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The Cleaning Closet

This past fall we embarked on three major closet organizing projects – in one week!  I cannot take credit for any of the work of installing and building these closets and organizers (we hired someone), but I can take credit for the plan and organization of each project ;).

I’ve had a ‘cleaning closet’ since we moved into our home eight years ago.  It’s a large coat closet in the mudroom – you can see the before here.  I’ve experimented with a lot of different combinations of shelves and organizers, but always knew that a dedicated closet system would be the best route when it was in the budget.  We have a Martha Stewart closet system from Home Depot in our master closet and love it so much that  I ‘built’ one online and had it installed.

As someone that LOVES to clean, sells homekeeping products, and tests all sorts of cleaning products and tools for a living….the cleaning closet is dreamy!  It keeps my supplies organized and cute simultaneously.

Here’s what we did:

  • completely emptied the closet
  • removed the wire shelving and hooks
  • filled holes
  • painted the closet interior white
  • installed shelving

Once everything was installed, it was time to figure out the best way to organize supplies and goods.

This took awhile – I didn’t want to spend a lot of money filling it up with organizers but I still wanted it to look cute and coordinated.  I pulled out what I had and started there.  Once I had taken inventory I decided that I could use a couple baskets to pull the area together.  I keep clunkier things like dog stuff, batteries, and light bulbs in the aqua woven baskets and decided not to label them because you can pretty much see what’s inside by peering in the basket.

You’ll see that we also keep some shoes on the shelves in here as well – my husband and I keep smaller shoes and sandals in this closet.

I used cleaning buckets (found in my store) for a couple caddies – one is my dusting caddy and the other is for sprayers for my glass spray bottles.  I keep bathroom supplies in each bathroom in the same cleaning bucket to keep cleaning the bathrooms easy.

The far right section of the closet is just for floor items and dusters – the top shelf holds floor and carpet cleaning supplies. Keeping like items together is always a good idea when you’re organizing – it makes locating anything that much easier.  I used giant S hooks and knew that they’d work great for hanging tools.

My favorite shelves – DIY cleaner heaven – this is where I keep Borax, baking soda, washing soda, and Epsom salt, empty glass bottles, Castile and Sal Suds soaps, and a handful of pre-mixed DIY cleaners – here are oodles of DIY cleaner posts.  Did you know I wrote a book, The Organically Clean Home, about DIY cleaning?  You can find it here – it’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

Here’s a close-up of one of the cleaning buckets – totally ready for a new recipe or two 🙂  This also works well to allow any sprayers to completely air dry after being washed out.

The top shelf is more or less decor but still items we use – clothespins, scrub brushes, bars of castile soap.

Love having my cleaning recipes right on the spray bottles – this makes DIY cleaning a breeze!  You can find my glass spray bottles and DIY cleaning recipe labels here.

If you haven’t set up a dusting caddy, you totally should!  This post details my dusting caddy in detail.

I use my Clean Mama Home white bar mop towels for a lot of cleaning – they wash up beautifully and have a luxurious look and feel.  Keeping a basket of them at the ready makes it easy to use them.

And of course my beloved Clean Mama Home microfiber cloths have their own shelf too – I have a basket of utility cloths (aqua), a basket of polishing cloths (gray), and a basket of microfiber pads and dusters for the floor.

If you’re looking for the products in the post, you can find all of the Clean Mama Home products in my shop here and I’ve added a slider below with some of the other products that I used in my cleaning closet.  I hope it helps you as you organize your cleaning supplies!  If you haven’t considered eliminating toxic chemicals in your cleaning, I hope you try out a DIY recipe or two and give it a try. It’s easier than you might think!

This post is part of my HOME TOUR – go here to see more of our home – I’ll keep adding to it in 2017.

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CLEAN + ORGANIZE WITH HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – FEBRUARY ESSENTIALS

If you’re looking for a simple way to stay on top of daily, weekly and monthly tasks in just minutes a day, Homekeeping Society is perfect!

I hope that January has been just the right mix of getting things done and relaxing. You’ll find that February’s subscription is simple, fresh and has just the right amount of hearts to be cute and festive. A couple NEW things to share:

  • You can now purchase a one-year subscription for Homekeeping Society – yay!
  • new feature: QUICK TIPS page for each month – 3+ exclusive tips just for you

February’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – and it has a shiny new homepage – check it out and use the coupon code 30OFFFEBRUARY for 30% off your first month of a new subscription!

If you don’t know where to start or are feeling a little defeated, I think you’ll find encouragement in the support Homekeeping Society provides!  Homekeeping Society is intended to be just the gentle nudge you need making your tasks and to do’s more enjoyable with a sweet and simple format.  My favorite thing about Homekeeping Society is that each month is different, yet it all looks good together, and it’s complete with seasonal touches you’ll love!

Homekeeping Society is simple to use:

  • 2 EASY PRINT packets are included – simply open and print the pages in ONE step. One version features one of each and the other is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. You’ll love how easy this is to use!  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll love this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!
  • I have a Facebook Group to help you with your homekeeping – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – join if you’re a member of the subscription or not, it’s a special place to discuss homekeeping struggles, tips, tricks and ask questions to other members or myself.  It’s a closed group, just ask to join and I’ll add you.
  • I have Homekeeping Society available in my Etsy shop – you can only purchase one month at a time and you will NOT have access to the previous months.  Feeling non-committal? Don’t want to subscribe?  Want to use PayPal?  This is a great option but you’ll need to repurchase each month instead of it being an automatic payment and download.
  • Another great feature with Homekeeping Society is that you can also access/save/download ALL the previous month’s of HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!  That’s well over 300 printables that you can use!

 

How to login:

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.  You can cancel ANYTIME right on your membership screen.  Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of February – I think you’ll LOVE it!

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. 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 with routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me!  Go here to learn more.  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!

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 FEBRUARY 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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Week 2 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

We’re two weeks into January and the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – how are you doing?  I’m doing this challenge right along with you and I can tell you that it’s already making a difference in our home.  January is the perfect time for a little decluttering because you probably already feel motivated for it AND it’s the perfect time for a little fresh start.  It’s not too late to join in on the decluttering fun – start on the day that you feel like it and move ahead with us OR catch up with a couple mini-sessions.

Here’s what you need to do – choose a place or places to follow along:

  • Instagram  or Facebook – I post my cleaning routine daily in both of these places and am also posting the challenge every morning
  • my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂
  • off the grid?  grab the checklist (the link is below) and work away 🙂

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!  It will change the way you clean!

Here’s what we decluttered in Week 1 if you want to go back and check it out.

Here’s WEEK 2:

DAY 8 – Declutter Magazines and Catalogs:  Personally I LOVE magazines and have to keep my ‘collection’ to a minimum.  I keep a basket in the family room and whatever fits gets to stay.  It keeps me on top of the reading and subscriptions and makes for a cute storage solution.

DAY 9 – Books:  Curate what you have and give away or donate what you no longer use and love.

DAY 10 – Refrigerator + Freezer: Declutter the refrigerator and freezer – if you’re short on time, just do one.  Empty, wipe clean, and toss anything expired or old and return the good stuff back to its place.

DAY 11 – Food Storage Containers:  Completely empty the space you keep food storage containers, wipe the space clean, and toss anything that you don’t need/use anymore and put the containers back in place.

DAY 12 – Declutter your Kitchen Counters: Remove everything, wipe the counters clean, and relocate and/or toss anything that you don’t need/use anymore and put the good stuff back in place.

DAY 13 – Declutter Small Appliances: Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put the small appliances you use at least weekly where you can easily access them.

DAY 14 – Kitchen Drawers : Today’s task is to declutter at least one kitchen drawer. Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy.

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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How to Wash Cashmere + Wool Sweaters

It’s sweater season and that means that you probably have a couple that might need to head to the dry cleaners.  There’s a safer, no chemical, cheaper and better way – wash them at home.

 

Here’s how to wash your sweaters at home:

Use a mild, liquid detergent (I like the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo by The Laundress)

Pre-Treat any spots with the detergent

Gently rub the detergent into the stain

Place sweater(s) in washing machine

Wash on gentle/delicate or a wool setting and in cold water – this is extremely important, failing to wash on cold and gentle/delicate can ruin your sweaters!

Once the washer has finished its cycle, remove the sweater(s) and place on a clean, large bath towel

Roll the sweater up in the towel and ‘block’ it – I step on the sweater while it’s rolled up in the towel a bit to absorb any excess water

Then I place the sweater flat on top of the dryer to dry

Alternatively you can also use a drying rack to dry your sweaters

Once your sweaters are dry, fold and put them away!

Instead of dropping your sweaters off at the dry cleaners, try this simple technique to wash your sweaters at home.

I love talking about laundry!  Here are a couple other posts you might find helpful – just click on the image to go straight to the post!

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The Clean Mama MENU Planner!

One of my secrets to a successful week is to do a little menu planning on Fridays.  I find that when I have a plan for meal times the whole day runs more smoothly.  I’ve been selling printable menu planners since 2010 and I decided that it was about time I put one in a spiral-bound planner format.  Introducing the Clean Mama MENU Planner!  I’m loving it – come see for yourself and grab it while it’s intro priced….
The Clean Mama Menu Planner is a simple, undated menu planner for keeping track of menu planning and grocery shopping.  Create your menu plan and take your shopping list with you – the menu planner will fit right in your purse!  The Clean Mama Menu Planner is the perfect companion to the Clean Mama Planner.
  • 76 pages
  • smooth, bright white 70# paper
  • 100# card stock front and back covers with clear protective cover and wire-o binding
  • made in the USA
  • paper size is 5.75” x 8” – size with the binding is 6” x 8″

THE CLEAN MAMA MENU PLANNER includes:
• CLEAR Protective Cover and COVER PAGE


• TITLE PAGE – 3 lines for you to personalize your planner


• 12 – 2 PAGE BLANK CALENDARS – the perfect 2 page monthly calendar complete with a darling meal ideas list on the right hand side


• 5 WEEKLY DOCKETS for each month (60 total) – This page also includes a make again section for a winner dinner + a next week check list as well


• 5 WEEKLY MARKET LISTS for each month (60 total)  – 12 grocery sections – lined and with check boxes (produce, breads/bakery, deli/meats, condiments, baking, canned goods, baked goods, dairy, frozen foods, snacks/beverages, laundry/cleaning, and everything else)
• SUBSTITUTIONS – this for that – run out of something?  Check out my substitutions page to see what you can sub in place of buttermilk, baking powder, powdered sugar and more


• MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENTS – how many teaspoons in a tablespoon, cups in a pint, ounces in a quart?  Consult this page for your
• FAMILY FAVORITES – simple checklist with a spot for the recipe, source, special ingredients and a +/-  for keeping track of favorite meals and meals to make again


• BACK COVER

ORDER YOUR CLEAN MAMA MENU PLANNER!

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3 Laundry Tips + a Whirlwind Trip to Las Vegas

You guys!  I have to tell you about a really exciting new washer and dryer AND about two amazing trips I just took.  A couple weeks ago, Samsung contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in going to their labs to talk about laundry and new products.  How could I resist?  I love talking about all things laundry and laundry routines and I LOVE my Samsung washer and dryer 🙂  So I set off for a whirlwind trip to New Jersey and had an exciting day talking about my thoughts on a new washer and dryer.  It was SO fun!

This little trip was in preparation for a bigger trip that I just got back from – the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.  Samsung asked me to speak at a private media event about laundry and to share my perspective on what families are looking for in laundry innovations.  I also shared some of my thoughts on the new Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry (coming late spring) and my 3 favorite laundry tips.

This was a laundry room that they had set up for the event to showcase the new FlexWash and FlexDry – isn’t it darling?

Samsung FlexWash – wash TWO loads of laundry at once!  The top washer is smaller and perfect for a small load, delicates, or if you’re looking to wash two loads at once, place whites in one unit and darks in another.  This washing machine is a game-changer!

Samsung FlexDry – dry delicates, sweaters, hats, etc. in the upper drying rack and dry every day laundry in the dryer.

Me, getting ready to chat – so fun!

And my 3 laundry tips:

  1. Don’t let the laundry pile up – do a load of laundry from start to finish every day.  If this isn’t convenient, figure out a routine that works for you and fit it into your schedule.
  2. Keep it organized – organize your laundry room and your laundry system, and you’ll find that laundry is more enjoyable and easier!
  3. Tap into technology that makes laundry easier – I love the WIFI enabled Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry – never forget a load of laundry in the washer again.

Thanks for letting me share – this was such a fun, whirlwind experience!

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Week 1 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

We’re one week into January and the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – how are you doing?  I’m doing this challenge right along with you and I can tell you that it’s already making a difference in our home.  January is the perfect time for a little decluttering because you probably already feel motivated for it AND it’s the perfect time for a little fresh start.  It’s not too late to join in on the decluttering fun – start on the day that you feel like it and move ahead with us OR catch up with a couple mini-sessions.

Here’s what you need to do – choose a place or places to follow along:

  • Instagram  or Facebook – I post my cleaning routine daily in both of these places and am also posting the challenge every morning
  • my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂
  • off the grid?  grab the checklist (the link is below) and work away 🙂

Here’s WEEK 1:

DAY 1 – Whole House Quick Declutter:  Start by simply setting a timer for 10 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of – aim for 3 bags. Toss, donate or sell your findings –  get them out of the house as quickly as you can.

DAY 2 – Floor Declutter:  Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of off your floors.

DAY 3 – Surface Declutter: Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of off surfaces. If you feel overwhelmed, pick one surface and completely clear it (coffee table, kitchen table, kitchen counters, desk, etc.). Taking that visual noise out of the equation makes a huge difference!  Once you’ve cleared one surface, wipe it clean and leave that surface empty for a bit before you put anything back.

DAY 4 – Sort Paper Piles:  Today’s task is to sort your paper piles – if you have more than one, start with the worst offender and go from there.

DAY 5 – Shred Papers: Today’s task is to shred those papers from yesterday.  If you don’t have a shredder, call your local bank to see when they have a shredding day and save your confidential papers for that.

DAY 6 – File Paper Work: Today’s task is to file paperwork from sorting the last couple days. If you don’t have a filing system, start with an in and out basket.

DAY 7 – Sort Mail Daily:  Today’s task is to sort mail daily.  Start with today’s mail and sort it as soon as it comes in.  Going forward, continue with this simple habit and you’ll find that paper clutter will be at a minimum.

 

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Here’s what we decluttered in Week 1:

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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DIY Cleaners to the Rescue

One walk down the aisles at your local grocery or big box store and you will see a huge variety of cleaners promising different things. A quick peek at the ingredient list and you will likely see numerous unpronounceable chemicals, artificial additives and scents or even toxicity warnings.

If you haven’t dipped your toes in to the world of DIY cleaners, today may just be the day. You will find cleaners with minimal ingredients that you can actually pronouce and may just already have in your home. Only essential oils are used to scent and you can easily customize with your favorite oils or combinations. The bonus? They are literally pennies to make an entire bottle.

Psst…the bar mop towels, spray bottles, clear mason jars, and cleaning recipe labels can all be found in Clean Mama Home.

Try one (or all!) of these DIY cleaners and let me know what you think. Happy cleaning!

Nightly Sink Scrub

I love to sprinkle this Nightly Sink Scrub in the sink and give a quick scrub at the end of the day to polish and clean.

Marble and Granite Cleaning Spray

This Marble and Granite Cleaning Spray beats any of the commercial cleaners I have tried. Bonus: it is incredibly inexpensive!

Soft Cleaning Paste

This Soft Cleaning Paste is ideal for bathrooms, tubs, tile and faucets and anywhere soap scum, water spots and grime reside.

All-Purpose Spray

Everyone needs an All-Purpose Spray for general cleaning and this one is it for me. I love that it is kid-safe so that little ones can help alongside me.

Glass and Mirror Spray

If you are new to the word of DIY cleaners, my Glass and Mirror Spray may just convert you for life. It works amazingly well and leaves behind no streaks or smears. It is perfect for windows too.

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage

I use this simple storage solution to keep all my ingredients for cleaners close at hand, uniform, and ready to use.

Love cleaning and DIY cleaners or just want a simplified approach to cleaning and homekeeping?  You’ll LOVE my new book Simply Clean – pre-order it now!

 

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5 Daily Tasks to Maintain a Clean Home

If you feel like your home is in a constant state of chaos and that you’re always cleaning, you might need to put a little order in the mix.  These five daily tasks will help you maintain a clean home with minimal effort.  Start with one every day for a week and add a new task every week until you’ve mastered them all, or do all of them from the start.

MAKE BEDS
Set the tone by making your bed daily.  Teach your kids to make their beds and this job is even easier.  I find that by keeping the bedding simple and  It will instantly make your bedrooms look more put together and in reality it takes under a minute to complete.

CHECK FLOORS
Most days I need to at least do a quick sweep of the hardwood floors on our first level.    Sometimes I grab the vacuum cleaner and do a little touch up, but most of the time it’s just a quick once-over with my broom or a microfiber floor duster.  My kids are in charge of crumb clean-up under the kitchen table with a little mini broom and dust pan.

WIPE COUNTERS
I wipe the kitchen counters after each meal and I check the bathroom counters daily and give them a quick wipe if they need it.  I use this method for kitchen counter clean up and keep bar mop towels in a cute jar for easy access and great wipe-down capability.

CLUTTER
Clutter can be toys on the floor, stacks of mail or papers to file, or just stuff that should be put away or tossed.  Some things that work for us: toss any flyers or unnecessary mail at the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and bins and file folders in a filing cabinet for kid papers.  In our house we toss (recycle) most worksheets and keep the special artwork and papers.  Clutter is different for every person and family.  If you have a big clutter problem you could use this item on your list to get some decluttering done every day.  Make a list of all your little clutter areas and then every day spend 10-15 minutes knocking them off your list.  For me, I use this time to sort through daily mail and papers.  I need to deal with paper clutter every day to keep up with it and not let it get out of control.  If you struggle with paper clutter, check out this post.

LAUNDRY
I do at least one load of laundry every.single.day.  I know it sounds annoying and monotonous, but for me it’s the only way to stay on top of the potential piles and piles of laundry.  What’s the key to making one load a day work?  Actually starting AND finishing a load of laundry every day.  Don’t let it pile up in a corner or on a table or couch or bed or outside the laundry room.  Start and finish it.  It’s a great process to master because you will have clean clothes at the ready at any time and you shouldn’t have to iron as often if the clothes are put away right away.  If laundry every day sounds daunting, check out this post for more ideas on Laundry Day vs. Laundry Every Day.

If you are trying to get into a cleaning routine (or better yet, my cleaning routine) and are just struggling with the daily stuff, clutter, and mess, stop the cleaning routine and work on these things until you feel like you’re getting on top of the dailies.  Are you following me on Instagram?  I post my weekly cleaning routine there too!

This post is a good one to get you started – you’ll find links to 3 free printables too!

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Love cleaning and DIY cleaners or just want a simplified approach to cleaning and homekeeping?  You’ll LOVE my new book Simply Clean – pre-order it now!

 

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3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Cleaning Routine for 2017

Happy 2017!  If you’re looking to declutter, clean, and organize this year, I’m here to help you harness that energy and get your cleaning routine in order.

The key to getting a handle on your home is following a plan, giving yourself grace, and having a day built in to catch up on any uncompleted tasks.  First things first, join me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or my private Homekeeping Society Facebook (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and do a little task, follow along 🙂 Then tag a friend or two to be your accountability partner and you’ll be off and running…..

Ready for your plan to jumpstart your cleaning routine?

Start with a calendar (here’s the January calendar) – every month I give away a free cleaning routine calendar – subscribe to the blog (enter your email in the sidebar) so you never miss a month.

If you’d prefer a smaller, undated monthly calendar, try the monthly cleaning routine at-a-glance printable.  There are 2 versions to choose from – go here to grab yours.

What better way to make a lot of progress in a small amount of time?  Do the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge in January!  Grab the free printable here.  Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and/or my private Homekeeping Society Facebook.

If you’re looking for the simplest, easiest way to clean your home and keep it that way, pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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Clean + Organize SALE!

Use the coupon code NEWYEAR for 17% off your entire order in CLEAN MAMA HOME!  Hurry!  This sale ends Monday, January 2nd at 7pm cst.  (Psst…If you haven’t shopped for awhile, you’ll love my new shipping rates and all orders ship out in 1-2 business days from my distributor AND I’m shipping to Canada now too!)

Looking for printables?  Use the same coupon code – NEWYEAR for 30% off in Clean Mama Printables!  Check out the 2017 calendars and new products!

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Simply Clean – Declutter Challenge

I love January – it’s refreshing, a slow pace, and a great time for resolutions and fresh starts.  This year I’m going to be doing a little declutter challenge for the month of January here on the blog and on Instagram.  I want to keep the challenge simple and helpful with the most important goal being that you (and me) get some decluttering done in just a couple minutes a day.  I’ll also be posting the daily mini tasks on Instagram and in my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂

Of course I have a checklist to follow and complete and I’ll be delving into some decluttering posts and projects here on the blog as well.  The challenge starts on January 1st and goes through the entire month of January – I have the challenge structured so you can easily wait until January 3rd to start if you aren’t quite ready yet.  I get that!  I’m really enjoying the holiday decorations this year and for the first time in a long time, I’m okay leaving things up a little longer this year.

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Get ready!

  • Choose a place to follow along – InstagramFacebook, my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page, and/or subscribe to the blog in the sidebar.
  • Put together some cleaning + decluttering supplies – here are some favorites – make sure you have garbage bags!
  • Grab the FREE Simply Clean Declutter Challenge Checklist, print it out and put it where you will see it every day.
  • Get ready to kick off the challenge on January 1st!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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Simply Clean Cleaning Routine at a Glance Free Printable

With a fresh new year upon us, I’m excited to be bringing you some resources and inspiration to help you make this THE year that you meet your homekeeping goals.  Follow along on Instagram and get ready to make January a month of fresh starts and attainable goals.  I’ll be doing a declutter challenge for the month of January.  First things first, let’s get a cleaning routine system in place, shall we?

One of my favorite tools is my cleaning routine at a glance printables (you can find them here) but I’m thinking that it’s time for a new one.

How to use it:

Print it out, trim it to size, laminate it if you’d like to use it month after month.

Where to put it:

  • in your planner
  • homekeeping binder
  • clip it on your refrigerator
  • pin it to your bulletin board

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Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!

Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!   I hope you have a blessed Christmas and take some time for quiet, cozy, and family.  I’ll be back early next week with a simple challenge for January and I have some posts all cued up for Simply Clean in 2017.  2016 has been a very exciting (and busy) year around here and I’m so excited for what 2017 has in store.  Until then, I’m relaxing with my family, eating cookies, and enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!

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Thank you for your support and for following along – I’m so grateful for each and every one of you!

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What’s On My Book Stack : 12 Time-Saving Cookbooks

This month I’ve been talking about all things SIMPLY COZY and I can’t really do that without talking about some meal planning.  Having meals prepped and ready or in the slow cooker is probably my #1 trick to keeping things simple and easy.  Throw a delicious home-cooked meal on the table and that’s the definition of cozy.  Not to mention, it’s just plain really helpful during this busy time of the year.  Here are some of my tried and true favorites – I love cookbooks that offer some strategies and tips for keeping dinner easy.  Need a quick gift or a little inspiration for the meal times after the new year?  These are sure to help!

Dinner Made Easy with Six Sisters’ Stuff : Time Saving Recipes for Busy Moms – this cookbook has some great recipes that simplify cooking for weeknights

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook : Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking – I love the strategies and options for adjustments to meals.

The Make-Ahead Cook – Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen never lets me down – great ideas and ways to prep and make ahead meals

Dinner Solved!: 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You! – Fun dinnertime ideas that everyone loves

Upscale Downhome : Family Recipes All Gussied Up – Great ways to fancy-up traditional recipes while keeping things simple and tasty too!

Weeknights with Giada – I always love Giada’s take on meals – these are simple and delicious.

Quick Slow Cooking – this is a beautiful cookbook with lots of quick and easy crockpot or simmer on the stove recipes

Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime – one of my favorites – I use this cookbook a lot – I love the adaptations provided!

A New Way to Dinner – a fresh look at dinner – Food52 has some great ideas.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow : Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes – I absolutely LOVE this cookbook – it’s brand new and I’ve already cooked a handful of delicious recipes.

Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime:Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper – Great ideas and strategies – I especially love the 16 minute meals (they really are!)

The Best Make-Ahead Recipe – this cookbook is hard to find but it’s one of my absolute favorite cookbooks in the history of ever – it’s a staple in my meal planning!

HAVE A FAVORITE TO SHARE?  TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS!

Curious about some other books?  Check out this book stack post about my favorite homekeeping books.

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