Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 8

This morning Money Saving Mom posted the following assignment for Day 8:

--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 go through your dresser drawers. Remove items you no longer love, need, and/or wear. Quickly organize the remaining items.
--Wipe down all the door handles in your home. You can use a damp rag with a little disinfectant on it or a cleaning wipe. If you have younger children, they’d probably enjoy joining you in tackling this project!
---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.

This morning was a very early morning for me, since new grocery ads came out today, so I was up before 5 with my coffee.  My list involved grocery ad posts (4 down, 3 to go), and taking my daughter to the pediatrician.   My husband and I have both recently found out we had strep, and so while she was getting some past due shots, I had them test her, too.  It was positive!  So now we're onto yet another round of antibiotics in this house.

I honestly didn't know if I was going to get to the extra things that Crystal assigned for today, especially since I came back from the doctor, made lunch, and then joined my daughter for a 2 hour nap.

When I woke up, the little one was still asleep, so I got dinner started cooking on the stove, and began running back and forth, tackling one dresser drawer at a time and coming back to check on the meat I had browning.

Once again, I was really glad she had assigned this because it had been bugging me and I'd been meaning to get around to it (sad how I have to be told what to do!).

Seriously, I couldn't even get the drawers closed....My husband was having to squeeze through the tight space to get to bed!

I learned a few things by doing this though...1) I'm way too emotionally attached to my T-Shirts from high school that I never wear except to sleep in.  2)  I have very childish pajamas.  3)  How on Earth did I manage to fit cram 38 bras and 80 pairs of underwear in the that little top drawer???

Yep, you read that right...I counted!  I was in shock.  I am now down to 19 bras (still a few more than I need, to be honest), and I cleared out quite a few of the underwear, too.  A large pile of those were maternity panties that were still floating around in there...and my youngest is nearly 3!  Yikes!  

I even found Barbie's beach towel tucked away with my undergarments!  It had been missing so long that my daughter no longer knew what it was.  She looked at me like I was crazy when I told her, but I know that Barbie is glad to be reunited with it.

I cleared out a nice stack of items from my drawers, and I will be getting rid of them either at a garage sell or donating them.  Here's the stack I found, plus a bag full of undergarments:

I'm parting with my froggy socks and monkey socks, but no one can ever take my Eeyore!

If you ask my husband, the cat needs to go, too!

While I was putting the finishing touches on dinner, and my older daughter was needing a break from her math homework, I decided to set them to work on the doorknobs.  I gave them each a wet washcloth and sent them running around the house.  I told one to do the knob on the inside of the room, and the other to take the outside, and off they went.  They even did the cabinet knobs in the bathrooms and kitchen!

This one is not yet 3, and had so much fun doing this!
I really thought my nap was going to mess me up today, but my sister in law helped me unload the dishes and bathe my girls tonight, and I have once again gotten to everything on my list...well everything except for those last three grocery store posts.  Off I go!


Lyndsay April 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM  

amazing. sick and still getting everything done. I can only hope that I'm not a big baby when I have children, because I sure am one now. Keep up the great work, hope the family feels better soon :)

Amanda April 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM  

Thanks Lyndsay! The scary thing is that our symptoms passed weeks ago and we thought we just had a virus we had recovered from. None of us even feel bad any more, but the doctor said that strep can go after major organs in 6months time in left untreated, so that was pretty scary, and I'm certainly glad we saw the doc today!

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