So, I did do some detail action yesterday, but I did not blog. You are just going to have to believe me when I say it was ca-razy. In the past 34 hours we’ve dealt with colds, missed naps, busted lips, 22 time outs, and . . . strep. That’s right strep. No fever, no symptoms, but low and behold my difficult toddler was flaming with strep. I may or may not have bought him a new $3 truck because I felt oh-so-guilty for those timeouts in the midst of silent strep. :-/
Day 3: Linen Closet
Our linen closet has been in a state of disarray since Jeff was born. Jeff, my 2 year old. I am not kidding. Here is a “before” shot:
That pile of bottles in the middle, that’s our medicine cabinet. Clearly it takes me an hour to find what I’m looking for when an illness arises. Cortisone cream? Sure no problem, let me look through EVERY medicine acquired since our wedding day.
True to my word, I spent 25 minutes taking everything out and organizing it. I divided it into sheets, pillow cases, towels, hand towels, comforters, and meds. The meds I actually separated into a storage container that was previously holding baby onesies. I separated those into Rx, OTC, and children’s. It’s not perfect, but it’s progress!
The more specific you are when finding a place for items, the better your system will be. For example, if you are organizing your laundry room, you may start out by designating a place for household cleaners and laundry detergents. It’s a good start! But what you’ll find is your space can still get chaotic. A better approach (and one that takes a little more effort on the front end) is to designate places for detergents, stain removers, bleach, commonly used cleaners (like your cleaning caboodle), carpet cleaners, appliance cleaners, etc. It makes it easy to find what you need and easy to know where new items should go.
Day 4: Under Kitchen Cabinets
Ok, this is about to get real. Here is your warning to not look below if you are easily repulsed. You cannot see underneath our kitchen cabinets when standing, and this is an area that I have not cleaned since we moved into our house. We bought our home when I was pregnant with Jeff, and we were doing projects until he came. This area . . . well, I did not get to. I am so sorry.
I spent 10 minutes cleaning underneath all of them, and the result was not magazine worthy, but it was okay baby you can eat off the floor worthy.
Oh . . . and watch out. Your entire family may have strep and you not know it. Kidding. Sort of.