i will BE organized

The Journey to Organization. . the Road to a wannabe Cleanie

The 28 Day Challenge : Plan & Before Pictures : Detailed February 4, 2010

Filed under: Organize,Plan,Project — mikailani @ 7:22 am

I’m hyped! Granted, I already lost about 4 days in Feb just getting too excited about this project, but I’m gonna make it happen BABY!

I’ve read plenty of organizing books & blogs and they all have different but similar ways to attack projects. Since I haven’t given OrgJunkie’s steps a detailed go, I think it’s best to start now. Her post today explained the PROCESS

I’d like to start off with the self assessment. I already chose my room.

1. What do I want the purpose of my room or area to be?

I want this spare room turn into a glamour room & my husband’s music production mini studio. I have a HUGE collection of cosmetics (No silly, I don’t use them all at the same time) and I need a place that inspires me to look good everyday. It would go to such a waste if it’s just piled in a trash room. I also want to set up this room as a mini studio, so the Hubbs can stay @ home to work on his music. No need to drive 30 minutes just to get some work in. This small space would also double as our office, we only have 1 CPU @ home, so it would also need to be hooked up to the printer.

Plus with a studio @ home, that would mean we’d be having friends/artist over frequently : and that’s motivation, coz I want them to be welcomed to a clean home!

2. What do I need in or near the room to serve that purpose?

For the makeup room, I would need my vanity, a well lit wall, hang up that mirror that I bought last year, and a nice comfy seat. Oh yeah, my makeup. =)

For the studio, all the equipment would need to be here (Computer, Keyboard, Speakers, Music Sheets, Micrphone) and a few chairs/stools to accomodate guests.

For the office part, I would need the printer, a few good paper storage boxes and a great archiving system.

3. What can I remove from the room?

There’s alot that can be taken away from the room. The coffee table we haven’t used in a year is a really good example. I also need to get rid of lamps, garbage, laundry, shoes – CLEAR IT ALL OUT!

4. What problems do I see with the room?

Right now, it’s such a waste of space. Originally, it was going to be the room we would set up our nursery, but we’re still not ready for another child. For the meantime, we’re gonna use it up to it’s potential. This is the most lonely room, it needs love.

5. What organizational tools might solve those problems?

We’re going to need a desk/shelf system that can hold up all the equipment we need for the studio. I’ve got containers for everything else. A good notebook & blog updates would help too (yes those are my organizational tools) 😉

6. What habits need to change to solve the organizational problems?

This room’s been the home of the homeless. Anything that doesn’t have a home ends up here. We need to cut the habit of dumping things in this room. Making it serve a purpose would really make a difference!

7. What kind of a budget do I have to create the organized room of my dreams?

I know it’s encouraged not to spend so much on this 28 day challenge, but we really need a desk for the studio. We need something sturdy & flexible, in case we decide to add more or less to the unit. I found really good shelving systems @ the container store. If I act fast enough, we’d be able to take advantage of the 30% elfa sale. For this room, I plan on sticking to a budget of $350.00

8. What kind of a timeline is necessary to organize the room?

28 days!! That’s the challenge! 28 days to clear, clean, organize, decorate & blog during the process.

9. What is my plan of action?

First, Clear out everything in the room. Anything that doesn’t belong there has to go STAT. I plan on selling the coffee table & the old computer desk on craigslist for the rest, they either have to go back to their homes, or they’re gonna get kicked out. Then, I need to relocate my current vanity – it has to move to the other side of the room. We would then need to install the shelves & assemble the dresser that would go there too. Soon after everything’s installed, I’ll start organizing & cleaning 15-60mins at a time.

10. Who can I ask to help me with this?

It would be mainly me & the Hubbs. Mainly me. Hubbs is gonna help me put up the shelving & move furniture. He’ll be hooking up all the equipment. I hope he helps me sort thru 3 boxes of old paperwork he’s yet to toss!

Before pictures – A tour of the mess.

Here’s what you see when you open the door. A nice bright costco bag!!! Argh. I dont even know what’s in there. That bag would have been REALLY useful on my last trip to costco. See all that mess? I’m already starting to hyperventilate.

Take a few more steps in, you’re greeted w/ a printer we bought right after christmas. I got excited to see how it looked but we never got around putting it in. The computer is downstairs right now, and we don’t have room for a big printer like this in our living room. So… it stayed there. For just about 2 months. Then there are 2 little boxes of things I need to bring to the 2nd hand store to sell. Some laundry, a computer desk that’s not being used, and a whole lot of JUNK.

Here’s my vanity & more junk. A couple of frames I haven’t put up yet because I never got to printing pictures. You can also find a pillow &  a few blankets on the floor.

P.S. More Junk. and more Laundry.

AHHH!! there’s the ironing board!!! I’ve been looking for that! Amazing how much you can see when you take pictures. hahah what a shame. SHAME SHAME SHAME!

There you have it folks! A PLAN and a TOUR of the mess. I sure hope I can do this!!! Thank GOD February has a 3 day weekend 😉


The 28 Day Challenge

Filed under: Organize,Plan,Project — mikailani @ 6:38 am

28 day Challenge

The 28 Day Challenge!!

I really can’t wait to finally hop on one of OrgJunkie’s famous blog parties. This is a perfect time for us since we have to work on our extra bedroom/office

I’m gonna make this post a “Hub” to all the links of the posts about this process.

I think the challenge isn’t just to get a project done in 28 days, but it’s the challenge to crunch the whole shabang into my jampacked schedule – while trying to keep my SANITY.



  1. PLAN. You can read my whole plan here, but in a nutshell : I want to create this extra bedroom/office into half glamour room, half music production studio. Can I do it??
  2. REMOVE. You can read the removing process here =)

As I post more blogs, I’ll be updating my links on this sticky for easier navigation. Stay tuned!! This sure is a challenge!!!



Project Bathroom July 4, 2009

Filed under: Bathroom,Cleaning,IPhone,Plan,Project — mikailani @ 6:52 am

I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with life lately. Too much Death Drama and Action. I’ve also hit the highest peak weight-wise.

Moving on.. I present Project Bathroom. I got so caught up with the Bedroom.. I’m gonna have to re-“woosaa” before tackling that scary project. I’ve read it millions of times before… START SLOW and WALK AT A SLOW PACE. I agree. So today (tonight) It’s almost 12:30 and I can’t sleep, I’m gonna tackle the smallest room in this house. The Downstairs bathroom.

Supplies and Weapons needed:
*Bathroom caddy – Includes Toilet bowl cleaner (I use Scrubbing bubbles flushables – easy to use, and sanitary!) Paper Towels, Windex Lemon AntiBac All Purpose Spray, Clorox Wipes, sponges and scrubbers, toothbrushes
*Swiffer Wet
*Disinfectant Spray
*Granite Cleaner, Glass Cleaner and Stainless Steel Cleaner
*Pandora – TingTings Radio

Here’s my Zenbe list on myiphone. I’ll be syncing as I go thru. Enjoy and wish me LUCK!


Baby Steps Baby April 15, 2009

Filed under: Kitchen,Plan — mikailani @ 4:54 am

This week is all about our Kitchen. Although I’m not going by my original day2day plan, I’m getting there a little at a time.

Today I was able to accomplish – –

:: Bar Area & Drawers. This was simple since I just cleaned it a few weeks ago. I still need to empty it out and get ready for some re-stocking.

:: Wash an overflowing sink of dirty dishes. *patting my back*

I still have plenty of items to tackle, and I’m nowhere near discouraged. Here’s tomorrow’s plan.

– Clear countertops
– Sanitize countertops
– Bless our pet area
– Clean stovetop
– Organize under the sink drawer

Time should go by a lot quicker now that my mac book air is back in commission ; )


Spring Cleaning – Kitchen Edition Update #1 April 14, 2009

Filed under: Kitchen,Plan,Project — mikailani @ 3:41 am

Just wanted to post a quick one to let you know that I’m on track and that I’m procrastinating (again!) It’s really tough with a lot of distractions, but loved ones always come first.

:: Meal Plan – done for this week. I posted mine here Me and my daughter had a blast thinking of what creative ways we can empty out the freezer to make room for new goodies!

:: Food Prep Area – this was quick and simple. Super thankful for sanitizing wipes! While I was at it, I wiped down the kitchen appliances on the counter. We have so many but use everything at last 5x a week!

I’m a little behind schedule but I’m getting there!

Always remember to eat the ugliest frog first.


My Morning Routine

Filed under: Plan,Routine — mikailani @ 3:21 am

After how many times I’ve found myself rushing in the morning and all the trial and error, I’ve finally got a morning routine down.

I’m sure that in time as our family and life changes, my morning routine will do the same.

[5:40a] Wake up and say daily Blessing
[5:45 – 6:15] Get ready. (It usually takes me longer than that, but it’s good to have a time I want to beat.
[6:15 – 6:30] Wake up Kailani. Make bed while she gets ready for School. If time allows, tidy up in room.
[6:30 – 6:45] Get ready to leave. Lunch & Hair & Jacket ready.
[6:45 – 6:50] Let puppy do his duty & Take garbage out.
[6:50 – 8am] commute time ~ an hour.

I should print this out and post in the rooms I hustle around in the morning!!


Spring Cleaning – Kitchen Edition April 13, 2009

Filed under: Kitchen,Plan — mikailani @ 5:59 am

I’ve posted my Plan for Spring cleaning here. Here’s what I have planned for our Kitchen

:: Clean and organize the bar. – It’s dusty and it wouldn’t hurt if I cleaned the mirrors too.
:: Dining Area – I can’t remember when I last sanitized the floor. The chairs also need a good wipedown.
:: Food Prep Area – I need to sanitize and organize the counter I use to prep meals.
:: Pantry – Need to re-organize and toss out any expired foods. Also need to create an inventory and shopping list.
:: Storage – I haven’t seen our kitchen storage in a quick one, so I might as well do it now.
:: Under the sink – I also haven’t really re-organized or taken inventory of what we already have. I can possibly toss a lot of the things in there and make space for items I really use.
:: Fridge – It needs a good wiping down and a new systematic way of storying foor. Perhaps make an inventory of what’s in there?
:: Command Center – our Command Center is located in the Kitchen. Right now it’s fully of coupons and notes that I totally ignore. Needs a good clean up.
:: Meal Plan – Obviously, it’s part of our Kitchen’s life. I haven’t been planning any meals and I find myself stressing when I really don’t need to.
:: Top of the fridge – I’ve tried to organize this place a few times, and I need to do it again. It’s been the dumping grounds of homeless Kitchen Items.
:: Windows – Our window and sliding door needs a good clean up. I’m not sure if I can tackle this in the week, but it wouldn’t hurt to try.
:: Floors – It’s also been a while since we deep moped the floors. With our dog and daughter always on the floor, this should be regularly done but often taken for granted.

That’s 12 major tasks that I need to complete in my Spring Cleaning Challenge. I think I can do it as long as I pair up bigger and smaller tasks together.

Wish me luck!!