Can I Have a More Organized Home in 4 Weeks? Day 8

I’m following along with the MoneySaving Mom’s series 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified) and linking my daily progress up over here.   After not doing so well with the pretty simple day 7 assignment to vacuum, I was determined not to let this one slip by undone as well even though I was getting a late start.  I’ve never considered myself a morning person by any stretch of the imagination but I do find that I do much better if I start on projects as soon as the morning rush ends around here as opposed to not getting started until after 1p.m. (I was working at the school book fair again yesterday and despite my best intentions to leave at 11a.m., I ended up staying until about 12:40p.m.).    Here were yesterday’s assignments and how I fared on them despite my late start:

Get dressed in the something that makes you feel great

I wore my elementary school t-shirt because I was working at the book fair.  It was a practical choice for the day although I think it would be a stretch to say wearing it made me feel great.  I’ve been resisting but I think I’ll go grab this free e-book, Frumps to Pumps that Crystal is suggesting in this assignment each day.  I should probably go ahead and admit I need all the help I can get to look pulled together!

Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 things you want to accomplish today

Emergen-C again today. I used one of the boys’ fun color change Eskimo Joe’s cups.

Have I mentioned I’m working at the elementary school book fair a lot this week?  You know what elementary schools contain in large quantities besides cute kids?  Germs!  My drink of choice was Emergen-C again today.  I limited my list to 5 things and managed to accomplish 1 of them completely (I made Rice Krispie treats for lunchbox treats) and 2 of them half-way (I made some phone calls in regards to J’s birthday party tomorrow and wrote a blog post although it was the one for this series and my goal was more to have it be a different post).  Let’s not talk about the other two items.  I will tell you they revolved around cleaning chores that did not happen.  At all.

Set the timer for 10 minutes and go through your messiest dresser drawer.  Remove the items you no longer love, need, and/or wear.  Quickly organize the remaining items.

I just switched my dresser over from summer to fall/winter clothing last week but I do have 3 smaller drawers on top.  One contains socks and underwear.  Um, I’m an open person but not quite open enough to post about my socks and underwear.  The other two drawers are designated as keepers of the clutter I suppose.  What I mean is I had no idea what they contained!  I choose to go through one of those drawers.  It did take a little longer than 10 minutes but I don’t think it took over 20 minutes to complete this task.

I had no idea what I’d find. The clear plastic bag contained items I salvaged from my last purse when it met an unfortunate fate with an untrained kitten.

I did find some interesting items including a couple of basketball themed pencils I had planned to use as stocking stuffers for the boys last year and clearly forgotten.  The boys aren’t playing basketball this year and I’m not sure why I thought they needed more pencils in the first place.  When I organized our art cabinet earlier this summer, we had plenty of pencils!

Random things I found in the dresser. Yes, I did eat the m&m’s.

I now know everything that is in this drawer and have plenty of space to stash stocking stuffers for THIS year!

I may tackle the other drawer today.  I wonder if I’ll find more chocolate?  I think that would make it worth doing, don’t you?  

Wipe down all the door handles in your home

I have always tried to do this fairly regularly around here.  I was on a kick at one point where I was spraying them with Lysol but that does make a bit of a mark on the wood if you don’t wipe it up quickly.  I usually use Clorox or Lysol Wipes to do this and do all the light switches and remote controls at the same time.  I ALWAYS make a point to do this after anyone around here has been ill.  Yesterday, I was out of wipes.  I am actually out of quite a few cleaning items right now for some reason.  I did have some multipurpose wipes on hand so I used those.

Not what I normal use to wipe door handles and light switches but they worked in a pinch.

After I did these daily tasks, I did go back and vacuum my living room and kitchen.  They are both hardwood floors for right now but I still vacuum them.  I felt good about what I did accomplish yesterday even if it wasn’t quite as much as I’d hoped.  I’m hoping for a big morning and early afternoon today as it is J’s birthday, a half-day at school for my boys, a soccer party tonight for their soccer teams, and tomorrow evening we are celebrating J’s birthday here.  Oh, and did I mention I’m working a shift at the school book fair tomorrow?  How has your week been going along?

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8 thoughts on “Can I Have a More Organized Home in 4 Weeks? Day 8

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you are well set for winter. I always have to try and remember where I stored my clothes when the seasons change.

    1. Jean Post author

      I thought that was funny as well. No, I haven’t had a chance to even glance at it yet. I’m hoping next week won’t be as busy as this week has been!

  1. Raquel

    Wow! You accomplished a lot! I worked at an elementary school for 7 years and it is so true about the germs! That is so nice of you to work the book fair. Laughed about your pencils too! I have been busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. 🙂
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks, I wish I would have accomplished a little bit more. I’ve really been enjoying reading your Thanksgiving posts 🙂


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