Thursday, December 2, 2010

To Do Thursday!

I'm back with my To Do list and now in addition to keeping myself accountable my hope is to also feature items/projects/organization tips that will inspire & encourage you as well.  My plan is to show more of the step by step process of the things that I'm working on, which will include more pictures.  I have just found so much help from other bloggers who feature their organization tips or cleaning tips (like this here) that I thought I would sort of "give back."

My list will have things that can be completed within the week as well as long-term projects (like my kitchen!), with the big picture being to maintain, simplify and organize my entire (yes, entire) home.

I'll be using a lot of this guy:

** To start off Rondell and I talked about creating a cleaning routine because it will help keep things in order (and let's just be real, I thrive off of routine!).  So far we talked about Rondell doing the kitchen floor on Mondays, we'll do bathrooms on Saturdays (meaning to change and wash towels and bath mats), we'll change sheets on Sundays, as well as doing a load or two of laundry daily.  I also like the idea of wiping down the bathrooms daily during bath time (that also came from the post linked above), especially the counters to tackle those toothpaste smudges that the kids leave behind.  So, I'll be finalizing the routine this week.

**  I will be working a lot in the kitchen for the next few weeks.  This week I plan on tackling this drawer: 

I need to find a better system for keeping our utensils.  We only have two kitchen drawers (which drives me crazy!!!) so space is limited.  Right now it takes too long to try and find my measuring cups or the right serving spoon and when the kids are screaming in the background to help measure the sugar or eat dinner that is not a good thing :)

**  I'm going to finally finish these so that I have a complete set (two for each month):

See the September and February ones...they are now gone because my cousin liked them so much she asked me if she could have them because her birthday is in September and her daughter's is in February...I gave in.  I also need to do May, June, July, and November.

**  Finally I'm going to re-evaluate the school bin to make sure it's working for us the way it is or if I need to make some changes.  I will go through the files to make sure the each one functioning how we need it to (like I know some of the writing pages can be taken out) and show you how we make this system work for us.  

Oh, and see the place mat under the the school bin (it's on top of the microwave)...well, it's stuck to the microwave LOL!!!  I'm going to have to rip it off and then Rondell is going to use Goo Gone to remove what it will leave behind.

Happy Tackling!


Kelli @ RTSM said...

I have been so terrible about being organized lately! I just spent an hour in my craft room looking for some material that should have taken 2 seconds to find:)I can't wait to hear all your tips!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Oh label maker - how I love you! Have fun!

Rach said...

Did I not comment?!? How did that happen???

I'm happy to see you're back! I LOVE it when people give step-by-step tutorials on how they do something so I can copy them. ;o)

I can't wait to see how your projects turn out! :o)

Rambling Girl said...

Girl don't get me started on organizing....I am so bad at saying I will do something but never start it till whenever it hits my fancy....I need to take a stand and start doing a little each week also. Encourage me , I need it!

Vivienne said...

I love labels. Love.

The Starr Family said...

Oh mama... you are making me tired :) But I had to smile at your little 'labeler', I'm addicted to mine. I'd label the hubby's underwear drawer if he'd let me.