Friday, April 6, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 5

I have so been enjoying blogging along with Money Saving Mom's 4 Weeks To A More Organized Home Challenge!  I've enjoying being held accountable to do the things, and also seeing the things that others have accomplished has been a great motivator to me.

Today was Day 5 of the challenge.  She'll be taking the weekend off from it and resume on Monday with Day 6.

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.
--Remove your couch cushions and clean out any crumbs, toys, or other miscellaneous items you find. Use an attachment on your vacuum to vacuum the cushions, underneath the cushions, and all crevices of your furniture. Spot clean the fabric, if needed.
--Set the timer for at least 15 minutes and do something you really enjoy and that relaxes and rejuvenates you. If you need ideas, here are a few: read, write, call a friend, pray, exercise, bake, play with your children, laugh with your husband, stop by the bookstore and browse the book selection, work in the garden, or take a nap! Take some time to just stop and enjoy life today!

She gave us a pretty easy day today. ;)

First off, since school was out today, we had no alarms to wake up to, which was lovely.   I woke up around 8am to the sounds of my kids giggling in the other room, which meant that they woke up someone other than me!  (I like when relatives visit.  LOL)

I had a quick version of my morning routine while they ate the carrot muffins I had made last night for breakfast.  That made for a very relaxing morning already.

I made myself out a list of things that I needed to do.  It was a short list, but at the top of it was a quick trip to the store, so of course I had to get dressed for that!

When I got back, my husband had already gotten my little one down for her nap, so I quickly had some lunch and got to work on my list.   My sister in law was helping my older girl with some math homework, so I took advantage of not having to do that today, and started on the couch!

I was really glad that she assigned that today, because my little one was building a fort last week, and I noticed then that it *needed* some serious attention, but I wasn't able to take care of it then.   Once that was done, and they were still working, I decided to pull out the couch and clean under it, since I did not get to that yesterday.  My daughter was done by this point, so I sent her on a run through behind there to pick up anything that was hers and not trash.   We found a couple books, some small toys, and a few missing puzzle pieces.

Once I had all that cleaned up and vacuumed, I figured that while I was back there and had easy access, I would clean in the corner between my couch and entertainment center that is a catch all for everything that falls off the end tables, and also where we had stowed the clothe diapers that had been lent to us by a friend.  We're done with them, but I had not yet returned them, so I pulled them all out, tidied up everything else that was in that corner, vacuumed well (even the cobwebs on the wall).  Then I threw all the diapers into the wash one last time and bleached them well.  Once they finished I bagged them all up and sat them back in the corner ready to be returned, but out of the way.

After getting the diapers on to wash, I had some time to sit and read a bit, and once my little one woke up, their aunt and I took then to ride bikes down the road for a bit and they had a lot of fun.   Dinner was already made except for some pasta and garlic bread, and after dinner we watched the very last episode of the very last season of the Cosby show.  I was kind of sad to see it end.  We had been watching through them on Netflix, and then one day they just disappeared, so I had to hunt the rest down at the library so we could finish them.  We even had some ice cream while we watched.

After dinner, I had some help to finish folding all the clean clothes that I had washed yesterday and didn't get to put away.  it didn't even take us that long.

We had a great productive fun-filled day, and we're ready more over the weekend.   Hopefully the past two days were productive enough that I can relax a bit this holiday weekend.

Not only is my sister in law helping with the laundry and the kids, she also helping me declutter.   We weren't told to get rid of 7 things today, but I did!  More even!  She's in Bible college and will be studying Greek, so my husband is passing along some of his books from his seminary classes.

And, I let her go shopping in my stockpile. ;)


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