October Declutter–The Medicine Cabinet – Tomorrow and Saturday–The Kid’s Room(s) Marathon

October Challenge—The Medicine Cabinet

Good Morning, Lovely!

Today is Thursday, October 19, 2017

Each Thursday is Floor Day—Sweep and mop, or vacuum your floors. Take care to give thorough attention to the floors in your Area of Focus.

The Area of Focus until the 21st is the Master Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet

Your October Declutter today—should you choose to accept it—is your medicine cabinet.

Strangely enough one of the worse places to store your medications is somewhere where it is hot and moist. That kind of describes the Bathroom doesn’t it?

Your mission is to get put your medicine cabinet in order but I would like to see you go a little further.

·         Take a picture to help you with your clutter blindness

·         Take a box and collect all your medications.

·         Go through them –checking the expiration date and discarding any that are out of date.

·         Also, arrange for refills on medications you regularly take but are almost out of.

·         Separate the medications into groups by the area where you normally use them.

·         Find a storage solution that keeps them together but easily accessible.

 imageTomorrow your Declutter Challenge is your Child(ren)’s room(s)

Saturday would be great for a work day that focuses on their rooms including closet, paperwork, and bathroom if they are blessed enough to have one. Especially if you have more than one child, this is definitely a marathon, not a sprint.

Love, love, love,

Mary

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October Declutter–Master Bathroom

October 18, 2017

October Declutter—The Master Bathroom

Hello, Lovely!

Today is Wednesday. Wednesday is Desk Day

Each Wednesday, bring your personal and family business up to date:

  • Pay bills
  • Sort through all your papers

o   Take appropriate action

o   Toss what you will never need again

o   Put items for ongoing action into your Current File

o   File papers you will need to refer to in the future in a way that will make it easy to recover

  • What cards and notes do you need to send?

Today’s declutter area is The Master Bathroom –your bathroom is second only to your kitchen in its ability to accumulate clutter.

Take pictures of your bathroom and exam them for clutter you have become clutter blind to.

Start at a point near your door and work quickly around the room, emptying drawers and cabinets, and replacing only those items you use or will need in the near future.

Sort all items into

  • Put away elsewhere
  • Throw out (trash)
  • Donate (items you do not need or love)
  • Return (items you have borrowed)

Wipe down all surfaces before returning items to that area. Remember to store like with like.

Tomorrow –Our medicine cabinet

Love, love, love,

Mary

 

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. -(Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

 

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October Challenge–Your Closet and Drawers

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I actually had fun adding closet dividers to my closet

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October Challenge—Master Bedroom Drawers and Closet

Hello, Lovelies!

The Area of Focus for the Week of October 15th to the 21st—The Master Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—It needs to be done so make it fun.

As always, take a picture so you can fight clutter blindness and see what your closet looks like.

Remove anything that belongs in a different place and put it away.

Look at each piece of clothing in your closet and drawers:

                Does it fit?

                Is it in good repair?

                Do you feel good when you wear it?

                When was the last time you wore it?

The three piles are keep, donate, and Not Quite Sure

Go through the Not Quite Sure Pile again—let go of anything that you never feel comfortable wearing, you really know you will never wear again.

Don’t forget to do the same thing with accessories, including jewelry and scarves, and shoes.

Group like items together. I consider sleeve length and the length of the clothing. Then I group by color using the colors of the rainbow –white, ecru, pink, red, orange, green, teal, blue, purple, grey, black—not totally ROY G BIV but this is the way it works in my closet and drawers.

Don’t keep clothes that you don’t wear in your closet. Having a smaller but more functional wardrobe will help you feel better dressed and more pulled together on a daily basis.

Tomorrow—The Master Bathroom

Love, love, love,

Mary

 

October Declutter–The Master Bedroom Tomorrow –Your Closet and Drawers

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October Declutter- The Master Bedroom

Good Morning, Lovely!

Today is Monday, October 16, 2017—The Area of Focus for this week is the Master Bedroom, Closet, and Attached (aka EnSuite) Bathroom.

Each Monday:

  • Bring your home back into order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check to see whatever personal, paper, and cleaning supplies you will be needing in your bathroom

We go clutter blind—we live with things in places for so long we don’t even see them anymore. To help with clutter blindness, take a picture. You will be able to see things out of place or really not edifying as you examine the picture.

Your Master Bedroom is not a storage facility or a workroom—it is your sanctuary. Catch the vision and work toward it. You will sleep better and relate better to your husband in a room free of clutter.

  • Are there any things in your room that do not belong there? Gather them in a box or basket and take them where they belong.
  • Clear all your surfaces and put back a limited amount of décor. Too much stuff on surfaces looks cluttered and discourages dusting.
  • Do not keep what is broken, unneeded, or anything you really do not like because it was a gift or it was valuable.
  • Do not keep anything that interferes with your sleep in your bedroom.
  • For years, I stored magazines—neatly organized—under my bed, ignoring the advice of the organizers whose books I read. I finally got rid of them and it did make a difference. Storing out of season clothes in sealed containers under your bed may be a good solution for you but consider carefully what you stash in your bedroom and where you stash it.
  • Always sort into:

Keep

Toss

Return to rightful owner

Donate or yard sale

  • Make your room fit for the lovely woman you are.

 

Bedroom Checklist

  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed?(M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures?(M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned?(M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean?(M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean?(M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks?(M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffle? The Mattress pad?(M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter?(D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished?(M) Dusted?(W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order?(M)
  • What’s under the bed?(M)

 The Closet:

  • Are the shelves in order?(M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair?(M)
  • Are the shoes in order?(M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic?(M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned?(M)

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. -(Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

Tomorrow’s challenge—Your closet and drawers

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Love, love, love,

Mary

October Declutter-The Mail

October Challenge—Saturday, October 14, 2017 –The Mail

Good Morning, Lovelies,

Saturday is Family Fun Day—Work or Play Together as a Family –and make it fun!

Tomorrow the Area of Focus shifts to the Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st)

BUT Sunday is a Day of Rest—Worship God, Spend time with your loved ones. Communicate the activities of the next week (Plan and get things on your calendar)

The Mail

·         Gather all your mail. Get a box and walk through your home and gather any unopened mail.

·         Sort by keep and trash. I also have scissors in a drawer near the trash container and I use them to cut up any mail that may have information people could use to commit fraud.

·         Work next to your trash container. I routinely open my mail in the kitchen next to the trash container and anything I do not need goes directly into the trash. My trash container has two sides—trash and recycling. I often divide cut up documents with financial information between the two sides.

·         My calendar is above my trash can and I can list any appointments or dates on the calendar immediately.

·         I put my opened mail that I need to keep in a basket on my desk. If there is urgency I do deal with somethings right away. You can place a basket wherever mail tends to accumulate. The quick disposal of anything you know is trash will save you time on your Desk Day

Unsubscribe from catalogs you do not use. Call or email.

Wednesday is Desk Day when I deal with whatever paperwork or personal/family business. Only file papers you will refer to in the future. (more on this on the 25th when we declutter bills and paperwork).

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Love, love, love,

My DeskMary

October Declutter Challenge–The Pantry

October Declutter—The Pantry

Hello, Lovelies!

Today is Friday, October 13, 2017. Today’s Declutter Challenge is the Pantry

Friday is Wrap Up Your Week Day

·         Put Your Home in Order for the Weekend’

·         Clean Out Whatever Bag(s) You Take Out the Door with You

·         Clean Out Your Car

The Area of Focus for this week (that lines up with the Declutter) is the Kitchen

Decluttering Your Pantry

·         Your pantry is for food storage.

·         Take a picture and examine it for changes you want to make

·         Make sure your kitchen is in order and counters are clear

·         Have an empty trash can

·         Have a box for items for the Local Food Pantry like Feedmore

·         Remove everything from your pantry and sort as you go

·         Check expiration dates. Close your eyes and drop items that are out of date into the trash.

·         When the pantry is empty and items are grouped by kind wipe the shelves of the pantry.

·         Replace items in the pantry being mindful of the following guidelines.

·         Think mini-mini-mini-grocery store. Store like items together (soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pastas)

·         Place items with expiration dates farther in the future in the back and those with nearby expiration dates in the front.

·         Make a point of putting the items that will expire soon in your meal plan soon.

·         I use expandable risers that look like stairsteps in the back of my shelves to make the items stored there easily visible.

·         Store infrequently used items on the top shelves (I keep extra paper plates, disposable cups, and plastic storages bags on my top shelf)

·         Make a note of any storage containers you need. Do not go out and buy storage containers before you know what you need. They will become part of the clutter. Make sure the capacity is right for what will be stored in them.

·         Label your storage containers. You may think you will remember what is in them. That’s what I thought before some things became mysterious to me.

·         Take a picture. What changes do you want to make in the future? For today enjoy the view!

Saturday’s Challenge (should you care to accept it) is your mail. If you do not want to do challenges on Saturdays put this on the calendar for November 8th.

Have a fantastic Friday!

Love, love, love,

Mary

 

October Declutter–The Utility Drawer (aka the Junk Drawer)

October Declutter—Your Junk Drawer

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Today is Thursday, October 12, 2017. Thursday is Floor Day

Each Thursday

Sweep, Vacuum, and/or Mop Your Floors

The Area of Focus and also the Area where we are working in our Whole House Declutter is the Kitchen.

The specific area in the kitchen today to declutter is the Junk Drawer.

I have renamed it my Utility Drawer – junk does not belong in our homes.

This is the place for miscellaneous items.

Take a picture and examine what is in there.

Sort the items as you take them out the drawer and categorize them.

I have dividers in my drawer that keeps like with like.

Because other people have a tendency to toss things in the drawer, each time I open the drawer I quickly put things bag where they belong.

We find strange screws and pieces of things in our homes. I keep those in a plastic baggie and if anyone is ever looking for a missing part I know just where to look.

I also keep bandaids and Neosporin in the corner of the drawer.

I also have tools, matches, floral supplies, electrical tape, toothpicks,  furniture repair supplies and other small things in my utility drawer.

Take a picture when you are done. Is there anything else you want to change.

Tomorrow the Declutter challenge is the Pantry. Get your garbage bags ready for out of date foods!

Love, love, love,

Mary

October Declutter–Kitchen Counters

October Declutter—Kitchen Counters

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Today is Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Tuesday is Duster Dance Day! Put on some happy music, grab your favorite duster, and dance that dust right out the door!

The Area of Focus is the Kitchen through Saturday. If you are doing the Whole House Declutter, we are working in the Kitchen for the next few days. Today we are clearing our countertops.

Take a picture before you start and study it for clutter. Take a picture when you are through.

 There should not be anything on your counters that is not useful and/or beautiful. Even if it is useful of beautiful if it is not used regularly, give it a convenient home elsewhere.

Keep the front 2/3 of your counter clear as a workspace. I moved my toaster off the counter but it was being used regularly so I am letting it live on the counter. If it had stayed where I put it most of the time, it would still be there.

Wipe down your counters and the décor and small appliances you keep on your counters.

Each day before you declutter make sure there is good general order.

Do not pull out more than you can put away quickly when it is time to stop.

If you are finding papers as you work through your home put them in a box and label it—Papers To Go Through. Paperwork will have its own day.

Tomorrow we are going to go through the Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers.

Love, love, love,

imageMary

October Declutter–The Dining Room

Declutter in October—Week 2

Hello, Lovelies!

Let’s recap

We have started at the street and put our Front Yard and Porch in order.

We have decluttered:

·         Our Entry

·         Living Room

·         Books and Magazines

·         Video Games and DVD’s

The Area of Focus for this week is The Kitchen (8th -14th)

Monday’s Task as are always:

·         Put your home in order after the weekend

·         Clean your toilets

·         Check your bathroom for any needed supplies

If you are doing the Whole House Declutter, spend time in the Dining Room today. Tomorrow we will begin to go through the Kitchen – one small area at a time.

 When we do a Whole House Declutter we do the basics and maintain the work we have accomplished.

·         Beds made.

·         House in good general order

·         Laundry done

·         Trash taken out.

It is sad but true that a mess seems to give permission to people to add to it. When I began to keep my dining room table clean and clear I had to stop people as they left items on the table and ask them to put the item away. Set the example and pick up after yourself and civilly remind people to put their stuff where it belongs.

Love, love, love,

Mary

October Declutter–Books and Magazines

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Yesterday we spent time in the Living Room. Today let’s take time to deal with magazines and books. Tomorrow we will go through video games and DVD’s.

I love books and magazines. I do have some craft magazines from the 1980’s and 90’s. I like the patterns I have gotten rid of most all other magazines and ended subscriptions. I pass magazines on to family or donate them when I am finished with them.  I donate them to the library or leave them in waiting rooms.

 I am a bibliophile. When I get rid of books I sometimes end up buying them again. I can read a book by a favorite author over and over. That said from time to time I clear my shelves and donate them to a place that wants to set up or increase a library for a nonprofit. I also am sending a book at a time to my stepmom that she can read and donate to her local library. I can part with a book if I know it is going to a worthy cause or someone I love.

Note:

Old textbooks go out of date quickly. The same information can be found online.

Do keep old favorites and books you genuinely love.

 Go through all your books and magazines. Be brutal. If it is falling apart, if no one will ever read it again, if you never really liked it in the first place, let it go. Toss, pass it on, donate it. Put your bookcases into something like order.

The Area of Focus for this week is the Gathering Space.

Thursday’s task is your floors.

Again, tomorrow you will do what you did today except with Video games and DVD’s.

You can do this a little at a time. Just keep going. You only fail when you quit.

Love, love, love,

imageMary