Well, yesterday I got the bedroom completely done. It was absolutely the biggest task out of the list. I also bought kitty litter to put on the laundry soap to soak it up. It ended up taking nearly 6 hours to clean the bedroom, but it looks really nice in there now. I even hung a quilt on one wall, and a picture on another to make it actually look nice, not just "not messy". I also was in a sleep deprived haze at the time, but it does look really nice.
Today, I had a good friend come over and organize one cupboard in my kitchen. It had a ton of little dishes and lids just tossed in and falling out whenever I opened the cupboard. She stacked everything really neatly, threw out/recycled things I didn't need, and made sure everything had a lid that was in there.
While she did that, I cleaned the floor, sink, toilet, mirrors, and walls in the bathroom. I didn't get to the shower/tub yet, but it is at least 1/2 way clean. Maybe more like 3/4. I also cleaned off my kitchen table (and we sat down and had dinner!
) I cleaned up a ton of sewing fabric scraps on the floor of the kitchen, and put them all in the basement with my other craft projects. I only left a couple of things that I want to work on stacked in a very small neat pile next to the sewing machine on the sewing table (it lives in the kitchen for now). I also picked up all of DS's toys and had him help me to put them where they go in baskets all stacked very neatly on the shelves along the wall. I also picked up all of the dirty laundry and put it in laundry bags so I can schlep it all to the laundromat one day next week.
I still need to weed out the books, move the bookcases into the basement, mop the floors, clean the shower/tub, move the food pantry into the basement, clean up the kitty litter in the basement that I poured onto the laundry soap spill, and put away the mountain of clean laundry in my room. It is a lot more, but I am feeling like I can get there.
I also want to clean out the fridge, organize two more cupboards that are a disaster zone, and weed through DS's clothing to get rid of the stuff that is too small.
For way down the road, I want to organize the basement and get rid of all of it. I do not want anything stored down there so that when I finally move out of here, I won't have a ton of junk to lug to my next place. My apartment has four closets. I really feel like I shouldn't need any more storage space than that, really. I have so much in the basement and it really is just not ok with me. I feel so weighed down by my clutter and junk.
I so wish I had a place to throw things. It is so hard. I live in an apartment complex that gives each tenant a small garbage can that we bring to the curb every Friday. There are no dumpsters, so once the can if filled, there is nowhere else for garbage to go. I filled mine yesterday, and it is overflowing. There is no dumpster where I work, so I can't bring anything there either. I am bringing five bags (so far) to the Salvation Army on Monday, but I am so stumped on what to do with the garbage. I also have a TON of recycling too. My bin is absolutely overflowing, and again, they don't come until next Friday. I might have to store recycling and garbage in the basement until then. Ick.....
ETA: Just wanted to add that I am definitely on the 15 minute plan! I set my timer and did so many 15 minute chunks today. I am going to do at least one more tomorrow morning before heading to school for the day, and at least 3 or 4 more tomorrow evening after dinner when DS and I get home. I think I might try to get the shower cleaned in the morning and then put away the laundry when I get home. Or maybe scrape up the kitty litter in the basement. I need to do that before the cat thinks it is his new litter box.