Wednesday, June 12, 2013

SUMMER TO-DOs (The House Edition)

Hey, y'all.  I'm PROBABLY not gonna challenge myself to blog every day again since I'm just three days in and I'm already over it.  It's almost midnight (again), and I REALLY wanna go to bed.  Much respect to those of you who blog four to five times a week.  I love blogs that have fresh content several times a week, but clearly I could never be one of them.

Anyhoo, I hope everyone's had a good day. With the exception of a very dramatic swim lesson that may or may not have involved tears, ours been great.  M has been doing great at swim (maybe I'll post a video of her progress soon), but this week she's been afraid she'll "sink."  I think once she realized she was gaining a bit of independence in the water, she got scared.  Which is normal, I guess. (Either way, we won't budge on swim lessons.  They're a must.)

It's getting hot, y'all.  For you southerners, y'all know about that wet, sticky hot.  We're getting there, unfortunately.

We still got out there today and got some sun.

We were sure to drink plenty. 

I also got a quick run in on this beautiful evening.

So anyway, let's get to why I'm here post my "house" To Do list.  I've mentioned several times here how doggone unorganized I am.  Most days my house is in need of some serious de-cluttering. I'm just like that, unfortunately.  I work on being more organized, but at the end of the day/week/month, stuff still piles up.  So here's my list:
  1. Organize my kitchen cupboards, drawers, and pantry.  I did this not to long ago, but they're getting out of control again.
  2. Clean and organize the guest room (and its closet).  The guest room isn't THAT bad.  But it's small, and the little stuff I DO have in there could be organized/removed.  The closet is a different story.  It has everything from my preserved wedding dress to old sorority paraphernalia to craft supplies. Just a bunch of stuff.  Most of that stuff I don't plan on getting rid of, but maybe I can find a new home for it somewhere in this house.  It WOULD be nice if guests could actually USE the closet, huh?
  3. Clean the carpets. Just yuck. My next house will have little to no carpet. Maybe I can find a deal on a professional, or maybe I'll just rent one of those Rug Doctor things. Either way, it needs to be DONE.
  4. Clean and organize the garage.  The garage is getting back out of control, so we've tackle that before it gets too crazy. It's already very close.
  5. Deep clean every room in the house.  You know, baseboards, and stuff. No fun, but needs to be done.
  6. Get rid of clothes I don't/can't wear. I've been really good with this the past few years, so this should be easy.
  7. Clean out files/papers and reorganize.  I'm halfway through this.  I went through files we had in the guest room and got rid of some really old, not-important-anymore stuff. And that felt good.
  8. Create a binder with copies of important documents.  I saw this idea on TV (or maybe a blog?) a few years ago after severe weather had hit an area.  One of the recommendations was to have copies of important documents in a binder (with each page protected with page covers) in the event you need to grab important things quickly/your home is damaged in storm.  GREAT idea.
  9. Compose a will and gather other documents needed in the event of death. Sure this one is kind of a downer, but it is what it is. Something could happen to either one of us any day. I'm embarrassed to say we don't have a will.  We've talked with relatives about what happens with M, and we have life insurance policies that ensure that she's taken care of, but that's about it.  No official will.  We know better.  Hopefully this summer will give us a chance to DO better.
  10. Prepare to sell. No, we don't plan on putting our house on the market tomorrow, but we know selling is in our near future.  So we've gotta sit down and evaluate what all needs to be done to get this house market-ready (and trust me, it's a lot).
There are a lot of things on this list, and I know getting it all done may be a bit tough (especially considering the last two "To Do" lists I posted)...but I'm gonna try.  That's gotta be worth something.

Anyhoo, time for bed.  M has a dentist appointment in the morning, and I need a decent night's sleep in case there's drama.  She's never thrilled about seeing the dentist.

Have a good one, y'all!  Be back tomorrow!


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