January Deep Clean - 23 on the 23rd

organize In celebration of my 23rd birthday and in an effort to become a happier, more positive person, I'm getting organized. 

I'm reading a book called The Happiness Project right now. It's about a woman who made a resolution to actively strive to be happy. The book takes you through a year of goals she made for herself to bring her towards greater happiness. January's theme was "energy." The goals included sleep, exercise, and cleanliness. I think I have the sleep and exercise part covered, but I really need to work on my organizational skills. I am a mild hoarder. I keep so many things that I don't need. Who knows, maybe one day my daughter could wear this as a costume - or - I paid money for this; why would I give it away? I don't have enough space in my apartment for that kind of mentality. And cluttered space stresses me out.

I want to have checked most (if not all) of these items off my list by the end of the month:

  • Closet
    • Try everything on. If it doesn't fit, put it in the giveaway bag. Out of style? Bad fabric? Damaged? Throw it out.
    • Unpack all bags-- yes, there are still beanies and sweaters in my honeymoon suitcase.
    • Scarves in basket. Belts and ties on hooks. Shoes on shelves.
    • Make order for the hanging clothes: Dresses in back. Jackets next. Long sleeves next. Short sleeves. Tanks. Workout.
    • Get rid of unnecessary boxes on shelves. I can get packing boxes when I need them.
    • Clean out plastic box of knickknacks. Do I actually need this stuff? If I'm keeping it purely for sentimental purposes, take a picture and then throw it out.
    • Put seasonal decorations in the now clean plastic box.
    • Bags on shelves.
    • Jeans on shelves.
    • Return anything that needs to be returned.
  • Desk
    • File all papers away.
    • Organize bookshelf.
    • Fill printer with ink. If it's not functional, why is it there?
    • Put all cords in labeled ziplock bags then place in specific drawer.
    • Organize drawers.
    • Hang paintings.
    • Hang cork boards
  • Dressers
    • Try everything on. If it doesn't fit, put it in the giveaway bag. If you don't like it or it's out of style, or you haven't worn it in years, put it in the bag.
    • Clean out junk drawers. I do not need all this stuff.
    • Pair up socks.
    • Do I need 800 pairs of soffee shorts? No. Get rid of some.
    • Throw out anything with holes.
    • Do I need a bunch of T-shirts? No. Keep only my favorites.
  • Kitchen
    • Figure something out with the tupperware-- maybe you'll hate it less when it's organized.
    • Organize pots and lids.
    • Clean out fridge.
    • Organize Pantry/Clean out junk: Floor = vacuum/protein powder Bottom shelf = baking/condiments, Middle shelf = cans/grains, Top Shelf = vitamins, misc.
    • Clean out cabinets above stove.
    • Clean off space over fridge. Why am I keeping these empty wine bottles? Realistically, am I going to make a Pinterest craft with them? No. Recycle.
    • Organize space beneath sink. Get a basket or tub for cleaning supplies.
  • Bookshelves
    • Do we need to take anything to Half Price Books?
    • Organize by category or alphabetical.
    • Do we need another shelf?
  • Tools
    • All in bag. All in table.
  • Bathroom
    • Get all of Morton's stuff in one place.
    • Organize appliances.
    • Get rid of old stuff.
    • Recycle old magazines.
    • Organize and consolidate cabinent.

On a totally separate note, I just found out that today is my "Golden Birthday!" A golden birthday, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is the birthday when you turn the same age as your birthdate. Today, I turn 23 on the 23rd.


I wasn't excited about turning 23 until my best friend pointed out, with this beautiful gift, that today was my Golden Birthday. She sent me golden flowers at work with a card that read "Happy Golden Birthday! :)" I, of course, googled that and here we are. Woohoo for being 23!!!