Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Pocket Challenge

What started out on a whim is taking on a life of its own. The Pocket Challenge started off as something I was doing to get myself working on projects around the house. Not huge tear-the-house-apart sized projects. Small, easy, quick, fits-into-an-already-busy-schedule sized projects.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find those little nooks and crannies and corners that need a little something. Maybe they need decluttering. Or maybe they just need a little cleaning to spruce them up. Or maybe the area in question is clean and decluttered, but a little, let's say, boring.

Some areas to consider are tops of shelves or the shelves themselves, entry tables, desks, bedside tables, bathroom counters, mantles, etc. You get the idea. Try to keep the projects small enough to manage within and hour or two to half a day at most.

Since my decorating/organizing budget is next to zip, just to keep things interesting, let's do this with items and materials we already have or can obtain at low cost. Don't be afraid to use something you have in a completely new way.

Look around and see what possibilities you see. Figure out how many projects you plan to do between February 15th and March 31st. Feel free to jump in any time!

Be sure to grab the cool button brought to you courtesy of my daughter, Bookaddict.

Post to your blog about the challenge and your goals and add the link to your post to Mr. Linky below. If you don't have a blog, just leave your goals in the comment section. Be sure to share your favorite projects on your blog and don't forget the pictures! Come join the fun!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Creating Pockets of Beauty and Order

I have a new challenge, but it's one of my own creation. I have seen the difference that small changes in my home make on the overall atmosphere. Home Sanctuary's Small Things and Flylady's Baby Steps have taught me that. But now I'm taking off on a challenge inspired by several books I've read and presentations I've heard recently. I'm calling it The Pocket Challenge.

The Pocket Challenge is all about creating pockets of order and beauty. I'm challenging myself to create one pocket of order and beauty per day for the rest of February. Pockets of order and beauty are simply those little areas, currently ranging from "blah" to "eyesore" that need something. Maybe they need cleaning or decluttering or maybe they just need a spot of color.

Since I have next to no budget for this, most, if now all of these will be using what I already have. I know I have a few pretty things tucked away here and there that could be put to better use and of course, cleaning and decluttering is free.

Anyone else interested in joining me in this challenge?

I'm giving a special shout-out to all the Company Girls visiting from the Home Sanctuary Company Girl Coffee link up. Welcome!

Food for Thought

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap character. Sow character and you reap destiny.
-- Charles Reade