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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
List your decluttering/organizing/homemaking goals for the year here. Be as specific or as general as you'd like. Include deadlines for your goal and the steps you will take to get there. Update when you complete a task, and check in regularly for support to keep you motivated.

So, what are your goals?
post #2 of 20
Thread Starter 
Household Routines Establish routines that work, and stick to it.
Work in progress...

Crafts Go through, purge, organize. Find an easily accessible area for supplies to live.
Deadline: 1/9, Finished: 1/4

Memorabilia Have dh bring bins to family room, go through bins for one hour a night. Purge ruthlessly! Organize into one binder, plus one memory box for each kid.
Deadline: 1/15

Misc. Sand dd's wooden kitchen and toy box that she scribbled on , paint corner stand and tv table black.
Deadline: 2/1

Baby Clothes Quilt Sort baby clothes into each kid, find address of lady I talked to about making them for me.
Deadline: Ready to send away by 2/1, hope to have actual quilts by Mothers Day

Rug Clothes Purge any that don't have sentimental value to keep it simple, sort into colors/seasons/holidays. Cut into strips. That's as far as I can think right now.
Deadline: 2/1

Pictures All digital pictures on hard drive saved onto discs and turned into yearly photobooks. Deal with printed pictures (now sure how yet, I need to figure this out). Fill collage frames with favorite pictures. Find kids angel pictures, get frame from Ikea, hang in living room.
Deadline: 3/1

Paint Boys room, dd's room, our room, dining room, hallway, laundry room.
Timeline: March 1st to May 1st

Home Movies Find a place to take home videos to have them put chronologically on dvd's. Burn extra copy for safe.
Deadline: Depends on income, but before Fall Birthday Season/Holidays
post #3 of 20
- Continue decluttering house on a daily basis.

- Sort through my piles of scrapbooking stuff. Consider ditching most of it since I haven't touched it since my oldest was a baby. Will i ever really go back to it? *sigh*

- knit down my yarn stash.

- find better storage for my kitchen stuff/weed out unused kitchen stuff

- sell stuff on craigslist or otherwise ditch. I'm really bad about it - all the stuff I decluttered is now sitting in our downstairs storage area, waiting. Usually we have a once-a-year garage sale, but missed it this year because we were out of town... so it's stuff from before the sale and stuff from all my decluttering efforts the past few months... There's clothes, but a lot of it is other kinds of items and i'm not sure where I can donate them.

- organize the mudroom - buy a bench, add more hooks down low so the kids can use them, better organize space for shoes, mittens, hats...

- paint living room

- repaint the stairs

... ugh... the list goes on, but I really need to subscribe to this thread so I see what everyone else is doing. It's pretty motivating for me.
post #4 of 20
I am worried we may have to move this summer due to DH's job so most of my goals relate to that.

*Clear out basement and crawl areas, donate or trash as much of it as possible
*Declutter kitchen and get rid of anything that has been stored and not used.
*Clean out file cabinet burn/shred all we do not need
*re-sort all the outgrown childrens clothing and only save the basics and very special items donate the remainder
*organize photo discs,files and actual photos
*Get rid of all the stuff left over from my parents home that my siblings and I do not want, look into estate sale services, consignment.

I think I need to better evaluate each situation before I am able to set any deadlines, however there is the possibilty of it all needing to be done by July 1. I am sure there will be more to add to this!
post #5 of 20
Ugh.... I really need to do this. I have a hard time staying motivated though.

I just moved (Nov.) into a 2br apt for DD and I. There is stuff still unpacked, stuff I want to keep that has no place to go in our new home, and stuff I just need to get out of here. It easily overwhelms me just trying to even figure out where to start.

But it is a goal of mine to sort through all of this stuff and determine what stays and what goes.

I'd love to find someplace to keep my books that I am keeping, but DD is 2 and not ready for an open bookshelf. But I'd like to have easy access to them instead of hunting in boxes when I need to reference one.

So far I am keeping up well on the general clutter that usually plagues my existence. I hope to continue keeping that at bay.
post #6 of 20
my overall goal is to find a place for everything we are going to keep in our home. To declutter and make all closets and drawers clean and simple so if someone were to come over and open one I wouldnt be embarressed by all the stuff

My house isnt cluttered in any rooms except the playroom and storage areas (attic, garage, sheds) so no one really knows how much "stuff" we have.

as for a time frame... I am currently on bedrest so its going to be a slow slow process but with the help of mostly my Mom some of my DH it is going to happen.

Just this weekend we sent 4 garbage bags out and 6 to goodwill

my DS & DDs rooms are nice, clean and the closets are in order and completely decluttered.
post #7 of 20
My main goals are to purge and have a home for everything that is left

Get up-to-date on my paperwork

I am going to do small decluttering jobs and then reward myself with time on the computer...that will sure motivate me to get it done

Basically discipline myself to do things consistently, and in small bites, so they don't become overwhelming

Paint- ughh nearly every room is due and the hardest part is deciding on color

Add some built-in storage.
I have to rely on dh for this one- but I find that it is very motivating to him if I say *I* am going to buy lumber or get out the power tools LOL
post #8 of 20
I plan to go through a room a month doing the following:

1. Clean top to bottom, moving furniture, vacuuming the nooks and crannies, dusting everything, cleaning ceiling fans to baseboards, assessing each and every item along the way (donate anything no longer in use and #2).

2. Repair/replace items as I come across them, when needed. I know of several such items and we simply haven't taken the time to do them. 2010 is the time!

3. Touch up the paint. Interior was painted in Fall 2006 and is holding up well. I figure now is a good time to touch up anything I see in order to maintain the paint job long-term.

4. Assess existing decorations and create new decorations. Most of our house has been remodeled in some way, shape, or sort since the purchase in the summer of 2000 (fixer-upper from the get-go). Aside from a few more big projects (windows and bathrooms and furnace and kitchen -- not all of which will be done), I mostly have sewing projects to do at this point. I just got my sewing room back very recently. We had a major flood back in May 2009 and I sew in our "project room." It gets used basically as a garage whenever we have major home improvement repairs/projects to do. I have a long list of items to make and I have most of the fabric already. I need to create designs and get BUSY!!!

My plan:

January - Family office and backyard (soil prep)
(DD is on break from school most of January and my dad is out of town most of the month, too. She'll be helping me or some of this will get pushed to a later date.)

February - Project room and painting projects from around the house

March - DD's bedroom and backyard (spring gardening prep)
(DD's birthday is late in the month and she starts her school break the following weekend. Whatever isn't finished by mid-month is likely to wait until May.)

April - Bathrooms/powder room/laundry room
(DD is on break from school most of the month. These rooms should be fairly easy for my part. DH can handle the repair/replace items with my dad's help, if needed.)

May - Catch-up month since first three months have INTENSE projects/rooms

June - Master bedroom and backyard (summer gardening prep)

July - Kitchen
(DD's summer vacation starts on the 21st. I should be done by then. This room got a lot of attention with the flood renovations.)

August - Living room
(DD is on break from school. This room should be fairly easy as it also got a lot of attention with the flood renovations. The only major thing is new window coverings, which we still need to agree upon and locate.)

September - none
(This is notoriously a BUSY month and nothing I plan gets accomplished, so I'm setting it up as a "break" time from the house.)

October - Linen closet and master bedroom closet and any other spaces I miss along the way although I aim to do the closet of each room as I go (so basically a catch-up month again)

November - Front yard and backyard (winter gardening prep)

December - Storage closet (in project room... This deserves a month of its own and since we already tear it apart in order to get the Christmas decorations out, December seems like the perfect month.)

Other projects:

~ We are planning to take a family vacation this year that got canceled last year due to the flood. I've done nothing towards this, so it'll take a dedicated amount of time. I'm strongly considering 3-4 hours a week starting this coming week until it is planned. Mostly computer work and talking to friends/neighbors.

~ We replaced our sliders in 2009 and now wish to replace at least the two huge windows in the master bedroom and DD's bedroom in 2010. We may just replace all five windows in the house (all LARGE) if we can get a good price. Dad and I can do the labor with DH helping on weekends (or summer evenings).

~ Our furnace is currently unsafe to use (cracked firebox), so we are without heat. In our climate, this hasn't been a big issue. However, it needs to be replaced at some point and we've decided sooner versus later.

~ I am starting with the family office since that is where I scrapbook. I tend to scrapbook mostly in the cooler months and my desk is a mess right now. I did a major re-org of this room a year ago and scrapped all the way up to the day after the flood. (The day of the flood DD and I had been at two scrapbook stores with friends. The next day was National Scrapbook Day and I already had a ticket to crop with friends. The professionals were busy at our house, so there was nothing I could do anyway and DH sent me off to have fun. I was already packed, so it was easy. The office is upstairs and was not directly involved in the original flood.) I haven't scrapped since that day and I am sooooo far behind!!! My first goal is to finish the three albums I am in the midst of (one series) while my ultimate goal is to get all physical photographs into albums. A friend and I were scrappin' every week in 2008 and I was doing really well finishing albums! She is back to work full-time, so I either need to find a new local SB friend or make a "date" with myself weekly.

~ I used to work on our digital pictures once a month and had gotten current back then (2008). Um, I went a little crazy and asked everyone I know to send us digital pictures to add to our iPhoto library. Exciting and a lot more work! Now, I need to go back and get everything up-to-date again (!) up to where I left off and then catch up to current day. I'll schedule this for twice a month this year.

~ We have a main music library and then DH & I have our personal iTunes libraries on our respective laptops. I am the organized type and like to fill in the album and year information when the CD didn't load it properly. My personal library is the smallest in terms of number of songs, but it is the most complete in terms of accurate information. I want to get the main music library complete in terms of accurate information. I'll work on this once a month this year.

~ My biggest NEW project for 2010 is gardening. I've done little things here and there dabbling and learning along the way. In the Fall of 2009, I got involved in a local food movement and lecture series and am now committed to growing more of our family's food. Our backyard is teeny tiny, but I plan to use every square inch I can. We also joined a CSA with another family (splitting one farm share), so I need to revisit the farm's web site and figure out what to grow at home to supplement / complement what we'll be receiving. I'm working on the soil (again!) in January and got some new plants last week (for pots). I need to schedule gardening three times a week this year to really get into the habit of caring for our food plants. (We have a year-round growing season.)

Whew! Thanks for the incentive to write this all out and think it through!!! I am copying it to Word and printing it out for my weekly folder of things to look at. (I do finances and paperwork every week.) I will spend a few more minutes this week creating tasks in Entourage to aid me in accomplishing all this in 2010!
post #9 of 20
-Paint the main level

-Install 1/4 round upstairs

-declutter the toys

-declutter the kitchen

-wrestke the paper clutter beast
post #10 of 20
i'm doing the compact (to prevent stuff from coming in!) and the 52 project challenge (to complete knitting/sewing projects, thereby reducing the amount of supplies/materials i'm storing). i'm also doing 2010 in 2010! so i should get all that stuff out the door . . .

i think that's enough!
post #11 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
I plan to go through a room a month doing the following:

1. Clean top to bottom, moving furniture, vacuuming the nooks and crannies, dusting everything, cleaning ceiling fans to baseboards, assessing each and every item along the way (donate anything no longer in use and #2).

2. Repair/replace items as I come across them, when needed.

3. Touch up the paint.

4. Assess existing decorations and create new decorations.

My plan:

January - Family office and backyard (soil prep)

Other Projects:
~ I am starting with the family office since that is where I scrapbook. I tend to scrapbook mostly in the cooler months and my desk is a mess right now. I did a major re-org of this room a year ago and scrapped all the way up to the day after the flood. (The day of the flood DD and I had been at two scrapbook stores with friends. The next day was National Scrapbook Day and I already had a ticket to crop with friends. The professionals were busy at our house, so there was nothing I could do anyway and DH sent me off to have fun. I was already packed, so it was easy. The office is upstairs and was not directly involved in the original flood.) I haven't scrapped since that day and I am sooooo far behind!!! My first goal is to finish the three albums I am in the midst of (one series) while my ultimate goal is to get all physical photographs into albums. A friend and I were scrappin' every week in 2008 and I was doing really well finishing albums! She is back to work full-time, so I either need to find a new local SB friend or make a "date" with myself weekly.

~ My biggest NEW project for 2010 is gardening. I've done little things here and there dabbling and learning along the way. In the Fall of 2009, I got involved in a local food movement and lecture series and am now committed to growing more of our family's food. Our backyard is teeny tiny, but I plan to use every square inch I can. We also joined a CSA with another family (splitting one farm share), so I need to revisit the farm's web site and figure out what to grow at home to supplement / complement what we'll be receiving. I'm working on the soil (again!) in January and got some new plants last week (for pots). I need to schedule gardening three times a week this year to really get into the habit of caring for our food plants. (We have a year-round growing season.)

Whew! Thanks for the incentive to write this all out and think it through!!! I am copying it to Word and printing it out for my weekly folder of things to look at. (I do finances and paperwork every week.) I will spend a few more minutes this week creating tasks in Entourage to aid me in accomplishing all this in 2010!
As of last night, all I have accomplished thus far on my goals is formatting and printing a nice (one page) copy of my 2010 house goals. I started cleaning up the mess in the family office, too, but got interrupted many times by a restless child who didn't want to go to sleep. I am hoping to enter some items into my tasks (computer) today and finish cleaning up the surface mess tonight. Then, I can tackle the full-on cleaning top to bottom, etc over the next week or so. When I made this plan, I had forgotten DH will also be out of town part of this month while DD is out of school and my dad is out of town. I give major props to all the single parents out there! I don't personally get much done for myself or for the house when it is just DD & I, but we do have some fun....
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
So...we are a little more than halfway thru the year. How is anyone doing??

I'm still working on routines, since we just moved into a new/temp house.

Crafts are purged, organized and live in an easily accessible area.

I have purged and organized all my keepsakes, memorabilia and pictures into two manageable bins. I am definitely making progress, I just need to rethink my perm storage and then do it.

Still need to sand kitchen set, toy box, corner stand and tv table. Dh needs to get the sander out of storage...

I am very happy with the progress I made with my baby clothes quilt! EVERYTHING is done, cut down into squares organized into my quilt and each of their individual ones. A client is going to sew them together for me, I just need to drop the bag off to her and she will work on it as she can. Super excited about this one!

The rug clothes are sorted into one bin. I will be stripping them this fall, should only really take me a good solid weekend at home. And hopefully, braiding thru the winter.

I found all my pictures, they are all together in one bin. This is a continuous process and I am making huge progress, as time allows. But I am not finished yet! I did find all five of the kids matching pictures and will be getting a frame to hang them from IKEA the next time I go. Can't wait!

Home movies project will likely wait until next year. Or when I hit the lottery to pay for them to be put on cd's...
post #13 of 20
I pretty much scrapped my big list up there (conscious decision, not by default). We had such an intense year last year that it has been for the best to chill out more this year thus far.

I did plan our vacation in advance and we enjoyed every minute of it!

I've been working on projects all year, also. As they come to mind and from reviewing existing lists....
post #14 of 20
We just moved. Our stuff is now in storage until we can get into our new place but I am VERY motivated to get organized. It was a very difficult move, because we had way too much stuff and it was all super disorganized.

I don't exactly have a checklist, but I want to get rid of about 10 boxes of stuff, and organize what I keep a lot better. I really want to follow through with some flylady stuff (the morning and evening routines,) and establish some solid weekly housekeeping routines.

Big projects I need to get done before winter are:
- scrapbook/album our photos and paper keepsakes
- file all papers/bills/tax stuff so it is actually in some kind of order
- mend my massive mend pile, and cut up everything I've saved for wipes or rags
- organize the craft/art/knitting stuff in a tidy and useful way. We'll need to buy or build some kind of storage unit.
post #15 of 20
Well... we did do the mudroom... partially.... mostly it's been dealing with a new baby, etc, this year, though I'm still decluttering, though, now the goal is to move to a new house.
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MonkeyPrincess View Post
Household Routines Establish routines that work, and stick to it.
Work in progress...

Crafts Go through, purge, organize. Find an easily accessible area for supplies to live.
Deadline: 1/9, Finished: 1/4

Memorabilia Have dh bring bins to family room, go through bins for one hour a night. Purge ruthlessly! Organize into one binder, plus one memory box for each kid.
Deadline: 1/15

Misc. Sand dd's wooden kitchen and toy box that she scribbled on , paint corner stand and tv table black.
Deadline: 2/1

Baby Clothes Quilt Sort baby clothes into each kid, find address of lady I talked to about making them for me.
Deadline: Ready to send away by 2/1, hope to have actual quilts by Mothers Day

Rug Clothes Purge any that don't have sentimental value to keep it simple, sort into colors/seasons/holidays. Cut into strips. That's as far as I can think right now.
Deadline: 2/1

Pictures All digital pictures on hard drive saved onto discs and turned into yearly photobooks. Deal with printed pictures (now sure how yet, I need to figure this out). Fill collage frames with favorite pictures. Find kids angel pictures, get frame from Ikea, hang in living room.
Deadline: 3/1

Paint Boys room, dd's room, our room, dining room, hallway, laundry room.
Timeline: March 1st to May 1st

Home Movies Find a place to take home videos to have them put chronologically on dvd's. Burn extra copy for safe.
Deadline: Depends on income, but before Fall Birthday Season/Holidays
Making slow progress here, and I don't think I will meet my goals...

Breaking it down:

Memorabilia - now in one bin, just need to sort according to each kid

Misc - dh is bringing me the sander from storage, want it done before it gets too cold to work outside, then I want to treat it with some beeswax

Baby Clothes Quilt - all clothes are organized and cut into squares, just need to drop it off to a client I bartered with so she can quilt them!

Rug Clothes - are all in one bin; need to organize and strip

Pictures - yeah...I need a new laptop before I can do this and that ain't happening any time soon! But I DID get the kids angel pictures into a frame, and its even hung up! BIG accomplishment...that was 12 years in the making.

Paint - we moved, so this isn't necessary

Home movies - this is a pretty big expense, so maybe next year (or when I hit the lottery! )
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Are you guys on track?
Would love to hear updates!
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by doubledutch View Post
i'm doing the compact (to prevent stuff from coming in!) and the 52 project challenge (to complete knitting/sewing projects, thereby reducing the amount of supplies/materials i'm storing). i'm also doing 2010 in 2010! so i should get all that stuff out the door . . .

i think that's enough!
um . . . i'm still doing 2010 in 2010!

i'm also getting divorced. that's enough of a project. i was doing pretty great with the compact for the first half of the year, and then suddenly i went into "whatever works" convenience mode.

52 projects? major fail. i've probably completed a dozen or so. but hey, maybe with a lot of christmas crafting?
post #19 of 20
As mentioned above, I ditched the big list up there due to how intense 2009 was for our family (major flood and renovating).

I am working my way through the 52 projects challenge fairly well (slow and steady).

Gardening has been a big success all year!

Decluttering is neither a success nor a fail. We were in a good place, clutter-wise, at the beginning of the year. I joined the challenge to figure out if we had another layer to get through at this point. I kept up with the decluttering on a regular basis and this is just the number of things we had this year. The only serious decluttering that needs to be done is to complete projects! It is really amazing how much clutter there is when a project is mid-process and how the clutter magically disappears once the project is completed. And, yes, I deliberately went through the projects in the queue and gave away the ones that held very little interest by that point. I'll wrap up the year with another go at this.

The compact has been awesome! We definitely brought less into our house this year than we sent out the door, so the net effect is less stuff. Not only that, but it has been specific "stuff" we want, not random stuff that will do until we have more time to figure out what we do want. We simply did not purchase anything until we knew exactly what we wanted. This also means we are still searching (at the end of ten months) for a few specific items we know we want. I have also kept our gift-giving simple this year. And, as gently as possible, I have been influencing those frantic gift-givers around us to cut back on the volume. Not just with our family specifically, but philosophical discussions amongst friends and it seems to be catching on in small ways.

As far as I am concerned, even if I changed course mid-way, this has been a very successful year, goal-wise, for our family and me specifically.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 

So, I'm over a year behind but still plugging along and making progress.

Having this list does actually help, so I've made some changes...
 


Crafts learn how to knit Christmas stockings, felt Easter baskets
by respective holidays...

Memorabilia go thru bins, purge ruthlessly, organize into one binder/memory box per kid
deadline: end of summer
 
Misc paint tv table and corner stand, finish play kitchen with beeswax
this weekend...
 
Baby Clothes Quilt send cut and organized squares to Sabrina
as soon as I hear from her that she is ready to take them...
 
Rug Clothes organize into color, sew into strips, braid
deadline: end of summer
 
Pictures digital pictures to computer, save to hard drive, turn into yearly photobook, scan printed pics, fill collages with favorite pictures
deadline: end of summer
 
Home Movies find a place to put pics onto dvd chronologically, burn extra copy
whenever I have the money to do it...

Edited by tresleo - 9/2/11 at 10:51pm
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