Sunday, May 20, 2012

Enjoying Spring


Flowers I brought home to make my house lovely

Are you enjoying our long-awaited spring? Walking around your neighborhood, going to farmer's markets, visiting parks to see flowering trees in bloom? Eating outdoors if possible?

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Remove any items of clothing that are hanging in your bathroom. Launder them or hang them up.

  • Swap out towels and hand towels in your bathroom for fresh ones.

  • Make menu plans and create grocery list for the week.

  • Clean out your car if you take it out to do errands today. Throw out trash, wipe dashboard, clean windows, and apply leather cleaner to seats as applicable.

  • Fridge and freezer maintenance - clean one drawer, one shelf or two door shelves in both your fridge and freezer.

  • Check expiration dates on your salad dressings - these can really sneak up on you!

TODAY'S PROJECT: Garage Cleaning

I planned to do some yard work and planting today, but it's raining too much. So instead, I'll work in the garage today.

I run an eBay business from my home, so my garage is half full of merchandise. I don't always spend the time I need to keep it organized, so it is a bit messy right now. Also, I have some decor from last season that needs to be put away in my holiday storage bins. I should have done that months ago.


Stacking Storage Bins, from The Container Store

I've managed to donate six more books, take a box of VHS movies to the Goodwill truck, and listed a stack of collectible entertainment magazines on eBay. (If they don't sell in 2 months I'll recycle them, but I do expect them to sell). I managed to sort and compile three boxes of Legos into one storage box.

I've also wiped down the shelves and straightened the beverages I keep in my outdoor refrigerator.

Does your garage or carport need some sorting, sweeping, cleaning and organizing this weekend?

LOVELY DARE OF THE DAY: Underwear


Recently while sorting my closet for Spring, I went through my underwear bin. I decided to count, and was aghast that I own over 50 pairs of panties. Even with a power outage we had for 7 days that prevented me doing laundry, I didn't need more than ten pairs to get through that time. So I went through my underwear drawer and threw out anything that doesn't fit me (a shameful amount of them are now too small for me), is too difficult to wash or is hand wash only (Ie, the sexy ones), or had any loose frayed elastic, rips or stains. Life is too short to wear stained underwear. I got rid of two thirds of my panties, and the rest are folded neatly in their storage bin. I have more than enough in every color, and I will have plenty of clean pairs to wear if I take a break from doing laundry for a week (though that's not likely!) I won't even let myself go shopping for another couple brand new pairs until fall when these current ones have had time to wear out.

Today I dare you to find and throw away at least FOUR pairs of stained, ripped or ill fitting panties. I bet you have more than enough to get through your next week or two without them.

LOVELY BLOGS: Love and Lemons


Here's a lovely seasonal food blog full of fresh, healthy food inspiration. Recent recipes I want to try include peanut soba noodles with edamame and kale (though I really have a hard time enjoying eating kale); brown rice pasta bake with Swiss chard; and lemon walnut quinoa chickpea salad. The food photography here makes my mouth water and I long to dash into the kitchen and whip up one of these healthy meals. That will have to wait for tomorrow as I just enjoyed a large salad for dinner!

http://www.loveandlemons.com/

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Grilled Rosemary Chicken Kabobs with Sweet & Sour Apricot Sauce (Pink Parsley)

Mango Avocado Salad (Worth the Whisk)

Save Time on Homekeeping Tasks (Martha Stewart)

Strawberry Margaritas Done Right (CHOW)

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