Since baby Nutella will be making her appearance in just a few short months, I'm hoping to take the next few weeks to get the house in better shape. January seems like a good month to focus on housecleaning, since I'm still energetic and flexible enough to tackle cleaning without exhausting myself. Hopefully simply maintaining the house won't be too difficult if I get it thoroughly organized now, and I'll be able to focus on other goals, such as filling up the freezer with ready-made meals for after baby's birth.
I'm planning on loosely following the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series which was posted on MoneySavingMom.com back in 2012, so I'm hoping to check in 5 days/week around 4pm with photos of what I've done. (Since Dylan's schedule isn't as regular as most, I'm not necessarily going to be doing these straight through Monday-Friday, but I'm going to try to do five days a week regardless.)
- Make a list of 5-10 goals for this week
- 30 minute quick-tidy of the house
- Clean out purse
- Complete daily tasks - do 1 load of laundry, dishes done, bed made
Results:I'll admit that I nearly forgot about this until the day was more than half over, which means that I ended up feeling a bit caught-off-guard and unprepared. Thankfully, the house was already mostly in order from the cleaning I did last week before having guests over, but the day still didn't go exactly as I'd hoped.
My list of goals for this week is as follows...
6 Goals for this Week -
- Exercise for 30 minutes or more at least 4 times this week
- Apply 2nd coat of paint to living room/kitchen area
- Sew 1 baby outfit
- Mop all tiled floors
- Clean front porch - sweep leaves and clean railings
- Make 2-3 meals to freeze for later - Today I made and froze Chicken Alfredo.
Clean out purse -
Now this I got done thoroughly enough to feel satisfied about. :)
A peek at the inside of my purse before cleaning it out.
- My envelope wallet - this is probably the most vital item, for obvious reasons
- A notepad
- 2 pens (1 extra because Deelambs and I both like to take notes at church, and since I tend to lose pens rather easily anyway.)
- Lip balm
- Tylenol - after dealing with some intense round ligament pain earlier, I feel better knowing this is on hand should I need some pain reliever.
- 2 band-aids - because there have been multiple times when I've wished for a bandage to stop my shoes from chaffing against my ankles.
- 1 pad
- 1 plastic bag (football-folded to take up less space) - this is just 'cause I've learned it's handy to have a bag on hand at times.
- Utility knife - so useful.
- Tic-tacs and chewing gum
- Hairband (wrapped around tic-tac case to keep it closed)
- 1 quarter - for the shopping carts at Aldi
- Flashlight - another item which I've found useful to carry around
Daily Tasks -
When I suddenly realized half-way through the day that I was supposed to be working through this challenge, it was a relief to check the list and see that this part was already done. I've been challenging myself to be more faithful in making sure that I don't procrastinate on these items and get them done early on in the day, and this was definitely one day where it paid off and my efforts were rewarded. :)