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A mess is a mess…

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I’ve been slacking on my blog after what I like to refer to as, ‘The Unfortunate Incident’,  happened.   I didn’t expect anyone outside of friends and family on Facebook to read my blog, let alone for it to be referred to in an article on http://www.jezebel.com.  I guess it wasn’t totally negative, but they weren’t singing my blog’s praises either.  I was more appalled by the comments people left.  I do want to point out that I tried to comment, and Jezebel decided not to post it.  Nice.  Couldn’t even let little ‘June’ defend herself? I did enjoy checking my blog stats to see how many views I had.

Now on to being more like June… but goodness not too much because we are all strong independent working women!  (Ok, I’m letting it go now)  It seems in June’s house everything had its place.   Whether it was in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc.  I decided that my next tip would be to organize!  And I don’t mean the whole house in one weekend.  I picked out the place that bugged me the most – kitchen pantry.  I have a huge pantry that has been a hot mess since about the second week of living in our house.  Dear husband and I just threw anything food related in there.  I was embarrassed for other people to open the doors!  I wanted to take everything out, check for expired dates, and group the items together with labels.  Dear Husband took it one step further and laminated the labels!  I got so excited I’m wondering what else I can label and laminate.  Don’t the small things make you realize how much you love your ‘Ward’?  Organizing the kitchen pantry gave me so much satisfaction that I will eventually do all closets.  If you’re going through a clothes closet clean out the clutter and donate.  Don’t forget to write it off at tax time.  Enjoy organizing! 

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Cleaning…

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

I’ve decided cleaning is the hardest thing a 1950’s housewife, or any housewife for that matter, has to do.  How did Joan keep everything so sparkling on Leave it to Beaver? She didn’t I know, it’s a TV set, but play along with me. 

I really have to be in the mood for cleaning, but I feel I do a pretty good job.  Sometimes it’s the objects in the room that keeps me from cleaning it.  For example, dear husband and I use to have a ‘hodge-podge’ master bedroom – college furniture, ugly sheets, white walls.  We upgraded with a new bedroom suite, nice bed sheets/bedspread, chocolate-colored walls, curtains, and a new flat screen.  I love to clean this room now, and it’s a retreat for us.  I think I just knew that all the cleaning in the world would not make me love the old ‘hodge-podge’ room.

My first tip is to clean something 1950’s style.  When was the last time you scrubbed a floor – yellow gloves, hands & knees style?  What about washing baseboards, cleaning windows, and other crazy things like that?  We’ve got it so easy with our vast chemical products and Swiffer WetJets.  ‘Spring cleaning’ didn’t just happen in spring for 1950’s housewives!  Try buying a 1950’s tool for cleaning like the dust mop.  I love mine for our hardwood floors. 

My second tip for cleaning is make your own supplies.  I’ve been wanting to make my own laundry soap for a while now.  I’ve googled a couple of recipes, and watched the Duggars (my reality show guilty pleasure, 19 Kids & Counting) make it.  Here’s the recipe I’m using, it’s for a powder soap:

1 bar of shaved bar soap (I used Ivory)

1/2 cup of Borax (I had to go to three stores to find this – Meijer & WalMart were out, Target had it)

1/2 cup of Washing Soda (I used Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)

Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results.  Use 2 TBSP per load.

Enjoy living a little bit more like June, and a little cleaner too!