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31 days to organize your home

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DAY 1

OK LADIES- IT’S DAY 1 of 31 Days to Organize Your Home

Join me in doing these three things today:

1. choose 1-2 things on your counter that COULD be stored in cupboard to clear counter space. Now, move em!

2. pick one cupboard to clean out- today it’s the glasses/cups. Get rid of some mugs, glasses or old well-worn kid’s cups. How many of these do we actually need? Not 20 mugs! Not a kid’s cup with a hole in the plastic! Not those wine glasses with dust on them!

3. Find at least three things in your pantry you don’t use and throw them out or put them in a bag and hang them on your back door to give away.

THERE! That was easy! Join me tomorrow for day two! Off to my kitchen I go….

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
(Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

Day 2

Today we are going to piggy-back on yesterday a little and give ourselves some liberty to tackle those areas that are unique to our kitchen.  And honestly, don’t be AFRAID to get rid of something because you think you’ll need it back.  Make sure your organizational pendulum isn’t swinging too far to the KEEP SIDE and also not too far to the GET RID OF EVERYTHING SIDE.  If you need to, now is a good time to get some accountability from a close friend! Oh kay- here we go:

1. Hows the counter top looking? Still dissatisfied?  Maybe by clearing out another cupboard you can store a few more of those “eye-sore-counter-top-clutter-bugs”.  If you haven’t pulled everything off your counter and given it a good clean in a while, today is the day! Crumb buddies like to collect behind toasters and coffee pots for regular meetings- they can have their next one in the garbage!!

2.  Tackle the un-reachable cupboards today.  Where’s the dust? Is keeping these unreachable things a must? Let that stuff go! Grab your Good-will box and turn on your good will!  Don’t just get rid of junk, get excited to get rid of really nice things that you just don’t need!!!!

3.  Where else are you storing pantry items, snack foods around your kitchen- try to organize in a way that condenses everything to the same area.  Too many cans, bags and boxes?  You are either shopping too much or not taking a stock of what you have before going to the store…hmmmm…just a little food for thought 🙂

Day 3

you can join me in doing these three things today:

1. choose 2-3 drawers or cupboards that over filled and re-arrange and use some tough love and get rid of a few things to open up some space! We don’t need overflowing containers of forks, spoons, knives, kid utensils…Which cool gadgets are sitting in your drawer that are never used… avocado peeler….etc.

2. Head to the pantry and tackle another shelf or two. Make sure to take the ripped bags and either throw them out or move the contents to container.  There’s no excuse for chaos! A trip to the dollar store for containers can be just what’s needed!

3. Take 5 minutes to shift some stuff around in your fridge, throw out the stuff from the back of the fridge and do a quick wipe down.  If it needs more than that plan a time to pull everything out and do a deep clean either today or tomorrow.  It’ll feel OOOHHH so good!

THERE! That was easy! Join me tomorrow for day 4! Off to my kitchen I go…

Day 4

Let’s head together to the dining room!
Here’s 3 things for us to do:

1. If you have a buffet table, storage bins, or shelves in the dining room: clean off the top of them and organize the inside including throwing out as much as you can! It can be painful but every crevice of our houses do not need to be stuffed or overflowing. Pick out a few things you can put in the Good-will box.  This box should be overflowing by the end of the week!

2. Head to the closet/drawer where your table cloths, napkins, and place-mats are stored. Let’s get rid of what we don’t use or don’t want!  Just because it’s nice or not broken doesn’t mean it should be kept!

3. Look around at the walls, lighting etc. Grab the Good-will bin and see if there’s anything else you can get rid of. Take a damp cloth and wipe spots and dust off the light.

DONE!

Day 5

Let’s take a stroll today into the living room.  Here is where most of your day culminates!  Therefore, here is where stuff collects!  A clean living room is not only one that looks clean, but one an x-ray machine would reveal is also organized!

1. Send the toys where they belong- in the kid’s bedroom! If you don’t have any toys in your living room than survey your knick knacks and see if you can send some to your Good-will box.

2. Pull out the cushions and clean out the toys, change, garbage that has collected there. Now, vacuum or sweep under your couches.

3. (my favorite thing to do) Re-arrange your furniture to better fit what the room is most used for. Maybe you need to take out a table or chair to make it roomier!

DONE!

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10 Dollar Store Steals You’ll want to grab!

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Saving money by shopping at the Dollar Store

Now, make no mistake, MONEY CAN BE WASTED AT THE DOLLAR STORE… But- you can also find some GREAT deals! Here are some tips on saving money by shopping at the Dollar Store.

1. Baby Nuks- you can buy a two pack and they are almost exactly like the Nuk brand. It saves a lot of money if you tend to lose them like we do!

2. Baby/bridal shower gifts and game prizes. You can find nice candles, shower wash and more that make great prizes for cheap. I have also bought a dollar basket and filled it with household items and made a great wedding shower gift for only a few dollars.

3. Cleaning supplies- I highly recommend the cleaner ‘Awesome’. Just add water and it’s a long lasting great cleaner for almost everything even carpet stains!

4. Flowers for hair pretties- you can buy and take apart flowers to make cute headband accents for cheap!

5. Party decor- don’t spend $50-$100 on party decorations from the party store!!! The dollar store has matching table clothes, cups, plates, napkins, table decor, party favors and more for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and even weddings.

6. Mylar balloons- pricey at a regular store but you can get character balloons (spider-man, Disney princess), birthday, get well, shower, thanks, congrats, graduation and more.

7. Toothbrush two packs and toothpaste

8. Organizational baskets for drawers and shelves

9. School room decor, coloring books and large packs of crayons and chalk

10. Rummage sale stuff- price stickers, Jumbo black markers, sale signs, poster board (2 for $1)

Just remember though- not everything is a deal at the dollar store! Shop wisely and enjoy the steals 🙂

What else do you buy at the Dollar Store that’s a great deal?

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Re-purposing an old t-shirt…what to do with the sleeve?

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I was taking a t-shirt the other day and turning into a women’s vest…as I was playing around with scraps, I found that the sleeve had more of a purpose than just garbage!  As a fidgeted around with it I found myself putting it on over my hair- WALAH! A headband 🙂  Now, for me all I did was cut the sleeve off and use it as is, but you could sew the edges, add a bow…the sky is the limit!  P.S. this pic is of my super-fine hair…I bet it would look even cuter in thicker hair!

Cost: $0 (just make sure you ask your husband before you start cutting the sleeves off all his t-shirts!)

Materials:

  • old t-shirt
  • scissors

ideas for what you could use your “new” headband for:

  • keep your hair back while cleaning
  • working out (great because you can wash it after sweating it up!)
  • washing your face
  • applying make-up
  • at the pool
  • out and about- it’s so cute that you could wear it out with a casual outfit- the the farmer’s market, a play-date, or out for coffee 🙂

Got any other neat ideas for t-shirt sleeve scraps? Send them or pics of you or your daughter in a t-shirt sleeve headband to sunderhill@live.com and I will post them here!