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8 Slow Cooker Recipes that Will Change Your Menu Planning

8 Slow Cooker Recipes that Will Change Your Menu Planning via Clean Mama

Fall and winter just beg for crockpot or slow cooker meals, don’t you think?   This little round up features some of my favorite tried and true slow cooker meals, sure to inspire you to do a little meal planning.  (Recipes appear in order – top down and left to right.)  Here’s a link to a FREE printable to use for your menu planning!

  1. This hearty, mellow chili simmers away all day for the perfect not-too-spicy, family friendly chili. Beef or poultry options! Via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  2. Spaghetti and meatballs are a family favorite and make for an easy, filling meal. These turkey meatballs are the perfect accessory to a big plate of spaghetti. Via Sally’s Baking Addiction
  3. These Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork sandwiches are the perfect riff off of a classic pulled pork sandwich. Topped with an easy Asian slaw, they make for an ideal dinner for a group of people or your family with plenty of leftovers. Via Brown Eyed Baker
  4. Chicken Fajita Tostadas are the perfect marriage of fresh and simple. Top with your favorite fajita fixings for a tasty dinner. Via Six Sister’s Stuff
  5. This hearty Tuscan soup couldn’t be easier. Simply place all the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning for a filling, healthy soup come dinner time. Via Six Sister’s Stuff
  6. Who says that slow cookers are just for dinners? This filling Banana Nut Oatmeal makes for an easy, hearty and filling breakfast. Perfect for those busy mornings! Via The Lemon Bowl
  7. This tender, juicy and incredibly flavorful balsamic glazed pork loin continues to be a family favorite. The fact that it is fancy enough for company and can be made in the slow cooker? That makes it all the more wonderful. Via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  8. Fresh lemon, rosemary, garlic and a whole chicken combine to make for an incredibly delicious, simple and satisying meal. Serve with a fresh salad and vegetable for a delightfully tasty meal. Via No. 2 Pencil

Follow me on Pinterest to see what I’m pinning (and cooking!).  If you like this post you might enjoy 8 Make-Ahead Meals that Will Change Your Menu Planning.

 

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Money for Christmas Giveaway! $500 Amazon Gift Card for You and $500 for a Friend

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Today I’m teaming up with some awesome bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway – a Money for Christmas Giveaway!  $500 Amazon Gift Card for You and $500 for a Friend.  All you need to do is enter below!  Good luck – I hope you win!

 

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3 Ways to Organize Baking Supplies

Three Ways to Organize Baking Supplies via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is BAKING SUPPLIES (October’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  Now is a great time to take inventory of you baking supplies before the busy holiday season is upon us.  This week I’m sharing 3 ways that I organize my baking supplies and keep them organized.  Don’t make it too complicated, just take a little time this week to toss/relocate/organize any baking supplies that you have and make sure your solutions will be helpful when it comes time to do some baking.

ESTABLISH A BAKING ZONE – Keep baking supplies in the same general vicinity in your kitchen – I keep the mixer, spices, and baking supplies in the same area of the kitchen.  When it’s time to bake, I pull out the mixer, gather ingredients and tools and get started.

Baking Ingredients and Herbs and Spices via Clean Mama

Keep baking pans, baking sheets, and racks together as well – keeping these supplies handy makes baking so much easier.

Food Storage and Baking Pans via Clean Mama

Baking Sheets and Pans via Clean Mama

KEEP MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS TOGETHER – I keep them together in their narrow drawer but you could keep them together in a drawer divider with other baking and cooking supplies.  Suggestion:  if you do a lot of cooking and baking, purchase a couple extra measuring spoon and cup sets.  I also have odd sized measuring cups (3/4 cup, 1 1/2 cup and 2 cup) and spoons (2 teaspoons, 1 1/2 teaspoons) – may seem odd, but it’s a time saver in the kitchen.

Measuring Cups and Spoons via Clean Mama

GROUP BAKING GOODS – I store other baking supplies and goods together in a large bin in the pantry.  Molasses, extra sugars, cane syrup, chocolate chips, baking chocolate, etc. is stored together keeping it easy to grab anything necessary for baking.Keep Baking Supplies Together in a Tray via Clean Mama

What do you do to keep your baking supplies organized?

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A Simplified Week : Freezer

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As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab October’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it!

Freezer:

  • Cleaning and organizing your freezer doesn’t need to be a daunting task when you follow this simple process from Clean Mama.
  • Wondering just how long and if something can be frozen? This free printable from the FDA is perfect for printing and referencing for when you are not quite sure how long something is good for.
  • These basic tips from The Kitchn are just what you may need if you are looking for a little freezer overhaul. I especially love some of the links that are included like choosing the right freezer containers and what not to freeze.

Something to Eat:

  • It is officially apple season around here which means all sorts of apple goodness are popping up in our baking. These Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup are next up on our breakfast rotation. It’s all the flavors of apple pie without all the work! Via Averie Cooks

Something to Make:

  • With the holidays coming up and entertaining on the horizon, this tiered stand would be perfect with loading up with appetizers or little treats. All you need can easily be found at your local thrift store for a Pottery Barn-esque inspired piece. Via The Crafting Chicks

Something For the Kids:

  • My daughter is quite the little crafter and is always looking for a new project. This tutorial on how to knit makes it so much easier to learn the basic steps and stitches. It even includes video directions so you can see it in motion. Via Imagination Soup

Simplify:

  • Wanting to get on top of the cleaning in  your home with the help of a cute (and free!) printable? This daily checklist is perfect for adding some direction to your cleaning routine. Via Clean Mama

 

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How to Implement the Homekeeping Society

How to Implement the Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama

The response to the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY has been amazing – thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I am so excited for so many of you to be a part of this monthly essentials subscription.  I thought I’d talk a little today about what the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY is and what you can expect if you subscribe.  A little bit of a how to of sorts.

Here’s why I know you’ll love the monthly essentials subscription:

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  • If you follow my cleaning routine, you will go bananas (mild exaggeration) over the format of the monthly cleaning checklist and the incorporated Homekeeping Focus for each month.  It’s pretty great and even more realistic.
  • No need to come up with a plan of attack for keeping your home in order, HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY does that for you.
  • If you like updated printables delivered to your inbox or your door – just print or open and use.
  • Need seasonal touches and beautiful color schemes to keep you motivated and interested?  Yep, me too.  I get that and you’ll see that in your subscription.
  • Instructions and suggestions are included every month.  I’ll talk you through the game plan and give you ideas for making your homekeeping a little more enjoyable.
  • Menu planning is part of the subscription – next to my cleaning routine, menu planning is my secret weapon to running a household.  Use the simple (cute) format and start figuring out what to eat before 5pm.

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Still a little unsure of how the subscription will work?

  • The 15th of every month I’ll have a blog post that will show what the next month’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY looks like.  (October 15th previews November, etc.)  you can order ANY time but if you’d like to order the next month’s subscription you’ll need to do so by the 20th of the month.  For instance – if you want November’s subscription you’ll need to order it by the 20th of October.  If you sign up after the 20th of October you’ll be added to the next month’s list.  Note:  you’ll get immediate access to the digital download at the time of your order.
  • You will also receive an email reminding you to login and access your monthly essentials as well – you won’t forget!

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Every month includes these essentials:

  1. INSTRUCTIONS – tells you how many pages to print out of each page and suggestions for implementing and making the pages work for you
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month and the inspirational quote for the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (November is the kitchen) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, meal
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page. Includes phone calls, emails, appointments, and planning for the next week.
  7. MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK WITH A SHOPPING LIST- make a menu plan and take it with you
  8. MENU PLAN FOR THE MONTH – always includes a list for recipe ideas or ingredients to pick up
  9. 2 MONTHLY CALENDARS (1 blank, 1 pre-filled) – suggested daily cleaning tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, rotating cleaning tasks, organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (November is a detailed shopping list)
  11. KITCHEN SINK QUOTE– the quote for the month – 5×7 – frame and put at your kitchen sink or tape to your fridge to give you a little motivation and inspiration for the month
  12. INFORMATION PAGE – at least one each month – fill it out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section by the end of the year (insurance, 401K, etc.)

You can get the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY as a digital download OR as a printed for you package.  The printed for you package is only available to the US at this time and it includes 22 pages (4 pages for the weekly dockets, menu planners for the week, etc.).

Homekeeping Society November 2014 Printed for You via Clean Mama

Want to learn more?  Go to this post.  Ready to sign up?  Go here to sign up for a digital subscription or go here for the printed for you subscription.

Please note:  You will be able to download your digital subscription every month by going to your account page, click on the link for November and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.

 

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Homekeeping Society | A Monthly Essentials Subscription

November 2014 Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama
I have been working oh-so-hard behind the scenes on The Homekeeping Society for months now. The idea of it has been percolating in my mind for much longer so I am thrilled that my little dream is on the verge of being in your hands so soon.  Without further ado, I am so excited to present to you the option of a monthly subscription service that will be available in both digital and printed format. The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order out of your household chaos and help you keep your home clean and your mind less cluttered.

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Keeping a home clean can be both rewarding and frustrating. Sure, it’s possible to get your home clean, but to keep it that way can be the biggest challenge. Throw in the additions of busy schedules, jobs, kids, chaos and lack of time and it can feel downright defeating many days. Why bother cleaning when it’s only going to be a mess again the next day?

I understand just where you are coming from. Keeping your home clean while maintaining your sanity can be incredibly stressful. You may feel as though you can’t do anything right when it comes to maintaining a clean, organized, and welcoming home and even if you could find the time, you wouldn’t know where to start.

Need some serious help, a virtual hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of? That’s exactly why I created the Homekeeping Society, the perfect monthly intervention that is purposely designed to get your life and home in order with ease and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated.

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I’ve created a monthly essentials subscription designed to help you get your home and life in order – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY.  This monthly subscription is made for YOU to get your life in order – with ease and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

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Every month I’ll show you the next month’s Homekeeping Society subscription on the 15th of the month – you can order ANY time but if you’d like to order the next month’s subscription you’ll need to do so by the 20th of the month.  For instance – if you want November’s subscription you’ll need to order it by the 20th of October.  If you sign up after the 20th of October you’ll be added to the next month’s list.  Note:  you’ll get immediate access to the digital download at the time of your order – yay!

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Go here to learn more and sign up for a digital subscription or go here to sign up for the printed for you subscription.

Kitchen Sink Quote November 2014 via Clean Mama

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT EVERY MONTH:

  1. INSTRUCTIONS – tells you how many pages to print out of each page and suggestions for implementing and making the pages work for you
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month and the inspirational quote for the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (November is the kitchen) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, meal
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page. Includes phone calls, emails, appointments, and planning for the next week.
  7. MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK WITH A SHOPPING LIST- make a menu plan and take it with you
  8. MENU PLAN FOR THE MONTH – always includes a list for recipe ideas or ingredients to pick up
  9. 2 MONTHLY CALENDARS (1 blank, 1 pre-filled) – suggested daily cleaning tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, rotating cleaning tasks, organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (November is a detailed shopping list)
  11. KITCHEN SINK QUOTE– the quote for the month – 5×7 – frame and put at your kitchen sink or tape to your fridge to give you a little motivation and inspiration for the month
  12. INFORMATION PAGE – at least one each month – fill it out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section by the end of the year (insurance, 401K, etc.)

Homekeeping Society November 2014 - Homekeeping Focus

The HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY is the perfect blend of tell me what to do and I’ve got this – you’ll love the adorable touches, the fresh look every month, and intuitive nature of what Clean Mama Printables have always provided.  To make it even better, you can get the subscription in digital AND printed for you format!  For a printables business owner, this choice is HUGE and I am thrilled to be able to offer this option to you.

Homekeeping Society November 2014 2 Versions via Clean Mama

Want to see more and get on the list?  I can’t wait for you to join me!  Go here to learn more and sign up for a digital subscription or go here for the printed for you subscription.  Want to see some ideas and more information on how to implement Homekeeping Society?  Go to this post.

Please note:  As a member, you will be able to download your digital subscription every month by going to your account page, click on the link for November and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.

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How to Clean and Organize a Freezer

How to Clean & Organize a Freezer via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is the FREEZER (October’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  If you have an upright or separate freezer you can clean and organize that this week and/or the freezer that’s with your refrigerator.

Cleaning and organizing a freezer can seem daunting and pointless, but with a couple simple ideas you can whip your freezer into shape in no time.  (Need to clean your fridge too?  Here’s how to do that.)

Organizing a Freezer via Clean Mama

EMPTY FREEZER | Start by emptying out the freezer – work quickly so nothing thaws in this process.  Arrange items in groups (fruit, veggies, proteins, nuts, etc.) on your kitchen table or counters – this will keep it easy to return to the freezer organized.

WIPE CLEAN | If you need to defrost the freezer you can do that (put your food in coolers with ice), but this week is more about tidying up the freezer and organizing it.  Use a barely damp cloth and wipe up any spills and vacuum up crumbs with a hose  tool (make sure it’s clean).

TOSS | If you find something that probably should have been consumed a while ago, toss it.

TAKE INVENTORY | Jot down any meat or proteins that should be used up soon and plan your meals in the coming week or two using up those items.

ORGANIZE | Put everything away in groups that make sense – baking, meats, vegetables, fruits, meals, etc.

LABEL | Need to add a label to a shelf, drawer, or bin to ensure things are returned to their proper place?  Go ahead and do that right away.  I like using canning jars and plastic lids for storing foods in the freezer – they label easily, can be washed in the dishwasher, and look great.

Use Canning Jars With Plastic Lids for Freezer Storage via Clean Mama

Have a freezer to clean and organize this week?  Any great tips to share?

I cannot wait to introduce you to something that I’ve been working on for months and months!  It’s coming on Wednesday….

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A Simplified Week : Kitchen Cupboard

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As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab October’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it!

Kitchen Cupboard:

  • Minimal time on your hands to organize your cupboards? Fifteen minutes is all it takes to organize any cupboard in your kitchen. Via Clean Mama
  • While this post from Burlap and Denim is full of all kinds of kitchen organizing tips, I especially love how she uses inexpensive IKEA dividers to store glass pans and wares vertically instead of stacking them. Saves so much space!
  • Just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have organized cupboards. Take a look at these fantastic suggestions on how to maximize your space with this guest post by Shaina Olmanson on Tidy Mom.

Something to Eat:

  • I love picking up a rotisserie chicken for those busy nights when time is hard to come by. Check out these 50 recipes that utilize a rotisserie chicken from Cookies and Cups

Something to Make:

  • These fall decorations feature a gourd with a tea light dropped in for instant centerpiece material. Simply use a drill and wide bit and you’ve got one of the easiest fall decorations ever! Via Revel Blog

Something For the Kids:

  • There is something so peaceful and mesmerizing about playing with play-dough and creating to hearts content. This recipe for No Cook Pumpkin Play Clay is edible and comes together in under 5 minutes. Can’t wait to make this with my kiddos! Via Fun at Home with Kids

Simplify:

What’s going on with your Pinterest and Facebook feeds?

  • Organizing Made Fun did a great post this week that shows how you can easily change your settings in Pinterest and Facebook so you can see what you want to see, not what they want you to see – check it out!

Next week is a big one on the blog – I’ve got something great coming your way!  If you aren’t already receiving posts via email, you’ll want to sign up!

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3 Ways to Make Your Life Easier Today

3 Ways to Make Your Life Easier Today via Clean Mama

Now that fall is in full swing, I thought it would be a great time to talk about making things a little easier around our homes.  Today I’m sharing 3 ways I take a load off and make life easier during this busy time of the year.  If I had to narrow down 3 things that really help me keep it together, these are my top three ways that I make life easier.

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CLEAN A LITTLE BIT EVERYDAY – don’t stress yourself out with trying to clean your whole house at once.  Try my cleaning routine and clean a little bit every day and reap the benefits of a mostly clean house most of the time.  It’s a freeing feeling to let go of that idea of perfection (it doesn’t exist!).  Need a little structure and a whole lot of flexibility?  My cleaning routine is ideal for working and stay-at-home moms and anyone else that is looking for an easier way to clean a house.

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PLAN YOUR MEALS – without a plan, you’re stuck with throwing together whatever or eating out.  Having your menu planned out is a huge time and money saver.  Make a list of all your favorite make-ahead meals and try to cook at least one or two a week to simplify your life.  Use your slow cooker and/or make double and triple batches of favorite and freezable recipes.  Eat one batch for dinner and freeze the rest.  Lasagna, enchiladas, soups, and casseroles all make great freezer meals.

3 Free Printable To Do Lists to Jumpstart Your Productivity

WRITE IT DOWN – Putting pen to paper is so great for getting ideas out of your head and on paper.  Grab one of these free to do lists, write it down, check it off, and get it done.

How about you?  What do you do to make your life easier?

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8 Simple Laundry Tips and Hacks

8 Simple Laundry Tips and Hacks via Clean Mama

  • Keep your detergent, softener and laundry liquids uniform and easy to store with repurposed drink dispensers. Includes chalkboard printable labels, too! Via Simply Designing
  • Ever wonder just what all those symbols mean on your tags? Decode them with this cute free printable and post in your laundry room for instant help. Via Clean Mama
  • Sort laundry as you go while maximizing your space with this DIY tiered laundry station. Includes detailed instructions for making your own. Via Hoosier Homemade
  • Cut down on dryer sheet consumption and nasty chemicals when you make your own wool dryer balls. Softens laundry without leaving behind any residue. Via Made From Pinterest
  • Betcha didn’t know you could wash Legos and other hard toys in the washer!  Such a great way to get rid of the grimy buildup from the hours of playtime. Via Gettin By
  • Empower your family, big or small, to tackle the laundry monster. There are some seriously good tips in here to help minimize your time doing laundry. Via An Inviting Home
  • Check out these suggestions for some surprising tips and tricks to make laundry easier for you! Via Clean Mama
  • Make your own laundry stain stick to rub on those stubborn stains before laundering. Perfect for a little pretreating before you get to washing it. Via One Good Thing

If you like these laundry tips and hacks you’ll love following me on Pinterest!

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Organize Any Kitchen Cupboard in 15 Minutes

Organize Any Kitchen Cupboard in 15 minutes via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is a KITCHEN CUPBOARD (October’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  Focus on at least one kitchen cupboard this week and if you have extra time, tackle more than one.  If you’re feeling really productive take on all your cupboards or do one or two every day this week.

The best way to organize is to move quickly – concentrating on the task at hand is important to making some changes in your cupboards.  Follow a couple simple steps and you’ll have a clean and organized cupboards in 15 minutes flat.

  1. Empty cupboard onto the kitchen counter or a table.
  2. Wipe entire cupboard clean.
  3. Separate items in the cupboard into these categories – KEEP, TOSS, DONATE, RELOCATE.
  4. Return items to shelves – group like items together and make sure your order is logical and makes sense for the needs of your family.

What cupboard are you going to organize and clean out this week?

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A Simplified Week : Memorabilia

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As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab October’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it!

Memorabilia:

  • It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to sorting through memorabilia. This post helps you break it down into simple steps while keeping your sanity. Via Clean Mama
  • Check out these great suggestions for sorting, displaying and storing paper memorabilia from Lisa Moorefield. I love the framed children’s book art for those special childhood books.
  • It is difficult to know just how to begin sorting through painful memorabilia that represent a loss or a painful point in life.  This post helps by giving ideas on how to sort through, keep and let go some of those tender items you may be holding on to. Via Useful Beautiful Home on I’m an Organizing Junkie

Something to Eat:

  • We love smoothies in our home both for the health benefits and the time saver that they are. If your smoothies are lacking in flavor and texture, you need to try these power packed recipes instead. Tastes like your favorite $5 store bought one! Via Thriving Home

Something to Make:

  • Make a pot of this delightfully scented natural air freshener and let it simmer away on your stove for instant fall. Via Express-O

Something For the Kids:

  • I am a big fan of having art and craft projects accessible to my kids and especially appreciate when they require on-hand, simple materials. These little bookworm bookmarks are the cutest and fit the bill. So many creative possibilities! Via Sweet Little Peanut

Simplify:

  • Simplify your dinner prep routine by prepping ahead carrots, onions and celery. Perfect for pulling out and tossing it in to your favorite soups, casseroles and pot pies this comfort food season. Via Dessert Now Dinner Later

 

Are you following me on Instagram?  I’m instagramming my cleaning routine – it’s a great gentle reminder every morning!  And of course I have lots of helpful and simple homekeeping tips!

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Organized Kitchen Home Tour – Kitchen Drawers

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The Top Organizing Bloggers are doing a kitchen tour today!  I’m so excited to be showing you a little glimpse of my kitchen – the kitchen drawers.  If you’re new here (welcome!) and I hope you find some simple ideas for organizing your kitchen.  (At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to the Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour that you won’t want to miss!)  Want to know more about me? Go through the tour and then go to my cleaning routine page.

In my opinion, organizing the kitchen drawers are critical to a kitchen running smoothly.  Regardless of the size or your kitchen or the number of drawers you have, you can follow these simple steps and ideas and get your drawers tidied up in a hurry.

Top Organizing Bloggers Organized Kitchen Home Tour - Kitchen Drawers via Clean Mama

Why would you want to organize and label your kitchen drawers?  It makes finding things a little easier and better yet, it makes things easier to return to their proper spots.  When we re-did our kitchen, the contractor did make fun of me a little bit for having everything labeled, but anyone can locate anything in the kitchen and put things away easily.

Labelmaker and Clear Tape for Drawers via Clean Mama

I use this label maker with clear tape and black ink to label each drawer and just place the label on the interior of each drawer.

Organized Kitchen Drawers via Clean Mama

I divided our kitchen up into zones or work spaces and then organized the drawers from there.  (You can see how I created zones in the pantry here and zones in the kitchen here.)  And here’s how to organize a kitchen drawer in 15 minutes.  I made a list of all the drawers and what went in each drawer – this was really helpful to keep everything together and contained.

Measuring Cups and Spoons via Clean Mama

Going around the kitchen from left to right, here are the drawers in my kitchen:

  • grill
  • paper goods
  • silverware
  • cutting boards
  • dish towels
  • measuring cups and spoons (baking)
  • oven mitts and hot pads and wraps (foil, parchment, etc)
  • pots & pans
  • oversized pans
  • baking pans

Oven Mitts & Pot Holders and Wraps via Clean Mama

I also have six large drawers in the island (work station) – the top two drawers have large silverware organizers and they are labeled:

  • thermometers, scoops, grate & press, cakes, miscellaneous
  • knives, openers, cutters, bottle stoppers, miscellaneous

Labeled Tool Drawer via Clean Mama

Then the pull-out drawers under each one are labeled:

  • food storage
  • baking pans
  • food processing
  • roasting supplies

Food Storage and Baking Pans via Clean Mama

 

Pots and Pans and Oversized Pans via Clean Mama

Ready for more?  Go to the next link to see The Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour- click on the links below to see the rest of our organized kitchens (and make sure you’re following me on Instagram for a $100 CASH giveaway that starts at 8am EST 10/1/14):

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And don’t forget to follow our Top Organizing Bloggers Pinterest Board to see what we’re pinning!

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8 DIY Bathroom Cleaner Recipes

8 DIY Bathroom Cleaner Recipes via Clean Mama

I love making and using DIY natural cleaners (heck, I wrote a book about them!) so today I thought it would be fun to round up some natural bathroom cleaners that you”ll love!  These recipes cover disinfecting, mirrors, toilets, grout, and more – get ready to scrub up your bathrooms with homemade cleaners!

  1. Skip the nasty fumes and reach for this daily shower cleaner and spray. Simply spray, scrub and rinse for a sparkling clean shower. Via Money Saving Mom
  2. Stubborn tub stains can be a beast to remove. Check out these four options (two of which are homemade cleaners) that can help rid your tub of stains. Via View Along the Way
  3. Make your own homemade soft scrub for when you need an extra boost of scrubbing power in your bathroom. Via Live Renewed
  4. Make your own homemade grout cleaner to conquer those tricky stains and tight spaces. Via At the Picket Fence
  5. Keep colds, flu and illnesses at bay with this DIY antibacterial hand soap. Scent with your favorite essential oils for your bathroom hand washing. Via One Good Thing
  6. Get rid of splatters and sprays with this naturally scented peppermint glass and mirror cleaner. Via Clean Mama
  7. Make your own naturally disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner with three simple ingredients. Even better, it’s effective and inexpensive! Via Growing Up Herbal
  8. Did you know you can make your own natural bathroom antibacterial cleaner?  So much safer and less toxic than the commercial options, plus it smells wonderful! Lavender and Lemon Disinfectant via a Clean Mama

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What Should I Keep? Sorting Through Memorabilia

What Should I Keep -  Sorting Through Memorabilia via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing challenge is MEMORABILIA and I’m going to challenge you to make a little progress sorting through memorabilia.   (October’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  There really isn’t a right or wrong way to store memorabilia, because it varies according to the space you have, what you want to keep, and what’s precious enough to save indefinitely.  I have a pretty simple method for keeping special and important items – maybe my method will help you too.  Don’t make it too complicated or involved – simply create a couple specific spots/zones/boxes/bins to save memorabilia and then file it appropriately.

Establish ground rules for what you are keeping and what you are tossing – memorabilia doesn’t fall under the if I haven’t worn it in 6 months, or if it isn’t being used daily get rid of it, it’s different.  Everyone has a different interpretation of what they want to keep – that’s personal.  So, first things first, come up with your own rules and then follow my steps.

  1. Start with the really old stuff – if there are things that you have been holding on to for years and you know there’s no reason to save them anymore, spend a couple minutes this week doing a quick purge of those items.  Label the items that you are keeping by year (1993, 1995-1997) or by era (high school, college, grandma’s items, wedding, etc.)
  2. If you have kids, use a bin or a box to keep special items that can’t be stored flat like a special blanket or a special outfit.  Keep it in their bedroom closet so you can take it down and look through it with them – there’s no sense keeping items in a basement if no one’s ever going to look through them.
  3. Establish a method going forward that works for your family.  I keep the kids’ special papers in a large file drawer that has a file folder for each year and artwork goes in a large folder.  You can also take pictures of artwork and special pieces and save them digitally as well.  You can apply this method to any one in your home – file folders work great for keeping memorabilia.  Scrapbooks, digital or paper, are also a great way to keep the memorabilia out of the closet and in a special place.

That’s it – 3 simple action steps that you can take in a couple minutes this week – don’t get overwhelmed, just move forward and do a little work.  Only you know what is important enough to keep and what you can get rid of.  If this is too hard to determine for yourself, ask a friend or relative for a little help in the decision-making department.

Any tips to share when it comes to sorting through memorabilia?  Share them in the comments.

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