Hmmmm... another snow day. Well, actually, a Cold Day. Bitter wind chills, blizzard force winds and new snow overnight. I fully support the wise decision. However.....
If you, like me, are wondering how to get a few things done and still have fun with your kids, can I suggest a few organizing projects? The following projects are useful, quick, kid-friendly and should require no new items to be purchased, since it’s too cold to leave the house.
Clean out your pantry / cabinets:
Little kids can help pull everything out, and sort like items with like (for example, even a 3-year-old can sort cans of different types of veggies by the picture on the front). Have school-age kids who can read help you determine expiration dates, and toss all the expired or stale stuff. Talk about service and charity with your kids, and set aside a bag of items to donate to your local food pantry.
Bake some cookies with the random bits of whatever you may find (in my cabinets, 3 bags of pretzels, a partial bag of white chocolate chips and some left over candy canes are inspiring creativity in me!). Make a large pot of soup with what you find, and leave it simmering on the stove all day to humidify the air and make the house smell good. You could really get creative, and have your kids plan this week’s menu with you, based on the current contents of your kitchen.
Clean out under your sinks.
Bathroom? Kitchen? Laundry room? The process is the same, regardless of what room you are working in!
Pull everything out, wipe everything down. Combine partial bottles of similar items (I often find 4 or more partial bottles of dish soap, body wash or shampoo under client sinks!). Use containers you have on hand (kitchen storage containers or plastic baskets) to corral small items and keep them from getting lost.
Consider how many of certain items you really need. Kitchen sink – how many plastic shopping bags? Bathroom – how many partial / sample / hotel bottles of anything? Yep, combine and then recycle.
Clean out the Freezer: Here’s a link to the project: June, 2011 Kid Convenience And Nutrition in My Clean Freezer!
The kids can help, though you may want to be the one pulling everything out so little hands don’t freeze! Everyone can help sort, you can purge or plan the next meal based on what you find. I want to make my own bread crumbs, and I know there are some neglected ends of bread loaves I can start with!
Review and Purge the bookshelves:
We just did this a few days ago and it’s a great project to do with your kids.
Put all the books together (meaning, collect them from around the room / house if necessary), and sort what you have. Consider your child’s reading levels, and purge the books that are too young for them (keep some treasured keepsakes, of course, but not too many). We have some more shelves to review, but we already have a bag of books set aside for our young cousins, and one bag to donate to the local library.
Put Things AWAY.
Have you been waiting for the right time to finally put xxxx, yyyyy or zzzz way? Well, guess what? Today is that day. Per my friends on Facebook, many of you may have the following things to put away:
- Business cards and Christmas greeting card envelopes, to update your contact list
- Socks to finally get matched up
- Home / personal paper filing, recipes and paperwork
- The last few Christmas decorations that you took down last weekend
- DVDs / Wii games to put back in cases
- Photos! Every seems to have photos to print / use / put away / scrapbook / file
- Shoe clutter by the back door, as well as weeks worth of hats / gloves / sweatshirts / etc.
- Business receipts to file
- Cords and connectors
- Kitchen counter clutter
- craft items of every description!
Today is that day! Set a timer, and spend half an hour just putting stuff AWAY! OR longer - again, with another snow day, you all have the time!
So, stay warm, relax and hang out in your jammies, if you'd like. And spend a little time creating order in your home with your family members. Today is the day!