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Homekeeping Society | June Essentials

 

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If you feel like you need a little help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with June’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY. Complete with seasonal touches, this month features a lilac and lime color scheme.  Flowers are the featured design – perfect for the summer season.

You’ll love the EASY PRINT feature, simply open and print the pages in ONE step. This is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. This change is designed to take the guesswork and any hassle out of the printing process. I have also included a just one of each EASY PRINT option as well. Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll be really excited about this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!

If you’re a member (log in here) and if you’d like to sign up today, it’s an instant download. The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order out of your household chaos and help you keep your home tidy with ease and your mind less cluttered. Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of June – you’re going to LOVE it!

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This month’s Quote for the Kitchen Sink is a favorite of mine from Francis of Assisi. It’s a helpful quote for every day life and homekeeping – glance at it when you feel frustrated with something – it really is just one foot in front of the other and pretty soon you’ll be closer than you thought you’d be!

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 energy and it can feel downright defeating many days. You’ll love the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine included in every month of Homekeeping Society – it truly takes the guesswork out of cleaning and sets it on auto-pilot.  If you struggle during the summer with a different routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

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 Sign up for HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and see how this simple and do-able approach can streamline your life.
Homekeeping Society June 2015 Digital and Printed for You via Clean Mama

I love to provide a ‘virtual’ hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of and welcome family, neighbors, and friends into without thinking twice about the mess behind that front door. The intent of Homekeeping Society is to give you that perfect monthly intervention that is purposefully designed to get your life and home in order with ease. Each month I add different and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

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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 – an EASY PRINT option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (June is Outside) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.  June is the month to get the outside tidied up so you can enjoy the summer!
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list. Print one or two and put it front and center – set some realistic goals and make plans for some fun things to do this month
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, and a space for meals
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  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, cleaning and organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (June is a SUMMER FUN CHECKLIST)
  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 – this month includes a SERVICE PROFESSIONAL CONTACTS printable – fill them out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section (insurance, 401K, etc.)
  13. PLUS – access to previous month’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY

June Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama - Summer Fun List

June’s Seasonal Preparation Printable is a SUMMER FUN LIST – perfect for brainstorming your summer plans!

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This month’s Important Information Printable is an SERVICE PROFESSIONAL CONTACTS printable – keep this on hand so you can access your service professionals at a moment’s notice.

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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 here to see all the posts and past months of Homekeeping Society!

June Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama - Menu Planning

 

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 June and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.  If you are a member, your essentials are already in your account – yay!

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FREE Positive Parenting Webinar : No Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling

Free Positive Parenting Webinar via Clean Mama

With summer right around the corner, I know I’m looking forward to having kiddos at home for the next couple of months but I also feel like I need some resources and guidance as we navigate the lazy summer days ahead.  I’m so excited to be able to bring you this resource. I’m teaming up with parenting professional, Amy McCready to bring you a Positive Parenting Webinar. Ready for some guidance and professional help – for FREE? Read on!

You’ve counted to three more times than you can, well, count. Time out isn’t working anymore. Even rewarding and bribing with candy and toys eventually fell flat. Like most parents, you’re frustrated because it seems like no matter what you try, the same misbehaviors keep cropping up.

Take heart – there are ways to improve your kids’ behavior without nagging, reminding, punishing or yelling! Clean Mama is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and a Today Show contributor, to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Wednesday, May 20th from 1-2 p.m. Eastern time.

A FREE Positive Parenting Webinar: Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling

Join us to learn why kids act out and simple, positive discipline strategies to encourage your kids to listen and do the right thing. If you’re looking to reclaim your calm voice and restore some peace to your home, this webinar is for you!

All you need is your computer – no webcam required. You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen, and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents rave about this session!

ATTEND the webinar you will receive a thank you gift!  FREE Report: Top 5 Tips for Battling Backtalk Every Parent Needs

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RSVP today and then learn from the comfort of your home. Space in the webinar is limited, register today!

ABOUT AMY McCREADY

amy-mccready-headshotParenting expert and “recovering yeller” Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling. Amy is a regular parenting contributor on The TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Steve Harvey and elsewhere. In her most important role, she plays mom to two teenage boys.

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Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Amy’s Positive Parenting Solutions courses. I love them, which is why I’m sharing them with you!

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How to Easily Speed Organize Any Space

How to Speed Organize Any Space via Clean Mama

Speed organizing is most successful when you have a space that desperately needs a little organization and you only have a few minutes to get it in order.  All you need is fifteen to thirty minutes and motivation.  If you have an entire room or a closet to tackle, you can still follow these steps but you might need a little more than 15 minutes.

Here’s what you need to organize ANY space in minutes:

  • garbage bag (for things that you want to toss)
  • cleaning cloth
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • 3 containers to sort items in (keep, relocate, donate)

Grab your supplies and get started!  You can use laundry baskets or any other empty container to sort your items in.  The beauty of this process is that you are completely emptying out your disorganized area and starting from scratch.  For me, that’s the only way to completely organize a space.

  1. COMPLETELY EMPTY THE SPACE.  If it’s a drawer or a cupboard empty it all out onto the floor or a table nearby.  Don’t get distracted with what you just unearthed from your disorganized space.  Stay on task and move on to the next step.
  2. SPRAY AND WIPE THE AREA CLEAN.  If you’re going to take the time to organize a space it’s worthwhile to clean the surfaces off at the same time.
  3. SORT.  Quickly sort all the items into four piles – toss, keep, relocate, donate.  Use your garbage bag for the toss items, keep is for the items that will stay in your soon-to-be organized space, relocate is for anything that you still want but doesn’t belong here, and donate is for items that you don’t want but someone else can use.  Keeping a donate basket or bag in your house is a great organizing tip – when the basket is filled up, take a drive to your local donation store.
  4. PUT AWAY THE KEEP PILE.  Now that you have sorted through your disorganized space, it’s time to put the keep pile back into the space.  Before you start putting everything back, take a minute to re-sort the items and put them into groups.  The number one rule to an organized home (in my opinion) is putting like items with like items.  Pencils go in the pencil box, magazines go in the magazine basket, books go on the bookshelf, forks go with forks, etc.  Keeping your items grouped together eliminates searching which saves time and money when you’re running a household.
  5. CONTAIN.  Once you’ve organized your space, you might need a container or two to corral your formerly disorganized items.  If that’s the case, search your house for something you can use to organize your space.  If you come up empty handed, put it on your list for the next time you’re out and about.

Interested in other speedy posts?  Just click on the images to go to the posts.

How to Speed Clean ALL Your Bathrooms in 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

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Summer 2015 Schedule + FREE Printable

Summer 2015 Schedule FREE Printable via Clean Mama

We’ve been working on getting the summer schedule figured out and since I am not only one trying to figure out the kids’ schedules, I thought I’d share a simple way to see everyone’s classes and activities at a glance.  Use this for determining what’s enough and what’s too much or for keeping track for schedules all summer long.  I want the summer to drag on and be relaxed and memorable and I find that laying it out at a glance is the best way to see what’s going to work and to quickly eliminate what won’t work this summer.

Summer Schedule 2015 via Clean Mama

I left a little room on the bottom of the sheet if you’d like to make a little key and color code the activities/kids.  I hope this is a helpful and useful tool as you lay out the summer and make the most of the these three great months!

Organize Your Summer with this Summer 2015 Schedule FREE Printable via Clean Mama

Go here to download the free printable in my shop – it’s a FREE download, once you login and save your info, your account will save all of your printables for you and make it easy to save and keep your printables.  You can also get it here in googledocs.

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If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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Homekeeping Skills You Need to Know

Homekeeping Skills You Need to Know via Clean Mama

Keeping house is not instinctual for most people, it’s a learned behavior and habits that need to be repeated (all the time, unfortunately) to be effective.  Here are 4 most-asked questions answered in true bossy-pants fashion.  Try out my techniques and see what you think!  Hopefully my methods are time-saving and effective for your homekeeping endeavors.  Keep an eye out for more posts in this series.  Happy homekeeping!

The Right Way to Vacuum

Use the five following tips in order to vacuum your carpet thoroughly.

  1. Use the crevice attachment on your vacuum first. Vacuum all the edges before the carpet.
  2. Vacuum horizontally first.
  3. Vacuum vertically next. By vacuuming the floor in opposite directions, you will assure that the carpet is lifted and any dirt, hair and pet dander is effectively removed.
  4. Vacuum beginning in the corner furthest from the door and vacuum your way out of the room. This will leave you with those satisfying vacuum lines.
  5. Use a carpet neutralizer if your carpet is in need of a little freshening. Try my favorite homemade recipe below.  I love that it is free from artificial scents. You can also put a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball and put it in your vacuum’s canister or bag to freshen the air as you vacuum.

Carpet Freshener

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10-20 drops essential oil
  • container with a shaker top

Mix, put in container with a shaker top.  Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for 15 minutes to absorb odors and vacuum up.

The Right Way to Wash Pillows

Considering how much time and use pillows get, it sometimes doesn’t occur to people to wash them. There is no need to toss them or deal with clumpy, lumpy pillows anymore – just wash them! This method works great on feather or synthetic pillows, but take care with your foam pillows. You can wash foam pillows, but not dry them as the heat will cause them to fall apart and melt. Don’t forget about your throw pillows!

  1. Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector. If you aren’t using pillow protectors on your pillows, I highly recommend getting them. They keep surface stains and accidental spills from reaching your pillow.
  2. Set your washing machine to a gentle, warm wash. Make sure that it is on the largest capacity setting as well. I like to wash two pillows at a time to keep the load balanced, but no more than three to assure that they get as clean as possible. Use a gentle detergent as well. After the washer has completed the cycle, I like to do a quick rinse cycle to get all the detergent out as well as another spin cycle to remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. The key to keeping your pillows in pristine condition is to avoid high heat when drying. If your pillows are foam, you will want to avoid the dryer and line dry. If your pillows are synthetic, you can dry on a low to medium heat. Down or feather pillows need less heat, so use your low or air setting. I like to check the dryer after about 30 minutes in order to check the pillows and make sure they are not settling in to the corner of the dryer. Put a tennis ball in a sock if you want a little extra fluffing of the fibers.

The Right Way to Do Laundry

The task of doing laundry is not a favorite for most. By the time one load of laundry is carefully folded and put away, the pile seems to multiply before long. Implement these five tips to help make laundry a bit less tedious and quicker.

  1. Do not overload your washer. While it is tempting to try squeeze those extra items in, your clothes will not get as clean and you will end up putting extra wear and tear in your washer and dryer.
  2. Use the recommended amount of detergent. Adding extra will not make your clothes any cleaner and will only add extra residue, causing your clothes to look dingier.
  3. Utilize the cold water feature on your washer. You can safely mix your light and dark loads when you wash and rinse in cold water. I recommend washing new brights with brights for at least three times to prevent bleeding.  I wash sheets and towels separately on Saturdays and with hot water and the sanitize cycle.  I typically wash kids clothes as one load mixed up whites and colors on cold and my husband and my clothing separately and as two loads each – one for darks and one for whites.
  4. Just say no to fabric softener! Fabric softener actually coats individual fibers and leaves a residue that causes clothes and fabrics to not get as clean. Try using vinegar in place of softener to fluff up those towels and clothing while deodorizing at the same time.
  5. There is no magic schedule or formula to solve laundry issues. My preference is to complete at least one load of laundry a day, from washing to putting away to prevent a pile-up.  It’s much less overwhelming than staring down six laundry baskets on the weekend.

The Right Way to Clean Your Mattress

Cleaning your mattress is a task that many forget to do or put aside for another day. Considering how much time we spend sleeping, it’s important to take care of and clean your mattress in order to extend its lifespan and keep it fresh and clean.

  1. Rotate your mattress twice a year in order to keep the material well-distributed and help to wear evenly. Pillow top mattresses can be rotated 180 degrees while standard mattresses can be flipped and rotated.
  2. Use a quality, waterproof mattress pad. Not only will this protect your mattresses from stains and spills, but it will also help deter dust mites and dander. Wash your mattress pad on a regular basis.
  3. Vacuum your mattress on a regular basis. Use the crevice tool and vacuum the entire surface of your mattress, taking care to get into every crevice. Doing this will ensure that you rid your mattress of surface dust mites, dirt and dust.
  4. Surfaces stains should be tackled as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage. Use a clean, dry towel to remove as much of the stain as possible. Follow this up with using a little dish detergent or liquid soap and gently blot any remaining residue. Take care not to use too much liquid as you don’t want it to reach the foam or inner layers of your mattress. If you have a large or stubborn stain, you can use the upholstery cleaning tool on your carpet cleaner. Blot up extra moisture with a dry towel and use a fan if necessary to speed up the drying process.
  5. Mattress in need of a little freshening up? Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil and sprinkle on your mattress. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes and vacuum.

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Recipe Binder Redo : How to Create a Recipe Organizational System that Works

How to Create a Recipe Binder System that Works via Clean Mama

I have been using a recipe binder for years and I am convinced that it’s the reason meal planning works in our house.  Do I have every week’s meals planned out perfectly?  No.  Do we ever order out unexpectedly because I couldn’t get my act together?  Of course.  But when it comes down to it, having favorite recipes in one place, printed out and ready to reference is just so, so great.

Clean Mama's Recipe Binder Kit via Clean Mama

If you are reading this and thinking or saying, I have all my recipes saved on the computer or on Pinterest, or an online recipe account, and I don’t need that hassle or mess or clutter, keep reading because I am here to tell you that keeping your recipes sorted and organized in a binder is actually more of a time saver than hopping online.  Why?  Cue the distraction of the Internet – hopping online to grab that recipe will probably lead you to Facebook or Instagram which will lead you down a rabbit hole and you’ll forget what you were looking for anyway.  Or maybe that’s just me?  In this online centered world, I crave moments without that constant connectivity and love thumbing through cookbooks and recipe binders.  Can you relate?

Extra Pages - Clean Mama's Recipe Binder via Clean Mama

Curious enough to keep reading?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a binder (or 2 or 3) – (I used this binder to make my binders) I have recipes split into 3 binders (every day recipes, desserts, and holidays/celebrations)
  • plastic sleeves to put the recipes in – this protects them, but you could omit them and three-hole punch the recipes if you’d prefer
  • that stack of recipes that you have in your kitchen cupboard or drawer – put them to use!
  • Clean Mama’s Recipe Binder Kit – this is what I used (of course) but you could create your own dividers and pages and everything else, but it’s much easier to grab the kit 😉
  • a little time – I completely re-did my recipe binders to launch this new product and it took me about an hour including taking pictures.  So it will take you a little time, but I know it will pay off in meals on the table.

Once you have your supplies, it’s time to get started – here’s what you need to do:

  • gather your supplies
  • print out dividers/categories
  • gather your recipes
  • put your recipes in plastic sleeves and sort them according to your categories

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Here’s what’s included in Clean Mama’s Recipe Binder Kit (42 documents – individually saved and EASY PRINT as one document):

Dividers for Clean Mama's Recipe Binder via Clean Mama

INSTRUCTIONS – ‘How to Make a Recipe Binder’
SUBSTITUTIONS – This for That page
MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENTS
3 TITLE PAGES to choose from : Family Recipes, Recipe Binder, Dessert Recipes
RECIPE PAGE – FILLABLE/EDITABLE – type in your favorite recipes, save, and print
LABELS – print, trim, and use in dividers or make your own by printing on cardstock
36 CATEGORY DIVIDER SHEETS:
• Recipes to Try – keep track of recipes you want to try in your binder
• Family Favorites – keep track of winner dinners
• Meals for this Month
• Breakfast
• Appetizers
• Salads & Dressings
• Sandwiches
• Salads & Dressings
• Sandwiches
• Soups & Stews
• Side Dishes
• Rice & Grains
• Beef
• Pork
• Poultry
• Seafood
• Weeknight Meals
• Pasta & Sauces
• Vegetables
• Slow Cooker
• Pizza
• Grill
• Make Ahead
• Vegetarian
• Gluten-Free
• Paleo
• Yeast Breads & Rolls
• Canning
• Holidays & Celebrations
• Desserts
• Quick Breads
• Cakes & Frostings
• Cookies & Candies
• Pies & Tarts
• Blank
• Other
Once you’ve printed out the sections that you want to use and have begun setting up your binder, keep moving quickly and you’ll be surprised how quickly the binder comes together.  As you’re getting your binder set up take the time to toss/recycle any recipes that you’ve been holding onto and haven’t made and probably won’t make, or any recipes that you made that aren’t super great or worth making again.
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Included in Clean Mama’s Recipe Binder Kit are labels that you can use for dividers – you can print and trim and place in dividers or make your own.
Labels for Clean Mama's Recipe Binder via Clean Mama
I make my own by simply printing them out on cardstock, trimming down to size, and use packing tape to adhere to the divider pages.
DIY Labels via Clean Mama
Labels via Clean Mama
Now that you have your Recipe Binder all set up it’s time to put it to use!  What’s the perfect way to put it to use?  Make a menu plan and utilize the binder for success.  My top 3 categories/pages are:
• Recipes to Try
• Family Favorites
• Meals for this Month
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Use these categories and pages to organize and plan as you’re getting started.  Keeping a quick reference guide to favorites and recipes to make keeps it simple and eliminates time wasted while you’re figuring out ‘what’s for dinner’.
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Keep your recipe binder where you’ll use it – I keep my recipe binders with my cookbooks.  I love cookbooks and recipes and menu planning – if you can’t tell by my little cookbook collection.  I plan menus with both handy and accessible and find that this works really well in our house!
Recipe Binders and Cookbooks via Clean Mama
Go here to get  Clean Mama’s Recipe Binder Kit in my shop.
Clean Mama's Recipe Binder Kit via Clean Mama

 

If you need a little help with your menu planning, I have an adorable menu planning notepad in my shop and menu planning kits as well. Click on the images below to see them in my shop.

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On the Menu Clean Mama Printables

I also have menu planning pages included in every month of HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – getting food on the table shouldn’t be difficult!  Need a little inspiration?  Here are some blog posts with my favorite recipes and menu planning tips.

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Shop Update : Recipe Binder and Printable Stickers

Happy May!  I have some exciting updates in the shop this month and am excited to introduce two new products today!  (Subscribe in the sidebar so you don’t miss the updates and new products.)

An updated Recipe Binder Kit has been in the works for months and I am really excited with how it all came together:  CLEAN MAMA’S RECIPE BINDER KIT – it’s perfect for keeping all those favorite and important recipes in one place.  Go here to see how I put mine together :)

Clean Mama's Recipe Binder Kit via Clean Mama

Complete with new references pages, an updated how-to, and an editable recipe page. You’ll love the fresh design and updated format, it’s perfect for any kitchen and decor and is made with you in mind.

Extra Pages - Clean Mama's Recipe Binder via Clean Mama

Dividers for Clean Mama's Recipe Binder via Clean Mama

A greatly requested product is stickers to go with my cleaning routine – CLEAN MAMA’S CLEANING ROUTINE PRINTABLE STICKERS

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Love Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine but want to make it even easier with the ease of stickers? You’ll love these simple cleaning routine stickers. Perfect for adding to any Clean Mama product or your planner or calendar.  This listing includes two formats – one if you want to print the stickers on 4×6  3/4″ pre-cut stickers and one if you want to print on sticker paper and hand-trim or if you’d like to use your Silhouette and kiss-cut your stickers.

Clean Mama's Cleaning Routine Stickers with planner via Clean Mama

Hop on over to Clean Mama Printables to see more pictures and information on these two products – I know you’ll love them!

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Week 4 : Spring Clean in 30

We made it!  The Spring Clean In 30 Challenge is complete and hopefully you were able to complete all or some of the challenge. Read on if you’d like to complete this challenge anytime.   A Bowl Full of Lemons and I have been making our way through our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge!  We completed 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) and shared daily on Instagram.  You can go to @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see what we spring cleaned. You can still grab the FREE checklist here!  And go here to see all the tools I used as well.

spring clean in 30 via Clean Mama

Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:

WEEK 4

  • Day 22: Clean bathroom counters, sinks, toilets
  • Day 23: Wash all bath mats and shower curtains
  • Day 24: Dust all hard surfaces
  • Day 25: Wash bedding
  • Day 26: Wash curtains and drapes
  • Day 27: Clean window blinds
  • Day 28: Vacuum all floors and stairs
  • Day 29: Wash all floors
  • Day 30: Deep clean vacuum cleaner

 

Day 22: Clean bathroom counters, sinks, toilets.  Remove everything from counters and wipe thoroughly. Clean the base of your toilets and other areas that might need a little extra attention.

DAY 22 Clean counters, sinks, toilets via Clean Mama

Day 23: Wash all bath mats and shower curtains.  My best shower curtain tip? Launder on cold, air dry on low heat and hang them back up to dry when they are barely damp. They’ll finish drying without any wrinkles and look crisp and clean!

DAY 23 Wash bath mats and shower curtains via Clean Mama

Day 24: Dust all hard surfaces – Take the time to tackle spots you might have missed in your weekly dusting. Railings, stair cases, furniture, appliances, shelves, etc. Work quickly and get those dust bunnies!

DAY 24 Dust All Hard Surfaces via Clean Mama

Day 25: Wash bedding – Wash duvets, comforters, quilts, bed skirts, pillows, mattress pads, etc. Curious about how to wash pillows?  Go to this post.

DAY 25 Wash bedding via Clean Mama

Day 26: Wash curtains and drapes.  Check the instructions before laundering – if they are washable, take the time to do that today. I wash on gentle/cold and dry on low heat and then hang up when they are barely damp to keep the wrinkles away and to avoid ironing if possible.

DAY 26 Wash Curtains + Drapes via Clean Mama

Day 27: Clean window blinds.  If you have window blinds you know that they are dust magnets.  I use a variety of tools depending on time, but my cordless vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment is typically the quickest way to move through all the windows in my house.

 DAY 27 - Clean Window Blinds via Clean Mama

Day 28: Vacuum all floors and stairs – Move furniture if needed, get behind and underneath everything.

DAY 28 Vacuum All Floors and Stairs via Clean Mama

Day 29: Wash all floors – check out this post on the best way to clean and care for hard surface floors.

DAY 29 Wash All Floors via Clean Mama

Day 30: Deep clean vacuum cleaner.  What a great way to end the challenge!   Check out this post for a great how-to on cleaning any vacuum cleaner.

DAY 30 - Deep Clean Vacuum Cleaner via Clean Mama

Follow along on Instagram for more homekeeping and cleaning tips – Happy Spring Cleaning!

Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:

 

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How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner via Clean Mama

Note:  Always follow the instructions that come with your vacuum cleaner, this blog post is merely a guide.  Pictured and used in this post and in my home is the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+Allergy vacuum cleaner.  I love it and wholeheartedly recommend it!  The cinetic technology eliminates the need to replace filters, so that makes it much easier to clean and maintain.

Cleaning a vacuum cleaner seems more complicated than it actually is.  A couple tools and 15 minutes and you’ll have a clean and like new vacuum cleaner.  Try this simple step-by-step and you’ll most likely notice that your vacuum works better and runs more smoothly.  Do this little routine monthly and you’ll be extending the life of your vacuum cleaner.

Tools for Cleaning a Vacuum Cleaner via Clean Mama

Here’s what you need:

  • garbage bag
  • old scissors or seam ripper
  • cotton pads
  • rubbing alcohol
  • water source (I use the utility sink in the mud room)
  • cleaning cloth or paper towels

 

Step 1:  Empty the canister in a garbage bag or remove and dispose of vacuum cleaner bag – I recommend doing this outside or in your garage – the weather was not cooperating with me so these pictures were captured in my kitchen.

Empty Canister in a Garbage Bag via Clean mama

Step 2:  Take everything apart that can be taken apart to ensure you get everything cleaned properly.

Take Everything Apart via Clean Mama

Step 3:  Use a scissors or seam ripper to carefully cut hair/string/yarn/whatever is tangled up in the beater bar of your vacuum cleaner.

Use a Scissors to Cut Anything that's Tangled in the Beater Bar via Clean Mama

Step 4:  Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad and then rub that on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner to disinfect it.  This will dry instantly and disinfect your vacuum.  If this sounds a little extreme, it’s important to disinfect the bottom of the vacuum cleaner because that travels all over your house and is most likely the dirtiest part of the vacuum cleaner (next to what’s inside the canister or bag).  If you still aren’t convinced, here’s a true vacuum cleaner story to convince you.  When I was teaching I had a student (and her whole family) that kept getting the stomach flu every week.  This went on for over a month.  Their doctor finally figured out what was happening.  Someone had gotten sick on the carpet and it had been cleaned, but every time they vacuumed the germs got stirred up and they kept re-infecting themselves.  Soooo…that’s why I thoroughly clean my vacuum cleaner.

Wipe Bottom of Vacuum Cleaner with Rubbing Alcohol via Clean Mama

Step 5:  If you can wash or wipe out a canister, wash or wipe it.  Make sure it’s completely dry before you return it to the vacuum cleaner.  Take the time to wipe and clean the seals as well.

Wash Canister via Clean Mama

Step 6:  Completely wipe down the entire vacuum cleaner with a damp microfiber cloth.  You add a little spritz of your favorite all-purpose cleaner to the cloth to give it a little extra cleaning oomph if you’d like.

Dry Thoroughly Via Clean Mama

Step 7:  Change or clean any filters following the manufacturer’s directions.  Most filters can be washed/rinsed out, but make sure that it’s completely dry before returning it to your machine.  Mold can grow in the machine and you don’t want that.

Step 8:  Over the top tip – If you have any scuff marks from your woodwork, you can quickly remove scuff marks with rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad.  This is great if for any reason you want your vacuum cleaner to look like new – great idea for a garage sale spruce up.  You can apply this tip other places too – have a paint scuff on your car door (not a scratch or dent, a scuff), put a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and you’ll see the scuff disappear.

Remove Scuff Marks via Clean Mama

So what do you think?  When was the last time you cleaned your vacuum cleaner?  Ready to give your vacuum cleaner a deep cleaning?

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner Infographic via Clean Mama

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Clean Mama’s Favorites on The Organizing Store

I am so excited to let you know that I have a collection of my favorite things at The Organizing Store.  If you haven’t been to The Organizing Store, head on over and check them out!  I have personally met the owners, Deb and Allie and can tell you that they are just the kind of people you’re going to love shopping with.  They put the best products on their site and make it so fun to figure out what to shop for to organize your home!

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Check out my curated shop – you’ll find some of my favorite things, sure to help you get your home organized and clean in a hurry!

The Organizing Store Fave Products

If that isn’t enough excitement for one day, click on the image below to see The Ultimate Cleaning Cupboard Giveaway they have this week too!

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FREE Cleaning Calendar for May 2015

It’s almost May and that means that it’s time for May’s FREE cleaning calendar!  If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it!  This is a solution for busy households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

Fresh Start Clean+Organized 2015

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, I hope you know that everyday is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for May and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house. If you’re doing the Spring Clean in 30 Challenge, I also have a version with the challenge included.

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Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for May and give it a go. Follow along for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook!

Fresh Start Calendar for May 2015

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for May 2015!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime.  Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

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If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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Homekeeping Skills You Need In the Kitchen

Kitchen Homekeeping Skills You Need In the Kitchen via Clean Mama

Keeping house is not instinctual for most people, it’s a learned behavior and habits that need to be repeated (all the time, unfortunately) to be effective.  Here are my top 4 clean kitchen techniques for you to try out for yourself.  Keep an eye out for more posts in this series.  Happy homekeeping!

How to Clean a Refrigerator

With all the activity that goes on in the fridge, it’s doesn’t take long for crumbs, spills and drips to take center stage. With 15-30 minutes and this simple DIY cleaner, you can get your fridge sparkling clean and debris free! The warm water and soap help to dissolve those spills, drips and crumbs while the baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer.

Three ingredients are all that’s required with this cleaner. Mix together:

-4 to 6 cups warm water
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon castile or liquid dish soap

Start by emptying your fridge and be prepared to work quickly to assure that your food stays cold. Submerge your microfiber cloth or dishcloth in the mixture and wring out until almost dry. Wipe down the shelves, repeating until all the shelves and drawers have been wiped clean. Rinse and wring as necessary. There is no rinsing of the shelves required but you can dry if desired. Put all your food back, taking care to group like items together and dispose of expired and unnecessary items while you are at it. That’s all there is to cleaning out your fridge!

Streamline your time unloading and putting away dishes with these tips on loading your dishwasher correctly. Bonus: get your dishes cleaner, too!

How to Load a Dishwasher

Start by rinsing your dishes with a quick rinse to remove excess food. If you aren’t ready to load your dishwasher quite yet, stack your dishes on the counter according to type. This is a big time saver when you are ready to load the dishwasher because everything is all ready to be placed together.

Use a small colander to rinse the silverware and keep it contained after meal time. Simply bring the colander to the dishwasher after rinsing and load. Keep your glasses and glassware on the top and bowls and plates in the bottom. Keeping them grouped simplifies putting them away as all you need to do is stack or group them and put them in their proper spot.

Don’t forget to wash your sponge nightly to keep them germ free. If you have the option of using a sanitize cycle on your dishwasher, use it in order to kill all the germs on both the sponge and dishes. Be sure that you aren’t  blocking the arms of the sprayer with any large pots and pans as well.

Start your dishwasher off right by running the hot water in your sink so the dishwasher starts out hot. This helps to rinse dishes and clean the dishes more effectively from the get-go.

How to Clean Your Oven

Skip the toxic chemicals and clean your oven with ingredients you probably already have on hand. This DIY cleaner works like a champ to remove baked on, caked on, leftover food and crumbs.

Mix up:
-1/2 cup water
-Enough baking soda to make a paste, or approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup
-1 tablespoon Castile soap or dish soap

Dip a sponge in to the paste and spread all over your oven to coat. Allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. Use a clean sponge and wipe clean, rinsing with warm water. Repeat the rinsing with a sponge and warm water until the oven is thoroughly clean and has no residue.

With all of the soapy water and washing that goes on in a kitchen sink, you’d think that it would stay clean but unfortunately sinks can get grimy in a hurry. Try one of these natural, non-chemical based scrubs to clean and shine up your sink in no time. No scratches!

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink

Stainless Steel:
-2 cups baking soda
-10 drops lemon essential oil
-10 drops clove essential oil
-Squirt of castile or dish soap

Put the baking soda in a jar, add the essential oil and top the container. Shake well to combine. Sprinkle up to 1/4 cup in your sink, add a squirt of dish soap and scrub well using a scrub brush. Rinse well and air dry or wipe with a paper towel or cloth

Porcelain Sink:
-1/2 cup baking soda
-1/4 cup vinegar
-5 drops lemon essential oil
-5 drops clove essential

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until it is a paste-like consistency. Add more or less vinegar as needed. Apply to sink and use a scrub brush in a circular motion. Rinse well with water and dry with a paper towel or dry cloth to give it a little shine.

Solid Surface Sink:
Use the stainless steel scrub recipe to keep your sink shiny and debris-free.

Cast Iron Sink:
Use the porcelain sink recipe to keep your sink from dulling or scratching.

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Week 3 : Spring Clean in 30

It’s officially spring cleaning season and this month A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are making our way through our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge!  We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram.  If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week by way of a weekly update on the blog.  If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks.  We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30.  Grab the FREE checklist here!  And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.

spring clean in 30 via Clean Mama

Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:

WEEK 3

  • Day 15: Vacuum couches/chairs and clean slipcovers
  • Day 16: Clean kitchen cupboards and drawers
  • Day 17: Clean washer and dryer
  • Day 18: Wash windows and mirrors
  • Day 19: Vacuum mattresses and rotate
  • Day 20: Wash window sills
  • Day 21:  Clean bathtubs and showers

Day 15: Vacuum couches/chairs and clean slipcovers – working quickly, use an upholstery attachment to clean your chairs and sofas.  Use a microfiber cloth (barely damp) with a little dish or castile soap to wipe leather furniture.  A lint roller also works well when cleaning up furniture.

DAY 15 Vacuum and Clean Couches Chairs Slipcovers via Clean Mama

Day 16: Clean kitchen cupboards and drawers – I mix up a solution of 8 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons castile soap (add up to 5 drops lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power if you have it). Dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and wring it out so it’s barely damp. Wipe in the direction of the grain and dry as you go. This solution will clean and polish your cupboards and remove dust, oil, and fingerprints. If you have extra time peek inside those cupboards and drawers and get rid if anything don’t use and love.  Check out this post for more info on cleaning woodwork!

DAY 16 - Clean Kitchen Cupboards and Cabinets via Clean Mama

Day 17: Clean washer and dryer – If you have a couple extra minutes grab your vacuum and get the extra dust and lint from underneath, behind, and on the sides of your machines too. Don’t forget to wipe out the dispenser trays too!  Go to this post for instructions on cleaning any washing machine naturally.

DAY 17 Clean Washer and Dryer via Clean Mama

Day 18: Wash windows and mirrors – washing windows doesn’t have to be difficult – go to this post for my favorite method AND my peppermint window and mirror spray recipe.

DAY 18 Wash windows and mirrors via Clean Mama

Day 19: Vacuum mattresses and rotate – I mix up a mattress freshener of 1/4 cup baking soda with 3 drops lavender essential oil. Put in a container with a shaker top and LIGHTLY sprinkle over the mattress. Let it sit for 30 minutes and vacuum it up using an attachment on your vacuum cleaner ( I use an upholstery attachment but you can also use the hose attachment – clean it first!). Once you’ve vacuumed your mattress rotate it 180 degrees if it’s a pillow top and rotate and flip if it’s standard mattress. Need more info?  Go to this post for all my tips on cleaning and caring for your mattresses.

DAY 19 Vacuum Mattresses and Rotate via Clean Mama

Day 20: Wash window sills – after windows are washed, it’s time to wash the window sills.  I like using a solution of water and a drop of castile or dish soap and a microfiber cloth that’s almost rung dry.  Start at the top of the casings and work your way down and around the window.  If you didn’t get to the dirty part of the windows (the jam and the sash), wipe those clean today.

DAY 20 Wash Window Sills via Clean Mama

Day 21:  Clean bathtubs and showers – take the time today to deep clean your bathtubs and showers in your home.  Today is your day to soak shower heads, scrub tiles, and get those little areas taken care of that you’ve been overlooking.  Check out this post for my favorite tips on de-gunking your bathrooms.

DAY 21 - Clean Bathtubs and Showers via Clean Mama

Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:

 

 Follow along on Instagram or check back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks.  Happy Spring Cleaning!

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The Laundress : 30-Day Clean Home Challenge

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This is a sponsored post in coordination with The Laundress.  Rest assured, I only recommend products that I personally use in my own home and love.  You can see my disclosure statement here.

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I’ve been using The Laundress laundry products for quite awhile (you might have seen them on my favorites page and on photos of my laundry room) and I love them!  Regardless if you have or haven’t experienced them, and you’re looking for a completely refreshing laundry and home cleaning experience, read on for an eco-friendly challenge and don’t miss the great coupon and free samples at the bottom of this post!

I started using The Laundress when I was testing out natural laundry products and looking for something that could effectively get rid of that gym clothes smell.  After testing out a handful of products, The Laundress’ Sport Wash was the only one that really did the trick.  It smells fresh and clean and actually works with the fibers in performance fabrics to get them clean without just covering up the smell.

Sport Detergent via Clean Mama

One of the things I really like about The Laundress products is that you can use them in the laundry and to clean your home.  They also include ideas for other areas that you can use their products to clean in your home.  Multiple purposes for one product?  Sign me up!

Laundress Tough Stain Remover via Clean MamaYou can use the spray Surface Cleaner to clean your whole bathroom and if you have grout stains, mildew, and soap scum, grab your All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, sprinkle a little bit on your grout, scrub and rinse.  Stains are scrubbed away!  This same Surface Cleaner can be used on every surface in your home from wood to stainless steel.

Tough Stain Remover via Clean Mama

Laundry stains come out easily with The Laundress laundry products but if you get a stain, use the Stain Solution to get pre-treat and get that stain out.  If you have a tough stain (like pit stains), add a sprinkle of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and gently scrub away the stain.  Easy peasy.

I’m just touching on a couple of my favorite products, but you’ll love their Laundry and Home Products, they have a wonderfully clean and natural scent.  They even have Scented Vinegar – great for cleaning AND your laundry!

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Homekeeping Society | May Essentials

May Homekeeping Society - main - via Clean Mama

If you feel like you need a little help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with May’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY.  Complete with seasonal touches, this month features a teal, soft navy, and strawberry color scheme.  Arrows are the featured design – I love how it calls you to action in a cute, non-bossy way.

You’ll love the EASY PRINT feature, simply open and print the pages in ONE step. This is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. This change is designed to take the guesswork and any hassle out of the printing process. I have also included a just one of each EASY PRINT option as well.  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll be really excited about this.  If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!

If you’re a member (log in here) and if you’d like to sign up today, it’s an instant (almost – it might take a few minutes) download. 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. Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of May – you’re going to LOVE it!

May Homekeeping Society - Quote for the Kitchen Sink via Clean Mama

This month’s Quote for the Kitchen Sink is a favorite of mine from Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Don’t you love the design?  It was created by Kristi from one of my favorite shops – Barn Owl Primitives.  Every month includes a special quote and a 5×7 printable you can put at your kitchen sink or on your fridge or in your binder.  (Read on for a coupon code just for Clean Mama readers at the bottom of the post!)

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 energy and it can feel downright defeating many days. You’ll love the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine included in every month of Homekeeping Society – it truly takes the guesswork out of cleaning and sets it on auto-pilot.

May Homekeeping Society - Daily Weekly To do via Clean Mama

 

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.  Sign up for HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and see how this simple and do-able approach can streamline your life.

I love to provide a ‘virtual’ hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of and welcome family, neighbors, and friends into without thinking twice about the mess behind that front door. The intent of Homekeeping Society is to give you that perfect monthly intervention that is purposely designed to get your life and home in order with ease.  Each month I add different and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

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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 – an EASY PRINT option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (May is Organizing Methods) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.  May is the month to set a couple organizing methods into place so you can enjoy the summer!
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list.  Print one or two and put it front and center – set some realistic goals and make plans for some fun things to do this month
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, and a space for meals
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  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 (May is a VACATION CHECKLIST)
  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 – this month includes an EMERGENCY INFORMATION AND PLAN printable – fill them out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section (insurance, 401K, etc.)

May Homekeeping Society - Vacation Checklist via Clean Mama

May’s Seasonal Preparation Printable is a VACATION CHECKLIST – perfect for your summer trip, but you’ll want to keep it for any trip!

May Homekeeping Society - Emergency Information - via Clean Mama

This month’s Important Information Printable is an EMERGENCY  INFORMATION printable – fill this out and keep in a place where anyone can access in case of an emergency.

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.

May Homekeeping Society - Menu Planning via Clean Mama

 

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 May and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file. If you are a member, your essentials are already in your account – yay!

SOURCES:

  • Quote for the Kitchen Sink this month is designed by Kristi of Barn Owl Primitives .  Kristi makes amazing signs and created the kitchen sink quote just for Homekeeping Society.  If you want to purchase one of her handpainted signs, use the code CLEANMAMA for 20% off your order!
  • Vintage quart mason jar tumbler from Erin of Tweet Potato Pie – I have a love for vintage Ball jars and ice cold water so this is perfect!  She has FREE shipping too!
  • discbound notebook: Staples– Martha Stewart brand (no longer available)
  • pens and clipboard: Target (Staedtler) and Poppin
  • washi tape : The Sewing Post
  • doughnut: Dunkin’ Donuts 😉
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