Clean Chandelier Hack

Have you ever turned on the light in your room and everything appeared dim?My first thought is to check to see if anything is wrong with lightbulbs and to my surprise I see all of the build up that has began to accrue on the chandelier crystal drops.

Now, this is a task I avoid at all cost, cleaning the crystal drops.Although cleaning light fixtures are on my cleaning list, it’s something I skip over or surface clean until it get’s notably icky.I’ll look up at the chandelier then, look away, up at the chandelier and then walk right off. lol

But one day… while in the kitchen I looked at the dishwasher and that BIG’ OLE light bulb went off in my head.

PUT THEM IN THE DISHWASHER!

YES!

But before I tossed them all in the dishwasher and experience a total ruin and have to purchase all new ones, I did a test run.I took 3 pieces and ran them through a cycle to see how they hold up.I place two in the utensil holder and one on the top rack.

To my amazement they came out Cleznene! (clean in my Snoop Dog voice)

I also plan on using this technique with my ceiling fixture light domes as well. Now, depending on which room of the house the chandelier drops or light fixture domes are located, you may have minimum to maximum build up.For instance, my light comes in the kitchen get maximum grease build up quickly because they’re in the kitchen and I cook A LOT.In this case you may not have the same results.

What to do?

Soak chandelier drops or lobes first, remove excess dirt or grease and then place them in the dishwasher.

Now, let’s clean the chandelier drops.

  1. Remove chandelier drops.
  2. Check for excess dirt or grease build up.
  3. Pretreat any area that has excessive build up with some dish soap and remove it with some elbow grease and a towel.
  4. Place in the dishwasher.I placed mine on the top rack because the heating coil to dry the dishes are under the bottom rack.
  5. When load is complete, remove and dry with a towel.
  6. Place them back on the chandelier or light fixture.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Organization Project of the Week: Organizing the Drop Zone

This week I’m cleaning (deep cleaning)  in zone 1, which is my front doorway, entry, coat closet & Living room.  I revamped my coat closet a couple months ago so check out those details.  So, this week I wanted to work on organizing my drop zone.

Drop zone what? Yes, we all have them.  That space in the house where we enter and drop everything.  It’s where our shoes land, coats, bags, purses, keys and anything else we can rid ourselves of when we return home.  

There’s nothing wrong with having a drop zone.  Like I said, we all have them.  It’s what we decide to do with them that counts.  They’re a great place to organize and make useful for those of us that don’t have mudrooms.  Or you can take some of these ideas to make your mudroom more functional.  Actually, I had this system already in place, but it was in need of some fine tuning.

If you’re looking to create or fine tune your drop zone, think of those things that you’re always in need of when you’re in this area.

drop zone 2

Let’s first begin with the items that stay here or are very useful and I need at my fingertips.

1.My planner-  I like having my planner open so that I’m able to see what’s on my schedule during the day.  If I need to make changes or add to my schedule I can.

2.Clipboard- On this clipboard I have all important “need taken care of” papers.  Bills I need to pay for the week, school papers that may need signature or returned to school. etc

3.Desk drawer-  All the essentials that help with daily task.

a.Home Management Binder

b.Notepad to write notes for teachers

c.Envelopes

d.Stapler, post its, whiteout, ink pens, highlighters

e.Hair accessories.  Every morning I take my daughter to school I ask her to run up to her room to get a brush and rubberband to refresh her hair.  No longer will she have to run to her room.  Now I have them in the desk drawer.

4. Camera-  We all know that I’m a crazy bird lady.  As well as, when I need to take pictures for my blog I’ll have my camera nearby and ready to go.

drop zone 3

The items I drop here daily when I come home are my purse and keys.  Our shoes and coats go in the closet unless it’s raining or snowing.  In that case we sit our shoes on a mat to dry. Everything has a place and it takes moments to clean up.  So, do you have a drop zone?  If so, is it functioning for you and your family properly?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Help your child clean his/her room by using zones

I remember when my oldest was younger and she started cleaning her room. I was like a chore warden. 

Now with all the kids I have 🙂 & getting older, I’ve mellowed out.  However,  this can be a good thing or an ugly thang!  In my son’s case, it’s gotten UGLY!

Now, before you start judging and talk about how I treat my kids differently.  This laid back warden attitude began when my oldest was in high school.   So, she was able to show her ugly side too.

Any who… if I really,  really,  really want my son’s room cleaned efficiently,  we have to go line by line.  In my words, zones.  Helping him does not mean I physically help because my job is to oversee the project.

What I have found successful is to break his room into zones.  

Example Zones
1.Dresser
2.Bed
3.Closet
4.Floor (including under bed)
5.Laundry
And any other necessary locations in your child’s room.  Depending on how bad your child’s room is, these zones may need to be broken into days.  This helps them not to become overwhelmed and also see progress.  

When the task is complete, everyone is happy.  How do you help your child stay on task when cleaning his/her room.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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How to Customize Household Cleaning Zones, Daily Routines & Arc Planner Update

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Here’s a video I shared on my YouTube channel a couple weeks ago.  You may have seen it above on the main page, but if not here’s how I’ve created my house cleaning zones & daily routines.

Hope this was some help to many of you and thanks for watching.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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