Fast Clean Your Home – How to Get it Done!

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Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or four-bedroom home, keeping every surface and area clean often feels overwhelming. Life is busy enough without worrying about keeping your tub free of soap scum and kitchen floor glistening. Plus, who really wants to spend hours a day cleaning anyway? There are tons of strategies out there to help you get the job done faster. To get you started, here are five ways to fast clean your home that you can implement right now.

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Set a timer

If you’re trying to speed up the cleaning process, set the timer for 15 minutes and focus on one task such as dusting or one area of the house like the family room. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time. Once those 15 minutes are up, move on to the next room or task. This tip can also be a great way to motivate your kids to help out. Having an end point in sight helps reducing whining; plus, they can race each other to see who can complete the most chores the fastest.

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Work top-to-bottom, left-to-right

Cleaning a room from top to bottom isn’t a cliche saying without merit. Arianne Cohen from Woman’s Day says cleaning experts recommend starting at the tallest point of the room and completing your tasks from left to right. This approach will prevent you from missing spots in the room and dirtying areas you’ve already cleaned.

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Keep cleaning supplies in every room

Keeping cleaning supplies in every room makes it easier to clean as you go and take care of messes as soon as they happen. This also helps break up tasks. You don’t have to set aside a specific time to clean the entire bathroom if you quickly complete a task or two as you go about your typical day.

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Invest in a 50 ft extension cord

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a vacuum system built into our home. To prevent having to unplug the vacuum each time you move to a new room, invest in a 50 ft. extension cord. Extra tip: use your vacuum attachments to clean inside drawers and remove dust from shelves instead of setting aside a separate time to dust.

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Use microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths leave lint and streak free results and won’t damage paint or other surfaces. One swipe across a mirror or window and you’re done. Using these cloths are also a great way to cut down on paper towel costs and be more environmentally friendly. You can purchase a 24-pack from Amazon.com for $12.99 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. They also make great dusters without the need for any additional cleaning solutions.

 

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

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The kitchen can be one of the more difficult rooms in your home to keep clean.  A high traffic area prone to spills, grime, and grease, regular maintenance is a must. Keeping appliances and surfaces clean doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals. Baking soda and vinegar provide many green living, natural options. Here are five strategies for how to keep your kitchen clean that you can start using today.

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Prevent hard water stains

To help prevent hard water stains, make it a habit to dry up water immediately and wipe down your faucet after every use. If some hard water stains do develop, Home Guides recommends creating a solution of vinegar, water, and a splash of lemon juice to treat the stains.

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Wash dishes while you cook

It’s tempting to toss all your dirty dishes in the sink while you’re baking or cooking a meal. If you have a dishwasher, make sure it’s empty before you start cooking so you can load dirty items as soon as you’re done using them. If you don’t have a dishwasher, wash and put away each utensil, pan, and bowl as you go so you don’t end your cooking session with an overflowing sink and no energy to cleanup afterwards.

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Peel fruits and vegetables into a paper or plastic bag

Peeling fruits and vegetables into a plastic bag rather than the sink or cutting board makes cleanup a breeze. Real Simple has more great tips for using plastic bags as clever cleaning tools. Green living bonus–if you use a paper bag instead of plastic, you can take your scraps directly to your yard waste bin or compost pile.

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Clean the oven with natural products

You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to achieve superior results when cleaning your oven. Stephanie from Hello Natural has a great recipe for a DIY non-toxic oven cleaner. During fall and winter when your oven sees more traffic, implementing a bi-weekly cleaning schedule will cut down on grease and grime buildup.

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Clean the dishwasher once a month

A dishwasher is responsible for cleaning dishes–so why does it need to be cleaned? Believe it or not, using a combination of vinegar and baking soda to clean your dishwasher once a month will help keep your appliance in good working order and cleaning dishes at its highest capacity. Check out The Kitchn’s great tutorial to get started.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

5 Tips for Better Car Organization

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You spend a fair amount of time in your vehicle, which means it’s susceptible to messes and disorganization just like your home. Why not invest a little bit of time to organize your car? This will help make running errands and taking your kids to their various activities go much smoother. You’ll also be prepared in case of an emergency. Here are five tips for better car organization.

 

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Make a DIY Car Kit

Ashley from 7th House on the Left shared how to make an awesome DIY car kit on IHeart Organizing. She uses a solid wicker basket to hold essentials like a first aid kit, tire repair kit, duct tape, bottled water, and warm blanket. She also organized all her important car-related papers (e.g. insurance card, owner’s manual etc.) in one folder to keep in the glove compartment. Taking the time to make a car kit will not only help you stay organized, it will also ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency.

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Invest in Back Seat Organizers

Kids often need entertainment while riding in the car. Invest in back seat organizers to hold their toys, coloring books, and snacks. You can find many options to choose from on Etsy. If you’re adventurous and crafty, you can sew your own back seat organizers. Jennifer from Sewplicity has a great tutorial that shows how to customize the size based on your vehicle’s seats.

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Use a plastic cereal container as a garbage can

If your car is clean, it’s much easier to keep it organized. Garbage is one of the biggest culprits that leads to a messy car. A simple fix to this problem is to use a plastic cereal container as a garbage can. You’ll thank yourself for implementing this inexpensive solution.

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Organize your trunk with shower caddies

Heidi from The Castro HAPPYnings has one of the most organized car trunks I’ve ever seen. Her secret to keeping her mini-van clean and orderly is plastic shower caddies over the backs of her seats. The plastic pockets are filled with necessities like wipes, sunscreen, and much more. You can typically find inexpensive plastic shower organizers at your local Target, dollar store or online.

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Keep a large canvas bin or tote in the trunk

Keeping a large canvas bin or tote in the trunk will help keep your car organized while grocery shopping or running errands. Instead of just throwing your bags in the trunk, put your purchases in the bin to keep them from rolling around and dumping out. If your items aren’t too heavy, you can simply carry the tote inside with you and unload to save on multiple trips back to the car. This post on thekitchn.com shares 10 different bin options to choose from.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

10 Smart Tips for Keeping a Clean Car

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Let’s face it, we often find ourselves spending more time in our cars than we’d like!  With commuting to our own jobs, responsibilities and activities, hauling friends, kids’ friends and stuff around town, running errands, and dropping kids at their ever-growing list of practices, school events, and extra-curriculars, it can start to feel like we LIVE in our cars!  Worse yet, it can start to LOOK like it, too.  If you’re tired of battling the clutter and losing, you’re not alone.  Take control of the car chaos once and for all with these super smart tips for keeping a clean car interior. With a bit of effort, your car will look and feel great all the time – no sweat!

 

1. Start with an overhaul.  Ok, so this first step is a BIT of a sweat.  But once you overcome this hurdle, it’s smooth sailing!  Before you can keep your car looking great, you have to MAKE it look great.  So take every single thing out. Empty all the small compartments, pockets, boxes, doors, nooks, crannies… everything.  Make three piles – garbage, keep in car, put away.  Once your car is completely devoid of all items, you can vacuum the floors and upholstery, dust the dashboard, console and steering wheel and make sure it looks like new.  Spray it with a fabric/air freshener to really take it up a notch.  Once it’s perfect, you can start putting items that belong in the car in their proper spots.

2. A place for everything… and everything in its place, right?  So make sure that every item you want to keep in your car has a specific spot.  When you use it, make sure you put it back exactly where it goes.  Sunglasses in the console box?  Ice scraper under the seat?  Extra gloves in the door pocket?  If you’ve got young kids who come with a lot of extra baggage, consider keeping an organizer on the back of the seat in front of them – you can fill it with wipes, diapers, pull-ups or extra undies, crayons, paper, small books, a sippy cup of water, non-perishable snacks and anything else they might need!  It doesn’t matter what you keep in the car, just make sure it has an accessible spot and that it gets replaced when you’re done with it.

3. Be a trash collector.  It’s no use denying it, you’re going to encounter trash in your car – gum wrappers, receipts, tissues – it’s inevitable.  You need a designated trash bag so that garbage doesn’t end up in every nook and cranny.  Try a small trash can located on the passenger side floor (like this plastic cereal dispenser turned trash can).  Or a bag on the back of the passenger seat.  It doesn’t matter, just be sure that it won’t tip over and that it’s within easy reach so you’ll actually use it.  If you have an SUV or van, consider placing several trash receptacles strategically throughout the car within easy reach of your passengers.  (Here’s a tutorial for a DIY car trash bag, and a link to an Etsy shop where you can buy them).

4. Daily declutter.  Once you’re home for the evening, do a super quick once-over where you are sitting.  Grab anything you can easily carry – garbage, water bottles, etc – and take it with you.  This daily spot check will keep clutter from accumulating unduly.

5. Wipe it down.  Keep some sort of wipes handy in your cup holder or console so you can quickly wipe away spills, dust or other debris.  When something leaks in your cup holder, you can take car of it immediately instead of waiting for it to congeal.  You can also wipe away dust from your dashboard and steering wheel before it builds up.  There are specific wipes for cars, like these Armor All wipes that come in a handy container.  Or you can use something like Wet Ones or baby wipes.

6. Don’t take it “to go.”  This can be a difficult change to make, and it may not work for some families, but consider a hard and fast “no eating in the car” rule.  You’ll find that most of what you vacuum up and most trash items relate to restaurant drive-thrus.  If you have to eat on the run, make sure everyone has access to trash bags and picks up after themselves, just as they would at home.

7. Try a “you bring it, you take it” rule.  It’s impossible for you to keep track of everything your kids tote along.  Backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, bags for sports or dance, musical instruments, extra shoes, stuffed animals or blankets if they’re younger… you’ll go out of your mind trying to cart it inside.  Institute the “you bring it in, you take it out” rule, and have an appropriate consequence for when they leave their items behind (like having to vacuum out the car by themselves).  Not only will this teach your kids responsibility, it will keep you sane and your car clutter-free!

8. Just the essentials.  Create an “essentials kit” for your car with items that may be needed while you are out and about.  This can be separate from the first aid kid that should also be kept in your car – or you could keep a smaller, less obtrusive first aid kit within your essentials kit.  Some items to consider: tissues, napkins, and wipes for runny noses and spills, commonly used medications (in childproof containers), a few dollars in change, a car phone charger, dramamine in case of car sickness, a plastic bag (good for so many things, from tummy trouble to messy clothes from “accidents” to a makeshift trash bag for larger items), a scissors, Swiss army knife or leatherman, nail clippers, gum, hair ties, and safety pins.  If you’re worried about space, take a look at this kit that fits into a wipes container.

9. Be prepared.  It’s a good idea to be prepared for any seasonal occasion that might crop up – especially when out with young kids.  Keep a car organizer like this one in the trunk or cargo area of your car with seasonal items inside.  Switch out the items with the changing weather and seasons.  For summertime, that might mean sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, hats with brims, towels and maybe extra flip flops and swimsuits.  For cold weather, especially in snowy areas, keep extra warm clothing like socks, hats, mittens and scarves, blankets, a foldable shovel, etc.  It’s a good idea to have a section that you keep stocked with the same things year-round: non-perishable snack items in small bags, water bottles, flashlights, tire gauge, umbrella, etc.  Keep it personalized to your location and family’s needs.  For very young kids keep an extra change of seasonally appropriate clothing as well.  If you’ve got everything you could need already in your car, you’re less likely to haul around loose items that become clutter when not unpacked.  If you really want to do it right, think about trying something like this organized trunk transformation!

10. Stick to a schedule.  Set up a schedule and stick to it.  For example: Every day when you arrive home for the night, do your daily declutter/spot check.  At the end of every week, empty all the garbage cans and wipe down the interior with car wipes.  At the end of every month, vacuum out the whole car including the seats.  If you set daily, weekly and monthly cleaning goals, nothing will build up and the tasks will be more manageable.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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Autumn Cleaning – How to Clean Your Home for Fall

It's starting to cool off. Don't let it get too cold before doing some deep cleaning. Cleaning isn't just for spring, do some Autumn Cleaning! Check out these How to Clean Your Home for Fall Tips ~ Tipsaholic.com #autumn #fall #cleaning

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You’ve heard of spring cleaning. You’ve probably done some spring cleaning yourself. But a once-a-year purge and clean just isn’t quite enough to keep most homes really shining. So this year, why not treat your home to a little fall season TLC before the cold weather sets in and the holidays sneak up on you? Bring out the buckets, brooms, and sponges – it’s time for some Autumn Cleaning!

 

 1. Clear out the summer stuff

Toys, clothes, sports gear, lawn chairs, etc. can be packed away. It’s a big task, but storing these items over the winter while they’re not needed means they’ll still be in good shape when it comes time to use them again next summer. Use airtight, sturdy containers whenever possible to avoid dust, insects, and mice.

 2. Clean your upholstery, rugs, and carpets

Do this early in the fall and preferably on a warm day so that windows can be left open to circulate more air as things dry. Hire a service or rent or buy a machine that can do the job properly. Treat stubborn stains by hand first.

 

3. Start prepping your heating system

It may still be too early in the year to turn up the heat, but when that first cold morning strikes, you’ll be glad you thought ahead. Filters need to be changed and ducts may need cleaning. Start maintenance on small heating units and schedule a chimney cleaning.

 

4. Organize the garage

You’ll probably be storing a lot more inside the garage during the winter. Lawn mowers, bicycles, tools, and more do best when kept out of the rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Make a space for everything and make sure you can quickly and easily reach the things you might still need to use over the winter.

 

5. Wash your exterior windows

Chances are they’ve been collecting cobwebs and hard water all summer. Take the time to clean them now, while temperatures are still reasonable, so that you don’t have to worry about them while trying to hang the Christmas lights in a few months!

 

6. Pressure wash your siding and porch

Before you give your windows a good wash, consider pressure washing (or at least spraying down) the exterior of your home to get rid of dirt, cobwebs, and insects.

 

7. Bring out the warm bedding

The nights are going to get cold in a hurry. Put the flannel sheets on now and fold heavier blankets at the bottom of the bed in case they are needed.

 

8. Consider switching out your curtains

Trading your lightweight curtains for a heavy set of drapes can help to insulate your home. You might also switch window screens for storm windows while you’re at it.

 

9. Check outdoor lightbulbs

You probably won’t want to be changing bulbs in freezing temperatures, so do it now! Rid your light fixtures of insects and grime at the same time.

 

10. Vacuum everything

We’re talking the corners of rooms, windowsills and tracks, baseboards, underneath furniture, inside the couch cushions, air vents, under the refrigerator, and more. Summer (and its bug population) can be tough on these areas of the home. And if you have pets – the odds are you’ll be cleaning up quite a bit of hair that was being shed during the warm months.

 

11. Clean out your pantry

The foods you enjoyed in the spring and summer will soon give way to soups and holiday goodies. Use up your summer staples and take inventory of your other basics so you have a better idea of what you’ll need to add to your stock.

 

12. Do a home safety check

Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, look for mold, and do some maintenance on your plumbing. Some areas of the home may need to be better insulated to keep pipes from freezing. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks, especially outside.

 

13. Take care of outdoor maintenance

Which outside chores will be more challenging in cold weather? Cleaning garbage cans, clearing rain gutters, and treating grills and outdoor furniture are all things that can be a bit more pleasant if done while the weather is still mild.

 

14. One last purge

Even if you had the chance to clear out some clutter and hold a yard sale earlier in the year, do one last clean sweep of your home as you put away summer clothing and sort linens. Take one more load to your local donation center and store or toss whatever else you won’t need for the next few months.

 

15. Everything else

Clean your indoor light fixtures, flip mattresses, reorganize closets after filling them with cold-weather clothing, clean blinds, wash walls, wipe down door knobs and switchplates, and dust chandeliers and ceiling fans. These are great things to do quarterly and the start of fall is a serves as a good reminder that it’s time to take care of them again!

 

If you need a few more cleaning tips to get started, try these Cleaning Tips from Organization Pros.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Great Uses for Clorox Bleach

If you read my other blog, Remodelaholic, you will know that we got a new (to us) house recently!  It is a huge fixer upper, and this has been our first BIG remodel project with kiddos.  It is throwing a bit of a loop into our normal remodeling plans.  We’ve got TONS of dirty little people cloths, there are a lot of scary dirty things in this new house, that go way beyond soap and water and finally there is some water damage which must be taken care of.

Anyway, the other day I was hanging out in our backyard with my cute neighbor.  We had just eaten dinner on the patio, and the ants, that apparently inhabit the entire concrete slab patio (eye roll), were all swarming looking for that one speck of lettuce that had fallen on the patio… literally there was one piece of lettuce on the patio and they were going CRAZY.  I wish I loved lettuce that much, but that is beside the point.

I wanted to get rid of them, but I had nothing to use, when my neighbor suggested bleach…  I hadn’t ever tried bleach as an ant killer before so it was worth a try.  I diluted the bleach by half with some water and poured it right into the cracks they inhabited… and waited.  Guess what, the next day, they were dead and gone!!

So it got me thinking, what other great uses are there for Clorox bleach?  So I did a little research!

10 Great Uses for Clorox Bleach

*I understand bleach isn’t needed for every mess!  When disinfecting isn’t needed, bleach my not be necessary.  I don’t recommend bleach for all cleaning needs, instead this article is for opening up consideration for all the ways to use beyond the laundry room.  Also, some additional uses of Clorox Regular-Bleach can be found here.

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1. Washing Whites:

When you are washing whites, use Clorox® Regular-Bleach for white and or bleachable items only.   Pre-fill you top loader with water add bleach first,  then clothes or use the washer’s bleach dispenser.

To get your clothes to be the whitest white that they can be (and they don’t have to be part of the army to do it!) In fact, 1 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach whitens 2X (times) as much as bargain bleach.  Read the care labels on the garments to be washed and wash them with half a cup of bleach in the hottest water that the garment allows for.

When using bleach always avoid these fabrics or materials: wool, silk, mohair, leather and Spandex. (We know how sad you would be if you lost those neon yellow spandex pants you wear around the house when you don’t think anyone knows!)

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2. White Slip Covers:

Since my passion is interior design, and how that relates to how a family life, I will admit I had to laugh when I read an article on my friend’s blog, about how she chose to buy white slipcovers ON PURPOSE while her kids were young.  I know right?  Sounds like a horror movie.  But actually she has a really good plan!!

Let the kids be kids, and bleach the slip covers when necessary (follow the basic principals listed above for washing whites).  Soon, your furniture will look so good everyone will think you are the mean mom on the block and be afraid to sit down…and all the other mom’s will be jealous! Sounds like it is time to makeover my living room (insert evil laugh here).

 

3. Clean Your Washing Machine:

I don’t think we would be comfortable eating in a kitchen where the cook never cleaned the sink, like ever.  Gross, can you imagine that?  No, cleaning out a sink is a regular thing.  Heck, we clean our sinks several times a day with each meal if we are cooking at home.  I do that and I am not even a clean freak.  But, I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I forget too, don’t feel judged!  Check out these posts for how to clean a front loader vrs how to clean a top loader machine.

And, if a thorough cleaning is not in the cards because of time, a periodic run through of a couple cups of Clorox bleach on the hottest temperature cycle (without any laundry) ought to keep your washer clean, disinfected, and smelling fresh between the more elaborate cleanings!

Tips for Public Laundromat:

If you are using a washer in a public laundromat, wash your white load with Clorox® Regular-Bleach first.  Clorox® Regular-Bleach disinfects 33% more than store brands.  You will instantly become a laundry washing, grime fighting super hero!  You’ll kill the germs in just a single wash of whites… and save the rest of your next loads from any unwanted germs!  Go you, I knew you’d grow up to be amazing!

Be sure to check out other great cleaning and laundry tips here.

 

 4. Clean Plastic Lawn Furniture:

Is your white plastic lawn furniture looking dingy? Using diluted bleach and water can also eliminate mold and mildew from your plastic lawn furniture and get it bright and white again. So, before you toss it to the curb, try washing it with some mild detergent mixed with 1/2 cup Clorox bleach in 1 gallon water. Rinse it clean with a garden hose, then air-dry in the sun!  (do not leave the bleach on for extended periods as that can cause yellowing!)

 

5. Shine White Porcelain:

Like I told you before I have a thing for interior design, and in my mind beautiful white porcelain farmhouse sinks, along with porcelain plates, bowls, and pitchers in a mix of shapes is one of the prettiest things you can display, hands down. Dirty, grimy white porcelain… not so much!

To Clean a Porcelain Sink:

  1. First scrub your sink to remove any dirt or grime.  Use a mild dish soap or dishwasher detergent and get to work.
  2. Spray a diluted bleach all over the sink.  And allow it to sit doing it’s thing for about 5 minutes, pretty soon any yellowing and general yuckiness with be gone!  Wipe down and rinse thoroughly.
  3. Now shine that sink with Bar Keepers Friend, to get it shining like the top of the Chrysler building (name that movie!)

To Clean Porcelain Dishes (not antiques!!!)

  1. In your kitchen sink, place the white dish you want to clean.
  2. Cover it with several paper towels and carefully saturate the paper towels with undiluted bleach.
  3. Let soak for 15 minutes to a half hour.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and the wipe dry with a clean towel.

Note: Do not try this with antiques; you can diminish their value or cause damage. Never use bleach on colored porcelain, because the color will fade.

6. Brighten Up Glass Dishware:

When washing glasswear, add a teaspoon of bleach to your soapy dishwater.  Wash like normal, be sure to rinse well, and dry with a soft towel. Watch as you put the sparkle back in your glasses!  You are a domestic goddesss!

 

7. Clean Mold and Mildew From Grout:

It is amazing what bleach can do for grout!  Mix three-quarters cup Clorox bleach with one gallon of water, and use an old tooth brush to scrub off the mildew.  You’ll be singing in the shower again in no time!

 

8. Sterilize Secondhand Items:

I am all for shopping around to get the best deal, but don’t forget, when you get something used, you REALLY don’t know where it has been. My recommendation, before jumping right in, take your used, waterproof items and soak them for 5-10 minutes in a solution containing 3/4 cup bleach, a few drops of antibacterial dish washing liquid, and 1 gallon warm water. Rinse well, then air-dry, preferably in sunlight.  Now you can feel good about loving that retro thingamajig you didn’t’ know you always wanted!  Or letting the kiddos try to eat that doll… well, not eat it but you know what I mean right?  Spit central!

 

9.Love Fresh Cut Flower’s Longer:

Easily extend the life of freshly cut flowers.  Just add one-quarter teaspoon of bleach for every quart of water used in your vase.  Awesome!

 

10. Make REALLY Cool T-shirts, Pants and Shoes:

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Those are such great uses for Clorox bleach! Don’t you agree!  And when you are done with your bleach bottle, there are TONS of uses for that, be sure to check them out.

**Thank you to Clorox® Bleach for sponsoring this post.  All thoughts, opinions and stories represented in this post are my own..   Clorox provides better value over the competition—one bottle disinfects 22x more bathtubs than store brand bleach.  Clorox® Regular-Bleach packs the whitening and dirt-fighting power you demand. Plus it disinfects to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, which is kinda awesome.

 

How to Clean a Front Loader Washing Machine

Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like a laundromat.  it is like a never ending cycle of fluff and fold!  And because I am ALWAYS doing laundry I don’t always think about the washing machine itself!  However like any other machine or tool in your home there is always some maintenance and cleaning required.  But I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I do it too, don’t feel judged!

I thought is would be nice to have a quick tutorial on how to clean a top loader washing machine!

Clean Your Washing Machine:

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How to Clean a Front loader Washing Machine:

  1. To begin fill your front loader washing machine with hot water on the largest load setting. This will be a laundry free load, so no sneaking dirties in that machine!
  2. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the water to get rid of odor problems and hard water or mineral buildup.  Allow the cycle to complete.
  3. Mix a bucket with a mix of 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon hot water.  Grab some good rubber gloves and a washcloth.  Wipe the interior glass door of your machine to remove any build up.
  4. Check the drainage line/filter in your machine.  Drain any excess liquid and clean the lower filter (if your machine has one)
  5. Fill the washer a second time with hot water, also on the largest load setting.
  6. Add 2 cups of bleach to the water to remove stains and disinfect the machine.  Allow the cycle to complete.
  7. To rinse any remaining residue, run a quick cycle with no additional cleaning supplies.
  8. Remove and clean the liquid soap, bleach, fabric softener dispenser.  Allow them to soak in a mixture of mild detergent and hot water for approximately 10 minutes.  Wipe away any grime with a washcloth, rinse and dry them.  Return them to your machine.
  9. Clean the rubber door seal, using the bucket of diluted bleach and washcloth from before, wipe down the seal to remove any mold and mildew.  Allow the solution to stay on the seal for approximately 5 minutes.   Wipe with a clean wet washcloth and dry with a towel.
  10. DONE!

Now guard that baby fiercely… no unclean thing will ever go near it again.  I kid, there is another load of dirty laundry waiting to be washed as we speak.  I can guarantee it, if not now, just wait 24 hours.  You cup over floweth, or is that the laundry basket I’m talking about?!

Do you need instructions for cleaning a top loading machine, here they are!

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine

Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like a laundromat.  it is like a never ending cycle of fluff and fold!  And because I am ALWAYS doing laundry I don’t always think about the washing machine itself, however like any other machine or tool in your home there is always some maintenance and cleaning required.  But I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I do it too, don’t feel judged!

I thought is would be nice to have a quick tutorial on how to clean a top loader washing machine!

Clean Your Washing Machine!

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How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine:

  1. Fill the washer with HOT water and add 1 quart distilled white vinegar, to break up buildup and mineral deposits.  Let agitate for about 3 minutes.  Then stop the cycle and set a timer for 1 hour, while it soaks.
  2. While the vinegar soaking, dip a scrubber sponge in the vinegar water and wipe all the nooks and crannies of your washer.  Don’t forget the knobs, lid and the exterior.  Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  3. Clean and scrub any built in dispensers while it is soaking.
  4. Turn you cycle back on and run through a complete cycle.
  5. Again, fill the washer with HOT water. Add 1 quart of chlorine bleach to the water to disinfect and let the machine agitate for about 3 minutes, Then stop the cycle and set a timer for 1 hour, while it soaks.  Turn you cycle back on and run through a complete cycle.
  6. Run one last short cycle without any cleaners to remove any residual cleaners.
  7. Done!

Enjoy, for the five minutes that the machine can stay out of use!

Do you need instructions for cleaning a front loading machine, here they are!

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #garage #storage #solutions #cleaning

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Most garage designs offer around 500 square feet of space. Not unlike many homeowners, you have most likely faced obstacles when it comes to keeping this large storage space under control and organized.

You may not be able to work a professional organizer into your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a garage with complete organization systems. Here are 15 tips to organize your garage from the ground up!

 

1. Create a showroom-style garage, starting with new garage flooring.

If you aren’t completely confident that you can do the installation yourself or you are too busy to complete new flooring yourself, hiring a professional is the route to go!

New innovative garage floor materials are much more maintainable than traditional concrete flooring and easier to clean.

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2. Use your lids!

Keep your nuts, bolts, screws and other small objects organized and within easy reach. Install plastic lids to the bottom of a shelf, then just screw the jars on and off for easy access.

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3. Clear view makes it easy for you.

What!? You don’t have x-ray vision?! Clear labeled tubs (like those below, from Frazzled Joy) can solve your searching problem quick! Use this calculator to check your garage measurements.

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4. Stretch, hook and voila! Instant storage!

Stretch bungee cords from the floor to 2x4s attached to the wall to make a frame and store all your sports equipment!

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5. Upcycle your gutters for garage organization!

Old gutters can be recycled into a garage storage solution! Install them up high in the garage to hold spray paint and cleaning products to keep out of reach of the kids. (Here are more tips to organize a house if you have kids.)

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6. Closed doors can keep your belongings safe and out of sight!

Custom garage companies can install floating garage cabinets that are easy to clean underneath and protect your belongings from pests and water damage. If you decide to install the cabinets yourself, remember to provide a strong anchor, so you can protect from a possible fall!

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7. Pegboards can hold a plethora of items!

Utilize a pegboard to store your hand tools on the wall and off the garage floor! You can install a single pegboard or you can get innovative and make pegboard pages for multiple storage solutions! What a great use of space! Find more cool pegboard ideas here!

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8. Don’t walk under an open ladder or prop it against the wall.

A ladder propped up against a wall is not safe storage. The ladder can fall and cause injury or property damage. As an alternative way to store your ladder, suspend it on sturdy hooks that are part of a wall attachment system or hang it from your ceiling!

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9.Off the floor and on the wall seating.

Okay, so you can’t actually sit on the wall, but you can hang up your folding chairs, lawn chairs, etc. on the wall! You most likely have extra chairs stuffed in the corner of your garage. With a magnetic strip you can attach to the wall, chairs are easy to hang up and pull down when you need them!

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10. Hang a magnetic strip.

Keep tiny items in place with a magnetic wall strip. You can hang it horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage needs.

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11. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

Find the exact place you want your tools and trace around the outer edges. This will help keep you and anyone working in the garage organized by reminding you where to put tools away.

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12. Are you a biker? You need a bike rack!

Overhead bike racks are stylish, functional and sturdy so you can keep your bike hanging high and off the garage floor! Utilizing a bike storage rack is a fantastic way to remind yourself to hop on and cruise!
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13. Keep your chin up.

Overhead storage is another great way to make the most of your garage’s available space. Take a look at this system for attaching bins to the ceiling.

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14. Get on a roll with this unique trick.

Put up a simple paper towel holder, and your bags will be where you need them every time.

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15. Get it all off the floor.

Don’t risk ruining your pristine chip flooring. Get your items off the floor with garage wall racks!

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Don’t set limits upon your garage storage. From floor to ceiling, you have plenty of options to achieve complete organization. Just get creative! Check out some more DIY ideas for the garage here.

Here are more helpful resources for organizing your garage:

 

Special thanks to Arizona Garage Design for submitting this article. 

Featured image courtesy of Arizona Garage Design

 

6 Fun and Stylish Home Office Organization Ideas and Tips

6 Fun and Stylish Home Office Organization Ideas and Tips | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #office #storage #diy

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Has your home office become a dumping ground for old bills, pens, office supplies, computer and electronic gadgets and their accouterments, kids’ drawings, receipts, photos, and more?  It’s easy to let an office succumb to the chaotic activity – especially since it’s a highly used area with a lot of uses.  Chances are, if you’ve got a dedicated office space, you can use some organization inspiration.  Don’t let the clutter overtake your work area, and don’t let storage turn things drab  – use these tips and handy list of 6 fun and stylish home office organization ideas and whip that space into shape!

 

1. Everything Chalkboard

The chalkboard fad isn’t going away anytime soon.  And why should it?  Chalkboard paint and vinyl make it readily accessible and DIY-able.  You can even make your own chalkboard paint – in any color!  It goes on just about anything, from labels to boxes.  Since you can easily change what’s on it, it’s ideal for labeling office items, like these great drawers from Polka Dot Chair, or keeping lists.

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Check out these other chalkboard projects, too!

Giant Chalkboard Calendar Wall from Tatertots and Jello

Chalkboard Paperweight from Assemble

Chalkboard Clipboards from Anderson and Grant

 

2. Unique Shelves

Every office requires some kind of shelving.  Small spaces can take advantage of vertical height by building shelves up instead of out. Really tight spaces can install small shelves under desks or on the back of doors.  Shelves hold our storage bins and boxes, keep our books tidy, and offer us a place to display some decor.  They don’t have to be boring either; just take a look at these beautiful reclaimed wood shelf drawers from Not Just a Housewife.

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Here’s more fun shelf ideas!

DIY Ladder Shelves from Woonideeen

25 awesome DIY shelving ideas from Remodelaholic

 

3. Repurposed Utensil Holders

A home office inherently builds up tons of office supplies, writing utensils, scissors, punches, you name it.  The clutter from utensils can get way out of hand, if you don’t find a way to corral it.  A great idea is repurposing other household items (like this pencil holder made from cork trivets by Design For Mankind); it’ll save you money and have unique personality.

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Here are some other great solutions using items around your house:

Stemware Rack Caddy System from Better Homes and Gardens

Lazy Susan Tin Can Caddy from Cynthia Shaffer

 

4. Peg Boards,  Cork Boards, and Magnet Boards, oh my!

One easy way to get smaller items neat, organized, and out of the way – but still within easy reach – is to put up some kind of organizational board.  This makes use of wall space instead of surface space and keeps things tidy.  Bulletin or cork boards are typical options for offices, but you can use magnet and peg boards as well.  Or a combination, like this one from My Blissful Space!

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Here are a few more fun examples:

Fabric Cork Board with Nail Head Trim from Beach House in the City

Clear Lucite Pegboard System from Fashionably Organized

Oil Pan turned Magnet Board from Nic and Kate

 

5. Unexpected Filing Systems

Maybe you don’t have room for a large filing cabinet.  Or maybe you think ordinary filing cabinets are cumbersome, bulky, boring, or even downright ugly.  You can find ways to file those necessary papers that don’t involve your typical beige, metal rectangle.  Just look at this beautiful and stylish solution from Erica Lee Style!

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Check out these other smart filing solutions!

DIY Pull Out Filing Drawer from Beneath My Heart

Striped Filing Cabinet (with CHALKBOARD labels!  See?) from bugaboo, mini, mr & me

 

6. Recycled Baskets and Bins and Catch-Alls

Obviously you’ll have to store some items.  Whether in baskets, bins, totes, jars or bowls, storage containers don’t have to be ordinary.  And they are definitely not one size fits all.  Baskets can be hung on a wall instead of placed on a shelf.  Some storage totes are perfect from hanging on a rod with hooks.  Recycle diaper boxes with duct tape or fabric.  Look at normal items in new ways, like these magnetic dishes that A Girl and a Glue Gun used!

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Here are some more creative storage solutions:

Large Glass Jar Storage from Remodelaholic (check out the awesome wire baskets, as well)

Embroidery Hoop Storage Bins from Curbly

Belted Storage Totes from Brit and Co.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Polka Dot Chair.

How to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

How to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies | Tipsaholic.com #home #cleaning #organization #supplies

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Have you been “cleaning” your house with dirty tools? All your scrubbing will be a bit more effective once your supplies are freshened and sanitized. Use these tips to clean your cleaning supplies and get the most out of your mops, brooms, brushes, and sponges for your Saturday morning house cleaning.

 

Brooms

Sweep a broom against a rough surface outdoors to pull away the loose debris like cobwebs and hair.  Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to get the deeper dirt. Give it a rinse with hot water in a sink or tub and sanitize by soaking in a bleach solution for up to an hour.*

 

Sponges (and sponge mop heads)

Use a slightly stronger bleach solution for a quick, five-minute soak.* Sponges for dishes and kitchen counters can be washed in the dishwasher. Sponges should be allowed to air dry and should be replaced every 4-8 weeks.

 

Mop heads

Detachable mop heads can be washed in the washing machine. Use hot water and add bleach for extra sanitation. If your mop head is not detachable, rinse it with hot water and then soak it in a disinfecting solution for up to an hour.* Ring it out, then allow it to hang to air dry.

 

Toilet brushes

Use a hot water and bleach mix to soak the brush for an hour.* Allow the brush to air dry.

 

Dust cloths and cleaning rags

The easiest method for cleaning these items is typically the washing machine. Use a hot water setting to loosen oils from cleaning products and add bleach for sanitizing. It is usually best to run these items in a load on their own to avoid exposing clothing to the chemicals that rinse out of the rags.

 

Vacuum cleaners

You should refer to the owner’s manual for your vacuum for specific instructions for your model. Untangle the belt and rotating “sweeper” underneath the vacuum from time to time, as hair and strings can prevent it from spinning properly. For a vacuum filter, an old toothbrush and hot water usually does the trick. To clean hoses and brushes, remove them from the vacuum and allow them to soak (submerged) in hot water, then rinse. For a bagless vacuum, the canister can typically be soaked and cleaned in the same way. Allow all of the vacuum components to dry completely before putting them back and using the vacuum.

 

*NOTE: Ideally, disinfecting solutions using bleach use ¼ cup of bleach per gallon of water (or ½ Tablespoon per pint or 1 Tablespoon per quart). Use caution when working with bleach. Use it only in well-ventilated areas and wear rubber gloves whenever needed. Remember that bleach can discolor clothing and fabrics when solution is strong.

For an eco-friendly clean of any of your tools – use washing soda crystals in lieu of bleach. Washing soda crystals are natural and biodegradable, but be aware that you should allow for longer soaking times (4-5 hours instead of 1) with this method.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

10 FUN Toddler Chores

The earlier your child learns how to do housework, the better – and not just because it takes items off your to-do list!  Teach your kids to do chores now and it won’t be a battle to get them to clean later on in life.  Not only that, but chores can also be great teaching tools – use them to reinforce the idea of choices and consequences, rewarding hard work, and taking stewardship over belongings.  Toddler chores can teach a sense of accomplishment and pride and instill a strong work ethic that will take them far later in life.  How young should you start?  Well, here’s a list of 10 fun chores for TODDLERS!

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Things to remember:  Toddlers will need guidance and direction, but be sure to let them accomplish as much as they can on their own. This will help with establishing independence and self-confidence.  Avoid allowing them to use harsh and potentially harmful cleaners and detergents.  If you expect them to complete a chore on their own, make sure to keep anything they may need to accomplish the task within easy reach.  Make cleaning fun by turning on music, using a chore chart, and cleaning together.

 

1. Pick up toys and books

The easiest way to enforce this is to have him/her pick up what they are playing with before getting something else out.  You can also make this a game by playing a variation of “I Spy” – “Can you find the red car?  Where does it go?”  or “Can you pick up five red blocks?”  Picking up toys and books is easier for kids when there are clear, established spots for them.  You can find tons of great toy organization ideas in this post from Remodelaholic.

*DIY idea: Check out these chalkboard toy boxes!  They’re trendy and classy and match nearly all decor.  Plus, you can change the “labels” easily, since you only need chalk!

 

2. Help with dirty laundry

Dirty clothes are lightweight and easy for small hands to manage.  Make sure there is a distinct spot for dirty clothes – a hamper like this one is a great option for kids if you don’t have a laundry chute.  Once the dirty clothes are in the right place, your toddler can also help sort clothes by color and put them in the washing machine, under close supervision.

 

3. Sort/fold clean laundry

Once the laundry is clean, toddlers can have fun matching socks by color and size.  They can learn to fold small items that aren’t unwieldy, though it will take practice to master this skill!

 

4. Wipe up messes

Spills happen.  It’s inevitable.  Teach your kids to clean them right when they happen, so there will be less for everyone to take care of later.  Make sure there are rags or paper towels within easy reach and if needed have them use water to dampen them – no chemical-laden cleaners.

 

5. Dusting

While there may be some areas you’ll want your toddler to avoid (great grandma’s china on the buffet or your grandfather’s tchotchkes from “the Old World” perhaps) there are spots small hands can dust – window ledges, blinds, low shelves, their own dresser, baseboards… anything low and easy to reach, nothing too high or heavy.  For added fun, let them use old socks over their hands, like puppets!

 

6. Put away groceries

This can be just as fun as sorting socks!  They can help put like items together, carry lightweight items away where they belong, and take food storage items to their spots in the pantry or basement.  Supervise to make sure they don’t carry more than they can easily handle and keep in mind they may need direction.

 

7. Set and clear the table

Keep unbreakable plates, bowls and cups at easy reach in a low cupboard so toddlers can find them and carry them to the table without help and without worry of shattering them.  Use fun placemats, like these, that teach kids the proper way to lay the utensils.  When mealtime is over, kids can carry dishes to the sink and help put things away in the fridge.

 

8. Wipe the table off

Toddlers can help clean a dirty table with a washcloth, rag or paper towel and water.

 

9. Make the bed

This is a skill that takes a lot of practice to properly master, but a toddler can surely begin to work on it!  They can place their pillows and stuffed animals in their allotted places and pull sheets and blankets up.  Explain and show them how to pull the linens up to “meet the pillows” – and most importantly don’t worry if there are lumps and bumps or if the sheets are askew.  Practice makes perfect!

 

10. Help with pets

With guidance, a toddler can pour pet food into the dish or change the water.  They will likely enjoy helping dogs take walks or “exercising” the cat or rabbit!

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Cleaning Tips from Organization Pros

Did your spring cleaning go off without a hitch this year?  If not, join the ranks!  Not to worry: there’s still plenty of time to whip your house (and life!) into shape, any time of year!  I’m definitely not a know it all when it comes to organization, so when attempting a big job like this I like to look to the pros.  Those who make lists.  Those who create organization challenges and stick to them.  Those who know what it takes to keep a home organized!  If you like lists, need some help staying on track, and want to spiffy up your home, look below for cleaning tips from the pros!

 

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1. Holiday Sparkle has a 21 Day Organization Challenge.  The list is broken down by day into areas or items that need cleaning and organization.  There’s usually a fairly heavy work-load day followed by a lighter day of work.  You can find the list and a free printable checklist here.

 

2. Good old Martha Stewart.  Who better than the homemaker extraordinaire herself to tell you how to clean your home?  On her website, she shares a “Spring Cleaning Checklist” – which is really so much more than that.  There are tips and tricks about cleaning almost everything, from ceilings to grout lines.  She lays things out in a table first in generalizations and overall tips and then breaking it down into rooms.  Find her charts here.

 

3. The girls at Homeketeers put together a 30 Day Organization Challenge.  Each day they posted a specific task to be completed along with some inspiration, photos and tips for accomplishing the task at hand.  They covered your general high clutter household areas (linen closet, front closet, fridge, pantry, etc) as well as items (toys, digital photos, jewelry) and your life (organize your Christmas!).  Plus, there are lots of printable checklists.  Worth checking out here.

 

4.  If you’d like some quick tips and a handy list of how to QUICK clean your house, you can print the “Top to Bottom Cleaning Checklist” from iMom.  This list is a clear-cut break down of how to clean each room most efficiently (i.e. from TOP to BOTTOM).  It’s basically a cheat sheet for cleaning, so none of us will fail.  You can find the easy to handle list here.

 

5. Over on Country Chic Cottage, you can find a handy guide called “30 Minutes a Week to a Cleaner Home.”  The general idea is that each week you DEEP clean something that desperately needs it – i.e. the things you don’t generally do weekly.  There’s a printable list that breaks the cleaning and organizing down into manageable chunks by week.  It might take 52 weeks to complete the whole thing, but when you work in 30 minute increments it’s not so overwhelming!  Print out the list here.

 

6. You also don’t want to miss the “Thrifty Tips for Spring Cleaning and Organizing” on Remodelaholic.  There are great ideas for several DIY cleaners and super frugal storage and organization DIY’s.  See the list here. 

 

Happy Cleaning!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Feature images via Martha Stewart and Holiday Sparkle

5 Tips to Make Doing Laundry Less of a Chore

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I never like doing the laundry.  It seems just so tedious and repetitive, and there are so many more fun things to do in life. Yet, I like clean clothes, so it has to be done. I know I needed to make some changes, so doing laundry was not such a thing I would dread.

First the laundry room needed a little redecorating. It was a dark hole where I couldn’t find anything and just left me frustrated. To fix this, I got a narrow shelf on wheels, that rolls away in-between the washer and dryer when not in use, to store all of the cleaning supplies. Also, I placed a few bins, labeled with their contents, on a shelf. This added much needed organization to the space. Next up was putting a fun color on the walls, and a few accessories were placed around the room to make it a little bit prettier. It looks so nice now, that I actually like going into my laundry room. Once that was complete, I just needed to work on the actual laundry process. Here are my five tips to make doing laundry less of a chore.

1. Wash Often

I use to always wait until late Sunday night to do all the laundry for the week. I would end up tired and overwhelmed, and the laundry would for the most part only get half done as a result. Now, I make it a point to do a few smaller loads every few days. It prevents a big back log of laundry, and improves the chances I will actually fold everything right after it comes out of the dryer.

2. Don’t Sort Everything

Now that I wash clothes more frequently, I needed to increase the size of the load of laundry to justify the water use. Pretty much I now do one load of delicates and one load of everything else. No longer are towels washed on their own. I even will combine color clothes with whites as long as I know the color will not bleed.

3. Some Things Aren’t Really Dirty

I know some people won’t agree with this, but there are a few times that I won’t wash something after we wear it. For example, if I only wore a dress to church for a couple of hours, it goes back on the hanger. Also, I try to get a few wears out of our jeans before they go into the washing machine. (This excludes the many times my boy’s pants become covered in mud though.)

4. Fold the Laundry Where It Can’t Be Avoided

I use to have a bad habit of managing to fold the laundry, but since it was very late on a Sunday by then (See #1), I would stack everything back into the laundry basket instead of putting it into the various drawers around the house, where they belonged. It would then take me a few days to get around to putting things away, and in the mean time everything would get unfolded when we would dig through the basket to find a clothing item. Now I fold the laundry on my bed. I have to put things away or I can’t get under my sheets. Since I like to sleep, I put the folded laundry away.

5. Focus On the Goal

This tip gets me though a lot of things in life. But when it comes to laundry, I just keep thinking you have to do it, so there is no reason to fight it!

 

Photo source: Better Homes and Gardens

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.