I've been the antsiest lately about making changes to our house. Ever since we found out we were staying here long-term....I'm totally antsy-pants. Besides the girls rooms (and dining room curtains! which I love), I haven't made many updates at all since we moved in. I'm not one for seasonal tablescapes or changing out couch pillows regularly. Blah blah blah budgets and work schedules, but it just doesn't happen. It's 2014 and I wanna make some changes, but they're going to have to be the $0 variety for the time being.
After breakfast this morning, I looked around my cluttered kitchen and was like, I can take matters into my own hands for $0! Duh, let's do this! You all may know the trick (if you can call it that) I'm about to share, but here goes.
Around the time we got married I first learned about FlyLady from my friend Jesse. Step One from the FlyLady is "shining your sink." I've done this from time to time over the years, but it'd been a while. I sort of hate our sink—it's super-shallow so things splash everywhere, in a weird spot at the very end of the counter (old houses accommodating for dishwashers, I guess), and our garbage disposal might be the wimpiest in America. BUT, you don't have to love your sink to love when it's CLEAN!
FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SHINING YOUR SINK HERE.
I love doing this because you don't have to have any special tools or potions. (Cleaning expert I am not, nor have I dipped my toe into the water of homemade cleaners, as lovely as that sounds.)
I did a condensed version this morning that still yielded pretty satisfying results (but PLEASE check out the full version for some extra satisfaction/your first go at it):
- Clear out all the dishes and rinse out the sink with hot water from the sink sprayer.
- Spray/wipe out the sink with all-purpose cleaning spray.
- Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend (love this stuff) all over the sink.
- Spray water over the top so it's kind of a paste, then scrub with a scrub brush (I keep around a spray bottle of plain water for doing the gals' hair, so I just used that, and ran the scrub brush through the dishwasher afterward).
- Rinse with hot water from the sink sprayer.
- Spray/shine with Windex.
- Admire your work and feel good about your accomplishment, and go forth to do more!
If you're lucky, I'll be back soon to write a whole post dedicated to my Pivot Vac (dust-buster).