On Monday, I launched a "Home Organization Challenge" and started things off with a focus on the kitchen. The idea is to tackle a little bit each day until the task list is complete. Having a deadline really helped me because it meant that there was no room for procrastination. I approached a couple things each day, and dedicated about an hour a day to getting things done (including today).
When I started this challenge, I really did not think that my kitchen was as bad as it really was, and I have to confess that it was a lot more work than I thought it would be. Everything on the surface seemed clean and organized within reason, but once I started pulling things out and reorganizing things, there was a lot to do. The kitchen was a great place to start, since so much seems to happen in the kitchen and it is the view from my sewing studio.
I created a space for the different activities in the kitchen and really wanted to have the countertops as clear as possible.
My family and I tend to eat a lot of fresh produce, so there is very little in the way of cans or boxes with dried goods. With the exception of some died pasta, various types of rice, tuna and a few cans of beans there really is not much in our cabinet. I was therefore able to condense the food panty into one section of the cabinets.
Originally this cabinet had a mishmash of dishes, but now it makes a wonderful little food pantry. I was lucky to find some great glass jars at the dollar store, which is the perfect size for the cabinet.
Glass jars $1.00 mini jar, $2.00 for the Small (not shown), Medium and Large jars at the local dollar store. Surprisingly good quality and works really well for my little panty.
The biggest challenges were cleaning the glass stovetop, which gets wiped at the end of each day, but still had a lot of baked on residue. Another challenge was deciding which items had to go and sending them off in a donation box.
Here are my partners in grime fighting. Okay maybe that was a little cheesy, but you will be amazed at how much cleaning power is in white vinegar, baking soda and lemon.
This is not a decorating blog; but the idea here is to get organized, which can help create an environment where creative thinking and an opportunity to create becomes a lot easier. When you are the person that is constantly asked where things are in your home, it is obvious that things need to be better organized to accommodate all members of your household. I also find it very distracting to work from home when I think about how many household things need to get done. If you also work from home then you can also relate to having a clean, organized home as a great way to welcome clients.
Next week's challenge:
Week 2 - The Living Room
To Do List:
- Sort and purge items into four categories; keep, donate, trash and other room.
- Dust, wipe clean, and polish.
- Clean windows and drapery.
- Clean lamps and other light fixture(s).
- Clean and organize entertainment or media centre.
- Clean television screen.
- Dust electronics.
- Spot clean sofa where needed.
- Wash walls and trim.
- Wash vent covers.
- Mop floors, vacuum or otherwise clean floors.
- Organize cabinets, shelving or other storage areas.
- Sort books, magazines and DVD's, and purge unwanted items.
- Create a donation box with items that are in good condition.
Remember to take before and after pictures. Visit our new Pinterest board for cleaning tips and tricks.