Category Archives: Funny(I hope)

You’ll never guess what I found stuck in my vacuum cleaner

When I was cleaning up for a play date a few weeks ago, I (of course) decided to vacuum.

The vacuum was in the basement, which was the last place it was used. In fact, we don’t really have a good place to keep it, so that’s how it usually works – think of the last place it was used.

Let’s just say it had been down there for a while. I knew that it was down there when we had that flooding in the basement a month or so ago, and it hadn’t been used since, so I wanted to check it out before just turning it on.

First, I checked to see if it needed a new bag. Oh yes, it did. It was pretty much overflowing. I was able to find a new bag pretty much right away, so that was good!

I didn’t take any pictures of that part, because I wasn’t thinking I would be writing a post about cleaning out my vacuum.

Apparently I was wrong.

Next, I laid the vacuum down so that I could take a look underneath.

That’s when I knew I had to get out the camera.

Can you tell what that is? Yep, toddler underwear.

Let me just tell you a couple of things:

1. I normally avoid taking pictures of underwear. I am very into taking “real-life” pictures for this blog, but underwear is on a very short list of items I will move out of a picture. So, I’m making an exception to my rule here, because this just seemed special.

2. I’m pretty sure I was not the last one to use the vacuum cleaner. Normally, I might not be so proud of that, but this time I just feel like mentioning it.

So I yanked the underwear out of there and also decided as long as I was there, that I should get all of that nasty hair that was wrapped around the roller. I used scissors to cut it up and pull it out.

And now for an after picture!

Ta-da! It worked like a charm, too!

Have you ever found anything strange in your vacuum cleaner?


Filed under Before and After, Cleaning, Funny(I hope)

How to clean out disgusting leftover food containers from the fridge -or- Ridiculous Procrastination

What you will need:

  • disgusting leftover food containers from cleaning out the fridge
  • determination/bravery
  • sink/dishwasher and soap
  • garbage disposal/ trash can/compost bin

Helpful and recommended:

  • the ability to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose
  • rubber gloves and scrub brush
  • nice smelling candle
  • open windows/doors
  • baking soda and/or lemon peels

The Steps

1. Prep work: Learn how to waste food.

2. Clean out the refrigerator and put all of the disgusting containers on the counter by the sink.

The reusable containers are mostly in the back in this picture and hold old (some very very old) leftover food.

3. Plan to clean them out. Sometime soon. If you really like them to be extra mega-mold-disgusting, procrastinate:

  • Try to wait until both the sink and the dishwasher are empty on a trash collection day, during nap time for little ones, when you are well rested and the laundry is done.
  • Secretly hope that someone else will clean out the containers for you.
  • If you have understanding friends coming over, just leave the containers there.
  • If you are having a family birthday party for your son, put the containers in a trash bag and hide them on the back deck.

I am not kidding.

4. When you are finished procrastinating, (For example, when a new babysitter is coming over on a nice warm day and you are afraid she will find the trash bag of disgusting moldy food containers on the deck) get out your supplies and your determination.

It does not matter if your candle is from the wrong season, just use it!

Can you feel the determination and bravery represented here?

5. Work quickly!  Breathing through only your mouth(to avoid the dreaded odors entering your nose), dump/wash/scrape the stinky moldy food into the disposal/trash/compost container.

6. Wash the containers well with soap and water, and/or run through the dishwasher. (Maybe even twice if there is a lingering odor. It happens.)

7. Wash the sink well, clean the disposal with baking soda and/or put lemon peels down it. Take out the trash or compost container.

8. Continue nice smelling candle and open windows/doors until necessary.

9. You did it! Good for you! Don’t let this happen again! DO NOT repeat!


Filed under Cleaning, Food Waste, Funny(I hope), How To

Ten Ways to Waste Food

Well, I’m still working on cleaning out my refrigerator and pantry, but I was inspired to write this post in the meantime. I hope to be back by Saturday night to post some great after pictures of the refrigerator and pantry!!

10 Ways to Waste Food

1. Never clean out your refrigerator. It’s scary in there.

2. If you see that something has been around a while and needs to be eaten, take it out and look at it. Think about what you could do with it. Then, put it back in the fridge so that you can think about it for a few more days. Repeat.

3. When you come home from grocery shopping, just push everything in the refrigerator to the back and put the new stuff in the front.

4. If something is on sale, or free, but you have no idea what to do with it, grab it!

5. If something in the pantry is near its expiration date, THINK about eating it soon, or donating it to someone who will eat it. When you notice it again and see that it has now expired, feel guilty. Every time you notice it for the next few years, feel even more guilty.

6. Don’t make a menu plan. Don’t you dare.

7. Buy lots of things that you wouldn’t normally buy or eat. Hey, it looks interesting and maybe even healthy!

8. Don’t make shopping lists, and definitely don’t take inventory of what you have before grocery shopping. Who has time for that nonsense anyway?

9. Store leftovers in opaque containers. DO NOT LABEL.

10. If you already have a type of fresh produce, like strawberries, and you buy more before the first container is done, just go ahead and eat the newer ones first. The newer ones look so much fresher and tastier! I’m sure you’ll go back to eat the older ones later in the week.

Do you have a favorite? Do you have one to add to the list?

I’m linking up with The Frugal Girl’s Food Waste Friday.


Filed under Food Waste, Funny(I hope)

Project: Simplify: Things I found in my closet

I’ve been working on my closet/wardrobe with Project: Simplify this week and I thought I would take this little break to show you a few things I found well, under the pile of clothes that was actually blocking my closet area.

So, I’m trying to decide if I should keep these sandals….

Just Kidding! Did I scare you? They are now in the toss box!!!


Do you keep these kinds of things in your closet, too? You never know when you are going to need a drinking straw or toy butterfly while you are getting dressed in the morning!

And last but not least…..

well, maybe last and least…..

I’m pretty sure these are around a size 1. My little girly wears a size 4 now.

I bet you can’t wait for the after pictures on Friday!!!  Still a lot of work to do!! Gotta run….


Filed under Declutter, Funny(I hope)

This is not a deserted island

My life on an island.


I keep losing things and I can’t figure out why!!!!


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Filed under Clutter, Funny(I hope), Goals