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Week 6: Master Bedrooms {HSU Challenge}

fHoliday Spruce-Up 2014

 

Welcome to my Holiday Spruce-Up 2014 Challenge. This post is part of my seven week home series dedicated to preparing our homes for the holiday season. Join me every Monday morning for a quick lists of tasks for a dedicated zone in our homes. On the weekends, I’m sharing how I tackled the list in my own home. Sign up here to receive email updates delivered straight to your inbox or follow along on facebook for real time progress, tidbits and more.

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Master Suite (HSU)

Woo-hoo!!! Almost there, people. So happy to nearly have this challenge behind me. Due to a busy schedule and internet issues, I was not able to share our bedrooms from last week. I will share all of them this weekend in one post, ok?

Time to organize those closets, donate what is too big/too small or just not being worn for whatever reason. Pull out flannel sheets, warm blankets and fuzzy throws. I love a soft, warm bed—except in the mornings. Then I really dislike them. They are so difficult to drag myself out of to face the morning chill. Ha!

At this time, you may also wish to clean your bathroom if your bedroom is a suite and you did not do so two weeks ago. For the cleaning list for a bathroom, check back here. (Week Four)

Let’s get started. The finish line is in sight. 😉

                                                          Week Six: Master Suite List

Clean all bedding and dust baseboards.

Wash windows, clean blinds (if any), wash curtains.

Knock down cobwebs, wipe down walls, polish all lighting.

Dust furniture, vacuum/shampoo carpets or polish wood floors.

Wipe out and organize, nightstands, dressers and/or closets.

For some: Clean attatched bathroom (if not finished)

One more week. One more week. One more week. 😉

XO,

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Week 5: Bedrooms {HSU Challenge}

Holiday Spruce-Up 2014

 

Welcome to my Holiday Spruce-Up 2014 Challenge. This post is part of my seven week home series dedicated to preparing our homes for the holiday season. Join me every Monday morning for a quick lists of tasks for a dedicated zone in our homes. On the weekends, I’m sharing how I tackled the list in my own home. Sign up here to receive email updates delivered straight to your inbox or follow along on facebook for real time progress, tidbits and more.

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Bedrooms (HSU)

 

Wow. Just wow. We are on Week Five of our Holiday Spruce-Up series. I cannot believe how quickly the weeks slip by. We only have two more weeks until this series is over.

Can’t wait.

This week we are moving into the bedrooms in our homes (this does not include the master bedroom). Airing the rooms, dusting really well and washing beding will help prepare these rooms for any overnight holiday guests. Or simply freshen them up for current occupants. One thing that I am struggling to remember is that I don’t need to fix every single issue that I come across. This is merely a challenge to go a little farther than routine cleaning in my home. Sure, I’m deep cleaning some areas that really need the attention and others I am just scrubbing and organizing like normal.

So, let’s get going. The duvets are calling my name. 😉

                                                          Week Five: Bedrooms List

Clean all bedding and dust baseboards.

Wash windows, clean blinds (if any), wash curtains.

Knock down cobwebs, wipe down walls, polish all lighting.

Dust furniture, vacuum/shampoo carpets or polish wood floors.

Wipe out and organize, nightstands, dressers and/or closets.

 

Time to get that washing machine running…a daily occurance in my home. Laundry just never slows down.

 

Thanks so much for following along,

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Sprucing-Up Kitchens {HSU Challenge}

Holiday Spruce-Up 2014

 

Welcome to my Holiday Spruce-Up 2014 Challenge. This post is part of my seven week home series dedicated to preparing our homes for the holiday season. Join me every Monday morning for a quick lists of tasks for a dedicated zone in our homes. On the weekends, I’m sharing how I tackled the list in my own home. Sign up here to receive email updates delivered straight to your inbox or follow along on facebook for real time progress, tidbits and more.

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Kitchen (HSU)

Wow. Last week’s challenge was hard work. Kitchens can be overwhelming, can’t they? Mine was especially dirty and needed some extra elbow grease.

One of the first things that I did was clean out my oven. Filthy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Charred melted cheese drips adorned my  top rack and formed a tiny puddle on the bottom of the oven.

cleaning the oven
Years ago, I made the choice to quit using the self-cleaning oven option on my ovens. Oddly enough, it was after cooking a Thanksgiving turkey. I thought that I would be quite the industrious, little homemaker and whip that oven back into shape after noticing some grease from the ol’ bird forming a teeny pond on the floor of my oven’s interior.

The fumes that came rolling out were enough to send me and baby Bunny packing. We both bundled up to brace the frigid temperatures of Pennsylvania in early December. Once the oven unlocked and the majority of the horrid smells had dissipated, I ventured slowly back into my kitchen. I was horrified to see that the enamel of my oven’s interior was now merely dust over the entire inside of my oven. Flakes were continuing to slowly peel off and flutter down as I stood there in shock, holding the oven door in my hand. What in the world?!

That turkey cost us a new oven.

Needless to say, I know clean up my own spills by hand with natural ingredients. I sprinkle the oven generously with baking soda, then spray it down with vinegar and shut the door. I let it sit overnight and then wipe it up the next morning. Or the morning after. 🙂

Wipes off like butter.

cleaning a refrigerator

I then cleaned out my refrigerator. Yes, my appliances needed some definite love. Some dish soap, warm water and a rag returned my fridge back to a more respectable state.

Yes, I had good help. 😉

organizing kitchen cabinets

Over several days, I worked my way through my cabinets, wiping them out and organizing them a bit. I must admit that my 31 Days of Life. Contained. series made this task easier for me. My utensil drawer, lunch drawer, medicine cabinet and beverage zone were all ready cleaned and organized. This was a huge help.

The picture below is my every day plate and bowl drawer. Having this low-level drawer available allows my children to set the table and unload the dishwasher with ease, even my little ones can pitch in.

creating a table drawer

My pantry was also still clean and organized. I’m still enjoying the fruit of my “wild hair moment” with its freshly painted shelving and door. Nice.

pantry storage

pantry organization

I washed the windows, inside and outside and dusted the blinds. I have to admit that the blinds needed a more thorough cleaning than they received, but I am saving that for another day. This is just a spruce-up. Some deeper cleaning and projects will have to be conquered after the holidays.

scrubbing windows

Bunny helped my polish the chairs and table. To be fair, Zip also got involved near the end. I think that the sight of us smearing coconut oil all over the surface of the chairs and table just seemed too fascinating to her and she wanted in on the fun. Ha!

polishing wood tables

Bunny swept the floor for me and then kept the three little ones entertained while I mopped the floors by hand. Again, I usually don’t do it this way, but they were really cruddy and needed my muscle, puny as it is.

cleaning the kitchen

I so enjoy working along side of my girls and now that the kitchen is clean, I’m eager to get in there with them cooking our Thanksgiving meal together.

So how did you do? Were you able to finish your kitchen? Whatever you were able to accomplish is well worth it. Just doing one thing, like cleaning out your oven, is better than nothing. For me, sometimes doing that one thing inspires me to do another, and then another. Before I know it, that task that seemed so daunting and overwhelming is finished. How? I mastered it just a little bit at a time—like these weekly spruce-up challenges. So tackle one chore at a time this week.

You can do this.

Thanks for reading.

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Week 4: Bathrooms {HSU Challenge}

Holiday Spruce-Up 2014

 

Welcome to my Holiday Spruce-Up 2014 Challenge. This post is part of my seven week home series dedicated to preparing our homes for the holiday season. Join me every Monday morning for a quick lists of tasks for a dedicated zone in our homes. On the weekends, I’m sharing how I tackled the list in my own home. Sign up here to receive email updates delivered straight to your inbox or follow along on facebook for real time progress, tidbits and more.

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Bathrooms (HSU)

Last week’s assignment was a big one, wasn’t it? Kitchens just have so many nooks and crannies that require scrubbing and organization. I felt like I was constantly working but could not see much gratification due to daily use—dishes in the sink and the ever-present crumbs under the kitchen table. In the end, it was certainly worth it though.

I just need to photograph a few more areas for you.You can look for my kitchen progress post tomorrow.

This week’s challenge is much easier and I intended for it to be this way since we will all be busy with cooking and spending time with family. The outdoors area, living room (or for some,  the family room), kitchen and now our main bathroom (s) should round out all of the areas that our family and friends should see/use over the next few days.
Won’t it feel good to have all of these spaces gleaming and neatly organized for the holiday season? I know that I am enjoying walking through these tidied rooms and being able to truly relax with my little family. And trust me, I’ve knocked down a lot of cobwebs—a lot.

More than I actually care to admit.

Here’s a quick list to polish up our main bathrooms to have them sparkling for this weekend.

                                                            Week 4: Bathrooms List

Knock down cobwebs, wipe down walls, scrub baseboards, etc. Clean the outside of the bathroom cabinet and doors. Wipe down inside of cabinet and drawers. Organize and restock any necessary toiletry items.

Wipe down and clean out bathroom (or hall) linen closet. Restock any toiletries or towels in preparation for your coming guests. Polish all lighting.

Clean toilet, wipe down mirror, scrub tub/shower, mop floors and disinfect all knobs/switches.

Lay out fresh hand towels, check toilet paper, give everything a quick wipe down Thursday morning and most of all, take the time to remember how blessed you truly are.

I know that I’m excited about what I’ve accomplished in my home during the series. Far too often, I neglect certain household duties and let the grime and dust build up. Thanks for holding me accountable to get these things done. It feels good.

XO,

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