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End of Year Cleaning/Organizing

December 18th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

I hope those of you who mainly follow for the bookish topics don’t mind me deviating to something totally non-book related but sort of explains the decrease in book reviews lately.  I’ve gotten onto a cleaning/organizing kick around the house lately.  Maybe it’s an end of year cleaning frenzy or pre-New Year’s Resolution task?  I thought some of you might be in the same boat and might find some motivation in this or have some tips.

Toy Cleaning

Have you ever had one of those “duh” moments when you find out something that was so obvious that you want to smack yourself on the head for not thinking of it yourself?  That was how I felt when I came across this pin about cleaning your toys in the dish washer.  If I ever feel my kids toys are getting just too gross or if they are getting over a bad cold I end up hand washing the toys they touch or that go into my son’s mouth.  Never did it occur to me to toss them all into the dish washer before!  So starting around 11pm last night that’s what I did.

In went all the bath toys, toys with no batteries or parts that could trap water, etc. Turn on the light wash and turn off the heat dry just in case since I wasn’t sure if it would melt any of the toys.  Then off to the play room I went to disinfect all the other toys, wiped down all the furniture and the play kitchen.  I felt crazy for doing it in the middle of the night but was so glad to have accomplished it in a fraction of the amount of time it would have taken me before.

Sorting Through the Art Work

If you have a child in preschool you know how quickly those piles of art work can grow.  I had a big box of stuff my daughter has drawn, colored, cut, glued, etc over the past 3 years.  I realized it was just getting out of hand and I took this idea off of Pinterest to take pictures of her art work and toss the original.  At some point I would love to do a print or a photo book of her art work over the years.  Maybe something along these lines:

I kept a few of the pieces that had sentimental value to me like her first self-portrait, her first drawing of our family, etc. but the rest had to be removed to avoid being buried in art work.

Paper Shredding

I also finally attacked the huge pile of paper work I had that needed to be shredded.  I’ve just let it pile up and up and up until I would cringe just looking at it.  I finally sucked it up and sat down to shred it all.  I’m determined from now on not to let it get that bad.

Cleaning the Kitchen Counter

Our kitchen counter was getting to the point where you couldn’t even tell there was a counter there any more.  I went through the piles of mail, art work, paper work, etc and sorted out what needed to be kept, recycled, filed and so on.  It was great being able to have actual counter space to use again.

That’s all for today.  I know it’s a really random assortment of cleaning tasks but I had to work around the two kiddos sleep schedule, what could be done while they were playing, etc.

Culling the Bookshelves

I’ve been having to clear off my bookshelves for awhile to make room for some of my newer books.  I finally decided to try and organize a book swap among some local bookish friends and bloggers early next year to motivate me.  So today I went through my shelves and pulled out all the ARCs and finished copies of books that will either be traded at the book swap or donated after the party.  I pulled together one large plastic bin of books today.  I plan on going through my to-be-read shelf next to cull out the books I probably will never get to.

My current work in progress is our hallway closet.  Hope to have that done sometime this week!  What about you?  Any end of year resolutions you are trying to accomplish? Any tips for staying on top of being neater and more organized?

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6 Responses

  1. Kai charles

    I’ve been doing the same thing! My mother always believed you needed to clutter clear so you didn’t bring old energy into the new year. I’ve had about 5 bags of donations:clothes books etc. It feels great :)

  2. Kailana

    haha, it is funny what inspires cleaning. I was watching Hoarders, the TV show one night, and I immediately afterwards cleaned the fridge. It was 11 or 12 at night. The guy thought I was nuts, but fridges are so gross on that show it just made me obsess about mine not looking like them!

    I have been cleaning, too. I rearranged the spare bedroom. It is still too cluttered for my tastes, though, so I am going to have to figure something else out. The other big project I want to tackle is a closet. It is the only one I haven’t purged recently and every time you try to find something you usually have things raining down on your head…

  3. April Books & Wine

    I really need to declutter my books and start bringing in piles for the free table at work.

    Also the idea about putting toys in the dishwasher is totally ace!

  4. Debbie's World of Books

    Kai-that’s awesome!
    Kailana-I know what you mean. Hoarders just makes me want to toss stuff out too. Good luck on teh closet!
    April-yes, the books pile up way too fast. Both a good thing and a bad thing. lol.

  5. Trish

    I’ve kind of given up on my kitchen counters–I hate that they’re the collect-all place, but…

    I do love a good use of the shredder–kind of stress relieving in a way! And great idea about the dishwasher! I have thrown a few cloth toys in the washing machine but I’ll keep the dishwasher in mind for the plastic ones when we get there.

  6. Michelle

    NO! Not culling! LOL

    I’m not doing much outside the general cleaning and prep for house guests. It’s got very little to do with books outside of trying to get some reviews written so that I can send books that are sitting in piles to friends and donation locations.

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