Since my valiant attempt to declutter and organize my home in January, I’ve been at a bit of a standstill. More like a gradual decline, actually.
Money Saving Mom has been hosting 4 weeks to a more organized home series where she focuses on one task (even small) at a time. This has gotten me thinking. What if I were to do one thing – only ONE thing – every day for May? Would I actually end up with an organized home? Would I be exhausted? Would I live to tell the story?
My general approach has been to do what I call these Big Clean Days where I clean, clean, clean until I poop out. This just leaves me exhausted and the task never gets done as I intended.
Instead of following Money Saving Mom’s list of assignments, I decided to make my own of stuff that needs to get done at MY house. I’ve then assigned each task a day. I’ve even worked in some days off (for busy days or special days).
Here’s my list:
May 1: Organize the Entry Way
May 2: Clean out my Car
May 3: Clean the Garage Fridge
May 4: Clean the Master Closet
May 5: Drive items to Donation
May 6: OFF
May 7: Clean the Pantry
May 8: Clean Daughter’s Closet
May 9: Clean Son’s Closet
May 10: OFF
May 11: Organize the Guest Bathroom Closet
May 12: OFF
May 13: Organize the Linens Closet
May 14: Clean the Deck and Porch Off
May 15: Clean the Deck and Porch Off, Day 2
May 16: Organize Coupons
May 17: OFF
May 18: Clean the Garage
May 19: Clean the Garage
May 20: OFF
May 21: Clean and Organize Laundry Room
May 22: Clean and Organize Master Bed & Bath
May 23: Spruce up Front Yard
May 24: OFF
May 25: Clean Hall Closet
May 26: Drive any items to Donation
May 27: Clean the Junk Drawers (yes, plural)
May 28: OFF
May 29: Organize Kids’ Crafting Area
May 30: Clean out Hallways
May 31: Party Day
During this time, it’s also a given that I’ll be keeping the kitchen tidy, bathrooms clean, and stay on top of the laundry. After all, who cares if you have a beautiful linen closet if your kitchen is full of dirty dishes?
If you care to join me, I’d love to have some company. Just make a list that makes sense for your home. If you’re game, I’d be happy to brag about your efforts too – just send me some before/after pictures and any write-ups about your progress (angela @ thecouponproject dot com). I’ll include as many as I can on my weekly report back.