Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are having a great day thus far and you're getting a lot accomplished. Today I didn't really do any focused organizing or decluttering. After the big closet project on the weekend; I still had to get things back into some sort of order. Today was spent just doing regular stuff and getting caught up on the laundry. I think by tonight I'll have the laundry all caught up and put away. Now if I could just learn to keep it that way. Seems to be a lesson I struggle learning.
Since I really don't have a focused project to share with you today, I thought I would talk to you about my schedule of sorts for organizing/decluttering. If you follow my main blog at all you know that last August I attempted to do the Holiday Grand Plan. I did fairly well, but dropped off the wagon (in the blogging sense) about 3/4 of the way through. Now that is over and Organized Home has another cleaning plan going that just started this month. It is called the New Year's Cleaning Grand Plan Challenge. The idea is to get everything done over the course of 4 months rather than a week or two of wild spring cleaning. Sounds like a fantastic idea doesn't it? Yeah, I thought so too. Then I thought about myself. I start off with such gusto that I'm going to get so much accomplished. Then somehow life has a way of sidetracking me and next thing I know 4 months are over and I accomplished 1/2 a room. So what to do? I have to do something. I cannot just sit here and look around at all the things that are on my last nerve. Enter The Magical Forums of MagicalHolidayHome.com. The girls over there are doing the New Year's Cleaning Grand Plan Challenge but they have mixed it up a bit. They made up their own schedule and it seems much more do-able. They are allowing themselves 2 weeks per area. *Light bulb moment here* - This could work for me! So I've created my own schedule that will take me until just before the kids get out of school for the summer. I don't know about you, but once summer vacation is here I know I will not get any major cleaning done other than the basics to keep things presentable. I'm not going to fool myself that I can do more, just going to plan with the reality of my life.
January 17 to 30 - Living Room
January 31 to February 13 - Entry & Hall (Finish up in living room if needed)
February 14 to 27 - Master Bedroom
February 28 to March 13 - Bathroom
March 14 to 27 - Kid's Rooms
March 28 to April 10 - Maintenance in rooms already completed & finish up in kid's rooms if needed.
April 11 to 24 - Kitchen
April 25 to May 8 - Outdoor Storage & Yard (Spring Clean-Up pickup May 13)
May 9 to 22 - Dining Room
May 23 to June 5 - Laundry Room
June 6 to 19 - Deck and Front Porch
That's my plan. I think it looks do-able. Also in my notebook I have each area broken down into what I would like to accomplish and have started a wish list of things I would like to purchase or change about the room.
Hope you find it helpful to see my schedule. Do you have a plan when you declutter or organize areas of your home or do you just go in there knowing what you want to do?