Today, I slept in, which was glorious. I love sleeping in on rainy days. I have one child dog sitting for the week, one child on a church retreat, one child at a friend’s house, and three children home just watching movies and playing. I’m trying to sit here and ignore the fact that school starts back up on Monday. *Sigh* I need to let that resonate…….School. Starts. Monday. Ugh.
My goal, this weekend, is to get my house put back together. Christmas stuff has been LONG put up (I begin taking it down Christmas Day and finish up the day after), so that is not the problem. The problem is that in 2014, I have slacked in the organizing/cleaning/keeping stuff put where they belong department. I was aware of it all last year, but chose to ignore that still small voice that said “get your stuff in order.”
I will get it done. I keep a trash bag/can and a giveaway box handy to help out. Once the boxes are full, I put the giveaway box in the truck to drop off at a local needline and I take the garbage to the garbage.
A few days ago, I tackled all but one of my kitchen cabinets. I got them all cleaned out and reorganized them. I need to finish the one that I had left and the drawer under the stove. Then, I refilled my homemade spices (seasoning, enchilada, taco, spaghetti, ranch, onion soup mix mixes). Some of those recipes can be found here. This is one way that I save money. While I’m doing that, it depletes my spices, so I made a detailed list of the things that I needed to buy in bulk at Sams. I also need to organize/sweep out the pantry, but that is pretty much it for the kitchen.
Today, I started in the laundry room. I went through every nook and cranny. I put every tool back in its spot, wiped every surface and underneath surfaces and did all the laundry. I still need to clean out the dryer hose, deep down the lint tray of the dryer and then that will be done. It feels good. Really really good. I am also washing all floor mats and blankets/sheets today. I also will be taking the pillows and throwing them in the dryer on fluff with a sponge made with my homemade dryer sheets (recipe found here). I will have the kids (after they strip their bedding and bring me their pillows) spray febreze on their mattresses and flip them, if necessary. Once their bedding is all done and smelling good, it is a good start to deep cleaning their rooms. I also replenished all of my homemade cleaners. I have my recipes here, if anyone is interested.
Big Daddy is running all my mundane errands. He is a jewel like that cause he knows I don’t like to get out, especially in the rain. He is working on refinancing our home to get us a fixed rate. He is also picking up a kid, medicine, and doing most of the grocery shopping. We will do the rest tomorrow night at Sams.
The living room is pretty well organized and straightened. I need to dust and clean the windows. I also need to brush off the dog hair from my furniture and clean one piece of furniture. I am going to move everything to sweep/mop underneath and make sure the school closet is done. I went on a quest to organize Big Daddy’s movie obsession and I’m thrilled that he is parting with some movies. We still have a TON, but I got some new shelving and have them all pretty and easy to find.
I also hung pictures and set up pictures that I have been meaning to do for a while. I have a pile on my mantle of things that people have left here, by accident. I’m thrilled to have got rid of most of that stuff.
The dining room is the same way…just needs a good sweeping/mopping. I want to tackle my appliance closet and the boys toy closet. The little boys will help me with that. It is their stuff and they need to learn how to organize their stuff so it is easier to find. I will also wash all of their play clothes because they STINK.
I cleaned the carpet upstairs, so I just need to dust and vacuum up there. I need to rehang my curtains and put my books back where they belong instead of haphazardly stacking them everywhere. I recently went through my filing cabinet upstairs and shredded a lot, threw away a lot and then organized the rest. I have all my appliance booklets in a binder to make them easier to find. That has helped a ton.
The kids bedrooms need their carpets cleaned and vacuumed. They also need to be dusted. We need to go through and find all the socks that are mismatched or don’t have a match. I do this frequently. We throw away holey socks and holey underwear and when there isn’t a match, I have a small laundry basket in the laundry room that I can put it in or look through. The girls socks are pretty easy to weed through. They already wear mismatched socks so that takes off a lot of pressure for me. The boys, however, go through socks like water. We don’t have to try on/go through clothes again because we just did that, so we are good in that department.
The kids schoolwork is ready for them. They each have their own buckets that houses their personal stuff in it. All the tablets are powered and ready for us. Computer has been cleaned off and virus protection has been scanned. Schedules are already done because I do it a year at a time.
I’ve got this…………….really, I do!!!!!!!
Off to work. I’ll be posting my menu for the next few days tomorrow. Don’t forget about my giveaway for THE IDENTICAL movie. Leave a comment, with your email address, in the comments section below for a chance to win. The drawing will happen on January 5th!