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When Closets Vomit – and Other Signs it is Time to Declutter

When Closets Vomit – and Other Signs it is Time to Declutter

Signs it is Time to DECLUTTER

We all have at least one drawer, cabinet, closet, or room (perhaps it is even your car), that seems to vomit each time you dare open it or enter.

While this post is meant to bring light and fun to the act of decluttering, please know that these areas in our lives are true energy sucks. 

Quite literally, we dread them. 

The Time in Now to take your HOME Back from CLUTTER

We may even fear them (especially if we are throwing bills inside).

 


So, what is the FUN and EXCITING way to declutter?

 


START SMALL 

 

If you have several areas screaming at you for decluttering, start with the least frightening one first. 

GRAB 4 – bags, totes, or baskets

 

Grab four bags, totes, or baskets, or just make room for four piles on the floor (actually three plus a garbage can – a large one – like kitchen-size or bigger). You will be dividing up the contents of your project into: KEEP, GIVE AWAY, GARBAGE and MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION.

 

RULES – 5 easy steps

  1. Begin with a BEFORE photo, and be certain to take a photo AFTER you have finished. Nothing like reveling in your success!

  2. You MAY play your favorite music, dance, laugh, and reminisce while you are doing this.
    “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

     

  3. You MAY put everything in the garbage and/or give everything away

     

  4. You may NOT keep everything

     

  5. You may NOT just place everything into the MOVE pile. You need to deal with it. Today. Now. The MOVE pile is just for items that were misplaced.


GOAL

 


Your goal is to decrease your ‘stuff’ by 30% or more. Shoot for 50%. Why? Because ‘stuff’ weighs us down. I am not going to get scientific and quote medical journals to prove this. If you have stuff you simply cannot part with, then keep it. Will photos keep the memory alive just as well? Take a photo, and move on to the next item.

READY, SET, GO!

  

Snap photos and share them with us!

 

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Do You Have Sink Stink?

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Do You Have Sink Stink?

Do you have sink stink?

Do you dread turning on the faucet because of the foul smell that hits your nose? Use this easy DIY trick to solve that now!

If you have no idea what I am talking about…move right along to another DIY post. If you do, then you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

This hack is absolutely perfect for the DIY’r because you probably already have these low-cost products sitting in your cabinet somewhere. I am amazed how well it instantly works. It also reminds me of an old school science experiment from after school TV. Read on…

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

RECIPE

1 cup salt

1 cup baking soda

2 cups vinegar

1 container that will hold at least 3 cups (I like to use Ball canning jars because they are already marked for accurate measuring)

DIRECTIONS

Remove the stopper from the sink 

Mix salt with baking soda in the container of your choice

Pour the mixture down the drain

Follow immediately with the vinegar

This will cause an immediate fizzing reaction (think Snap, Crackle, Pop) 

About 15 minutes later, use hot water to wash it down. 

That is seriously all there is to it. I know, right?! I just repeat as often as needed.

This post is NOT for clogged sinks. If you have a clogged sink and you have already tried liquid helpers, go out and get yourself this – the Liquid-Plumr Hydro-Pressure Plunger for sinks and drain clogs. It is great. It is NOT great if you have teenage girls in the house who shed over the sink. Then you just need to take the plumbing apart and dig out the mice-sized hair clogs trapped inside.

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent – Step by Step How to Clean Instructions

I was almost too embarrassed to do a blog post for this oven vent screen because mine was so filthy!

A friend told me that I would be able to clean it using only boiling water with baking soda, so I decided to try it out.

You are supposed to submerge your filthy screen into a metal pot with just enough boiling water to cover it, but my screen would not even fit into my largest pot. The reason you want to use a metal pot is because the metal screen will scratch the sides of any non-stick material. I found this cute metal serving tray, which fit the bill just fine. I have the screen dirty-side-up for the picture, but you MUST turn the screen dirty-side-down when you pour over the water/baking soda mixture.

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

Baking Soda
Large Metal Pot
Tongs to remove the scalding hot screen from the boiling water
Oven Mitts (if you need to pour the water over the screen into the tray like I did)
A large metal tray to soak the screen if it will not fit into the metal pot

DIRECTIONS

Boil the water
Add ¾ to 1 cup (8 oz) of baking soda to the water
It will bubble like the picture
Turn off the heat

Pour the mixture over the screen in the tray (or submerge the screen completely into the pot of boiling water)

Leave standing for 5-8 minutes

Remove using tongs to prevent burning yourself – the metal gets VERY hot!

Pour out the yucky water

Ta da!

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