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thmore cleaning stuff tidying up, thursday

Posted by nonnasnonsense on January 30, 2009

so, my brain wasn’t working with coming up with a good alliteration, but what ev. so first off i wanted to prove that i am maintaining my clean living room. i even dusted again last night. so here is proof of that. now, you might have noticed that i didn’t include my desk in this pic. while i am keeping the clutter off of the desk, i was just given a stack of books from my aunt to read, and they are stacked there for lack of a better place. i have also done a major cleaning on the spare bedroom and did a major dusting in our bedroom. they will be given their own blogs once i get to actually rearrange them and make them look nicer.

now, my current project is my coat closet. some idiot forgot to take the before pic because i was all hyped up about starting this project and just totally spaced. i did however take a “just after starting” pic which might even be scarrier. all of the stuff in bags, boxes, or piled on the floor and chairs came out of the bottom of the closet. jackets and such actually were hung on the bottom rack, but that is annoying as all get out, cuz you can’t see the floor. in my house, if i can’t see it, it ain’t gonna get clean. let’s be honest, even if i can see it, it will be lucky to get cleaned. so here is the simi-kinda before pic. the big black bag is stuff that i have decided to donate or trash so far. to be honest i dont know if anybody would want some of the stuff, but i’m goin the donate route first. the boxes and grocery sacks are easy. these are all books that i, my mom, and my aunt have read so they will be going to the library. hmmmm seems like i said that when i took them outta the living room and shoved them in the closet. ok, i am gonna go put them in the van right now. oh, i might as well take a smoke break while i’m out there. be right back…

….ok, i’m back. now where was i? oh, yeah so that is/was the disaster in/on the bottom of my coat closet. here is the disaster that is the rest of my closet cobwebs and all:

as you can see, i have an abundance of old vcr tapes that i picked up from an auction, yard sale, or family member. don’t ask me why. i just did. i had no use for them until recently, when i hooked up my old vcr in my bedroom – no, dirty minds, it’s for the g-kid to watch movies on instead of the dvd player in the living room or my computer. the problem is, at the moment, the only vcr tape i have is the lion king. i am hoping as i go through all of those old vcrs that i will find kid friendly ones that i will store some freaking where but don’t have that planned out yet. there are some old 8mm films from my dad and from hubby’s family that i am hoping to be able to transfer to dvd myself (yeah right!). i do plan on goin’ through the rest of the stuff to either donate or trash as much as possible.

my main goal for this closet is to make it be a coat closet of course, but in a way that they don’t completely cover up the floor, so we can store our spare shoes (read: hubby’s nasty work boots that i don’t want anywhere else). of course my tool box needs to be stored there for home repairs and YES it is MY toolbox with MY tools in it. that was all i asked for as far as presents one year. i know. i should be a dude, but i don’t like girls that much although seashore and i were just discussing how hot and sexy cote de Pablo who plays Ziva on NCIS is:

mmmmmmmmm…….oops got a little sidetracked there. ok. i’m better now.

so my faithful readers (over 26! now-which is wierd cuz i think i gained a few while i was being lazy and not really posting alot. maybe i should take the hint) my question to y’all is this…do you have any suggestions on how i should re-do the shelves, etc.. so that i can hang coats up higher (not too high i’m only 5′ and i gotta be able to reach them) i need to have a specific place for board games, and possibly storage for 8mm, vcr tape, and dvds. i reallly hate my ugly dvd rack in the living room anywayS. the closet is 3’x3’x8′ which is really wasted space up top cuz i’ll never be able to reach that shit unless somebody can come up with some kinda cool built in step or two that i could set like shoes on and then just move outta the way when i need to reach the top shelves. i’m open to any and all suggestions as long as they don’t cost a lot of money, well any money. i have tons of access to scrap metal/wood out in hubby’s shop (sshhhh)


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wow wednesday

Posted by nonnasnonsense on January 7, 2009

first, i must confess. if it wasn’t for this blog and everybody knowing i was supposed to clean last night and expecting to see results, i probably would have been lazy and not done anything.

BUT you were here waiting (i hope) to see my success, so i couldn’t let you down. heinous is probably waiting for my before pics, so he can laugh at me, don’t try to deny it mr! i probably would be too 🙂

oh, and the pink paper sorter thing that is FULL of papers to file, i haven’t sorted it yet. i just cheated and moved it out of the pic. hahaha. what? i’m gonna do it. i just got tired around 2am after 2 more freaking hours of cleaning! and this time i even got all sweaty. for those of you that know me IRL you know that doesn’t mean i was glistening a little. my hair was soaked and it was dripping into my glasses and i was afraid i was gonna short circuit my ipod! thanks evvvvvver so much granddaddy for passing on your “sweat like a raped ape” genes!

so enough jabbering, on with the show! the befores:

yeah, i could write in the dust on my tv. the sad thing is, i have dusted it way more recently and often than the rest of the living room.

notice the vacuum in the living room. i put that there thinking i would use it more often. i only have the one rug in the whole house, so you would think that i could at least do that regularly. nope. hubby went to use it the other day and it had spider webs/cob webs all over it. what the heck is the difference between spider and cob webbs anyways?? are they the same or what?

the wal-mart bags are full of books that i’ve read. i am going to the library to donate them this week, but i did move them into a box and stuck ’em in a closet so it wouldn’t ruin the nice clean look.

and now, the moment we have all been waiting for, drum roll please, my clean living room!! (that for some reason seems huge now that all the crap is gone, hehe.

you see that painting up all the wall? my mommy painted it! you can’t really see it that well, but it is a beautiful fall river scene and just happens to match my house perfectly 🙂 did i just call her mommy? ok, i guess i’m regressing a little, but since she has empty nest syndrome (bad) i’m sure she’ll like that.

on top of the left hand speaker is my gorgeous print by Marie Natale that i won from michelle over at Pandora’s Box. her blog seems to be having technical difficulties for the last couple of weeks, but hopefully she will be up and posting again soon. oh, and i did move the g-kids toys under the desk, but then i ended up putting his little rocking chair that holds all of his books where they were. i will probably have to move it back over by the little table (that mom also painted) because he has already made me move it back there once before because “it goes over here, nonna”. bless his little OCD-in-training heart.

i just threw this one in because i love my coffee table. it’s one of those that has a drawer under the glass so you can display stuff. i have my seashell collection displayed along with my clay “soccer dude” i made in high school and my newly acquired water bottle full of lake michigan water, sand, and pebbles. i got to journey up to yankeeville with seashore this summer and i had to get something to remember my 1st trip to lake michigan.

so that’s it for my living room de-clutterfication (yes, you may use that word i just made up). the next few nights/days i will be catching up on my laundry and i won’t bore you with pics of my dirty drawers 🙂 the next project will be the spare bedroom and then i’ll tackle the master bedroom, which i guess will have to be done during the day since hubby probably won’t like me cleaning it whilst he’s sleeping lol.

oh, and if you’re wondering why i’m not doing the other half of my living room, it’s because it contains 2 recliners and a love seat. even i can’t clutter those up 🙂

and i might add, i have kept the kitchen clean for the last few days and even baked a sock-it-to-me cake (cleaning up as i went!). damn i might turn into domestic goddess after all! lol

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