The Domestic Contessa is hosting a new, weekly blog carnival starting today. It's called The 15-minute Tackle.
I'm really happy to be participating in this carnival, since I've used a similar practice myself for large projects. I used to set my timer for 20 minutes and get as much done as I could. Then take a break for 20 minutes. Then work the project for another 20 minutes. Until the project was done.
Now, this idea really comes in handy since a lot of my day is occupied with the baby. Now, if I can manage to get something major done taking 15 minutes here and there for a whole week, it should be something I can manage!
My 15-minute tackle this week is decluttering the house. After being sick after Christmas, I haven't gotten a chance to take down the Christmas decorations. So, I have that to deal with along with outgrown baby clothes and gadgets. Not to mention everyday clutter like the newspaper and mail.
Yesterday, I dealt with the clothes that no longer fit Gracie. I've been storing them on shelves in the basement in diaper boxes. It seemed silly to have them stored on shelves that could be put to better use. Now, the diaper boxes full of clothes are stacked together in the box that Gracie's carseat came in. They are in the garage waiting to be taken up to the attic where they will be stored until we decide if we are having another baby or not.
Today, I am dealing with the baby gadgets. Gracie has outgrown her infant carseat, her co-sleeper and her swing. Those items need to broken down and stored in the attic along with the baby clothes.
After those items are out of the way, I can deal with the Christmas decorations. I started with putting some lights away yesterday, but the majority of the stuff still needs to come down. Probably some of it will come down tonight and tomorrow. Working on it 15 minutes at a time, here and there while Gracie watches either Yo Gabba Gabba or The Wiggles.
When I pack away the decorations, I want to have it packed away a bit more organized that I did last year. Two bins were in the attic and another 2 were in the basement. I had no idea what was in each of the bins and it made decorating (15 minutes here and there) a hassle. So, the rest of the week, my 15 minute tackle will be organizing the decorations and getting everything ready to go up into the attic.
Hopefully, I can get everything done by the weekend, so Joe can take the stuff up when he is home from work. Storing the stuff in the attic is Joe's job. I don't like ladders. :)