Hey there! Look over to the right of my blog. Now scroll down. Keep going. Okay, just below my kid's pictures, you will see a new little do-dad that I have added. Tah-dah! May I introduce to you my OCD Calendar!
If you want, you can follow the calendar. Or perhaps it will remind you that, "Oh yeah, I was planning on cleaning behind the washer and dryer. Or perhaps you will just think I'm a nut job, with too much time on my hands.
As I was looking over my personal OCD calendar, I noticed that I have not scheduled any deep cleaning or big organization tasks on Mondays. This is due to Mondays usually being a day of recovery for me. For some odd reason, the house gets trashed on Sundays and Mondays require much of my time and energy to putting my house back together.
This Wednesday I will be cleaning behind my washer and dryer. I plan on finding lost socks, change (CHA-CHING!), batteries, toys, and Jimmy Hoffa behind them.
Lately, my dryer has not been performing well. I will have to run it at least TWO TIMES to dry a load of towels, or jeans. And it bugs me! Time is money people! It's a well known fact that your dryer's performance will improve by vacuuming the dust and lint that builds up in the ventilation tubing and behind it. An appliance maintenance man once told me to also wash the lint, trap, screen, thing in warm soapy water with a wash rag (gently) then I let it dry over night. I do this every 3 months or so. He said this will also improve your dryer's performance and will help in preventing a fire from breaking out. And I know it can happen, 'cause someone's dryer caught on fire just a few months ago, in a near by neighborhood.
I also wash the walls and floor behind my washer and dryer, and I wipe clean the sides and backs of my appliances. It's a good thing... as Martha would say.
Friday I will begin to file all receipts, invoices, bank papers, etc. for the year 2008. I HATE this job. I LOATHE this job. My husband owns his own business, and the amount of paperwork that it produces is unbelievable! Mounds and mounds of papers from the government, suppliers, contractors, gas receipts, etc. It never ends! One of the reasons why I hate this job so much is because my husband does not take organization and cleanliness as serious as I do. This is probably because he knows I will take care of it. Because I will. And because it drives me crazy. And because I will lie awake for hours on end, thinking about it. It's not fair.
Our personal papers are cake to file, because I have them filed in categorized hanging files in our file cabinet. I label a manilla envelope with the type of paperwork that is inside, and the year. I do the same with the business paperwork also. Then I store them in file boxes. I label the outside of the boxes with the year/years, and the contents inside. I store these items for 7 years. I checked on the IRS website to see what the standards were and it varied from 3 years to 6 years, depending on when you filed taxes and a whole bunch of stuff that I did not understand and that I did not want to read. So I figured 7 years is safe, just incase we get audited. And it has happened to us. I didn't think it was as bad as I thought it would be because I saved the day by being so organized. Thank you very much!
Now filing my husband's business tax records is another story. I spend hours and hours filing these records. My husband has papers hiding in his wallet, in the bed of the truck, the garage floor, and inside of his truck, or as I like to call it... the cest pool of crap. It's horrific. I use it as a punishment for my older son. "If you do not clean your room right now, you are going to spend the night in Dad's truck!" The papers are usually caked in mud, soda, and Cheeto dust. It's disgusting. And every year, it never fails... he will plop down an old receipt from the previous tax year, that was never recorded or filed. Grrrrrrrrr.
Hmmmm, this looks very similar to my husband's truck.