Tuesday, March 29, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 17th 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 Seventeenth Hour:
 
Eyes to the Skies: This morning I was preparing a grilled cheese sandwich for my daughter when I decided that I would get the cookie cutters (which are stored on top of my cupboards in jars) down and make a flower shaped sandwich for her. I pulled a chair over and climbed up... yuck!! Being short and near-sighted has certainly let the cobwebs run loose in my home. Which made me wonder, what other high locales have I been missing lately?
 
Now is the time to dust up high and make sure to get rid of all those cobwebs. Other areas to check include ceiling vents, ceiling fans (especially before you turn them on for the first time as warm weather nears!), crown molding, etc.
 
Organize Your Coupons: When it comes to couponing, I go through phases. I'm really diligent about collecting and keeping coupons for awhile, and then... they start to pile up. I don't know why, maybe I just don't have the couponing soul that some women have, but I cannot keep my coupons organized. And... I'm ashamed to say it, but I would rather pay full price for all of my grocery items than take the time to sort through my coupons, throwing aside expired ones and seeing which ones I can double.
 
It's sad, really, I know. It seems like when I wasn't really focused on saving money, I would often forget the coupons all together. To motivate myself to stay organized, I bought a Vera Bradley pencil pouch, the perfect size to store my coupons in. To make sure that I stay organized, I never let the pouch get too full and I only cut coupons for items that I know I'm going to buy. (After all, it's not really a bargain if you bought something with a coupon that you really had no intention to buy in the first place. That's just good marketing.)
 
Rotate Your Mattress: Rotating your mattress is a good way to keep it in the best shape possible. We have the tendancy to sleep the same way night after night, and in time it can really wear on our mattresses. Some mattresses can even be flipped over and used on both sides (most without pillow tops). I try to rotate our mattress every 2-3 months.

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