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post #221 of 368
Anyone know where to get one of those racks for putting your mops and brooms? I think someone here had one but I can't remember who? I tried Restoration Hardware-they used to have them but don't anymore.
post #222 of 368
Feb is half over and I want to join!

I don't know if labeling or something along those lines has been covered. I don't know abou you all but I have a heck of a time keeping things in the same spot ... my older kids like to put things away all willy nilly at times. So, tonight I thought I'd make up 3x5 cards and tape up what belongs where so everyone remembers. Hopefully it will help keep things organized and uncluttered ... oh got to do the decluttering and cleaning up too haha not all in one shot though that would be just too much! :
post #223 of 368

nak

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Originally Posted by lisalulu View Post
Anyone know where to get one of those racks for putting your mops and brooms? I think someone here had one but I can't remember who? I tried Restoration Hardware-they used to have them but don't anymore.

I have one of these on my Target list. I must carry a list into that store and try my hardest not to stray from it

I googled "mop holder" and found a few, but most were for industrial purposes. I'll let you know what I find this week.
post #224 of 368
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Originally Posted by lisalulu View Post
Anyone know where to get one of those racks for putting your mops and brooms? I think someone here had one but I can't remember who? I tried Restoration Hardware-they used to have them but don't anymore.
I have a plastic one I use, I bought on amazon. ARe you looking for something really pretty or just functional? Restoration hardware is pretty pricey.
post #225 of 368
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I have a plastic one I use, I bought on amazon. ARe you looking for something really pretty or just functional? Restoration hardware is pretty pricey.

I'm not lisalulu, but I'm lookinng for functional and sturdy :
post #226 of 368
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I'm not lisalulu, but I'm lookinng for functional and sturdy :
This is the one I bought: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...576588-7498252 It actually has a name brand which for some reason this amazon retailer doesn't want to disclose and I forget it. It's not the best thing I've ever owned - but its easy to get things in and out. It wouldn't hold anything too too heavy (like more than I think maybe 10 pounds?) but it works pretty well for me.
post #227 of 368
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Our linoleum was really yellow and dirty looking no matter how hard we cleaned it. We finally bought this stuff at Ace called "Krud Kutter" yes, I'm sure I took 10 years off my life but that stuff seriously took off all the buildup off my floor in less than five minutes. It's amazing. And this after I had used every floor stripper under the sun - including laquer thinner :

Now I mop with a very diluted version of the Krud Kutter stuff and then go over it with mop and glo. It's important to wax, strip and rewax linoleum to keep it from getting that gross buildup.


Thank you for the tip. I went to Home Depot and got some. It's awesome! I still need to do the Mop and Glo. I was planning on one day next week getting on my hands and knees and scrubbing away and now I don't have to. Even dh commented on how clean the floor is.

So I guess my next step is scrubbing down the cupboards, fridge and oven.
post #228 of 368
Well, I am getting there. I bought stuff that I have been putting off for a long time. I got the magnetic spice thing. It didn't fit all of my spices, but a good bit of them and I might get another depending on how I like it. So I just went through my spices, we get our spices in bulk, well there was a mystery spice that my dh forgot to put what it was. I really couldn't tell either. So it is gone.
I also bought a silverware caddy, it also has a spot for napkins. So that took all the silverware out of the drawer and put the napkins where my dds can get them. That is more dining room, since it is on the table now.
And I bought a new untensil set. This is a little crazy, but most of our utensils are plastic and or broken. Yesterday while trying to make pudding all the wires starting falling out of my wisk. It was almost comical, to see one go boing and then another boing... So I got an all metal set that has a caddy, I put my wooden spoons in there and set it on my counter. I do still have a few untensils in my drawer, but I took two drawers down to one. I am not sure what I am going to do with the empty drawer though yet.But I think the silverware on the table looks nice, I may tie dye my napkins, they are just white and are pretty stained. My spices look better and my drawer looks less crowded. I am just hoping that my dh doesn't mind that I actually bought a whole new thing of untensils

Oh by the way the person who was looking for a grid like mine to hang up their pots, I saw one on the container store website, I am not sure how big they were but they were decently inexpensive, so if you haven't found one yet...
post #229 of 368
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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
I have a plastic one I use, I bought on amazon. ARe you looking for something really pretty or just functional? Restoration hardware is pretty pricey.
I wanted something pretty (within reason) because the only place I have to put isn't very well concealed but if it comes down to it I will take whatever will work.
post #230 of 368
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I have one of these on my Target list. I must carry a list into that store and try my hardest not to stray from it

I googled "mop holder" and found a few, but most were for industrial purposes. I'll let you know what I find this week.
Cool! Thanks!
post #231 of 368
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I wanted something pretty (within reason) because the only place I have to put isn't very well concealed but if it comes down to it I will take whatever will work.
I was just asking because the one I have is not really pretty, so wasn't sure if it was worth looking up or not.
post #232 of 368
I've been stalled, and am stopping by for some inspiration.

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also~ maple syrup spilled on the bottom shelf some weeks ago : and I know it'll take much of the afternoon just to remedy that :
My secret weapon against caked on stuff in the fridge is boiling water from the kettle. Especially great for sugary gunk.
post #233 of 368
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Originally Posted by 3_opihi View Post
Our linoleum was really yellow and dirty looking no matter how hard we cleaned it. We finally bought this stuff at Ace called "Krud Kutter" yes, I'm sure I took 10 years off my life but that stuff seriously took off all the buildup off my floor in less than five minutes. It's amazing. And this after I had used every floor stripper under the sun - including laquer thinner :

Now I mop with a very diluted version of the Krud Kutter stuff and then go over it with mop and glo. It's important to wax, strip and rewax linoleum to keep it from getting that gross buildup.
Now that is a helpful hint I am going to note for when we do basements...our floor down there is awful, still from before we bought this house. Is your floor real linoleum or is it vinyl?

I cleaned counters on one side of the kitchen today. Got under the toaster and canisters, etc. My neighbor is stopping by tomorrow, so that is motivation to get the other side done in the morning.
post #234 of 368
so i got a lot done this weekend.
i cleaned all the windows, cabinet fronts, organized and purged the food storage cabinets, took down the prior owners curtains(finally! ), cleaned a couple of spots in the fridge, and cleaned the wall/stuff near the sink.
still lots to do though....

anyone have real linoleum? the stuff from the fifties that can't really get too wet, it has to be waxed. just wondering what other ppl use. i have some stuff that is an acrilic wax, but hate to use that kinda stuff in my house. i have heard carnuba wax is good, but have no idea how to apply it, or how long it would last.
post #235 of 368
can we still join even though the deadline is past? i just saw this.
post #236 of 368
Dh and I have been purging the house all weekend and really got going good in the kitchen! I went through all my dishes - I boxed up a set that we don't use and gave them to my mom (she's a total dish collector!), and boxed up our "every day" dishes to give to my best friend. My mom gave me her really nice "every day" dishes, so I got rid of two sets, took in one set, and have new dishes that didn't cost me anything! We are getting rid of small appliances that we don't use; I have a cupboard now for our art/craft supplies, and both my "problem" cupboards are organized and simplified. I will have to post some pictures in the morning. My problem counters are also coming along. The one side was cleared, but then dh moved the old computer onto it temporarily. It will be in the garage by next weekend and my counters will be much clearer and cleaner. I have reorganized and simplified almost every cupboard; my "job" this week is the pantry. And once the inside of the under sink is dried (we were having problems with the reverse osmosis filter system but all is going well now), I will be able to put our baking soda and vinegar bottles back under there (that's all we use for cleaning along with some Dr. Bronners, so it gets kept under the sink without much worry). It's really nice knowing it's coming along so well!

I've missed a few pages here ... has last Wednesday's Oprah on decluttering been talked about on the thread? That is what finally motivated dh to dig in and do some serious work with me. It is so much easier with him helping.
post #237 of 368
Subbing! I know it's late, but I want in on this. I'll post pictures and answer the questions tomorrow if the teething twins let me get any sleep tonight! You ladies are an inspiration.

P.S I also have a general decluttering goal of 1000 items in February. I need at least 300 items to leave my kitchen. Think I can do it? I bet I can.
post #238 of 368
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can we still join even though the deadline is past? i just saw this.
Of course the dates were just a kinda a guideline so everyone would get their pictures taken and posted before they started. Welcome to the challenge!

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I've missed a few pages here ... has last Wednesday's Oprah on decluttering been talked about on the thread? That is what finally motivated dh to dig in and do some serious work with me. It is so much easier with him helping.
I don't think we talked about it on this thread. I saw it, it was a pretty good show.

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Subbing! I know it's late, but I want in on this. I'll post pictures and answer the questions tomorrow if the teething twins let me get any sleep tonight! You ladies are an inspiration.

P.S I also have a general decluttering goal of 1000 items in February. I need at least 300 items to leave my kitchen. Think I can do it? I bet I can.
Welcome! Hey, any little bit counts right?
post #239 of 368
so after cleaning all the cabinets and fridge and the pantry closets, we pretty much had no food, unless you count the 4 cans of tuna that was hiding in the pantry and the 6 or 7 boxes of pasta that were 1/2 gone :
so... after a looong day with 2 very sick dc I went to the grocery when dh got home from work for a full trip and I was all alone. It was a nice break and when I came home I had a clear table and clean countertops to sort and put away groceries~ that was awesome. For some reason dh decided he wanted to help?! and I was like 'no, step away from the cabinets, there is order here and I wish it to stay'. He's a shover and doesn't abide by my 'system'.: .

but now..... the fridge and cabinets seem full again and I cant help but feel cluttered alll over again. We generally shop once every 2 weeks or so and though we needed alot I was able to stay in our budget which was nice, and neccesary .

I have been spreading out the organization and purging, and with the exception of the office/sunporch, the first floor is just about finished, and I have moved onto the upstairs. Ds room and closet is done and dd is 1/2 way there, the bath is done but our bedroom is a nightmare : .
I find the hardest thing (besides getting started) is trying to stay on top of what has been 'done' while trying to 'finish' other projects.
I am taking a road trip with a friend and our dc in the coming months and plan to have everything done and ready and the paint bought so dh has no excuse but to get the painting done (in our bedroom and the upstairs hallway) I think our little kitchen reno may be started by then but who knows. I want a hand in that but don't care for the painting of the other stuff .

I have to say~ this thread has truly motivated me. As I sat on my kitchen floor sat morn surrounded by mismatched plasticware and pans and measuring cups and ice tea jugs and felt the frustarated tears beginning to come~ I thought of all on this thread trudging along with their own projects and overwhelming undertakings~ and I got to work and finished!!! I think the kitchen was/is by far, the most frustrating place for me.

sorry for the ramble but thanks for the outlet:

post #240 of 368
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Originally Posted by mamabearsoblessed View Post
I have to say~ this thread has truly motivated me. As I sat on my kitchen floor sat morn surrounded by mismatched plasticware and pans and measuring cups and ice tea jugs and felt the frustarated tears beginning to come~ I thought of all on this thread trudging along with their own projects and overwhelming undertakings~ and I got to work and finished!!! I think the kitchen was/is by far, the most frustrating place for me.

sorry for the ramble but thanks for the outlet:

I've often felt that feeling over being overwhelmed by the stuff. I feel it whenever I venture into my basement. Like its so much you can't even begin! It's amazing how bad "stuff" can make us feel isn't it?

Glad to hear we were some help! Keep truckin mama!
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