February 2011

February (Make your Living room… livable)


  • Empty and clean any bookcases and magazine racks.  Toss or donated anything you don’t want to keep.  Make piles for things that go to other rooms.
  • Walk through home, with ‘new eyes’, and make notes on any items that need repair, such as window sills, light fixtures or furniture.Natural Order - Organize your collections
  • Take a look at your knickknacks.  Are their dried flowers that are now just dust collectors?  How about the collection of frogs?  You know the one that continues to grow because everyone you know sends you one for every holiday or birthday.   Consider culling your collection to those that you really love.  Then donate or sell the rest.


  • Take down curtains to clean or dryer-fluff.  Try to rotate them to different windows if possible.
  • Dust all knickknacks and picture frames.Natural Order - February
  • Polish and oil wood furniture
  • Dry-clean slipcovers and vacuum furniture.
  • Vacuum and clean furniture, floor, baseboards, cushions, walls, fan blades, lampshades and blinds.


  • Arrange bookcases.
  • Schedule any necessary repairs and if appropriate have your fireplace inspected and maintained.
  • Set up a basket or rack for magazines and newspapers

How often do you open up the refrigerator to pull out a sauce, beverage or condiment and wonder “Is this still good”?

Unless the bottle looks like something out of a science lab there is nothing to really tell you whether or not your product is still good.  Of course, now there is ‘an app for that’.

StillTasty.com allows you to type in the item in question and find out how long it will last opened or unopened.  They also offer an app for your iphone.

Now, how do you know long it has been in the freezer or refrigerator?  For items with a label use a permanent marker to write the date you purchased it.  Once you open a product, cross out that date and write the date you opened the container.

To get you started, take 30 minutes this weekend to pull out everything from the door of your refrigerator.  Be ruthless.

Happy organizing!