Sunday, April 3, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 18th 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!

I realize that I'm behind on the 24 hours of progress. Sometimes I get so excited over a series that I forget that "real life" also has to happen at the same time. ;) Good thing I make the rules here.

The Eighteenth Hour:

Clean the Inside of Your Oven: A couple times a year you should clean out the inside of your oven. Things bubble over, little bits of cheese fall into the bottom, and it's just good practice to keep things spiffy. Many newer models of ovens have a "Self Cleaning" feature that includes extremely high temperatures and stinky fumes. While this is an efficient way of cleaning your oven, it shouldn't be done if you are pregnant or have small children in the home. The house should also be well ventilated. I would personally choose a foam based cleaner like Easy Off. Sure it takes a little more work, but it won't leave my house smelling terrible all day.

Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal: Garbage disposals are a wonderful household tool. They make kitchen prep and clean up a lot easier. After awhile though, odors can build up in your garbage disposal. Like a perfume, if your nose is already used to it you might not even realize that there is something smelly stirring down there. To freshen things up, toss a lemon peel down there and run the disposal. Follow up with a sprinke of baking soda, and let it set for awhile. It'll be sure to block out any odors.

Wash/Disinfect Your Trash Cans: It can't be assumed that just because the trash can itself is lined with a trash bag, that the can doesn't get dirty. Most trash cans are dragged around from place to place, constantly touched or bumped into. Not to mention that trash bags don't have superpowers. Even the best trash bag can leak, get torn, or spill into the trash can. So make sure to disinfect your cans inside and out, even if it means taking them out to get hosed down. Just because you can't see germs doesn't mean they aren't there... a message from my paranoid side. ;)

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