Sunday, April 10, 2011
Belly Babbles Spring Challenge- Week Three Check-In
Whew this was a busy week. I got most of my deep cleaning done, but I will be playing a bit of catch-up this week. That's okay though - I clean to live, not live to clean :-). I really wanted to get my downstairs in good shape though, so with my limited time this past week I prioritized my time and focused mainly on the living room, kitchen, breakfast nook (all those windows, ay yi yi), bathroom, and foyer. I got the sitting room, dining room, and office decently clean but I do want to go back and give them another whirl.
I did accomplish two Special Projects this week, so hiyo on that.
The first really really needed to be done, and I just kept putting it off. For 2 years. I love my house but the kitchen is a little frustrating. I originally had all the spices stored in a small cabinet next to the stove, but it was a nightmare to keep organized. So then I put all my cookbooks in that cabinet, and all the spices in the cabinet over the stove...which I know is pretty much the worst possible place to store spices. But there they stayed. And then spices got pushed to the back, and I thought I ran out so I'd buy another bottle, and the original bottle would expire. Needless to say, it was a mess. And as much as I cook/bake, it was ridiculous that my spices were in such a disarray. And the heat from the stove probably made all the spices flavorless anyway.
So today, I went through the entire cabinet and tossed anything that was expired or had lost its smell. Then, I bought a handy little gadget called a Spice Stack at Bed Bath & Beyond, for just over $20 with a 20% off coupon. I love this, because I really didn't want yet another thing standing on my kitchen counters (which is the main reason I never bought a traditional spice rack). I was able to squeeze together all my cook books and put my Spice Stack in the original spice cabinet. Eventually, I would like to buy another one and have one dedicated to cooking spices and the other to baking spices, but just tackling the one today was enough :-). The Spice Stack also came with labels but I'm going to restock my collection before I start labeling.
The second project was more just a shopping trip, really. One thing I've been contemplating for a while now is making our house a "no-shoe zone". And quite honestly this is something that I've always said I would never do. But...Anna is really enjoying playing on the floor now. And soon she will be crawling. And I ran across an article the other day that said the average shoe sole has, among other things: fecal matter, gasoline, antifreeze, industrial toxins, pesticides, fertilizers, and even traces of lead. And that shoe will bring ALL of that right into your house and onto your floors. I read that, and then pictured Anna crawling through it, and it literally made me want to vomit. I also started feeling better about it because 99% of the play dates I go to are no-shoe homes too, so at least I'm not alone in thinking about this.
Anyhoo, I decided that after my big Spring cleaning I was going to make our house a "no-shoe zone", and I wanted to get a basket of socks and slippers to keep by the door in case people don't want to be barefoot. I knocked that off the to-do list today and I think the baskets are pretty cute.
I do have a side note about this project. Steve was fully supportive of losing the shoes (actually, he just said, "sure, whatever you want", but I choose to interpret that as being fully supportive, haha), but when he saw these baskets I got a massive eye-roll. He insists that everyone will prefer to be barefoot, and I argued that people might appreciate having a pair of socks or a pair of slippers to put on if they come over and aren't already wearing socks. I said some people just aren't comfortable being barefoot in somebody else's house, which I can certainly understand. He refused to believe me, even after I discovered that my new issue of Martha Stewart Living addressed this very same issue and suggested putting a basket of slippers by the door!!!
So we made a bet. He bet that even by the end of the year, there won't be more than 6 people that come over and use the socks/slippers and that the baskets will be a complete waste of space. I bet that more than 6 people will use them, especially by the end of the year. The stakes are a romantic dinner, cooked completely by the loser, including grocery shopping AND cleaning up. So come on, folks, Momma needs a break from the kitchen. We've got 8 months to go, I think we can throw this bet my way :-).
We're moving into the fourth and final week of the Belly Babbles Spring Challenge, so grab your Swiffer and let's go!