Saturday, January 13, 2018

Let's Chat about Dishwashers.....

Happy Friday, friends!

It is a beautiful 60 degree morning with rain, unfortunately, and wind. This unseasonably warm temperature will not last long though as they are calling for Wintry Weather tonight into tomorrow with ice and snow. 

But, you did not come here to chat about the weather. You came here to read about dishwashers. ;-) Ha!

Seriously though, my dishwasher was terrible! We had replaced the one that came with the house in 2004, maybe? Give or take a year, anyway. It started of alright, but very loud, much louder than we had anticipated it to be. 

Fast forward to a few years ago. It worked like crap. Plain and simple. We had to put the soap on the top rack, just at the right place or most of the dishes would need to hand washed after coming out of the dishwasher. This had gotten so bad that it was about 2-3 times a week that I would have to wash a good amount of "clean" dishes. 

To have a dishwasher that works is a blessing. To have a dishwasher that works at times, is annoying. 

Here is the old dishwasher pulled out to get ready for the new one to be delivered on Saturday, January 5th. To say that I was excited is a drastic understatement!


So Saturday, January 6th rolls around and Joel gets a call from Lowe's that the delivery guys would be calling between 9-10 am Sunday with the time they'd be delivering the dishwasher. 

Um, problem! After talking to the lady on the phone, and again on her call back, Joel was able to get our dishwasher to be delivered on Saturday, the day he had originally set up for delivery. My brother-in-law was going to be over at our house to work on installing our laundry room drop ceiling and we were going to have his help to install it. He wasn't going to be here on Sunday!

The guys deliver the dishwasher and we looking at the box. 

Admittedly we were surprised at seeing a box. When Joel bought the dishwasher, it was a return and was marked as scratched. Without using a magnifying glass, Joel and the very nice and knowledgeable guy at the store could not find any scratches. The $699 Whirlpool dishwasher had been marked down to $411 because of the scratches and it was an open box, meaning it had no box.

I was honestly thinking that they had a box that they put the dishwasher in when they were packaging it for delivery. Joel was told that it would be packaged well. Not my smartest moment. They don't normally have a stock of empty boxes. Oh well..... ha ha.

We carefully opened the box in case we had the wrong dishwasher. The dishwasher was completely wrapped nicely with cellophane or something that was "stuck" to the door of the dishwasher and plastic wrap over that. 



Joel worked on getting it prepped and started to install it. It was nearly fully installed and set up when he opened the door and another problem was noticed. There was a metal on metal rubbing sound as he would open and close the door. Upon inspection, under all the plastic we saw that the door was damaged on both sides, at the bottom.


If we had taken the plastic off it would have been spotted and time would not have been spent on installing it. 

Another call to the store took place. I took photos of the damage in case it was necessary. After spending a while on the phone, and yet another call back, the same delivery men came back to bring the original "scratched" model to us and take this damaged one to the store. They were very nice and we could tell that this damage did not happen by them. The box was nice, nearly pristine and not bent or damaged at all.

So we now had the nicely wrapped dishwasher that had our name on it. Finally, the correct one!  

Here is a picture of our new, scratched dishwasher. Nothing noticeable, correct? We couldn't find anything either. Honestly, if it was a bit scratched but not gouged, I really didn't care. What's a few little scratches? By now it is mid afternoon when the first dishwasher was delivered around 11:30 am. 


In these next pictures I am pointing to the scratches so you can spot them. Maybe, spot them that is. Tiny dots. Two of them. How picky were the people that had it returned?!?!?!



Joel went over to help his brother with some things that he needed help with so Dave was able to come over to help us. They brought dinner back with them around 6:45-7:00 pm. 
After dinner the dishwasher was installed finally! 




Wow! I should have titled this post something like The Saga of the Dishwasher! 

Anyway, LONG story short, we have a quiet dishwasher which not only looks sharp, but cleans our dishes. I love it! 

Huge shout out to my brother-in-law for helping us so much in the house with most, in not all of our projects over the years. 

God's blessings to you,
~Karen

PS - Have a great weekend, my friends!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day 3 recap

Good morning my friends!

How has your week been going? Yesterday was a lot busier than I originally intended it to be. Phew! I was literally falling asleep on the sofa in the evening.

Have you been cleaning this week? Tell me what you have been up to!

On my #GreatKitchenCleanOut list, yesterday was the day to attack that dreaded cupboard. I finished that and had a lot of room to spare so I decided to clean out another cupboard. My coffee/tea/pot holder cupboard above the stove was recently cleaned out, but not fully cleaned. I moved my tea caddy and boxes of tea over to the Gluten Free cupboard - formerly the embarrassment - and there is still room! Behind the things on the top shelf is empty space. Crazy for me! As you can tell, my cupboards were normally overflowing. To my embarrassment, that is.





That was a TON of old things just taking up space, basically. There was so much trash and recycling that Joel was glad that it is getting picked up today!



Here is the After picture. I am happy with it! Like I said above, the entire top shelf has empty space behind what you see here. My tea caddy fits perfectly on the middle shelf (right) and my tea cups/saucers have an actual safe place to be now!


Here is the aftermath of this clean out. All the bottles/jars have been emptied out and are getting picked up for recycling today. :-)


Here are the pictures from the coffee/tea cupboard - now known as the coffee cupboard.





Ah! Much better. Today I am taking a rest day. It's been decided. I was thinking of cleaning out the silverware drawer, but I'm going to take it easy and give myself a break. Breaks are important for our mental health, which is more important than cleaning.




God's Blessings to you!
~Karen

PS Please remember: 




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Day 2 Getting Started (Updated)

So on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being super easy and 10 being off the charts terrible, how easy was the first day?

Today is going to be a little more involved but it gets us going. Not terribly hard, but not fun either.

~ Empty the cupboard/drawer completely.

~ Clean that baby out! I'll be using my vacuum to get any crumbs out and then wipe it all out with my EnviroCloth.

~ Trash anything that is moldy, gross and spoiled! Same goes for anything passed its date.

~ Make stack/pile/heap of the things you are going to keep and wipe them down as needed.

~ Using any storage container - or none - that works for you, put everything back in, in an orderly fashion. The key is that you want to easy see and know what you have in that cupboard or drawer!

For some of you, this may take more than one day and that is perfectly fine! There is no rush and as long as you get to it and are happy with your results, I am thrilled for you!

This is the cupboard that I am starting with because I know there are a ton of crumbs hiding somewhere in it. I'm pretty sure that there are a bunch of stale snacks in the way back as well.

Bleh!

Alright! Let's dig in! I'll be posting on Instagram later as I get it started. 

Music is on! My favorite song was the first on the station!
This is EVERYTHING from that nasty cupboard. No wonder we could never find anything or see anything!

Vacuumed both shelves out and then wiped it down well with my Norwex EnviroCloth! Nice and clean, and the best part is this. My cupboard had smelled like an odd mixture of old chocolate and random snacks. Since I wiped it down completely with my EnviroCloth, it took the smell out! How cool is that?! 

Shameless plug. If you are interested in learning more about my cloth, click here ---> http://www.karenspoo.norwex.biz ! I'd love to talk to you about all my products. 

After I went through all of the snacks that covered half of my kitchen, this is what I am left with! Not bad at all.  
I put the peanuts in a container and through out the ripped bag. the bottom shelf has the nuts and candies on it, along with the lone bag of microwave popcorn.

The top shelf has the chips and pretzels. My 10 year old loves to eat the sugar cones so that is also in there. Most of the bags of snacks are in the tray so the boys can just pull the entire thing out to easily see what is in there. There is a bag of popped popcorn from Aldi's store and a ziploc bag of Oreos next to it. 

Okay ladies, I am off to wash my dishes now. I have quite a few containers and lids to wash since I've emptied them out. 

Tomorrow is another clean out day, but feel free to take more time than I did today. I know that there may be mamas of young ones that could be doing this challenge and that adds another dimension to this!

See you here next on Thursday.

God's blessings to you,
~Karen

Monday, January 8, 2018

#GreatKitchenCleanOut Challenge Day One

Day One!

Today is an easy day.I know a lot of places are dealing with some extremely cold temps and luckily, for most of us, we won't even have to leave the house to do this!

To start, we are listing our cupboards and drawers to be cleaned out. Make a list of what you will be needing so you have your supplies for this challenge. Get your camera ready! Or, if you are old-school feel free to just write down what you are doing. I'll gladly accept that form of participation as well. :-)

~ Trash bags
~ Clips to close any open bags (snacks, etc.)
~ Storage containers, if needed

I want to see your lists! Post on Instagram and/or Facebook using this hashtag so I can follow your cleaning journey.

My list is right here as well. Feel free to comment below if you do not have an Instagram account.

Here is my list and the Before photos. Now, I am sure that I am not alone in having the messy, completely non-organized cupboards. No judgments here ladies!

~ Snack Cupboard
~ Gluten Free Cupboard (for easy understanding) aka my embarrassment
~ Big Utensil Drawer
~ Tea/Coffee Cupboard
~ Baking Cupboard
~ Utensil Drawer
~ Wrap/Bag Drawer
~ Lazy Susan Cupboard (doesn't look terrible but I'm pretty sure there is a bottle of jelly that's been in there since 2013 or so. OOPS!
~ Under the Sink

I did forget to mention that a big part of this challenge is to not only declutter and clean out those cupboards, but to also clean them. I'm sure that y'all know that I'll be using my Norwex products, my EnviroCloth, Mesh Dish Cloth and also my hand-held vacuum. If anyone is interested in what I am going to be using, let me know in the comments below or on Instagram!

God's Blessings to you,
~Karen

PS - I will be trying to post daily on FB and Instagram about motivation and such as well as what the day's challenge will be. Feel free to add your own! Also, if you'd like me to make a group on FB let me know!