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Grand Summer Challenge 2013


Summertime is here, finally!

However, the term summer break is a lie. In my house, summer brings just as much activity as school does, except we have to go to several different places to be a part of them. At least when school was in session, we could drop the ankle-biters off in one spot. I think summer break should be renamed as teacher’s revenge.

So for this teacher’s revenge session, I have been inspired by a blogger friend of mine.

bucket listOver in Mommyville, this wonderful mom of four has laid out a beautiful summer plan for her family. Reading her list of summer fun-filled with water bombs, lemonade stands, gardening…ahh the memories her family will make motivated me! I got a little over excited living through her eyes and thus summer theme for my family was born.

It’s going to be a GRAND SUMMER!

I am springboarding off my inspiration and making it my summer challenge. A challenge so big it will take three months to finish! We  are going to be undertaking several mini challenges that add up to a thousand, making it one big grand summer!

freedigitalphotos.net, courtesy of Stuart Miles

freedigitalphotos.net, courtesy of Stuart Miles

  • A thousand pages read
  • A thousand minutes ran
  • A thousand minutes creating
And, hopefully, a thousand memories made, which is the most important challenge of them all. 

On my own,  I am also hoping to accomplish 10,000 words written, either in blogging or some personal projects I’m developing. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what they are in due time.

Your job: keep me on track. Every week I will give you a post on where we are in “grand total” and what bumps and triumphs we encounter along the way. I may even have some special guest bloggers.Will we make the 1000? Time will tell. The countdown has already begun. Our summer is off and running. Hopefully it will be a grand one. If not, I’m totally stealing all Mommyville‘s summer pictures.

Another challenge accepted and I’m staying,


freedigitalphotos.net: courtesy of stuart miles

freedigitalphotos.net: courtesy of stuart miles

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder…and sometimes so is Failure


The finish line is here for my first challenge blog and I must say, I am satisfied. Not thrilled. Not so proud I should get a medal but still I am satisfied. Why you say?

Just look… from this


Yes, that’s a bedframe in the officespace


Insane deskspace

to this…

Actual Desk space

Actual Desk space

Art area view

Art area view

i can see the floor!

i can see the floor!

All in 30 days. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy this space. In my mind, I couldn’t be happy without spending more money than I had on things I really didn’t need just so that my space could rival that of any room featured in the likes of big time magazines or home renovation tv shows. But as I got to my challenge’s end I began to realize that this is my home, for my use. I have to live here! I just need it to work for me. That mindset made the difference for me making this goal.

It may not be pretty to you, but it’s gorgeous to me. And that’s all that matters. I didn’t fail and you can’t tell me any different. Whenever you can grow from an experience, it’s never really failure, is it? I am so thankful for a useable space for me and my family. Thank you inaugural challenge for a great opportunity to grow.

My challenge contest asked a few questions so here are my responses.

1. What space did you decide to organize and why? I organized a junk room that had become so due to our newest baby arrival. He basically turned our house layout upside down so whatever didn’t fit into rooms go t thrown into this one catch all room.

2. What steps did you take to ensure you completed the space within the 31 day timeline? I started a blog so the whole world would know if I finished or not. Nothing like pressure to keep you motivated!

3. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and how did you overcome it? The hardest part of the challenge was not having extra funds or lots of time to pour into this. I would have loved to have done more but I think on a $25 budget, I did well.

4. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space? I donated most of my excess and created storage for the essentials.

5. Tell me one of your proudest moments during this challenge? My proudest moment came when my husband and children all looked in the room and said, “Wow, Mom!” Great moment.

6. Explain any organizing “tools” you used to help you create additional space and to establish some limits and boundaries? I looked up orgjunkie.com a lot and followed your PROCESS. I used wall space to define areas since I couldn’t maneuver my big pieces much. Purging for me was a huge part.

7. What is ONE piece of organizing advice you’ve learned on this journey that you could encourage someone else with? Have a plan, a deadline, and don’t quit even when it is hard.

One challenge down andtThe next one is on it’s way…so stay

Just Peachie!

And stay tuned…

Want to join this challenge? Join over at orgjunkie.com

Want to join this challenge? Join over at orgjunkie.com