeating this to mentally prepare myself for tomorrow’s challenge…cabinets. I have 23!!! This is my 4th year doing the declutter challenge, so it does get a little easier each year. I’ll just do what I can and stick with the group. 😊

  5. Mary Szabo says

    After following the 91 Day Declutter Challenge for 3 years, I knew this week was coming and that it would be a hard one! Every year, I do what I can, when I can. My mother always tried to encourage me: “Something is better than nothing!” So, every year, I’m able to get to a thing or two in the kitchen. However, there is this one cabinet in my kitchen I haven’t decluttered yet. Maybe I’ve cleared it out once in the 10+ years since moving into this house. We all have one of those, don’t we? I’d like to think so… we close the door, and no one is the wiser. This year, while over winter break while reading the prerequisite materials and mentally preparing for the Challenge, I stood in my kitchen. Staring at the 42-inch, corner cabinet with 4 shelves of stuff. I pointed at that cabinet and said: “I’m coming for you!” Knowing how cluttered our kitchen gets, I knew just one week for the Kitchen wasn’t going to be enough. I had to declutter this cabinet. It was time!! So, I ‘cheated’. I started decluttering early. While home over the break, I took everything out of that corner kitchen cabinet. Cleaned it all out, trying to match up things that were similar. This cabinet had everything: medicine, vitamins, supplements, tea, coffee, random gadgets for said tea and coffee… etc. etc. Next thing I knew, I had 3 garbage bags of expired items. I organized ALL the bags of tea: black, grey, white, green, herbal, medicinal… condensed down to 2 baskets worth! I won’t need to buy tea again for at least 5 years! Now, when we want tea, we know where it is. When we take our vitamins, they are all together. When my son got sick, I instantly knew where the medicine was. It all fits in the cabinet. I have room to spare (for maybe a new tea blend). And my kitchen cabinet nemesis has been defeated!

    • Mary says

      That is awesome! I love how you took on your nemesis head on. Now, that cabinet will never hold that kind of power over you again!

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