Facing the Fridge…

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat healthier and smarter. I was reading in this magazine:


(Because I always read the Clutter Advice, even if I don’t always take it…)

And I found this guide:


I’d never seen this information laid out so clearly before, so I decided to use it as my blueprint to tackling my fridge in advance of filling it with healthier food.

Here was what I found this morning. What a mess, right? Who could find anything in there?



First task, clear a space to sort:


Bonus! Stove top got clean. 🙂

But…turned out, I didn’t really need a sort space, because when I started checking dates, 98% of what was in the fridge went straight into the trash!

It was a disaster.

First bag full:


I have a habit of buying what I think is good for me and then eating out until it goes bad. Not this time!

I thought I had a winner for oldest expiration date:


But it turned out, I was wrong…


Pro Tip: Don’t give people food as a gift unless you know they will actually enjoy it.

I kept meaning to try this Mesquite Bean Jelly, but I never got around to it. So it sat in my fridge for over a decade past its USE BY date unopened. What a waste.

Finally, the refrigerator side is done!


Yeah. That is EVERYTHING that was still good. You can believe I will be keeping a closer eye on dates going forward.

This is criminal:


I was going to tackle the freezer too before a trip to the grocery store, but that plumb wore me out. I think I’ll just buy the perishables today and we’ll save the freezer for next week’s edition.

Till then, Keep it Clean!


Bonus Pic: After a trip to the grocery store. 🙂



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Happy Holiday Project



Those of you who have been following my cleaning blog for a while know that I am a HORRIBLE housekeeper. And it drives my sweet husband insane (though somehow, not enough to step in himself…)

He’s going to be off work for the rest of the year, so I thought I would do something special for him and clean up the spot we use most in the house–aside from our gaming computers.

As you can see–there’s a long way to go. 😉

First up, getting my birthday presents put away. (My birthday was in July…)

In Progress:


Getting better. Still a long way to go. The thing is, Newell likes to sit on the couch and snuggle. Hard to do when there is so much stuff in the way, but I have been using the living room as an office, because the TV is better. I know, I’m a hedonist. Still, now that I have basic cable in the office, I am going to be moving back to the actual office. Making the living room more functional for togetherness. 🙂



Much more inviting, no? Of course, there are still a lot of bags to go through, and things to file/sort/trash, but at least the couch is clear, the remotes are in reach, and there are trays to eat on. 😉

It’s been a real hard push to make sure it was done by the time he gets home for the year.




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Here’s the Deal…


I’ve decided to keep at it, and I have a plan. Having a set day for each blog is working on the other two, so I have added this one to the rotation. I will be blogging on this site every Wednesday.

Going back to the original purpose of this blog: to chronicle the getting of my house into the shape Newell deserves it to be in.

The Submission-a-Day writing goal has made things even worse, but that is almost done, and cleaning will be added onto the daily goals next year. There’s a garage sale on Saturday, so I hope some of the clutter will be leaving on its own. 🙂

I even bought a new de-cluttering magazine yesterday, which I will be reading as soon as possible.

Hmmm…maybe I should be watching more of the DIY channels. I really enjoy make-overs, so maybe I can get some ideas there too.

Today, I haven’t got anything to say about cleaning, except these bits of brainstorming, but I will be better about that in the New Year. It’s one of my goals, and you know how I feel about goals. 😉

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Well, Not as Good as I WANTED…But Better That It Could Be :)

I wanted to do a blog post daily, and have something cool to report. Well, that isn’t quite happening, but I still have a clean bathroom. I still have cleaning happening. And BEST of all…look!

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Can you believe that is the same floor as this?

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Lots of work still to do, but baby steps!

And, I have actually gotten some work done in the Office of Dooooom.

I got my Vanity Shelf straightened up:

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And consolidated things at my signing shelves so that I could put up another set of shelves to hold the Conn-Mann dolls and their furniture and make more room on my desk (pics later, I’m tired…;) ) and my writing references.

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Almost brained myself getting that lifted up there…but it will really make things better.

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Okay, So I Have Been Slacking a Bit

I have had two book galleys to go through in the last few weeks, so I have been a bit behind on the cleaning. Not to say that NOTHING is getting done. The cats’ counter is staying clean–see?


And I have been organizing cabinets more, though I haven’t posted about it:


More work done in the glassware cabinet. Organized the teas and such better.

DSC04209The spice cabinet had a lot of redundancy and stuff we never or rarely use mixed in with the everyday things.

I rearranged things to use the space more efficiently.

Not a really big change, I know, but something.


Plus, the almost daily treatments of the shower floor are beginning to show results.

Off to get my car cleaned out and washed for the Con this weekend, but I wanted to post SOMETHING. 🙂

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Little Done Today…but at Least It Was Something

Still not great at the balancing thing, so I only got a drawer done today. One drawer, and it is very hard to see the difference, but it is something. And the reason I didn’t do a lot of cleaning — finishing the galleys for The Nearly Notorious Nun; writing a poem for an anthology; submitting a proposal for an article — those were all GOOD things.

Anyway, here is the drawer, before and after. I also cleared a couple of almost empty boxes out, but that was so little that I didn’t even take pictures…

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cluttered                                                                    at least somewhat de-cluttered

If I get more energy, I will do more. Right now, I am wiped out from the last few days of proofreading. It is amazing how draining that can be.

EDIT: So, I managed to go through another drawer. I’m halfway through the drawers in the kitchen, and about a third of the way through the cabinets. Those are mostly hidden spaces, but having them organized will make it easier to keep the outer surfaces clear too.

Anyway, I got the worst junk drawer organized:

2015-07-16 14.46.54This drawer collects a lot of junk. And a good deal of it has better places to be. I took all the stuff that really didn’t need to be in the kitchen out and left the tools that it might be handy to have close to hand…

2015-07-16 15.15.15It certainly looks neater…

Now I know where a flashlight is if I need it. 🙂

And it even has batteries!

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Real Life Called…

Well, I didn’t get a lot done today, because I got the galley for my new book and I have to get it turned in ASAP.

I did go through the container cabinet and separated out what to toss and what to give to my mom. That was something. 🙂 Still have way too many containers, and trying to decide if I need all of them.

This was organizing, decluttering, and giving stuff away, so I am calling most of the Cleaning Dailies done. I also got bookcases to help with the Office of Doooom, though I haven’t brought them in from the car yet.


Here are bonus pictures of Alex in his house because he is too cute to live…

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