Friday, February 26, 2010

Attempting the Kitchen

Alright this one is a tough one for me to really feel like I can get clean...the kitchen.  First it may sound a little silly but before I go to the grocery store every week I go through the fridge a take out any left overs we haven't eaten check the expiration date on things that may have gone bad and straighten up the inside of the fridge and freezer.  Not only does this refresh my memory on what we have on hand but also makes room to place the things from the store.  I read somewhere (I can't remember where) that the fridge should not be packed the flow of air should move throughout and the freezer should be packed to get the most out of your appliance.  I don't know how true that is just thought I'd share that with you.  I also do this in the cabinets.  I'm a firm believer of if you don't use it don't keep it, so we really don't have a lot of extra food in our cabinets.  The next big one for me in the area of the kitchen is the counters.  I really don't like clutter but I struggle b/c I don't want the counters bare.  So at least once I week I rearrange the things I do have on the counter hoping to find the solution to this black cloud that hangs over my kitchen.  For now the best solution for this problem is things we use at least once a day or every other day is on the counter, and it seems to work.  If you haven't already heard of THE FLY LADY you really should check her out at  According the the fly lady you must clean your kitchen not what you are thinking I mean clean it so you see yourself looking back at you in the relection of your sparkling sink.  And I love having my sink clean it does make you feel great about your kitchen.  Hope this helps a little for you to start feeling happy about your kitchen.  Now I must go clean my sink, unfortunately dirty dishes are awaiting me.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Okay another wall is BLACK

I really really liked the wall in the bedroom that was black so I had paint left over and another wall that needed a little why not.  The wall in our living room is now black.  Everyone who has come over since the wall color has changed has said the room looked nice something seemed different, but they didn't realize it was the wall until I pointed it out.  If you are thinking you could never paint a wall black in your house well I'm telling you you really need to rethink that because I LOVE it!
Lately I have felt the need to organize and de-clutter.  So for tonight I will leave you with this question...
How much stuff do we need and actually use? 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Heart Painting

To be honest I really don't heart painting, I heart the end result of painting.
I finally did it!!!!  The wall in my bedroom is now black and I love it!  Something in my bedroom just didn't seem right.  I have got rid of clutter, cleaned from top to bottom, moved a few things around and it still didn't seem to work.  Now all is okay with the wall painted black.  Paint can dramatically change the look of a room and is a lot cheaper than new furniture, a new comforter, or well just about anything.  Now my room feels so clean and crisp and I am so happy.  Do you have somewhere in your home that feels a little dingy and you can't get clean no matter how hard you try?  What about putting some paint on it?  It really doesn't have to be just a wall.  Paint can suprisingly change the overall look of anything from furniture to decorations and of course the wall.  What can you paint today?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Homemade Cleaning Solution

I know it has been a very long time since I've posted...Sorry, I will promise to try and do better. So let me tell you I saw on tv (I think it was the Dr.Oz show) how to make your own cleaning product. Normally I would of not given any thought to it but for some reason I tried it and I LOVE it!!!! When I go to the store and buy new cleaning products it makes me so happy but now I have saved money and everytime I make more cleaning solution I am very happy. You have got to try it. Here is the recipe:
1T Borax (by detergent)
3tsp Vinegar
Pepermint essential oil (for smell puprpose only)
some dish soap
some water
I have been very please with how it has cleaned. I really have been impressed with the bath tub and shower. You will love it, or at least I hope you will. Also the Borax is used for a lot of things and I had no idea what Borax was until I bought it for the cleaning solution. It will clean all sorts of things and also works well with stains for the laundry. Let me know what you think when you give it a try.