Wednesday, March 23, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 14th Hour

About 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 Fourteenth Hour:

Back-Up Your Computer: Most of us don't back up our computers on a regulary basis, if ever. Somehow we trust the box of a machine to protect all of our documents, photos, videos and music without a second thought. This task nearly came too late for my family.

When our computer started acting a little bit quirky a few days ago, my husband noted that we should be backing up our files in case everything happens. You can do this to discs or flash drives, but your safest bet is purchasing an external hard drive for all of your files. Anyways, less than 48 hours later our computer crashed completely and we had not yet backed up a single thing. Great.

Luckily, my husband was able to download a different operating system on our laptop, and we were able to get it to run on our PC long enough for us to locate our files and have them transferred to the external hard drive. But for a few hours there, I thought I was saying goodbye to hundreds of thousands of baby photos, honeymoon memories, and blog files. Sickening. Back-up your information people!

Have Your Comforters Dry Cleaned: For a lot of people, the little tag suggesting "Dry Clean Only" means it'll never get cleaned at all. Gross! For me, beating the dust out of a comforter and using a little Febreeze is just not enough. I suggest taking your comforters to the dry cleaner at least twice a year if they are labeled as dry clean only. A little freshness can go a long way.

Change Burnt Out Lightbulbs: Some people change lightbulbs as they go out. I'm not one of those people. With a toddler on the loose in the house, burnt out lightbulbs in a chandelier of 5-15 bulbs are pretty low on my list of priorities. However, after a year of this happening every so often, it kind of catches up to you. I probably have between 8-10 burnt out lightbulbs around my house right now. I know it's time to take care of the problem because my kitchen/dining room is now giving off that "maybe they're going for a haunted house kind of look?" vibe.

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