Monday, February 7, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 1st Hour

About the 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The First Hour:

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets
After a minor muscle ache recently, my hubby dug out some BenGay for me. It wasn't three seconds later that he said, "Um... this expired in 2007. When did we buy this?" Medicine cabinets often have inventory that we've long forgotten about. We're unsure if we have something, so to be on the safe side we buy another one. And of course, whenever we have a terrible cold or other ailment, the medicines we need aren't there because we thought we had them but never double checked. Take the time to go through your medicine cabinet, throwing away expired items and ditching the ones you'll never need again. Make a list of the items that you should have on hand and pick them up during your next shopping trip. And while you're at it, if you have small children in the house you'll also want to consider safety locks for your cabinets. The medicine cabinet becomes an object of fascination at an early age. Make sure you keep your family safe!

Dig Out Under Your Bed
I've had a rule at our house since my husband and I first moved in together - nothing crammed under the bed. It comes from a horrible habit I had as a child. When "cleaning" my room I was always inclined to shove things under the bed. Toys and objects long forgotten would clutter the space down under for years, and on the few rare occasions I was made to clean out under my bed, I'd always spend the day discovering long-lost treasures that weren't any good to me now, but that I sure wished I'd had in the months and years prior. What is under your bed? In recent years, due to minimal storage at our current home, I've ammended this rule to allow small, contained items (like my scrapbook bag) reside under the bed. As long as it's organized I can go to sleep happy.

Clean Out Your Most Cluttered Kitchen Cupboard
Every kitchen has one of these. For our house, it seems to be the "baby cupboard" which is cluttered with never-used bottles (my daughter nursed for 14 months and always refused a bottle, so went straight to sippy. I do often find myself using them to measure liquids though!), baby food & snacks, an assortment of sippy cups, Pedialyte and our cat's medicine. Basically, it's a source of anxiety every time I go to open it. So today this will be my project to tackle and organize. (I should also mention that this isn't even the worst cupboard, but that I'm not touching the "hubby's cupboard." Because of our current lack-of-garage, we unfortunately have a kitchen cupboard cluttered with small tools, lightbulbs, etc. As soon as the weather warms up, this embarrassing collection will be finding a new home in the shed.)

I'd love for you to follow along! Cleaning your house is always so much better with support! Have a great Monday!

No comments:

Post a Comment