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Back to School Printable Bundle SALE!

Back to School Printable Bundle

I am beyond excited to bring this Back to School Printable Organizing Bundle SALE to you today!  This sale has been months in the making and is sure to get you and your family ready for school in a hurry.  The bundle has something for everyone and is all brand new and never offered anywhere!  Read on to see what’s included and to get your bundle – thank you!

It’s back to school month and time to get your house, kids, and schedule back in order. This calls for another fabulous printable bundle, hosted by Clean Mama & A Bowl Full of Lemons. Only this time, it’s going to be a little bit different. Our brand new printables are exclusive to this sale only. These are brand new, never before seen creations designed from nine of the most talented bloggers online. This bundle has everything you need to start the school year off right. From menu planning, chores, and schedules, to first day of school pictures, labels and beyond. It’s all included in this one of a kind bundle. You will not see duplicate kits that have been featured in other bundle sales before. These are all brand new! From August 1st to the 9th, you will have a chance to purchase this organizing back-to-school bundle. You don’t want to miss out. It’s a good thing.


What’s included in the Back to School Printable Bundle?
You will receive 9 exclusive printable pdf kits (93 pages) in this fabulous bundle. The digital files can be printed out & used in planners, home management binders or even placed on your fridge. This exclusive bundle is 78% off the retail price!

  • A Bowl Full of Lemons – First Day of School Signs
  • Clean Mama – School Information Kit
  • Organizing Homelife -Homeschool Planner
  • The Handmade Home – 25 Toy Organization Labels
  • iHeart Organizing – Menu Planning Kit
  • TomKat Studio – Lunch Box notes
  • Simplify 101 – Back-to-School Planning Kit
  • Modern Parents Messy Kids – Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit
  • Jones Design Company – K-12 School Memories Kit

Back to School Printable Organizing Bundle

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How much does the bundle cost?
The Back to School Printable Bundle is only $20. That’s an amazing 78% off the retail cost of the kits!

How long is the bundle for sale?
The bundle will be available from 8am EST on 8/1/14 through 11:59 pm EST on 8/9/14. There are no exceptions.

Details about each kit:
Listed below are the pictures, details, and links to the 9 exclusive kits within the Back to School Bundle. If you have any specific questions about a kit, please email the blog associated with the kit. For general Bundle questions, you can contact us at back2schoolbundle at gmail.com. Please look at the FAQ page before emailing with questions. All kits are pdf files and will be sent to you in a zip file, once payment has been made (instant download). All files are 8.5 x 11 inches unless stated in the description. Visit the FAQ page for details on how to resize the pages to fit into smaller planners.

 

A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

A Bowl Full of Lemons is a popular lifestyle blog that focuses on “home keeping”. You will see an array of topics such as organizing, cleaning, budgeting, planning, & preparedness. Sometimes life gets so busy that we become overwhelmed and don’t know how to get back on track again. As a wife, mother of 3, registered nurse, photographer, and blogger, Toni is the first to admit life can get busy and clutter begins to accumulate. Her goal is to help you achieve order within your busy lives & to help you find balance while creating an environment of peace and order. Whether it’s cleaning up your finances & getting on a budget, finding a cleaning routine that works for you, or setting up a system of organization within your home, A Bowl Full of Lemons is there to help guide you.

Blog: www.abowlfulloflemons.net

Shop: http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/printables-shop

 

 

First Day of School Printables by A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

First Day of School Signs (15 Pages)

A $7 Value

 

First Day of School Signs are perfect for those must have pictures of your growing children. This 15 page kit includes Preschool through 12th grade. Have your children hold up a sign and take a snapshot of them on the porch, in front of the school, or in their childhood bedroom. Print them out year after year! They will be so happy to pose for you. ;)

 

First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Clean Mama

Clean Mama

 

Becky (Clean Mama – that’s me!) is a cleaning expert, a wife and mom to three, a business owner, an author, and a former art teacher. She’s always looking for new ways to simplify and streamline cleaning and organizing. Her shop, Clean Mama Printables specializes in original organizational documents designed to take the work out of organizing your life. The Clean Mama mantra is “everyday life. simplified.” because homekeeping can be adorable, fun AND easily implemented into your life!

Blog: http://www.cleanmama.net/

Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CleanMamaPrintables

School Information Kit - Clean Mama Printables

 

School Information Kit (8 Pages)

A $15 Value

The Clean Mama Printables School Information Kit includes 8 fillable/editable documents designed to help you keep all that important information together with one simple to use kit. Get organized with 2 cover sheets to choose from, classmate contacts, 2 school day schedules to choose from, school phone numbers, weekly schedule, and a conversation tracker. You’ll love how easy and accessible this kit will make all that important school information.

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Modern Parents Messy KidsMPMK

 

Stephanie Morgan is the founder and managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK for Short). From “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life” to “The Make Play Vault”, her site provides thousands of parents with daily inspiration on kid-friendly food, play ideas, parenting topics, home organization and what to do with all those photos!

Blog: http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com

Shop: MPMK Printables

 

Responsibility Printables MPMK

 

Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit (11 Pages)

A $7.99 Value

Teaching our kids to be contributing members of the family through routines, “family jobs” and “earning jobs” is one of our most important roles as parents. Not only does it instill within them responsibility and self-reliance, when done right, it also serves to teach fundamental life skills including saving, budgeting and even giving back.
Our new Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit has everything you need to get kids of all ages started on the right track including:
  • Morning and evening routine charts (blanks and using images for pre-readers)
  • “Family Jobs” and “Earning Job” charts
  • A Kids’ budgeting Ledger
  • A Savings Goal Chart
  • Printable Spend/Save/Share piggy bank labels

 

Responsibility Printables MPMK

 

Responsibility Printables MPMK

 

Responsibility Printables MPMK

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Organizing Homelife is a blog dedicated to helping you organize your home and life. You’ll find home management tips and tricks, DIY ideas and inspiration, menu and recipe planning, labels, schedules, and lots of printables (both free and in my shop). My goal is to inspire you to get organized so you can enjoy more time doing the things you want to with the people you love.

Blog: http://www.organizinghomelife.com

Shop: http://www.organizinghomelife.com/printables-shop

Homeschool Planner via Organizing Homelife

 

Homeschool Planner (10 Pages)

A $12 Value

This 10 page printable Homeschool Planner is a result of over 10 years of homeschooling experience. I have homeschooled all four of my kids and am currently teaching a Kindergartener, 3rd grader, middle schooler, and high schooler. This planner will help you organize annual attendance records and planning schedules. It includes a year-at-a-glance calendar, a six week planner which also includes goal setting (great for planning in manageable chunks), 2 weekly planners (1 page per week and 2 pages per week), and two styles of covers.

Homeschool Planner

 

Homeschool Planner Goals

 

Homeschool Planner Year at a Glance

The Handmade Home

 

The Handmade Home

 

You can find Jamin and Ashley Mills most days over at www.thehandmadehome.net as the voices and inspiration behind the Handmade Home, where they share their life, DIY spirit, inspiration and humor. The two met as college sweethearts at Auburn University where they began their love affair in tinkering with projects that turned them into full fledged “Do it yourselvers”. Their favorite projects are their three little ones as well as their lovable mutt who found her way into their logo. The two not only co-create a space on the web for beauty, laughter and love, but have also co-authored 4 books in the Handmade Home Book series. They currently reside in the tropics of Alabama where they have perfected the art of sipping sweet tea while operating power tools.

Blog: www.thehandmadehome.net

Shop: http://www.thehandmadehome.net/thhshop/

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Toy Organization Labels (15 Pages)

A $10 Value

The Handmade Home Printables include 25 Toy Organization Labels.

The Handmade Home Toy Organization Labels

 

The Handmade Home Toy Organization Labels

The Tomkat Studio

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Kim Stoegbauer is the a Party Stylist and Founder of The TomKat Studio Blog + Shop. She shares inspiration on a daily basis on her blog for parties, decorating, crafts and recipes. Kim frequently styles for HGTV and DIY Network, and brand partners including Pottery Barn Kids and Shutterfly.

Blog: http://www.thetomkatstudio.com

Shop: http://shoptomkat.com

Tomkat Studio Lunchbox Notes

The TomKat Studio – Lunch Box notes (5 Pages)

A $12.50 Value

Tomkat Studio Lunchbox Notes

 

Lunchbox Notes

 

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simplify 101

 

Simplify 101 Aby

 

At simplify 101 we believe life is more fulfilling (and fun!) when you’re organized in a way that’s just right for you. We offer online classes that make getting organized easy and affordable. They’re designed to help you create customized organizing systems that cut clutter and reduce stress, giving you more time for what matters most to you.

Blog: http://www.simplify101.com/organizing-blog/

Shop: http://www.simplify101.com/product-catalog/

Simplify 101 Printables

 

Back-to-School Planning Kit (9 Pages)

$9 Value

The simplify 101 back-to-school planning kit includes printables to organize your time, schedule and to-do list as you transition from the lazy days of summer back to school-year structure. The kit includes a back-to-school checklist, a back-to-school countdown planner, an errands list, a clothes-shopping list, a template for tried + true simple dinner ideas, and a two-page weekly planner. Plus you’ll get exclusive organizing tips from expert organizer Aby Garvey.

Simplify 101 Back to School Planning Kit

 

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I Heart Organizing

 

Give a little extra life to your everyday checklists and printables with the help of IHeart Organizing! Vibrant colors and patterns will keep you smiling as you tackle organizing projects big and small. Just download and print at home!

Blog: iheartorganizing.blogspot.com

Shop: iheartorganizing.etsy.com

I Heart Organizing Meal Planning Printables

Menu planning Kit (7 Pages)

$10 Value

With the kiddos heading back to school and the sports season getting back in full swing, be ahead of the game with your daily meals! This kit will give you a place to jot down your “go to” family meals and school lunch ideas as well as plan around those busy schedules. Baseball game on Tuesday? No need to hit the drive through because you will have already planned sub sandwiches ahead of time. Lacking variety in everyday lunch packing? Keep an ongoing list of ideas to reference each week. It also gives you a chance to take inventory of your stock so you can plan around the food you have, saving you time and money at the grocery store!

I Heart Organizing Meal Planning

 

I Heart Organizing Meal Planning

 

I Heart Organizing Meal Planning

 

Jones Design Company

Jones Design Company

 

Jones Design Company is a lifestyle blog about decorating, simple projects, pretty things, being a mom, and honest thoughts on life. As a self-taught graphic designer, Emily adores helping others find their creativity and hopes you leave the blog feeling inspired and encouraged. At JDC you’ll find hundreds of free printables, templates, fonts and tutorials as well as a shop with charming art prints, a monthly organization club, beginning graphic design class and more.

Blog: www.jonesdesigncompany.com

Shop: http://shop.jonesdesigncompany.com/

Jones Design Company School Memory Kit

 

K-12 School Memory Kit (13 Pages)

$4.99 Value

Document the special details of your child’s school year with these k-12 school year memory sheets. Simply print, add a photo and have your child fill in the blanks. There is room for a signature, details of their school year as well as favorites worth remembering (like activities and best moment of the school year). What a fun way to capture memories!

Jones Design Company School Memory Kit

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Important Details:

  • If you have any questions or issues with your Back to School Bundle, please visit the FAQ page. Look over the questions and answers on the page BEFORE emailing. If you have not found your answer on the FAQ page, please email back2schoolbundle at gmail dot com. To ensure that your question is answered in a timely manner, please take care to email at the “Back to School” address (not our personal blog email address). Please note that due to high email volume, we will do our best to respond within 24 hours – thank you for your patience! When emailing, please include a copy of your Paypal receipt and highlight your issue in the “subject” line.
  • The Back to School Bundle is only available from 8 a.m. EST on August 1st to 11:59 p.m. EST on August 9th, 2014. There are no exceptions.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE BUNDLE WITH ANYONE ELSE – it is intended solely for the person who purchased the bundle. Please be respectful of the authors’ copyrights.
  • After purchasing, you will automatically receive an email (to the email address you provide) containing the download link. Please check your spam folder, if you cannot find the email.
  • Please download and back up your Back to School Bundle purchase, AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT. You only have 5 download attempts to access your files. The download link expires on 9/01/14. After that date, we will not be able to provide new links to download. Please remember to back up your files. We are unable to send you copies of the printable bundle that have been deleted or lost. We will not respond to those emails.
  • Due to the digital nature of this sale, there will be no refunds & no exceptions.
  • If you have any questions or issues with a specific printable included in this bundle, please contact that author directly.
  • The bundle is provided as a zip file. Please read the download directions on the FAQ page, if you are unsure of how to download a zip file, BEFORE attempting.

 

Disclosure:
This is an affiliate post. If you purchase a bundle from my link, I will receive a percentage of the sales. Thank you for your support!

FAQ : Back To School Printable Bundle

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Are you experiencing troubles or do you have questions about The Back to School Printable Bundle? Take a look through these frequently asked questions. Please look over the questions and answers on this page BEFORE emailing. If you have not found your answer on this page, please email us at back2schoolbundle@gmail.com. To ensure that your question is answered in a timely manner, please take care to email at the bundle address (not our personal email address). Please note that due to high email volume we will do our best to respond in 24 hours – thank you for your patience!

I paid for my bundle but haven’t received it. What do I do?

  • Check your spam folder and double check your receipt to see what email address you used.
  • If you have not received your bundle and you have a paypal receipt that says PAID please forward your email to back2schoolbundle@gmail.com and we will respond within 24 hours. Thank you!

Important Details:

  • The Back to School Printable Bundle is only available from 8 a.m. EST on August 1st to 11:59 p.m. EST on August 9, 2014.  There are no exceptions.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE BUNDLE WITH ANYONE ELSE – it is intended solely for the person who purchased the bundle. Please be respectful of the authors’ copyrights.
  • After purchasing, you will automatically receive an email (to the email address you provide) containing the download link. Please check your spam folder if you cannot find the email.
  • Please download and back up your Back to School Bundle purchase. You have 5 download attempts to access your files. The download link expires on 9/01/14. After that date, we will not be able to provide new links to download. Please remember to back up your files. We are unable to send you copies of the printable bundle that have been deleted or lost.  PLEASE take responsibility for your purchase and back up your files!
  • Due to the digital nature of this sale, there will be no refunds.
  • If you have any questions or issues with any of the printables included in this bundle, please contact that author directly.

You will receive your Back to School Printable Bundle as a ZIP file. Not sure how to open a ZIP file?

You need to open and save the zip file in order to see the nine amazing printable tools.

  • PC – right click on the folder and select open – you should see the digital items in an open folder. Save to your computer or cloud storage and enjoy!
  • MAC – save the zip to your desktop or downloads folder. Double click on the zip file and it should automatically extract the files. If it doesn’t automatically extract/open, open with your zip application or converter.
  • iPad – download WinZip from the app store (free) and then open in iBooks or Kindle App or alternatively you can open the zip on a computer and attach and email the pdfs to yourself and open and read using your favorite app on your device. Here’s a great tutorial on how to get pdfs on your iPad or Kindle!
If you still don’t understand how to do this, please use your favorite search engine and look up “how to download a zip file” on your specific platform before emailing us.

Some Printable Tips:

  • Did you know that if you have a tablet, like an iPad you can use printables paperless with an app like Notability that lets you digitally write on your pdfs? If you have a Kindle you can use Note Everything for a similar result.
  • Most of the printables in this kit are formatted for 8.5×11 and aren’t designed to be reduced unless you have a printer that can accommodate – here are two posts that give a little more explanation. RESIZING    2+ TO A PAGE Try it out with a free printable or two and see if your printer accommodates.
  • You need Adobe Reader to access the printables. Make sure that you have the most updated version – FREE – here:
    get.adobe.com/reader/
  • If the printables look different than what you thought you purchased, make sure you don’t have them in ‘preview’. Some platforms default to preview instead of Adobe Reader.
Thanks for your purchase!! Enjoy your Back to School Printable Bundle.
~Becky & Toni

Coming Tomorrow! The Back to School Printable Organizing Bundle

Months in the making, The Back to School Printable Bundle SALE is almost here (and you didn’t know it was coming!).   Tomorrow is the big day and you will not believe what Toni from A Bowl of Lemons and I have brought together for you!  The bundle is BRAND NEW, never before seen or purchased printables from 9 amazing bloggers and shops that are all geared towards getting you and your kids completely organized and ready for back to school and the upcoming school year.

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Come back tomorrow at 8am EST to see and get your Back to School Printable Bundle Sale – you don’t want to miss it!  (Head over to Instagram and you’ll see a special sneak peek!)

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

How to Clean Your Dishwasher via Clean Mama

It doesn’t necessarily make sense to have to clean an appliance that cleans, but food particles and minerals can build up in your dishwasher preventing it from cleaning thoroughly.  Add cleaning your dishwasher to your cleaning rotation – your dishes will be cleaner and your dishwasher will run more efficiently.

ADD IT TO YOUR ROUTINE: If you’re adding cleaning your dishwasher to your cleaning rotation, completely clean it every month or at least every 3 months.

HOW TO:

Start by running the dishwasher and removing any clean dishes.
Wipe the seal and edges with white vinegar via Clean Mama
Wipe the edges and seal with your favorite all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar.
Remove the Bottom Rack and Check for Food Particles via Clean mama
Remove the bottom rack and check for any food particles or blockages.
Add 1 cup white vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher via clean mama
Pour a cup of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and sprinkle with about 1/4 cup baking soda (optional) – the baking soda can help to break down any build up with the vinegar.

Run short cycle via Clean Mama

Run dishwasher on a quick wash, hot, sanitize cycle.  This will ensure that your dishwasher is completely clean and that any mineral build-up is washed away.

When the dishwasher has completed its cycle wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

How to Clean Your Dishwasher via Clean Mama Infographic

Cleaning your dishwasher will take about 5 minutes of hands-on cleaning time and however long it takes to run the dishwasher cycle.  Try this quick and easy cleaning method today!

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The Only Thing You Need to Do to Organize Toys

The Only Thing You Need to Do to Organize Toys via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is toys.  (August’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar is here!)  If you don’t have toys to organize, simply choose another area in your home to organize this week.  I chose toy organization again (it was on the schedule for April, too) for this week because it’s almost (or is) back to school time and toys are probably needing a little more organization in your home.  Or maybe it’s just my kids and their toys….  Today I have just one idea to help you and your kids organize your toys and keep them that way.  Ready for the revolutionary tip?

CONTAIN the toys.  It sounds so simple and you probably are already doing this, but keeping the toys organized and giving them a ‘home’ is key.  How does this work?  Group like toys together and use what you have or purchase boxes, bins, baskets – whatever works for your space.  Just because you have a basket or bin doesn’t mean that you need to fill it – be intentional and only keep toys that are loved and used.  If your kiddos aren’t using that basket of Duplos anymore beacause they’ve moved on to Legos, there is no need to keep the Duplos.

My favorite toy organizing container are open baskets.  My kids can see what’s inside when they peek into the basket but to anyone else it just looks like a basket.  If your space can hold three baskets, don’t buy 5 baskets because you have 5 types of toys – figure out how you can get the toys down to 3 baksets instead.  We don’t use open baskets for everything, art supplies and such go in covered plastic bins and accessible containers and toys that are in bedrooms are typically in covered boxes so they can be put away in closets and stacked when they aren’t in use.  Take a couple minutes to think through your toy storage before you start organizing.  Determine what is working and what isn’t and devise a plan before you move on to putting toys away.

So here’s what you need to do – gather any baskets, bins, or containers that are being used for toys or could be used for toys.  If you need to purchase anything new, take care of that this week.  Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and get your kiddos to help sort and purge toys – be ruthless and get rid of broken toys and find new homes for toys that are outgrown.  Take what’s left and put them in baskets, bins and containers.  Label if needed and put the containers in easy to access spots in your home.  Making sure that your kids are part of the process will help them to take ownership of any new storage systems.  The only thing you need to do is simple as a concept but not always simple to implement.  Taking a little time to contain the toys will make playtime more enjoyable and it will make clean up time a bit easier too!

I have lots of great posts all about cleaning and organizing with kids – go here to see them all (there are free printables, ideas for clean up games, and lots of other fun tips).

 

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Start Here. August 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

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Happy August! If you’ve been working through the Start Here. calendar since January I hope you’ve met successes and made some oodles of progress in your home. If you’re new here, check out the first post in this series for a little more explanation.

What’s behind the success of any clean and organized home?

Consistency and follow through.

This series Start Here. is a great place to start (and finish) because without starting something, you’ll never finish anything. Don’t get bogged down in the every day messiness that is life, you have to start somewhere to get anywhere and that’s what we’re doing today.  If you are completely overwhelmed or just a little overwhelmed, start with a little bit every day – set your timer for 10-15 minutes and just do what you can on the list.  It’ll get a little bit easier every day and every week – just keep at it and you’ll be making progress in no time!

Ready? We all have to start somewhere – let’s Start Here.

Here’s a little infographic that explains the cleaning and organizing schedule…

Start Here.  Cleaning + Organizing Calendar Infographic via Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for August (this is free in my shop – if you prefer Googledocs, you can go here to grab it) and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks.

Need a little more explanation? Here’s a post on Weekly Cleaning Tasks and a post on Daily Cleaning Tasks.  I’ve/we’ve covered a lot of cleaning and organizing ground – you can go here to see all the posts in this series.

FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar for August via Clean Mama

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - Get August 2014 for FREE via Clean Mama

Don’t miss the FREE August pages for my brand new planner – Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner – discounted through August 1st!

cmp ad - 250(If you like this calendar style, you’ll love The Simplified Life Series in my shop!)

Follow along!

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A Simplified Week : Garage Spot

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

Garage Spot:

  • Short on time? Try these easy-to-implement tips to a more organized garage with Clean Mama.
  • This garage transformation is truly inspirational.  It features tons of pictures and ideas on how to transform your garage from typical to organized.  Check it out! Via A Taste of My Place
  • Simple shelving does wonders to transform this garage from A Thoughtful Place. I love the use of curtains to fancy it up and hide some of the not-so-pretty garage goods.

Something to Eat:

  • I love shopping at Costco for their great variety and quality groceries. This post from 100 Days of Real Food that gives 9 complete, organic meal options for under $100. Now that is an affordable week plus of meals!

Something to Make:

  • When a friend or loved one is under the weather, this sweet gift set of carefully chosen items will certainly help. Includes such soothers as honey, tea and throat drops. Via A Merry Thought

Something for the Kids:

  • Audio books are the ideal companion for those quiet times that little ones need in order to wind down and relax. I love this eclectic group of suggestions from Modern Parents Messy Kids for its variety and quality of literature.

Simplify:

  • Finally, a way to get that darn duvet cover back on the duvet without wrestling with it for an hour. An frustrating task made easy – my kind of tip! Via Making Lemonade

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How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress

How to Clean & Care For Your Mattress via Clean Mama

Mattresses and pillows require a little maintenance that you can easily do – just add it into your cleaning routine and your mattress will stay comfy and clean.

Rotate Your Mattress

Rotate your mattress every six months to keep the distribution of padding and foam consistent throughout the mattress. If you have a pillow top mattress you can only rotate your mattress 180 degrees.  If you have a standard mattress, you can rotate as well as flip the mattress over.

Use a Mattress Pad

To cut down on the potential for stains, use a waterproof mattress pad and launder it regularly with your sheets. Look for a mattress pad that is waterproof and inhibits dust and dust mites on and in your mattress.  Just this little add-on to your bedding repertoire will keep your mattress cleaner longer and make it much easier to maintain.

Vacuum Your Mattress

Remove dust and dust mites from the surface of the mattress when you rotate your mattress by vacuuming the top of your mattress. Make sure that the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner is clean and slowly vacuum all of the crevices and the surface to eliminate any dust mites and dust.  Sounds gross but this is a necessary step in cleaning your mattress.  If you use a waterproof, sealed mattress pad this is a quick and easy step.

Stain Removal

If you get a stain on your mattress you can carefully blot it up with a clean, dry towel and then use warm water and a little dish soap or laundry detergent to clean the surface stain. Be careful not to get the foam part of the mattress wet as this will not dry quickly. If your stain is large or stubborn you can use an upholstery cleaning attachment on a carpet cleaner to clean the area. Blot up any extra water with a clean towel and place a fan near the mattress to quickly dry it. If it’s convenient and the weather is nice you can also bring your mattress outside if possible to dry it as well.

Freshen Your Mattress

If your mattress needs a little freshening up you can sprinkle about a 1/4 cup of baking soda that has been mixed with 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender is a great choice) all over the surface of your mattress.  Let this sit for about 30 minutes and vacuum it up with a clean hose attachment or nozzle on your vacuum cleaner.

Knowing how to clean your mattress and protect it with some easy maintenance, this investment will last longer and you’ll sleep better too.

One of the most popular questions I receive is, “how do you wash bed pillows?”  If you’ve ever asked this question or wondered if you can wash your bed pillows, this post is for you.  Not only can you wash your bed pillows, it’s pretty simple! Two simple steps and a little time and you’ll be sleeping on clean, fresh pillows in no time!  If you have feather or synthetic pillows, you can wash them.  Foam pillows are the only kind of pillow that you don’t want to launder – feel free to try washing them in the washing machine but do not dry them – they’ll melt and disintegrate.

Now that you have a clean and fresh mattress you need to know how to wash your pillows!

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Shop Update : Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner + FREE August Planner Pages

I’ve been working on a new planner style and format since I created a planner last year – for real.  I took a lot of things into consideration and have come up with a simple and perfectly functional planner that I absolutely LOVE and hope you will too!  Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner incorporates a few things that are really important to me – it has a straightforward and simple design, it’s super easy to print, and it prints perfectly back to back (hooray!).  It’s only available in black and white to make it easy to print on any printer (color, black and white, laser, inkjet….) and to keep the printing cost low.  I love the black and white design – it can be put in a fancy binder or planner, you can jazz it up with stickers, sticky notes, and washi tape and make it yours.  Better yet, if you combine it into a homekeeping notebook it’ll blend beautifully with what you have.  How about a couple pictures so you can see it?  (Make sure you scroll ALL the way down to the end for the FREE pages too!)

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - A Simple, Perfectly Functional Planner via Clean Mama

Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner includes 160+ documents and has everything you need to assemble your own simple, perfect planner. Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner is in a simple and attractive format that works for any lifestyle and schedule. Print what you need or print it all out – either way you’ll love the black and white color scheme and ease of this planner. The planner is designed to be printed and bound or hole-punched – put it in a binder or have it professionally bound.  I printed my own on my inkjet printer and put it in a discbound notebook – I use an ARC punch and the Martha Stewart discbound notebook (both found at Staples).

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner via Clean Mama

 

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - Monthly Calendars via Clean Mama

 

Prints perfectly front to back - Clean Mama's Everyday Planner

 

2 Versions of the Weekly Planner are Included via Clean Mama

 

Important Contacts - Clean Mama's Everyday Planner via Clean Mama

 

Notes page and Important Dates to Remember - Clean Mama's Everyday Planner
This listing is in 2 zip files – one for a blank planner and one for a planner with daily tasks (this is my FAVORITE feature!) – save and download both or just the one you will use. Each category is in its own file within the zip (the planner is together as one ‘document’), the calendar is separate and the pages are saved individually….this is so it’s super easy to print back to back or as A4/A5 size.

  • 16 Month Planner – each week on a 2 page spread – 140 pages – blank AND with Clean Mama’s suggested daily tasks are both included
  • Everyday Planner cover page – simple and sweet to match the planner
  • September 2014-December 2015 Calendar (vertical, binder style) – 16 pages
  • Notes page – ‘Jot It Down’
  • Important Dates to Remember – 1 page
  • Important Contacts

ACT FAST!  Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner is INTRODUCTORY PRICED AT $7 – Regular price will be $12, effective on August 1st

Not sure how to print a 140 page planner?  First of all, think about HOW you want the pages set up….you could print the calendars back to back with the ‘jot it down’ pages and then insert them between the planner pages.  Print the important contacts pages back to back and set up a little address book in your planner.  I love the important dates to remember page – perfect to write down all the special dates for each month – keep it front and center so you don’t forget that birthday again this year!

How in the world does one print a 140 page planner back to back without going through reams of paper in the process?  The EASIEST way is to print page 1 first by itself without anything on the back of it.  Then, print pages 2-140 BACK to BACK. Your printer will most likely stop halfway through and give you instructions on how to feed the already printed pages back into your printer. If you are unsure on how to do this, I recommend trying it out in ‘draft’ printing mode and printing page 1 and then pages 2-6 to make sure you get how to print back to back first. You can always send to a copy shop and have them print it back to back for you. Because the planner is one ‘document’ this is easy for them to upload and print.   Have a A4/A5 planner and want to resize?  Check out this post!  Want color and a non-dated planner spread?  Check out The Simplified Life 2014/2015 Calendar and Planner Kit.

Want to try out the planner and see what you think?  How about getting August 2014 for FREE!?  Go here to grab August’s pages in my shop and here to grab them on Googledocs.

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - Get August 2014 for FREE via Clean Mama

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Just Minutes to a More Organized Garage

Just Minutes to a More Organized Garage via Clean Mama

Have a garage that’s needing a little attention?  Or maybe it’s just me…. This week’s organizing task is to take a couple minutes to organize just one spot in the garage.  I’m tackling sports equipment and finding a better way to store the rackets, balls, bats, gloves, and all things fun and sporty and lacking a home.  And I’m not going at it alone, I’m getting the little sportsters involved in this organizing task.  It’ll be fun and will feel great to have accomplished.  Follow these simple steps and organize a spot or two in your garage this week!

  1. Determine which spot you’re going to work on – start small and make sure you can complete the task in a small amount of time.
  2. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and get started.
  3. Completely empty area to be organized and sort into 4 groups – toss, keep, donate, relocate.
  4. Wipe down area with your favorite cleaner or wipes.
  5. Return ‘keep’ items to the formerly disorganized space and put the items away that you are relocating.
  6. Move on to another space if you have more time or feel motivated to continue.

So….why is spending a couple minutes organizing your garage a good thing?  And can just a couple minutes really help?  If you enter your home through your garage you won’t get that ‘this place is a disaster’ feeling when you enter your home.  Adding a little organization to your garage will save you time and make it easier to find all those garage items in a hurry.  If 15 minutes doesn’t put a dent in your garage mess, spend 10-15 minutes every day this week and get even more accomplished.  Every little bit helps!

What are you organizing in your garage this week?

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A Simplified Week : Outside 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. Did you grab July’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it!

Outside Toys:

  • Now is that time in the summer where all the outside toys could use a little cleaning and organizing after being used.  Round up the kiddos and put some order back in to your outside toys. Via Clean Mama
  • Considering how much LEGOs get used in a lot of homes, it is no surprise that they tend to accumulate all sorts of who-knows-what on them.  I love this easy solution to get them clean in a jiffy from Gettin’ By.
  • Get your little ones involved in the toy cleaning by setting up a little cleaning station for them, too.  I’ve done this and been amazed by how long it holds their attention. Via Hands On As We Grow

Something to Eat:

  • This seriously looks like so much fun and so yummy, too – A S’mores Bar Party.  Check out the fun combinations that would be perfect for a casual summer get-together or special night with your family.  Via What’s Gaby Cooking

Something to Make:

  • Road trip in your future?  Whip up a simple iPad or tablet holder to attach to the headrest to allow for easy viewing. Via Infarrantly Creative

Something for the Kids:

  • It can be tricky to figure out just how to have your children help in the kitchen in a truly constructive way.  I love these ideas from 30 Handmade Days that detail how to get your kids involved and what sorts of skills you can start to teach.

Simplify:

  • Take advantage of all the yummy summer produce or a great sale and make your own bags of frozen fruit.  Perfectly prepped and ready to toss in your smoothies for that creamy texture.  Via Oh Basil

 

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How to Wash Pillows

How to Wash Pillows via Clean Mama

One of the most popular questions I receive is, “how do you wash bed pillows?”  If you’ve ever asked this question or wondered if you can wash your bed pillows, this post is for you.  Not only can you wash your bed pillows, it’s pretty simple! Two simple steps and a little time and you’ll be sleeping on clean, fresh pillows in no time!  If you have feather or synthetic pillows, you can wash them.  Foam pillows are the only kind of pillow that you don’t want to launder – feel free to try washing them in the washing machine but do not dry them – they’ll melt and disintegrate.

Wash Your Pillows

Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector (if you don’t use a pillow protector, go and get one).  You will want to use the most gentle detergent you have, avoiding harsh detergents.  Set your washer on a gentle, warm water cycle as well as its largest capacity.  Wash at least two pillows (to balance the machine) and no more than three pillows at a time to guarantee a thorough cleaning.  After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that all the detergent is removed from the pillow.  I like to run my spin cycle twice as well to remove any excess water and help the pillows dry a little more quickly.

Dry Your Pillows

Once your pillows are washed and the excess water has been wrung out, you can toss them in your dryer.  If your pillow is foam, you will want to line dry or hang your pillow to dry as a trip through the dryer would cause the material to melt. For other synthetic materials, dry on a low to medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on Air or Low and allow them to dry thoroughly.  If you would like to fluff up your pillows again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state.  Stop the dryer every 30 minutes or so to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly and evenly.

With a little extra attention, your favorite pillows can feel like brand new again. So go ahead – wash and dry them and look forward to a good night’s sleep.

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Martha Stewart Living Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

I was asked to share a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System makeover on my blog and while our master bedroom closet system was fine, you can bet I agreed to install a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System!

Martha Stewart logo

The process started with measuring out the closet and inputting the dimensions into MarthaStewartClosets.com.  There are three colors to choose from – Classic White, Espresso, and Wild Cherry.  I chose Espresso and ‘built’ the closet in the closet design system.  I love all the extras and add-ons that are available – hampers, belt and tie racks, sliding wardrobe rods, shoe shelves.  The closet design system was so easy (and fun!) to use.

Martha Stewart for The Home Depot Closet - Clean Mama

This is one of the 3 walls in our master bedroom closet that I designed.

The process is simple.  Design your space, order it online or pick it up at your local Home Depot.  The installation definitely requires quite a bit of time, a trusty level, and power tools, but the quality of products is great and the instructions are thorough and easy to follow.  (I did have professional help with the installation and makeover.)

Here’s a before picture of our master bedroom closet – nice, but the wire shelving wasn’t working well with the large space, so there was a lot of wasted space.

Master Bedroom Closet Before via Clean Mama

The first step was to completely clear the closet and remove the wire shelving.  I also wanted a fresh coat of paint on the walls too.  I went with a lighter shade of the master bedroom and bathroom color and we added a new light fixture.

During Master Bedroom Closet - via Clean Mama

Here’s the completed closet system from left to right around the closet…..

Master Bedroom Closet After 1  via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet After 2 via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet After 2  via Clean Mama

Once everything was installed and in place it was time to organize the space and put everything away.  We are still working on getting the space just how we want it but it’s working great so far.  I can’t believe how nice it is to have drawers in a closet system – it definitely helps to keep it all organized.  Here are a couple more pictures showing how everything fit back together.

Master Bedroom Closet After via Clean Mama

Closet System Drawers via Clean Mama

The hampers are my favorite feature via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet Final via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet Final 2 via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Master Bedroom Closet Makeover via Clean Mama

  • Want a little more inspiration?  Take a peek at this gallery on MarthaStewart.com – it shows 4 ways to use the MSL Closet system.
  • Don’t miss out on The Home Depot’s Summer Home Organization Event starting July 10th through August 17th that brings you the best prices on shelving units, boxes, moving supplies, totes, baskets and more. Organize your life with fantastic storage and organization ideas from The Home Depot. From your closet to your garage to your pantry, The Home Depot’s storage options simplify and streamline your living spaces.
  • Disclosure:  This product was provided by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I only promote products that I love and use – all opinions (as always) are my own.  Read my full disclosure here.

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How to Clean + Organize Outside Toys

How to Clean and Organize Outside Toys in Minutes and With Help From the Kids via Clean Mama

Have some outside toys to organize?  Not sure how to clean them?  This week’s organizing task is to clean and organize outside toys.  No outside toys to clean?  Clean or organize an outside area or another trouble spot.

Depending on how many outside toys you have and how dirty and/or disorganized they are will determine your plan of action will be for cleaning and organizing the toys.  If you are overwhelmed by all the toys, clean and organized one area or bin at a time.  If you aren’t overwhelmed by the outside toys, clean and organize them all at once.  Regardless of the task you have in front of you, follow these simple directions (and by all means, let your kids help you!):

  1. Sort toys and throw away any broken toys, donate or give away to a neighbor or friend any toys that are outgrown or no longer being used.  Get your kids involved in the sorting and purging of toys.
  2. Group like toys together – this is helpful for picking up and for choosing what toys will be played with.  Buckets and bins are great for sorting and storing toys.  We have handled bins for water toys and covered bins for sandbox and water table toys.  Balls and sports equipment is stored in mesh laundry sorters.  Chalk and bubbles have their own containers so they can be brought out individually and kept contained. Think of ways to organized toys and sports equipment that will make it easy to return them to their proper place – this keeps it easy for the kids too!
  3. Kids love playing in the water and in bubbles (or at least mine do) so I always get them involved in any toy washing event.
  4. All toys can be sprayed with a DIY cleaning recipe (from my book) of equal parts water and white vinegar, or if you prefer, you can mix up a bucket of dish soap, soap up with a sponge and rinse with your garden hose.  (I always wash toys in the driveway on a sunny day so I don’t damage any plants or grass with the soap or vinegar mixtures.)  Once the toys are clean, set them in the sun and let them dry.
  5. Organize toys by type and make sure to keep toys that will be in the rotation, used, and enjoyed!

Have a great idea for cleaning and organizing outdoor toys? Leave it in the comments!

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A Simplified Week : Laundry Area

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. Did you grab July’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it!

Laundry Area:

  • Need some quick tips on how to organize your laundry room? Check out these tips from Clean Mama to get some practical tips to implement in no time!
  • I really love this laundry room featured on Morganize with Me. You don’t need to have a model home in order to have a model laundry room, despite what Pinterest tells you.
  • You have got to check out this awesome laundry room/mud room from Polka Dot Chair. Using inexpensive IKEA systems, a ho-hum entry way is totally transformed in to a multi-purpose space.

Something to Eat:

  • Something about raspberries and lime just screams summer to me.  This easy blender drink for Raspberry Limeade Slush looks like the perfect warm weather drink. Via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Something to Make:

  • As a mom to three little ones, my life doesn’t have a lot of room to spend hours crafting and creating.  With minimal time needed, these little washi tape magnets caught my eye. Perfect for a nap time craft or one to involve kiddos. Via My Poppet

Something for the Kids:

  • I really enjoy creating with my kiddos and my older two especially are at the perfect age for it.  This tutorial for DIY Bleach Spray T-Shirts is on our must-do list. Wouldn’t it be fun for a sleepover or play date? Via Practically Functional

Something to Simplify:

  • I love those simple little a-ha tricks make life easier, like this method of folding t-shirts from Organizing Made Fun. No more jumbled piles when you simply change how you fold and store them in the drawer. Genius!

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