Showing posts with label Declutter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Declutter. Show all posts

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Decluttering for a Big Move

With a very possible move, the six-month purge has just become the one-month purge. I need to get on the ball. I think we're going to have to "school light" for the next month so we can focus on getting ready for the new house. (Bureaucrats need not worry. We promise to be schoolish over the summer.)

I'd like to get one of those big dumpsters and just do a massive purge. We had 3 little children and almost no belongings when we moved into this house. Now we're busting out the seams. I don't want to move a bunch of junk. Oh, the seven kids can come but I'm going to be brutal about their belongings. (Famous last words.)

I'm open to your ideas and suggestions here.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Tackling My Purse

The six-month purge got a wee bit forgotten last week. Well, okay, all the way forgotten. But it's not my fault. Really. It was spring break and my two sisters came to visit me. So, in my defense, we got a lot of general cleaning done to prepare for their visit. More importantly, we got a lot of wonderful visiting accomplished while they were here.

Today, my hot spot is my purse. Yes, I think my purse counts towards the big purge. Gee, it could take all day. Who knows what lies inside that bag? But I have confidence that I can handle it.

What are you purging today?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Preparing for Easter

Today's hot spot is my desk. That's one that I may have to split up over a couple of days too. But, hey, that's why I'm calling it the 6-month purge. I can't do this all in one day.

The most important thing though today is continuing our preparations for Easter. Not just preparing our house, but our hearts. Blogging will be little to nil over the next four days as we get ready for the holiest of holy days.

May God you and yours abundantly and may your Easter be filled with grace.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

THE Counter

Today's hot spot is the counter. We have a long counter that separates the dining room from the living room and it's a junk magnet. Newspapers, mail, stuff. It's a mess. Problem is that today is a busy, busy day homeschool wise and I'll be away for a good portion of it. I think I bit off more than I can chew. I'm going to have to re-assess my goal for today. I think I'll shoot for getting all the newspapers out to the recycling bin as well as putting away any non-paper items. Then I'll put the counter back on the to-do list for next week.

The pantry went great yesterday. It's amazing how much more room you have when things are organized! One problem I have with my pantries is that they're deep so you forget about what's in back. (You wouldn't believe the stuff I found!) On one particularly deep and high shelf, I put a portable shelf so the items in the back are raised up higher than the items in front. It looks tidy and it's functional. In the smaller shelves, I put in little step-like shelves I bought at the kitchen store. Now I can see all the canned goods in that cabinet.

Krysten Snow (don't you absolutely love her name!) left a great tip in the comments:

I buy large canning jars, and fill them with nuts, seeds, beans, and dried fruits. They are a great size and you can see in them. Larger plastic containers are great for flour, lg. quantities of beans, popcorn, etc.

And I wouldn't even have to buy canning jars as I have dozens laying around in my laundry room (another hot spot). I did manage to put my brown sugar and powdered sugar into Tupperware bins. Though my motivation wasn't so much organization as I discovered that a certain child who lives here was putting his fingers into the bags for a little sugar treat several times a day! I hid the bins.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today's Hotspot

Today I tackle my kitchen pantry.

I admit it, I am not a neat and organized person. People often ask how I find time to write. Well, the answer is easy. I don't take time to clean house. Instead of taking a few extra minutes to put away groceries in a neat and orderly fashion, I just cram them in wherever they'll fit. But today that ends.

Hey, it could happen!

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Six-Month Purge

Inspired by my friend Michelle, I've embarked on a six-month purge. I'm having coffee with Michelle and a few other friends tomorrow evening for our monthly TJEd discussion (Thomas Jefferson Education) and I plan on holding Michelle captive until she tells me all her tips and ideas on purging and organizing.

My plan for the moment is to hit one hot spot a day. Today it was all the Salvation Army items out in my garage. Over the winter I've been tossing unneeded items into the garage and it turned into a big cluttered mess. This morning Teen Daughters helped get it all bagged up and into my trunk. Four big trash bags, a large box, and several more small grocery bags full of clothes and household items. I even made the drive to Salvation Army and got it into their door!

I'm also committed to going through my bookshelves a little at a time. So, you'll be seeing me at CathSwap quite often over the next month.

To hold myself accountable, I plan on posting about the whole declutter / purging / organizing experience on a regular basis. So, if I don't post on it in a while -- call me on it. Help me keep on track! And, hey, feel free to join me. Big jobs are always easier when you have friends doing it with you! Spring, and hence spring cleaning, is around the corner.