It’s time for Mess to Blessed: A Cleaning and Organizing Series-The Entryway. If you missed it, click here for my printable schedule from last week.
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I’ve given myself one week for each challenge. One week. Guess when I got it done? Yeah, yesterday. Can I get an amen from the Procrastinator crowd?
In my defense I did have one of the busiest weeks/weekends I have every year. And I still got it accomplished. I feel like I need a cookie…or a Cadbury Cream Egg cupcake. I digress.
From Mess to Blessed: A Cleaning and Organizing Series-The Entryway
Here’s what I did:
- Pulled everything to the middle of the floor.Doesn’t it look lovely? Remember-you have to make a mess first to get it organized! The clean part in the middle-yeah, that’s where I sat. I piled stuff around me 🙂
- I then went through all of the lovely “stuff”. The results: I got rid of 5 pairs of shoes, 4 shoes that I still can’t find a match for, a jacket, 2 Nerf bullets, a few legos and several dust bunnies.
- I wiped everything down and swept or vacuumed.
- Then I took pictures.
Of course the second the crew came in the door I had to get little ones to put their shoes away. It’s an ongoing battle. The kids know that the way to quickly make the house clean is put up those shoes for Mommy. It’s an automatic deep breath.
From Mess to Blessed: A Cleaning and Organizing Series-The Kitchen
Now this week begins the kitchen. Not too long ago I actually organized the kitchen and went through it all. I like my layout for everything now. My kids get to set the dinner table most nights. That is so helpful. But, well, my pantry..let’s just say it’s kind of like my car I had in high school. I never threw anything away and I basically lived out of it. It was my closet on wheels basically. Remember how I said I was doing this partly to make you feel better about yourself-well, here is one of those moments:
Yes, that’s it. When I tell you that I’m not a naturally organized person, here’s proof. I’m not having false modesty here.. this is me in my normal state. That’s why I can have a whole blog on being Mess to Blessed, I will never naturally be organized so it’s something I will always have to work on.
Here’ s my schedule for this week in the kitchen:
- Pantry first- pull everything out. Throw away, categorize. Clean the inside of the pantry. Put everything back in.
- Refridgerator-pull it all out. Throw away categorize. Clean. Put it back in.
- Just clean it out. I’ve got a couple I need to get rid of.
- Sweets pantry-pull it out, clean, and organize.
- Recipe cabinet. Pull it out, throw stuff away, get it back in order.
- Under the sink-clean it.
- Medicine cabinet-that just makes me cringe in itself. Pullit out, throw it away, categorize, put it back.
- Take everything off of the cabinets and wipe it all down.
- Clean all of the cabinets and baseboards.
- Sweep and mop.
- Clean out oven and microwave.
- Clean light fixtures.
I’m not going to lie-this is going to be a challenge. Mercy, cleaning and organizing yesterday I only made it halfway through before I had to make snacks for everyone. But it got done. Cleaning and organizing is never easy for me, and it’s not something that I say “Yippeee!! I get to clean and organize today!!” But, the end result, ahhh, accomplishment!! Doing this with kids is not always easy. I can make my home messy and unorganized without them, then add 4 little people and all of their junk-well let’s say Tornado Alley some days.
Once again though, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I can deal with mess anytime. One day it will be nice and clean and I’ll probably be bored. Hold on, this is me here, nice and clean with no children around-nah I’m sure I’ll have it a mess just different stuff 🙂
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