The end of the first day of Katie’s Ultimate Cleanihng Challenge found me more organized and sick…with the flu.  After two days in bed, I’m starting to feel a bit more alive, and I’ve had plenty of time to consider what I could clean while still sick.  Rachel’s post about organizing gave me the perfect idea!  From the couch, I can shred papers, cleaning out the 2 filing cabinets BeachBoy has nearly filled.

So, I’ve made myself a cup of hot tea with honey, have pulled up the shredder, and am set to get back in the game…from the bench.


Day 1: Ultimate Fall Cleaning Challenge


The only non-bedroom closet in our home besides our linen closet is the laundry closet, located in the breakfast room.  For some time, I’ve been asking BeachBoy to stack the washer and dryer to allow for shelving.  But, my personal motto with home projects is: when at first you don’t succeed (with asking)…do it yourself. 

So, today I tackled the laundry closet, installing two additional shelves and completing the task of organizing everything. 

Now two weeks into having BeachBoy’s father living with us, and after the resulting choas of a party, our laundry space looked like this when I started this morning:

Without a doubt, it was a disaster.  But, I couldn’t help but see the potential of the unused space.  So, I started the task of taking EVERYTHING out (thus destroying my kitchen).

Then, I hung two more shelves, which I purchased at Lowes and had cut to size.

BeachBoy would tell you I simply wanted an excuse to use the drill again since I’m rather addicted to it.  But, really, what house doesn’t need more shelves?

These Anchor-Hocking jars were next on my list.  I filled t hem with all of my baking supplies and marked them accordingly.  I can’t help it.  I hate the look of packaged food. 

Then it was on to the cleaning supplies.

Finally, some plastic bins from my morning trip to Walmart topped of the closet, holding picnic, party, and seasonal supplies. 

The result…a refreshingly organized space that holds nearly 3 times what it originally did. 

I can’t wait for BeachBoy to get home now! He’s going to love it!

What’s next on my list?  Painting this space!

The Hyper Homemaker posted this to-do list for today’s portion of the Ultimate Cleaning Challenge.  Luck was on my side, though, because it turned out that I started reorganizing all of my kitchen cabinets last night.  Here is what I’ve already finished due to my Friday-night cleaning.  Having a jump start will leave me time to do some extra projects I have planned (below). 

Day 1 – Conquering the Kitchen

Make sure daily is done:
– Clear off all counter tops
– Load dishwasher
Handwash any dishes needed
Wipe down sink
– Wipe down stovetop
– Wipe down all the counters
– Swiffer the floor

Take everything out of the pantry.
– Wipe down shelves.
– Toss old items and donate unused good items.
– Repackage all messy items into nice containers. (STARTED)
– Place all items back into the pantry in an organized fashion. (STARTED)

– Take everything out of the fridge and freezer (placing items in a cooler with all the remaining ice.
– Scrub down the inside and outside of the fridge, shelves, doors, ice maker and freezer.
– Replace water filter if you have one.
– Clean fridge condenser coil.
– Toss old or useless food.
– Place everything back into fridge in an organized fashion.

– Take ALLL your items out of all your cabinets and drawers. Yes… ALL! (HALF DONE)
– Wipe down the inside of all cabinets and drawers.
– Wipe down the inside of all containers such as utensil holders.
– Store items not used in over 6 months, or summer seasonal items. (Started)
Thinking logically (ie – potholders next to stove, towels next to sink), try to put everything back in a more useful and purposeful place, and in an organized fashion.
– Scrub down the cupboard exteriors, from to of the kitchen to bottom.


Since BeachBoy and my father-in-law are out of the town this weekend, I have the house to myself.  So, I should have the time and space to be productive.  Adding to the list above, here is my dream list for Saturday:

  • Purchase/Hang new shelf in laundry closet/pantry.
  • Purchase containers for baking products, fill, and mark.
  • Reorganize laundry closet/pantry
  • Purchase/fill/label containers for seasonal/party items
  • Drive unused items to Goodwill
  • Finish sewing kitchen curtains/rehang
  • Dust items on exposed shelf

The boys made quite a mess in the kitchen before leaving, so I have my work cut out for me!

The Ultimate Fall Cleaning Challenge has started!