Wednesday, April 4, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 3

I have my Day 3 Assignment from Money Saving Mom.   It is as follows  (she bolds one item that we should try to do even if nothing else gets accomplished):

  • 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 do a quick-clean of your bedroom: throw out any trash, put away items that are out of place, get rid of clutter, tidy up, vacuum, and make your bed.
  • Clean out your freezer(s).
  • 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.

First off...that morning routine did not happen today.  Today is Wednesday, and on Wednesday, my morning routine is to be up no later than 4:30 and start typing up grocery deals.  This morning my alarm clocks (yes multiple) did not cooperate with me (or maybe I was so exhausted I have no recollection of turning them off?).  I awoke to my husband nudging me at 6:35 when he was leaving for work.  BOTH of my girls were already awake (the 2 year old should NOT have been--I usually have to wake her to go to the bus stop!) and my chaotic morning began.

After oversleeping, the awake younger sister completely distracted my older girl, and there was lots of dawdling this morning.  There was also (after they were dressed) a pee accident that had to be cleaned up on the bathroom floor from the 2 year old.  Simultaneously, the 5 year old decided to sit on the bathroom counter instead of brushing her teeth, and proceeded to get toothpaste all over the back of her shorts, so with 10 minutes to leave the house, BOTH of my girls needed to change clothes!  Somehow, we still made it to the bus stop on time!

I did get dressed today, in a shirt and jeans instead of my usual lets stay in the shirt and yoga pants I slept in ensemble.

I did sit down and make myself out a list this morning, and my toddler scribbled helped "decorate" it.

Most of what was on my list today were my grocery posts.  Usually, even when I get an early start, I'm still up late finishing the last one, but today I had them all posted by the time I had to go get my daughter from the bus.  We also went to the library, and I washed and dried 3 loads of clothes (haven't folded them yet), cooked dinner (yesterday's dinner--I had planned something much easier for tonight), and did the dishes.

I did not get around to the "clean desk portion of my list because I remembered that I'm having a houseguest *tomorrow*...totally snuck up on me!  So, instead of doing the 15 minute clean in my bedroom, I decided it would be more prudent to tidy up the guest room.

Here's my before picture:

This room is also my husband's office, so there are several items that i just stacked in his chair for not knowing what to do with them, so he will have to finish it up when he gets home, and I've not made the bed yet, but I've got the bedding washing so I'll get it made up in the morning.

I cleaned up what was on the floor, dug out everything that had gotten shoved under the bed, and vacuumed well.  I even got in all the corner crevices and I know that had not been done in a LONG time in that room.

Here's what it looks like now (lets just ignore the bookshelf, shall we?):

I even found my 7 items to get rid of (8 if you want to count the broken pencil):

These are 4 workbooks that my older daughter went through last year and over the summer before starting school.  Obviously, I was hanging on to them for sentimental value, but they really serve no purpose anymore.  They are all written in and worked through, and she brings home daily reminders of her academic progress, so they are really just taking up space.

Then I found a container lid with no container, one play earring with no mate (pretty sure the other one was already broken and trashed) and a Dora ponytail chewed by the dogs.  All have been trashed.

I didn't do anything more to my freezers today, but I had re-organized my small inside freezer when I did my kitchen cleaning on Monday before this challenge began, and I had to rearrange my garage upright freezer yesterday to fit in my shopping haul, so those are both in pretty good shape right now.

This was my Day 3 of the challenge.  I'm hoping that Day 4's assignments will be something I need to do to prepare for my guest also! ;)


Cari April 5, 2012 at 5:01 AM  

Great job! My husband's office is also our guest room and it's hard to keep it tidy :)

Amanda April 5, 2012 at 6:48 AM  

We just moved him in there over Christmas break. Poor guy had his desk out in the garage!

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