February 11, 2013

From clutter to clean in one week. Lets do this.


About a month ago we talked to my mother-in-law about watching our kids for the weekend so we could clean the garage – a two-person, two-day job. She agreed and we picked February 16-17 as THE weekend. I had great plans of getting things organized in the house, so that when THE weekend came around, everything that was going to go to the dump or thrift shop – was out in the garage. I bet you can guess how those  plans have worked out for me – fast forward to today and I haven’t done a thing.

So in the next five days here is my plan to get my house uncluttered so I can purge, sell or giveaway by the end of the week:


  • Pantry
  • Toiletry/linen closet (upstairs)
  • Hall closet (downstairs)
  • Upstairs bathrooms


  • Bedroom closet (huge task)
  • Dressers


  • Kitchen
  • Downstairs bathroom
  • Laundry area (in garage)


  • Kid Room #1
  • Kid Room #2
  • Living Room (mostly books/DVDs)


  • Outside Shed
  • Office area/Desk


  • Install shelves in garage – Rack Shelf Shelving Unit – $34.99 Ace Hardware, free ship to store
  • Organize items in bins
  • Invite friends/family over in the morning to pillage through our donation pile before dropping off at thrift shop
  • Load to dump/thrift shop


I am probably crazy for trying to do this in a week, but I’m kinda an all-or -nothing sorta girl. And I’ve been doing a lot of nothing without a deadline or a list of goals. So I developed this list to get my tush in gear and get ready for a more clutter-free existence after this weekend.

I should add – I’m not suggesting you should do anything this crazy or dramatic. Admittedly, I do a pretty good job of getting rid of extra clutter, so I don’t have piles of stuff like you’d see in Hoarders or anything. I don’t have a big house. I did get rid of an entire cars worth of clutter in January. But I do have many areas where I hope to simplify and clean – so that’s the main goal. Nothing too extreme.

I plan to bring you along for the ride. As long as your nice. You’ll see my closets and my crap and you’ll probably think I’m a slob. But as long as your nice about it – we’ll get along and you can encourage me to get my house a bit more organized – and hopefully I can motivate you to do the same thing!

Gorilla-Shelves-Ace-HardwareI ordered these shelves for the garage – Rack Shelf Shelving Unit – $34.99 Ace Hardware, free ship to store. Seems like a steal, the same ones are going for $70+ over on Amazon – Gorilla Rack GR6-3414-5-PCB 34 by 14 by 72-Inch Shelving Unit with 5-shelf, Black. Part of challenge with the garage is we’ve never installed any good shelves, we have been using our IKEA bookshelves from college all these years – and frankly they don’t hold anything and they are falling apart. So we’re getting serious with some real shelving.

I’ll try to post status updates daily. And if you want to follow along I’d love to hear updates from you!

What about you? Have you been doing any cleaning or organizing lately? Have any tips for me to make it through this week?

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