Disclaimer: It is NOT due to pregnancy…I'll just squash that right off.
But, perhaps it's the tease of spring. We've had a couple of really nice sunny days, and now I am jonesin' for spring.
I've also been reading a lot of Clean Mama, Simply Organized and A Bowl Full of Lemons among other things. But Jen over at i(Heart) Organization has been my biggest inspiration. She is doing her Monthly Clean Home Challenge. Which I started doing, but I haven't really left the kitchen.
I'm OK with that. It's kind of a room that I want to spend some time and energy on. I feel like this room <
1) it's a dumping ground at our house;
2) it's going to be years before I get to really redesign it.
That's too big a project and our house already has too long a list. Things like—making all the bathrooms functional (we have 3 showers/baths) and until recently, we only used 1 of them.
So, kitchen will stay untouched by redesign for a while. But that doesn't mean I can't make the best of it. And it's not bad, just not all I want it to be.
A couple weeks ago, I tackled my pantry. It has stayed pretty organized, even after a trip to Trader Joe's.
Last week I cleaned off our counter. If you wanna see what it looked like before, check it out here.
And this is what it looks like now.
My plan was to keep it this way for a week before I would allow myself to post about it.
Wednesday was a week. And it's still clean!
The succulents will not live on my counter. They are earmarked for a project that I plan to complete this weekend.
The box is an antibiotic E and the fact that it has been living on the CLEAN counter has helped us remember to give it to her every morning.
When I was cleaning I also found some awesome things.
Most notably: The Kiss me coin that hubby and I used to trade back and forth and a William Sonoma gift card.
The token: Something DH and I got at a little shop in Nashville, IN while we were dating and has been a good tension breaker for us. You know…when you have one of those crazy fights and you just need to break the tension for a minute to regroup.
It's been sorely missed.
The gift card: I think my SIL gave it to me for Christmas a couple years ago. I never got to William-Sonoma but I think I will have to plan a little trip.
Suggestions on what to get?
And a new favorite thing. Kinda found while cleaning, but not really. It's just the first time I REALLY used it.
It's a natural cleaner I purchased forever ago and although I also recently made some all-purpose cleaner. I might finish out what I have of the home-made and get more of this.
More expensive, but…I do really like it.
Do you have a favorite green cleaning product?
Let me know…this is kinda a new area for me and I'm liking it as well.