Monday, April 16, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 11

I have made in into week 3 of Money Saving Mom's 4 Weeks To A More Organized Home Challenge.  It is going so well that I fully intend to make myself a calendar and assign myself a task like this each day to keep it going!  My girls are even taking cues from my behavior and picking up after themselves without being asked!

Today was day 11, and the assignment was as follows:

--Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.
--Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and make a list of weekly goals.

--Complete your morning routine 
--Set the timer for 15 minutes and quickly pick up your house and put things back into order after the weekend. If your house looks like mine, you might need to spend longer than 15 minutes.
--Clean out your silverware drawer. Remove all items, vacuum out the crumbs with your vacuum’s attachment, wipe down the drawer with a damp cloth, get rid of anything you don’t need or no longer use, and then put everything you’re keeping back into the drawer in an organized manner.
--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.

Well, first of was out today, so that tells you right away that my "morning routine" was off.   Second of all....I stayed up WAY too late reading a REALLY good book last night.  When my toddler woke up around 7ish, my MIL was up so she agreed to get breakfast and told me to go back to bed.  I did.  Until 9:30!

I sat down at my desk, and quickly checked today's assignment (this is sort of becoming my morning routine...I'm going to be lost when this challenge ends!) and jotted down a list of things I needed to do today, the biggest of which was go shopping since we had ran out of milk yesterday!  On my list was to make my weekly goals, but I put them off a bit since I knew many of them were going to carry over from last week.

After I'd had my coffee, I decided to go ahead and tackle the silverware drawer, because honestly, it was needing it!  I had blogged about the state of decay it was in and putting in back in order last November and I do believe that is the last time I have attempted to straighten out that drawer.

Here's what we started off with today:
Not too bad....(ok, ok it's bad!)

...but look what's hiding underneath!
It was kind of scary under there.  I don't even know how things get under there, but I found a dried up macaroni and cheese noodle, and a piece of Cinnamon Toast Crunch...when did we have that last?  I could not even tell you!   I also packed away all of the kids plastic utensils and left only the metal ones in the drawer.   I almost put all of those away too, but I figured there would be a riot if I tried to force "grown up forks" upon them!

Here's what it looks like now:

And here are the items I'm getting rid of, all from that one drawer!  Broken medicine syringes, nasty straws, broken plastic forks, and a few things that I'm not even sure *what* they are!  But I'm pretty sure I don't need them!

I never did set a timer and do a big clean, but I did sweep and mop, so I had my girls pick up all their stuff from the floor so I could do that, and they have been super helpful keeping the living room and their rooms clean this past week.  I should have houseguests more often!  ;)


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