Monday, March 2, 2009

Tidy IS better...

I do not like to clean, but I like clean! God knew what He was talking about when He said create a house of order. Order IS freedom.
I mean look at this! (quickly the piles creepeth in)
UGH! (can you even see the cat rear end? Even she didn't appreciate having to tunnel in to the food bowl)

A VERY short time later: clean washer and dryer, behold the order!!

to the left of the washer is my broom holder hubby finally hung up for me (it has moved from house to house with us), now we have plans to put more white wire shelves here.

And move the broom holder here. I also have more hook racks and an ironing board holder to put up. Hopefully this will be done soon. It is so nice when things have a place.

So where did all the junk go? Here on the island and freezer (no picture of that-trust me, it was a mess). So, working just 15 minutes at a time I cleaned the kitchen of the junk (and other kitchen stuff). All the junk went to the shed (which I am pleased to report is orderly and I am able to put things RIGHT where they belong). (shown here is seed starts, and a bag of seed potatoes to cut up and dry for planting)

I was thinking of all the things I am thankful for, my washer and dryer, my washroom, my wallspace. My kitchen window (see the sun? Thanks Goodwill).

My kitchen aide mixer, the bounty of soda and water bottles I'm re-cycling to store water in.

My bullet, my bread box, that my plastic containers (which fit IN the cabinet at the last place we lived) which hold cereal and fit perfectly on the bread box.

The lidded plastic container for the grands food and such, an out of the way corner to keep it (on top of the fridge), the basket I found to hold food for the girls I babysit. The basket that holds hubby's koolaide, and my napkin holder, all out of the way and easy to get too.

My pot rack, the hooks I don't have up yet for the bounty of the pans and pots we have. That this empty wall space over the freezer is useful, and I have more space for other things in the cabinets. I am thankful for my salad spinner, that can hang on the pot rack, showes measures, and only cost $1.49:)

I am thankful for the pretty curtians that came with the house. I am thankful for these big windows making the house bright.

When my little kitchen is clean I smile! See my cute little kettle? $1.00 at Goodwill. I am thankful for Goodwill. Behold the order! Spottless-no, tidy-yes!!

for Blue Monday: product review: Pledge fabric sweeper-almost 5 BUCKS-works great! You roll it back and forth and the fuzzy rollers catch the pet hair and put it in the bin. It says it is disposible, but when I fill it I'm going to try emptying the catch bin. Depending on how long it lasts, it might be worth the price to me:)

This is for:

11th Heavens Homemaking Haven for Home Maker Monday

As for Me and My House for Making A Happy Home Monday


Nola said...

I've seen the commercials for the pet hair catcher; let me know if it works. I often joke that every time I vacuum, I pick up a spare cat; probably would do the same with one of those!

Unknown said...

Job well done!!

Zaroga said...

“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”

I have this scripture printed out somewhere and it used to hang upon my kitchen wall.

I house is a house of clutter and I hate it... but it will take both of us to get it back to a house of order.

A great post, Carla.

The Raggedy Girl said...

Having a clean and tidy home makes me feel so good that I felt good just looking at how good your home looks. I am sure you worked really hard and don't you wish you could figure out who messes it up, I know I wish I could. Everytime I make perfect I promise myself I will keep it that way, sometimes I can and other time, not so good!

Have a Wonderful Day
from Roberta Anne

Lisa Loo said...

It does always feel better when it is done--I just wish it wasn't so hard to get started! You will have to let me know how the pet hair thingie works!

Lisa Loo said...

It does always feel better when it is done--I just wish it wasn't so hard to get started! You will have to let me know how the pet hair thingie works!

Carletta said...

After seeing this I think I'll tackle this computer table I'm at sometime to day! :)

Thanks for stopping by my rose photo. In regards to which photo program I use to download to blogger - I download straight to blogger.

Unknown said...

Very tidy, and your kitchen window is neat! Your plants look like they've been luxuriating under your (loving ) care!

Deb said...

Good Job, makes you feel good to get things accomplished, I have been working on my laundry room, got it painted, it was such a mess, it is the catch all room, if you don't know what to do with it, put it in there till you figure it

Gail said...

Are you sure you did take a picture of my utility room, the before picture?

Wonderful job.

Don't you just love Goodwill and yardsales???

SmilingSally said...

I like organization. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Unknown said...

Looks at you getting all organized! You make me wanna get up clean, ah nah, I'll just wait 'til tomorrow! :)

Aiyana said...

I certainly agree order is freedom! On the surface, my home is very orderly, but look behind a closet door, drawer or cabinent and I have controlled chaos. It is a burden and is always on my mind. This encourages me to finally get things organized before summer.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

I love the cat in the picture. Great transformation!

alpinekleins said...

Way to go! It looks wonderful. Sometimes we can't see all the things were greatful for when we have an untidy spot - order does really help us see our blessings!


Reborn said...

Love the pictures! And I soooo love Goodwill. I'm glad we don't live closeby, or we might fight over all the good stuff. ;)

~LL~ said...

THat looks really great! Thanks for linking up! Maybe your other readers will join us ;)

TJ said...

Very nice cleaning! I do not like to clean either and it shows! My whole house looks like your laundry. I have to put a dent in it this week and weekend, it's embarrassing.

Sarah said...

oh dear, which reminds me of the air conditioner filters I cleaned today ~ many, many cat hairs. Ugh ~! I love the cat, but could do with out the shedding! I might be brave enough to do a before and after of my boys playroom. It's quite the interesting 'disaster' area right now!

Janet, said...

you've done a good job of organizing. My house seems to stay cluttered. I can't seem to keep up, right now it is a mess.