Sunday, March 22, 2009


I'm back for Monday!

Welcome to another installment of Making a Happy Home Monday! I hope some of you will join me. If you are popping in as a result of the UBP, I REALLY hope you will join me :)

Let me tell you new readers about this blog carnival. I have hosted this for a few months. The point of this is to inspire and encourage women to choose an area of their homes that need some attention and love. If the area is dirty, cluttered or not efficient, then it is not happy. If it is not happy, the Momma isn't happy. And you know what they say? If Momma ain't happy....ain't NObody happy.

SO, pick a project...ANY project. Make it big. Make it small. Clean it. Paint it. Organize it. Do whatever you need to do to make that area happy. The goal is to do something....ANYTHING. Just one area a week to get your home on the path to happiness. I hope you will join me. Just link up on Mr. Linky. Post info about your task. I would love to see some before and after pics, too.

For my project, I chose to clean out the cabinets in the boys' bathroom. These shelves are used for some stockpile items, as well as all the boys' toiletry items. This cabinet was just gross....GROSS! Anytime I took something out, other things fell out behind it. It was hard to know what all (or how much) I had stored in there. Not only that, but I'm sure there were lots of things that needed to be thrown out.

Here is a before picture. This is embarrassing.....but as I'm trying to get YOU to do something around your home, I figure I need to be totally transparent on all of this. The top shelf isn't really that bad...neither is the middle shelf. But, the bottom? YIKES! The picture honestly does not do it justice.

BEHOLD!!! The contents of the bottom shelf only. OH MY!

OK....bottom shelf done. Filled up one plastic bag with junk that needed to be tossed...either expired, too empty, too we REALLY need 5 contact lens cases?

I wanted a picture of the contents of the top shelf 'cause I was really wondering how many I had.

You're wondering too, right?
  • 8 shampoos
  • 8 conditioners
  • 6 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners
  • 12 body washes

While I'm at it, I counted the other stockpile items from the 1st and 2nd shelves (not shown specifically)

  • 9 deodorants
  • 7 hand soaps
  • 15 tooth pastes
  • 14 toothbrushes
  • 5 (brand new, in the pkg) razors for both men and women

This doesn't count anything currently in use. And if you think I buy tons of one item....well, inspect the pictures a bit more closely. Out of the toothpastes, I probably have 5 different kinds. Shampoos? Well, we have Herbal Essence, Pantene, Garnier Fructise, Suave, Finesse.....body wash? Zest, Irish Spring, Soft soap (Spa line), and a few kid shampoo and bath items.

And here we go....the finished product. It only took me about 30 minutes. I emptied every shelf and wiped them down with Clorox wipes

SO.....there you have it. Sign on up! I would love to see what you're doing around the place.


Catherine said...

So, I'm about to go to bed and I have a headache (that's pretty typical for me), but now you've got me wanting to finish organizing the kids' schoolroom tomorrow!! If I feel better and get around to it, I'll post pictures and a link. In the meantime, congratulations on organizing your shelves - they look great!!

~LL~ said...

AW, Catherine...I pray your headache goes away! Join in whenever you can. I look forward to seeing the schoolroom!

Unknown said...

Nice work momma!

Anonymous said...

ALright alright. I will do something... lol. I think the kitchen counter after my weekend shift, which will show you how lazy my family is.

erica said...

SO inspiring! I'll have to do that for one of my next couple of posts! I need to do all of our bathroom cabinets...

Great job!

R and R Stacy said...

Looks great! I need to do that soon!
Wow - you have a ton of sham/cond bottles. Can I have a few...ha ha
Happy Spring!

Colette S said...

I love this idea...but I don't know how I'd do since I clean nonstop to ensure everything is done or in its place :)

Even our garage is finally sensible and we just moved in a few months ago!

Maybe laundry? :)