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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Challenge #12 – You

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In light of this being Easter weekend I am taking a break from my cleaning spree to focus on more meaningful stuff.

This weekend I want to focus on cleaning out my heart.

It’s easy to be all consumed with daily activities, schedules and chores and let the more important, deeper, stuff take a back seat. But I was challenged this week that If I want to really be a good mom I need to spend time working on me.

I have said this before, but I struggle with perfectionism.

I want to be awesome. But I know in my heart that I am not. And still I work hard to convince others that I am. I tell you what I want you to know about me. I show you what I want you to see. All in hopes that if you believe it, I will be able to believe it too. And I can construct a really beautiful picture of myself sometimes. A lot of us can, right?

What I was challenged with this week is the irony of this.

I know my life isn’t perfect no matter what I tell or show you. I hurt others, I don’t do my dishes after every meal, my decorating skills are only so-so, I yell at my kids, I yell at myself, I can be unkind, I gossip, I lie… and I could go on and on. My list of failures is lengthy and I beat myself up for it.

But God doesn’t. Through his son Jesus’ sacrifice He gives me grace when I don’t want to do the dishes. He gives me unconditional love when I don’t love myself. He gives me redemption for my lying.  He accepts the REAL me.

And if He does, why don’t I? It seems ungrateful.

So today, I challenge all of us to look inside and clean out a small corner of your heart that you know has some dirt in it.

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For me, I am going to be totally honest with you and myself.  I wish my Easter eggs looked like this.

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Happy Easter everyone!

 

 

Challenge #11 – Front Door

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The front door. I rarely come in mine. I use the back door almost all of the time. In fact, I don’t even have a key for my front door. But it is the first thing my friends and guests see when they come over. So it’s a place that I would like to be warm, welcoming and clean.

Not filled with cob webs and bug droppings like it was before I cleaned it up today. That’s disgusting.

My front porch still needs some design and style work but for now it’s clean which is better than unclean. Here is what I did:

1. I took a wet rag with some soap on it and wiped off the columns around my door along with the screen door casing and the ceiling (apparently bugs crawl around up there).

2. I took the magic eraser to the screen door because it had something undefinable on it that the soapy water wasn’t touching.

3. I swept the cobwebs from the ceiling and around the door. Then I swept the floor and corners really well.

The job took 20 minutes today. Now I need some friends to come over so I can experience relief instead of anxiety as I open the door, knowing they will not be standing on bird poop, at least for now.

Good luck, my friend!

Thanks for sharing your progress with me. One of my favorite comments so far was from a woman who’s father handed out soapy rags every Saturday to the kids so they could wash their fingerprints off the walls. Hmmmm, not a bad idea…

Challenge #10 – Stove

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My stove is one of my best friends. I use it all. the. time.

And to be fair, it gets cleaned a lot because I am a messy cook and you just can’t leave sticky food laying around long. It just isn’t sanitary.

But today, I gave it a little extra care. Your stove is most likely different than mine, but the basic idea here is to get those tiny areas that we never touch in our every day or weekly cleaning. This is what I did:

1. I scrubbed the vent. Mine pops up in the back, but most are above the stove. I took some warm soapy water and went to town on it. I didn’t do a stellar job, but I made marked improvement.

2. I cleaned the crevice between my knobs and stove. I have a tiny break between the piece that holds my knobs and the stove. I grabbed some cotton swabs and dug it out. NICE. You may not have that, but I am sure you have something on your stove that gets the snub.

3. I cleaned out the gas port. Using a paper clip, I stuck it into the tiny port for the gas on each burner and twisted it for a second.  I read an article lately that said this was a good idea to do once a year. I haven’t noticed any problems with my gas ports, but I decided it couldn’t hurt.

That was all I did. The vent took the most time. I spent approximately 30 minutes on this job.

And thank you all for sharing your cleaning pitfalls and overlooked areas in your houses with me. I have truly enjoyed hearing from many of you how you are embracing this with me. I am honored to have you all joining me in this challenge and hope you receive some satisfaction with yourself and your house through it.

Let’s strive for improvement, not perfection, ladies.

 

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Challenge #9 – Cabinet Hardware

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This is not something that really shouts at you when you walk in the kitchen. Not like a sink full of dirty dishes or a greasy countertop does. But when you go to open the pantry or silverware drawer and there is an unknown crusty substance poking into your fingers, you usually make a mental note that next time you have a few minutes, you really should wipe that off. It doesn’t belong there.

But those few minutes it would take to wipe the hardware in your kitchen down with a rag and warm water never present themselves, do they?

Until today.

Do it. Make it happen. Today is your day. Get ‘er done.

When I did mine, I realized my fridge was the worst. Who knows what was on that thing! And the entire job took me less than 10 minutes.

 

I hope you are enjoying this 30 day challenge. Please leave me a comment with some of your stories. I would love to hear from you.