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12 Days to a More Organized You!

The January blogs of 2023 follow the 12 Days of Organizing. This is our version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The previous two blogs covered days #1-#6. Now we journey on to the next days of organizing.

12 hundred corks, 11 missing flip flops, 10 funny erasers, 9 piles of papers, 8 jars of dried goods, 7 old sharpeners, 6 Halloween tags, 5 paper bags, 4 shelves of linens, 3 snake skins, 2 festive pillows, and just 30 minutes organizing every day!

SK Simple Solutions’ The 12 Days of Organizing by Donating, Getting Rid of, or Keeping our Treasures! 12 Days, 30 minutes each day, decide what to donate, get rid of, or keep!

We are on a journey to change our clutter behavior to reduce what we buy, reuse what we have, and treasure & display our collectibles!

On the first day Organizing

My personal organizer said to me,

Just 30 minutes to declutter every day!

Set a specific goal: pencil sharpeners, pantry food, office supplies

Make 3 piles; donate, throw away, KEEP

Set the timer: 30 minutes


Let’s look at the middle 2 days, Days #7-#8, of organizing.

On the seventh day of Organizing

My organizer said to me

Donate 7 old sharpeners

And Just 30 minutes to declutter every day!

Day #7 Pencil Sharpeners, sure why not. Maybe you collect them. But, we also collect a lot of office supplies.

  • Remove anything that you have 2 of; stapler, 3-hole punch, scissors, etc.

  • Use your desk for work, not display. Keep one knickknack or photo on your desk, move the rest elsewhere.

  • Last, inventory, sort, all the office supplies. I must admit that this is my weakness. I love office supplies. I enjoy buying them “on sale.” I have a lot. So, I keep only what I need in the desk without overcrowding the space. The rest is in a 3-drawer file and cupboard with the door shut.

On the eighth day of Organizing

My organizer said to me

Donate 8 jars of dried goods

And Just 30 minutes to declutter every day!

Day #8 Kitchen Pantry

The holidays and after the holidays are when local food pantries are low on inventory. As you look through your food store and take inventory think of those that have less than us.

First remove expired items.

Next look at what you have two or three of and set it aside for the town food pantry.

Last, take that donation bag to the garage, put it into your car, and drive it to the local food pantry.

  • Inventory & group food stuff by use.

  • baking ingredients all on 1 shelf

  • dried beans, rice, pasta, potatoes

  • canned goods, condiments

  • Open all the food cabinets.

  • Stare for a bit.

  • Place frequently used items at eye level or lower.

  • Group remaining food by category, then by shelves.

  • Quality snacks for kids in fun, festive, themed baskets

How did you do these past 2 days? 30 minutes a day to declutter is feasible.
  • Set a specific goal, frames, food, books & linens only.

  • Focus only on that specific item. Use the 30 minutes to sort

  • and evaluate what to donate, throw away, and KEEP.

  • Put donations into a plastic bag and take it to the garage for donations, NOW!

Keep organizing, release your possessions and live a more simple, decluttered life.


Shannon & Kim can help.

We are SK, Shannon & Kim, and we love creating Container solutions for a simpler life. Let’s reuse your bins and baskets into a stylish display that also organizes our stuff.

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