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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Big Clean

I've wanted to do this for a long time and finally decided it was time.  Time for The Big Clean.  The plan is to go through the house, room by room, and clean out, purge, and organize all the things.

My first step was to ask J if he thought it was a good idea.  Without his help there's no way I'd be able to do this.  He's on board.

Second step was to make a list of all our rooms and a few things I want to do in each.  I'm including it here in case you want to do something similar.  I'm guessing this is going to take months.  Maybe we'll be done in time for "spring cleaning", not that that's ever happened in this house!

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Basement basement
This is the unfinished part of our basement where our laundry is, and our furnace and hot water tank and stuff.  Lots of boxes and bins and crap.  The goal here is to organize the space better and go through what's there and get rid of what we don't need.

This is the finished part of our basement where our tv lives and tons of kids toys and our computer area.  I'd like to go through and organize the kids toys and figure out a better system for our papers (bills, receipts, manuals, important stuff) and find a permanent home for our camera and accessories.  Eventually I'd like to finish the space by putting something up on the walls.

Front Hall and Powder Room
This space just needs a bit of organization.  We need to use our closet better and I think we need more hooks for the kid's stuff.  I'd also like to put something on the wall right by the door.  I have a picture printed and framed... just need to hang it up.

Our kitchen isn't well organized at all and I'd love to really think about what should go where and make better use of the cupboards that are filled with random stuff.  We also have one shelf in a cupboard with crap and a pile on the counter that we cannot seem to get rid of.

Living Room & Dining Room
This is probably the most organized space in our house.  I think we could go through the toys and figure out if we can toss any and maybe if we can use our cabinets better.

Stairs and Hallway upstairs
Not much going on here either, maybe just something for walls.

I need to figure out how to best use the space under the sink and in the linen closet.  I also need to go through and get rid of a bunch of stuff, mostly lotions and soaps for babies, that we were given but won't use.  We're going to talk about putting up a towel rack too.

Master Bedroom and closet
Our room is pretty good too though I'd love to get another dresser for the corner to use as storage and to go through our clothes and do a big purge and organize everything.  I have some pictures to hang above our dressers.

Master Bathroom
Unfortunately this bathroom is used to store things so either they need to be organized better or they need to be tossed.  Probably a bit of both.  Full disclosure:  we have a big cat perch in our tub.  J would also be happy if we repainted his bathroom.

Baby K's Room and Little J's Room
The kids rooms are pretty clean and tidy except the closets.  We've been using the closets to store things and I know we should clear them out eventually so that's on the list.  Baby K also needs a few more things on her walls and eventually her room will need to be reorganized as it's a bit packed right now with a crib, bed and two dressers.

Garage and Shed
J keeps the garage and shed pretty clean, but we need to shift some things around in order to get both cars in the garage for the winter.  J has already brought the snowblower to the garage and lots of kids toys will be migrating to the shed for the winter.

And that's our entire house.  Having a little townhouse isn't a bad thing.  We don't have too much space to clutter up and we aren't collectors of stuff thankfully.

We're not sure where we're going to start, though the basement basement is probably a good bet.  I'm looking forward to digging in and getting stuff done.     


  1. Wow, almost every single word you wrote here (with the notable exception of the cat perch in the bathtub...) felt like something I would say about our own house. I think I'll talk to S about joining you and doing the same thing here!

    Any ideas on how you plan to do this with two little ones 'helping'?

  2. This is a great idea, something we really need to do too!

  3. Ohh love the list! Am going to make one too. I just started re-organizing our kitchen and de-cluttering but need to do the other rooms too.