The Spring Clean: Part 5

 

THE SPRING CLEAN: cleaning above light fixtures

Hey y’all!

I am so excited to say that my annual spring cleaning mission is complete! In order for me to tackle such a daunting task, my strategy was to work bit-by-bit. Try to clean the whole house in a weekend, and you’re done-zo! Trying to maintain a steady pace, doing one project a day, I worked my way up, from bottom to top.

1. Start with floors, rugs, and baseboards.

2. Move on to waist level surfaces. Clean upholstery, dust/polish furniture, wash all bed linens.

3. Continue on with eye level surfaces.  Clean window and window sills, wash drapes, dust wall hanging (art, etc.), and dust above furniture.

4. Up high!  Dust or vacuum above cabinets, dust ceiling fans and air vents, change out light bulbs, clean light fixtures, sweep away any cobwebs on the ceiling, and finally CLEAN THE CEILING!

So cleaning the ceiling is definitely not something I do “on the reg.”  The truth is, I never noticed they needed to be cleaned until I moved into this “quirky” old house of mine.  Does anyone else ever have those days where they just get wild with a magic eraser? Well it happens to me about once a week. I whip out a new eraser and clean as many surfaces as I can get my hands on.  It all started with an innocent wipe down of my backsplash, which lead to “magically erasing” my cabinet doors.  That eventually lead to me cleaning those little splatters we get on kitchen walls.  It wasn’t until I was wiping down my kitchen walls, that I looked up, and AHH! I had some serious damage on my ceiling.  Not quite sure what to even call it.  But you know what I am talking about…Those grey-ish areas above your chandeliers.  Perhaps its from using bulbs with the wrong wattage, or not, I don’t know.  All I know is, a burnt looking ceiling is un-cool, and unattractive.

I knew if my magic eraser could handle weird greasy residue from Lord knows what, it could probably tackle my little issue on the ceiling.  So with my trusty M.E. in hand and a step ladder, I climbed on up and erased the crap-ola out of my ceiling.  It really was effortless, and the results were amazing.

**Hint** I think the reason I went so long without even noticing the discolor of my ceiling is because the light is always on!  So…wait until the sun is shining in bright, then turn your light off.  This will make it much easier to see the damage.  :)

P.S.  While you are up on that ladder, take the time to give your chandelier a good wipe down.  If your bulbs are fresh and still have some life in them, then dust them off.  You might be surprised at how much brighter your room gets once your bulbs are dust-free.

The Spring Clean: Cleaning above light fixtures

 

THE SPRING CLEAN: cleaning above light fixtures

 

 

xoxo, Jordan

 

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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

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