So, last week I took a break from the Spring Cleaning Challenge. With our littlest leaving and Easter and everything else, we were exhausted and fell a bit behind on the challenge.
Truth be told, I’m still not 100% caught up, but I plan to get there today. Everything has finally settled down around here. My home is reasonably clean, our yard is reasonably neat, and our list of projects is down to five or so. (That’s actually really good for us.)
So, without further ado, we’re moving on to Week 4 of the KonMari Spring Cleaning Challenge. This week, we’re tackling the kitchen.
I’m going to be honest here: I’ve been dreading and looking forward to this week. I’ve been dreading it because the kitchen is going to be the hardest room for me. But I’m looking forward to it because how great will it feel when it’s all done??
I plan to go through each category using the checklist (you can find it below).
Before we move on to Week 4, though, let’s do a recap of Week 3: Papers.
KONMARI WEEK 3: PAPERS UPDATE
Okay, so I’m not 100% caught up with the challenge yet, but I’m not too far behind.
I still need to finish cleaning out our clothing storage (though I have started the process).
My filing system is pretty organized, too, but I need to go through our mail tray and our box of old files.
Hopefully, I can finish both of these tasks this afternoon. I’ll post updates on Instagram if you’d like to follow along.
I do have a filing system that works pretty well. Here’s the gist of it:
Mail & Action Items
When mail arrives, I immediately throw out anything unimportant (junk mail, etc.) I put it in the outside trash can before I go inside so it never even makes it in the house. Then I take the rest of the mail and sort it into bills, action items (items that require some form of action on my part), and important papers to file.
I have a metal hanger in my kitchen for action items. The idea is to go through it regularly, but this is the one area that gets backed up with paperwork in my home. Still, because it’s so small and can only hold so much, I don’t feel like I’m drowning in paper piles like I used to. So it works well for me.
Bills and Notes
Bills and miscellaneous notes go in my planner. There are little sleeves to keep them organized by subject. When I do our budget, I like having the bills all organized and handy. Once they’re paid, they’re either filed or thrown away, depending on importance.
Foster Care Paperwork
Foster parents have a *lot* of paperwork each month – probably more than you could imagine.
We have to keep track of anything regarding our children on top of all the regular forms we’re sent from DHR. We get letters every time a case worker changes, a court date changes, an ISP changes, etc. We also have to keep medical records, daycare records, and anything else you can think of.
So I have a whole separate filing system for foster care. I sort it by each child’s name, and I have additional folders for action items and information regarding our foster care license.
Right now I’m using a small accordion file for this, but I’ll need to upgrade soon because it’s stuffed.
I like to keep our important files handy in case I need them for reference. They’re in a wooden filing box under a side table in our living room. The box blends well with the decor, and it’s easy for me to slip receipts and other paperwork in the box throughout the week as needed.
These files include everything I may need to reference quickly, including tax information, medical forms, receipts, etc.
Finally, we have our filing storage. This is a large plastic tub we keep in the garage with older files. It includes important papers that we don’t need to access often, like our old mortgage paperwork, our current lease agreement, older tax files, etc.
We also keep our birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc. in a locked fireproof box under our bed.
KONMARI WEEK 4: KITCHEN
Now, let’s move on to the kitchen.
Does anyone else hate organizing the kitchen as much as I do?
I particularly hate sippy cups, baby bottles, and storage containers. But I will be happy to have it organized.
This week we’re tackling:
- Pots, pans, cookware
- Sippy cups/bottles/kids’ dishes
- Medicine droppers/cups
- Top cabinets
- Small appliances
- Baking supplies
- Oven mitts
I’m going to go through each category one-by-one. I’m also hoping to rip the pantry out and start over because we’re not using that space to its fullest.
FOLLOW MY KONMARI JOURNEY
If you want to follow along as I declutter, I’ll post updates on my Instagram stories. I’ll warn you now, I may be pretty whiny about the kitchen. I really hate it that much.
You can also download the free printable checklist via the signup box below.