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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spring Decluttering Week 1

This week I've been following along with the decluttering and organising tasks in the
The Organised Housewife


Here's what I've done
Day 1
Declutter: the kitchen bench
day 1 bench
Organise: under the kitchen sink day 1 under sink
On the left is orange oil for the bench tops, on the right are liquid soap and detergent refills, dishwasher tablets and steelos etc. I mostly use microfibre cloths for cleaning.


As I have a bad back and don’t want to be bending down to get stuff from under the sink all the time, the dishrack, brushes, detergent and soap all live up top (no, I still haven’t chosen tiles for the splashback behind the sink)
day 1 sink
Day 2
Declutter: bedroom surfaces
Organise: top drawer of bedside table
This was easy – our bedroom is tiny so we only have room for a stool on each side of the bed. TJ loves a freshly made bed.
day 2 bedroom
Day 3
Declutter: laundry pile
Organise: create a laundry routine
Our dirty laundry lives in the laundry cupboard.
day 3 laundry
One load per day: sheets; towels; dog towels (Rob gives TJ a towel dry when they come home from a walk so he doesn’t track mud in the house); dark home clothes (the clothes that are covered in dog fur are washed separately), dark work clothes, whites.
day 3 laundry tubs
Day 4
Declutter: magazine collection (recipes I’ve torn out of my magazines but haven’t made yet are all in plastic pockets in a ring binder)
day 4 magazines
Day 5
Declutter: out of date food
Organise: pantry
day 5 pantry
This is the day after doing the shopping. Not many processed ingredients since we are gluten-free, and I don’t tend to ‘stockpile’ things.
Top: coffee and tea, coffee cups, vitamins, smoothie ingredients
Under that: oils and vinegars, legumes and rice (in BPA free containers), regularly used herbs and spices
Under that: dog treats, potatoes, onions, lactose-free milk, nori  wrappers, canned ingredients (tomatoes, legumes etc)
Under that: irregularly used herbs and spices, baking ingredients, cooking alcohol (wine, sherry, port etc)
Under that: dog food bowls, punch bowl, ice bucket, spare drink bottles, fizzy drinks

4 comments:

Magda said...

Wow that's awesome. So neat and tidy.

Charlotte Orr said...

Thanks Magda!

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

wow, what a lovely tidy pantry ;-)

Charlotte Orr said...

Thanks Cathy!