Friday, October 9, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge October 2015 Part 1

I'm purging 64 items this week. The magazines, cleaning, and kitchen items were mine. This is the last of the magazines that I own. I'm free! The clothing, bed, and bedding are from my 19 yrs. son's room. This is his second big clean out this year, although the one in January was bigger. The tool stuff is from my husband.

My purge pile:

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

“31 Day Purge” Week 1

I'm following along with the A Bowl Full of Lemons "The 31 Day Purge" I did this challenge last year Week 1 of the “31 Day Purge”.  I had a good time looking back at what I did and how much better each area looks this year. My after pictures last year and my before of this year is so much different. I’m doing the challenge this year for fun and to get closer to the end goal.

Day 1 Pantry:

Before & After: I didn't need to do anything with what I call my dinner pantry. It's were I store my rice, pasta, and beans. I haven't used many box mixes for several years but still had a collection last year at this time. I decide to slowly use them up, buy storage containers for what I use, and  not buy them anymore. It looks much better without all the packaging.

Day 2 Magazines:

Before: My magazine basket is looking empty since I purged 13 last week. I'm proud to say that I only have 7 magazines at this time. 

After: I decide that I will use my basket for my magazines, library books, and the current book I'm reading.

Day 3 Dressers:

I straightened up my closet and dresser drawers. They are in pretty good shape. It is amazing how much nicer my closet looks compared to last year. I found 1 thing to purge. I have bought and purged a few this past year.

Day 4 Toys: 

I organized my grandkids toys stored in the living room and purged 3 things. Our entertainment center has changed from last year and I had to store the 3rd tote in the upstairs hall closet. I need to go through that area on another day.

Day 5 Cleaners:

Before: I was disappointed to see that my before this year looks worse than my after last year. My daughter Nastasja has given us some cleaners so its looking overly full. I had put the basket that I was using for towels in storage. I decided to fix that problem.

After: I looks so much better. I purged a few things, reorganized, a put my towels back into the basket. I'll use up the cleaners over the next year.


Day 6 Make-up:

My make-up haven't changed much except my blush broke and I need to replace it. I really like having minimal make-up. 

Day 7 Shoes:

I have 23 pairs of shoes/boots. I have bought and purged a few this past year. I don't have any that I want to purge at this time.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Playing Catching Up

I haven’t got much done around the house since my grandson was in the hospital last week. I babysat my granddaughter while they were staying at the hospital. I visited/helped my daughter out with my grandson and helped clean her house when they got back home. Life kind of stopped for the emergency. He’s doing better and we are praying for a full recovery.
I’ve been reading through a stack of magazines that I want to purge. I haven’t had much time for anything longer. I’ve been able to keep up with the basic chores and have purged a few things. I need to sweep and vacuum the main level soon. I’ll start fall yard chores this week and put away the lawn furniture this weekend. I don’t have many plans right now.
My 19 yrs. son is moving his room around to fit a queen size bed. We got the bed set up last night. He is hanging some cube shelves on his walls. I’m washing 4 loads of laundry today which is all the clothing he owns. I’m washing his bedding too.
Our family is starting classes tonight for Dave Ramsey Financial Peace. We were able to talk the kids and their spouses into doing it at a local church together. It will be nice for the support, to all know where everyone stands, and to be headed toward a common goal.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

1/2 cup Mayonnaise 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
4 tsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

1.      Preheat oven to 425°.
2.      Combine Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with Mayonnaise mixture, and then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
3.      Bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes.

Calories 370

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cleaning Zones

Cleaning Zones

Zone 1:
Porches and Storage Areas

Zone 2:
Kitchen/Dining Room and Laundry Room

Zone 3:
Bathroom and Offices

Zone 4:
Bedrooms and Closets

Zone 5:
Living Room and Family Room