Anyways, since my weight-loss project has been put on hold, I decided it's time to tackle a new project.
This is my ultimate goal:
Have and maintain a completely clean and organized house by the end of 2010.
Sounds like a pretty hefty goal for someone so admittedly slobbish, huh? But I have six months to do it and I am feeling very confident. My mom once told me as people we tend to overestimate what we can do in a day, and underestimate what we can do in a year. I think she's right. I'm using that idea and Alma 37:6 as my mantra: "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass."
The first thing I did was write down everything I could think of that would be a part of my ultimate goal. Everything. It was a long list. Then I organized those into categories, and assigned each category a place in my priority list. First came the kitchen.
Man, I hate the kitchen. This has been a common utterance in my grown up life. And probably earlier too. I really hate it and everything associated with it. As one example, I wear heavy-duty gloves every time I do the dishes.
And now, let me tell you about my current kitchen situation.
It'y tiny. As in most of my kitchen tools are in boxes in the storage closet. As in you can reach every cabinet within one step from the exact middle. As in it has to have a mini-trash can under the sink because that's the only place for it. It's literally a closet. Except it's a bad closet, because it doesn't have doors. And it's the first thing visible to others when I open the front door. It really is the WORST CASE SCENARIO!
Ok, I'm sure you get the picture.
But, I decided that the kitchen is the most important thing to get under control and will make the biggest difference in my family's happiness and productivity.
So I made a plan for the kitchen. It's called "July: Month of the Kitchen." Catchy, eh? :)
This plan will obviously start in July while I do some other stuff for the remaining days of June.
I'm going to write out my whole plan here. Feel free to skip it if you want. Or even better, read it and offer me suggestions. Posting on the blog accomplishes a few things: 1) Another copy of it if my original is lost or destroyed. 2) Accountability! 3) Feedback, suggestions, and ideas. I hope so, at least.
And now, (drum roll here), THE PLAN:
July: Month of the Kitchen
By the end of the month I will:
- clean up completely after every meal, including dishes, counters, leftovers, table, sink, and sweep
- label groceries with purchase date and put away as soon they're brought in
- maintain list of food in house and leftovers in fridge
- have cupboards organized and labeled
- have 1 month's worth of meal plans (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks) compiled, with recipes printed on cards and organized into weekly packets
- organize heavy duty cleaning needs
- grocery shop the same day each week
- pack daily lunches for Jeff
- Daily: dishes, counters, sink, sweep, leftovers in fridge and added to list
- Weekly: mop, dump out old food
- Monthly: oven, fridge, wipe down cabinets and walls, make food storage list
- As Needed: trash out
Kitchen Maintenance Goals:
- Plan 2 weeks meals at a time
- Have one regular weekly shopping day
- Maintain food lists
- Keep current on cleaning plan
- Do everything mentioned above
- Keep floor clear (yes, this is hard for me)
- Clear table off after every meal
- Throw away trash after every meal
- Get dishes caught up
- Wash dishes after every meal
- Organize cupboards and make labels
- Gather recipes and make packets
- Plan how to make food lists and make them
- Buy calendar for fridge door
- Clean out fridge and freezer
- Clean oven
- Make meal plan for next 2 weeks (including Jeff's lunches)
- Go shopping, label groceries with date, put away immediately, mark on list
- Completely clean after every meal
- Last bit of catch-up cleaning
- Maintain food lists
- Shop on regular day
- Mark on calendar for next month's cleaning days
- Assess and make needed changes
This is a great plan! Stick to it everyday, ask for help from Heavenly Father, and expect Him to bless you. Doing this consistently through June will help you become a more organized person, will bless your life and the lives of your family, will bring you much happiness and satisfaction, and will get you one step closer to Godliness. YOU CAN DO IT!
And now one final scripture: Ether 12:27 "for if they humble themselves before me and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
I am determined that with hard work from me and help from Heavenly Father, I can beat this once and for all and make home cleanliness and organization a strength instead of a weakness. I am excited to get to work! Wish me luck!
If you made it all the way through, I'd love to know what you think and if you have any suggestions for me. Thanks so much!