I think what suffered most during marathon training has been my house. Although I've managed to keep it reasonably clean, it's become terribly unorganized. All the closets in the house were a mess, and the spare bedroom had basically turned into a giant, very messy closet. I could never find the things I wanted and felt like I spent half my time searching for things. Two of the things I could never find were children's cough medicine, tape and scissors (I'll get back to this later on).
So I started on a pretty major organizing project. I started with the medicine cabinets and bathroom closets. There I found FOUR nearly full bottles of cold medicine that were hidden and jammed in various places. Then I moved on to the hallway closets, and then the bedroom closets.
I packed up all the summer clothes and finally threw out anytyhing in my closet that hadn't been worn in at least two years. My last project was the spare bedroom, which I was dreading most. The closet was filled with stuff and plastic totes jammed with various items and junk, mostly crafting stuff that I never used because it was all so disorganized. I set up a shelving unit in the basement and then went to work pulling everything out of the bins and out of the closet and attempting to get it into some semblance of order.
I got everything packed in individual bins and put labels on the outside listing the contents. Back to the Tape and scissors that I can never find....I foune NINE rolls of tape and FIVE pairs of scissors that were hiding in all that mess! So now I have a little bin dedicated to tape and scissors...clearly indicated on the outside of the box. So any time I need tape, I'll just run down to the shelving unit in the basement, find the box that says TAPE/SCISSORS, and there! No more searching all over. I know it seems kind of simple and silly, but I can't explain how great it feels to have all this stuff organized! I still have a little bit more work to do on the spare bedroom, and my next project is a mass organizing of the girls toys.