It's already the second week of January. Yikes. I really want to get organized this year. I know, I've said it before. Things really got out of control the last couple of months and it's time to reign things in and get it all together before we end up on Hoarders or Extreme Clutter. So, the first thing I did was get this big wall calendar for 2012. I am a visual person and like to see the entire month when I lift my head so it's on the wall in front of my desk. So far so good.
Using this calendar I want to mark out time to take care of one big thing a month. 12 goals in 2012. Perfect. The first thing that needs to be done is my office. I haven't set a date for that yet but it needs to be in January and will likely take a couple of days. And a big shovel.
Next is our 'linen closet'. I use the term loosely since we don't actually have a closet but some cabinets in the hallway. That's not all bad expect that they aren't really deep and really not made for linens. And king sheets take up so much space. So I need to pull everything out of the cabinets (there's more than linens in there) and try to make it an easier space to maneuver.
Then there's LM's room. It's in pretty good shape most of the time but there's still too much in the room. She is getting good at purging, finally. I'd also like to get her some new shades. Her room is still sporting the vertical blinds from the 90's. Nice, I know.
The land of misfit frames. Should they stay or should they go. Good question. I love how Peter Walsh says that your things should have a place of honor. This is not it.
Books. I feel like we have books everywhere. I stack them on mantels, put them in bookcases and baskets. I feel like they are a constant project. I'd like to work on one place to put them when they aren't 'on display'. In order to do that some purging is in order.
The Garage. It needs to be emptied out and only the things we will use and need go back in. Simple Enough. I think.
Closets. This is one place that gets purged/cleaned a couple of times a year. We still have too many clothes, plain and simple. Not everyone does and I like donating what we don't wear to people who can use more. What is it that they say? We wear something like only 20% of our clothes. Crazy.
Outside. We need to re-do the rock in our front yard. No grass here but our landscaping and rock needs a little sprucing up. This is a spring or fall event due to the heat- probably fall due to the cost.
Craft area. This area is in my office but deserves it's own TLC. I have some nice storage pieces they just need some touching up. Like with our clothes I have way to many craft supplies (scrapbook paper anyone?) This is the perfect summer time project. While most people are spending time outdoors we're escaping the heat indoors. You can only spend so much time in the pool. Really.
Kitchen. Since we use the kitchen everyday it stays pretty organized. Tonight I went through one cabinet and purged expired stuff and made room for some things we got for Christmas. I need to go through the cabinets that house the dishes and serve ware to see what should stay & what should go. I wonder if the 'if you haven't worn it in a year toss it' rule goes for the kitchen? If you haven't used a platter in a year should it go? Hmmmm.
Paper. All I can say is UGH! I think I am going to shred a lot of bills from last year. Everything is available on line now so I just don't think I need to keep the Electric bill with 'paid' written on it for eternity. Doing this blog post is proof that I paid my electric bill otherwise the electricity I need to run this computer would have been turned off! Of course I'll still keep anything related to taxes and investments, receipts for big ticket items and the like but the monthly routine bills can go bye-bye.
The big thing we want to do is put new flooring in the bedrooms. Dark wood, like above to replace the carpet. I'm thinking September or October.
What are your home goals for 2012? I'm linking up to the Nester's Home Goals Party.