Challenge #22 – Shower Door

 

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Our shower door usually has spot all over it. The guys who installed it told us to get a squeegee and run over it ‘real quick’ before we hop out of the shower each time.

Come on, I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to end my nice warm, relaxing shower with a freezing cold 2 minutes of clean up. Just so I don’t have spots? No way! I’m going to wrap myself in a nice fluffy warm towel and enjoy the peace and quiet. At that moment, who cares about the spots.

Later, I care about the spots. But they aren’t really harming anything and I don’t have the time to clean them off, so they just sit there, staring at me.

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So, I am taking the time to get rid of them, at least for today! They will be back tomorrow but I will be warm and relaxed and clean so I won’t care.

All I did was take some warm soapy water wipe the doors with it. Then I rinsed them and used Windex and some paper towels to finish the job. It wasn’t hard, but some of the water spots were a bit stubborn.

Good luck with your spots! And if you choose to leave yours – no judgement! If I happen to see them, which I won’t, I will know that you enjoyed your relaxation!

 

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Challenge #21 – Trash Cans

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The trash cans in our kitchen take a serious beating. We ask the kids to clear their dishes after every meal which is helpful in some regards and not so much in others.

They are all, even the three-year-old, expected to remove their plate from the table, scrape any uneaten food into the trash and then put their plate on the counter by the sink.

Do they do this?

Not usually, we are still working on that.

But somehow, the trash cans get food splattered all over them anyway. Maybe I’m the reason.

Either way, there is food, and I don’t know what, running down the door of our trash can drawer and sitting in the bottom of the cans.

I think it is nasty. I almost didn’t want to do this, because I was afraid I might throw up while I was working. But, I am really trying to hang on here for these last 9 days.

I told myself I would feel better when it was done; I would be proud of myself for sticking it out…

I was none of these things when I was done.

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But I am glad I did it. It needed to be done. And now it is. And hopefully I won’t have to do it for another year.

Buck up little camper, you can do it! We have 9 days left!

 

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Challenge #20 – Refrigerator

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The refrigerator. Oh, the fridge. There is so much we could do with the old icebox, right? It needs a lot of work.

At this moment, mine houses 4 gallons of milk (not quite a weeks worth for us), 4 tubs of honey vanilla greek yogurt, and lots of carrots and strawberries that were on sale this week at the grocery. There’s a lot more junk in there too, but who really cares.

It also has two dirty drawers, 4 sticky shelves and lots of expired dressings. I didn’t feel like tackling the whole thing because that would take more than 30 minutes and this week has been really busy for my family so I was looking for more of a 15 minute job. So I made a list and picked a few. Here’s my list, how about you do the same.

1. Clean out any old or expired food and organize what’s left.

2. Pull the drawers out and wash them

3. Take the food out and wipe off all the shelves.

4. Pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the coils in the back.

5. Clean out the freezer, food, racks and drawers.

6. Vacuum the front vent. This is located in the front at the very bottom next to the floor and collects all sorts of dust.

So, take your pick and get on it!

 

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Challenge #19 – Laundry Room

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This is my laundry room. Two of my best friends live here. We spend a lot of time together, laughing over silly jokes and crying over stained clothes.

While this is an area of the house that does a great deal of cleaning, it rarely gets cleaned well. I have a shelf over my dryer that holds the soaps and stain removers. Sometime, before we moved in, some laundry soap was spilled on it. So it looked like this before I cleaned it this week.

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It looks great now. It did take a lot of water to eventually get all of that soap off, but I didn’t spend more than 30 minutes cleaning the room. Here’s what I did:

1. I cleaned the wire shelf with sponges and lots of trips to the sink to rinse.

2. I cleaned the soap drawer on my washer with a Clorox wipe to get the mildew and dirt out of it.

3. On the washer I also cleaned the inside rubber ring around the door. We all know that gets nasty.

4. On the dryer I cleaned the lent trap with a vacuum hose to get out the stuff that gets trapped in the hose. (This is something that I do a few times a year to prevent fires.)

I’m guessing your laundry room could use some special attention too!

If you are getting tired of this exercise, stay with me, we only have a few more days of this. We can make it to the end!

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Challenge #18 – Garden

 

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I did a fall clean-up in our garden last year. And I was really proud of my work. The past few years we hired this job out. I hated doing that because it is a job I can do and feel like I should do myself. But I have been pregnant or caring for a newborn for the past 9 years straight, so I gave up the guilt and hired someone to do it for us for a few of the hardest years.

But this year my youngest is 3, so I have time to do a good job myself. I was really excited about it and even googled how to prune the spirea bushes we have that I am pretty sure could look a lot better with proper care.

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When I was done #4 who is 4-years-old came up to me, gave me a fist bump and said, “bam, whaaat? Mom you own this season!”

She’s awesome! My own personal cheerleader. I love that little girl.

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So I felt like a rock star… until the snow melted this spring and I realized that I had forgotten to trim some greenery around my front porch. There it was, staring up at me, primed and ready to strangle all my guests who dared to enter my front door.

Of course this brown mess revealed itself about a month ago and today I’m finally going to get around to it.

It’s no big deal, really, all I have to do is get my little shears out and cut it down.

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So today let’s all get out our sheers and head to the garden to take care of whatever stuff we missed in the fall.

Honestly, most of you probably don’t have this problem.  You either got everything the first time, or didn’t do it at all and figure mother nature will take care of it for you.

But if you’re like me let’s get going people.

 

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Challenge #17 – Lamp Shades

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Lampshades seem to be one of the most overlooked dust traps in my home. It’s easy to overlook them because you usually only see the dust when you are up really close (and the light is off). And how often do you do that?

But when you do, do that, you realize how much stuff is stuck on those beautiful little things.

They are, however, the easiest things to clean. I cleaned my entire first floor in under 15 minutes. I didn’t get to the bedrooms because – I didn’t.  But I’m sure I could have done the entire house in less than 30 if I had done them.

All I used was my vacuum with brush tool attached and swept away. So easy.

I have read that people use hair dryers on a low cool setting for really delicate lampshades. But I wouldn’t have any of those in this house. Well I used to, but they were destroyed by some ankle biters years ago.

Let’s get going. Grab that vacuum and…vroom, vroom.

 

So, we are over halfway there! I hope you are making some progress, but most of all I hope you are gaining satisfaction with yourself and your home.

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Challenge #16 – Lightbulbs

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I love light fixtures. Love, love, love them. They are jewelry for a room.

But they are also little dust magnets, aren’t they? This chandelier in my dining room is a beautiful antique, but it starts to look just plain ‘old’ when it gets dusty.

So today I am cleaning the lightbulbs ONLY! I’m not going to take my entire day to clean the whole stinkin’ thing – I will save that fun for later. Today I am cleaning the bulbs.

I read an article a while back that suggested cleaning light bulbs with a paintbrush. It said it would make a big difference in the amount of light in the room. I don’t know about that, but I tried it and liked it. You could also use a static electric duster or a slightly damp rag if you prefer.  Whatever technique you decide to use to clean your bulbs, just make sure the lights are off for a few minutes before you clean them.

I probably didn’t need to tell you that.

I did learn that the lights closest to my kitchen needed a touch of water to clean them due to cooking residue. But all in all, it was pretty easy today.

So grab your step stool and let’s begin.

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Challenge #15 – Upholstered Furniture

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Welcome to my office/sitting room. This room gets a lot of traffic. And this couch gets a lot of love. You can see that it is broken in nicely.

But mostly you probably see that it is white. And you are thinking, “doesn’t she have 5 kids?”

Yes, I do, but I really, really like white.

Before you go calling me ugly names, this sofa is slipcovered so I can take it off and wash it, but that is an all day experience, so I do that about once a year. In the interim I like to apply other, simpler solutions when absolutely necessary to keep it less than dingy.

So today we are going to do just that, easy upholstered furniture cleaning.

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Most of the time my upholstered furniture collects dust, pom pom strands and boa feathers which are easy to get rid of with a swipe of the vacuum brush tool. And if you are feeling really lazy today you can even pull out the dust buster instead.

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So grab your vacuums ladies, we are going to get busy!

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Now, let’s take our time today, people, and even take the cushions off and suck up all the lost game pieces and polly pocket shoes.

This is going to be fun!

This took me the full 30 minutes today because I found out I have a lot of upholstered furniture.

I love to hear from you so let me know what you found as you vacuumed under your cushions.

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Challenge #14 – The Hairy Stairs

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I have a pair of hairy stairs that I need to deal with.

Let me explain.

Before we moved into our new home last summer we removed the carpet on the second floor and refinished the original hardwood floors underneath. Well, we didn’t do it, we had professionals do it. So one guy pulled up the carpet and refinished the floors. Then another guy came along and painted the baseboards and stair treads.

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Somehow everyone missed the staples and carpet strands under the top stairs, even the painter who painted right over it all.

The floors and baseboards look fantastic, except for these two steps. And every time I climb the stairs (like 50 times a day) I nearly pee my pants from fright.

It’s a simple fix, but in the past 9 months I haven’t found the time to get some pliers and put an end to the freak show at the top of my stairs.

Until today. This was a big accomplishment for me. A real win, today was. It didn’t take long, maybe 15 minutes. I’m not totally sure – I had to do it in two parts because my little opportunists were climbing the kitchen counters to get into forbidden snacks while I was working.

So they look better, but now I have to get out the white paint and touch up the places where the carpet got the paint instead of the stair tread. Another day!

I am almost positive you don’t have a set of hairy stairs in your beautiful home, but I’m just as sure you’ve got something scary in your house you need to deal with. Don’t even tell us, just go fix it. You are going to feel like you are so awesome!

 

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Challenge #13 – Dishwasher

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I don’t know about your dishwasher, but mine gets this funky fishy smell once in a while. And sometimes the smell even transfers to my dishes – which is totally unacceptable! No one wants to drink out of a cup that smells like fish.

I have read all sorts of articles on what might be causing it, and how to fix it. And I have tried many of these ideas. Some seem to help temporarily and others don’t seem to do anything at all.

I don’t have the time to clean my dishwasher very often, with 7 people living in my home we run this beast 1 1/2 to 2 times per day. So there isn’t much time for a rest let alone a cleaning.

But she is special to me, one of my best friends and helpers, so today I took the time to give her some extra love. Here is what I did:

1. Filled a cup with white vinegar and put it on the top rack.

2. Ran the dishwasher on the hottest setting for a full cycle

That’s it! That’s all you have to do. It was simple and quick and seems to have done the trick – for now at least! It only took me 2 minutes!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Now it’s your turn to get after it boys and girls.

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