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post #281 of 368
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Originally Posted by ~Nikki~ View Post
That's actually a great idea. I can count the amount of times on one hand that we used the microwave for the entire year of 2006. We should probably just get rid of it, but it's so handy for certain things. I use it to de-thaw my frozen soups and sauces. But it takes up so much space on the counter. For how little we use it, the top of the fridge is probably a good place for the beast of a machine.

we use ours quite a bit - to thaw bread and muffins, reheat leftovers, steam veggies. What do you do as an alternative to these things that is as fast and doesn't dry out the food?
post #282 of 368
Just popping in here to say we replaced our microwave and toater with a toaster/ convection oven in one. I decided to do this after reading all of the threads here about the dangers of microwave and our toasetr started feeling HOT at the plug. Good toasters seemed to cost almost as much as the toaster oven. I really love it. We reheat a few things on the stovetop, but use the toaster oven for toasting, some baking so far. I love not having to have the toaster on the counter as well.
post #283 of 368
Hmmmm, getting rid of our microwave would help solve our "tower of ovens" issue DH would not be happy :
post #284 of 368
Oh and in full disclosure, I did have to buy an electric popcorn popper That was the only thing I'd been using the microwave for for a long time. I keep that in the 'pantry' not in the cupboard. I really love the toaster oven
post #285 of 368
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Originally Posted by 3_opihi View Post
You can do it Lisa! Make sure you prime them first. I'm sure you knew that...but...well, I wish someone had mentioned that to me once long ago..

And I have to tell this story about giving stuff away, getting stuff back. So I have been wanting to get a nice oriental rug for my living room forever. I refuse to pay thousands of dollars for a real one so I scour Craigslist all the time and never catch one. I was sitting here the other day, in my nice little decluttered house (well, downstairs) and I thought, hey I'll just check. Well, there were FIVE rugs that had just been posted. All with phonenumbers (the email people never respond to me) Anyway, within an hour I had scored a beautiful, all wool rug for my living room! AND, the guy even threw in two really nice lamps (that I also needed) these lamps must be worth over 150 each!!!
Thanks for the vote of confidence. Hope your dd is feeling better. And way to go on the rug!
post #286 of 368
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Oh and in full disclosure, I did have to buy an electric popcorn popper That was the only thing I'd been using the microwave for for a long time. I keep that in the 'pantry' not in the cupboard. I really love the toaster oven
Hmmm. We got a nice toaster oven for our wedding. It was on the counter and I took it down a while back. Its been bothering me because its a nice oven and we don't use it. You've got me thinking about pulling it out again and seeing if I can covert to using that.
post #287 of 368
We have a huge mess in our kitchen. DH took down the rest of our extra cabinets yesterday. One was a big one that went floor to ceiling and there wasn't any floor under it. There's subfloor but we don't have any of extra of our ugly floor left. We are eventually planning on replacing it but not right now. DH played hooky from work today and is trying to repair some of the holes and things so I can paint soon.

I've been going through the stuff that was in the cabinets we took down. Found all kinds of stuff we don't need.

I have found a lot of glass and ceramics I don't need. I am nervous about donating them because I think they will break. don't they just throw your donations in those big trailers? Some of it I could probably freecycle but some of it I think would only go if I took a pic of it. I'm too lazy to do that right now. Any ideas?
post #288 of 368

Mop holder success

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Originally Posted by anthasam View Post
lisalulu:
Well, Target only had a unit that hooks into a pegboard : DH said trying to screw it to the wall through the metal wouldn't really work either

So, I think I'm ordering the one mightymoo suggested.

We bought this one tonight at Lowe's. Gotta love the price
post #289 of 368
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We bought this one tonight at Lowe's. Gotta love the price
Oh man we were just at Lowe's this morning and I didn't even think to look. I think that would work for us too!
post #290 of 368
I would really like to join, if I could. I know I am super late, but I just found this thread last night. I just got done taking pics, and last night I made my To-Do list. I think I am splitting up the list, so I can have a list to finish in the next 9 days, and then another list to finish shortly after... SO... here goes:

http://mamakati.blogspot.com/2007/02...e-clutter.html
post #291 of 368
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Originally Posted by Kateana View Post
I would really like to join, if I could. I know I am super late, but I just found this thread last night. I just got done taking pics, and last night I made my To-Do list. I think I am splitting up the list, so I can have a list to finish in the next 9 days, and then another list to finish shortly after... SO... here goes:

http://mamakati.blogspot.com/2007/02...e-clutter.html
Welcome! Kitchen challenge - COMMANDO STYLE. What a cute kitchen you have.
post #292 of 368
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I re-covered all my kitchen chairs yesterday. They were looking pretty dismal (the original fabric was white, it was more a gray by this point). I had covered a few of them before with what I thought was a brilliant idea, using a vinyl tablecloth. Turns out tablecloths aren't designed for that kinda of wear since they all split and came apart. So I went to joanns and got (40% off of course!) some vinyl made for this sort of thing in a burgundy to match my curtains, it was marked 'marine vinyl' - nothing is going rip this stuff! Anyway, it was a 'power through' sort of situation, since using the staple gun was painful on the hands after a while, but I got it all done!

The kitchen is really shaping up, I still haven't figured out the electronics corner problem, or my stove gap, but other than that I think I'm doing pretty good!
post #293 of 368
Well, I believe my decluttering is done. We finished the fridge and pantry yesterday - it had to be done anyway because we have started the Feingold Program, so we had to get rid of "illegal" foods and temptation. The one counter top is still cluttered because dh has to finish finalizing the water filter under the sink - a part he needed just got here yesterday, so as soon as that is done, I can put the vinegar and baking soda back under the sink. The other counter is a bit cluttered because right now it is housing an old computer and printer. Dh is printing things we need or use when teaching from there, resetting the whole thing, and then it will be mailed out to his friend within a week or so. Then, it will be all nice and neat and decluttered!
post #294 of 368
We haven't had a microwave for amost three years now. I don't even miss it. We went to the mountains this weekend and our cabin had a microwave and I only used it to warm my tea because they didn't have a kettle. I use our toaster oven alot or just warm up on the stove or in the oven.

Our kitchen is decluttered and the floor is clean. I also gave our dining table and chairs a good scrubbing. I'm almost done cleaning the cabinets. They are so dirty on the outside. I think I'm going to head to Lowes and see if I can find a grime buster type stuff for them. Any suggetions?

The only bummer is I broke the door off of our trash cupboard. The hinges are old and dh is having a hard time finding the correct hardware. So that part looks pretty ugly.

I should be done w/the kitchen this week so I think I"ll work on the laundry room since it's very visable in the kitchen. I just have to remember to not put crap back in the cupboards. It would be shame to work this hard and have it a mess again in a week!

Have a great week!
post #295 of 368
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Our kitchen is decluttered and the floor is clean. I also gave our dining table and chairs a good scrubbing. I'm almost done cleaning the cabinets. They are so dirty on the outside. I think I'm going to head to Lowes and see if I can find a grime buster type stuff for them. Any suggetions?


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good job on finishing up mama! My sis is visiting this week and she cleaned out my microwave today and the outsides of my appliances. Very nice of her.

For the cabinets, I have heard that TSP dissolved in water works well. Have not tried it myself, but it is supposed to be good for getting that sticky gook off cabinets. Maybe the people at Lowe's can advise about how much to dilute it etc.
post #296 of 368
Oh, ladies, I have to share. At the beginning of the month, our kitchen was pulled down to the floorboards and the studs. Today, I have a floor, walls, cabinets, and appliances. The electrical upgrade will be finished Saturday. Countertops will be installed next week. And then? I will have a fully functioning kitchen! For the first time since NOVEMBER!! I'm so excited that I'm literally doing this:

Having new cabinets gives me a great opportunity to put things away right the first time. I've started putting things away, and really evaluating how I'm using them and if they deserve space in the pretty new cabinets. It's been quite a push to eliminate the extra stuff, always a good thing in my kitchen.
post #297 of 368
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Originally Posted by momaste View Post
Oh, ladies, I have to share. At the beginning of the month, our kitchen was pulled down to the floorboards and the studs. Today, I have a floor, walls, cabinets, and appliances. The electrical upgrade will be finished Saturday. Countertops will be installed next week. And then? I will have a fully functioning kitchen! For the first time since NOVEMBER!! I'm so excited that I'm literally doing this:

Having new cabinets gives me a great opportunity to put things away right the first time. I've started putting things away, and really evaluating how I'm using them and if they deserve space in the pretty new cabinets. It's been quite a push to eliminate the extra stuff, always a good thing in my kitchen.
Pictures to share? :
post #298 of 368
Well, I haven't made much progress in the kitchen. My in-laws will be here Saturday so I'm going to try to get a lot done these next few days. I have a shelf DH needs to hang that will get some little stuff off the counter.

Are those hanging baskets a good place to store fruit or onions/garlic or anything?

-Pam
post #299 of 368
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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
Welcome! Kitchen challenge - COMMANDO STYLE. What a cute kitchen you have.
Thank you!

In the last few days, I've emptied, cleaned, and refilled the cabinets and drawers (thank God for DD's 3 hour naps!!). Also, DH brought up several boxes of packed stuff. I went through them, and now it's time to send the overflow back down to the basement. By tonight, I should be on to the fun, creative stuff!

Anyone have ideas of what colors could go with the orange cabinets??
post #300 of 368
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Originally Posted by Kateana View Post

Anyone have ideas of what colors could go with the orange cabinets??
I think that blues go well with orange (a combo that I Loooove by the way). I think a grayish blue would be great. Great work by the way!
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