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Recent Purchases / Cleaning Machines

I’m obsession with cleaning gadgets. Vacuums, steam cleaners, and more vacuums. Here are some of my recent purchases that I love.

No. 1 Hoover Power Scrub / Buy Here
I used to own another carpet cleaner but it started to fail on me. I switched brands to a Hoover, and I’m in LOVE. With two cats in the house, a 7 year old and his friends trecking through and even Aubrey occasionally walking over carpets in his outdoor shoes, I find that on a few occasions during the year, my carpets benefit from a nice wash. This machine regularly goes between my Mom’s house and mine, as we have pets that choose to barf and pee in the most awkward of spots. This machine is SO much fun so you can see the dirty water when you’re done cleaning your rugs,

No. 2 UltraSonic Cleaner / Buy Here
I’m in love with  most recent gadget purchase is my UltraSonic Cleaner to clean my jewelry. I posted it to Instgram stories when it came, and immediately went to town cleaning things. It is SO MUCH FUN. I don’t totally get what it’s doing, and how it works, but Ultrasonic cleaners are THE BEST. My jewelry is all shiny, I even cleaned a bunch of other random things like my glasses, my electric tooth brush head. I use regular dish detergent and BAM! It cleans my stuff with a magic light and some vibrations.

No. 3 Bissel Spray / Buy Here
I am a devotee to this spray. MakMak our cat likes to occasionally barf on our carpets and a quick spray of this on anything and you watch the stain dissappear. It’s AMAZING.

No. 4 Dyson Vacuum / Buy Here
I purchased this bad boy after our last vacuum bit the dust (get it, dust? Hardy har har) and it’s AMAZING. Truthfully, any Dyson would be amazing but I love this one. I vacuum just to see what it picks up (and it picks up a LOT)

Ps., Check out the before and after of when I wash my watch with my ultra sonic cleaner. 

Putting my watch in the clean water

 

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How To Store Birthday Candles

I spent the better part of Saturday taking everything out of my kitchen cupboards and being ruthless with what to keep and, what to donate. I tend to do this once and awhile, majorly purging areas of my house.  It’s a rather boring story of my Saturday day /night.

One thing that I realized I had TONS of were Birthday candles stored in different areas of the kitchen.  It’s one of those little things that always gets lost.  I combined them all, took them all out of their packaging, and placed them into tall Mason jars. So simply, yes.  So ridiculously simple. But it’s perfect. Now I know where to find them AND they look gorgeous!! Huzzah!

So if you’re like me and have birthday candles in their silly boxes in different drawers throughout the house – try this – you’ll be able to see them at all times, they won’t get lost AND are gorgeous enough to leave out on the table. 😉

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Craft Cupboard Cleanout

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Saturday afternoon Oscar and I organized our craft cupboard. I’ve never posted it before because it looked like a bomb went off in it, and no one could go in except I, as only I knew how to take things out, like Jenga – so nothing would fall out. I decided the cupboard was originally designed for Oscar – Part of the reason we extended the counter into the eat in kitchen was to gain extra storage space for things like this. Anyways, I needed to address making it more easy to find things. I added in more shelves from Ikea, went to the dollar store and stocked up on more craft supplies so the cupboard was stocked better and, emptied it all out so I saw what we were working with.

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I collect jars – Jam jars, pickle jars (the best) as they are awesome for storing items in. Although I prefer big plastic bins for markers and crayons, as you have to sort to find the best colours – jars are great for dollar store craft items like wood balls, sticks, pegs and glitter. On one of the doors I cut a page protector in half and taped it to the door, so it was a clean pocket to hold Oscar’s sticker collection. In plain sight – more likely to get used.

We do a lot of crafts on the floor. I find it more fun than at the table, you can spread out.

Cleaning the cupboard led to painting in the kitchen, and then a big bubble bath afterwards to clean up the boy. 😉 Anyhow, if this post is about anything, it’s to encourage you to save those pickle jars and also, to buy a bunch of random craft supplies to have on hand, even if you have no immediate plans to use them. That leads to the best creative projects.