I actually enjoy walking into my living room now!!
I threw about 3 bags of stuff out. I even made my husband nervous, which says a lot since he usually likes throwing stuff out.
What I’m mostly excited about is our CDs. We had stopped even attempting to find something to listen to, because either the cases were broken (which made thumbing through them a core), or we had to wade through stuff we didn’t enjoy any longer to find our favorites. I took our giant CD case and weeded out the unwanted ones, and then filled it with all our favorites….in order of genre.
So now that the living room is orderly and clean, I am ready to move on to my kitchen.
There is nothing I enjoy more than a clean, organized kitchen. It is where I prepare nourishing meals for my family. A lot of love and care is poured into every meal – and it is so much more enjoyable to create fun, nourishing, healthy dinners when my kitchen is simple, clean, and tidy.
So here we go from item to item:
Day 11 – Cupboards. Clear out the mess. First take everything out and wipe down the insides, then as you put everything back, ask yourself: Do we use this? Will we use this? Do I even want this? (hello wedding present from Great Aunt Martha that you’ve never and will never use). Toss what you are not using, and keep only what is useful right now to your family.
Day 12 – Pantry. Toss, toss, toss. Toss the expired food. Just toss it. Toss the food you thought you’d use but haven’t. Toss the bag of chips that are only crumbs at the bottom. Then organize, organize, organize. You don’t have to get all OCD and alphabetize your soup cans, but at least put like-things together so it’s easier to find stuff.
Day 13 – Drawers and counter tops. Again, pull everything out and wipe them down. They tend to get really dirty after a while. Then, toss repeat cooking utensils (unless you regularly use them), or those utensils you got for your wedding and have never figured out what they are. Organize your Ziplock bags – you can use one large one to store the them in. Throw out the extra twist-ties, and odd-and-ends that your drawers seem to collect…it’s okay. If you toss a stray screw, you can always pick up extras at the hardware store (chances are your husband has one in that rusty coffee can in the shed).
Now we need to attack our counter tops. I swear, next to drawers, kitchen counter tops are the worst for collecting odd-and-ends that either do not have a home, or that have somehow decided to take a rest-stop on their way to a home. Get a basket and throw in everything that is not a food/kitchen item or does not belong on your counter top. Then walk through your home with the basket and empty those things in their respective homes – do not find a new dumping ground for them! Resist the temptation! (HINT: your garbage can may also be a new “home” for items that are useless).
Day 14 – Fridge and Freezer. Toss out expired food. Pay attention to the little bottles: horse radish, Worcestershire sauce, etc. Hint: food in your freezer only stays good for up to 3 months. You can probably fudge on that a bit, but if it’s sat in there for longer than six months a) your not likely to eat it any time soon and b) I wouldn’t chance it. Toss expired food in the fridge and the leftovers that have become Duck Dynasty clones. Wipe down the shelves, crisper drawers and doors.
Day 15 – Clean. Wipe down your tiles, cupboard doors and drawer faces. Clean your oven and stove top. Take cleanser and give your sink a really good scrubbing. Clean your microwave by taking a bowl of water and microwaving it for 3-5 minutes, then wipe down the inside and outside. Clean your dishwasher and all your other counter-top appliances. Don’t forget your garbage can. Wipe it down inside and out. Then once all that is done, get down on your hands and knees and scrub your floor really well (don’t forget the corners!).
For some great ideas on safe, non-toxic, homemade, and super-cheap cleaning recipes you can make at home (with ingredients you probably already have on hand), visit my Free Downloads page and download my free book Homemade Cleaning with a subscription to my blog. Update – this book is not available at this time.
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