September Spring Cleaning Calendar

If you’re new here, welcome! You’ve jumped on board at the exact right time.

If you’re a regular, this is the perfect month to keep following along because we are going to focus on paper overload!

Paper clutter is one of those areas that can make your home – and your brain – feel overwhelmed. When you can’t find what you need, bills get paid late, invoices never go out, and you don’t take care of important matters.

Unorganized paper clutter can cost you time and money!!

So let’s take care of that this month.It will be fun!

Take a look at our new calendar for the month and schedule 5-15 minutes each day on your calendar to work on the daily task!

Spring Cleaning 365 September Calendar image

Print the Spring Cleaning 365 Calendar September 2014 and PIN the calendar for later. 

I’m looking forward to going on this month long journey with you!

Hop on over to the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group or Facebook to let me know what you think. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Straighten the Kitchen Pantry

A few months ago, our task was to completely overhaul the kitchen pantry. I admitted that day that my pantry was disastrous. BUT I finally got it in order and I love it! An organized kitchen pantry makes it more fun to cook for sure.

completely-organized-pantry

What I’ve noticed though, is that even the most organized kitchen pantry can get messy again over time. I know it’s just the nature of using the pantry, so I’ve tried to be deliberate about straightening it up periodically. I just take an extra couple of minutes to put things back where they belong, usually while I’m waiting on a meal to finish cooking.

So, that’s our task today….to straighten the kitchen pantry.

  • If you completely reorganized your pantry a few months ago, your task today is to take a few minutes to straighten it up.
  • If you are new to Spring Cleaning 365, you can either straighten your kitchen pantry or completely reorganize it. Your choice!

Then, of course, let me know when you’re finished!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Straighten the kitchen pantry.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Get Rid of Those Cobwebs

Is it just me or are the spiders in full force right now. Every morning when I go outside, they’ve spun a new web right across the porch. They seem to know just how to spin their web so I’ll run into it every single time!

I get it, though. They live outside. Spiders have a right to make a home where ever they see fit.

But when they start to move inside, they’ve gone to far. I don’t really appreciate seeing those little critters in the corners of my house, but that’s exactly where I’ve been seeing them! That means…. it’s time to get rid of those cobwebs!

Get Rid of Those Cobwebs

If you’ve noticed cobwebs in your house…

  • Set your timer for 15 minutes.
  • Pull out the vacuum and a long attachment.
  • Move around each room starting at the top and working your way to the bottom sucking those cobwebs away.
  • Move to the next room until you’re finished or when the buzzer goes off; whichever comes first.

If you don’t have cobwebs in your house…

  • you’re not off the hook. I’m sure there’s dust in those corners so you can work on that :)

Fun times, right? :) Let me know when you’re finished!!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Get rid of those cobwebs.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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15 Minute SPEED Clean Up

15 minute speed clean up

You’ve tackled the inside of at least two drawers this week. Are you ready to tackle something you can actually SEE today? :)

I don’t know about you but by the end of the day, it seems like everything is out of place at my house! My kids move the bulk of it, but I contribute a large portion myself. My husband follows a pretty good routine so most of his stuff is in place.

Can you relate?

Look around the room you’re in right now and see if there’s anything that belongs in another location. Toys? Glasses? Papers? Bags? Nicknacks? Anything?

That’s the stuff we’re going to tackle today!

15 minute speed clean up

  • Grab a basket, walk around every square inch of one room and put anything that belongs in another room in that basket.
  • Move to the next room and repeat.
  • Then the next room.
  • Remove items from the basked once you get to the appropriate location or just make a second lap though your home.

Remember to set your timer for 15 minutes when you start. It will help you stay focused and move more quickly.

Have fun!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Take a few minutes to speed clean.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Desk Drawer Organization…or a drawer you choose

desk drawer organization

Did you clean out your one drawer or cabinet yesterday? I sure hope so! Because you get to do it again today.

Are you excited or what?! Ha!

I don’t know about you, but it’s the little things that I ignore. Eventually those little things drive me crazy. Taking 5 minutes to do something as simple as straightening up a drawer can make a huge impact. It helps us focus our efforts, get rid of items that don’t belong, and organize the things that we do need to keep.

I’m going to focus on my desk drawer today because my youngest thinks it’s his personal toy box. What about you? Let me know which drawer or cabinet you tackle! 

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Organize ONE drawer.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean and Organize ONE Drawer or Cabinet

I don’t know about you, but I often think “out of sight, out of mind.” So when it comes to drawers, cabinets, and pantries, they can get disastrous in a hurry. It’s too easy to just throw things in and close the door.

Your drawers and cabinets may be perfectly organized, but I’m guessing that’s not the case for most of you. Why else would you be part of this Spring Cleaning community?

Clean and Organize ONE Drawer or Cabinet

To combat the messiness, our task of the day is to clean and organize just ONE drawer or cabinet. You get to choose which one!

  • Take everything out.
  • Wipe down the inside.
  • Trash anything that’s trash.
  • Move anything that doesn’t belong in the drawer or cabinet to the appropriate location.
  • Replace contents that do belong in the drawer or cabinet so it looks nice and neat inside.

Sound like a plan? Great!

Let’s get to work…and then let me know all about it!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Clean and organize ONE drawer or cabinet.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Weekly Prep

We’ve taken a break from adding new books to our list the last few weeks so we could actually find some time to finish the books we’ve started. I hope you’ve plowed though your reading list! If so, let me know what books you finished. I’d love to hear!

If you haven’t jumped on the reading train yet (or need something new to read), here’s a recap of the books I’ve recommended so far:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.
You can read eBooks on most devices using the FREE Kindle Reading App!

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Organize the Garage

For most of us, organizing the garage is a major project. There’s no way we could tackle the garage in 15 minutes a day without it taking all year! Maybe next year we could jump on board with Garage Cleanup 365 :) But, I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t at least give an opportunity to improve this area of the home.

Since we’ve cleaned the garage a little bit this week, today’s task is going to be to organize the garage. It might take a little (or a LOT) longer than normal. Do what you can. And don’t worry about what you can’t. Seriously.

Garage Organization

Organize the Garage

Here are steps to completely organize your garage. If you just want to tackle just one area of your garage, that sounds like a plan to me!

  1. Remove everything from your garage, or at least everything that doesn’t have a place.
  2. Categorize items as you remove them. One area for kid toys. Another for yard equipment. Another pile for items that can be donated.
  3. Sweep your garage. Get rid of the cobwebs. Paint the walls if you’re extra motivated :)
  4. Divide your garage into zones and decide which zone your piles should go. Do you need shelving units? Boxes? Labels? Other organization tools?
  5. Get the tools you need.
  6. Install those organization items on the wall if they aren’t already in place.
  7. Put back everything that should be housed in the garage.
  8. Take donation items to the donation center.
  9. Pull in your car.
  10. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

I know it’s a lot. And for most people it would take several weekends. Just do what you can. Even if it’s sweeping the floor. You can do it!

And just a heads up…our spring cleaning tasks will be easier next week :)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Organize the garage.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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You’re not using all that stuff in the garage, are you?

Clean out the garage

You got rid of all that obvious trash in the garage yesterday, right?

Good!

Now it’s time to get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the garage. If you’ve been around all year, then your house should be pretty clean and organized by now.

So, take anything that belongs in the house inside. Put it where it belongs…not by the door. Not that you would do that.

Then, look for things in the garage that you haven’t used in at least a year…and honestly ask yourself if you will ever use it. The key here is honesty. If you don’t use it or need it, get rid of it.

I know this is very, very, very, very, very difficult. But using the garage for what it is meant to be used for will simplify your life.

I promise.

I know this first hand.

My husband and I just cleaned out our garage, got rid of a bunch of stuff, organized it, and *gasp* are parking in the garage!! Trust me. It’s worth it!  

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the garage.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Trash the Trash in the Garage

Who’s ready to tackle the garage? Cleaning out the garage will definitely be a process….at least for most of us. But, just remember that every little bit helps. If you just spend a few minutes each day working to clean and organize the garage, you WILL notice a difference.

Trash the Trash in the Garage

Today’s task is simple. Go out to your garage and look though every box and look in every corner. If you find anything that’s obvious trash, get rid of it.

Sound doable?

Great!

Oh. If you don’t have a garage, work on the basement, or the carport, or a closet, or…well, pick a room of your choice :)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Get rid of the trash in your garage.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Procrastination. What?

You probably don’t procrastinate like I do, right?

What’s that you say? You DO procrastinate!?!

Then let’s get to work!

Set your timer for 15 minutes, work on that project, and then let me know about it! I want to know all about your procrastinating habits. It’ll make me feel better ;)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #9.
  • Complete one small step of a project you’ve procrastinating.
  • If it’s related to cleaning, add it to your cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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