Spring Cleaning In The Fall

Spring Cleaning In The Fall

I do my Spring cleaning in the Fall. I think it’s because Fall feels like the beginning of the year to me. A time for new starts and fresh starts and cleaning out all of the old stuff that has accumulated. This year I am on a rampage.

Spring Cleaning In The Fall
I wish I had taken a “before” picture of this cabinet. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t. It was such a mess you probably would have had a heart-attack.

I’ve torn apart every cabinet in my kitchen and reorganized the food, the containers, the lids (I hate the lids!) and the junk drawers. I think I may have spent over $300 dollars on organizational equipment in the last week. I bought spice racks, lazy susans, storage containers, dishes, stick-on hooks, baskets…this list could go on and on. I’m in a frenzy that reeks of desperation. I can’t take the clutter or the chaos anymore! It’s driving me to insanity. I want my life back. I want to be able to find things again. I want to run a tight ship around here. I want to stop buying things twice (or even more often) because I cannot find the first one I bought. Mostly, I want to feel at peace when I step into my home.

With all of the blogging and art making I am doing my home has taken a backseat. It’s starting to catch up with me. For instance, I pulled out a box of cereal the other day that expired two years ago. A remnant from my coupon obsessed days when I bought in bulk because the deal was so amazing! Of course those deals don’t really count if they just sit in your cabinet waiting to rot or expire or turn into some kind of toxic sludge.

Fall Cleaning In The Spring
What my pantry looks like right now. Send help!

Once the kitchen is done I plan to harass the pantry. Then the bathrooms. Then I will kick some toy butt in Tiny-Small’s room. She’s basically got one giant pile of toys stuffed into various containers that need to be sorted and organized.  Some toys might make their way to the basement too. She can’t play with anything because it’s all over the place. So, I am planning to give every item a spot. That way we know where to put it away. No excuses! No excuses for any of us!

I am also secretly sneaking junk into the yard sale pile and hoping Jim doesn’t go snooping. He keeps more stuff than I do. That’s saying something. He lives by the saying, “The guy who dies with the most stuff wins.” The  stuff doesn’t even have to be toys. He keeps socks with more holes than sock. He keeps every piece of paper he has ever touched. He keeps broken knickknacks and bags with logos on them. I swear, if I die first he’s going to make it into the hoarders hall of fame. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but then again, maybe it’s not. I am no better. I have piles in strategic locations. I have blogging piles, art piles, stuff to file piles, clothing to fold piles, bills to pay piles, and of course piles of “to-do” notes…lists…whatever!

The holidays are coming. I need to get this place in shape before that chaos is upon us. There isn’t much time so I am putting in the hours to get it all done. I hope I get to a point where I can sigh with relief because my house is calm and put together. Because I am calm and put together. I am looking forward to the day where I can find my measuring spoons immediately and I can walk into Tiny-Small’s room and not step on a toy. That day will come, right? RIGHT??? Just say yes, even if you have to lie. I am desperate. I need to believe my life is going to change for the better once I get rid of, and categorize, and line up all of this stuff.

Give me some hope! Have you ever reorganized your home, yourself, your life and managed to keep it that way? Got any tips for me? I could use the help. Do you do your Spring cleaning in the Fall too?


Just a quick update: My Organized Pantry!

My Organized Pantry
So much better, right?




13 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning In The Fall”

  1. Look for a large clothes hamper (with a lid) to use for Tiny Small’s toys, and let her worry about whether they are organized in there or not. And if the lid drops on her head, it won’t hurt. 🙂 She’ll love digging stuff out and throwing it back in. That’s what I use for all my yarn that I plan to use up “some day”.

  2. Sadly, I can be of no help here, Lil. Every once in a while, Husband takes the kids to his mother’s for the weekend and I go nuts on the cupboards. I get everything clean and tidy, and sigh in satisfaction. I’ve actually sat with a cup of tea and stared affectionately at my clean cupboards for a whole morning.

    Then, the second more than one person is touching things, it all goes to hell.

    1. This has always been my problem too. It stays neat for a day or two and then it’s a disaster again. I’m ot good at nagging everyone to keep it neat. I totally get the staring at the clean cupboards for a whole morning. I am totally doing that with some of my cupboards right now.

  3. Your pantry is scary. I wish I could come help you. I love organizing things; it’s like a jigsaw puzzle. Consider buying Tupperware Modular Mates for pantry storage. Buy them in January or February when they are on sale, though, not now when they are ridiculously expense. (On sale they are just regular expensive.) I use them for flour, sugar, and things usually in bags like nuts and goldfish crackers.

    For toys, when mine were little, I had those plastic bin systems, with smallish bins so things don’t get lost on bottom. I taught them to sort their toys into the proper bin. It worked for 2/3 of my children. The other is like Jim, and will one day be in the Hoarders Hall of Shame.

    1. It is scary. I think it has been two years since I reorganized it and it shows. I am going to look up the Tupperware modulars right now. I just received some shoe-box looking boxes to organize some of the other stuff with. I am going to get started today!

      I want to do the same thing with Tiny-Small’s toys. She is good at putting things away and seems to enjoy doing it when the things have a specific place to go. I hope I can get her started on the right track now so later she is better at keeping things neater than I am.

  4. I used to be a very cluttered person but after many a tears and near heart attacks from not being able to find things or completely losing them I decided to be a neat person. Now there isn’t a thing in my house that doesn’t have a place. Now don’t get me wrong… I am not a clean freak! I wait way to long to dust and sweep but I at least no where to find my dusty objects. I am trying to convert my husband and daughter but that is a job all its own.

  5. Yeah, if there weren’t 7 other people leaving crap and messing up my system, my house would be organized like nobody’s business. When we remodeled the kitchen, I was able to get a whole lot of stuff organized and tossed. It’s mostly stayed that way. The rest of the house? Not so much.

    Good luck!

    1. As I was reorganizing the pantry today I started betting myself how long it would last! I think if I lived alone I’d have a neat house, but then that’s no fun either! I will have to do the best I can and except the madness that comes with family life.

  6. I am a hoarder, lazy, disorganized, I buy too much stuff, hold onto everything, and start too many projects / have too many interests.

    My life is slowly getting under control. I have 3 things I wish I could share with every person on the planet.

    1. You CAN live with less stuff. You will be much happier. Just try it: don’t stock up, don’t give in to sale flyers, cut down on gifts and toys and hobbies. Try it. You won’t miss it.

    2. Watch lots of episodes of Clean House. Really. You can get it streaming from Netflix. It might still be on the Style network. You will laugh and cringe at the ridiculously cluttered homes. Slowly you will start to see what your home is really like (we get desensitized to our own messes.)

    3. (but it should be #1) The book, One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-By-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good, by Regina Leeds. I borrowed it from the library, but it is worth more than the cover price. I got a little annoyed by all her zen talk, but it is hands-down THE best book I have ever read on this (and I have read plenty.) Absolutely life-changing. No kidding.

    I’d love to know if these work for you like they did for me.

    1. I love #1 because that’s been my experience too. The less I shop or look at flyers, etc. the less I buy or even want to buy. I’ve been pretty good about just getting what I need over the past 6 months. Of course, art supplies are my one exception, but at least I usually use everything I pick up, eventually. I have never seen “Clean House” but it sounds like an interesting show. I bet they have a lot of ideas for organizing too. I will check it out on Netflix. As soon as I publish this comment I am heading to Amazon to look for that book. I might get a copy for my mom too. I like that things are broken down into weekly tasks. Way less overwhelming that way. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment with so many great tips. You have no idea how much I appreciate that!

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