Jumpstart January 2018

Discussion in 'Cleaning Year Round' started by jampss, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    The first two weeks of Jumpstart January will be Christmas Recovery.... January 1-15

    [] De-decorate living room
    [] De-decorate tree
    [] De-decorate the kitchen and the dining room
    [] De-decorate outside
    [] Sort through gift closet
    [] Clean out Christmas notebook, print updated pages
    [] Clean out refrigerator.....get rid of any lingering leftovers.
    [] Put away holiday DVDs, music, books etc. on Christmas Shelf in living room
    [] Organize gift wrapping box/storage spot...put in new rolls of paper, tissue, ribbons, tags, and bags, etc



    Cleaning Weekly/Monthly

    Christmas Recovery

    Living Room

    Front Porch/ Entry Way

    Master Bedroom

    Bathrooms

    Kids Rooms

    Carport/ Screen Room

    Computer Desk Area

    Kitchen

    Dining Room

    Hall Closets

    Laundry Room

    Backyard/ Shed




    Living Room
    [] Clean ceiling fan
    [] Dust
    [] Wash window
    [] Vacuum recliner sofa and under
    [] Vacuum under carpet sectional
    [] Organize entertainment center (go thru tapes and CD's, DVD's, mark on list, give away if not needed)
    [] Go through book shelves (look at all titles - give away if needed)
    [] Look at all knick-knacks (give away if not needed)

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    Front Porch
    [] Clean the light fixture.
    [] Sweep the porch.
    [] Sweep down the walls and get rid of cobwebs.
    [] Wash the windows
    [] Trim hedges
    [] Front Door oiled
    [] New door wreath/decoration

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    Master Bedroom

    [] Clean and re-hang curtains
    [] Organize nightstand drawer, sweaters bins, chest of drawers
    [] Clean window
    [] Clean out under bed
    [] Clean out closet
    [] Dust
    [] vacuum

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    Master Bath & Hall Bath

    [] De-clutter medicine cabinet and other shelves
    [] Clean cabinet doors, switches, vents, light fixtures, tub (Mr. Clean sponge)
    [] Clean shower
    [] Clean toilet, counters, sinks, mirrors (the usual)
    [] vacuum the wooden slats to cupboard doors
    [] Organize under sink
    [] sweep floor, clean baseboards

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    Son's Room
    [] Clean under bed
    [] Go through toys and books
    [] Go through closet
    [] Clean up kitten area
    [] Dust
    [] Vacuum

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    Screen Room/ Carport
    [] Clear out Rubbermaid Unit
    [] Clear out Mike's tool area
    [] Sweep/ Vacuum
    [] Clean up recycle & trash can area
    [] Check wind chimes, replace if broken
    [] Wash down freezer
    [] Wipe chairs, table, bench etc.

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    Computer Desk Area/ Craft/ School Room
    [] Go through desk drawers
    [] Dust and organize the pile of paper crap by the computer
    [] Air blow out inside of computer ... hubby helps
    [] Go through filing cabinet, organize the home school files
    [] Go through shelves above the computer, organize, give away (contains books, Christmas bags, boxes of stuff)
    [] Go through book cases, organize, give away
    [] Organize under large craft table
    [] Organize, closet, give away unused items (contains craft stuff and stuff-stuff)
    [] Dust everything else
    [] Go over bulletin boards and take off old news
    [] Vacuum

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    Kitchen Surfaces/ Kitchen Inside Cabinets & Such
    [] Wash down all fronts of cabinets
    [] Wash down frig, stove, micro, dishwasher
    [] Wash down all counter tops
    [] Organize Cabinets Under: Sink, By Stove, By phone, Wooden Bin
    [] Organize Cabinets Upper: Sink, By Stove, By phone, Above frig
    [] Clean out frig and wipe down
    [] Wipe out stove
    [] Clean inside dishwasher w/vinegar rinse
    [] Wipe out microwave w/vinegar

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    Hall Closets
    [] Organize Pantry closet
    [] Vacuum floor and dust shelf
    [] Put back only what needs to be in there!
    [] Take everything out of hot water/heater/AC closet
    [] Vacuum floor
    [] Put back things only if they can do there and NOT be a fire hazzard!
    [] Go through Towel/Sheet/Medicine closet
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    Laundry Room
    [] Wash down inside/outside of back door
    [] Go through shelves and throw away or give away
    [] Reorganize the soap shelf
    [] Reorganize the nail and screw jars, replace some
    [] Mike go through work bench
    [] Wipe down washer (or vinegar clean), inside of tub and fabric softener tube
    [] Wipe down dryer and clean lint trap outside of house and front panel
    [] Mop

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    Backyard & Shed
    [] Clean out shed, throw away or Freecycle unwanted items, Sweep out
    [] Clean out play house, throw away or Freecycle unwanted items, Sweep out
    [] Check toys, throw out old broken items

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    Dining Room
    [] Wipe down table and chairs with furniture oil
    [] Dust ceiling fan
    [] Dust crab tank
     
  2. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

    Jampass - We get the entire month of January to do this right?
     
  3. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    Yep!!! :D

    I usually start out strong and then fizzle ... o_O

    However, I put a reminder on my phone and I'm thinking if I even just do about two of those things on the list a week ... I should be good! :)
     
  4. Sugarplum

    Sugarplum Well-Known Member

    I really need/want to do a total clean out of my house! I usually start too big and too many things at once and then it really gets messy and I am overwhelmed.

    I plan on starting on one drawer, one shelf, etc. at a time, and really getting rid of stuff, kind of like Diedra's Swedish death cleaning. DH still has his brother's five or more storage units in Nebraska that we are paying for. It has been a year, and I'm hoping he will let go and we get some company to sell/get rid of the stuff.

    We have his niece coming in the spring for a vacation so I have a timeline/deadline that always motivates me, lol.
     
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  5. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    Starting on one shelf or drawer sounds like a good place to begin. :p

    Oh my, I do hope you all can let go of the storage sheds. My mother was a hoarder. She had storage sheds with nothing worth saving in them. My brother is a hoarder. Our dad helped him go through and get out from under storage sheds in three different states! :eek:

    On a side note, hoarding and OCD are in the same family of mental illness. While my DD25 has some OCD issues, my DS14 really deals with OCD. Both kids have wanted to keep too much things here and there, but over the years I have been able to help them purge. :)
     
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  6. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

    I plan on going through the house again to purge too! I am at that stage in life where I only want necessities. The most difficult for me is paring down the holiday items and not adding more. I want to reduce my things so when we sell the house it will not take much to load up and move. We live in a very expensive county (just outside of Cook County Chicago) and I am not staying here. Mom is in MI and will need someone to take care of her when she can't manage on her own. She has fallen several times in the past 6 months b/c she won't wait or ask visitors for help. If we could move closer so I can check on her a couple of times a week that would be ideal.
     
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  7. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I am full of good intentions at the beginning of the year but it is so incredibly hot here that I soon give up.
    There are plenty of organising projects happening at the moment and I am looking at one hosted by the blog "A bowl full of lemons"
    I just need to do little things so that I can achieve things in the Summer months and also get the house ready for the long, long winter.
    I am so ready to get this house in order.
     
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  8. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    You know. Now that I'm thinking, I may have not answered this all the way!

    You get a month to do a section! Not that whole list! :) :eek:

    Now, I think it was first done as a section a week ... but I've given myself a month, if I need it!

    Actually, it's totally whatever works for you! :)

    I hope that helps.
     
  9. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    So far yesterday and today ... :D

    [X] De-decorate living room
    [*] De-decorate tree (we didn't have a tree this year due to vacation and being gone and no one to water it)
    [X] De-decorate the kitchen and the dining room
    [] De-decorate outside
    [X] Sort through gift closet
    [] Clean out Christmas notebook, print updated pages
    [X] Clean out refrigerator.....get rid of any lingering leftovers.
    [] Put away holiday DVDs, music, books etc. on Christmas Shelf in living room
    [X] Organize gift wrapping box/storage spot...put in new rolls of paper, tissue, ribbons, tags, and bags, etc

    I still have the blue items to go, but today I have de-cluttered some areas. (which I wrote about in the de-clutter club forum) :)
     
  10. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

    Decor is down in the kitchen with DH permission. DH doesn't get to enjoy the decor during December so requested that I leave the LR for a while longer.

    Kitchen is cleaned up with the refrigerator needing a little more but will do it Friday the day before garbage pick up on Saturday. Whatever is left will go out then. DDIL forgot the turkey so I put that in the freezer, as DS with be here for a conference the week of 21st 27th for a conference.
     
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  11. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Done! All dedecorating is done throughout the house, all has been dusted, vacuumed, floors mopped. Bathrooms have been washed and beds all washed and remade. We are back to normal! Need to clear out fridge though.
    Today I got all pics off the iphone. Now I need to work on computer pictures this week.
    I also need to write notes about what went right /wrong and what needs to be bought for 2018. I already have a few gift suggestions
     
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  12. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Well done Lucie. Nice to start the New Year with a clean slate. Makes it easier to see what needs to be done.
     
  13. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    While I still have this to go for de-decorating ...
    [] De-decorate outside (it's been pouring rain ... so not doing that today) :confused:
    [] Clean out Christmas notebook, print updated pages
    [] Put away holiday DVDs, music, books etc. on Christmas Shelf in living room



    Today, I jumped into another area ... :D

    Computer Desk Area/ Craft/ School Room
    [] Go through desk drawers (I did the right side so far)
    [X] Dust and organize the pile of paper crap by the computer
    [] Air blow out inside of computer ... hubby helps

    [] Go through filing cabinet, organize the home school files

    [X] Go through shelves above the computer, organize, give away (contains books, Christmas bags, boxes of stuff)
    [X] Go through book cases, organize, give away
    [X] Organize under large craft table
    [X] Organize, closet, give away unused items (contains craft stuff and stuff-stuff)
    [X] Dust everything else
    [] Go over bulletin boards and take off old news
    [X] Vacuum

    WHEW!! Tired but feeling accomplished! ;)
     
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  14. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Active Member

    I'm going to join you too! I did this last year applying the HHP ideas for planning a graduation party. There's no party this year but I like to keep up with the cleaning, organizing and decluttering. It's so much nicer when I know others are doing the same thing!

    We had a snow day today so I took advantage of that and got more things done that I had imagined earlier in the week.

    Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, Bathroom, and Hallway have been cleaned up and decorations put away.
    Tree decorations are off the tree.

    Still to do this week:
    • Organize wrapping area
    • Take decorations down from the Family Room and Mud Room
    • Take down outside decorations
    • Update Address book with new addresses that were sent
    • Put DVDs away
     
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  15. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Active Member

    Still to do this week:
    • Organize wrapping area Done
    • Take decorations down from the Family Room and Mud Room Done
    • Take down outside decorations. Single digit and sub zero wind chills has kept me from doing this. Tomorrow looks warmer. Done
    • Update Address book with new addresses that were sent. I just had another returned card addressed to my in-laws stating that they moved and left no forwarding address which is news to me. I called them and we all had a good laugh about it. We figured somebody was too lazy to deliver the mail. Done
    • Put DVDs away Done

    I'm getting through the list slowly but surely. :)
     
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  16. jampss

    jampss Well-Known Member

    Slowly but surely is the only way!! :) And those temps would keep me from doing it, too!! o_O

    I want to finish the area I started above ... but I went onto organizing the food pantry instead. It's like how I clean house ... I start in one room and see something that needs to be moved to another. I get in that room and see something to clean or organize and then something else doesn't belong and so I carry that to it's right place and then in that room I start to clean or organize and that first room I started with ... really doesn't get my full attention. Oh well. Things get a little done here and there, I guess. LOL :p
     
  17. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Am trying to finish up in the kitchen this week. It has been a dumping ground since Christmas. We also received some food items etc in our stockings that I need to find room for. Would rather take my time and get it done properly so if that takes another week or so I am happy with that.
     
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  18. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Active Member

    I call that "If you give a mouse a cookie" moment. Have you ever seen the children's picture book by that title?

    I have those moments often when I'm going through a room that needs a good cleaning/decluttering. I have such a room that I want to work on this week - the office. It was our catchall room for Christmas. Gifts were stored in their on Christmas Eve/Day. Items/papers belonging to others who were not around when cleaning up the house were placed in their too.
    • Sort through papers.
    • Sort through books.
    • Put away items back in their proper place.
    • Vacuum office.
    • Dust office.
     
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  19. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Active Member

    The office area looks good for about 30 seconds and then something gets dropped off and the cycle starts again. I'm not giving up but I'm being realistic.

    I've been painting our dining room furniture this week. It's about 50 yrs old and it shows the wear and tear. The buffet is primed but I will finish painting it next week. Too much is going on during the next few days. After that, I will work on the china closet. I'm trying to pace myself with this one.
     
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  20. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    It has been too hot here. Wondering if I should stop for a month or so and start again when the weather is cooler or just do the minimum now.
     
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