Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February shall be my organizing month.

January turned out to be a month of rest for us.  Della had Croup, I ended up with a two-day flu that took a week to recover from, and my hubby seems to be recovering from 4 1/2 years of seminary.  I couldn't believe I was turning a page in the calendar this morning, but sure enough, here we are in February already!

Can I say that it's been really nice to not do any sewing this past month? I'm looking forward to getting going on my bee blocks and making my mom a bag for her birthday (which was 2+ months ago...sorry Mom!), but that may be it for me, and that's OK.

Our house has been in a sad state of disarray, and I am channeling some of my creative energies to focus on taking care of it! There's a good chance we could end up moving into a smaller space in the next year, so I need to get things figured out here or there may be no hope for any apartment of ours!

I just found the 52 Weeks of Organization Challenge, and I think some of it may be helpful for me. I'm not quite ready to commit to 52 projects, but I do have 6, and that's a good enough start for me!

Organizing Junkie

[this is a total side note, but I highly recommend the book, Organizing for Your Brain Type by Lanna Nakone. This book really helped me to understand how I function best, and it isn't the way most "organizational tips" tell me to do things.  This is a great starting point for figuring out what you need to do to get control of the clutter in a way that really suits who you are.]

It helps me to set really specific goals, so here is what mine look like at this point.  You really don't have to read this, but if you're in need of some de-cluttering, maybe this will help!

1. Tackle the Paper Piles
  • Gather all piles from bedroom, living room, and kitchen
  •  Sort piles for recycling, filing, and action
  •  Go through current file drawer and get rid of files we no longer need.  Be sure files are in appropriate folders.
  • Act on "Action" items
  • File "File" pile.  :)
  • Hang the new letter organizer and figure out how to use it effectively.
2.  Clean the carpets
  • Vacuum main bathroom (yes, it is carpeted...we rent.)
  • Clean all carpet in main bathroom with cleaner (I borrowed a carpet cleaning machine from a friend)
  • Clean carpet in walkway of both bedrooms
  • Clean rugs in living room and dining room 
3. Improve Recycling System/Shoe catch (this is our version of a mud room...a 3x5 foot corner between the dryer and wall when you walk in the back door)
  • Determine "inside" and "outside" recycling items
  • Don't be lazy about putting stuff outside!
  • Clean out the recycle can
  • Mop the recycle area and make space for shoes
4. Bedroom Closet
  • Pull down everything off the shelves and determine whether we still need it
  • Get rid of what we are not using. If it isn't in season, put it in the storage room for later use
  • Go through shoes and get rid of ones we never wear
  • Get a hanging shoe rack and start putting our shoes in it
5. Living room closet
(last time I did this, I found one of those grody bathroom rugs left over from previous tennants...nice)
  • Pull everything off shelves and sort into giveaway and keep piles
  • Be sure to put things back either in their boxes with labels or in a way that makes it easy to get to the item and whatever is behind/under it! (I hate trying to get something down only to have to go through 5 layers of junk that are on top of it!)
  • Utilize filing cabinet space for storage
  • Make the vacuum easier to access
If you have been counting, you know that's only 5.  Number 6 is already finished. I did it last weekend before I knew about this, but had the two events reversed, I would have had this as #1: Clean out the pantry.

I can't tell you how many times I buy a bag of spaghetti at the store only to come home and realize I already had two!  So I pulled everything off the shelves, cleaned the shelves, and then wrote down each and every single item in the pantry. Except for the too-big-pile of stuff that had expired. I just dumped it and resolved not to let so many non-perishable perish ever again.  Each of my meals (dinners) this month must have at least one pantry item in it.  The more the merrier, of course.
So, that's been January and I look into what I'm hoping for February.  Please note: No flus, colds, or other illnesses or injuries are invited.



  1. I know what you mean about buying multiples of food I already have. Until I reorganized my pantry a couple months ago I did that quite a bit. We're moving at the end of the month so I'm trying cook through our freezer and pantry as much as I can in the next month. I hoping to have little to no food to haul. :)
    PS. Once I get our new address I'll send it to you for the MSQB.

  2. You go, girl! You're inspiring me!

  3. I am finding out comments I thought posted didn't. I am very proud of you and wish you much success with your organizing. You are awesome!


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