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Many of you know that I’ve been on a wellness journey, since the beginning of this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen me sweat, day in and day out! I made a resolution to get healthy and start treating my body with care. I have kept that promise to myself and I have made a complete shift in my health, nutrition, and daily routine. Today I am going to share my results with you. I hope to inspire you to make the same promise to yourself. God has only given us one body. We need to care for it because when it fails us, there is no shopping for a new one.

 

My Journey:

It all began back on December 23rd, 2018. I woke up that morning and it hit me like a ton of bricks that I have finally hit rock bottom (in the wellness category). I was at my heaviest weight (144.6 pounds), I felt terrible physically, and I was eating the SAD (standard American diet) on a daily basis. Even though I tried to get my veggies in, my diet consisted mostly of carbs and processed food. We ate pasta, rice, or white potatoes almost every single night. I felt like we had to have it on our plate or dinner wouldn’t be “complete”. All food was fair game and I never looked at portion sizes or nutrition labels.

I was ashamed of how I looked and how I took care of my body. I couldn’t bare to look at my reflection anymore. On that day, I made a life changing promise to myself that I wasn’t going to live with this reflection anymore. I promised myself that I would finally put “me” first and treat my body the way it deserves to be treated. The very next day, I began a daily routine that would eventually change my life. I shifted my mindset and vowed to be consistent with my daily routines, no matter what I had going on or how I felt that day. I have stuck to the same routine every single day since I made that promise back on December 23rd. The results are staggering and I’m so proud of myself for succeeding and surpassing my goals. I planted a seed of determination and I haven’t backed down. All it took was a shift in my thinking. Once I conquered that, I knew I could do anything I put my mind to.

 

My Results:

When I began my wellness journey, I was 144.6 pounds. The photo on the left was me at that weight. I’m not going to share my “before” photos at this weight, because they are in my underclothes. Believe me though, I was a lot bigger than the before photos below.

   

The photo on the left (below) was taken on day 1 of 80 Day Obsession (2/11/19). I was 133.6 pounds. I had already lost 11 pounds from 6 weeks of the 2B Mindset program. The photo on the right was taken on day 80 (5/11/19). I am now 114.2 pounds.

 
 
 
 

80 Day Obsession Results:

I did not measure myself when I began 2B Mindset on 12/23/18 at 144.6 pounds. So these measurements are from when I began 80 day obsession at 133.6 pounds.

Day 1: Chest 40″, R & L Arm 12.5″, Waist 37″, Hips 39.5″, R & L Thigh 21.5″, Total inches: 222″. Weight 133.6.

End of Phase 1: Chest 35 3/4″, R & L arm 11 1/4″, Waist 32″, Hips 36.5″, R thigh 20 3/4″ L thigh 21″. Total inches: 202″. Weight 126.4.

End of Phase 2: Chest 34 1/2″, R & L arm 11″, Waist 31″, Hips 35.5″, R thigh 19.5″, L thigh 20″, Total inches 195.5. Weight 121.8.

Day 80: Chest 31, R & L arm 10.5″, Waist 29.5″, Hips 35″, R & L thigh 18.5″, Total inches: 185.5. Weight 114.2.

Total Loss from beginning of 2B Mindset: 30.4 pounds & more than 45″.

Total Loss during 80 Day Obsession: 19.4 pounds & 36.5″.

 

My day 80 selfie

 

What I have learned:

Over the last 4 months, I have learned how to properly eat to fuel my body and exercise to improve my overall health and well-being. I’ll be 42 years old next month and I feel better now than I did in my 20’s. I have also learned that I need to put myself first, in order to be the best mother and wife I can be. It’s not selfish, it’s the right thing to do. You can’t run on empty. You need to fill your cup daily.

 

 

What’s next for me?

On Monday, I began a new workout program integrating Transform 20 & Liift 4. This hybrid program will help me to build muscles and tone me up more.

Because these programs have made such a huge impact on my life, I decided to become a virtual health and fitness coach. I want to help others who struggle with the same issues I had and make an impact on their lives as well. No matter your age, economic background, lifestyle, etc., you deserve to be healthy. Anyone can achieve wellness, you just have to change your mindset. I am proof of that.

If you are interested in joining one of my monthly wellness challenges, fill out this form. I would love to get you started on the path to wellness. My challenges include workouts, a nutrition plan with meal plans, a month of coaching to guide you along the way & a lot of support from the other participants. These women become friends. We sweat together, cry together, and share our triumphs together.

 

In Conclusion:

After 4 months of putting myself first and implementing a workout routine and healthy nutrition plan, I can finally share these results with you. I have to admit, I’m very embarrassed of the before photos. I feel ashamed that I let myself get that unhealthy & out of shape. My hope is that by sharing these photos, I will inspire some of you to finally make the changes you need to get healthy too. My journey isn’t over, it’s just beginning. This isn’t a short term goal for weight loss. It’s a lifestyle change. Are you ready to make the change?

~Toni

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It’s week 14 and that means it’s our very last Home Organization Challenge of 2019. If you made it this far, congratulations! What an amazing job you’ve done. This week closes out our series and we saved the hardest (and most rewarding) challenge for last. We are cleaning out the clutter from our messy garages! Don’t skip this week. It is so important to finish. You will be glad you did. Spring is here, the weather is nice, and you have no excuses. Let’s get busy.

   

If you’re just joining us, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.

Free Challenge Kit

 

WEEK #14 CHECKLIST:

1. PREPARE – Call your local charity organization ahead of time to schedule a pick up. Gather several boxes, bins and trash bags. Label boxes to sort items: keep, donate, trash, house.

2. SORT – Sort through everything in the garage. Empty it out completely (weather permitting), going through one item at a time, and placing it in the designated bin or box.

3. CLEAN – Once you’ve sorted trough everything, the garage should be empty. At this point you can sweep, leaf blow, or hose down the floor. This is an important step. You don’t want to organize a dirty garage. If you have a problem with spiders or ants,  you can spray the perimeter of the garage with insecticide. Living in the south, we have to do this every three months.

4. ORGANIZE – Once you have sorted through everything and cleaned, its time to set up a system of organization. Label plastic totes to contain items that will remain in the garage. Place the organized bins and boxes back into the garage. Hang things on wall hooks.  Try to keep everything up off the ground. Spiders like to hide behind stuff on the ground and so does dust.

   

Our 3 car garage is very simple. I used tall white cabinetry and our old kitchen cabinets to store our things. We purged a lot of stuff, when we moved. So we just have the basics in here now. Our bikes and lawn mower are in the middle bay of the garage. Let me take you on a tour and show you what we have in here.

 
 

Since we are Ohio natives, we had to show our team (and state) spirit by decorating the garage in Ohio State gear. Go Buckeyes!

 
 

I found this old church pew at Vintage Market Days a couple years ago. It’s great to have in the garage. We sit on it while we take our shoes off. The wall color is Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. We keep an extra refrigerator in here for overflow food and entertaining. It also has a water line hooked up so we can get water when we’re in the home gym or outside doing yard work.

 
 

We keep grocery bags in these organizers. I’ve had the bins for years but I think I got them at TJ Maxx. The numbers are from Lowes.

 
 

The glass cabinet is from Facebook marketplace. I use it to store paint and plant food. The Seed & Supply sign is from Michaels.

 
 

It’s a good idea to categorize your cabinets. This cabinet contains our gardening items.

   

On this side of the cabinet, we store power tools, oil supplies, ropes/bungee cords, and paint supplies.

   

I have a drawer devoted to my gardening tools & gloves.

     

The large white cabinet holds a lot of stuff! It’s great because it hides clutter.

 
 

We keep car care and detailing items on these 2 shelves. I found the black microfiber cloths here. We use them to dry the cars.

 
 

This shelf contains our disposable paper products. I found the bins at Target.

   

Below, we have our pet carriers, grooming caddy, party decor, and my sons fishing bags.

   

The tall shelf holds a lot of things! The basket at the top contains our gardening mixes and plant fertilizers. The bin at the bottom contains a variety of tape.

 
 

I found the long clear containers & teal baskets at TJ Maxx. Labeling everything clearly keeps things tidy. There should be no question as to where things go.

 
 

Store a few cleaning supplies in the garage to use on car messes. The lazy Susan is from here.

   

The double doors lead to our back patio and pool. The folding table leaning on the cabinet is our dogs grooming table. We found it here.

   
 

On the other side of the garage is our home gym. Take a tour here.

   

Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your garage organized.

 

For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all!

 
 

If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to pick up The Complete Book of Cleanf.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.

 
 

Take a few days this week to clean out and organize the Garage. Purge as much as you can. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Thanks for joining me this year!

 


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It’s LAUNDRY WEEK at A Bowl Full of Lemons, so we are talking about all things laundry. On Saturday, I shared my organized laundry room with you and today I’m going to help you tackle the laundry piles. Hopefully you can learn how to finally conquer this daunting task. If you struggle to keep up with the laundry, don’t fret. It happens to all of us at some point in our lives. I used to stress over piles of laundry, but after I got into a routine, the piles are gone and it’s no longer an issue for me. With the help of Maytag[, here are 5 tips you can implement to keep up with laundry.


 
 
  1. Wash one load of laundry every day. This process should include washing, drying, folding, and putting away the load. If you only do part of it, you’re just making more work for yourself. Just get it done! By doing this, you’ll find the laundry piles begin to disappear.
 
 

2. Prep your Washer. Get a head start on your day by prepping your washer for duty the night before. Before you go to bed, put a load of clothes into the washing machine along with the detergent. That way, once you get up in the morning, all you have to do is press start and you’re off to the races! 

   

People often ask me what washing machine and dryer I use. I went with a fabulous set from Maytag. I’ve had them for about 8 months now and I love them. I haven’t had any issues. They work great!

MY WASHER: I chose the Maytag® top load washer with deep fill option and power wash cycle. The PowerWash® agitator helps clean the clothes with efficient, concentrated cleaning, helping me get out all of those stubborn stains! The washer also has a huge drum – 5.2 cu ft to be exact – so I can wash almost 2-3 of my normal loads at a time. It’s such a time saver.

MY DRYER: I chose the Maytag® 8.8 Cu ft extra-large capacity dryer with advanced moisture sensing. I love it. Like the washer, it fits more of my laundry loads at a time so I am so much more productive with my laundry routine now.  It has advanced moisture sensing to stop the load at just the right time – even with my largest loads. This is one of my favorite features, as it makes sure all articles of clothing gets dry, which saves me time.

 
 

3. Involve the rest of the family. Teach your kids how to wash their own clothes (if they are old enough to understand and safely complete the process). This includes your husband! If everyone were in charge of washing their own clothes and towels, life would be so much more blissful! Keep a laundry basket in each bedroom. When it gets full, have them separate their clothes and wash a load. Easy peasy. You can also teach your family helpful laundry tips, like how to decipher laundry symbols[ or get out specific stains.

 
 

4. Wear clothes more than once. This cuts down on the amount of dirty laundry that goes through the washing machine. You can wear jeans/pants, shorts, shirts, bras, pajamas, dresses & skirts at least 2-3 times. The only exception I have are workout clothes, wash cloths, and socks & underwear. Wash them after every use. And if you are a sweaty person, of course you will wash your clothes more often. The same goes with towels. Use them 2-3 times before washing. I promise, it won’t kill you.

 
 

5. Set a daily reminder on your phone. Whether it’s 6am or 6pm, set a reminder to go off once per day. Have it say “a load a day keeps the piles away” to remind you of why you’re doing this daily. Getting ready to cook dinner? No problem. Set the timer for dinnertime and throw in a load of laundry before you start cooking. Switch it after dinner. A timer can keep you on track and eliminate stress. Multi-tasking is key! Remember to have the family help out! If you don’t have enough laundry to wash every single day, set up a schedule that works for you. Just don’t wait until the weekend when you have 8 piles staring you down.

 
 

If your clothes are in piles all over the house, it’s time to implement a system that works. This tested method will definitely change your life and even full time working families can follow it. You’ve got this! Be sure to check out my laundry room organization post and video.

~Toni

 

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Hi friends. It’s Saturday and that means it’s time to get organized! We are heading into week 13 of the 2019 Home Organization Challenge. You are almost finished. WAY TO GO! This week, we are clearing out the laundry room. We will be emptying the space completely, giving it a deep clean, and clearing out the clutter. Are you ready to get organized?

 

NEW MEMBERS

If you’re new to the challenge, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.

Free Challenge Kit

 
 

This week, I challenge you to clean your laundry room from top to bottom, finish all of the laundry, and organize the space for functionality.  If you don’t have a laundry room, clean out the area where you keep your laundry supplies.  To begin the process and in order to be fully organized, everything should be emptied out of the space, so you can see it clearly and start fresh.  Its time to clear the clutter.

1. EMPTY – Empty out the ENTIRE laundry room.  Everything but the washer & dryer must go.

2. PURGE – Purge anything that doesn’t belong.  Toss empty detergent bottles, trash, donate unwanted or un-needed items and put things away.

3. CLEAN – Pull out the washer/dryer and vacuum behind it.  Clean out the dryer vent.  Wipe down the outside of the washer and dryer.  Clean out the washer. Pour 1 cup of bleach into the drum, then run a full wash cycle on the hottest setting (empty).  Wipe down all shelving, walls, baseboards, doors, switch plates & dust the light.

4. ORGANIZE – After the laundry room is clean, it’s time to put everything away.  Organize your laundry supplies, using bins, baskets, etc. Keep in mind, if you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, purge it. Don’t put it back in the laundry room.  Label each container. (Examples below)

  • Laundry soap
  • Stain remover tools
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Pet items
  • Cleaners
  • Trash Bags
  • Mopping Pads
  • Cleaning Tools
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Paper Towels
  • Vacuum Bags
  • Sewing Misc.

5.  LAUNDRY – Wash, dry, fold & put away all laundry.  Finish every load!

6.  CLEANING CADDY – Put together a cleaning caddy.  Place all necessary household cleaners in it.

7. DECORATE – Finally, you can decorate your laundry room to make it more inviting.

 

This is our new laundry room. It’s small and functional. I enjoy doing laundry in this space. If you have questions about products I use, be sure to check out this post.

 
 
 
 
       
 
 

Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your laundry room organized.

 

For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all! It is your guide through the entire challenge!

   

If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to pick up The Complete Book of Clean.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.

 
 

Clear the clutter from your laundry room this week. Show us your hard work and share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week to finish off the 2019 challenge. Happy Organizing!

 


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Hi friends. It’s finally time to reveal our home gym! I think this has been the most requested post I’ve gotten this year (besides my Sunday meal prep – which I will do soon). When we built our new home, we decided to add an extra bay in our garage, so we had the space for a home gym. My husband parks his truck in the driveway and mine is in the first bay. We use the second bay for bikes and the lawn mower. It worked out perfectly and we are so thrilled with our home gym.

   

Our gym area measures 15 ft wide x 24 ft long. We had spray foam insulation installed in the walls and ceiling to maintain a cooler temperature during the summer and warmer temperature in the winter. So far, it’s worked great. We will be installing wall fans before summer arrives though. I’m hoping we won’t need to install an ac unit.

 
 

We had a full length wall mirror installed on the left wall. It makes the gym appear larger and it’s great to observe our form when lifting. We also had the garage floor painted with industrial-grade polymer flooring. This is not a big box store floor paint. We used Carolina Flooring Specialists. I highly recommend them if you are in North or South Carolina.

   

My husband and son love the squat cage. We found it at Dicks Sporting Goods. The weight bench is from Target. The square gym floor mats were purchased at Marshalls.

 
 

This is our dumbbell corner. I also purchased a small weight bench for this area. This “gym” sign was found at an antique store.

 
 

We purchased a 5-50 pound dumbbell set. I love and use them daily!

 
 

On the middle wall is our big screen tv (with Apple TV) and our miscellaneous workout items. For reference, our tv is 70″.

   

I found the stand at Birch Lane a few years ago.

 
 

All of the bins are from Target. I keep a bin filled with black hand towels that we grab during sweaty workouts.

   

I have had SO many requests to share my workout playlist with everyone. Here it is –> Toni’s workout songs. These songs motivate me to get through my daily workouts. I use a Bose speaker. This speaker is no longer available but there are many other options to choose from. Whatever you get, I highly recommend a Bose.

 
   

The shelves contain our workout items. I store ankle weights, hand weights, yoga accessories, sliders, and workout bands in the bins. (The labels are from Target). The top shelf has my Transform 20 workout step, a yoga mat, and more weights.

     

I use the Beachbody on Demand workout programs daily. They have helped me lose over 20 pounds! If you are interested in subscribing, click here. You have over 700 workouts to choose from. It’s amazing. It includes P90X, Insanity, 80 Day Obsession and so much more.

   

I keep our workout mats in this basket (from Target). Everything in our gym is easily accessible.

 
 

I use a white board to track my daily fitness progress. If you are interested in learning how to implement a workout routine and nutrition plan into your day, I would love to help get you started. Sign up to join my May fitness & nutrition bootcamp (before it fills up). Get your body ready for the beach! Send me an email to get on the waiting list. And no, you are not too old. I am almost 42 years old and this is the first time (since college) that I have felt this great! Age is just a number. Don’t wait another day to care for yourself.

   

Of course, I use essential oils when I workout. These are my favorites.

   

On the other side of the gym, we keep the treads and Peloton bike.

   

We also hang our exercise bands, so they’re easily accessible.

 
 

Here is the Peloton bike. This is my husbands baby. He rides many miles every day.

 
 

And here is my baby, the Peloton Tread. It’s my absolute favorite purchase ever. I’ve used it every single day since it was delivered back in February. If you want more details about the Tread, visit my Instagram highlights. I share all about it. If you are interested in purchasing a Peloton, use my code to get $100 off. CODE –> 2G3HA6. It’s for beginners and experts alike.

   

If you don’t have the space to dedicate a room in your home as a gym, you can still do it on a smaller scale. This is our exercise area in a small corner of our old home. It can be done in any space!

 
 

If you need help getting the rest of your home organized, be sure to check out The Complete Book of Home Organization. I share tons of tips and ideas to get you organized!

 
 

So that’s our home gym. I hope it has given you inspiration to set up your very own gym. We are so grateful to be able to have all of this equipment in our home and we take full advantage of it daily.

   


*Details: Wall paint is repose gray by Sherwin Williams. Trim color is alabaster by Sherwin Williams.


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Welcome back to A Bowl Full of Lemons. If you’ve been participating in the organizing challenge, way to go. Last week, you cleared the clutter from your home office. That is a major accomplishment and you will start to reap the benefits of this organized space. We are now entering week 12 of the challenge – the playroom or hobbies (scrapbooking, sewing, home gym, etc). It’s time to have a little fun and create an organized toy or hobby space in your home. Are you ready to get busy?

 
 

If you’re new to the challenge, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.

Free Challenge Kit

 

THE ORGANIZING PROCESS

PREPARE:   Gather 4 bins, one for each of the following.  

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Other Room

SORT:  Go through everything on the shelves, baskets, floors and drawers, dividing into 4 categories. Purge as much clutter as you can.  If your kids haven’t played with something in a while or they’ve grown out it, let it go.  Also if a certain game or toy is a major source of clutter, purge it!CLEAN:

  • Wipe down shelves
  • Clean inside & outside of bins
  • Clean toys & hobby items
  • Wash stuffed animals on gentle cycle (check care tag)

ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the “keep” category. Put the other boxes where they belong. When organizing, remove one item at a time – categorizing it. You can use a different shelf, basket, or drawer for each category. The goal is to categorize!

 

My kids no longer play with toys, so this post is here simply to inspire you. Our new “toys” are in our home gym. My family loves to exercise and that’s where we spend a lot of our free time. I will share our new home gym aka “toy room” with you on Tuesday.

 
 

When our kids were longer, I kept their toys organized in these bins (from Target). The shelf is from Ikea. I labeled the bins clearly, so there wasn’t any confusion as to where things needed to go.

 
 

They picked up after themselves and it always stayed pretty clean. This is a great organizing solution families who have children in this stage of their lives.

 
 

Here are few more blog posts that will inspire you to get toys organized.

   

For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all!

 
 

If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to pick up The Complete Book of Clean.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.

 
 

Sort through all of the toys in your house this week. Purge what your kids no longer play with. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for the week 13 challenge. Happy Organizing!

 


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It’s week 11! We are almost finished with the 2019 challenge and you are doing an amazing job! This week, we are going to clear the paper piles and desktop clutter from the home office. If you don’t have an office, clear the clutter from the spot where you keep your bills and paperwork. Are you ready to conquer the office? Let’s get busy!

Below is a video of my organized (old) office. Watch it, to gain tips and ideas that you can implement in your own office.

 
Office Tour & Organization - YouTube
 

If you’re new, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.

Free Challenge Kit

 

THE ORGANIZING PROCESS

PREPARE:   Gather 6 large bins or boxes, one for each of the following.  

  • Shred
  • Donate
  • File
  • Return (to other rooms)
  • Keep (Everything that stays in the office)
  • Trash/recycle

SORT:

  • Paperwork – Give yourself at least 2 hours to go through ALL of your paperwork.  Each piece of paper will be placed in one of the following bins (shred, file, trash).  You are not organizing at this time – Just sorting.
  • Everything Else –  Go through the remaining items in your office. Place everything into one of the 6 bins (listed above).

 CLEAN:

  • Clean the windows, blinds, frames & mirrors
  • Wipe down doors, baseboards, doorknobs and switch plates
  • Wipe down desk & shelves
  • Clean out trash can
  • Wipe down office chair
  • Vacuum
  • Clean ceiling fan & lighting
  • Clean the keyboard, mousepad & computer screen (according to instructions)

ORGANIZE:

  • Filing System – Now it’s time to organize all of your paperwork into a filing system. The categories I use are listed here.  At least 50% of the paper you have now should be tossed.  You can also go paperless at this time.  (Log into your accounts and chose this option).
  • Mail Station – Create a designated mail station. You will need one to get control of the incoming paper clutter.
  • Books & Magazines – Organize your books & magazines in an orderly fashion.
  • Everything Else – Create categories for everything else in your office, then label & organize into containers, drawers & baskets.

WHEN GOING THROUGH YOUR PILES OF PAPER, ASK YOURSELF…

  • Is this paper necessary to keep? (Taxes, etc)
  • Will I use it in the future?
  • Do I have a place for it?

If you answered no, toss it! (Shred if needed).  

 
 

I love my new office. It’s above our garage and in a separate wing from the main part of the house. There is plenty of space for me to work.

   

I found the light gray desk unit from Ikea and my office chair can be found here. My peonies are from here (light pink bud) and the vase is from TJ Maxx.

   

I keep my planner right in front of me, usually wide open. I use this stand to prop it up. My planner is from Emily Ley. Get $10 off your first purchase –> here. I use this daily journal.

   

I also use an Emily Ley desk calendar (from Staples). The organizer behind the calendar is from Ikea. I use it to keep my books and binders.

   

I keep my books on the end shelf, along with magazine bins (from Staples).

 
 

One of my favorite things in my office is this cart. You can find it here. I keep my daily files in an acrylic organizer and markers in these bins.

 
 

You can find my budget sheets here and here. The striped file folder is from Poppin.

   

I keep receipts in these zipper folders.

   

This is my filing cabinet. It’s from Pottery Barn. I love the size! The baskets above are from Ikea and the binders can be found here. The printer can be found here.

 
 
 

I got inspiration to set up my taxes in binders from At Home With Nikki. It’s brilliant! The aqua binders are from Walmart.

   

You can find my file folders here & plastic tabs here and the mint labels here. The color coded dot stickers are from Emily Ley.

   

I keep my drawers organized with acrylic bins. They can be purchased at most stores. I have some in my shop as well.

 
 
 

I hope you gained some inspiration from my home office organization. I can’t wait to see how you organize yours. Make sure to tag me on Instagram using the #abfolchallenge and @abowlfulloflemons.

   

Here are few blog posts that will inspire you to get your office organized.

 

For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all!

 
 

If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to pick up The Complete Book of Clean.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.

 
 

Clean out your office this week. Purge your paper piles and filing system. It will take a while, but you’ll be so glad you spent the time to do this. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for the week 12 challenge. Happy Organizing!

 
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Can you believe we are almost finished with the challenge? The last 9 weeks have gone by so fast. If you are here today, that means you haven’t given up. You are determined to get your home organized. Congratulations! It’s now week 10 of the challenge and we are moving into the bathroom. This week, spend some time purging your drawers, cabinets, counter tops, and bathroom closets. Clear the clutter! Let’s get busy.

 

Take a tour of our old bathroom and see all of the organized spaces!

 
Bathroom Organization with INTERDESIGN - YouTube
 

If you’re new to the challenge, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.

Free Challenge Kit

 
 

THE ORGANIZING PROCESS

PREPARE:   Gather 4 laundry baskets, one for each of the following:  

  • Keep
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Other Room
  • Donate (toiletries that you no longer want/use)

SORT:

  • Sort through everything in the drawers, closets, cabinets and countertops. Don’t forget to purge empty bottles in the shower.  Place everything in 1 of the 4 baskets listed above.  Recycle empty bottles, toss the trash, and donate any toiletries that you no longer use (to family or friends). Also remove anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom.

CLEAN: 

  • Clean the windows & blinds
  • Wipe down doors, baseboards, doorknobs and switch plates
  • Wipe down counters & cabinet doors
  • Sweep/mop floors
  • Dust lighting
  • Wash rugs & shower curtain
  • Clean shower, bathtub & toilet
  • Clean out trash can
  • Clean out medicine cabinet
  • Wash mirrors

ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the “keep” box. Put the other items where they belong. When organizing things in the keep box, remove one item at a time, categorizing it. Below are some examples of what to organize together in the bathroom. You can use a different shelf, basket, cabinet or drawer for each category. Keep similar items together.

  • Make-up
  • Hair Care (Hairspray, gel, detangler, etc)
  • Body Care
  • Dental Care
  • Extra toiletries
  • Skin care (face wash, cream, etc)
  • Hair accessories (brushes, curling iron, hair dryer, hair ties, etc)
  • Feminine Products
 
 
 

I use acrylic bins to organize all of our bathroom drawers. You can find them here.

 
 
   
     

 

If you don’t have cabinet space, you can use a hotel style towel rack! I found this one at Pottery Barn.

 
 
 
 
 

Below are some photos of our old bathroom organization. Get the details about the products I used here.

 
 
 
 

Here are few blog posts that will inspire you to get your bathrooms organized.

 

For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. It is your go-to guide for everything! No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all!

 
 

If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to order The Complete Book of Clean.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.

 
 

Declutter and organize your bathrooms this week. Purge all of the things that you don’t need or use anymore. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for the week 11 challenge. Happy Organizing!

 


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I am very picky about my laundry detergent. I’ve tried them all! They either have a harsh scent, irritating dyes, too thick or thin, or they just don’t work. This year, I finally found one that has everything I look for in a perfect detergent and it actually works! The smell is amazing, the consistency is on point, and the bottle is stylish. My laundry detergent obsession right now is the ultra-concentrated detergent from Grove Collaborative. One 24oz bottle washes 33 loads of laundry! It’s available in unscented Free & Clear formula, lavender & rosemary, or Citrus & Woods. I love all three.

   

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It’s better for the environment.

Compared to most 40oz laundry detergents, the Grove laundry system cuts plastic waste by 80%! How is that for saving the environment?

 
 

If you want to try out the new Grove Collaborative Laundry Detergent system, you are in luck. This week, I am offering a free special for new Grove customers who spend $20 on your first order. You get all of this for FREE!

  • Grove Laundry Detergent Pouch
  • Grove Laundry Detergent Vessel
  • Grove Stain Remover
  • FREE shipping
  • 60 day VIP trial
 
 

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