Spring Cleaning

Thank you Declutter 365 – You’re ideas keep me going!

Kitchen
Mar 1: Cabinets/Drawer Fronts – I used beer
Mar 2: Oven & Stove Top
Mar 3: Small Appliances – Mixer, Blender, Coffee Makers, Kettle, Instant Pot, Griddler, Juicer, Dehydrator,…
Mar 4: Countertops & Sink
Mar 5: Pots & Pans & Bakeware
Mar 6: Disposals & Drains
Mar 7: Refrigerator & Freezer – Surfaces, Coils

EDIT – – I HURT MY KNEE CLEANING SO THIS HAS TO BE PUT OFF FOR A WHILE

Bathroom
Mar 8: Countertops and sinks
Mar 9: Toilet & Drains
Mar 10: Shower & Bathtub – soap scum
Mar 11: Bath Mats & Shower Curtains

Whole House
Mar 12: Windows & Screens
Mar 13: Ceilings, Including Vents & Fans
Mar 14: Walls
Mar 15: Baseboards
Mar 16: Curtains & Drapes
Mar 17: Window Blinds
Mar 18: Dusting
Mar 19: Upholstery
Mar 20: Vacuum & Shampoo Carpet
Mar 21: Wash Tile & Hardwood Floors
Mar 22: Garbage & Trash Cans
Mar 23: Electronics Screens, Door Knobs & Light Switch Plates

Bedroom
Mar 24: Vacuum & Clean Mattress
Mar 25: Wash Bedding
Mar 26: Air Pillows & Comforters
Mar 27: Clean Ceiling Fans

Laundry Room
Mar 28: Washing Machine & Dryer

Outside
Mar 29: Front & Back Doors
Mar 30: Entryway/Mudroom
Mar 31: Deck, Driveway/Porch

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Declutter March – In like a (cleaner) Lion

Thank you Declutter 365 – You’re ideas keep me going!

Mar 1 – Laundry room shelves and cabinets
Mar 2 – Ironing board and supplies
Mar 3 – Make a stain removal kit
Mar 4 – Clean laundry room floor
Mar 5 – Check laundry hampers
Mar 6 – Declutter sock basket for unmated socks
Mar 7 – Declutter entry
Mar 8 – Clean entry floors
Mar 9 – Declutter cupboard under the stairs
Mar 10 – Declutter guest bath
Mar 11 –  Clean guest bath sink/toilet
Mar 12 – Clean guest bath floors
Mar 13 – Declutter pantry
Mar 14 – Clean pantry shelves
Mar 15 – Clean pantry floor
Mar 16 – Hurt Knee
Mar 17 – Hurt Knee
Mar 18 – Hurt Knee
Mar 19 – Hurt Knee
Mar 20 – Hurt Knee
Mar 21 – Hurt Knee
Mar 22 – Hurt Knee
Mar 23 – Hurt Knee
Mar 24 – Spring Vacation
Mar 25 – Spring Vacation
Mar 26 – Spring Vacation
Mar 27 – Spring Vacation
Mar 28 – Spring Vacation
Mar 29 – Spring Vacation
Mar 30 – Spring Vacation
Mar 31 – Spring Vacation

Decluttering February – Keeping up the Momentum

 

1 – cookbooks
2 – small kitchen appliances (find out what I think are essentials here)
3 – dishes
4 – mugs and glasses
5 – liquor cabinet glasses
6 – recycling center
7 – plastic/paper bags
8 – grocery bags
9 – coffee cupboard
10 – water bottles
11 – kitchen drawers
12 – laundry drawers
13 – laundry cupboard
14 – laundry desk
15 – laundry shelves
16 – under laundry sink
17 – gift cards & loyalty cards
18 – files
19 – jams & jellies
20 – Begin meal planning (nope – but I signed up for WW)
21 – Fill out menu planning ideas – nope
22 – Create a menu board
23 – Online recipe file – nope
24 – kennel sink
25 – Batteries and light bulbs
26 – kennel cabinet
27 – Around washer and dryer
28 – Laundry supplies

 

Decluttering January – One Day at a time

1: Get ready – make a plan – find a resource – 15 minutes per day (Thanks Taylor at Home Storage Solutions)
2: Area around the sink
3: Kitchen counter and island
4: Kitchen table (ours is in the dining room)
5: Kitchen utensils and gadgets
6: Pot holders & towels
7: Knives
8: Revisit the plan – evaluate
9: Silverware drawer
10: Kitchen junk drawer
11: Kitchen paper products
12: Food storage containers
13: Cabinet under the sink
14: Pots and Pans
15: Revisit the plan – evaluate
16: Bakeware
17: Canned food –
18: Spices
19: Boxed / Canned foods
20: Dried Bean / Rice / Pasta
21: Kitchen Cabinets
22: Lids for Pots & Pans
23: Refrigerator shelves
24: Refrigerator drawers
25: Garage refrigerator
26: Big Freezer
27: Small Freezer
28: Kitchen Desk
29: Above the Cabinets
30: Kitchen Pantry Cupboard
31: Party!

 

 

 

The 20/10 Challenge – Labor Day

This morning we began a fairly extensive 20/10 challenge.  We are having the carpet and the furniture in the living room cleaned so everything had to come out.  

 

While it’s out, I might as well declutter too.  The only problem is now I have to wait for everything to dry to start putting things back and decide what to get rid of.

soooooo……. while we wait for the carpet to dry, I decided to to a 20/10 challenge on the upstairs hallway.  I forgot to take a before photo but I did remove a window fan, a folding table, a painting of a duck on wood, two hot tub filters, two piggy banks, and a fishing rod.  I dusted the shelves and the little table, hung up the blue peg board for a “chores for hire” message board (don’t worry, those are mostly $1’s), vacuumed, and cleaned the baseboards.  It’s so nice now – it’s been a mess for months.

The 20/10 Challenge – The Entry

Today’s 20/20 Challenge was a doozy.  I decided to tackle the front entry, including the coat closet.

  • I used the first 20 to remove items from the entry to sort out those that have no particular purpose in that area.  I moved them into the dining room and then wiped down the baseboard molding and bottom step.
  • The second 20 was used to remove the coats, bags, baskets, boxes, and Yuletide decorations from the coat closet – – what a mess.
  • The third 20 minutes flew by while I went through the coats and boxes, bags and baskets – consolidating, identifying the owners, making piles for donation.
  • During the fourth 20 minutes I put back the bins of decorations, the coats, made a couple of baskets with scarves, mittens and hats, another basket for my bag and purse to land, set up the umbrella stand and put out a wooden bowl for keys and spare change.
  • It looks great now. It will also function much better. Everything in the room is there because it should be, not just because there is no where else to put it. I just need to figure out what to do with all of the things I was hiding in that room.

The 20/10 Challenge – the scary kitchen drawers

Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school on Tuesday.  With the long vacation, our usual summer cleaning didn’t happen to I’m trying to squeeze some in now.  Today I employed the 20/10 strategy again – work 20minutes, rest 10 minutes.  The drawers in the kitchen island hold a lot of odds and end and get really cluttered over time.

I purged a few items and reorganized what was left. Everything is neat as a button.