Two Second Task: De-Grossifying the Washing Machine

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I’ll put this one under Things That Have Bugged Me Forever that I Still Put Off For Way Too Long

We’re not talking about using some fancy-schmancy washing machine cleaner. I’m just talking about wiping off the amazingly icky top of the washing machine.

I don’t like to think about what the ickiness actually is, so I don’t.

It took somewhere between 2 seconds and three minutes to clean it off with a handy-dandy Clorox wipe.

Actually, this was my first “after” picture:

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It’s amazing how an “after picture” helps you see you’re not quite done.



Two Second Task – New Drawer Pulls

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I haven’t posted a two second task in a while.

I have to post this one. OH my word, how irritated I get with myself for putting off such SIMPLE things.

Simple things that make a huge difference.

This dresser was mine as a child. When I was decorating my first child’s nursery, my mother repainted it for me.

In white. But the old drawer-pulls-from-the-70s were off-white.

So I bought some really cute ones with blue-gingham checks on them. But the blue wasn’t quite the same blue. So I planned to return them. (But ended up decluttering them years later instead.)

Meanwhile, I grabbed some cheap and lousy plastic white ones that were waaayyyy too easy for my kids to twist off.

And then I gave up.

With drawer-pull-twisting-off being a favorite pastime around here, I just didn’t see the point in getting new ones.

And we lived with almost-impossible-to-open drawers in there for a very long time. And almost-impossible-to-open drawers mean little girls learn to just not close them. And not closing drawers means things get crazy even more quickly.

And painted dressers show the effects of not having drawer pulls.

But while decluttering the kids’ rooms last week, I realized the error of my ways and then actually remembered to stop by Home Depot and grab four new drawer pulls while we were out.

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Which cost me a whopping eight dollars.

And now those drawers can open and close as needed, without breaking fingernails or grunting or groaning or anything like that.

(And all children have been properly threatened about drawer-pull-twisting.)


Two Second Task – Moving Things We Don’t Use

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In the summer of 2012, we got a new TV.

When we got it, it didn’t make any sense to hook up the VCR and DVD players that we never used, but that had been hooked up to our old TV.

We didn’t hook them up, but we also didn’t move them.

Right. They sat there.

Shoved to the side of a TV that didn’t have a flat top for stacking stuff on it. Shoved to the side of a TV stand that didn’t have room for all the things we do use. And definitely didn’t have room for things we don’t use.

In the fall of 2013 (yes, over a year later), I finally moved the unused-for-years-and-unplugged-for-more-than-a-year VCR and DVD players out of the room.

Not out of my house, but out of the room.

And that’s something, right?

I know. It’s barely something. I’m just not ready to believe we’ll never ever again watch a VHS tape.

Still hanging off the edge. Still dusty.



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