Friday, February 18, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 6th 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 Sixth Hour:
Clean Up Shop at Your Laundry Station: Laundry rooms are a natural place for clutter to build up, especially on top of the dryer. Socks without a match, pieces of string and dryer lint, loose change, receipts, gum wrappers, and anything else your little ones decide to stuff into their pockets (rocks and sticks, anyone?) Cleaning up this area always makes me feel better! While you're at it, clean out your washing machine. I know it's cliche because a washing machine washes things, but overtime it's also a place where germs and grime can build up. Add a half a cup to a cup of Clorox to your washing machine and set it for the longest and hottest cycle. When it's finished, run it again on a rinse only cycle to make sure all the bleach washes away. Ta-da!
 
Organize your Digital Photos:
I'll admit it, depending on how unorganized your computer files are, this task could take much longer than an hour (or much longer than days, if you're like me and like to reminisce about every photo). Organizing your photos has got to be one of the most satisfying tasks you can do. I like to organize mine by Month/Year.
 
De-hair your Stairs:
If you have pets, you know that no matter how many times or how thouroughly that you vacuum the stairs that there will still be traces of hair there. The people that lived in our home before us had two black labs whose hair was still showing up over a year later (gross, I know). Anyways... here's a trick that my mom taught me that will make your stairs spotless (though it will take you about an hour).
 
Put on clean, dry rubber dish gloves and scrape your fingers along the crevices of the carpet on the stairs. The rubber will help pick up all the hair and residue that is stuck in the carpet that your vacuum can't get. You'll be amazed at how much gunk you'll be able to get out! I recommend doing this every 2-3 months.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, laundry and digital photos are 2 things I so need to work on. I did the laundry area a couple of months ago but it's amazing how quickly it can become unorganized! Ugh, I have so much to do!!

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