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Cleaning Resolutions 2013!

Since I’ve started making a huge dent in my Cleaning Resolutions 2013, it’s a good time to start sharing yours! Starting today, I’ll post one person’s resolution each week, along with some ideas of how to make the resolution easier to stick with.

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to make your Cleaning Resolutions for 2013!

The first of the Cleaning Resolutions 2013 that I took on was a major bedroom purge, which is now blessedly done! It was a ton of work, but well worth it. I have a few odds and ends (shortening & dry cleaning the sheers, getting cord covers for the TV wires) but the heavy lifting is over, and thank the Lord for that!
Here’s the original plan I mapped:


Bedroom Purge
My bedroom has started to feel claustrophobic to me. Actually my entire apartment feels claustrophobic, but that’s a symptom of a larger, non-cleaning thing I need to take on in the new year. Anyway! The bedroom. I really need to take everything out and get rid of things I’m not using. I also want to remove everything from my surfaces and pare down the amount of things on display. It’s currently not that much, but I think I would prefer a blanker canvas for a few months. So! Here are the things:
Purge under bed boxes, wash floor under and behind bed
Purge dresser drawers
Reorganize bookshelf 
Take everything off walls, wash them (the walls, that is!) and put keepsakes away
Get cord cover for TV wires


And here’s how it went, broken down in the stages I actually used:


1. Matt’s Bedside Table: remove everything from surface, unplug electronics & surge protector, move table away and wash floor and baseboards, wipe down all cords, Windex both bedside tables and reading lamps, dust lampshades.
2. Bookshelf: Remove all books from shelves, wipe shelves down, wash floor and baseboards, purge unwanted books, reorganize remaining books, stationery, magic-making items, etc.
3. Walls & Surfaces: Remove everything from walls and wash/Magic Erase as needed, store any keepsake items, throw away outdated wall hangings; remove all items from surfaces, store any keepsake items, rearrange the few things to be displayed.
4. Needlepoint Basket: Purge of any non-needlepoint items.
5. Under Bed: Remove mattress, launder bedskirt; remove box spring and reset bed frame; remove all under bed boxes, move dresser and other bedside table, vacuum and wash floor and baseboards; purge and reorganize all under bed boxes, wipe boxes free of dirt, put everything back, lie on floor moaning from exhaustion.
6. Dresser & My Bedside Table: Purge sock/tights, t-shirts, gym clothes, loungewear, night things, sweaters, jeans; reorganize drawers and under bed boxes.


I didn’t go as wild with washing the walls as I might have, because I think we’re going to repaint my bedroom (it’s been 3+ years, it’s time!) but I also ended up do a lot more purging than I thought, so it’s a net positive in my book.
The two biggest victories are that I cleared out enough space that I now have proper linen storage and that Matt has his very own place for his clothes, which you can see up thar. (He gave me permission to show the internet his pants, don’t worry!)(Pants are what I call underpants? I dunno. I’m sure my mother is to blame for that.)
Truth time: This was dirty, dirty work. I do my floors regularly, but even so living in New York — and being a person who’s a little obsessive about getting fresh air, which means my windows are often open — equals major grime under and behind furniture. And despite the fact that I regularly purge clothing and such, there’s always so. much. stuff. Many of them things that carry memories, and are therefore hard to let go. But let them go I did, because things are just things and they don’t make memories.

The first of the Cleaning Resolutions 2013 that I took on was a major bedroom purge, which is now blessedly done! It was a ton of work, but well worth it. I have a few odds and ends (shortening & dry cleaning the sheers, getting cord covers for the TV wires) but the heavy lifting is over, and thank the Lord for that!

Here’s the original plan I mapped:

Bedroom Purge

My bedroom has started to feel claustrophobic to me. Actually my entire apartment feels claustrophobic, but that’s a symptom of a larger, non-cleaning thing I need to take on in the new year. Anyway! The bedroom. I really need to take everything out and get rid of things I’m not using. I also want to remove everything from my surfaces and pare down the amount of things on display. It’s currently not that much, but I think I would prefer a blanker canvas for a few months. So! Here are the things:

Purge under bed boxes, wash floor under and behind bed

Purge dresser drawers

Reorganize bookshelf 

Take everything off walls, wash them (the walls, that is!) and put keepsakes away

Get cord cover for TV wires

And here’s how it went, broken down in the stages I actually used:

1. Matt’s Bedside Table: remove everything from surface, unplug electronics & surge protector, move table away and wash floor and baseboards, wipe down all cords, Windex both bedside tables and reading lamps, dust lampshades.

2. Bookshelf: Remove all books from shelves, wipe shelves down, wash floor and baseboards, purge unwanted books, reorganize remaining books, stationery, magic-making items, etc.

3. Walls & Surfaces: Remove everything from walls and wash/Magic Erase as needed, store any keepsake items, throw away outdated wall hangings; remove all items from surfaces, store any keepsake items, rearrange the few things to be displayed.

4. Needlepoint Basket: Purge of any non-needlepoint items.

5. Under Bed: Remove mattress, launder bedskirt; remove box spring and reset bed frame; remove all under bed boxes, move dresser and other bedside table, vacuum and wash floor and baseboards; purge and reorganize all under bed boxes, wipe boxes free of dirt, put everything back, lie on floor moaning from exhaustion.

6. Dresser & My Bedside Table: Purge sock/tights, t-shirts, gym clothes, loungewear, night things, sweaters, jeans; reorganize drawers and under bed boxes.

I didn’t go as wild with washing the walls as I might have, because I think we’re going to repaint my bedroom (it’s been 3+ years, it’s time!) but I also ended up do a lot more purging than I thought, so it’s a net positive in my book.

The two biggest victories are that I cleared out enough space that I now have proper linen storage and that Matt has his very own place for his clothes, which you can see up thar. (He gave me permission to show the internet his pants, don’t worry!)(Pants are what I call underpants? I dunno. I’m sure my mother is to blame for that.)

Truth time: This was dirty, dirty work. I do my floors regularly, but even so living in New York — and being a person who’s a little obsessive about getting fresh air, which means my windows are often open — equals major grime under and behind furniture. And despite the fact that I regularly purge clothing and such, there’s always so. much. stuff. Many of them things that carry memories, and are therefore hard to let go. But let them go I did, because things are just things and they don’t make memories.

Cleaning Resolutions 2013!

Happy New Year! I hope 2013 will be a sparkling one for all!

As promised, here are my Cleaning Resolutions 2013. Tell me what yours are, and I’ll do my very best to offer some suggestions, tips and that much needed cheerleading. You can tweet at me (@joliekerr) with the hashtag #CleaningResolutions2013, email me (joliekerr@gmail.com), or use this site’s ask function to let me know what things you’ve resolved to clean up this year.

Cleaning-Is-My-Work Stuff 

Post at least one new item & usage description to Cleaning Products pinboard each week

Revive weekly “I Read Good Housekeeping So You Don’t Have To" cleaning articles post

Repurpose one old AaCP Q a week on cleaning tumblr to create a better, more accessible archive

Figure out some fun thing to do, blog-wise, with my Housewives Tarot deck 

Visit the Good Housekeeping Research Institute

Start (and finish!) a new book proposal 

Cleaning-Is-A-Thing-I-Do Stuff

Bedroom Purge

My bedroom has started to feel claustrophobic to me. Actually my entire apartment feels claustrophobic, but that’s a symptom of a larger, non-cleaning thing I need to take on in the new year. Anyway! The bedroom. I really need to take everything out and get rid of things I’m not using. I also want to remove everything from my surfaces and pare down the amount of things on display. It’s currently not that much, but I think I would prefer a blanker canvas for a few months. So! Here are the things:

Purge under bed boxes, wash floor under and behind bed

Purge dresser drawers

Reorganize bookshelf 

Take everything off walls, wash them (the walls, that is!) and put keepsakes away

Get cord cover for TV wires


Bathroom Project

Since it looks like we’ll be staying another year in our little apartments in the sky, I’m going to put a little pocket change into my bathroom in 2013.

Install better storage in bathroom

Repaint walls

Detail tile walls


Kitchen Organization

Matt is threatening to redesign my kitchen for me with a new, brighter green paint (Pantone Emerald hellooooo!) and some built-in storage. I also need to upgrade my dining room table to be more work-friendly, since my kitchen is also my office and fingernail painting station.

Deep clean stove

Detail all small appliances

Rework dining area into a better multi-purpose space for eating, entertaining, working and painting my fingernails

Cleaning Resolutions 2013!

A thing I enjoyed tremendously in 2012 was a project I cooked up to encourage readers to commit to making their bed every day for a month; I feel strongly that coming home to a made bed does wonders for one’s mental health, promotes better sleeping habits and is one of the simplest ways to keep a home looking tidy.

But I know not everyone is always so easily convinced of these things and so I thought if I could just get folks to agree to try it for a month — helped out with some cheerleading from me on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. etc. etc. — that they might find themselves converted by the end of the 30 days.

And hey, a lot of them were! So that made me feel pretty great!

Along those same lines, I thought it might be fun for us to gather up all our Cleaning Resolutions 2013 and help each other along with them! Tell me what yours are, and I’ll do my very best to offer some suggestions, tips and that much needed cheerleading. You can tweet at me (@joliekerr) with the hashtag #CleaningResolutions2013, email me (joliekerr@gmail.com), or use this site’s ask function to let me know what things you’ve resolved to clean up this year.

Okay gang, good luck out there! I’ll be posting mine on the 1st — let me know if you have things you’d like to see me resolve to do more of in the new year! 

xoJK