Friday, February 11, 2011
24 Hours of Progress: The Third Hour
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 Third Hour:
Clean Out Your Book Cases
For quite awhile I felt like I had to keep every book that I'd read, regardless of whether I liked it or if I planned on reading it ever again. I'd write my name and the month/year that I read it inside the front cover, and over the years I watched the collection grow. What was I thinking? Maybe it's the mountains on toys that have taken over my house, but these days I'm not very big on clutter. If I read a book, I simply post my review on GoodReads so that I can go online and remember it that way. (Of course, if I really love a book, it's a keeper!) For this challenge, go through your bookshelves and take out any books that you can bear parting with. I myself am hosting a "Book Swapping" party at the end of March.
What's a book swapping party? Well, it's pretty simple, really. You invite a number of guests (I'm having 12) to bring their old books over (I'm limiting my guests to bringing 10 books to keep it simple). All the books are put out on a table (or two or three), and after everyone has arrived, each person can take as many "new" books as they brought. (Which means you can trade your stash for some new reads, or just ditch your stash so your friends can have some new reads). At the end of the night, any leftover books can be donated to the local library. (And of course, the party in a book swapping party comes with the wine and appetizers you serve while everyone is making their selections!)
Go Through Your Fridge
The depth of a fridge sure comes in handy when you're storing a pizza or birthday cake, but boy has it gotten me in trouble when it comes to yogurt, milk products and fruit. Take the time to go through your fridge and discard the things that have expired or that you're just not going to use. Culprits to clutter in my fridge? Five (I know, 5??) open bottles of BBQ sauce, expired products, mushy fruit... yuck. And embarrassing, too! While you're at it, change out your box of baking soda (did you know it's recommended you swap out your baking soda every MONTH!?) and use sanitizing wipes to freshen things up.
Unclutter the Outside of Your Fridge:
Sometimes the outside is just as bad as the inside, if not worse!! Coupons, artwork, family photos, business cards, brochures, recies and kid's magnets take up a lot of space. And it's not secret... a cluttered fridge can make your whole kitchen seem smaller! Clear it off and take a picture... it's sure to be cluttered off again soon! You'll feel better that you did though.
Have a great weekend!