The big story from Day Two of “Unclutter Your Life in One Week” was not that I completed the uncluttering and reorganizing of the master bathroom and filed away all the stray papers that had accumulated (which I did). No, the real story is that I was so tired last night and slept so hard that I fell down on the job of tooth fairy.  Oh how crummy I felt when Em checked under her pillow this morning and found the tooth still there!  She was inconsolable at first, until “I thought up a lie and I thought it up quick!!”  I told her that this had happened to me once when I was a girl, and it turned out that the tooth fairy came the following night and left a note saying she had been too sick to fly.  Then I reminded her that everyone in our family was sick last week and that there is a bad bug going around.  She plans to leave the tooth under the pillow again tonight and give the tooth fairy another chance.  Still, she’s sad and I know it’s my fault.  Not a great way to start the day.  Has anyone else ever done this?  Bueller… Bueller… If so, how did you handle it?  I figure that, at a minimum, the tooth fairy is going to have to cough up more than the usual $1.  Tonight I’m going to set my alarm for 2 a.m. just to be safe…

The organizing itself went well.  No pictures today because the before pictures of the bathroom would be too embarrassing and too personal and the filing photos would be boring.  Before: big stack of paper.  After: no big stack of paper.  The strategy provided in the book for organizing the bathroom was pretty genius though, and one I would not have thought of on my own.  Basically, you take absolutely everything out of the bathroom and put it on a blanket in a separate room.  First, throw away everything that you don’t use, is expired, etc.  (Imagine my surprise here when I found even more lip balm).  Then organize the remaining items by function: all hair stuff together, tooth paraphernalia together, skin care, etc.  Then after you’ve cleaned all the cabinets, drawers, countertops and so on, put everything away and try to create “zones.”  For example, our top drawer is now “teeth,” and contains toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.  The middle drawer has hair brushes, combs, ponytail holders, hairspray, etc.  I’m quite pleased with the results.

The only other thing I’ll mention is that I was pretty ruthless about throwing away any product, whether personal hygiene or medication, that felt like it had been around too long.  In the book, the author Erin Rooney Doland says, “Expired lotion feels like a slimy mixture of sour milk, rotten eggs, and day-old hamburger grease on your skin.” Well, when you put it that way…  Bleck!

Today is going to be a toughie.  I have to deal with both the master bedroom and the kitchen/dining room.  We are both blessed and cursed to have a lot of space in our bedroom, but as a result, it’s most often used as a dumping ground for things that we don’t quite know what to do with.  Likewise, we are fortunate to have a large kitchen with lots of storage space, but that is going to make uncluttering a huge job.  The work-related item for the day is to improve time management and communications, particularly related to Internet use and email (blogging?).  I am going to set that aside and tackle it another day.  The bedroom and kitchen will be enough, and I’ll be lucky if I finish.  So… To the mattresses!  Have a great day everyone.

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  1. Julie,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog about uncluttering…. since I have been trying to do this for the last year. And the old photos and keepsakes are the toughest! I laughed out loud today about your tooth fairy incident. This has happened more than once in our house. One time Kurt woke up to and came out of his room crying because the tooth fairy forgot about his tooth. As Steve consoled him, I ran into his room and because I didn’t have any cash on me, robbed his piggy bank (I know… I am a super terrible mom) and stuffed a dollar between the mattress and wall. Then went and got Kurt and helped him dig around the bed. When we finally “found” it, I told him he must have moved it while he was sleeping. To explain the tooth left behind… I just said the tooth fairy must have left it as a keepsake for mommy and daddy because it was his first tooth. (In a way I will be happy when he knows the truth about the fairy…. one less thing for me to stress about)

    • Theresa,

      Thank you for giving me a laugh-out-loud moment in an otherwise no-nonsense week!! Raiding your son’s piggy bank is just classic. I’ll tell you though, you are one hell of an improviser!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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