Sunday, October 18, 2009

Curio Cabinets

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- Finalize Halloween costumes, put up decorations, finish party plans

- Spot-cleaning kitchen and bathroom floors or just using a few cleaning wipes on them will make them shine and make your weekend cleanup go faster.

- Done with the weekend's laundry? It's folded and put away? Bed linens changed?

- Is there room in your coat closet for actual coats? See if you need to declutter, get rid of unused coats, or move a vacuum to a different closet.

- Use your fragrance oil infuser, burn a candle, or spray your favorite home fragrance

TODAY'S PROJECT: Curio Cabinets

I own two curio cabinets, both full of dishes and keepsakes. Today I'm sorting them both out and dusting. I'm removing everything, including the glass shelves, and washing all the dishes. I have to wash them by hand as they're antiques or fragile fancy martini glasses, so they don't go near a dishwasher, ever.

I can't move the curio cabinets by myself to vacuum under them, but I will give them a good dusting. I'll see if there's anything I can get rid of, as each cabinet is looking cluttered. But unfortunately I think everything in these cabinets is something I either use frequently for entertaining, or keepsakes I'm too sentimental about (like my great-aunt's handmade decorated eggshells).

In the living room cabinet I have martini glasses, wine glasses, a china figurine of a witch I've had since I was a little girl, eggshells my aunt decorated, three or four amethyst glass vases, pink depression glass dessert dishes, a wacky art glass bowl I use to serve M&Ms or peanuts, and a few other miscellaneous pieces of glassware. Almost all need to be washed as dusting alone won't help them. The glass shelves will be washed too, as well as the glass in the doors.

I expect the project to take around an hour per cabinet, which gives me plenty of time to finish up laundry, make dinner and clean up after it before Desperate Housewives comes on!

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