Good Afternoon Frugal Friends,
Didn't get a chance to check-in yesterday as it was shopping day and by the time I got my grocery bought, errands ran and food prepped for storage I was ready to call it a day and went to bed by 9:00. Unusual for me, but all this decluttering and reorganizing has kept me busy and ready to go to bed at a reasonable hour. I think that happens when you aren't bored. Bored, I haven't been since the first of the year.
I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I think tomorrow I will be completely finished and can just relax and enjoy the week-end. My house is absolutely sparkling and I have finished decluttering. I loaded up the back of my car this morning and I have lots of stuff for Goodwill. I have managed to keep up with the zones so far this month and my daily chores, so I'm feeling good about my progress.
CG, I spent some time looking at the video's on At Home with Nikki. What a beautiful home she has and I really enjoyed looking at the organization of her home. Mercy, that girl has got some serious cash invested in storage containers. I use a lot of the same ideas that she had, but mine aren't all matching containers and most were free. For instance I used Kraft glass mayonnaise jars for storage before they went to plastic, along with the ball glass jars, when someone who cans would give me a gift of their canned goods. My kitchen is yellow with blue accents and I liked the blue tops and love the mayo. LOL I hand write all my labels as I have a ton of sticky labels left over from my business days and don't want them to go to waste. I just take a black magic marker and make some cute squigglies around the edges after I write what is in the jars so they wouldn't look so plain. I painted clothespins and put on my wicker baskets ( purchased from the Dollar Store) with the initials of my queen sheets, (Q) full sheets, (T) for twin sheets. I love the deep baskets for storing things in. I store my toilet paper in them as well.
Loved, Loved, Loved her coffee bar. I thought the idea of all the coffee cups where wine bottles were probably meant to be was a very unique idea. I have mine in a corner cabinet in my kitchen and it's not as spacious, but it works for me. My kitchen drawers are a little smaller width wise so I am not able to have the dividers as she does. I looked into the wooden tray inserts when I redid my kitchen and none would fit. I have extra everyday stainless tableware and the plastic holders aren't deep enough. My drawers are 4" deep so I could probably devise some wood dividers to section it off like a silverware tray myself. I just might do that this summer. I wouldn't give up my wood cabinets for anything, so don't want to install new kitchen cabinets, just so I can have fancy dividers. The little white wire trays from Dollar Tree help me keep everything organized most of the time. I just couldn't fit 5 of those in there is the only reason I'm not using those.
I did love her tip of using essential lemon oil on a wet paper towel to clean the microwave. I have always used vinegar mixed in a small amount of water, but I have some essential lemon oil that I don't use much and it really gave a nice fresh smell to the kitchen, so I'm going to use it up for that. When it's gone I will go back to my white vinegar because white vinegar in a small container keeps my kitchen smelling fresh anyway and does a good job of helping clean the microwave. I found me a glass container that was used for serving parmesan cheese, large holes in top and I keep that on top of my refrigerator hidden. Most other things that I've seen so far I do already, cleaning the sink with soda and putting the liners in the bottom of my trash cans. I am going to watch more as I have time. I was glad to see that she only spends an hour a day cleaning house. When I tell people that they think I'm pulling their legs. Honestly, once you get it really clean the first time, give everything a place and are organized that is all it takes.
This was a long post.
If you got to the end and are still with me, everyone have a great day. Pouring down rain here, so I'm really glad there is no where I have to be today. Going to boil some eggs and make me some Tuna Salad for lunch. Everyone have a wonderful day.