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Week 2: Master Cupboard

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The goal this week is to get rid of what you no longer want or need in your Master Cupboard. Let’s face it – lots of you probably have things in your cupboard from the 80’s and 90’s! Now is the time to declare war on old fashion. Go through your shoes, winter gear and swimming cozzies that no longer fit, and be brutal in getting rid of things.

Step 1: Sort

Sort through everything in your cupboard.

  • Take everything out and lay it in categories (shirts, pants, etc) on your bed or on a table. This will help you to move through it.
  • Make sure you have some good music playing for this part as you’ll need to try on those items you’re not sure about.
  • If you’re going to try on clothing, do a jig in them to ensure the item is comfy and fits before deciding to keep it!
    Side note here because even I am guilty of this; keeping clothes that don’t fit anymore just in case you lose those couple of kgs, is never a good idea. Don’t put yourself through the misery of seeing those damn clothes everyday and reminding you that you haven’t quite achieved that goal.
  • When you’ve decided to keep an item, place it in an allocated pile on the floor or in a container. You will need piles for Pants, Shirts, Shoes, Underwear, Jerseys, Bags and Swimwear etc.
  • NOTE: If an item smells dusty or sour, that usually means it was placed back in the cupboard whilst still wet. Wash these items before placing them back and add a dehumidifier to your cupboard.
  • Place the items you don’t want, wear or need in a black bag and set aside for donating.


Step 2: Clean

Put on some groovy music and gather all the cleaning supplies before you even begin!

  • This is important to do not only for this challenge but should be done every 3 months to keep your cupboard fresh and hygienic.
  • Once your shelves are empty, wipe them down with a dry cloth to dust. Use a general cleaner and a dry cloth to get rid of any germs.
  • Let them dry and then add moth/cedar wood balls or scent sachets to maintain freshness. If you want, line them with clear contact paper (like the one you use to cover books with) or perhaps use scented drawer liners.
  • Sweep the floor space where your shoes are stored.
  • Once everything has been cleaned, leave the drawers/ doors open to let your cupboards breathe.
  • Add a dehumidifier to absorb any moisture.




Step 3: Organise

Now time to put those piles back in your cupboard. Group like items together and fold everything well.

  • Use a Laundry folder if your folding amounts to a mess (like most of us)!
  • Designate a shelf or drawer to each category.
  • Fold jerseys and hang up any bulky items. We recommend using vacuum bags for storing all your bulky winter gear. They are literally like a magic trick because they allow you to store so much more than you think.
  • Use shoe boxes or a shoe rack to store your shoes.
  • Once everything is neatly packed away, make sure you’re happy with where you’ve placed everything. At this time I would recommend adding a ribbon or something similar to your hangers. When you next wear the item, take the ribbon off and leave it off. After 3 months or so, look at the hangers with ribbons. You might find there is still a lot in your cupboard that you really aren’t using. That would be the time to go through things again.
  • Store your pile of clothes to donate in a place where you will remember to take them i.e. by your car and arrange to drop it off soon otherwise you never know, you might just take a few things out that you’ve changed your mind about.




In Conclusion

  • If you’ve done it right, your master cupboard should have a few less items and should be a lot cleaner than when you started.
  • Everything should be in the correct place and any items you no longer wear or fit should be donated.
  • Any items you don’t use often should be placed at the back of drawers or higher up on shelves to allow for your everyday items to be accessed.

WELL DONE NEAT FREAKS! See you next week where we’ll tackle WEEK 3!

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