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Week 3 February 2021 Challenge Round - Up!

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

As we are entering the final week of the February 2021 Challenge - where has the month gone?! - here is another weekly recap of how I have got on.

Tuesday was all about discovering our Danger Zones. Finding those areas in the home where we tend to drop things, intending to come back to them but actually not!

The bedside table is my personal Danger Zone although it has been under control for a while now. I do still have to watch myself though, make sure I take mugs downstairs and put my book and journals away after I have finished them.

I have also managed to reduce the amount of clutter accumulating on the kitchen counter! I have put the tea, coffee and sugar canisters where the piles used to sit.

No space to put things down = no piles of clutter!


The hall table is less easy to manage, however. Although there are dedicated containers for paperwork and the 'covid protection kit', other items tend to accumulate there on their way to somewhere else. Living in a house of 5 adults this is likely to happen and as long as the item is actually on the way to it's destination eventually it pays to be flexible! The current item on it's way somewhere is a computer monitor!

The dining room chair is generally coats that weren't taken off in the porch ( I am as guilty of this as the rest of us) and my office bag. Ooops - that is me. To solve this I need to find a permanent home for my bag. I need to have access to it because it contains my business diary and notebooks which I need to get to if I have a phonecall in the house. It also needs to be available for when I go to my office. We have an ottoman under the hall table which holds our bags for life and I think that putting my office bag on here might be the most easily accessible and central place for it to go.

The purpose of having this Danger Zone list is twofold. Firstly so that we are more conscious of where we put things down in the home, and secondly, it allows us to find solutions which could remove the Danger Zone all together.

Wednesday was 'Catch up with a friend online' Now I have to admit I didn't do this but I am in the middle of writing a letter to someone. I think it's the catching up part which is important here. We have been through an awful year and I think it is so important that we try to keep in touch with people who mean a lot to us but who we don't keep in regular contact with.

On Thursday we went into the kitchen to wipe down all the small kitchen appliances. A few months ago I set up a 'Coffee Station' in a small area of the kitchen. I would probably say it is now one of the most used areas in there now!