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Getting Lots Done Around the House

November 16th, 2014 at 07:26 pm

I've been getting a ton done around the house. We're staying in because of the snow.

F has a friend over, and they're dancing around our bedroom.

I have been using my new steam cleaner. It's so great! I've cleaned all of our trash cans, cleaned the windows and screens in our bedroom. Cleaned all the nooks and crannies in the kitchen (ovens, under the fridge). This was what I bought with my birthday money - so happy I did!!!

I've also done my usual chores like vacuuming the house. And I reorganized my pajama drawers. And tidied up the hall closet (we had a lot of visitors this past summer and things were put away haphazardly).

Now I just have to make the girls lunch and I can spend some time doing something I want to do while they play.

Other things I've done to make next week easier and save money:
- got the supplies to make christmas crackers (I've been saving toilet paper tubes and have some scraps of christmas paper, so now I have the snaps and crowns) - enough to make 25 crackers which should last us 4 years.
- printed out license plate checklist and slugbug checklist and paper battleship for our Thanksgiving road trip (free entertainment!)
- made a list so we don't forget anything for Thanksgiving (including my parents' Christmas present which I'll hide in their house because my mom will open it if I give it to her right away - so I'll hide it and then send her on a secret mission to find her present at Christmas time)
- worked out a "meal plan" for the drive to California: sandwiches for dinner, lots of snacks and fruit (bringing our little cooler), hotel breakfast buffet the next morning and more snacks.

And, biggest money saver: D put the snow tires on today (we bought tires and rims which we worked out would save money in the second year because D can put them on himself rather than take the car in to have the tires put on).

7 Responses to “Getting Lots Done Around the House”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I love snow days...whether they are relaxing or productive! I've had a combination of both here.

  2. Buendia Says:

    I love them, too! Sadly, it stopped snowing about an hour ago, and a lot of it has already melted off. Hoping D got some good photos of F and her friend in the snow...

  3. snafu Says:

    Did you choose a hand held steamer or the larger unit? I hope your brand has the extra tools because you've a remarkable gizmo that cleans, sanitizes all manner of stuff, even areas around electronics like the mess of cords I try to control with velcro wraps [not actual electronics]. With a tiny bit of monitoring it's safe for F to have a blast cleaning baseboards. Wonderful for tile/grout, glass topped tables, oven doors, countertops sanitized, gunk around faucets and anything stainless like drawer/cabinet pulls. It makes all the different chemicals and cleaning products that need the user to wear gloves - obsolete.

    It's ok to use on mattress as you flip quarterly, upholstered furnishings and I use it regularly on the wrist area of my winter coat and down parka which I seem to mess up. When his SUV was newer, DH used it regularly, now not so much. What I like best is that it gets into tiny corners and crevices of anything ornate or awkward. It['s fun to use and so doesn't really feel like work!

  4. Buendia Says:

    Yep, got the handheld and it has a bunch of tools (squeegee, brushes, etc.). F already tried it out and loved it, too!

    I hadn't thought of the mattress - great idea!

  5. snafu Says:

    Hope it's ok to mention a couple of items which may note be mentioned in your manual... rings, jewelry, combs/brushes, soap scum, stove vent & it's screen, cutting boards, any sign of mold, toilet brush & holder and I always steam luggage after a trip since it's stowed in the hold of planes, hotel trolley's, & wheeled in foreign countries.

    Earlier this year I suggested DS use one in his [new] apartment whose building was beset by spiders. We were surprised that it worked.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Now you've got me excited about my steam cleaner, which I haven't used in a couple of years!

  7. Buendia Says:

    Snafu, I love all of those ideas! Luggage is particularly smart.

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