I’m detouring from my series about my favorite organizing products so I can update you all on my progress with P90X. Since I was away from blogging for so long, many of you didn’t get a chance to see my second update, so I’m going to give you both update 1 and 2 at the same time!
First, here is my before picture:
And Here I Am After The First Month:
Looks a little better, but still not where I want to be.
Here is the video I made of my first Update after the first month:
And Now My Current Pic:
I think I look much better here. My husband says I’m looking sexier and sexier every day. Thanks honey!
I did slack off a little in the second month…Ok, so I slacked off a lot. I got pretty busy at the end of it and couldn’t seem to get back into the groove of until I already blew 2 weeks. It wasn’t too bad because I still did a few exercises per week here and there, but not all of them like I should have done.
My goal is to make this month the best one EVER and really get rid of that gosh darn belly fat (which is always the last to go, btw).
Here Is My Second Video Update:
Lets Take A Look At All Those Photos Side-By-Side:
As you can see, despite me slacking off last month, I’m looking pretty good. I would be looking even better, but hey…you can’t be perfect all the time. I am very happy with my results so far
Cleaning is always tedious and time-consuming. Years ago, it was only the woman whose domestic obligations were cooking and cleaning. Maybe some secrets of cleaning come from these times, and today they are rediscovered. Nobody knows for sure, what we know is that they didn’t think about the environmental issues that we have in mind today. They didn’t even know what that mean. Now, however, it is well known, and you have the ability to clean your home in this way which is environmentally friendly. There are several ways to clean green, and make your life more healthy and clean.
Clean sinks and other surfaces environmentally friendly
For sink and other surfaces for washing, you can use water and baking soda. Apply it directly on the sink, then scrub with a sponge. It will remove dark spots on the surface and will make it shine without causing any scratches. Then rinse it with water and dry with a soft cloth. Bicarbonate has the ability to sanitize without leaving residue chemicals and is suitable for surface cleaning.
With the same mix of water and soda you can clean Waterloo silverware. As an alternative you can use detergent “do it yourself” by using lemon.
Cleaning sanitary ware
Cleaning of sanitary ware can includes also hot water and baking soda or white vinegar and warm water. Do not use a mixture of water and baking soda to the bath of methacrylate. Vinegar is an excellent tool for removing limescale on sinks and taps. It is enough to go with a sponge which is soaked in warm vinegar and then rinse with water. If there is limescale on the taps, then it is best to soak it in vinegar until the limescale starts to melt, and then rinse.
For cleaning the toilet, avoid using aggressive substances such as ammonia and bleach, or any other: these are products that are harmful to the environment and humans. It can be used without any problem baking soda or vinegar dissolved in hot water.
Put in the microwave half cup with equal parts of water and lemon juice (or water and vinegar). Turn on the maximum power for about 5 minutes. Wait a few minutes before removing the cup and rinse the inside of the oven with a damp cloth.
Besides these few green tricks we want to share with you something that maybe our ancestors knew, or maybe not. Definitely you do not know what ordinary vinegar is capable of, is that right?
Vinegar is mainly used as a food additive and preservative. Its main ingredient is acetic acid. There are vinegars with different concentration. We will make savings, if we do window washing with recipe inherited from our grandmothers – with clean water and vinegar. You should attempt cleaning the rust with vinegar water, or simply with with concentrated vinegar. Chemical detergent may be used only if this substances don’t work. However beware: some substances react to the vinegar – such as marble and aluminum can change the color.
With lemon juice you can even remove stains from different materials. It is appropriate to clean the coffee maker, sink, kettle, and cutlery.
This is for those of you who spend a lot of time in your car (commuters, professional organizers, military, etc.). A major problem many people have is keeping their car organized and clutter free. It is literally a magnet for all things trash and random things.
There are many things you can do to reduce the clutter of your car significantly (which we will completely as we go through this series) and one of those things is to use the Swing Away. A picture is worth a thousand words so take a look at this video I made which explains everything:
If you are military you are going to want this! Before we got the Swing Away, my husband would slip his paperwork between the center console and chair, where it would disappear. Don’t let that happen to you. Use the swing away to hold all the documents you need to keep on hand.
Ahhhh, the “Vanity spinner.” I put that into parentheses because it can be used for many other things other than just for your bathroom vanity. Here is what it looks like:
It looks very pretty for your coutertop, that’s for sure. I use mine as a lazy susan in my kitchen cabinet that holds my vinegars, oils, and extracts. It makes it a lot easier to get to and saves a lot more space! Here’s the video I made for you so you can see it better:
In honor of my return to blogging, and since there is a fantastic sale going on this month, I am restarting this series for the WonderFULL Bag (click on link to check out the sale). At regular price this bag is $40, but for the entire month of may you can get it for just $25 if you spend $50 or more at my shop (not including shipping and handling).
This bag truly is wonderful because not only is it quite large, but it also has 6 large pockets on the outside to hold anything and everything you need for whatever you’re using it for. Currently I’m using it as a work-bag for my organizing business.
Take a look at the video I created about it:
I asked my peeps what they’re using theirs for and here is a list I came up with:
The beach! The sand doesn’t stick to it, it’s water resistant, and large enough to hold quite a few beach towels, sunscreen, and water bottles. Plus it’s cute!
For The Gym: Large enough to hold an extra pair of clothes, shower essentials, flip flops, a towel, your ipod/iphone, some water bottles, and snacks.
Diaper Bag: Mommies around the world! This bag is great as a diaper bag because you can get 6 bottles in it (one in each outer pocket), baby snacks, extra diapers, a change of clothes for baby, and still have some room for anything else you’d like to keep in there. You could probably even fit your own purse in there so you just have one back to carry instead of 2. I wish I had this for my kids when they were babies!
Weekender Tote: Use it for all your weekend activities. Keep it hanging near the front door and as you find things that need to be in there during the week you can simply slip it in there.
Carry On For The Plane: Use for ipod/iphone, snacks, drinks, activities for the kids, laptop, books, etc.
This is clean laundry. I know many of you do this. You’ll wash your clothes and then it’ll either end up on your bed or on the floor. If it ends up on your bed, usually it still ends up on your floor anyway when you run out of time to fold all the clothes.
I had this problem for a while until I finally said, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!” I put my thinking cap on and came up with a solution to this horrible problem.
So what did I do?
I Hung My Laundry On The Wall
Yep, you read that right. I hung my laundry on the wall and created a laundry sorting station.
Here’s what it looks like:
Here’s what it looks like without the baskets up:
As you can see, each basket is labeled with each person’s name, as well as the word “household” on the bottom one. As each load of laundry is finished washing and drying, I sort all of our clothes into their respective baskets until everything is done cleaning and I am ready to fold.
The best part about the sorting station: it stays organized and contained instead of spread out all over my bed/floor. I also don’t have to feel bad or annoyed when I have those weeks in which I simply do not have the time to fold my clothes.
In fact, I have this in my dining room, close to my washer and dryer because I didn’t really have anywhere else to put it and I get A LOT of compliments on how much people like the way it looks and how brilliant it is. All you have to do is make it look pretty and it doesn’t matter where you put it!
If you decide to take on this project, here are the materials you will need:
One laundry basket per person plus an extra one for household items. So we have a family of 4 which means I have 5 laundry baskets.
2 L shaped shelf brackets per basket. We kept one basket on the floor so we only needed 8 shelf brackets for the other 4.
If you have drywalls, getting drywall anchors is a MUST because those baskets will get too heavy for just regular screws. The shelf brackets will end up coming right out if you don’t use anchors.
Determine where you will put your baskets and measure accordingly.
Screw the plastic part of your anchor into the wall.
Line them up with the shelf bracket holes and then screw them into the anchors.
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