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Get the funky smell out of drawers

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As someone who somewhat frequently buys furniture from Craigslist the drawer smell issue comes up fairly often. The most recent pieces i bought the drawers just had that old wood smell no mold or funky stuff just the smell of a piece that’s been sitting for a long time. How i do I get rid of the odor? The first thing i do is i wipe all the drawers out with Clorox wipes, some like to use Murphys oil soap which is probably a better option and it comes in a spray bottle or even wipes, but its going to take a lot longer to dry and for my purposes the Clorox wipes have worked just fine for me. The next step is baking soda. I buy the big bag of baking soda at Costco (though the smaller boxes work just fine).

You can deodorize the drawers several different ways the first is to take about a half cup of baking soda and sprinkle it in each drawer and let it sit 24 to 48 hours (depending on how strong the odor is etc) Or you can use a big bowl and add several cups of baking soda in it then add some essential or fragrance oils about a table spoon and with a whisk (or fork if you don’t have one handy) sprinkle about a fourth a cup in each drawer and let it sit between 6 and 24 hours.

To remove vacuum it all out using a brush attachment if you have it just to help loosen up any stubborn particles. Then I get a damp cloth and wipe the drawers out because the last time i didnt it got white powder on clothes… so i figure better safe than sorry.

You can also use white vinegar with a fine mist sprayer and spritz all the drawers and either leave them a bit open or out in the sun if that’s an option, the vinegar smell will go away once its dried. The sun will help kill the odor and dry the drawers faster. Do make sure you use the fine mist sprayer any one will do really but you don’t want just any sprayer for 2 reasons 1 it could potentially damage the wood because you are spraying to much the 2nd is its going to take forever to dry.

If your really worried about the smell you can even spray with vinegar and then wait a few days and use the baking soda but typically one or the other should be good enough to kill the smell.

Another option is to paint the drawer insides as well… If you do i would still wipe them down and deodorize before as it may trap the stink in the paint then getting rid of it will be much harder.

 

The next thing you can do is make your own little sachets to keep in each drawer I use Gain laundry soap in moonlight breeze  I get the sprinkles, fabric softener and dryer sheets… WHat you need:

Scented dryer sheets

Matching scented laundry sprinkles

cheap small hair ties or rubber bands

The dryer sheets I got from target i cant even find them on amazon (which lately is my go to because I am lazy and I am antisocial lol) and the sprinkles i wont even link because you can find them cheaper at target or Walmart. I personally like that they have everything in matching scents so all my clothes will stay fresh.

Step 1: Gather supplies

Step 2: Lay out your softener sheets and add sprinkles to each sheet

Step 3: tie off each sheet with a hair tie or rubber band.

Step 4: toss sachets in drawers to keep clothes extra fresh!

 

 

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Bernie Or Bust

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over the last 6 months my personal instagram became a bernie account but if you go back far enough you will see my actual posts and get an idea about me, who i am and what im about etc. People give likes and comment and i think even some forget you’re an actual person. My name Is Nicki, I am 31 I have 3 adopted children. I have a job and work sometimes more than 40 hours a week… i am not on any government assistance. I will not be voting for ANYONE other than Bernie even in November BERNIE OR BUST!!!

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ELIMINATE not Accumulate!

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blogs-daily-details-minimalist-design-trend-900Society tells us the more we have the better off we are, the happier we will be, the easier life will be and on and on… but the truth is more stuff isn’t making us happier if anything its making us more depressed, more distracted, more disorganized, and making life in general more difficult. Its a very hard habit to break the “stuff cycle” isn’t one you can just snap your fingers and say i am gonna have less shit and then bam you do it… maybe a few people out there but not the majority! Living with less stuff is going to honestly be more work… At first because all this stuff didn’t pile up over night and all the stuff that bugs you isn’t going to end up IT… what about the boxes you have no clue whats in or the stuff tucked away in drawers and bins around the house or what about under the bed, this list could go on and on. So many people are looking for an “easy” way to become minimalist like there is some set amount of items or some formula that once you do get to that point you have some how arrived, NOPE! There is no easy fix there is no formula no secret just different things that work for different people. For myself this has been something i have wanted for years and i do go through things and eliminate a lot but for myself i feel like its not enough because for me it isn’t. SO many minimalist posts and blogs are helpful but i see a few out there that say you need a certain book, or you need certain things to organize or something in general that is going to cost you money, I 100% disagree DON’T SPEND ANY MONEY on becoming a minimalist. At some point you may need something and minimalism isn’t saying your limited to 100 things or you cant spend money its about awareness and to get started the focus should be purely on elimination and not accumulation, the key is mindfulness the first stages were just getting a feel here were learning so adding or spending ANYTHING is a big fat no. The focus should be just picking an area to start on and working on it and focus on removing a few things, whether you sell them or donate the items need to be out of the house within a few days but for me i work 40 hours so sometimes it takes up to a week so i give my self 7 days and if there is nothing promising on the items they are donated. I will say there is an exception with something very pricey i usually allow myself 30 days to sell if i cant by then i just find someone who can use it and i dont feel like its wasted or a loss. Minimalism can feel so unattainable but the truth behind having to much and minimalism is actually pretty basic, its quiet simply remembering that less stuff is less drama, less mess, less money spent, less dusting, and more time and space for opportunity!

I have decided for myself and to share with others wanting the similar things, to put together a minimalism in 30 days series in which i plan to break down my personal journey and discuss my personal progress and so on.

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Minimalism is a journey not a destination

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It took me a really REALLY long time to understand that minimalism is not a place its a journey, a really really, REALLY long journey. I am by far from a minimalist but i always love the calm spacious look of minimalist interiors. I just can never seem to attain or maintain that look… for one i have kids not one, not two but three plus 2 other children live here along with 2 more adults. We actually have a pretty good sized house but we still have way to much stuff… I have tried a lot of things to cut our stuff down but if i don’t do it pretty much constantly it piles back up at a ridiculously alarming rate. My latest thing is i have about 4 really big garbage bags of stuff i need to get rid of but most of the stuff i want and honestly need to sell its just been really hard to find the time to actually do it… plus having to ship a lot of it, i really hate having to do that, but its like $200 or more i could make off the stuff… Some stuff i decided i would for go selling and just give it to people i know who would use it as thats worth more to me than money. I don’t honestly know how to find balance and time to focus of just getting rid of this stuff i just have a super hard time just donating it when i could really use the money… I think realistically this is where i have to make a decision if making money off of these things is such a big thing i need a time limit on how long i have to make that happen…

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