Facing the Fridge…


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

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

And I found this guide:

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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?

 

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First task, clear a space to sort:

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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:

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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:

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But it turned out, I was wrong…

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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!

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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:

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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


Before:

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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:

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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. 🙂

After:

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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…


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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?

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

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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.

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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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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…

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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.

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

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