- Thoroughly clean Smarty's room (but not sorting through books, clothes, and toys yet) and putting together two bags of trash and a bag to donate.
- Sort through all my clothes - I "re-discovered" several pairs of pants that actually fit and also sent two bags to a donation pile.
- Sort and organize our spices/oils cabinet in the kitchen - suddenly we have space again even though we found several "copies" of chili and sesame seeds. Apparently, they are my favorite spices, since I keep buying them :)
- Take everything out of the fridge, thoroughly clean it, toss expired foods, and put everything back.
- Clean our freezer - unfortunately, it is still pretty packed.
- Clear out our "catch all" food cabinet with dry foods - donate some, toss some, and admire an unexpected abundance of space :)
I am fortunate that my husband also likes order, even more than I do, so he is actively involved in all cleaning efforts while also making sure that I don't "go overboard" (my initial intention was to toss all the candy on our counters, but we ended up taking some of it to the office and having Smarty take some back to her school). Smarty is less than thrilled about all this cleaning - she claims that she loves her room messy and resents our requirement to clean it up at least twice a week. But even she had to admit that her room looks better after the deep cleaning we gave it. I have hopes that her desire for order will one day manifest itself - either in my own minimalistic approach to possessions or in my husband's love of creative storage solutions.