Our Crazy Challenge

We have a move coming up and every move, we manage to purge more and more. Well, our last move, when we moved states, we got rid of at least half a garage full of stuff. Since then, we have gotten rid of another (at least) 40 bags. I began our second round and kind of hit a bump along the way–came to a complete halt.

Since then, we have begun looking for a new place–our lease is up here in about 1.5 months and we don’t want to have to move A TON of stuff again. Plus, we’re aiming to get into a smaller place–2 bedrooms, not 3. We found one, well below our price range, but in order to live comfortably in it, we definitely need to purge some more.

Mr. had a crazy idea! So, here it is. As of the stuff we have right now….

  1. 50% of our stuff will be gotten rid of
  2. 25% of our stuff will be sold
  3. 25% of our stuff will be kept

We will be aiming for the bigger categories in our house…

  • Toys
  • Crafts
  • Electronics
  • Clothes
  • Kitchen

Toys update–2 bags this week (and another two bags earlier this year) out of the boys room. As of right now, it’s pretty decent to clean. The puzzles… Those need to be addressed later.

Crafts update— I just took out 5 grocery bags and 4 scrapbooks. I have plans to do more, but at the moment they are sitting where they are. I need to fix our construction paper holders and make 2 quilts.

Electronics update–We have one garbage bag full of cords that we pulled out and I will be running to the recycling center tomorrow.

Clothing update–I pulled out all the clothes we have been hanging onto for Mr, he hasn’t gotten around to wearing. We have downsized the clothes that are too small for all of the boys (Newborn-12 months) and I will be finishing up the 18 month clothes, as Z doesn’t fit in them any more.

Kitchen update–I believe I did this before we moved to the state, but tomorrow, I will be plowing through all of our kitchen stuff and sorting through what we want to keep and what we don’t.

 

As I do this, I will make a list of things that need to be replaced (after we move, as we are on a strict budget right now) and we will begin replacing old items with new and throwing them out. For example, tupperware, dinnerware and Mr’s clothes are three things I can think of right now.
 
If you want to join in on the purging fun, by all means dive right in! Feel free to share pictures below or join me as we declutter our house, along with many others in the 40 bags in 40 days group.

Learn from My Mistake

 

Well, here we are… Again! Look for another steam mop. It’s been about 2 years since we bought it. Worked great… Until a couple weeks ago.

So, I have started cleaning our house with vinegar. I don’t like many chemical products and “green products” tend to give me a massive headache. I can usually tell when the other two bathrooms in the house are getting cleaned because I can smell the products and I get a massive headache. Also, when I was working for a housecleaning company–for a whole couple of weeks–after that, I started getting random bumps on my fingers and usually do after using an “green products”. Therefore, I tend to stick to vinegar, water, baking soda, dish soap, lemon juice, and whatever else I can usually find for DIY cleaners.

Well, back to the whole–broke my steam mop trying to “green clean”.

Dirt Devil Easy Steam Mop–had it for about 2 years. Got it so far?

Okay. So, last week, “genius idea” to put vinegar and dish soap in. The steam mop has been leaving nasty streaks on the wood floor since we moved in, in October, and I hate it. Also, the smell of it (yeah, it has a nasty smell) was giving me a headache too. I was hoping it was a dirty clothe or perhaps, it was the water–I don’t know. So, change the clothe and added vinegar and dish soap to the water. Not very much. Just enough to see if it would make a difference. Well, it did really well. Used it for about another week or two.

Then, I got out of the practice. Put it away and didn’t really think about it for a while. Well, last month–or the month before–my husband went to use it. Pulled it out of the closet, pulled it in, and turned it on. Notta! The water warms up. But, nothing happens to the steam head. It doesn’t get hot. It doesn’t steam–nothing! So, it’s toast.

I don’t know if it’s because of the dish soap and vinegar or if it was just  its’ “time”. But, it’s a good cleaner but, for people who are sensitive to smells and such, I wouldn’t recommend it.

So, yeah… That’s what I get to do today. Replace our steam mop. Not a Dirt Devil this time. $60 for 2 years, it isn’t bad. But, I don’t want to have to replace it every couple of years.

Think we’ll be trying out a Shark. Seems to be the most popular among my friends and family via Facebook.

What’s your favorite? Any “it’s busted” stories?