Friday, March 26, 2010

Always Use Rubbers While Screwing

It may be snowing outside my window right now, but that doesn't mean Spring isn't around the corner. And what's so great about Spring?

Spring Cleaning!!

[Insert cheers and applause here.]

Now I've started a little early, just trying to get things organized and get rid of all the junk in my house. My latest project was the cupboard under my kitchen sink. It was organized at one point but then too much crap started accumulating until, well, it looked like this:

So, with Boomhower's help, I took everything out so I could scrub that sucker down.

I don't know what I would do without Boomhower, he made sure there were no spiders or any other deadly creepy crawly things under there. He basically risked his life for me. And he should, I'm the one that gives him his ice water every day for hell's sake.

Most of the crap under there are stains from the last 30 years the house has been in existence. I don't even want to know what that white substance is on the wall or how it found it's permanent home frozen mid drip on the cupboard underneath my sink.

All I know is that it wasn't from mean Albert.

And don't worry, I practice safe cleaning, I always use rubbers.

Gloves people.

Rubber GLOVES sickos.

So scrubbing it didn't do much for the aesthetics but at least I know it's clean! (Yes, I cleaned it AFTER Boomhower inspected it.)

My ultimate goal is to store my cleaning supplies in the area that they are used. So I moved all the cleaners that I don't use in the kitchen to their new homes and now I have much more space and can actually find what I'm looking for.

Now, for my favorite part. I was walking through the isles of Bed Bath and Beyond when I came across this under-the-sink shelf. We had a moment when we first laid eyes on each other. All the background noise and people faded away and it was only me and shelf sharing some sort of intangible connection. I'm pretty sure I heard harps and I knew we were meant for each other. And shelf knew he was meant for me, he practically jumped in my cart, I had no choice but to bring him home.

He is expandable and the shelves are adjustable so you can custom fit him under your sink. Very cool and I did it all by myself! I used one of those doo-hickies that turns those other metal thingies into the shelf so they stay together.

Yep, I screwed all by myself!

So lets get on with it already and do a before and after.



You can't really see it in the picture but now there is storage behind the shelf where I store our flower vases (because we never use them) and other things that I don't use very often. I'm thinking of putting the iron back there so I can avoid any more mishaps in the future.

And because I like things to match, I'm going to buy some mesh steel containers to replace those ugly plastic ones I'm currently using. Something like dis:

I know you're all pumped right now to go home and get to screwing so I won't take up any more of your time.

Just remember, always use your rubbers!


Rebecca Jo said...

I think you got a picture of under MY sink... except I have a red random ball - not a green one :)

I'm so glad you showed how that thing worked... didnt get how it worked by the picture alone... but now, I feel like I must go to Bed, Bath & Beyond right now...I want a moment like you had looking at it... I'll even bring violins

Miss. Candy said...

Did you sneak in my house and take a picture? I even keep the flower vases under there too!!!!! I LOVE that shelf, I might just have to go invest in on!!!

blueviolet said...

My garbage disposal makes it so I can't fit a darn thing under my kitchen sink. Actually I have a central vac mounted under there so I have even less space. But now the bathrooms...I could use those shelves in there! Ahhhh yes.

Always use your rubbers? Oops.

singedwingangel said...

Now if I stored cleaning stuff under my sink that would be the ticket.. but I don't I do however store my lids for my pots and pans in a nice brown cardboard box..

Call Me Cate said...

Isn't it awesome how as soon as a door is open that's usually closed or a space is cleared out that's usually cluttered, kitties have to investigate?

My under-sink cabinet is kinda in-between your before and after. Joe organized it somewhat not too long ago but the problem we have is that the bottom of the cabinet is horribly warped. We should maybe do something about that.

Jen said...

I am totally afraid to under my sink. I have no idea what's under there but I am sure its something awful.

Kim said...

ahh! That shelf would be my perfect solution for the insanity under my sink that I refuse to confront! Thanks for sharing.

Brian Miller said...

guess this means my wife is going to want me to help clean some closets out...not sure if i am looking forward to spring

Marissa said...

LOVE that feeling of having something so cleaned and organized! Then every time you walk in or open the door you just get a little grin on your face and a warm feeling in your gut! As much as it can suck, spring cleaning is probably one of the most gratifying cleaning "things" out there!!


Please come and do my house! Bring your rubbers, or you can use mine!

Mommy in Real Life said...

Ohhh - I have undersink envy!

And I ALWAYS practice safe house-cleaning... I have my children do it!

Pricilla said...

It's always good to have a good helper cat.

Suzi said...

Can you come be my personal organizer? I need some help in this area.

Julia said...

Did it occur to you that only clean freaks have to keep their cleaners CLEAN?

Well, I'm just calling the kettle black right?

The Green Family said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the post title Ü

I am also in love with your shelf..could we be swingers?! In the way that I take the shelf and give you my old garbage can?!

So glad you have Boomhower to risk his life, love the pic's and it makes me feel so unorganized!!

KK said...

Awesome that looks so much better! The biggest difference for me has been moving supplies to near where I need them and buying 2 sets of bathroom cleaner so I don't have to carry stuff back and forth. I'm all for hiding the iron just so I don't have to use it!

Karin Katherine said...

Spring cleaning and organizing is THE BEST! I'm so psyched to see your pictures. You go!

ashley said...

I didn't think the before looked all that bad. The after looks much better of course, but I'm more impressed with your average every day clutter.
Who keeps their clutter that clean...seriously?

Justine said...

What a proud moment this is for all of us. I mean, scrubbing, organizing, screwing? All in one day? You must be exhausted.

Question. Why do you keep epsom salts in the kitchen?

Justine :o )

Queenie Jeannie said...

Great job lil Sis!!!

I have to do this and throw out stuff from every drawer, cupboard, closet.....ugh, tired already.....

Jason, as himself said...

Beee-uuu-ti-fulll! Doesn't it feel so good every time you open the doors?

But...I tend to think it feels better without the rubbers.

Donnetta said...

Best title - EVER!

I have been forbidden by Pumpkin to enter Bed, Bath and Beyond. Too many things call out my name!

Donnetta said...

Best title - EVER!

I have been forbidden by Pumpkin to enter Bed, Bath and Beyond. Too many things call out my name!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oooooh! I REALLY need one of those under the sink shelves - my under the sink space is pitiful and messy! :)

Closer to Lucy said...

I have those shelves and still have the mess, though much worse. I thought about putting the baby locks on it so it wouldn't open, but then I'd have to borrow a baby.

Megan said...

Rubbers? Nah, think I'll pass. lol

But look at your being the Organizational Queen. Want to come and do my house next?

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh wow I so have to pick one of those! Mine is scary you so don't want to see it ... LOL

You crack me up, keep up the "safe"

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