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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

5 Spring Cleaning Projects

Becky

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Well we’ve reached mid-April. Now that the tax returns have (hopefully) been filed, there should be some time to complete some projects around the house. Once the pollen has been cleared, it’s a great time to complete a few projects around the home. If you don’t even know where to start, here are a few little projects that you can complete in a few hours.

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1) Cull through the books and magazines. You can take this one shelf at a time, and at the same time, get some much-needed dusting done as you empty each shelf. Donate books you’ll never read again to Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood. If you’ve been hoarding magazines, there are plenty of art teachers out there who would would love to have them for class. Once you’ve edited it down, have some fun rearranging the books you’ll keep and your favorite object in a new way.

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2) Get organized for summer. If you have kids, they’ll be around all the time soon, getting shuffled from activity to activity. Create a fresh activity board to keep track of trips, play dates, swim meets. If you don’t have kids get a calendar cleared for those BBQs, long weekend getaways and garden cocktail parties.

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3) Create a place for everything, so you can put everything in its place. If you need room in your coat closet or mudroom, put that winter gear in the attic to make room for summer things. If a lake, pool or beach is part of your and/or your kids’ summer fun, organize bags, bins or cubbies for goggles, boogie boards, flip flops, sunscreen and towels. Same goes for sports equipment.

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4) Tackle the pantry and refrigerator. I myself have a deep pantry with some scary things in the back. Who knew canned soup expired? You have to have it stashed back there for a REALLY long time to figure that out! If there are staples you planned on using after reading about some diet on GOOP but never made one meal and they are still fresh, pack them up for the food pantry. Otherwise, you’re going to have to do some serious tossing. Once the space is cleared, wipe it down and start over. Style it pretty and resolve to try and shop fresh — if you style your fridge and pantry you’ll be more likely to keep them clean and less will wind up going to waste. Glass jars and lidded containers are a great way to easily see what kinds of leftovers you have going on.

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5) Clean up your technology. Oh man those spaces behind the TV and the cable box likely have dust tumbleweeds forming. And phones, laptop screens, keyboards, iPads — they are gross; give them a wipe-down. While you’re at it, look through that junk drawer. It’s time to get rid of that flip phone, that firewire that came with that iPhone that was on the Edge network and while your at it, the old cases that fit no phone in existence on the planet these days, old batteries and the boxes everything came in.

Please let us know what kinds of spring cleaning projects you are working on right now.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

Becky

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How are you all doing with those New Year’s resolutions now that a week has passed? Personally, I’m still just trying to catch up on work after the holidays. Anyway, I’m sure the gyms and Weight Watchers meetings must be at full capacity but will wane soon. When it comes to resolving issues around the house, ride the resolution wave while you’re still motivated. Here are a few tasks you can easily accomplish.

1) Take that donation box to the Goodwill or thrift store to drop it off. Before you leave, add anything you’ve been saying “I can get $20 for this on eBay” about yet never gotten around to listing and those things you’ve been saving for when you magically lose 20 pounds.

2) Grab a pen and pad, or better yet, your camera phone, and make a list of all the little projects that need doing. Go room to room and make note of every single thing. Look from down to the electric outlets  all the way up to those spider webs on the ceiling.

When you’re done, sit down and organize the tasks into separate lists – a list for the plumber, a list for the electrician, organizing tasks, a list you can DIY , a list of things to buy at the hardware store. Put them in order of importance. Begin with safety issues like buying carbon monoxide detectors, and group things together logistically (what can you tackle with your feather duster with the extension on it such as ceiling corners and ceiling fans? what are all the tasks that require a stepstool?) .  Keep the list on your refrigerator or a bulletin board and check things off throughout 2013 as you accomplish them.

3) Complete one full organizing task at a time, even if you can donate just an hour to it – cleaning out your dresser and ditching the socks that have no partners, cleaning out your bathroom drawers or even just one junk drawer (by the way, you are allowed ONE junk drawer. Just one).  When you have an entire afternoon, tackle a bigger project like the attic, basement or garage.

4) While you’re at it, make a list of fun things you’ve been meaning to do like catch that museum exhibition before it leaves town, calling that friend you haven’t seen in months for lunch, catching up on Pinterest boards or finally getting started watching  Breaking Bad or Homeland. “Accomplishing” these things is a fun reward.

5) Speaking of rewards, make a list of all the things you dream of having in your home that you can’t afford right now, like a new sofa or front-loading washing machine. Open a savings account and save money toward these purchases, even if all you have to deposit right now is your loose change. Having the account and watching it grow will help you reach your goals.

What home resolutions do you have this year? Please let us know in the Comments section!

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