Organizing My Home

I’m occasionally doing Money Saving Mom‘s 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home. Some of the projects aren’t necessary or feasible, and some days I just take off from this task. I’ve been working on the FlyLady enough lately that my house isn’t too bad. Even my mother has complimented me. Well, she doesn’t so much say that my house looks great as that it has really improved. Here’s an abbreviated version of the assignment, with my notes, adaptations, and accomplishments.

Day 6 Assignment

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.

Done. I almost always get dressed very shortly after getting up, and lately I’ve been working on actually wearing nice clothes.

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and create a list of weekly goals.

I don’t drink coffee or tea, but I do work on goals. I have a running list, so I frequently sort out goals and assign them to a week or a day. Here are a few I have going on this week:

  1. Make those annoying phone calls I hate about insurance and such. I got one done today, but it’s hard to talk on the phone while a baby is crying.
  2. Sort the drawers in my kitchen (I have 4 drawers, so this shouldn’t take long). Done.
  3. Organize under the kitchen sink. Not done.
  4. Touch up my blog in a few ways, such as adding a search box. Not done yet.
  5. Deliver the items in my trunk to people or charity. I have several bags of items I’ve packed to deliver, but I want to get them delivered before they become fixtures in my trunk. Not done.
  6. Deliver my ring to the jewelery store to get redone. Not done.
  7. Get scrapbook pages made of my child’s birth and first few weeks. I’m not a serious crafty scrapbooker, but I do cut out pictures and put them on pages. I started this tonight. I sorted through my supplies and photos and got one page made.

::Complete your morning routine.

Done. My morning routine usually is completed by 10. This morning was very successful–I even went for a run before my baby woke, so I didn’t have to run with the stroller. Oh, my husband was still home while I ran. Once he leaves, I’m stuck running with the jogging stroller. The extra mental effort makes the run less relaxing. Maybe once I get more used to it, it won’t bother me as much.

::Set the timer for 15 minutes and run through your home quickly picking up everything that’s out of place and putting it away.

Monday is my cleaning day, so I’ll pick up as I clean. We stay home as much as possible on Mondays, because the child needs a good routine day after weekend craziness. I think my husband has my mop at work, which makes it a little harder to get everything clean today.

I got the cleaning done this morning, including putting away a lot of stuff. The mop was in my husband’s van, so I borrowed it and used it while he was still home.

::Clean out the inside of your vehicle. Remove all trash and clutter. Use a vacuum attachment to vacuum all the seats and floors out.

Um, this really needs to be done. It’s been at least two years since I’ve vacuumed my car. Yeah. It’ll take a while.

The nastiest part of this was peeling up coins that were stuck in the bottom of the cup holder with mostly dried coffee and milk and ugh. My success in keeping my car semi-clean means that I haven’t really cleaned it in way too long. I threw away a couple of receipts that were from 2009–not important receipts I was keeping on purpose, just some standard gas station receipts. I don’t have pictures because by the time I got to my car my child was a very unhappy kid. I was a bit distracted when I started, and it was dark when I finished. It didn’t actually take me until dark, I just couldn’t vacuum until dark. My vacuum really isn’t very good for this (or anything), so I should do this better sometime when I’m at my parents’ house. It takes a lot for me to be embarrassed by uncleanliness, but my car was almost there. Now it’s not.

::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 planning to see a friend tomorrow and give her some baby clothes. I might have all the clothes sorted already, though. I should find some things in the kitchen to get rid of, or maybe I’ll go through a few of my overstuffed dresser drawers.

This actually wasn’t very hard, once I had the mindset of getting rid of things. I threw out some junk from my car and the kitchen drawers, and I started filling another box of things to give away. It was a lot more than seven things. I don’t have a picture because (a) I didn’t want to save trash just so I could take a picture and (b) I’m pretty sure some of the items to give away were gifts to me at some point.


Have you been working on Spring cleaning? What’s your favorite part? Have any handy tips?

This post is linked at Money Saving Mom.

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