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    KrisM is online now Clean Sweep forum moderator
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    Default Goals for 2011 (organizing)

    I'm making some organizing goals for this year. Figured I'd track it here so I'm accountable.

    1. sort through, purge, and organize the stack of recipes and cookbooks.
    2. do something with the bins of school papers
    3. plan and purchase closet organizer for DS2
    4. do something with the piles of photos (scan, organize, ??)
    5. eliminate the huge pile of things to sell (sell, donate)
    6. go through all the kids books and get rid of ones that are never read
    7. label bins in DS1's room

    That's all I can think of right now. I'll probably add to it as the year goes on.

    Anyone else want to share a list?
    Last edited by KrisM; 01-25-2011 at 09:26 AM.
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    Oooh, yes please! We moved into this house in May 2006 and it looks like we moved in more like October 2010! We are notorious about moving into a place, unpacking mostly, and then decorating...um, never! So this year, I made a list of each month and a room in our house. So this month it was the mudroom and the pantry...February, it's the kitchen. I think that if I have one month to completely do a room, I will find it less overwhelming. So far it's working...I do a little each night and I have sorted out the shoe madness in the mudroom (we are a no shoes household), cleaned out the pantry, sorted out the closet...and organized the cleaning supplies (that are in the closet). Now I basically have only to deep clean the rooms and I will be done!

    I will try to post each month with an update. FWIW, this seems like it's going to take a long time to finish the house, but next year at this time my entire house will be decorated and organized! Awesome!!

    Great thread!!!
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    Organize Entire House
    Well that might be a little over whelming so I am going to start by:
    1. Going through DC clothes and getting rid of things that no longer fit and pass them down to DNs who can use them.
    2. Going through my clothes and not keep things because they were expensive and I really SHOULD wear them and send them off to Goodwill
    3. Go through DC's toys (this is hard because I have such strong emotions tied to them) and toss or give to goodwill
    4. Paint my guest bathroom vanity and change out the mirror and counter top
    5. Paint master bath, change mirror and and flooring and counter tops.
    6. Clean off the window seat in my master bedroom. Home to everything that otherwise is homeless

    This is good to list, make s me keep my eyes on the prize. There is lots more that needs to be done but that would be such a HUGE start!!!
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    I'm pumped! 2011 is going to my year! I'm going to...

    1) pack up all the baby gear/toys that DS has outgrown
    2) make the drive to IKEA to buy the extra storage units
    3) clear out the dining room and the catch-all
    4) sell my strollers taking up space in the back room
    5) re-organize the closet in the back room w/ new shelving system
    6) clear off the top of the refrigerator
    7) sort out the organizer in the kitchen that has 3-year-old coupons in it
    8) clean.my.office.
    9) actually get the house picked up enough to have cleaners come in for a deep clean

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    I'm glad others are in, too!

    I like the room-by-room concept. And, it sounds like we're all clearing out toys! I'm using some of the empty bins from Christmas stuff to hold toys in the attic that I want to put away for DS2.
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    1. Finish kitchen "remodel"
    --new receptacles/switches (DH is working on this tonight)
    --new window treatments (purchased, currently in wash, need to buy hardware, then they need to be hung)
    --new light fixtures (DONE)
    --under cabinet lighting (need my dad's help with the electrical)
    --clean the cabinet faces and install new hardware (almost DONE--just ordered the final hardware today)

    2. Finish basement "remodel"
    --paint the office (I tore down some drywall and found another foundation crack, so this might take a while)
    --new receptacles/switches
    --new window treatments
    --track lighting (DONE--thanks, dad!)
    --new flooring
    --new trim
    [this is going to be a long project that we'll complete as finances allow]


    3. Finish photo project--sort through all old albums and loose prints and send them in to be scanned (500 photos done, bought another Groupon for a different service, so I'll be sending those in soon)

    4. Get all the kids clothes in the garage sorted and organized. (way too cold for that right now!)
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    We need to paint the entire house interior, and before we do that I want to go through and minimize/declutter a lot of things.

    1. get rid of clutter hot spots in the MBR

    2. get DH to weed through his old clothes

    3. purge finished basement being used as storage area

    4. make finshed basement into usable play room
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    so far we have done most of the downstairs (still need to do the office section) and are slowly working our way through the finished room upstairs (cape cod with one side finished, the other not and both full of [email protected]). We have a 12x20 storage shed ordered/being built and that will help a ton with DH's junk. So the plan is to get the house cleared out and the upstairs finished by thanksgiving. That means finishing out a bedroom (which will be DS') and a bath. And then we will finally have the 2000 SF 3 BR, 2.5 bath we planned! It will be 6 years in Oct since we moved in....

    DH did get rid of 2 or 3 computers this weekend and a box of stuff to go to church. I pulled the duplos (we evidently are NOT duplo people-DD wants her own legos, lol!) for church as well and we are slowly finding the stuff we haven't seen since we moved. Sigh.
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    I soooo need the accountability to get motivated!!

    Here goes:
    1. Dining room
    DONE * Thank you cards - finish Xmas and bday cards and mail pictures
    DONE * Returns - gather returns - find missing receipts - schedule date for each return
    DONE * Gifts - put away gifts in gift closet
    2. Paperwork
    * Catch up on filing
    * Organize receipts
    * Call re: FSA payment made in error
    3. Toys
    * Pull toys to donate
    * Find space to store extra toys and decide on which items to rotate out
    * Move some toys to basement
    4. Kitchen
    * wipe cabinets and clean food splotches from walls
    * remove items not used regularly
    DONE * set up school notice notebook for DS1

    I'll add more as I think of things.
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    I updated my post. Can we make this a sticky?
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