I jumped in on Money Saving Mom’s assignment again today. I was willing to do it yesterday, but it was cleaning out the silverware drawer. I just did that last week! Today’s key assignment was something I definitely needed to do.
::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.
I did that first thing this morning–my running clothes. After my run, they didn’t make me feel great anymore, just sweaty. I dressed again in my favorite jeans and shoes. I find wearing shoes to be very helpful to increase my productivity.
::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.
I mostly did this last night. I find I’m much more able to make realistic plans the night before. Then I tweak it again in the morning. I got most of them done today. I didn’t fit all the errands in around my child’s naps, though.
::Complete your morning routine.
::Set the timer for 15 minutes and vacuum the main living areas of your home.
This doesn’t take me even close to fifteen minutes.
::Clean your microwave, stove top, and/or oven.
Okay, this is the big task for today, and it’s a big one for me. Just a couple of days ago I looked at the bottom of my oven, and…ugh. My microwave and stove top are pretty clean and frequently wiped down, but not the oven. The main problem is that I usually notice the oven being gross while it’s hot, which gives me a great excuse to not clean it and time to push it out of my mind before it cools.
The oven had a bunch of baked junk on the bottom, but the racks weren’t too bad. The door also had baked stuff, and greasy brown gunk on the glass.
First, I got out my dustpan and swept the bottom.
I spent about thirty minutes scrubbing away, and wasn’t particularly pleased with my results. I started with water and dish soap, and kept using harsher and harsher cleaners. I have a question in to the Maintenance Man about the best way to get the remaining stuff removed. I also added this task as a repeating item every three months on my to do list–I don’t think I’ve cleaned my oven at all in a year.
::Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.
I’m in the midst of doing a purging of boxes. Right now I’m on the boxes of notes and textbooks from college. I have almost every note I took in my entire college career, and I had a long career. In fact, I even found some notes that aren’t mine. Does anybody need some one-inch three-ring binders? They were my favorite way to take notes, so I have a lot to give away now.