Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Getting Organized . . . or Trying to. . . Again

If you need organized and you like to be challenged, check out the “I’m an Organizing Junkie” website.  Laura (the organizing junkie) has a fabulous plan for helping you get your home organized and/or projects completed and/or habits developed in 52 weeks .  You can jump in at any time.  The first step is creating a plan (a list! my favorite part!).  I think my plan has over 100 projects or cleaning chores that need done and I will have to do more than one a week to accomplish most of it.  I didn’t include the yards yet.  Some projects are seasonal and some will need done on a regular basis and I’m sure I’ve missed a few.  Like, find where rainwater is coming in over second floor living room and cut down pine tree in front yard to replace cellar door and purchase new storm doors.  The fun part, of course, will be crossing off each project as it is done.  Here is my list and I’m already able to cross off one.
THE KITCHEN

Dust shelves
Move yellow table and chairs to corner of kitchen

Move pantry to opposite wall (if it fits)
Move gray shelves to storage room

Put yellow bookcase along long wall in kitchen
Clean off top of fridge; declutter cookbooks; put cookbooks on yellow shelf

Put serving cart in middle of kitchen floor, clean off surface
Microwave????

Degrease floor, scrub
Declutter wall cupboards

Declutter sink drawers
Declutter under sink

Clean out fridge, wipe down inside and out
Soak stove parts, clean

Wipe down walls
Scrub sink

Wash window
Launder curtains

Repot plants
Purchase new kitchen towels, pot holders

Purchase new area rugs
THE DINING ROOM

Paint walls
Wash windows

Clean drapes
Dust all furniture

Clean out china closet
Clean out buffet

Clean out desk
Throw out table

Find kitchen table insert
Move kitchen table to scrap room

Do we still have wine hanger? If so, hang it
Change d├ęcor to wine theme and hang clock, photos

Clean out closet, paint
Clean out dresser, think about moving to small kitchen.

Wipe down walls
THE LOWER LIVING ROOM

Wash window
Wipe down walls

Bleach chenille blankets to use as couch/chair covers
Purchase or sew big overstuffed pillows in a shabby chic fabric

Hang photos
Move bookcase from back bedroom to behind tv (maybe)


THE LOWER HALL

Paint walls
Lay new floor

Wash windows and curtains
Paint stair treads and rails


THE LOWER BATHROOM

Wash shower curtains
Scrub tub

Scrub sink
Clean out cabinets

Hang photos
Purchase new rugs

Purchase new towels
THE TOP FLOOR - BACK BEDROOM

Paint walls
Wash floors

Clean out closet
Declutter book case

Declutter under sink and drawers
Move all scrap related materials to second floor

Clean computer stand
Clean out from under bed

Sort through shoes
Clean out dresser

Clean surfaces
Wash windows

Wash curtains
See about moving vanity to this room or front bedroom


THE TOP FLOOR - FRONT BEDROOM

Paint walls
Wash windows

Clean out closet
Clean out dresser

Sort through toys
Sort through books

Repurpose or purchase shelves for this room
Purchase new bedding, fluffy pillows

Hang pictures
Measure wall to see if china closet can be moved up here


LOWER KITCHEN

Think about making this mud, garden room
Patch cracks in walls

Paint walls
Paint door

Purchase new screen door
Have plumber check sink

Purchase dorm fridge
Purchase microwave

Wash window
Hang curtains

Purchase area rug
Scrub floor


THE SECOND FLOOR BIG ROOM

Divide this room into three areas: tv, scrap, sewing
Need to find leak and fix

Need to replace ceiling tiles and ceiling molding
Wipe down walls

TV AREA
Purchase for area rug

Measure K’s wall to see if china closet could be moved to her room
Clean out closet

Scrub floor, maybe repaint or save for carpeting
Clean off entertainment center

Clean radiator
SCRAP AREA

Clean off shelves and organize for scrap related materials
Set up kitchen table for scrapping, game playing and puzzle building

Hang pictures
Begin purchasing decorative suitcase and hat boxes for storage


SEWING AREA

Clean off sewing machine cabinet
Move tall bookcase to sewing area for supplies

Move K’s black stand either to her room or at end of couch in tv area
BASEMENT

Clean behind door, top shelf along stairs
Have stairs fixed

Sweep
FRONT PORCH

Hose down porch
Wash windows

Wipe down door
Wash porch furniture

Put down carpet
Hang lace curtains

Purchase summer flowers
BACK PORCH

Same as front porch except for rug and curtains


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