Thursday, September 17, 2009
Things Discovered During my Annual "Great Clean"
The Fall rejuvenates me. I never have been a fan of summer until I had kids in school because I miss them when they are gone and I love having summer down time with them. But, I am a more schedule minded person and so I love the routine and cooler weather of the fall.
Every fall, I try to go through every cupboard, drawer, closet, etc. and really get my house cleaned throughly. This year, it has been easier because I have been following "Organizing with Jane" religiously and she has given me great tips.
Some discoveries this time around:
--a hidden Easter egg that obviously wasn't found this past Easter. (YUCK!)
--I own about 30 chapsticks. They are now all in one organized spot (I spent a lot of money at The Container Store on drawer organizers. I have discovered I prefer the clear plastic kind.)
--I also own about 20 pencil erasers. The odd thing about this is that I have no memory of ever purchasing any pencil erasers.
--I found in almost every drawer a chopstick. We do like Asian food and we all know how to use chopsticks, so that I have about 70 of them doesn't surprise me. That they were dispersed in every drawer in my kitchen does surprise me.
When organizing, Jane Anne gives this rule of three:
Throw away, keep or give away
The give away part has been very liberating for me. For things I don't really use or like anymore, it is liberating to put those in the "give away" pile. My house is less cluttered and I like to think someone else is making good use of it.
Well, folks I have another cupboard to go through.