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Tackle It Tuesday–CLR Challenge

October 21, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I posted a couple of weeks ago about the CLR challenge that was coming up for Tackle It Tuesday….and then promptly forgot all about it until I got an unexpected package in the mail a few days ago–a full-sized bottle of CLR Kitchen and Bath Cleaner! I was a little apprehensive to use the stuff, because I HATE the fumes that some cleaners pollute your home with, and I was pleasantly surprised at how little odor there was with CLR. I decided that I’d start with my toughest jobs first–hard water build-up on my faucets and shower heads. The kitchen faucet was BAD. I was sure that the CLR wouldn’t work on it. However….

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Happy with the results I had there, I moved on to the shower head. Another success! The greatest part about this is that it took almost no effort at all….spray the stuff on, wait just a few seconds, and then wipes it off. The mineral deposits and hard water came right off with minimal scrubbing!

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I also had a hard water ring around one of my toilet bowls, so I drained the bowl, sprayed the CLR and let it sit for a few minutes, and then tried to scrub it off. Unfortunately, it didn’t make any difference in the toilet. In spite of that failed attempt, I’m quite happy with the CLR Kitchen and Bath Cleaner. I’ve got several other things I’m going to try it on this week, and hey–no complaints from me if it doesn’t work because the stuff was FREE!  Thanks to CLR for sharing their eco-friendly product and 5 MInutes for Mom sponsoring this great tackle!

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Tackle It Tuesday

October 14, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

A few months ago, our ward did a group buy on wheat grinders. Given that I 1) had no wheat in my food storage and 2) wouldn’t have known what to do with it if I did, I decided that I needed to get learning! I bought a grinder, 50 lbs. of wheat, and the rest is history! We’ve always preferred wheat bread in our home, and I decided that baking my own bread would not only save us money, but taste soooo much better! Yesterday was bread baking day, and it was an extra complicated tackle this time around because at the exact moment that I started the KitchenAid, the doorbell rang. I had COMPLETELY forgotten that Owen had therapy that morning. So, there I stood in my apron, apologizing that I’d have to be back and forth between the living room and the kitchen while I worked on my bread. Thankfully, Christine was very understanding and Owen was distracted enough by her presence to not be hanging on me in the kitchen when he should have been doing therapy. It was a little stressful, but I finished the dough in time to spend the last few minutes of therapy with Owen. I think we’ll have to have a fresh loaf ready to send home with Christine next month when she comes to thank her for her patience!

Tackle It Tuesday

September 30, 2008

 Tackle It Tuesday Meme

My mom always says that if your windows are clean, the rest of your house won’t seem so dirty (something like that anyway…I probably should have listened better…but I do know that she likes clean windows). Thankfully, the rest of my house isn’t that dirty, but the windows really needed to be cleaned as well. It didn’t take long at all to do the outsides and I found a GREAT recipe for a non-toxic glass cleaner. I’ve got a ton of Windex, but regardless of the fact that it claims to be streak-free, I always get streaks. This recipe worked like a charm! No befores on this one, but you can see how nice and clear the view is from my kitchen now that this tackle is done!

Freebie!

September 27, 2008

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I started participating in Tackle It Tuedays, which are sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom. I’ve had several friends comment that they’d like to start up as well, and there isn’t a better time than now to jump on the bandwagon! 5 Minutes for Mom has teamed up with the makers of CLR Kitchen and Bath cleaner to sponsor a fun Tackle and contest all in one! Visit this post over at 5 Minutes for Mom to learn how to get your FREE full-sized bottle of CLR and how to use it to not only clean your house, but enter to win a great litte prize package!

Tackle It Tuesday

September 16, 2008

 Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I never had a problem keeping the car clean until the kids came along.  And really, it’s not too bad now.  We don’t let our kids eat in the car very often, which saves on messes.  But, life is so busy that cleaning the car is way down on the priority list.  The extra room in the garage from getting the cabinets out of the way made it much easier for me to contemplate this tackle yesterday. I put the babies down for a nap and let Ryan come out to help. We took everything out, vacuumed, put everything back in, and cleaned all the windows and the dashboard.

We had the radio on for a little extra noise and I apparently took too long with my cleaning because suddenly the battery gave out. I had planned to head to the car wash after naptime, but found myself stranded at home. When Joseph got home (nearly 40 minutes early thanks to the new Legacy Parkway!!), he had the lucky job of bringing the battery back to life.  I have yet to make it to the car wash, but at least the inside of the car is nice and clean!  I know the pictures aren’t super impressive, but here they are anyway.

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Tackle It Tuesday

September 9, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I almost didn’t get today’s tackle done….I was finding it difficult enough to simply tackle my shower and getting the kids fed! It’s been one of those stressful days when you’re not sure there are enough hours to get everything done that needs doing. Thanks Chelsea for picking up some of the slack for me!!

I tackled a couple more cupboards today. One mainly just needed tidying, but I did want to make room for a few more dishes on a couple of shelves (they are the dishes that I rotate on my hutch as the seasons change, and I wanted to consolidate them in one place). The other cupboard is in a corner and I’ve always felt a little stumped about what to do with it. It’s so deep…the extra space is nice, but it’s not really accessible so I’m not sure what to put there. As I cleaned things out, I realized that for now, I can put practically nothing there! It sure is nice to get rid of things that never get used!

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Tackle It Tuesday

September 2, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

In all honestly, this was a Tackle It Monday for me. Joseph was home due to the holiday yesterday, and he needed this project done and out of his way so that he could move onto other things. I’ve wanted to do this tackle for a while now, but I needed someone home to be with the kids while I worked. 

We’ve had these cabinets for several months, sitting in the garage. We inherited them from my mom when we helped her clean out her basement….she’s had them for as long as I can remember, and they’ve held lots of different things over the years. I knew they’d be perfect for all of the toys that seem to take over my basement on a daily basis, but they were unfinished and I didn’t want to drag them downstairs until they’d been painted, which is why they’ve been in the garage for so many months.

Yesterday I headed out to buy some spray paint in a fun color (which turned out REALLY bright, but it works for the kids!) and spent the afternoon getting on high on spray paint fumes. When they were dry, Joseph heaved them down the stairs for me and I spent some time organizing toys and getting things put back together.

I forgot to take “before” picures, but it’s pretty easy to imagine the toy disaster that existed prior to having this storage in place–your own houses have been there too, I’m sure! Now if I can just train the kids to get one thing out at a time and put it away before they move on to something different!

*Confession:  If you look closely, you can see some spray paint on the carpet under the cabinet on the right.  I noticed a couple of little spots that I missed after we got them in place, so I grabbed the spray paint to touch it up, and stupid me forgot to put a piece of paper or something underneath to catch the overspray.  Oops!  Good thing the carpet down there is ugly and will eventually go the way of the dump!

Tackle It Tuesday

August 26, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Today’s tackle was the front closet. One thing that this house is seriously lacking is closet space. The old house had tons of built-ins that I loved….it was a shock to move here and have no place for so much of our stuff! It has required me to think twice about what to keep and what to toss and so far we’ve managed fine.

During the remodel, this closet became a catch-all for just about anything that could fit in it. And with fall and winter on the way, I needed to make room for more coats (I have a bit of a coat addiction!). I got rid of tons of stuff, put even more stuff where it actually belongs, and pounded in a few nails to hold some of my mops. You can actually see the floor now, although the carpet there is ugly enough that maybe I should have left the mess to hide it!

 

Tackle It Tuesday

August 19, 2008

 Tackle It Tuesday Meme

So, I decided a few weeks ago that I’d start doing Tackle It Tuesday, with good intentions to have every mess in my house would be taken care of in just a few weeks.  Yeah right.  All of the end-of-summer activities going on around here have put those good intentions on the back burner….but today, I’m back on board!  I decided to tackle the cabinet above the fridge, which has become a catch-all for lightbulbs/batteries/paper plates and cups/rarely-used pots and pans/etc.  I pulled everything out, threw a bunch of stuff away, rejoiced over finding long-lost items, and put it all back in a much more organized manner. 

I’ve been contemplating this tackle for a couple of weeks and had been keeping my eye out for a basket to put things in, but I just couldn’t part with the money to actually buy one.  On Saturday, thanks to my lucky raffle tickets, I won a bunch of salon hair products and the basket they came in was the perfect size for my cupboard.  I’d planned to have two baskets, but one free basket was good enoug for me!  It’s so nice to actually know what’s in my cupboard and where to find it!

 

After catching the organizing bug, I decided to keep going and clean off the top of my fridge.  The space our fridge is in was built for a larger side-by-side fridge, which we don’t have….and that means that it’s easy to toss hings on top of the fridge so that they’re easy to access later.  That’s now all cleaned up (and dusted….it’s gets pretty gross up there!) and looking purty!

Tackle It Tuesday

July 22, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I consider myself to be a pretty clean and organized person, but I do have a few Monica Closets in my house. So, I’ve decided to hop on board with Tackle It Tuesday. I’m hoping it will motivate me to get to some of those dreaded projects that I just keep putting off. Like the kitchen pantry–which I tackled today.

The pantry is one of those places that I have a hard time keeping organized. The shelves in ours are really deep, with makes it hard to really fill them up. If I stock them too full, I can’t get to anything in the back…but I hate feeling like all the space at the front of the shelves is wasted. Joseph has some patterns to make some rotating can shelves (yes, I know you can buy them…but when did we ever do anything the easy way in our house?), so someday the shelves with my canned goods will be well organized. In the meantime, I’m making due with what I’ve got. Here’s what I stared with:

I began by emptying the whole pantry out and used the vacuum to get all the dust bunnies that were collecting in the deep, dark corners of each shelf.

Then, I started trying to figure out how to organize things and put them all back in. There are always those few items that really don’t fit into a category, and those are always the hardest for me to put back–ice cream toppings don’t really belong with the baking stuff, but they fit on the same shelf, so I just have to get over it and put them there. It really didn’t take too long to finish the project, and I was surprised that I didn’t have more expired stuff to toss out. Unfortunately, this isn’t one project where the before and after pictures are dramatically different, but at least everything in the pantry is better organized and hopefully I can do a better job of not just opening the door and throwing things back in wherever there is a space.