Monday, February 4, 2013

21 Day Home Challenge

I realized I have been slacking on my New Year Resolutions. So since I am rarely on time for anything, I didn't figure it would matter if I am late on getting started with this. Plus the fact that basketball season is almost over and baseball season is basically here it has put me in action mode! Which for those of you who are not baseball moms, that translates into non-stop on the go starting mid-February until July. I am going to be super busy this year because all three of the boys will be playing league baseball so because I do not want to be the mad mom trying to find everything, I better start getting organized NOW.

I have found a couple of websites to help me do this, Holiday Sparkles: 21 Day Organization Challenge and  Finely Ground:One-A-Day Challenge: Spring Cleaning. Of course I am just going to borrow their ideas and adjust it to my house. 

My weekly cleaning schedule is really Monday through Friday but I'm trying to change that some. I changed the challenges to match the rooms I will be in and my upcoming schedule.
  •  Monday - Kitchen
  • Tuesday - Living Room
  • Wednesday - Bathrooms
  • Thursday - Bedrooms
  • Friday - Computer Room
  • Saturday - Ball games or outside work
  • Sunday - Relax

My 21 Day Organization Challenge is:

  1. Her's was Medicine Cabinet so since I do not have one, I really thought about skipping day one but I better not. All my medicine is on top of my frig, so that's where I'll start.
  2. Coat Closets
  3. Linen Closet
  4. Under Beds
  5. Hand Bag/Camera Bag
  6. Fridge/Freezer
  7. Living Room
  8. Her's was Make Up Case but I have make up drawers!
  9. Bedroom Dressers
  10. Jewelry Box
  11. Kitchen Cabinet
  12. Craft Supplies
  13. Under Sinks
  14. Bedroom Closets
  15. Laundry Room
  16. Her's was playroom/den but we have a Computer Room
  17. Car
  18. Garage
  19. Backyard
  20. Her's said Attic/Basement but there's no way you're getting me up there so I'll have to figure out something for here. I'm sure I've missed something.
  21. Revisit all your hard work and enjoy!
Here is the Spring Clean Challenge but I will have to adjust mine later.
  1. Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans--microfiber dampened with vinegar is good.
  2. Sweep cobwebs in corners and along the ceiling.
  3. Dust all horizontal surfaces—tops of doors, picture frames, shelves, baseboards, counters...
  4. Magic Eraser or spot-clean the walls.
  5. Wipe down circulating fans, wall, and floor vents with a cloth dampened with vinegar.
  6. Get a new  vacuum filter (seriously, when's the last time you did it?)
  7. Take everything off the bed and launder, including things you might wash less often like comforters or bedskirts.
  8. Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda and let sit for at least an hour, then vacuum it all up with the brush attachment. You can do this while your bedclothes are in the wash to save steps!
  9. Vacuum all upholstered furniture and vacuum or launder curtains.
  10. Take rugs and mats outside and beat with a broom handle.
  11. Vacuum the floor REALLY thoroughly before you put the rugs back down.
  12. Spot-clean the carpet.
  13. Give the kitchen a deep clean, especially the parts you usually skip (drip-pans, anyone?)
  14. Check expiration dates in your fridge, pantry, and medicine cabinet, and bring things to the front—or to the garbage!—accordingly.
  15. Give the bathroom(s) a deep clean, especially the parts you usually skip. Here's an easy, green method for the shower!
  16. Go through your make-up and throw out anything that smells funny or you never use.
  17. Wash windows inside and out. A mix of water and vinegar with a microfiber cloth work great!
  18. Scrub out all window tracks with soapy water and an old toothbrush.
  19. Go through your wardrobe and if there's things you never wear or have worn out either donate them or put them in a rag-bag (for craft projects!)
  20. Bring summer clothes to the front and hide winter clothes in the back.
  21. If you have a wool coat, bring it to the dry-cleaner's—I know, not cheap, but it's only once a year!
  22. Treat any dingy whites to a soak in vinegar or borax. Might be a good time to do the dishcloths, too!
  23. Polish and condition wood—anybody know a good green way to do this and nix the orange-glo?

Your welcome to follow me each day to see how it goes and give your suggestions and thoughts. Cleaning is never fun so I will probably need all the support I can get.

So without further ado...let's get cleaning and organizing!

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