Muddle Mayhem

Decluttering my home – and life – one piece of junk at a time…

Jan 8 Todo/Tadas

I am feeling extremely nauseous at the moment. Why? Because I asked for volunteers to help me clean my house. Today is the day those volunteers are coming over and I’m not ready. My house is still a mess. I’m stressing over this and I really shouldn’t! These volunteers are here to help me with the mess right? It’s a catch 22! But still I’m very nauseous knowing they are on their way.

So far today, I’ve:

  • cleaned the kitchen
  • organized the donations pile which hubby is on his way to drop it all off as I type this
  • started dinner
  • attempted to sweep

There is sooooo much to do and I don’t know where to start! Here’s the list

Main Floor

  • Front hall
  • White Shelf
  • Wash floors

Bathroom #1

  • Organize under sink
  • Organize cupboard

Master Bedroom

  • My night table
  • Deal with the unmatched socks bins
  • Vaccuum

Baby’s Room

  • Clear office furniture
  • Vaccuum
  • Place baby furniture

Hallway

  • Vaccuum

Office

  • Bring the couch up to living room
  • Move office furniture
  • Put stuff away (books)
  • Start clearing boxes

Hubby’s Todo’s list

  • Patch and paint and hang bedroom doors
  • Find electricity solution for aquariums
  • Move the aquariums
  • Buy and hang curtain rod for our room
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Jan 6 Todos/Tadas

I originally posted this on Jan 5th but didn’t scratch one thing off of it! Imagine… 😦

So I’m just changing the posted date!

I might as well copy and paste the whole list until it’s all done!

  • ** Work from 2-7 **
  • Come to the realization that I only have 3 days to tackle this list <insert super shocked face>

Main Floor

  • Front hall
  • White Shelf
  • Fold Laundry
  • Kitchen

Maintenance

  • Donation pile
  • Knitting corner

Bathroom #1

  • Organize under sink
  • Organize cupboard

Master Bedroom

  • Hang my clothes in the closetImagine, I can actually walk to the closet now AND open the closet AND have room to hang my clothes AWESOME!
  • My floorHonestly I had originally planned to just box it all up and send it in the basement but I actually sat my butt down on the floor and went through it all. These were piles of papers, books, pictures, etc that got tossed on the floor when we moved the desk. Mature right? MOST OF IT went in the garbage/recycling!!!!!
  • Also went through 3 boxes
  • My night table
  • Deal with the unmatched socks bins
  • Corner pile
  • Hubby’s dresser
  • Vaccuum

Baby’s Room

  • Clear office furniture
  • Vaccuum
  • Place baby furniture

Hallway

  • Clear & Vaccuum
  • Place laundry basket

Office

  • Bag laundry
  • Bring the couch up to living room
  • Move office furniture
  • Put stuff away (books)
  • Start clearing boxes

Hubby’s Todo’s list

  • Patch and paint and hang bedroom doors
  • Patch and mount hand rail
  • Find electricity solution for aquariums
  • Move the aquariums
  • Buy and hang curtain rod for our room

I have to be all done by Sunday because on Monday, I want to sort Bean’s room and clean the entire house from top to bottom…

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Jan 4 Todo/Tada

I might as well copy and paste the whole list until it’s all done!

But first thing is first:

  • Call the society – Our appointment is next Tuesday!!!!
  • Run a few errands
  • Can’t forget I work at 2
  • Laundry

Now I can tackle some of ‘the list’!

Main Floor

  • Front hall
  • White Shelf
  • Kitchen
  • Aquariums

Maintenance

  • Donation pile
  • Knitting corner
  • Laundry pile

Bathroom #1

  • Organize under sink
  • Organize cupboard

Master Bedroom

  • Hubby’s night table
  • Put Laundry away
  • My dresser – My sweet and beautiful Minime helped me with this
  • My floor
  • My night table
  • Corner pile
  • Hubby’s dresser
  • Vaccuum

Baby’s Room

  • Make the bed
  • Spend waaaay too much time looking at nursery themes and colours
    • Narrow it downeither Green with earth tones or Silver and purple…
  • Clear office furniture
  • Vaccuum
  • Place baby furniture

Hallway

  • Clear & Vaccuum
  • Place laundry basket

Office

  • Bag laundry
  • Bring the couch up to living room
  • Move office furniture
  • Put stuff away (books)
  • Start clearing boxes
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Jan 3 Todo/Tada

So I did it – I called the society this morning but she’s away until tomorrow…. LOL

That’s OK. That gives me a whole day to work on the rest of the house. I spent some time writing every task down to help me stay focus. I won’t be finishing this list today but hopefully, I’ll attack a good chunk of it! Besides, I do have some errands to run today as well.

Here it is…

Main Floor

  • Front hall
  • White Shelf
  • Kitchen
  • Aquariums

Maintenance

  • Donation pile
  • Knitting corner
  • Laundry pile

Bathroom #1

  • Organize under sink
  • Organize cupboard

Master Bedroom

  • Make my bed with brand new sheets
  • Clear hubby’s flooreverything is now on my bed
  • Closet panel A
  • Closet panel B
  • Closet panel C
  • Bed

Even though I only completely one side of the floor and the closet today, the room already feels lighter. Only two bins left on that side – clothes to go through and donations. On my bed is a bin of unmatched socks. I’m going to pop a movie in and start matching!

  • Hubby’s night table
  • My dresser
  • My floor
  • My night table
  • Corner pile
  • Hubby’s dresser
  • Vaccuum

Baby’s Room

  • Clear office furniture
  • Vaccuum
  • Place baby furniture

Hallway

  • Clear & Vaccuum
  • Place laundry basket

Office

  • Bag laundry
  • Bring the couch up to living room
  • Move office furniture
  • Put stuff away (books)
  • Start clearing boxes

Broken down like this, it really doesn’t seem to be that bad!!! Off I go…

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Dec 31 Todo/Tadas

Pre planned list:

  • Donation run
  • Finish our room
  • Move the aquariums ???
  • Move the TV Delivered and out of my home!!!!
  • Hallway white shelf
  • Clean both bathrooms I hired my sister to come do some cleaning. She did a WONDERFUL job!!!!
  • Sweep and wash floors (Sister)

Leftovers from previous days:

  • Arrange the office and start setting up the computers
  • Our bedroom
  • Clear Stairs and hallway then Vaccuum (Sister)
  • Top of fridge
  • Linen Closet
  • Bring the couch up
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Dec 30 Todo/Tadas

My preplanned list:

  • Arrange the living room
  • Arrange the office and start setting up the computers
  • Our bedroom
  • Clear Stairs and hallway then Vaccuum
  • Fix the beds/mattresses

And my left overs from yesterday:

  • Completely finish the kitchen with the exception of the ‘new’ stuff I have no room for. My sister is coming over tomorrow to help me with organization ideas for the kitchen. Hubby and I have also agreed to hire a professional organizer for this room. It really sucks to have limited space!
  • Top of fridge/freezer
  • Take the Christmas tree down and put away
  • Linen Closet
  • Bring the couch up

My most proud Tada for the day… Menu planning!!!

From the moment I started this blog and decluttering process, I knew that I wanted to eventually get to the point of planning my meals. When I was seeing my dietician, she couldn’t emphasize this enough but with all the chaos around me, I simply couldn’t bring myself to doing this. And besides, when in the world do I have the time??

Yesterday I purged a lot of my cookbooks but came across one that I bought YEARS ago and forgot all about:

365 Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Dinner Menus

Does it get any easier?

First I broke down our week. Tuesday Soup day, each daughter took a day to cook (Wed/Thurs), pizza Fridays and Hubby special Sunday Dinner. Taking this chart and our household food sensitivities and allergies into consideration, it was sooooo easy to plop down our menu directly on the calendar! So easy in fact, I planned for the whole month of January!!!

But my dietician wants me to plan ALL of my meals, not just dinner. This was easy too. I grabbed…

The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start: Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Start Living the Biggest Loser Lifestyle Today!

… and planned my first week of lunches!! My grocery list for the week is also done which took no time at all now that I know what we’re going to eat!!

Go Me!!!

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Dec 29 Todos/Tadas

My preplanned todo list:

  • Completely finish the kitchen
  • Top of fridge/freezer
  • Take the Christmas tree down and put away
  • Linen Closet
  • Microwave stand -DONE
  • Move the shelf into our room -DONE
  • Bring the couch up

My Actual Tada list:

  • Go through all of my cookbooks and donated A LOT!! My sister actually stopped in and decided to take about 8 home. yeah!
  • Hubby cleared a spot in the bedroom and we moved the bookshelf
  • Set all our books on said shelf
  • Clear the microwave stand which is now in the garage
  • While my sister was here, I was telling her that I needed floating shelves or 3D wall art to add dimension to the dining room. She pointed to my wall-mounted candles and said: “What are you doing with those?” Boy she’s brilliant. I love my baby sister…
  • Went to work
  • Made lazagna – funny how burnt lazagna still tastes great!
  • Started on the linen closet and got discouraged… LOL

And then I just couldn’t help but want to share a picture of my new and improved Dining room!!!

Before

Before I started this blog and my decluttering process

You know, I was really proud of that ‘organized’ space when I bought those cabinets… hahahahahaha
But now, look at it now. I’m so impressed with myself!

Can you believe it? Ignore the lamp and aquarium lol

Not a very good picture, I admit, I was trying to hide some things 😉 I’ll upload a better picture by Saturday – I promise!
Notice the frame on the wall is completely empty. There are no pictures in it yet. You know, I bought myself this frame 3 Christmas’ ago but procrastinated the whole process of finding the ‘right’ picture, and the ‘right’ wall… it was such an overwhelming task. When I started my decluttering back in November, I told hubby I was going to put the frames up on the wall – all of them – even the empty ones… and as I come across pictures I’ve been meaning to hang, I won’t have to go looking for the frames because THEY ARE ALREADY ON THE WALL. Yes I know it looks kind of dumb in the meantime but up until now, this frame was hiding behind the microwave stand, waiting for me. That’s even more dumb! I have a gazillion frames all around the house in boxes and bins, even drawers just waiting, and I have pictures in boxes and bins, even drawers – ironically not at all housed together – also waiting. Baby steps…

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T-5 days…

But since today is almost over and and I don’t really want to count Monday, there are 4 full days left, or 5 more sleeps til I call the society for our first official house visit to be approved to go ahead with the application process.

With Christmas behind us and one more holiday to survive through, I can really feel the pressure! My house is still in chaos but getting more and more organized every day. This morning, I worked on the dining room. I still need to buy floating shelves for my cookbooks and find a better place for my aquariums and that room is complete!!! Since we are having our annual New Year’s Eve party on Saturday, I would also like the guess room complete ‘just in case’. (Although it can still be slept in right now, there’s a lot of clutter at the entrance waiting to go downstairs)

So the goal this week is to:

  • finish the main floor completely
  • have both bathrooms done
  • the stairs/hallway
  • and guest room.

My kids have been doing fabulous jobs on their bedrooms as well mainly because for Christmas they received all new bedding and bedroom accessories to make organizing a little easier. Their bedrooms will finally become the sanctuary I’ve always envisioned.

Next week, first thing’s first is our bedroom and a massive wash from ceiling to baseboards. I’ve already called upon my friends for volunteers. That should be fun! Once the main and top floor are done, hubby and I will spend every waking minute in the basement to sort a lot more junk that has been neglected throughout this process. We’ve decided that the garage will be a spring weekend project!

There is a light at the end of this tunnel. The amount of decluttering has been insane! Who knew we actually had that much junk!

At a glance…

Thursday

  • Completely finish the kitchen
  • Top of fridge/freezer
  • Take the Christmas tree down and put away
  • Linen Closet
  • Microwave stand
  • Move the shelf into our room
  • Bring the couch up

Friday

  • Arrange the living room
  • Arrange the office and start setting up the computers
  • Our bedroom
  • Clear Stairs and hallway then Vaccuum
  • Fix the beds/mattresses

Saturday

  • Finish our room
  • Move the aquariums ???
  • Move the TV
  • Hallway white shelf
  • Clean both bathrooms
  • Sweep and wash floors

Guest room

  • Bring the furniture and boxes down
  • Set the bed in the right place
  • Place Cubby and the rest of the furniture where it belongs
  • Vaccuum
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Dec 13 Todos

A quick copy and paste from yesterday’s list

  • Pay off some bills
  • Christmas shopping
  • Put the garbage out – 6 bags!!!

Why is it that my plan for the day never works out? It’s 3:30 and although I’ve finished off a lot of my Christmas shopping, my bedroom remains untouched! I also have the boys for the evening and Little Miss is coming for the night so I’d like to work on the main floor and possibly the dining room table so we’ll have somewhere to sit and eat! PLUS – I have a surprise for the girls!

My new todo list:

  • Move the livingroom furniture where it’s suppose to be
  • Clear out the folded laundry and put it all away
  • Pile the boxes better so we have room to move around
  • Wish the TVs were out of there… but alas nothing I can do about this til Sunday
  • Clear off the dining room table
  • Clear off the side table
  • Set up the lamps 🙂
  • Sweep the whole main floor
  • Post more items on Freecycle and Kijiji
  • While the kids are watching a movie tonight, I’ll start going through those boxes!!
  • Start a new knitting project…

  • Clear off the desk
  • Bring boxes in the livingroom (Or I might just end up going through them, much easier)
  • Put laundry away
  • Clear off the floor
  • Bring the desk in the basement
  • Vaccuum
  • Make bed (new sheets)
  • Clear off bedside tables
  • Bring lamps into the livingroom
  • Clear out hallway (again)
  • Vaccuum
  • Bring TV up here
  • Set it up with the xbox
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Todo List Dec 12

First and foremost, a quick tribute to my daughter’s uncle who passed away last month after a very long battle with a brain tumor. He would have been 34 today. Happy Birthday Ricky.

Oh my where to start today? So much I want to attack. I suppose starting out in the kitchen is the natural way to do things…

  • Edited to add: Went through my iVillage message board bookmarks, all 60+ of them and purged the ones I really don’t have time to read. Really do I need to bookmard EVERYTHING I have the slightess interest in? – I’m now down to 9!!
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Make myself some tea
  • Eat breakfast

And then I got hit with another stupid headache and scratch everything else on my list 😦 How disappointing… I told hubby and Bean to let me sleep the headache away… I woke up four hours later. No headache but still pressure. Gaw! I wish I had a blood pressure machine at home!

My sister needs help tonight and will be coming over. So my todo list is changing drastically!

  • Make dinner
  • Clear the hallway
  • Vaccuum hallway
  • Vaccuum stairs
  • Move the bed and shelf out of the spare room
  • Move everything I don’t want in the spare room into the corner
  • Vaccuum
  • Set up the room how I want it
  • Set up the bed

And this is where my sister called to tell me she wasn’t coming over… Ah well, I was productive – that’s all that matters!

  • Encourage Bean to clean the bathroom
  • Get the garbage ready for tonight

And once all of the kids have left for school, I’ll

  • Rescue the front hall

Bean decided not to go to school again today (I have to figure out what she’s avoiding) but she was excited to tell me that she wants to attack the laundry pile today. Hey – why not! hahahaa So I suppose this means I should

  • fold laundry

Edited to add: I totally forgot about a birthday party I promised to attend this afternoon. So the list below will probably be delayed until tomorrow…

She’ll have to clean her bathroom as well. I have to tackle my bedroom as well. So as soon as hubby rolls out of bed,

  • Clear off the desk
  • Bring boxes in the livingroom
  • Put laundry away
  • Clear off the floor
  • Bring the desk in the basement
  • Vaccuum
  • Make bed (new sheets)
  • Clear off bedside tables
  • Bring lamps into the livingroom

If I’m going to tackle the room, the hallway needs to be done as well.

  • Clear out hallway (again)
  • Vaccuum

And if all goes well, we can bring one of the TVs up here! 🙂 Yeah! Set it up with the xbox and finally have access to movies from my bedroom again!!

I also need to

  • Set the bed up in the spare room
  • Go through kitchen box
  • And set the garbage ready for tomorrow

Have a great day everyone!

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