Monday, November 26, 2012

Organized Home: Day 11

Today's challenge was easy -- especially since I skipped the picking up part! We spent Thanksgiving at the coast and arrived back home yesterday afternoon. After 5 loads of laundry, I didn't feel like cleaning up much today! I did go through my silverware drawer though and it is a bit cleaner and neater now. Sorry for the shiny pics -- I didn't take time in adjusting them because it was already after 9pm!
You probably can't tell, but I got rid of the steak knives that aren't sharp enough to cut the meat here (is any knife up to that task?!), three "jungle" spoons, a plastic fork, and 3 plastic spoons. I left 4 of the 10 Sharpies there since that's what I use on my calendar. I'm hoping I remember to use the chopsticks the next time we have BeNi rice!
As far as Day 10, the kids feather-dusted all the light fixtures in the house and that's as good as it got!
Even though I didn't organize a whole lot today, I did sew for 2.5 hours! That was fun and now Carolyn's stocking stuffer is ready! I'll get a pic of that next week.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Days 8 & 9

It's still early today, but I better update now and the rest of the day gets busier!

Day 8 basically didn't happen. The kids did wipe down the door handles and that was pretty  much it! We did go into town for lunch, got groceries, and picked up toner for the printer. Dan planned to get my car registered, but on the way there one of the windshield wipers quit working. There was no way the car would pass the inspection with that, so he picked us up earlier than expected at the grocery store. My car is now at the shop and will hopefully be ready tomorrow.

Day 9 Assignment
::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great. Wanna guess? Khakis and a t-shirt!
::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today. I had two big cups of coffee this morning but didn't make a new list. I'm still working on the really long list I made on Sunday.
::Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bathroom. It took longer than 15 minutes, but it's less dusty now and a little less cluttered!
::Clean your light switch plates. I better get the cleaning rags ready and call the kids!
(The Christmas spirit has hit!)
(Several years ago I took the doors off the sink cabinet and changed the hinges. Ever since then,
the left door won't close all the way. So, the above is as good as it gets!)
 Off to check on my sister's blog  and make some locro for dinner!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 7

Well, there's not much to write about today. Going into Quito took over 3 hours this afternoon -- blah. This was the day's assignment:

Day 7 Assignment
::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.
::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and create a list of weekly goals.
::Set the timer for 15 minutes and vacuum the main living areas of your home.

I did not vacuum today and I did not make a list. Somehow I did manage to get dressed though -- and in one of my favorite blue t-shirts! We're about to sit down and watch a movie, so maybe at the same time I'll work on making a list for tomorrow of things that should have been done today!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Days 5 & 6

Well, I fell a bit behind in posting about the More Organized Home challenge. Day 5 (Friday) was couch diving and doing something you enjoy for 15 minutes. The kiddos LOVE to couch dive (keeping any money they find is a good bribe incentive!) so that was easy. The afternoon was full of baking -- a big batch of cinnamon rolls, banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, and pizza. Dan set up the video projector in the living room so I spent more than 15 minutes watching a movie on the wall that evening.

Monday's challenge and how I did:
::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great. My normal khakis, t-shirt, and Keens!
::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and create a list of weekly goals. I’ll be posting my weekly goals later today along with a link-up so you can share yours, as well. I made a long list yesterday and finished a couple of things on it today.
::Set the timer for 10 minutes and run through your home and quickly pick up everything that’s out of place and put it away. Some of the things that are out of place just need to leave my house! That pile is still there, but pretty much everything else is okay. I could spend another 10 minutes or more cleaning papers off my computer desk, but I'm not sure where I'd put them!
::Set the timer for 10 minutes and clean out the inside of your vehicle. Remove all trash and clutter. If you have time, use a vacuum attachment to vacuum all the seats and floors out. Guido is my best friend today! (He's a third-year student of Dan's in the Bible Institute. He works for us on Mondays to help pay his school bill and cleaning my car is on his to do list!)
Tthe video projector stayed set up all weekend, so my girl and I watched the rest of the Anne of Green Gables videos. "I don't want sunbursts or marble halls..." She doesn't quite get it yet, but that's okay. We had fun anyway!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 4

Here's the BIG before and after of the day!
 Oh, wait! That's too far before! But wasn't he cute?
A more recent Before:
I did clean out under my bed a bit, but there is a reason I have a bed skirt! I found three glass blocks under there and they'll soon be ready to use as Christmas night lights. Also found some framed photos that need to be cleaned and hung up soon. Swiped my bathroom, but it gets a pretty good cleaning on Mondays.

The roosters next door woke me up at 5am today, so I had a list made before coffee and breakfast. Three things are done so far and hopefully three more will be taken care of before bedtime. Money Saving Mom's challenge of getting dressed isn't a challenge for me, but I'm glad she doesn't say anything about how early I can put my pj's back on!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 3

Day 3 Assignment

1.) Get dressed in something that makes you feel great. T-shirt, khakis, and Keens! And exercising this morning helped too.

2.) Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.
Again, I skipped this and kept working on the list I made on Monday.

3.) Set the timer for 10 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bedroom: Do a quick clean-up, make your bed, and vacuum, if you have time.
I worked on the major stacks in my bedroom -- these two areas seem to get out of control quite easily!
 I made room for a chair! (And now I have another project -- recover it!) I put my morning routine items in the bag that's hanging there and am hoping it becomes an inviting little spot.
4.) Set your timer for 10 minutes and do a quick clean-out of your freezer.
My girl helped with this job and she was pretty good at it!
Not a lot of difference, but I did notice that I freeze stuff in baggies a lot! I'm sure containers with matching lids would look a lot more organized.

Today was another busy day and my kitchen counter tops don't look as nice as they did in yesterday's pictures. Maybe I'll have time to do a quick clean up in there again. Does anyone else have a kitchen that gets cleaned up and dirtied three times a day?? My girl and I went to the grocery store and Corfu today. There are still some washed, cleaned, soaked veggies on the counter waiting to be put away, but it's good to have some fresh stuff around.
The boy just came in and informed me that all together the four of us make a "100 year old" -- that will be true until my girl turns 9 next month!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 2 of Our Organizing Challenge

Today's task of wiping down kitchen counter tops is something I normally do three times a day anyway, so that much was easy. That's what happens when you live in a very dry and dusty area.

1.) Get dressed in something that makes you feel great. A Life is Good shirt is always good!

2.) Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of goals and make a list of 5-7 specific things to accomplish today. I didn't make a new list, but checked things off yesterday's list as I did them. I only crossed off 4 things, but I also had a boy's birthday to celebrate today!
(This boy is now 13, but I love this picture of him with the walrus tusks!)

3.) Set the timer for 10 minutes and do a quick-clean of your kitchen.
(There are dishes in the sink -- but they're clean! And the pies are still cooling on top of the microwave. The shrimp is defrosting in the sink and the rice cooker is waiting for dinner!)

4.) Set the timer for 10 minutes and do a quick clean of your refrigerator. I took more than 10 minutes doing this because there was a lot of dust on the top of my refrigerator! I cleaned off all the magnets, recipes, and artwork and put back just a few of the important things -- like the measurement conversion magnet! I didn't get pictures of this assignment, but the baggies you see in the pics above have been put away.

If you're wondering why in the world I'm showing you my messy kitchen, take a look at Money Saving Mom and her nifty plan. And then go check on my sister's progress!

Monday, November 5, 2012

My sister made me do it!

Ok, so maybe it was my idea to work on this challenge together. But it was her idea to blog about it! We're organizing our homes together even though we're 5,618 miles and 4 time zones apart and separated by the equator.

Today's challenge and the results:

1.) Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.
I read the challenge after getting dressed, but I was comfy so didn't change. Capris and a t-shirt are pretty standard around here.

2.) Sit down with a cup of coffee and make some goals for the week.
It was too late in the afternoon for coffee, so I had iced hierba luisa tea. Yum! I did make a list of almost a dozen things to do this week -- that's pretty much the same as goals, right?

3.) Set the timer for 15 min and clean the main areas of the house.
I am blessed with more than I really need and have two major stacks to take care of in my bedroom. I'll get on those right after I post this.
But I did straighten up the living room -- which is more of a school reading room!

4.) Clean out your purse or diaper bag.
Whew! This one was done on Saturday so I guess that leaves me a few extra minutes to put things away in my room.

We have a big birthday here tomorrow -- my boy turns 13! I did a lot of food prep this afternoon so I can have more fun time tomorrow. And, no big cake to make like in years past since he requested pumpkin pie!