What am I going to do with you?
For one, I’m going to have a baby next week. That kinda puts a damper on wild + crazy plans I may or may not have had. Hmm. New baby…
Last year Lindsay at Run Lucas Run shared a whole New Years printable packet that I loved. We didn’t end up using the whole kit, but it included a fun resolution/intention sheet that we printed and filled out. The boys especially loved it and were excited when I printed them again this year [modified with a new date... though if I had checked Lindsay actually made a whole new style this year... oh well].
Confession: I’m a stacker.
The intention sheet asked: A good deed I’m going to do… I’m going to de-clutter the house. That’s a good deed, right? Especially when one takes into account that it’s mostly my fault. Well, maybe 60%. Or 70%… Anyway… I was thinking about how I really want to do this. But it sounds like a monumental task to overcome. Then throw a baby on top of it. It’s teetering. In the midst of my, “How in the world?” thoughts, I got a Zen Habits e-mail promoting an e-book, 52 Changes for 2013. That’s it! I can do this one week at a time. I don’t have a plan other than to play it by ear. Every week I will choose something that has been bugging me and I will tackle it. It might be big. It might be small. It might not even be considered de-cluttering. It will always have something to do with improving the way our home runs.
Here we go…
1/52: Purge + Clean the Kitchen Cupboards
The reason: It really needs to be done. Things are not in their proper places and stuff falls out when I try to find what I’m looking for. And it’s on the list of things to do before the baby comes.
The plan: Jump in and get it done. Here’s how…
- Pick a cupboard. Any cupboard.
- Take everything off the top shelf. Really. Everything.
- Wipe down the shelf.
- Divide contents of shelf into three groups: Keep | Toss | Relocate.
- Put the keepers back on the shelf.
- Relocate the items that need it [even if they're going to a shelf you have yet to clean].
- Toss the old, the empty, and the neglected.
- Make note of anything that needs to be replaced or refilled.
- Repeat steps 1-8 with remaining shelves in the cupboard and then with remaining cupboards.
So that’s what I’m doing
today this year. Join me if you’d like. You can do what I’m doing or choose your own adventure.