Friday, October 19, 2012


I worked hard today inside the house and my eyes see the difference.

I was so happy to have the food cupboards cleaned out. It had been bothering me since August. I just have been too busy. Making an appointment to get them cleaned out worked fantastic.
I have the first cupboard done in about 45 minutes. It seemed to go quickly. Each Tupperware container washed clean. My suggestion if you use any sort of plastic to store food is NOT to have a light coloured lid! Mine are pink and the cocoa and chocolate chip containers were so dirty as they stain terribly over time. Lots of Baking Soda on them.

All the containers are now restocked from the cold cellar supply. I did get rid of a few items. Paraffin Wax with the price tag of .69 a large box. Don't use this for canning anymore so it went. There was a near full box of bran flakes that I couldn't tell if bugs had gotten into or not, so I fed it to the chickens. And some sugar free Jello daughter bought on sale not seeing it was sugar free. I brought it to the Food Bank. We are allergic to Aspartame.

In total it took me close to three hours to clean, and move around. My cook books needed some overhauling as well. I removed recipes I have never made and have made my mind up I never will.

Tonight I cleaned all the towels and rags I uses.

This afternoon I went through our file cabinet which is bursting every time I open it. Dearest always looks after the financial stuff, I am just the book keeper. Well we missed a retirement savings roll over in April and the financial institution gave him what I think is a bad return when they rolled it over.  My frustration is that this institution never send you anything as a reminder. I wanted to make sure that this doesn't happen again. So I went in the file. What a disaster. It is all just shoved in the file with tons of un-needed papers attached. I went through this pile and must have burned at least 100 pages of non-information stuff. I stapled by year in order of the year and when they came in the mail. Amazing enough not one was missing! Guess he does have a system??? Perhaps I ruined it? I kept the last seven years in a current file and the remains I put in a Rubbermaid container in the basement. We will never need something from 1995, but he would want to see it at some time.

This took hours. But it is neat and clean and organized, easy to find. I then posted the due dates of investments on the 2013 calendar three weeks before the investment comes due. Gives us time to see what we want to do with it.

I have never bought a calendar before. I did this year from Staples for about $10. It is longer then most and a handy wire hang up so I don't have to use a clothes peg by March to keep the previous month up on the hook. It has lots of room to write on in each square. So today I marked dentist appointments and eye appointments etc on this calender.

Quiet night at home. Ate leftovers and watched a DVD from the library while knitting. Enjoyed my so called 'me day'.


Mara said...

Sounds like you got much accomplished.

I did some organizing on Thursday as well. I did some cleaning in the kitchen on small appliances, spice racks, the sink, stove top, and kitchen counters. You wouldn't think it would take long to do that but it took several hours. I'm so glad that I did it, as my kitchen now looks very refreshed, clean, and organized.

Janet said...

Isn't a great feeling when it's all done !

Buttons said...

Just one question Can you come to my house? I could use your organizational skills.:)Hug B

Jane and Chris said...

I have to be in the mood for that sort of chore,then when it is finished it feels great..woe betide my hubby if he messes it up (which he does).
Jane x

Gill - That British Woman said...

could also try and find time to pop around by our house too!!!


simplicityinthemaking said...

Hubby messes need seven kids!