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Getting Organized – Fall Cleaning

This fall has been busy, and with holidays fast approaching, it is going to get busier still.  Multiple creative projects are calling my name, begging to be worked on, but this week-end I knew I would have to put them off for another week.

When life is busy, things get piled up, pushed off, or left undone.  And that’s ok.  But every once in a while I need to take some time to regroup and reorganize.  Today was that day.  (and inviting friends over for games after dinner kept me going…nothing like a little motivation!)

I cleaned the kitchen closet. 

  Taking before pictures would have been a good idea –  it wasn’t horribly messy, but difficult to find what was needed, and there were plastic bags everywhere from when I went looking for one of a particular size one morning and left the others where they fell (turns out I didn’t have any in that size).  Now everything is neat and in order again.  I spent time organizing printed recipes into binders so that I can find them easier, and the second shelf has two piles of recipes that I want to try (no more printing until I work my way through those!  Do you think I can do it?) 

I cleaned out the fridge and re-organized the freezer.  No need to clean out the big freezer, this freezer inventory has saved my a lot of time in that respect. 

I made stock with the chickens and veggies piling up in my stock bag in the freezer. 

I tidied up the piles of books that were everywhere and folded up all the blankets on the couches. 

I revitalized my kombucha and kefir, and prepared the ingredients for making sourdough muffins and fruit and nut bars tomorrow morning. 

In between it all I baked bread and tried a new recipe for dinner. 

Despite a work-intensive today I feel refreshed and renewed by this cleaner, calmer space, and comforted by the knowledge of a full freezer and a pile of home-baked goods on the counter. 

Tomorrow I tackle the outside…. with the exception of the root vegetable box, it will probably be my last gardening day until the spring.

How do you keep things organized at your house?

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  • Reply
    October 27, 2010 at 2:58 am


    Well I am a organized freak. But at the moment I live with my Mom in my Mother and MY house (we have a mortgage together) and she is a stage 4 hoarder.

    It isn’t easy with someone like my Mom around but when I live by myself, or when I move into our new house finally…. well I have OCD so if you ever have seen someone with stage 2 OCD, it can be hard.

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    October 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Good evening, Andrea! I enjoyed reading this blog post of yours. I can’t believe that you accomplished all of those tasks in one day! Seriously – how do you have so much energy? I like the photo of your kitchen closet. It looks very organized indeed.

    Regarding the topic of organizing and decluttering, I have a perfect book to recommend to you – one that I am currently reading for the first time. The book is called “It’s All Too Much – An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff” by Peter Walsh. He is a professional organizer, featured on Oprah. He was the organizer on TLC show “Clean Sweep.” I’m only on chapter three, but I’m inspired with every page that I read.

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      October 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      I’ll have to check out that book – thanks!

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