I've gotten my cleaning routine down fairly well. We make it through each room in the house at least once a week and then vacuum about every day. But I'm finding these little piles everywhere. When we pick up certain items are "put away" in stacks and then never touched again it seems. Before the new year hits it is my goal to get these stacks taken care of once and for all. Some of it needs sorted, or returned, or given away, or filed, or trashed or ebayed. Each room seems to have such a pile of sorts.
It's my goal to start 2008 with a clean slate. As I think about what I would like to accomplish in this next year I know I would be a lot more motivated if these stacks of "I'll get to it later" items were extinct. Plus I could find room for gifts that are coming, contribute to our tax refund, be done with that impending feeling of doom when I open the junk drawer, be more organized for next homeschool semester, recycle, return, reuse and give away what we we don't need.
So here we go. I'm going to work my way through this list for 25 minutes every weekday until the end of the year (give or take). It may take me more than one day to complete a project because I'm going to do my best not to make a bigger mess than when I started. Hence, I will only be getting out what I can organize and put away in those 25 minutes. According to my calculations, I have a little over seven hours to get this done. I think that's reasonable.
1. File papers/old bills
2. Clean out kitchen junk drawer
3. Straighten craft supplies- make a list of what is needed
4. Inventory Homeschool materials- order what is needed
5. Sort/organize linens
6. Sort/organize kid's toys and games
7. Clean out my email
8. File photos/CDs from this year
9. Organize medicines and stuff like that
I realize that this list is fairly short but I truly dread each one of these tasks. However, since I am sending this out into the blogging world I'm making myself accountable to get it done. (I can't believe I'm doing this). I'm trusting that in the end I'll be glad that I did. Right?
If you'd like to join me I'd love to have some friends along for the ride. You make your own list of "I'll get to it later" chores and see if you can't meet 2008 with a few less projects hanging over your head.
If you decide you are up for the task post a blog about your goals and then post your link in my comments below. As I keep you all updated on my list I'll pass along your progress as well.