A Simplified Week : Cleaning Caddy

a simplified week

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.

Around the Web:

Cleaning Caddy:

  • Making your own cleaners isn’t as daunting as you might think. With some simple ingredients, you can put together a natural cleaning caddy that is safe, effective and smells good, too. Via Clean Mama
  • If you are feeling the itch for a DIY project, check out this cleaning caddy. I am loving the attached paper towel roll holder. Via Ana White

Something to Eat:

  • If you are in the mood for a fresh, light salad, this one fits the bill. It features homemade cornbread and tex-mex flavors layered to make for one tasty meal. It’s fantastic and perfect for a crowd. Via Mel’s Kitchen

Something to Make:

  • I am loving this round-up of photo display alternatives. There are all sorts of inexpensive, creative ideas to get you inspired. Via It’s Always Autumn

Something for the Kids:

  • I loved sitting with my mom as a child and learning how to sew. These 10 projects look like perfect summer projects to work on together with my kids. Via Babble

Simplify:

  • It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the thousands of apps that are out there. This is a great collection of fun apps that are new to me. I especially love the time management one, 30/30, that helps break down your day in to 30 minute increments. Via Pure Wow

 

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The Organically Clean Home – It’s Book Release Day!

The Organically Clean Home  via Clean Mama

Well, today’s the day!  The Organically Clean Home is officially released!  I am so excited for you to have it in your homes – I hope it puts a little fun in your cleaning routine and equips you to make your own powerhouse cleaners at home.

The Organically Clean Home Details via Clean Mama

THANK YOU for buying it, sharing it with your friend or sister, recommending it, and using it!  If you Instagram, take a picture of the book or a cleaning recipe you’ve made and tag me @cleanmama and use the hashtag #theorganicallycleanhome so I can see it!  Or feel free to tag me on any other social media with a picture as well – I’d love to see it in your home!

Here are a couple ideas and cleaning recipes I’ve shared from the book:

I’m collecting reviews and recipes that I’ve shared from The Organically Clean Home on a pinboard – go here to see what other people are saying!

Happy Cleaning!  xo, Becky

The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

Have you ordered my book, The Organically Clean Home?  It comes out April 18th – TODAY!  Go get it!

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Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub

Lemon and Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

It’s book release week!   Today I’m sharing one of my most-used and favorite recipes – Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub.  I use this nightly as part of my ‘cleaning up the kitchen’ routine.  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

You’ll love this super simple concoction for Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub from The Organically Clean Home - it smells divine and is a great way to end the mountain of dishes accomplished.  You’ll love how the recipes are organized.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub Ingredients via Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)
  • container with a shaker top – I used a Ball canning jar (anniversary edition), cut cardstock for the top (instead of the metal lid and punched 4 holes with a standard hole puncher.

I keep this jar under the kitchen sink and it doubles as an air freshener/odor absorber as well – there’s another way to use it in the book too.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

Step-by-Step Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?  Want to see more posts on DIY Cleaners?  Go here!

Have you ordered my book, The Organically Clean Home?  It comes out April 18th – TOMORROW!  The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

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Lavender + Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray

Lavender & Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray via Clean Mama

It’s book release week!  How about a couple recipes from the book to round out the week?  Here’s a great recipe for a safe and effective bathroom disinfecting spray.  It smells clean and will get rid of germs in a hurry!  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

Lavender and Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray via Clean Mama

Today I’m sharing the recipe for Lavender and Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray from The Organically Clean Home – you’ll love how the recipes are organized and layed out.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Lavender and Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray Ingredients via Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water (distilled or boiled and cooled)

I find that using a funnel makes it really easy to pour ingredients directly into a spray bottle.  Alternately, you can use a measuring cup or container with a spout with good results too.

Spray Surfaces, Let sit for 10 minutes, Wipe Clean via Clean Mama

Once you’ve mixed up your bathroom disinfecting spray you can spray away.  I like to spray all surfaces thoroughly, let it sit for about 10 minutes (to kill germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet.  Go to this post for my amazing bathroom cleaning strategy.

Add a Label that You Love via Clean Mama

Let’s just talk about labeling for a minute, shall we?  For me (and most people) packaging will get me to look at and sometimes even purchase a product.  If you want your quest to DIY your own cleaners to be a little more fun and to stick, you might want to add a little cuteness.  I put a little washi tape on my clear glass spray bottles and it makes it so cute!  I added a little hanging tag and put the recipe on the back of the label.  I can swap the bottle out for a different cleaner or it’s super easy to mix up another batch with the recipe at the ready.

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?

Have you ordered my book The Organically Clean Home?  It comes out April 18th – THIS FRIDAY!  Get your pre-order in!  Can’t wait?  I found it at my local Barnes and Noble!

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How to Put Together a DIY Cleaner Caddy

Put Together a DIY Cleaner Caddy via Clean Mama

It’s book release week!  This week’s organizing task is to assemble a cleaning caddy.   By taking a couple minutes to organize your supplies you’ll be ready to do a little cleaning anytime.  Having your supplies organized and in one spot will help you save time and simplify your cleaning routine.  If this is something you’ve already done, take a couple minutes this week to see if you need to add anything or if there’s something in your caddy that you aren’t using anymore.  I’m going to show you how I put together my natural cleaning caddy today – in case you want to do the same – it makes it so much easier to DIY my own cleaning products if I have everything easily accessible.

  • Start by gathering your supplies in a tote, bucket, basket, or container.  (The one pictured is from Homegoods.)  If your caddy is cute and functional there’s a better chance that you’ll use it, so choose something that fits your supplies and that you’ll enjoy using.
  • Put the caddy in a place where it’s easy to grab and access anytime you need it.  I like to keep this general cleaning caddy in the mudroom and smaller cleaning caddies in the bathrooms to use on Mondays when I clean all the bathrooms, when I’m supervising bath time, or when it’s convenient.  This helps save time running around gathering supplies because I have everything I need at the ready – no wasting time.  Messy bathroom?  Reach for the supplies in the bathroom cabinet, clean up the mess and move on.  If I had to go to grab a caddy downstairs I would most likely get sidetracked by something else and not get back to the messy bathroom.

How to Put Together a DIY Cleaner Caddy via Clean Mama

If you’re looking to make your own cleaning products, keep your supplies in a bucket or container so everything is easily accessible.  Here are the basics you’ll need (my sources are on the lower sidebar in my Amazon shop):

  • the perfect companion to making your own cleaning products?  The Organically Clean Home (shameless plug, of course)
  • clean, empty spray bottles
  • labels – use washi tape, labels, or any other method you like.  For me, a cute label makes me a little more excited to clean.
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • baking soda
  • washing soda
  • Borax
  • castile soap – my favorite is Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange
  • water – distilled or boiled and cooled
  • essential oils
  • microfiber cloths
  • sponges
  • hydrogen peroxide and alcohol – I keep these in the medicine cabinet and use them as needed

DIY Cleaning Resources via Clean Mama

Have you ordered my book The Organically Clean Home?  It comes out April 18th – THIS FRIDAY!  Get your pre-order in!

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A Simplified Week : Kitchen Sink

a simplified week

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.

Kitchen Sink:

  • Make tidying up that mess under the kitchen sink all that much easier by using these four products. Simple and inexpensive! Via Clean Mama
  • Don’t forget about using the back of the cupboard door for a little extra storage. I like these containers attached with removable pads so you don’t have to attach anything permanently. Via Tatertots and Jello
  • Make your own slide-out drawers that fit perfectly under your kitchen sink. This tutorial looks to be the perfect weekend project. Via Family Handyman

Something to Eat:

  • We are hosting family for Easter this year so I am working on menu planning for our celebration. I love the idea of cooking a ham in the slow-cooker to free up the oven. This recipe for Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham looks divine! Via No. 2 Pencil

Something to Make:

  • Whether it’s to welcome a new baby or help someone out in a time of need due to medical or personal issues, meals are always a welcome gift. It’s hard to know exactly what to make and what will be crowd pleasers, but I think I found it. This post from Peanut Blossom is chock full of wonderful meal ideas, organization and tips for making and bringing meals. Via Peanut Blossom

Something for the Kids:

  • With the end of the school year coming up, I am always on the lookout for good education extensions to add to our schedule besides just workbooks.  Mommy Maleta is a new website that ties in social studies, science and more while learning about individual countries.  Score!

Simplify:

  • Love this easy way to keep track of all those puzzle pieces that seem to always get separated. Attach a simple pocket on the back to keep them in their place. Via Cluck Cluck Sew

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Maximize Your Time and Minimize the Fuss – Spring Cleaning with Clean Mama

Maximize Your Time and Minimize the Fuss - Spring Cleaning With Clean Mama

If you’ve tackled all the spring cleaning tasks on your checklist or only one or two, there’s plenty of time to continue with your spring cleaning.  I thought it would be fun to round up a few past spring cleaning posts and posts from this year to get you inspired to continue on your spring cleaning ‘adventure’.

Have you ordered my book The Organically Clean Home? It comes out April 18th – a week from today!  Get your pre-order in!

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I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too! Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

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Ended: Giveaway! 3 Copies of The Organically Clean Home!

Giveaway!  The Organically Clean Home via Clean Mama

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended and the winners (Diana B., Jason N., and Evelene S.)  have been notified.  My book, The Organically Clean Home‘s official release date of April 18th is just over a week away!  How about a giveaway of 3 copies of The Organically Clean Home to celebrate?  I’m so excited for you to have it and be able to use it in your own homes – I just know you’ll love it!  Over the next couple weeks I’ll be showing you some sneak peeks and sharing some of my favorite things about the book.  Amazon just added some previews to the book so you can see the table of contents, a peek at a couple of the chapters, the recipes, and the checklists.  Go here to check it out and pre-order!

This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified.  How about a little contest?  Enter to win The Organically Clean Home in the Rafflecopter below.  The 3 winners will be posted in the Rafflecopter and notified via email.

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4 Things To Keep Under the Kitchen Sink

4 Things to Keep Under the Kitchen Sink via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is the KITCHEN SINK.  If you haven’t grabbed April’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, head on over to this post for a little more explanation.

Your challenge this week is to take 15 minutes to tidy up under your kitchen sink.  Super simple task – empty it out, wipe it clean, toss or recycle anything that you no longer need or use, and put it back together.

If you feel like the area under your kitchen sink needs a little more love than that, here are 4 musts that I keep under my kitchen sink:

  • Kitchen Cleaning Supplies: Keep your kitchen cleaning supplies, tools, sponges, extra hand and dish soap, etc. under your kitchen sink.  Easy access in the kitchen is key.  I keep my sink scrub, cleaning recipe supplies, and other miscellaneous items under the sink to keep it handy for mixing up recipes too.
  • Lazy Susan:  I had an extra one and popped it under the sink a year or so ago- total space saving game changer.
  • Containers to Hold Tools:  If you have scrubbers or other little tools, use containers that can ventilate the tools properly in between uses.
  • Hook:  If you use dish cloths, put a hook on the inside of your door to dry damp dishcloths.  When they are dry, I put them in a laundry basket for dishcloths.

What’s your best ‘under the sink’ organizing tip?  Share in the comments!

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A Simplified Week : Toys

a simplified week

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.

Toys:

  • When it comes to organizing kid’s toys, keep it simple. Check out these three steps to keep the toys organized and in their place. Via Clean Mama
  • Do you ever feel as though your home looks like a daycare when you have people over? This post is full of practical ideas on how to get the toys out of your living spaces, or at least contain them really well!  Via White House Black Shutters
  • I love the idea of toy rotation. It keeps  the creative play fresh while minimizing all the “stuff” and too-many-toys syndrome. Via While He Was Napping

Something to Eat:

  • I made these fantastic wraps for dinner this week and they were a huge hit. I added some rotisserie chicken for some added protein and feta instead of goat cheese for the younger palates.  Light and easy- can’t beat that for a weeknight dinner! Via Giada De Laurentiis

Something to Make:

  • Rather than search for just the perfect duvet cover, why not try making your own with just the right fabric?  The simple diagram and measurements take the math and guesswork out. Via Simplicity

Something for the Kids:

  • These sweet little paint dipped repurposed jars would be a perfect project for little ones and big ones.  How about some ombre spring shades for the season?   Via Oh Happy Day

Simplify:

  • Packing for a vacation tends to be a lot of work, especially when you are packing for more than just yourself. I am loving this visual (and cute!) outfit board for mix and match outfits for us mommies and women. Via House Mix Blog

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Spring Cleaning Challenge : Closets

5 Simple Steps to Clean + Organize Any Closet via Clean Mama

It’s Day 3 of the SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE!  Are you ready to spring clean a closet (or two, or three)?  Here’s my quick and easy way to make your way through WHATEVER you have piled up in that closet.

  1. COMPLETELY EMPTY THE CLOSET:  Yes, moving stuff around will get this task done, but I find that without completely emptying the closet out I am not able to really clean it.
  2. SORT CLOSET ITEMS INTO 4 PILES:  keep, toss, donate, relocate.  Be ruthless with your sorting – weeding out unnecessary items will make it easier to put your closet back together.
  3. CLEAN THE SPACE:  No special cleaning supplies are necessary, a microfiber cloth, cleaning rag, or paper towels are all you need to take care of the shelves and crevices.  Dampen your cleaning cloth with water or use a gentle all-purpose cleaner if necessary.   Vacuum out any crevices you can’t wipe down and finish the space by vacuuming the floor – give it an extra run through to make sure you got all the edges and corners.
  4. GROUP THE ITEMS:  Put your keep pile in front of you and group like items together.  Grouping items together in a closet keeps it looking tidy and it is so much easier to find what you need, when you need it.  The whole point of organization, right?
  5. CONTAIN:  Add boxes, bins, and baskets if necessary to contain like items and to give your closet that spring cleaned look and feel.  Look around your home and see if you have any extra containers that you can repurpose for your closets.

Simple Steps to Clean Any Closet via Clean Mama

That’s how I spring clean my closets – here are a few posts from the other bloggers in our Spring Cleaning Challenge:

Here’s a summary of the challenge…

2. Take pictures of your work and share them with your challenge co-hosts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Use #SpringClean2014 so we can comment, share, and celebrate with you! Here’s how to find us:

3. Enter to win these amazing tools to keep your organized!

 

The Spring Cleaning Challenge official rules can be found here.

 

 

 

 

BISSELL® Symphony™ One Step Challenge + Giveaway

I’m so excited to share the new BISSELL® Symphony™ All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop from BISSELL Homecare, Inc. with you today.  I’m guessing that you have the same questions that I had about an ‘all in one’ vacuum and steam mop.  Does it really work?  Can you really steam and vacuum simultaneously?  And how does it keep the dirt separate from the clean steam?  I put the BISSELL® Symphony™ to the test with a sticky mess of a frosted cupcake.  I started by trying to clean up the cupcake crumbs, frosting, and sprinkles the old way with a broom and a cloth and soapy water.  Ten steps later, the mess was cleaned up.  I noticed that after the cleaning solution had dried I still had a greasy frosting residue on the floor that needed to be cleaned up (after the video).  I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use the BISSELL® Symphony™ – it sucked up the crumbs and cleaned up the frosting in ONE STEP!  This new way of cleaning up a multiple step mess was so easy and it worked better than the manual ‘old way’ of cleaning up the mess, and it was quick and easy.   Curious to see how it worked for me?  Watch the video and decide for yourself who wins this challenge!

The BISSELL Symphony One Step Challenge - A Cupcake via Clean Mama

Traditional vs. Bissell Way

Cupcake, Frosting, Crumbs

 

A revolutionary clean—vacuum and steam at the same time.  Some facts from BISSELL…

Now you can enjoy a complete hard floor clean in one easy step. The BISSELL Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop is the only cleaner that can vacuum and steam at the same time. You get a clean, sanitized* hard floor without using a mop and bucket or harsh chemicals—all you need is water. Easy Touch Digital Controls let you switch between functions while cleaning so you can vacuum and steam at the same time or separately to match the right clean to the right situation. When you’re done, an adjustable handle and Quick-Release Mop Pad Tray make it easy to store and get back to enjoying that fresh, barefoot-ready clean you and your family love.

  • Save time by vacuuming debris and steaming hard floors at the same time
  • Put away the dirty mop and bucket and skip the harsh chemicals. Sanitize with steam, using just water to eliminate 99.9% of germs and bacteria*
  • Skip the broom and dustpan and let the Powerful Cyclonic Action vacuum clean away fine and large debris
  • Easy to use with Easy Touch Digital Controls™, 5-way adjustable handle, and Quick-Release Mop Pad Tray™
  • 3 ways to clean—vacuum or steam separately or use both at the same time
  • Dry Tank Technology™ keeps your tank dry while you steam
  • 2-year limited warranty
*When use as directed, results may vary. Tested under controlled lab conditions.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from BISSELL Homecare, Inc.– I received BISSELL product and compensation in return for this post and promotion.  All opinions (as always) are my own.  Read my full disclosure here.
How about a chance to win your very own BISSELL® Symphony™ All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop?  BISSELL is giving away 2!  Enter below in the Rafflecopter and good luck!

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3 Simple Steps to Organize All the Toys In Your House

3 Simple Steps to Organize All the Toys in Your House via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is TOYS.  If you haven’t grabbed April’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, head on over to this post for a little more explanation.  If the toys focus doesn’t apply to you, take the week off of find another area to organize.  If your kids happen to be on spring break this week, have them help you.  That’s what we’re doing!

Let me preface this by saying that I love the messes that my kids make – it means that they are having fun, using their imaginations, and being KIDS!  I have three little ones – there are toys for boys, toys for girls, toys for school-aged kids and toys for toddlers.  This post isn’t about how many toys you have or don’t have, this post is about how to keep from having toys strewn from one corner of the house to the other.  Figuring out a system that encourages play and discourages the frustration of so many toys being out that it’s hard to know where to start cleaning up (for kids and adults).  That said, there are 3 simple steps that you (and your kids) can take to organize all the toys in your house.  The key is finding systems that encourage your kids to put away their own toys and knowing where to find their toys.

Step One:  DE-CLUTTER.  Get rid of toys that are broken, not used and loved, or outgrown.  Donate the toys and/or give them to neighbors and friends.  If toys are broken or missing pieces, toss them.  Move quickly and don’t think twice about the toys.  If you have toys that can be saved for younger siblings, pack them up and put them away in storage.

Step Two:  GROUP LIKE ITEMS.  If you’re going to keep it, group it with like items.  Toys can be put in a basket or bin or a lidded container.  Store toys in playrooms, bedrooms, and/or closets.  If you don’t have room for said toys, get rid of them or figure out a new system.  The best thing about grouping items together?  Start enforcing a ‘one or two things out at a time rule’.  When your little ones are done with that one thing, all the legos or blocks, or ponies go back in the bin and put away and then a new plaything can come out to play.

Step Three:  START DOING A 5-10 MINUTE CLEAN UP (everyday).  In my opinion, this step is the key to keeping things orderly – set a timer for 5 to 10 minutes and do a quick clean up of the house.  We do this before dinner and it really helps to keep the clutter down to a minimum.

Organizing toys is tricky – there’s a fine line between enough toys to play with and be interested in and too many toys that multiply and take over the house.  This week make it your goal to weed out anything that isn’t played with and loved.  Have any tricks that work at your house?  Share them in the comments!

I did a mini-series that I’m including this post in – Let’s Clean House – Cleaning With Kids.  Go here to see the other posts in this series.

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2014 Spring Cleaning Challenge!

Are you in the mood to Spring Clean?!  Then you need to join the 3rd Annual Spring Cleaning Challenge!

Here are the details…

1: Sign up for the challenge.

Six of the best cleaning bloggers around are going to be sharing tips and tricks to tackle each room of the house. You will receive one email each day (April 1-April 15) directing you to the Spring Cleaning Challenge of the Day.

This will be the only way to find all the posts and the entry form for the amazing prizes…so sign up in the form below!

2. Schedule it on your calendar.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to spend 15 days Spring Cleaning. You can. But you don’t have to! The challenge will be to tackle one project (big or small) each day. If you miss a day or two, don’t worry; you can catch up on the weekend.

Here’s the schedule.

  • April 1 – Prepare your supplies and make your own plan.
  • April 2 – Bedrooms
  • April 3 – Closets
  • April 4 – Dining Room
  • April 5 – Kitchen
  • April 6 – Catch up day
  • April 7 – Bathrooms
  • April 8 – Living Room/Family Room
  • April 9 – Kid Stuff
  • April 10 – Laundry Room
  • April 11 – Windows
  • April 12 – Catch up day
  • April 13 – Floors
  • April 14 – Finishing Touches
  • April 15 – Last day to finish the challenge!

3. Visit the sponsors and co-hosts!

You know we love a good giveaway during the Spring Cleaning Challenge and this year does not disappoint!

Spring Cleaning Challenge Image

Our friends over at EasyClosets are joining us for the third year! One of you will be organizing your closet with an EasyClosets organizing solution worth up to $1,000!! 

We also have two copies of my book,  The Organically Clean Home and five i-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers!

And of course, you’ll want to visit the Spring Cleaning Challenge co-hosts and say “hi!” They really do want to hear from you!

We can’t wait to Spring Clean with you!

Affiliate link is included and the official rules can be found here.

A Simplified Week : Storage (2)

a simplified week

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.

Storage:

  • Running out of space in your garage for storage? Think up! Check out this tutorial from Family Handyman for storing bins on the ceiling.
  • It is hard to let go of things that are sentimental even when you know it’s the right thing to do. Here are some tips to make it a little easier! Via Clean Mama

Something to Eat:

  • While a Reese’s peanut butter egg wouldn’t technically qualify as a “healthy” snack, this whole food version sure is a lot closer. I can’t wait for an excuse to make a big batch of these. Easter, anyone?

Something to Make:

  • As the snow is starting to thaw here in the Midwest, I am getting excited planning our gardens and patio space. I love this simple addition of a solar light to a container garden to add a little ambience. Via Gredlie @ Flickr

Something for the Kids:

  • This sweet and simple baby chick art project is absolutely adorable. Perfect for the preschool and early elementary school crowd. Via Simple as That

Simplify:

  • Did you grab April’s FREE Cleaning and Organizing calendar?  Go here to grab it!  via Clean Mama
  • Sometimes on those crazy, out-of-control days, it helps to feel like you accomplished something worthwhile. Check out this post on seven things you can do right now to feel more organized from 7th House on the Left

 

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