January fresh

Does the spirit of clean hit you in January?  It does for me!  I mean a step above the usual cleaning.  This week I had the floors professionally cleaned.  There is really nothing better than walking around on clean floors in rooms that are de-cluttered.    This is a battle.  I’m home most of the time because I work from home. So there is always a mess to be made and one to clean up.

I finally reclaimed the dining room.  Although I’m not sure why.  We don’t use this room at all and it’s on the small side as well.  It’s the room right next to the laundry room and it’s perfect for folding clothes.   The laundry “room” basically fits the washer and dryer.  From watching shows about houses around the world this is a luxury space we have.    So now we have a dining table and chairs on display…art.

Next the shower, it’s funny how in your social media feed you will see something that will strike you.  I saw a post about deep cleaning with a picture of a dirty shower (before) and the same shower clean (after).  Thinking of our shower, I thought maybe it’s time for a deep cleaning.   This house is 20 years old and even though the shower has been cleaned, the glass enclosure gets spots on it.  (I guess it’s the soap).  The spots only come off with a razor!   I scrapped the doors until you could see through them again.   And the caulking after a while gets moldy.  The entire shower enclosure is old and outdated.  It just needs to be ripped and replaced, but that is not in the budget so a deep clean will have to do.  I spent two days (not the whole time) scraping. I am forever hiding any bar of soap that goes in there.  From now on it will be liquid soap and hopefully that will help!  I replaced some of the caulking.  The shower base is fiber glass and the coloration is uneven.  I called two places asking about either painting it or replacing it and was told that you shouldn’t paint it. To replace it meant that the shower walls need to come out. UGH!  I might just paint it and keep doing it until someone rips it out. I still have more scraping to do on the frame but it is getting there.

 

With money saved by not hiring a deep cleaner, I thought maybe we can get a new shower head.  At least that’s my pitch.  The old one needs replacing because it is looking like a victim of corrosion.  Since I share this shower now comes the “discussion” with my husband.  We at least know that I will be installing it.  With that said, I have a lot of leverage.  I am not a plumber so there will be no re-configuring anything.  With all of the choices out there it came down to, finish, style, feature/functionality, ease of installation and most importantly water pressure. Home Depot had a lot of choices, most of which you had to order online.  Amazon had the same one for the same price and delivered faster.   (2 days and free shipping).  I will probably install an extension S bar so that it will point more downward.  I like it.

shower-head

 

January fresh

Inspirational de-clutter!

So my sister in law and I were chatting about clutter.  I consider her a pretty good queen of clean and really admire that.  I mean I want to be clean, not to the point where it’s uncomfortable.  Anyway, so the new year is a great time that inspires me even more so to get rid of the old unnecessary clutter.  I have heard people say if you haven’t used it in three years (some say even a year) then it’s time to get rid of it.  Now of COURSE that doesn’t mean getting rid of something extra special but it would have to really be special.   One great trick I learned is if you just can’t part with something your kids made or you received, then take a picture of it.  It’s a whole lot easier to store digital than something that takes up precious real estate.  If it’s small enough to scrap book then keeping it for a photo album should not cost too much of your space.

Some get attached to their things.  I hope to inspire freedom with getting rid of it!  Detach from things! We are very fortunate to have a Goodwill practically right outside of the neighborhood.  I have my bags of old clothes and shoes to take over there and my closet now looks less cluttered.  That’s something to be happy about!  I have three coffee pots.  Why? I just got a fourth to replace the one I use.  Looking at these old coffee pots I’m thinking why did I ever save them for so long?   I mean really they are NASTY!  They do function.  It is just not possible to clean them up.  And the one I am using leaks.  So it functions and leaks all over the counter every time.  There is some guilt in throwing things away because they take up space in a land fill.  Recycling is best where ever possible.  Collecting things that I will never use in my living space isn’t a good solution though.

goodwill

Buying less things helps.  If I don’t absolutely need it, I don’t get it.  So going to the store and buying a great buy in the hopes I will use it will never work for me.  I don’t even like going to the bulk stores.  First I don’t know where the heck I would put it and second if I buy it I want to use it … all of it.  Otherwise it’s a waste!  The funny thing is this is where my sister-in-law and I differ.  She does go to the bulk stores.  We tease each other about it.  I’ll say hmmm, where did you get that?  And she replies … Costco, wink wink!

All of this to say…can’t wait to enjoy a good cup of coffee!  I really hope this coffee pot lasts a long time.  I went with a very bold color this time.  Hopefully waking up to that color will get me to start my day cheery and energetic.   It’s even brighter in the picture!  That should wake anyone up!

coffee

Inspirational de-clutter!