Monday, March 28, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 16th 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 Sixteenth Hour:
 
Change Your Air Filters: It is recommended that you change the air filters in your home every three months, but if you are leaving this chore up to your memory it often becomes 5 or 6 months, and then you've got an entirely disgusting, dust and grime filled filter to take care of.
 
Our house has 2 cats and 3 people who like to breathe. Because of the extra dander, we try to change our filters every month. I highly suggest Filtrete filters. They are slightly more expensive, but after all, we're talking about the oxygen that you breathe here! Let's make sure that it's clean.
 
Find a Recycling Center: Last summer our home owner's association met up and discussed that our neighborhood was not going to begin a recycling program because of the fees associated with pickup in our area. This wasn't a real surprise to my husband and I, who have been avid recyclers for years. Our kitchen is often called the "Family Recycling Center" because at any given time there will be 3-5 paper bags filled with newspapers, empty jars, plastics, etc. In fact, when we moved here I was so excited to find that I could bring my recyclables to a local fire station that was just about a mile down the road.
 
I was shocked when a neighbor of mine nonchalantly said that it was a shame that we wouldn't be getting pickup because she and her husband threw away at least a couple dozen newspapers every week.
 
Was she serious? People actually throw away paper? I mean, I'm not the greenest person on the planet, but could somebody fine her for this? My heart literally began to ache in my chest.
 
Growing up in Michigan, I was exposed to local recycling programs at a young age. Pretty much all plastics are recycled there now, and everyone does their best to pitch in. The local libraries in West Michigan will even collect old alkaline batteries to be recycled. Of course there was a way to recycle your goods, lady! Recycling pickup is a luxury!! If you don't have it available to you please drop your stuff off at a center!
 
To find a recycling center near you please visit Earth911.com.
 
Fluffen Up Your Furniture: Couches and chairs with big cushions often have zippered seams in the back of them where their foam inserts lie. And of course, after awhile they begin to feel "loved" and aren't as presentable as they once were. Take your cushions and fluffen them up the best you can. A simple bag of stuffing (found at most fabric and craft stores) can help you fill in the gaps and bring life and shape back to your furniture. No more slouchy couch!

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