Last year I took this cute notebook and devised a pretty intense Spring Cleaning plan. I learned about it at Sarah's blog - one of my very favorites to read each week.
The idea is to take a cute notebook and make a separate page for every room and closet in your home. I also did this for all of our outdoor areas, porches, decks. Then you walk through each room and make a list of everything that needs to be done in that room and write it on the page - shelves repaired, carpets cleaned, light fixtures replaced, a good dusting, baseboards wiped down...
My organized, list-making self LOVED the idea. Any excuse to buy a cute notebook, right? I got busy right away and starting tackling one room or closet at a time. Did I get everything done in the past year? Absolutely not! But I was surprised at how much we did get done over the course of the year.
This year I wanted to do this again. It'll probably become an annual practice. I tore out 2009's pages and had plenty leftover for 2010. My new pages are all ready to go. I was surprised how much shorter this year's lists are compared to last year. We really got a lot taken care of last year with this "system".
I'm going to wait until after Spring Break and my last day of work before I go to town on the house this year.
It's pretty sad what I look forward to isn't it? But I love, love, love to get organized, weed out, and cross things off lists!