The Spring Clean: Part 4

Medicine Cabinet

The Spring Clean: Part 4 medicine cabinet

 

Hey y’all!

How is everyone’s spring clean-up going? Today we are tackling the medicine cabinet! WOO HOO!  I think as the months pass, we all have a tendency to leave our medicine cabinets a bit “out in the cold.”  Well, by “out in the cold” I mean, the poor things get neglected.  Today we show ’em some love.  And let me tell you what, when this project is all said and done brushing your teeth will be a much more delightful task.

 

The Spring Clean medicine cabinet

 

 

The Spring Clean medicine cabinet

The Spring Clean medicine cabinet

Let me show you my process. . .

Medicine cabinet clean out

1. Remove everything, EVERY single thing from your medicine cabinet.  Check expiration dates and discard anything that is expired.  Next, carefully go through the remaining products and get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past few months.  (Chances are, if you haven’t used that eye cream once since you bought it 3 months ago, you’re not gonna!)

2. Give the medicine cabinet a good cleaning.  (You might be surprised at the amount of toothpaste residue that accumulates on the shelves.)

cleaning medicine cabinet shelves

3.  I use Windex, but pick your poison and clean the shelves of your medicine cabinet until they squeak!

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out: recycle glass jars

4. Begin refilling your cabinet with the items that belong.

**Tip** When it comes to small glass organizers for the bathroom, there is no need to splurge.  All of the containers/organizers I used in this cabinet were found around the house.  The glass jars holding cotton balls and Q-tips are old jelly jars.. . Because this girl, she recycles!

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out: bath salts

**Tip** I found these cute blue bottles for $1 at the dollar store.  Such a bargain, so I bought 10! Now they are the perfect vessel for holding scented bath pearls.

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Get creative!  I use a tiny cupcake tin to hold my ponytail holders.

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out :glass jars

So I have a ton of candles that are at the end of their life.  The glass jars that candles come in are the perfect size for small organizers, so I came up with a solution.  Stick the candles in the freezer for an hour or 2.  Remove the candles from freezer and using a butter knife, lift up on the left over wax.  (The freezer helps the wax come up in one big chunk.) Next wash is with soap and water and VOILA!

^^Above, I used an old candle jar to hold dental floss.^^

The Spring Clean: medicine cabinet

ALL DONE!

Good luck getting your medicine cabinet clean and orderly.

xoxo, Jordan

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The Spring Clean: Part 3

Finishing the Unfinished 

Vintage Mola Appliques

 

With the annual foray of spring cleaning in full swing, I am in a need of a break.  Well not so much a break, as much as a separation from my magic eraser  and rubber gloves.  Spending so much time actually cleaning, can get old, quick.  So, with the hope of not loosing my decluttering momentum I figured today might be the perfect day to switch things up a bit.  One task that I feel should be added to every “spring cleaning checklist” is to finish any incomplete projects.  I don’t know about y’all but I have unfinished projects out the wazoo.  It is always thrilling (for me at least) taking on new projects.  The only problem is, after the excitement fades, we lose our drive, and that project gets tucked away in the back of the closet just longing to get done.  SAD!   So, this year, we make a change! This year I am making it a priority on my spring cleaning checklist to wrap-up all of those incomplete projects.

As you move through your house room by room and nook by nook, take an inventory of all “partial-projects”.  Any tasks that you really have no desire to finish, need to go.  Just get rid of it.  It’s just taking up room for more shoes!  Next, squeeze one project into your spring cleaning schedule every couple of days until they are all complete.  Trust me, not only will it empty out lots of space, but it will also leave you feeling SO accomplished and at ease!

One project that I have been meaning to complete for WAY too long, is framing some art for my very long, skinny, and boring hallway.  Months ago I picked up some textiles from an estate sale for $5 a piece.  I didn’t know what they were, or where they came from…but the seller told me each textile was individually appraised for $50, and they were pretty.  After a bit of research I learned that these textiles were Mola appliques from the Kuna Indians in Columbia.  Neat, huh?  Now I could give that hallway some color, and I could do it without putting myself in the poor house.  Of course my next step was heading to Hobby Lobby (on a 40% off wall frames day). I snatched up 4 cheap-o black frames and mats and headed home.  I framed each applique in a white mat (to make it pop) and hung all 4 of them in a row (at eye level).

 

 

vintage Mola Appliques orange

 

 

 

Vintage Mola Applique Thunderbird

Vintage Mola Applique Eagle

vintage mola appliques

framed vintage mola applique

Framed Vintage Mola Appliques

 Wall art: Vintage Mola Appliques

Super simple! It took me about 30 minutes to frame and hang all of my my textiles.  The best part is, I was able to take a break from my cleaning supplies and that’s ONE MORE unfinished project to check off the list!

Try to complete one of your incompletes today!

xoxo, Jordan

The Spring Clean: Part 2

The Spring Clean: stove service

Spring cleaning is all about taking the time to clean what we don’t normally clean on a regular basis.  I have been tackling my spring cleaning checklist one task at a time in an effort not to overwhelm myself.  One day ridding these 15 foot ceilings of any lone cobwebs, another day wiping down baseboards, and today I am giving my stove a full-service cleanup.  My live-in and I moved into our home about 9 months ago and have not given our stove a good, deep clean since.  I have to say, I was absolutely mortified to see the amount of icky gunk that had accumulated into every little crevice of my range (not to mention the deep, burnt stains on the drip pans). It was intimidating! Here is how I tackled my grotty mess of a stove-top.

messy stovetop

 

Yes, I know these are disgusting.  I took the pictures after a messy battle with my wok on “fried rice night,” so please don’t judge me. BAHH! It’s so embarrassing. Sorry  Mommy.

 Stove Service: 1. Remove burners

First things first.  Take the stove apart one piece at a time.  Let me warn you, for every part you remove there will be an even greater amount of nasty mess lying beneath!  You will be shocked. After removing the burners, I could see the drip pans (in all of their glory).  Now, I was aware that these fellas were blackened when we moved in, BUT I reckon I managed to overlook the severity of the issue. That is, until I removed those burners and was in for the shock of my life.

Stove Service: 2- Soak drip pans

I knew this gunk was not going down without a fight. So, before I rolled up my sleeves and whipped out some elbow grease, I let the drip pans and burners soak in a hot, sudsy, grease-removing bubble bath while I tend to the rest of my “stove service.”

Stove Service: 3-clean under range

And the shock continues. HORRIFIC! I could die.

While my drip pans and burners were soaking, I took the time to clean under the range.  I simply removed a few screws and lifted up.  This crumby chaos was staring up at me.  A quick wipe down, a magic eraser, and 407 soaked q-tip helped me get this mess looking brand new.

Stove Service: 4-remove grease from screws

Even the screws were covered in some thick, greasy muck. They got a quick bath too!

Stove Service: 5-New drip pans

Here is where things got a bit tricky.  After a thirty minute soak, I removed my drip pans and started scrubbing with steel wool.  I got nowhere.  So, I scrubbed some more.  Nothing.  Feeling defeated, I called out for Blake’s help.  He is so handy! And what Blake told me, changed everything!… “Jordan why are you spending so much time on those things? You can buy new ones at the dollar store.”  She gone! Off to Dollar General I went. I was shocked to see a set of 2 new drip pans for $5.  WHAT?! Lesson learned.  Sometimes buying a new, perfectly shiny and clean product at good price point is a much more logical solution than spending blood, sweat, and tears trying to clean a dirty one.

Place sparkling, new drip pans into stove and reattach burners.

Stove Service: Finished product

Stove Service: complete

Stay tuned for Part 3 of The Spring Clean coming tomorrow!

xoxo, Jordan