Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Operation Organization!

Hi all!  I am FINALLY all better from my epic illness! I have never been that sick in my whole life, and I never want to repeat it either!
After I got my energy back, I decided to have a Operation Organization for the month of January! I filled the entire front page (double columns) of things to organize in our home in the month of January, and I’m pleased to say I only have one room left to go! Except for the one room that’s left, every drawer, cabinet, piece of furniture, closet, under bed……….well, lets just say every nook and cranny of our house has been gone through, purged and organized! I’m feeling quite accomplished! :0)

Today I thought I’d show you one area of our house that has bugged me since we moved in…………under the kitchen sink! I was too embarrassed to show you the before pic of what it looked like, so here it is all empty! :0)

Before shot of sink

You can see in the picture above, that there’s swelling from where there was a water leak before we bought our house, and stains from various things that had been stored down there.   I decided it was time to cover it up! I had some leftover peel and stick tiles from my laundry room makeover that I though would be perfect for this job. 
First I scrubbed the floor of the cabinet with hot soapy water, rinsed and let it dry thoroughly.  Then I started laying out whole tiles from the front to the back.  I measured where I needed to make the cuts…………….

how to organize your sink

and transferred the measurements to the back of the tiles like this…..(see the marks?)

cutting peel and stick

Then all I did was make three or four passes with my utility knife against the edge of my level that was on the marks, then just snapped the piece of tile off.  It really is that simple.

how to cut peel and stick tile

Then I just peeled and stuck it all down in place…….doesn’t that look better?!!!  It only took 6 tiles and you can buy them individually at Lowes, so the whole thing would be about 6 bucks! That’s a lot of improvement for 6 dollars! :0)

organizing under your kitchen sink

I’m still going to get a caddy to put my cleaners in when I get to Walmart, but it’s still better than it was.  I don’t use a lot or harsh cleaners anyway, mostly vinegar, baking soda and peroxide. I use ammonia occasionally. but I’d rather go as non-toxic as possible whenever possible.

kitchen sink

Am I the only one that goes completely organizing crazy in January? We really want to tackle our garage, but our temps have been CRAZY cold around here…I’m talking –27 degree wind chill…brrrr, so the garage will have to wait until Spring!

What have you been organizing?

Oh…and thank you to everyone for your sweet comments and get wells, I really appreciate it. I love you guys!



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Hey you guys! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been sick.  Not  just a cold and sniffle kind of sick either, but the kind where you’re in bed for long stretches of time.  

sick girl

On December 22nd we had our big Christmas choir program at church, it was beautiful, but the very next day I was sick! I went to my mom and dad’s house on December the 24th for our annual Christmas eve together thinking I just had a little bug, but I laid on the sofa the whole time and didn’t get near anyone. My hubby even made me a plate of food so I didn’t have to get near the food…you know, so I didn’t contaminate anything in case I was contagious.  I am SO glad we did that, because Christmas day I was really sick….I had the flu! (no one at my mom’s got sick…shew! I’m glad!)  We had our Christmas morning with our kids, and then I went to bed…..and I have basically been there ever since! I was already out of the time zone to be able to get tamiflu so I fought it at home with mucinex, sudafed and ibuprofen.  I ended up going to the dr anyway because my ears were hurting…turns out my flu went into a double ear infection and bronchitis.  I have been one sick puppy!  I finally got to the point where I could get dressed, put on some makeup and venture outside. (after I took a short nap from getting dressed and putting on makeup..NO energy!)  My first trip was through the drive thru at the bank,  and the drive thru at Dairy Queen.  Ohh…a BIG adventure indeed! lol  My next time out was with my hubby to go grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant where we had been given a gift card for Christmas.  Those have been my two big excursions thus far.  I am still having quite a bit of sinus issues and headaches, but I’m doing a lot better than I was.  I’m on my second round of antibiotics, so hopefully we’ll have this thing wrapped up soon!  This is NOT the kind of break a blogger wants to take!  Please be patient with me as I get my energy back…don’t really feel like doing many projects….although I did make a list of things I’d like to do while I was sick! HA! 
I truly hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to the New Year!  The way I look at the start to my year is, it can’t really go anywhere but up from here! :0)


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