It's Zone 2: Let's Get After Those Windows

I was standing at the kitchen window the other day as I usually do, watching the birds feed on the back porch and the sunlight filtering through the trees. But then my vision switched from gazing through the windows to focusing on the windows.

YUCK!

The curtains were dusty and there was dirt and grime in the corners of each window pane. It was pretty, darn nasty. I immediately threw off those curtains and tossed them in the laundry. Then I attacked the dirt by spraying on cleaner and letting it sit for awhile before I scrubbed it. This week I'm planning on getting some high-gloss white paint and touching up the window sill. Now the view isn't the only thing that is pretty about my windows! Yay!

It's Zone 2: Let's Get After Those Windows

I was standing at the kitchen window the other day as I usually do, watching the birds feed on the back porch and the sunlight filtering through the trees. But then my vision switched from gazing through the windows to focusing on the windows.full

YUCK!

The curtains were dusty and there was dirt and grime in the corners of each window pane. It was pretty, darn nasty. I immediately threw off those curtains and tossed them in the laundry. Then I attacked the dirt by spraying on cleaner and letting it sit for awhile before I scrubbed it. This week I'm planning on getting some high-gloss white paint and touching up the window sill. Now the view isn't the only thing that is pretty about my windows! Yay!

It's Zone 1: Get yer rear in gear and start planning!

This week, we are focusing on Zone One. We are decluttering and deep cleaning our kitchens, pantries, and dining rooms.full_001

Now, before I go any further, I need to tell you that part of your special project this week is to incorporate some of my tricks for a user-friendly kitchen. And one thing I really want to stress is the POWER of PLANNING!

If you want to save time, save energy, save money, and save your SANITY, then, Mama, you've got to start planning. And if you were planning out your meals, but quit, then this is the perfect season to get yer rear in gear and get your act together again.

It's Zone 4: How's that Garage Lookin'?

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with our garages. We love that we have a place to store our stuff; but we hate that it gets cluttered and messy. Now, if you don't have a garage, this message is still for you because we all have a spot where we stash our junk. I don't have a garage. I have a storage room in the basement that we use like a garage. It 's great to store stuff, but not so great when it comes time to find it. That's why our special project this week is the garage. Now, don't freak out on me. Nothing is too bad that we can't get control over it with the right tactic.full

Here's the fix for you, Mama.

First of all, don't try to do it all (unless you are some type of X-Man mutant or something. And if that's the case, come on over to my house and give me a hand!). Just find one part of your garage--just one small part. It could be a shelf, a storage closet, a trashcan full of sports equipment, whatever! Just find one section and get started on it. You will be shocked at how quickly the mess gets decluttered when you roll up your sleeves and just get started!

Another trick is to make an appointment for someone to come over and give you a hand. There is magic in setting a date and committing to it. If you don't set a date, it's waaaay to easy to just overlook the mess and keep putting it off. Put it on the calendar and sign it in blood if you have to. Then get busy!

It's Zone 3: Time to Wash Those Washables

Hey there, Power Purgers! Well, we're there again. It's Zone Three--the bathrooms and bedrooms! If you're not zoning, then check it out right here. This week, it's high time to wash all those washables in the bathroom and bedroom. So grab everything that can be washed--the shower curtains, fancy towels, rugs, comforters, and those weird fuzzy things that cover the toilet (if you've got them), and let's give them a good washin'!  When you wash them, make sure you hang them outside to dry if it's good weather. If not, just toss them anywhere to dry--maybe over a bannister or door.full_002

When you wash your shower curtain, or shower curtain liner, an easy way to do it is to just stick it in the washing machine with hot water, a tiny bit of detergent, and a whole lot of white vinegar. If you have a lot of mold growth, you may need to mix up a solution of 1/4 bleach and 3/4 water and spray the trouble spots. After you wash it, all you have to do is hang it right back up in the shower to dry. Couldn't get any easier.

Well, it could.

It's Zone 2: Time to Move that Furniture!

My mama is meticulous when it comes to keeping house. Me, not so much. Every time she would vacuum the house, she would move the furniture and vacuum behind and underneath everything. When I vacuum the house, I kick the dolls and legos out of the way.full_003

Quite a difference.

Remember, we're not going for perfect here. We just want our home to be lovingly lived-in and well-kept. But, we still need to make sure we keep a clean home and sometimes that means we need to roll up our sleeves and do the dirty work. (C'mon, a little hard work is good for the soul).

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