Craft Closet Clean-Up


One of the first projects I did in our new house was the craft closet. It started out as a bare closet with wooden shelves on the right side. I purchased a shelving system from Lowes and installed it in a few hours. I did this entire thing myself ladies, it was that easy! Then I labeled some tubs that I already had and organized away.

Once every few months I have to go through and re-organize, throw away, and straighten up but now that I have a system that is all labeled – it is much easier. This weekend I tackled the clean up in here and as part of my house purge, I got a rid of a lot of junk that had accumulated. Here is what it looked like when I was done:

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My favorite part of the closet is this over-the-door shoe hanger that I turned into a wrapping station. Now I can always find the tape, scissors, wrap and ribbon! Ahhh. If you like this you can find a million great ideas on Pinterest.


Now for a few before-the-clean-up pictures…



Challenge #29 – Washing Machine


I would blame this on my acute sense of smell, but since so many others have told me that their washing machine stinks too, I can’t rightfully claim any super smelling power this time. My washing machine smells musty and stinky.

Does yours smell too? Don’t lie.

Lucky for us, this is an easy fix. Took me 3 minutes today!

That’s just what we need right now, something easy. I have read all sorts of things about these front loaders and their stinky smells. You can clean them with vinegar, bleach, baking soda concoctions. But I like this:


This is all I used. One tablet in the machine and then set it on the hottest setting and let it run. Easy and done.

It gets rid of the smell for a while, but it always comes back. I also find that if I leave the door open in between loads it helps too. But from everything I have read I understand this is just an issue with these front loaders. Oh well.

One more day of this crap, and tomorrow is going to be a good one!



Challenge #28 – Screens


I love to have the windows open when I can but I hate bugs in the house. So screens are a necessity. If I didn’t love the fresh air so much, I would remove all screens and never open the windows. That sounds sort of hermit-ish. It would be a much prettier view though. In our last house, I used to take the screens off during the winter and store them in the garage. But that is a pain.

Screens obstruct the view. That is what I don’t like about them. And when they get dirty, it’s even worse. But cleaning them seems like such a pain. And in full disclosure, I have never cleaned a screen in my life. Never. But the ones in this house need it badly, so I am going to do this!


Here is what I am going to do tomorrow when it is not raining here.

1. Take the screens down that I want to clean (because I only plan on cleaning the ones I have to and nothing more)

2. Take them outside to the driveway.

3. Use a hose to rinse them, soapy water and a soft brush to gently scrub them, and the hose to rinse them again.

4. Lay them out to dry.

5. Replace them

If you dare, take this one on yourself! If not, go get a wet rag and wipe something!

You can do it!

Challenge #24 – Door Knobs

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I like door knobs. Just like a room’s light fixtures I feel the home’s hardware is the jewelry adorning it.


I had the privilege of taking pictures of the Ohio Governor’s Residence a few years ago and shot lots of pictures of the architectural detail the home possesses. It was an experience I will not soon forget. The beauty, the detail, the history is astounding.

In just about every house I have ever lived in I have changed the door knobs to something I liked more – usually something with more detail and character. They are that important to me.

Now, when I select door knobs for my home I consider color, style and how well it is built. I want them to look good and work well. I don’t like flimsy, whimpy door knobs that feel cheep. So I may contemplate my door knob decision for a while (like months) to make sure I make the right selection.


It’s when I walk in the back door of my home and see this that I realize I wasted my time worrying about the doorknob that is supposed to be making my door look elegant, graceful and beautiful. It looks like nothing of the sort. My door knob is all wonky from someone yanking on it and the door and frame appear to have been ravaged by mud clad wolves. Somebody save me!

DSC_0020So today, I cleaned the door knobs and door frame to our back door. It’s better, but the handle is still all catawampus.

I will choose to revel in the improvement today. And thank the Lord that I have doors that keep the warm air in and door knobs that keep strangers out. That is beautiful.

I hope you will choose a project like this one today to make a small improvement that you can revel in. Nothing too exciting, we don’t want to over do it now!


Challenge #23 – Shower Liner


I don’t think much about my shower curtain liners really. I don’t have mold on mine. I don’t even see them very often.

But I read an article that said you should wash them periodically to KEEP mold from growing on them.

OK, maybe that would be a good idea. I wash other things periodically to keep them clean. So I decided to add this to the challenge.

So we are washing the shower curtain liners, and shower curtains if you are feeling spunky today.



It was easy, except for taking it down and putting it back up, which is always a pain. But I washed the liners in cold water with detergent and then hung them to dry (in the shower) while I washed the shower curtains. I also hung the shower curtains to dry instead of putting them in the dryer to avoid shrinking them. I had washed one a long time ago and it shrunk so bad I had to replace it. So, avoid that by just letting it air-dry. They turned out fine.

If you are really particular you may want to iron them before you re-hang. I had to.

So it took a little more than 30 minutes, but it was broken up, so it didn’t seem so bad.


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Challenge #22 – Shower Door



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.


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


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.


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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