4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 17


This morning all things were going well. I got up at 5:30 and did my morning routine (#1 and #3 on the list below) and started blogging.

I had a shock  when I found my 16 year old son’s pay slip jar, empty except for a bill for $50 inside. He had conveniently placed it beside the canister that holds my morning tea.

WOW he did a lot of chores this month due to Money Saving Mom’s assignments (#2 on list below), helping his dad out with a fallen tree, and mowing the lawn a few times.

My kids get paid out of the last pay check my husband receives each month and this month they are all anxious for pay day. All of them have big plans for their hard earned money.

Tomorrow will be grocery shopping day for me, so I had menu planning and grocery list making on my list of 7 things for today (#2 on list below). I made a simple menu, based on the discounted meat I found last week, and items I got on sale, and then I made my list based on those meals.

While I was menu planning the kids were off to my left in the study, working on their Teaching Textbook Math (love it). They then do Spelling City for spelling and a few other things they can do on their own freeing up my most productive time of the day to get other tasks done.

Look down in the right hand bottom corner of the picture and you will see a very familiar image of a piggy bank if you read Money Saving Mom. After taking this picture I had some very shocking news from Crystal Paine that was about to change my calm relaxing morning.

Money Saving Mom assigned reorganizing and cleaning cupboards today! (see #5 on list below)

I have a lot of kitchen cupboards. When we bought this home for just $10,000 it had all of 3 cupboards and a sink. I had such fun smashing them to tiny pieces.

Later in the remodeling process, I got to sit down with all the dimensions of stock cupboards and the floor plan of our kitchen and designed it to take full advantage of every single inch of wall space from floor to ceiling.

Including this tiny wall between on the other side of the galley kitchen. The cupboards even wrap around into the boot room area but I decided that those were boot room cupboards and Paine said kitchen cupboards.

Enough whining about all those cupboards to clean though, lets get to it. This was the worst of the dirt I found. It is the cabinet that stores my most frequently used baking supplies and it appears that some honey was split (remember I did admit I was a messy cook).

It took me just shy of 2 hours to clean out all those cupboards and check every food item to see if it was expired or not before placing all the items back in a organized fashion.

I am very humbled and disgusted to say that this kitchen garbage can was almost empty before I started and by the time I was through throwing out expired food it was over flowing. I am counting the contents as my 7 tossed items today (see #6 on the list below).

After spending the early afternoon homeschooling the kids, I went upstairs and did my 15 minute clean of the upstairs bathroom (see #4 on list). I managed to do the whole thing from top to bottom in just 10 minutes so I spent the last 5 minutes showing the downstairs bathroom some love.

It is amazing how little time a bathroom will take you to clean if you clean it once a week whether its appears dirty or not. I am so glad to be inching forward in my cleaning know how with this series.

Below is the list of today’s assignments so you can see how I did.

Day 17 Assignment

1.Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.

Jeans and a t-shirt again! If I ever mention buying jeans and T-shirts on this blog remind me of this series so I can be reminded that I really need to add more variety to my wardrobe.

2. Make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

Done and one of chores for the kids to complete after school as well.

3.Complete your morning routine.

Done, and this morning I was able to get downstairs to the laundry area without too much moaning and groaning, my aching post marathon muscles are finally healing.

4.Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bathroom.

Done, and I am definitely going to keep this up even when the series ends, it is so nice to enter my bathroom and not immediately feel behind in my cleaning duties.

5.Clean out and reorganized your kitchen cupboards and pantry.

Done. It took almost 2 hours, but now that it is done, I have learned a thing or two. That is don’t buy what isn’t on the menu. Don’t buy it just because its free with coupons. Make sure your family even likes the free food because wasted free food is still wasted food.

6.Find 7 items to get rid of today.

Done. The garbage bag pictured above has way more than 7 expired food items.

Now to wait until the hubby gets home and see if he notices. He was really hoping Money Saving Mom would assign window cleaning today, but I think he will be just as happy with cupboards that are clean an organized.

How about you? Do you ever get tempted to pick up free or nearly free food that you know  your family won’t even eat, but you think well perhaps, maybe……?



  1. That is a lot of cupboards – way to go on getting them all done! I only got my food cupboards done but will try to play catch up tomorrow to get back on track.

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