Monday, April 20, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2015 Part 2

My collection of things I'm purging this week is small.

My purge pile:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2015 Part 1

I'm just about finished with the purging of possessions. I've worked on home repairs for the last year. Once it warms up I'll be back at working on the outside of the house and I should be finished with that by fall. I’ve been gathering info and supplies for painting, restoring woodwork, ripping out carpet, and refinishing wood floors in our home. I’m doing most of the work myself with my families help. I really don’t know what I’m doing but I’m going to give it a shot. The first room I’m going to work on is creating an exercise room out of our newly emptied extra room.

My purge pile:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Cleaning the Living Room

I finished spring cleaning and purging my living room last week. The corner cabinet, one of the end table drawers, and the middle slider drawers on the dresser are all empty. I plan to paint the dresser and am thinking white to go along with the corner cabinet. I still need to replace the curtains. We've scheduled rental on a sander for April 11th. I'll be refinish the floors, woodwork, and painting this room and the exercise room. I'm glad to have the room done but its going to get messy again with the work. I hope we can get it completed by the end of the month.

My supplies:
Dust pan and broom
A Soapy rag

The dust that collected underneath the couch in a months time.

I pulled the furniture out to sweep.

I used a soapy cloth the wash all the wood and the baseboards.

I used a dust broom to sweep out the couch.

I used the vacuum hose to pull the dust out of the cracks and couch fabric.

I used a soapy rag to spot clean the furniture.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cleaning Zone 5: Living Room and Family Room

Cleaning Zones

1.       Cleaning Zone 1: Porches and Storage Areas
2.       Cleaning Zone 2: Kitchen/Dining Room and Laundry Room
3.       Cleaning Zone 3: Bathroom and Offices
4.       Cleaning Zone 4: Bedrooms and Closets
5.       Cleaning Zone 5: Living Room and Family Room

Cleaning Zone 5

Living Room and Family Room: Detailed Cleaning List

1. Dust cobwebs
2. Dust and sweep floor
3. Wash wood floor
4. Clean windows
5. Dust/Wash wall displays, ornaments and nick-knacks
6. Clean end tables including inside
7. Clean corner cabinet including inside
8. Straighten closets/ drawers
9. Wipe fingerprints from walls/outlets/switches
10. Polish furniture
11. Clean out book basket/magazine racks
12. Clean fans/heaters
13. Move furniture and sweep/vacuum
14. Clean under cushions
15. Spot clean furniture and pillows
16. Wash blankets 
17. Wash curtains
18. Clean entertainment center
19. Clean TV/DVD player
20. Clean computer desks
21. Clean bookshelf
22. Clean highchair
23. Clean table
24. Clean computer tables
25. Dust computers
26. Clean desk

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Minimalist Plans

I've purged 727 items this year; a small portion was my husband's purge. That doesn't include the room full of carpet and padding in March, the large amount of homeschool papers that I recycled in February, or my 18 yrs. son's huge purge in January. I'm almost finished purging the basement and am feeling good about that. I'm storing supplies in the basement for my upcoming projects. That doesn't make me feel good but its temporary. I have another couple weeks before I'm calling the basement and my craft room finished.

It’s warming up and I’m excited to start work on things that aren’t so easy to do during colder month. My big project for April is to refinish the wood floors, woodwork, and paint in our exercise room and living room. We're on a tight budget so I've been collecting supplies for a couple months. We have a sander scheduled for April 11th. Once this is finished I'll be setting up the exercise room. I'm painting my son's room and hanging box shelves and he’ll probably do another purge. I've noticed that as we've been emptying/rearranging rooms that we are finding more that can go to donation.