do something january: mid month update

**January 26, 2009**I'm keeping the original title (and post date) so you can see that I started working on this post like, um, 10 days ago. I actually had it pretty much done 10 days ago. I know you make time for the things you love but clearly, my blog is not on that list. I wish it were...like I wish exercise and regularly scheduled hair cuts were.

So who is with me on this still? Despite my lack of updates, I've actually made some kick-ass progress on my January goal. I haven't stuck *exactly* to the schedule every day but I've done pretty well and I wouldn't be embarrassed by any drop-in company :) Well, not embarrassed by my house at least ;) Here is what I went with for my schedule:

pick up daily; at least one load of laundry daily
monday - upstairs bathroom
tuesday - kitchen/clean out fridge/meal plan + grocery list
wednesday - groceries
thursday - dusting/vacuuming (I will NEVER be able to spell that word on my own)
friday - downstairs bath/laundry room
saturday - mop
sunday - strip beds

I also finally followed through with creating chore and behavior charts for the boys so they've been put on a regular chore schedule as well. They're doing great with it and it's making my life so much easier in the process.

Sticking to a schedule and a well-timed lull in "work" has had the unintended affect of creating a serious purge desire (less to clean and maintain!) Since the start of the year, I've also:

- shred paperwork (3 grocery bags full or old bills/receipts + another bag full of contracts and check stubs) I've been saving this stuff for like 3 years. I know, ridiculous. I never remembered to buy a shredder after our last one broke though. I did think to add it to my Christmas list though (thanks, mom!)
- donate clothes...I'm pretty good about doing this fairly regularly. Two more bags were donated this month though.
- cleaned and organized the pantry
- cleaned a bunch of junk out of Izzy's closets
- cleaned out the closet in the playroom/spare bedroom
- went though a metric butt ton of old magazines...tore out pages, filed them and donated the carcasses to the paper recycling bin at Jake's school. It helped that I had a supportive partner cheering me on. This pile is only about a third of the total. I may have a problem.

One with outrageous lashes.

So, with February just a few days away, I'm trying to decide on a new goal. More on that Sunday! I'd love to hear where you guys are at. Feeling good about your progress?


  1. you are just too good. so happy that you're in such a great groove right now, you should be proud :) i, on the other hand, am nowhere near accomplishing anything right now, ugh! but i'll enjoy reading about you & your great organizing, teehee. lovin that girl's lashes...my god!

  2. wow, you're awesome, erica. look at you go. the past 3 weeks i've been doing pretty good with the running and have dropped a few pounds so i am thrilled!

    so far the cleaning is happening in the house, just not always when i thought it would but i'm working at being flexible with 2 kids in the house. :)

  3. I decided to go with purging the house as my goal this month and I've been doing okay with that. The kitchen and living room and (my) bedroom have been done. Now I need to do the linen closet and bathroom (how do I accumulate so much stuff?). And then there is Alex's room...that will take a month itself...sigh. But I have stuck to my other goals and we've made dinner every night and I'm working out 5-6 days a week now rather than 3...

  4. i need a new shredder too - i keep breaking ours. ;) and serious freakin' cuteness. i could eat those cheeks for breakfast.



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