Thursday, April 5, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 4

This morning was day 4 of Money Saving Mom's 4 Weeks To A More Organized Home Challenge.

Today's assignment was as follows:

--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 bathroom.
--Clean out underneath your beds and furniture. Remove clutter and trash and put it away or throw it away. Move the furniture (if possible) and vacuum underneath.
--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.

How did I do today?
--I got up 15 minutes before my daughter did, so that was progress.
--She had a program this morning at her school from 9-10 so I did get dressed, and even put on some make up.
--Before we left, I sat down and wrote out a list of what I had to do today.  There were several things that I *had* to do, not just wanted to do, because my husband's younger sister came to visit us from her college today.   On my list was:
  • Make up the guest bed (I had to finish washing the bedding this morning), 
  • Gather the trash (tomorrow is trash day), 
  • Clean the bathrooms--I opted to do a deep clean of the hall bathroom instead of just a quick tidy. The master bathroom got a quick tidy up though.
  • Clear off the dining room table--we don't usually eat at this table so it tends to be a place where things get dropped.
  • Clean my daughter's room--the toddler made a big mess yesterday, and ended up getting put to bed early, but she happily picked it up this morning.  She did a great job, too!
  • Do the dishes (and of course now that I've made dinner the sink is overflowing again!)
  • Sweep  (With all the storms the other day and all the pollen and whatnot falling from the trees, it is ridiculous how fast my floor gets dirty!)
  • Fold and put away ALL the laundry--this is the only thing on my list I did not complete.   I ended up finding another load to wash that I had not planned on, but I did get the towels and washcloths and dishrags folded and put away.
I did get a couple of extra things done also--when I made dinner, I had a large chunk of ground beef thawed, and so I went ahead and cooked the rest and whipped up a big pot of spaghetti sauce, so tomorrow night's dinner is already cooked, and I should have some to freeze, too.  Then, after dinner I made a batch of my carrot apple raisin muffins for "dessert" and they can either be breakfast this week, or they may end up in the freezer as well.

I did not move around any furniture today, and I did not find anything to get rid of, unless you count taking out the trash. ;)  My little one was following me around helping me hold the trash bag and dump the bathroom cans chanting something about "teamwork".  It was really cute.

Sorry I do not have any pictures for you today.   I kept myself very very busy though.  I'm ready for a little break with school out tomorrow, so my older girl and husband will both be home.   Hopefully since I accomplished so much today, I can relax just a bit tomorrow.  But not relax like I did when I was sick last week.  I do NOT want that to happen again.  *shudder*


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