Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Day #12 Challenge – The Spice Cabinet
I’ll be honest; I didn’t want to do this challenge. Our spice cabinet was a complete mess! Not only were spices up there, but candy and some food too. I’m glad my husband encouraged me for this one! If he didn’t, I most likely would’ve skipped this challenge.
I pulled everything out and put it in a box and set it aside. I then dusted and wiped down all of the shelves. Unfortunately, some icing color leaked onto the cabinet. As I wiped it up my water and hand turned pink. I’ll tell you, I washed and washed my hands over and over, trying to get the color off. It’s faint, but still there. Yes… my cabinet needed cleaned. lol!
It's done and now I feel much better about my cabinet!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
It’s time to fix my unorganized mess.
I pulled everything out of the freezer, stacking it in like foods/shapes. I then wiped the entire thing clean. I did this a month or so ago because
I put the juice and coffee on the door, trying to keep drinks together. Success! Then I put the waffles on the door. Juice and waffles = breakfast. That sounds organized ;)
Now inside I put main course type foods on the top shelf. On the bottom shelf I put the sides and the ice packs. I decided a container would be best for these to keep them all together for those unfortunate incidents. Then I placed them right up front for easy access.
Tetris is a fun game to play! The organization in the freezer is usually like a game of Tetris. Put them in the right places and you can fit more. I’ll be honest; I only tossed old ice cream.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We have a lot of cabinet space for the laundry center. I can literally stand on top of the washer or dryer and not touch my head to the ceiling! As a matter of fact, I had to stand on them to clean the cabinets.
So, what does go in the laundry room? I know you should have laundry soap, dryer sheets, stain remover and bleach. I do also have rags, baskets, an iron and an ironing board. But there’s got to be more, right? Why is there so much space? I have not used all of the cabinets that we have available and I don’t see that as being a problem. But I almost feel like I am missing something. In some of the space I have kept light bulbs and some other household cleaners just to keep them high.
I pulled out everything and cleaned the stuff off the top of the dryer. Some of the stuff that was in the higher cabinet was in there when we moved in. After all the stuff was out, I wiped down all the cabinets and the doors, and then I wiped down the washer and dryer. We’ve had the washer and dryer for nearly 9 years and it does show wear, but still has some shine.
I went to the Dollar Tree and purchased some of those great baskets that Toni also has in her storage areas. I bought 12 of them. When washing them I found one was broke. It does suck, but I only paid $1! If I decide that I don’t need all 12 in the laundry room, I will most likely use them in other places in the house.
I took a break, while waiting for the cabinets to dry. Once they were dry, I put all my baskets in their places. I know I will need to invest in a labeler, because I want my family to know where all the items go, so that they can keep the house organized too.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
After seeing the Toni's post for today's challenge, I was happy to see games on her shelf. I really wanted to have a reason to show you my game cabinet and how clean it looks!
Here is what I started with:
P.S. Yes, that is Christmas garland on the banister. *blush*
The 2nd shelf has games that take a bit longer. The 3rd shelf... games we play more, when we have company over. The container holds Uno and other card games.
I was planning to put the puzzles on the top. But if you are standing at this cabinet, you're looking down. So the top shelf would be the first seen. Now I know I said they like the puzzles, but really... a 3yo and puzzles do not mix well. Especially if she decides to get them out when one is not looking. :/
OH! Did you notice the handles on the shelves of the kids' cabinet? Those shelves actually pull out for easy access! Very nice for short arms ;)
Monday, January 10, 2011
We don’t have a coat closet, but we do have a place for our kids’ coats. My husband came up with a brilliant idea how to store our kids’ coats and backpacks. Before he thought of the idea, our kids would come into the house and toss their coats to the floor along with their backpacks. We were always tripping over them, so the problem needed a solution.
My husband went to the store and purchased a few packs of the 3M hooks. He cleaned the wall and “installed” the hooks. They are the heavy duty ones that are supposed to support a lot of weight. Needless to say, we had to replace a couple. I think it is just because our older kids need to clean out their backpacks. When removing them from the hooks, they were HEAVY!
On to what I did…
I removed everything from our entryway. Cleaned out the pockets of all of the coats and threw them into the washer. It needed done! Man, were those coats DIRTY!
I also tossed in the gloves that I found in the pockets. My oldest daughter actually had 3 pairs! Seriously?! And when my younger daughters ask for gloves, no one has spares. *ahem* Right!
I then zipped up the backpacks and set them aside. Anything on the floor, that couldn’t be vacuumed, I picked up and tossed in the trash. Then I vacuumed. After which I hung the backpacks back into their normal areas and waited on the wash.
I have to admit, this area does get a lot of attention since this is the first thing people see of our house. It was an easy task. I’m glad it came up, because it has been about a week or so since I’ve cleaned it last. Thank you Toni!
**Note: You'll notice that Day 6 and 7 are not posted. I will get these posted soon. I haven't been feeling well and our youngest was sick with the stomach flu.