Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's that word

that means "to take responsibility? It starts with a "c" and I keep thinking "compliance" but I know that's not it.

Either way, a few nights ago I watched the A&E show "Hoarders" on TV. Oh My Heavens I almost passed out. Firstly, Mommy, DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK. You will have a nervous breakdown. Of course, watching the show made me want to clean house. You all know that my house is basically clean. But my closets could be neater. So.

OH! I remembered the word. It does not start with C. It is ACCOUNTABILITY. So in the spirit of both accountability and my twitchiness from watching Hoarders, I have made a list of that which needs to be done in my house. Obviously, I don't expect it to be done in one day. Or two. But the way I see it, if I do two tasks per day, my house should be loverly within about two weeks.

So I hereby give you my list of what needs to be done:

  1. Clean Dovi's closet
  2. Clean ESJ's closet
  3. Clean out ESJ's toys/books in their room/pack up baby books
  4. Clean MY closet
  5. Clean out/prepare to donate my clothes
  6. Clean out under my bed (moe Benjie's old shoes than anything-prepare to donate)
  7. Clean out hall closet-mostly kids' out of season clothes
  8. Clean out coat closet
  9. File the past 2 months of paperwork/prepare to archive 2009 (it IS December, folks)
  10. Organize toy closet (Sunday with kids?)
  11. Organize silver closet (I have this closet in my den in which I keep my silver and other Judaic stuff for Shabbos. It's a mess)
  12. Straighten Living Room bookshelves DONE THIS MORNING
  13. Clean out under den couch (probably enough toys to entertain a small child for a week)
  14. Organize meat pots and pans cabinet
  15. Re-organize basement now that we cleaned out my Dad's stuff-everything got shoeved around when we brought his entire apartment back here in Sepetember, and now that we cleaned it out and sorted everything, we went from 20 boxes to 4. So I need to straighten out everything.
  16. Straighten out entertainment unit. The decorative items aren't so decorative when they are messy and cluttered.

I'll check in as I'm progressing! Off to the pots and pans now, my dears. Let me tell you folks, it seems a heck of a lot less daunting now that I've assigned myself a bunch of small little tasks that can be done in under 20 minutes each, except for the kids' rooms which are scary.

Join me! Let's be all organize-y together!

I wonder how many people are doing the same thing after watching that show. I guess it was a good thing, then?


Anonymous said...

Oh happiness!! happiness!! I love it. Go for it Sari, I'm so proud of you and you are giving me incentive to look into my closets as well. I can't wait to get there later this month and see beautiful closets in your home.

So far I have resisted clicking on the link to Hoarders. Will see how long I can hold out.

Love, Mommy

Anonymous said...

I think our weekend of throwing things away inspired you too! i wish i could help with the rest - i love that stuff! tamar

FunkyFrum said...

A friend and I have been working on getting rid. Every week we each fill a 13 gallon trash bag to donate. We have been at it for 8 weeks already, and I still have more junk. I admire your desire to get it done!

WriterGrrl said...

culpability. now I'll read the rest of the post. :-)

WriterGrrl said...

oh, okay, never mind. :-) plus, that's more of like a guilty connotation, anyway. I should learn patience.

organizing is awesome. I love to toss stuff. I really want to get rid of all the chokable pieces in my playroom... except that it would be a lot of actual work. I'd rather just get rid of ALL THE TOYS.

Anonymous said...

hmm, we got hooked on cake boss over thanksgiving (my parents have cable and we don't). maybe i should go bake something...


Anonymous said...

That show is seriously disturbing.

David Brand

Kelly said... that show. Disturbing, but I can't not watch it. Unfortunately, it seems to have the opposite affect on me. I look at it and say, well at least my house isn't THAT bad. :)

Estie said...

I couldn't help myself and clicked the link. OMG, I seriously feel like I'm going to throw up.

Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

Eeeeewwwww. That is seriously icky! I am awful myself. I am such a pack rat. I can't help it. I must might need that someday. I have started getting rid of baby clothes though. Every year when we visit Wisconsin, I drop off everything Rebecca has grown out of in the past year for my cousin's little girl. But the stuff for her and Jaquelyn to grow into takes up sooo much space. With 4 girls, hand-me-downs abound.