Sunday, January 6, 2013

Declutter Challenge 2013

I meant to post this earlier in the month. I've started a Decluttering Challenge that I'm going to follow through the entire year. If you want to join, subscribe to the Declutter 2013 tag to keep up with the weekly tasks.

Since I've already completed the first week, we'll just start fresh and go from here!

Week 1

-Start with your medicine cabinet. Dispose of any expired medications, prescription or otherwise. If you have controlled substances, your pharmacy can dispose of them for you. (I'm not a fan of flushing meds, especially if you have a grey water recapture system or your sewer system dumps into a waterway.)
-Clean off your bathroom countertops. Throw away any makeup, sunscreen or partially used products that you've had for more than six months.
-Clean off your kitchen countertops.
-Shred any sensitive documents you no longer need. This might include expired credit cards, old bills, tax documents, credit offers, or ANY "special offers" that have your name on them.
-Throw away any broken holiday decorations.
-Clean out your fridge and toss leftovers or expired items.

Daily or weekly tasks. Do as needed.

-Start a load of laundry, switch from washer to dryer or fold and put away anything that's in the dryer.
-Hang up coats, hats and scarves, stow shoes and gloves.
-Unload the dishwasher and begin reloading for the next cycle.
-Wipe down the surfaces (including sinks) in your kitchen and bathrooms with a wet cloth or a disinfecting wipe.
-Sweep/vacuum/mop if needed. This should be done at minimum once a week, more if you have pets. I'm so guilty of not doing this.
-Make sure you have an outfit ready to go and your stuff is where you need it for in the morning.
-Prep for breakfast in the morning. I love mixing up pancake mix and putting in the fridge for the next morning, or beating eggs and storing for the next morning. Set the coffee pot, prepare condiments and set out your coffee cup.

A side note: I'm not a morning person, so the more I can do the night before, the easier it is for me to get ready in the morning.

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