Tackle it Tuesday #137:Tackling a HUGE project!

by JenaW

This week our new resident tackler, Jena, is posting tackling a huge project by breaking it down into one hour segments.

Jena, also known as the organizing mommy, blogs at Organized Everyday.

How do you feel about tackling the messiest, most disorderly part of your house?!?

Yeah, just like that! Overwhelmed!!!

Well, I do too sometimes. Every year, when the New Year rolls around, I get this compulsion to organize the bowels of my home, the part I affectionately refer to as: the dungeon.

Combined with the confusion of homeschooling, fitness teaching, mommying, and blogging, I tend to put and shove things in dungeon.

Hey look! There’s the screens from the fall cleanup, and look there a few little sacks of flour along with some crockpots. In other words: complete chaos.

At this point, it is tempting to just walk away, shut out the lights and quit. Don’t!! Let me show you what you can do in just ONE HOUR. That’s all you have to commit to is ONE hour. You can do that, can’t you? Need motivation to get going for just one hour? Read my post on: doing the blitz!

Here’s how you start.

  1. Clear a path, sorting trash from treasure. You can even divide two sides of the room into keepers and non-keepers.
  2. Make a list of everything that needs to be done.
  3. Group like things together.
  4. Remove trash.
  5. Formulate questions.

This will be a very intense hour. When you make a list of everything that needs to be done (#2) above, make lists of the bigger and smaller projects and how much time you think each will take.
You also have to formulate questions (#5) Such as: Why are we saving that extra water softener? and What are THESE for?

Incidentally, a lot of people get side-tracked at this time. Stay focused. Write the question down; don’t try to solve it. I had 8 questions for my husband when I was done with my first session. I had 3 big projects (taking 6 hours each) and several small projects (taking 1 hour each). Some of the big and small projects will fall by the wayside, depending on whether or not you actually need or want to do them.

From here, you can schedule those little work sessions around your busy life. If you can work in one hour sessions, you can get the job done! This picture is taken after the initial sweep was done. I still have many other projects to conquer, but it felt good to get this far.

If you would like some encouragement on organizing (with your dose of daily humor), you can visit my blog: organized everyday.
The picture of the funny lady at the top of the post, is actually a relative of mine. I’ll give you some information of her there also. Happy tackling.

What are you tackling this week? Link up and show off!

Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday

We’re making housework blog-able!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done. (It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

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1 Maddy January 6, 2009 at 1:09 am

Well done you! I am so glad that I don’t have a basement to worry about, although my garage appears remarkably similar to your basement.

I always thought it was very odd that Americans have double garages and yet park their car[s] on the driveway………now I know better.


2 Lolli January 6, 2009 at 1:36 am

I am loving tackle it Tuesday. It was just my 2nd week, but I really love the motivation. I posted this week’s biggest tackle….but tomorrow I’m working on another one. The monster pile of laundry I have to fold! It’s just not as interesting to blog about.


3 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls January 6, 2009 at 2:21 am

Wow, that’s a great job for just an hour of work! I love the idea of breaking it down and writing down future things to accomplish at a later date. :)


4 PhoenixTheBloggingMama January 6, 2009 at 3:05 am

Those were some really good ideas! I think I may try to use them when I start cleaning out the garage this next week!


5 Michelle January 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

WOW I”m impressed it’s truly amazing what can be done in an hour Jena! :)


6 Bonnie January 6, 2009 at 7:48 am

Great tips and amazing tackle.


7 susieshomemade January 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

That’s a great tackle! Very systematic and it looks great:-)


8 Amydeanne January 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

great job! i’m sure that felt very satisfying!


9 Katie January 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

A one hour tackle? wow! Way to go.


10 Kelli January 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Wow!!!! We have some big projects on the horizon too since we are getting ready to move. Thanks for the tips!


11 Mrs. Mordecai January 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Wow. I’m impressed!


12 Holly January 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

It’s amazing how wanting to be part of the “club” (of people doing Tackle It Tuesday) can motivate you to get stuff done!


13 Kristi January 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for the inspiration! …I have plenty of things to tackle for many Tuesdays to come…


14 Lisa January 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Great tips to tackling projects! This week I had two tackles–the Christmas tree and my computer room.


15 Amanda January 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Great project, pictures and tips! Thank you for inspiring us all!


16 Jen January 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm

You did an amazing job in such little time. Well done!


17 Heidi January 6, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for the inspiration. Our garage could use a little (or a lot!) of decluttering. We have quite the trail right now.


18 Tami January 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I agree with Holly (#12). I was going to be lazy today but I wanted to be able to post about something. So I tackled all the ‘little stuff’ that has been sitting neglected.


19 Dawn January 6, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Thanks for the tackling inspiration :)


20 Amy L. January 7, 2009 at 1:53 am

Great job for only a hour’s work. Thanks for the very useful recommendation for breaking down the bigger tasks. I’ll be sure to use that in the future.


21 Jonathan September 25, 2009 at 11:43 am

Wow. That’s quite an impressive cleanup in only an hour. My way of tackling these messes is much less organized and definitely takes longer than an hour. I start by tackling the problem, then getting sidetracked by playing with the things I find in the mess. Then, after a couple of hours, I finally start stuffing things all over the place. But thanks for these helpful hints! Maybe next time I’m tackling a daunting task, I’ll do it in a more organized way.


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