Wednesday, February 9, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 2nd 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 Second Hour

Clean Out Your DishwasherThis task is practically cheating, because though your dishwasher may be working for an hour, your effort is only going to take about 60 seconds. You don't have to tell your husband that though. Just open your dishwasher door and show him the sparkling goodness you created. To get started, you'll need a packet of powdered lemonade (about $0.25 at the store) and to read this tutorial I posted.
 
Wash Your Windows
I don't know about you, but I am horrible about washing my windows and mirrors. Pretty much, if it doesn't look dirty, then it can't be that dirty, which means that cleaning on an absolute need-to basis. That also means that I rarely take the time to look at the bathroom windows or that of the guest bedroom. Take the time to make the rounds through each room in your house and wash the windows. It's a great way to freshen things up!
 
Organize the Toy Room
Those of of with children certainly know how disastrous a playroom can become over time. Though some children are good at "cleaning up" (my daughter just LOVES to help pick up), often when we open a toy chest we find puzzle pieces, game pawns, stuffed animal accessories, books, play food, dress-up clothes and other items that we just can't seem to place. Take the time to go through your children's toys and put everything back together as it should be. You'll be amazed at how receptive your kids will be to this easy task, and hey! -- With all the pieces together, they might actually take the time to do that puzzle again. This is also a great opportunity to weed out the toys that are no longer played with or age-appropriate.

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