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June 22nd, 2013 at 05:27 pm

This week on my yearly declutter/cleaning calendar: declutter F's books and wipe the kitchen appliances.

Instead of decluttering F's books myself, she is now old enough to do this herself. I paid her $5 to go through all of her books and decide which to sell at our upcoming garage sale (and if they don't sell, we'll donate them to the library). This is blatant bribery, but my real goal was that she learn to declutter by herself. And it worked! She also went through old cuddly toys (and we're selling quite a few of those).

I just wiped the appliances, and it only took like 5 minutes. Makes me think I should do this more often! My toaster (the gluten free toaster) was not that bad, but D's gluteny toaster was gross.

Last week's declutter item was to wipe and declutter the pantry shelves. This is taking forever! I am still working on it (about 5 shelves to go). I am being careful about what I keep and setting things aside for the garage sale.

The thing I really want to do (because for some reason it's fun) is balance the checkbook since the statement just came yesterday, but I am using this as a reward for finishing up the pantry! So, I'll see you later... going to do those last few shelves and make some lunch.

(Probably most of us have our weekly and monthly cleaning tasks; do any of you also have a yearly calendar? Do you ever get a little bit behind?)

5 Responses to “Declutter Calendar”

  1. snafu Says:

    Kudos to DD, F who did an excellent job divesting herself of books no longer used and stuffies no longer loved. How wonderful to let another child enjoy books and toys.

  2. Buendia Says:

    Thank you! I agree - she is great, and we did discuss that it was wonderful that another child would get to enjoy the toys she no longer wants. After the garage sale, everything goes to the charity shop!

  3. Elle Says:

    I love the idea of a yearly declutter calendar to make sure you get to every area each year. I'm going to tuck this idea away for the future! Do you generally stay on top of it all?

  4. Buendia Says:

    I totally rely on my declutter calendar! It works really well because I only have one or two easy things to do and a week to get them done; seriously it's the only way I can stay on top of it all (if I had to do a big Spring clean I could never find the time). I organized it so that things happen logically for the time of year (so things get pretty clean around Christmas so that the house looks nice and we declutter F's toys just before her birthday so there is room for new toys).

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