Thursday, April 19, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 14

Another busy day around here, but I am happy to report that my MIL was released from the hospital today.  She's doing much better, and now we just need to get with the airline about getting her back home.

I checked out the Day 14 Assignment early this morning and I can honestly say I was not looking forward to it.  However, once again, it was something that truly needed to be done!

Here's the whole list:

--Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.
--Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, andmake a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.
--Complete your morning routine.
--Set the timer for 15 minutes and clean the mirrors and glass doors in your house.
--Clean out your utensil drawer(s) (those with serving spoons, ladles, spatulas, etc.) in the kitchen and your junk drawer(s). Take everything out, throw out the trash, get rid of extra clutter, wipe out the drawers, and re-organize the contents as you put them back in.--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.



Now, I didn't get to anything on this list in the morning.  I only got my dishes done and my laundry folded (keeping up with those are one of my weekly goals, and I'm going great, even with the busy-ness!)

Once we got grandma home, the girls were busy chatting her ears off while I made dinner (well once again we grabbed something random from the freezer--freezer cooking to the rescue!).  Since they were occupied, I decided to tackle those utensil drawers.  I have two...one on each side of the stove.   The bigger one has dividers and doubles as a "junk drawer" (but not anymore!)

Here's what I found when I opened the big one:



I actually couldn't even open it all the way and haven't been able to for quite some time.  Come to find out...the spoon we lost was jammed into the back and I had to push it all the way through and take the whole drawer out to remove it.   There were crumbs all in here and I had to get my vacuum out and suck them up.  I cleared out some things we didn't need, or hardly ever used.  Some will go into the garage sale pile, some went in the trash.

Here's what it looks like now:



Next I moved on to the one of the right side of the stove.  Here's what it looked like:


What a mess!  And the drawer itself was disgusting once I got everything out of it.  I found some things we'd been looking for that didn't belong in this drawer, and a few more things to add to my get ride of pile.

Here's what we have now:


Still a bit chaotic, but progress was made!

And here is what I'm getting rid of:


This stuff is mostly broken & bent out of shape, but some of it might be useful to someone, so I took those to the garage and tossed the rest.

I honestly did not even see the part about the windows and mirrors on the list, but since my 2 year old decided that a bar of soap made a great mirror marker today, I planned to tackle that tomorrow anyway.  Plus, I was just commenting about how I was having trouble seeing through some panes of glass on our back door, so I need to wipe down the outside.   I'll get the girls to help with that.  They'll love it!

I know that Crystal has been assigning an easy day on Fridays, and putting some enjoyment time on the list.  I'm going to start mine now, and curl up with my library book. ;)

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