In spite of the (endless) plans for renovating and fixing up our home, our place suffers from one fatal flaw: clutter. I buy and buy, but I’ve fallen behind on the purging and decluttering and keeping things in order. Even if I have a system in place, I know I still have to supervise the household to make sure we all stick to the system. The H has asked me to finish cleaning out everything first before buying more things. He has a point. Some of the stuff I bought are still in shopping bags stowed away upstairs. I have to get my act together – I can’t improve the house without purging all the unecessary bits. And we’ve accumulated a lot of those even if we haven’t even lived here a year!
I promised the boys I’d focus on what needs to be done now – with what we have and the clutter I can tackle – before I go back to thinking of what I can buy or new project to tackle. Oh, my lists are still there, and I definitely will go back to them, but right now, and especially after the service this morning and the H’s challenge, I promise my family I’m going to tidy up – KonMari, if you will.
I not only have to purge and declutter, but I need to finish those schedules and put the systems back in place… Aaaaand since I’m an incurable list maker, I’ve come up with my to-do lists, which I divided into parts:
Part 1 – Downstairs
- Command Center
- School Station
- Dining Roon/Under the Stairs/Living Room/Entry way
(The 4th item are areas bunched together because these corners/rooms are already clean/organized right now).
Part 2 – Upstairs
- The bedroom of horrors (Laz’s room that has now become our storage area i.e. junk pile)
Part 3 – Downstairs
- Shared boys’ room
- Boys’ bathroom
Part 4 – Upstairs
- Closet room/walk-in
- Master bedroom
- Master bathroom
Part 5 – Downstairs and Outdoors
- Laundry room and pantry
- Dirty kitchen
- Side yard (utility area)
Part 6 – Outdoors
- Side yard (garden area)
- Storage shed
It seems kind of daunting, my list. I’ve broken it up in parts that only makes sense to me, hah! Here’s PART 1 – DOWNSTAIRS :
- File this year’s billing statements, and take out last year’s calendar from our household binder.
- Print this year’s calendars and grocery lists, and have them photocopied.
- File away new calendars and grocery lists in their respective binders (punch and washi tape included).
- Get boxes for the china I’ll be returning to my mother.
- Organize that overhead china cabinet (check supplies there, return the birthday dishes).
- Note down supplies needed for command center.
- Switch back the black frames for the white ones.
- Print new copies of cleaning schedule, put help’s copy in a sleeve and clipboard.
- Discuss laundry schedule with help, and revise if needed.
- Orient the new help on the household binder, grocery lists, laundry and cleaning schedules.
- Check and re-organize keys.
- Find a spot for Papa’s mail.
- Pack away the china I’ll be returning to my mom in boxes.
- Sort and donate dinnerware, cookware, and all other containers and drinking flasks we do not use.
- Go over each cabinet – check if we use items stocked or stored there, and have help wipe them down.
- Clear open shelves.
- Take note of broken drawer hinges or storage needs.
- Borrow my dad’s slr, bring out new dinnerware and cutlery, take photos for help’s reference, print photos, organize in small albums or corkboards or laminate for ease of reference.
- Figure out baby bottle station for the 2 younger boys – reorganize, take note of new bottles or nipples we may need and storage or container needs, purge what we do not need.
- Take note of lunch containers and drinking flasks for school, donate what we do not need or use.
- Put Laz’s important school papers in an envelope, for filing later on.
- Check supplies tray, and take note of what we need.
- Tidy up Laz’s cabinet: empty out clear box with seatwork, sort artwork we want to keep, check Laz’s extra school supplies, take note of what we need.
- Empty out Alo’s cabinet.
- Measure cabinets for matching bins.
Dining Room/Under the Stairs/Living Room/Entry Way
- Organize the dining shelves.
- Transfer emergency supplies into backpacks or something with handles.
- Note emergency supplies and expiration dates.
- Have carseat cleaned.
- Change and clean the diffuser.
- Check umbrellas in entry.
- Clear the work files from entry and under the stairs.
- Have that fan repaired!
- Put the emergency light somewhere else.
- Post a schedule for watering my plants.