I’m really into the idea of setting goals for 2015 in the “one thing a week” format.  Hence – my big resolution to read one book a week. But I decided to take the concept one step further and challenge myself to clean one new thing a week in 2015.  Most of these weekly projects are small and not very time-consuming.  But I hope that by following this list, I’ll end up with a cleaner house throughout the entire year.

clean one thing a week 2015

So I know it’s January 7 already, but the first task on the list is really simple, so you can catch up!  And not every item will apply to every person, so if you don’t have a garage, for example, you could use the garage-centric weeks to organize another junky space in your house or apartment.


Oh, and if you prefer something printable, I made this handy-dandy checklist PDF for you!  I printed mine out and put it on the side of our fridge so I can keep track.


First thing to do – organize your kitchen junk drawer.  This was a fast, simple task that left me feeling pretty pleased when I was all done!


If you like the idea of getting organized in 2015, may I suggest some other blog ‘programs’ for organization?


My friend Julie is doing a January 2015 Organization Calendar.

Apartment Therapy’s January Cure (did this a bit  last year, very good).

Any other suggestions?


Oh, my 2015 Erin Condren life planner arrived over the weekend and I AM SO EXCITED TO HAVE A FRESH NEW PAPER PLANNER FOR 2015.  I thought about going with another planner, but I just love Erin Condren too much. 


Excuse me while I start gleefully filling in all the blank spaces!



  • Cara January 7, 2015, 9:10 am

    I got an Erin Condren Planner for Christmas and LOVE it! I am completely obsessed…

    So glad you got the “go” to run again! I injured my back last year and had to take a full month off of running, I know how awesome it feels to get back into it!!

  • Monica January 7, 2015, 9:19 am

    Whoa! Hose down screens is NOT a January activity in much of the country/world.

    • Caitlin January 7, 2015, 9:59 am

      Hahahahaha good point!

  • Monica January 7, 2015, 9:23 am

    I love the idea of a weekly list instead of a daily list. The daily lists are just too ambitious for someone with my schedule and, well, let’s face it… lack of motivation. 🙂

  • Brynn January 7, 2015, 9:40 am

    I can’t have a weekly list because is get to excited and do them all in one month! Haha. I do have a monthly and quarterly cleaning/organizing routine to ensure things stay clean and we can eliminate extra waste such as unworn clothes.

  • Katie January 7, 2015, 10:34 am

    Wow! Look at that neck strength – go, Claire!

  • Kelly January 7, 2015, 10:46 am

    Claire is SO. CUTE.

    I’ve been coveting an Erin Condren planner!! I might just have to pull the trigger….

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 7, 2015, 11:35 am

    O my gosh, I am sending this to my mom! She can so handle one thing a week!

  • Katie January 7, 2015, 12:13 pm

    I’m really hoping to get my closet under control (see my most recent post). But I’m also hoping to get my craft area better organized, and figure out just how many highlighters I actually need, I don’t want to throw them out, but I feel like i have far too many, and I”m not sure where I even got them all.

  • Traci January 7, 2015, 1:23 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! If I wasn’t moving in a month I’d probably print it right now, but currently my organization list is all about packing, cleaning everywhere, and getting rid of stuff.

    Love a new planner, too!

  • Camilla January 7, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Perfect! I will definitely print this out and try to follow it with my husband – we have talket about a list like this many times, but never gotten around to creating one … and now you have done all the hard word 😉 With a few changes I’m sure it will be just the thing 🙂

  • Elisabeth January 7, 2015, 2:15 pm

    What an odd coincidence – I just cleaned out my junk drawer yesterday!

  • Annie January 7, 2015, 6:07 pm

    Caitlin! Thanks for the printable version, I just printed it and plan to follow!
    I LOVE my Erin planner. I am on year 4 of them. Gave one to my son’s girlfriend as well.
    Enjoy the time with Claire and congrats on your return to running!

  • Joyce January 7, 2015, 7:55 pm
  • Trang's corner January 7, 2015, 9:31 pm

    I love the idea of a weekly list instead of a daily list.
    Such a cool post! Love this post!
    Love from – a lifestyle, cooking, fashion blog

  • Breanne January 7, 2015, 9:36 pm

    Claire is SO cute and so is that planner!! Which begs the (nosy) question – when do we get to see more from her newborn shoot???? 🙂 Maybe with a one month update? I loved your mind/body after baby series with Henry and would love to see bits/pieces of how it’s different with kiddo number 2.

    • Caitlin January 8, 2015, 9:18 am

      Yes I’ll post some then!!

  • Tricia January 8, 2015, 6:13 am

    Whoa look at Claire! My son didn’t look like that during tummy time until 3 months old. No exaggeration lol!

  • Gia January 9, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Love the checklist – thank you!
    I also love the pic of you and the hubby that you have on your fridge in front of the Christmas tree!! Va-va-voom!! 🙂

  • Elvira Hudson October 23, 2015, 7:45 am

    I love this idea! If I clean one thing per week I will definitely be a happier person and I will have cleaner house and appliances. Brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing!

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