Tuesday Toot Meme: I ran the marathon…

Woohoo my FIRST Tuesday Toot Meme!!  Perhaps THAT’S a TOOT in itself!! 

Today my girlfriend and I went out to Chinese for lunch and as we were eating she was telling me she takes about 1 hr and 45 minutes to clean our neighbor’s 2 story house.  I’m thinking…WHAT?! How is that even POSSIBLE! Course she’s been cleaning houses for a living for years so she probably has lots of tips and can get into that quick mode…

I get home and decide it’s 1pm and the little one needs to take a nap.  Since she sleeps for typically about 2 hours long in the afternoon I thought it would be the PERFECT time to CLEAN EACH ROOM and spend only 15 minutes in each to master that 1 hour and 45 minutes…Throw on my MP3 player, crank up the volume, and head to the kitchen.  After about 15 minutes the oven timer goes off and I’m only HALF WAY through my kitchen!  I cleaned the microwave, stove top and door, dishes, fridge door, sink window glass, counters, things on counters, sweep, mop…and I hadn’t even cleaned the light fixture and 3 bay windows in the kitchen (that will just have to be another day)!!  Then I’m jamming and nearly running through my living room with my dust rag (and break THREE of my faery figurines in one way or another…hope super glue works…they’re CRYSTAL from my hubby!! I REALLY hope he’s not reading this now…LOL).  I vacuum, sweep/mop the foyer area and then clean up my bedroom/bathroom (STILL need to THOROUGHLY clean the bathrooms tomorrow!) some (dusting/vacuum). And it’s like 2.5 hours!!! The kids rooms and bathrooms AND laundry are STILL left to do!! 

So today I bow down to my wonderful Kirby vacuum (course not nearly as much as the person who created a shrine to it below…LOL) even though I didn’t get everything done…for all was happy when they arrived home…TOOT TOOT for me!!

So do you have any good quick tips to make cleaning thoroughly go faster?!

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I’ve become inspired! Digitally speaking that is…

The other week I was cleaning out my file cabinet and located many photo envelopes filled with developed pictures as well as CDs and even discs of the kids over the past SEVEN years! Apparently I got too lazy between years 3-6 of their lives and haven’t either scrapbooked, printed the digital pictures out, or even checked out disc/CD contents! I EVEN had forgotten about those moments until I saw them!! Oh what a terrible mommy I AM!! LOL Over the past year I’ve found it easier (sooo impersonal, I know…) just posting the pictures online somewhere for friends and family or e-mailing pictures out and on a rare occasion I might actually print them out at the local Wal-mart photo lab BUT there just HAD to be SOME GOOD reason for doing so.  Yep…another strike for me for not wanting to have billions of pictures of my 3 kids up for display…but honestly? I hate the cluttered look of still photograph frames all over the place and AT LEAST 2 out of 3 have a scrapbook of their first year (yes…I DO have the scrapbook and paper for the toddler so I can do one for her too)!! See…I’m NOT such a bad mommy after all. 

Here’s what I think I should REALLY look into doing…

·         Buy those digital frames that allow you to load up pictures then I won’t feel as cluttered.  Who knows, maybe I could even find one that has a setting that will allow me to choose how often pictures are swapped out.  If I go that route, I might one to get one to display just the kids and another one to display special events or holidays, and I should probably get another to display our families as well…THEN I won’t feel so physical photo cluttered yet STILL display some pictures of us!!

Pandigital PAN80-2 8.0" LCD Digital Picture Frame with Remote
Pandigital PAN80-2 8.0

·         Find a couple of each kid and do ONE collage for their hallway.  I might even convince myself to allow them to help me “throw the pictures down”.  But knowing me I’ll probably end up catching the case of the OCD’s and not let them touch it in fear of them “messing up the disorganization”…OK…yeah…LOL  They EVEN have photo college software like the one found at Photo Collage Studio (Google’s Picassa has one too and there’s no charge for THAT software!) to help you out so you can rearrange, rearrange, and rearrange if that anal…

Example of Family Photo Collage
Example of Family Photo Collage
 ·         Another idea would be to use an online company to take all of my digital pictures and make albums for me like Photo Works, Shutterfly, MyKoloAlbum, Snapfish, and MyPublisher.  Since I appear to enjoy changing online layouts so much, why not do it with pictures and then have a more professional look than if I did it?! Another place to read up on coffee book albums check out Image Designer’s site.  I personally like the print magazine syle photobooks.  They are so much slimmer (just not too crazy about things that take up space like bulky albums)!!  But then what do I do with all the PRINTED pictures that have not yet been entered into scrapbooks or albums?!  I find plain albums absolutely too boring…ERRR any suggestions?!   

Photoworks Photo Book
Photoworks Photo Book

 

 

Thank you Simple Mom!!  You’ve INSPIRED me to declutter digitally!  To read her full post check out
 A Declutterer’s Guide to Storing Photos…who knows…she just might inspire you too!