My Mom, Ruth, decided to retire in June of her 65th year. Then she invited Aunt P. to visit in June so they could attend their high school reunion together. Mom immediately informed her employer that she was retiring in January instead of June, because she needed five months to clean her apartment. One room per month. That should be perfect, right?

I have decluttered four rooms in my house, so far. They’re the same rooms Mom wanted to clean and declutter before her reunion: bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen. The fifth room is the dining room. In Mom’s house that was a corner of her eat-in kitchen. In my house it’s a full-sized clutter tornado. All of my room have grown messy again, because I’m not very good at maintenance. So today, I want to clean/declutter them again. All five rooms, today. That should be perfect, right?

We’ve talked about my lack of focus before. I found a simple check list on this website, Fabnfree, to help me focus on one room at a time instead of running all over the house and, without fail, getting distracted by something shiny.

Queen bathroom: 35 minutes

Cluttered bathroom

Cluttered bathroom

I started with smallest and easiest room, the Queen Bath. I threw away a bunch of stuff I haven’t been using since the original declutter, and I packed up a few things for Goodwill. I put the rest away. It looks even better than the first declutter, which took days, if not weeks!

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

Kitchen: 55 minutes

Buried kitchen.

Buried kitchen.

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I decided to do the kitchen next, because I’ll be picking up dirty dishes in each room. (If you link to Fabnfree’s list, you’ll see she says to pick up dirty laundry in each room. Dirty dishes are a much bigger issue for me). I want to get the dishwasher unloaded so the stray dishes don’t just pile up on the counters, which are already overflowing.

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Clean kitchen

Beautiful and Organized again!

And now I’m ready for supper, and I don’t want to cook. I don’t want to mess up my beautiful kitchen so soon after cleaning it!

I may be able to get another room done after supper, but I’ll save that for the next post. I think Fabnfree’s checklist kept me very focused, and I feel like I accomplished a lot. You should check it out if you’re easily distracted like I am.

One last thing, I waited too long (more than an hour) to take my latest bags and boxes to Goodwill. I changed my mind and retrieved the yards of beautiful blue velvet fabric fit for a Queen. I do have a use for it though. No.2 Sis is having a Mary Kay open house in a few weeks, and I’ll be presenting some of my hand-made earrings for sale. The blue velvet will be perfect for covering my display table.

And lest you think this may have altered my bag count, rest assured. I put the remainder of the bag of fabric in an uncounted, half-full box, thereby filling it up. My bag count remains exactly the same, 204.

Stay tuned…