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FREE clutterfree30 Printable

This past month I did the #clutterfree30 Instagram challenge (follow me here on IG) with Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage.  It was a great success!  I’ve had a lot of requests to continue with the challenge or to start over again.  I’ll definitely be doing more challenges, but for anyone that wants to participate in the challenge off-line or wants to start at any time and complete at their own pace, I put the text on paper for your reference.  I hope you continue to de-clutter your homes and enjoy the peace and calm that a clutter-free (or less cluttered) home can bring.  And for those of you that completed the #clutterfree30 challenge – WAY TO GO!

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A Few of My Favorite Things : Organizing Edition

I love it when websites and bloggers post their favorite products – I hope you do too!  Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things: ORGANIZING EDITION.  The products I’m sharing are items that I have in my home and use on a daily or weekly basis.  These are products you probably have seen before on the blog – these are my must-haves in my home because they work, look good, and simplify things.  I hope you enjoy and get some ideas for organizing your home as well!  Some of the links are affiliate links, but rest assured, clicking on the link is free.

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  1. The Grook Utility Holder from Casabella – I have this in my mudroom closet to hold handled tools and gadgets.
  2. Tiered Spice Organizer – You can see how I use this and the below listed Lazy Susan in my spice cabinet – love these!
  3. Lazy Susan – If you haven’t used lazy Susans in your home, you need to start!  They’re perfect for small spaces, cabinets, under cabinets, etc.
  4. Fiestaware bread tray – I love Fiestaware – we use it exclusively for dinnerware and I love these bread trays to keep kitchen counters clear.  They are available in lots of colors – I have white and turquoise.
  5. Ball canning jars – I love vintage Ball jars and have quite a collection.  I use them for storing dishwasher tabs, decoration, my sink scrub
  6. milk crate basket - I have more of these than I’d like to admit.  I love them for keeping toys contained!  You can see this basket and how I use the other two below in this blog post.
  7. large round basket – we have two of these – one for Duplos in the family room and one for backpacks in the mudroom.  Love them!
  8. magazine basket – I love magazines and keep my working collection contained in this basket.
  9. over the door shoe organizer – I use these for storing cleaning supplies and organizing American Girl Doll clothes for my daughter.  Such a great solution.
  10. Doxie WiFi scanner – I love the Doxie Mobile Scanner for digitizing that paper.  If you have paper piles and aren’t sure what to do with them, check out this post.
  11. boxes - I have these in my office and love them!
  12. caddy – I love using caddies for organizing cleaning supplies.  I have quite a few, this one is my latest.
  13. label maker – There are lots of label makers out there – this one is the one I have and love.  I use it to label pantry items, kid stuff, drawers, etc.  It’s a great tool to have!
  14. notebook – Every home needs a homekeeping binder (says the girl with the printable business).  Find one you love (the one I love is hit and miss at stores, so I’ll probably need to find something new) and organize those important papers, calendars, bills, etc.  Go here to see all the posts I’ve done on homekeeping binders.

Like this post?  You can go here to see my some more of my favorite homekeeping products.

Some of the Top Organizing Bloggers are rounding up their organizing favorites today too – go check them out!

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FREE Cleaning Calendar for February 2015

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

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

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for February and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

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

FREE Printable Cleaning Calendar for February 2015 via Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for February 2015!  If you’d prefer to download from Googledocs, go here.

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Clutterfree30 : Week 3 Tips and Highlights

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Week three of #clutterfree30 has been a success!  If you are just starting and need a little more info, go to this post.  And if you need a reason to declutter, go to this post for 5 good ones.   I hope your kitchen has seen some progress this week and that you are ready to keep going and finish strong!    Check out these kitchen-related posts for more inspiration.

  • I love the uniformity of Country Chic Cottage’s spice drawer. Easy to personalize with your favorite colors too!
  • Small kitchen? No problem! Shabby Creek Cottage makes use of every inch with her clutter free zone.  Check out this post with 10 tips for kitchen organizing!
  • Don’t get bogged down on the details when it comes to organizing your space. Organize any kitchen cupboard in 15 minutes with these suggestions from Clean Mama
  • Love to bake? Keep you baking zone organized and tidy with these three simple tips from Clean Mama

Check out these great pictures from this week on the #clutterfree30 hashtag!

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How to Clean a Shower and Keep It That Way + DIY Recipes

How to Clean a Shower and Keep It that Way + Bonus DIY Cleaning Recipes via Clean Mama

One of the top questions I receive has something to do with cleaning a shower, cleaning soap scum, how to keep a shower clean, etc.  Showers are tough.  If it’s a shower that’s used regularly, it’s damp and has a fair amount of moisture that needs to fully dry on a daily basis.  If it isn’t used on a daily or weekly basis it still needs a quick wipe down to keep it clean and dust-free.

I have a pretty simple process that helps me maintain a CLEAN and MILDEW-FREE shower – want to see what I do and what I use?  Keep reading!

BEST TIP

Start with a little shower caddy or container that you KEEP IN YOUR SHOWER or bathroom to use on a daily or weekly basis.  I use non-toxic cleaners and generally clean the shower while I’m taking a shower.  This is the one I use and the one pictured below.  (If you have a walk-in shower you will agree that this is the best way to do this or else you’ll end up taking a shower anyway.)

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DAILY

  • Use a daily shower spray – I have a recipe in my book for a Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray and Method brand has a Daily Shower Spray that works really well too.  Using a daily shower spray will keep soap scum and mildew at bay and make it easier to clean your shower.
  • Use a squeegee at the end of your shower to remove excess water and to prevent water spots.

Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray
1/2 cup vodka
1 cup water
10 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering has occurred.  No rinse needed.

WEEKLY

  • Spray cleaner on walls, tiles, shower surround, faucets, shower head, etc.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes.  Scrub clean and rinse thoroughly.  This is part of my Monday cleaning routine – you can see how I speed clean all the bathrooms in my house here.   I also recommend Murchison-Hume bathroom cleaning products.
  • Some people swear by using a combination of equal parts white vinegar and dish soap in a handled sponge dispenser.  Try that technique if you’d like and see if that works for you.
  • My favorite DIY recipe for bathroom cleaning?  Lavender + Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray.

Tools for an Easy-to-Clean Shower via Clean Mama

(Pictured: I use a Casabella squeegee and small grout brushes, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Dishwand and Tub Scrubber to keep my shower clean.)

MONTHLY

  • Use a scrub (powder or paste) to deep clean your shower.  If you have a lot of soap scum, start with SCRUBBING the shower first to get it perfectly clean and then apply the daily and weekly routine.  Use a handled scrub brush to effectively clean the grout and tiles.

SHOWER HEAD

  • If your shower head isn’t running as strongly as it used to, you can use white vinegar to break down the mineral deposits that have collected over time.  All you need is about a cup of white vinegar, a sturdy plastic bag, and a rubber band.  Pour about a cup of vinegar into the bag and lift it to the shower head. Make sure that all of the spray holes are covered in the vinegar. Adjust the amount of vinegar if necessary and then secure it to the shower head with the rubber band.
  • It’s important to keep the bag on the shower head for at least 3 hours. After several hours or overnight, remove the bag. Not only will the mineral deposits and residue be removed from the exterior, but the interior will be cleaned as well.  Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry.

MILDEW

  • Mold and mildew are not things you want in your bathroom or shower, and they are not things you want to mess around with as they can be dangerous.  One way to start fresh is to re-caulk your shower and tub every year or so.  It’s a fairly simple process and can be completed with a tube of white silicone caulk specifically designed for bathrooms and kitchens.  If there’s more than just a little bit of mold or mildew, call a professional to eradicate the problem first.
  • If you have a little mildew in your shower, spray straight hydrogen peroxide on the spot(s).  Let sit for up to an hour and rinse.  You can put a clean spray nozzle right on top of a hydrogen peroxide bottle – keep the hydrogen peroxide in the brown container it came in.  It loses its effectiveness when it comes in contact with light.  Hydrogen peroxide will bleach fabric so be careful where and how you spray the solution.  Repeat if necessary.
  • You can also try using the same process with just straight white vinegar, no rinsing is necessary.  If the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar don’t work, you can add a couple drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca) to the hydrogen peroxide using this recipe (from my book, The Organically Clean Home):

Peppermint and Tea Tree Mold and Mildew Remover
1 cup water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix and store in a dark container.  Spray liberally on mold/mildew, let sit for 1-2 hours, rinse.  Repeat if necessary.

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Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean

Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean via Clean Mama

Want to feel like your home is clean and organized and like you’ve got ‘it’ together?  First of all, it’s important to keep these things in mind:

  • Organization takes time, it won’t happen overnight.  Stop worrying about instant results, concentrate on progress.
  • Routines and consistency need to be in place.
  • Spoiler: just when you feel like everything’s done, something will upset it.  All the toys are cleaned up?  Someone will dump out that huge lego bin with a zillion pieces.  That’s just real life and it’s okay.  Roll with it and enjoy the stage that you’re in.

The good news?  You can set your home up with systems to streamline your life.  I have six simple things you can do right now to get started.  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 this week and start over with the cleaning routine next week.

Make Your Bed Every Day via Clean Mama

  1. MAKE YOUR BED.
    And teach your kids to make their beds too.  Keep the bedding simple and as soon as you get up or in my case, after I’ve had a cup of coffee, make your bed.  It will instantly make your bedrooms look put together and in reality it takes under a minute to complete.
  2. TAKE IT OUT, PUT IT AWAY.
    Start working on this TODAY and enforce it with yourself and your family members.  It’s such a simple principle but it’s hard to be consistent.  I guarantee it will take you less time to put that one thing away than it will to put all the things away at the end of the day.
  3. EVERYDAY A LITTLE SOMETHING.
    This is my mantra every.single.day.  Don’t try to get it ‘all’ done in a day or every day.  Just do something each and every day and I guarantee you’ll get over the feeling of I want my house to be clean all at once.  With my simple cleaning routine you’ll find that maintaining the basics every day is really the secret to a clean and tidy home.
  4. DEAL WITH MAIL ON A DAILY BASIS.
    Figure out a system that works for you and your family but stacks of paperwork, mail, and kid papers isn’t going to make your home feel organized.  Toss any flyers or unnecessary mail at the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and decide on what will work for your kid papers.  In our house we toss (recycle) most worksheets and keep the special artwork and papers.Clean Sink via Clean Mama
  5. CLEAR and WIPE YOUR COUNTERS DAILY.
    It sounds so simple doesn’t it?  But in reality it takes some effort.  Start with the kitchen counters and wipe them off after meals and at the least dinner.  Then once you feel like you’ve got a handle on that task, add checking the bathroom counters to your routine.  Put that toothpaste tube away and put the toiletries back where they belong.  Give the counters and sink a quick wipe if necessary.  Step-by-Step Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama
  6. WASH THE DISHES AND CLEAN YOUR SINK.
    At the end of the day, the last thing I (you too?) want to do is unload and/or load the dishwasher.  The silly thing is that this dreaded task only takes a couple minutes. Why do we always put it off?  Get in the habit of loading the dishwasher after dinner, wiping down the kitchen table, clearing and wiping the counters, and give that sink a little scrub.  When you get up the next morning you will be so glad you did!

Are you already doing these simple tasks?  What can you add into your routine this week?

Some of my favorite products are in this post (these are just links, no affiliates):

  • Murchison-Hume products are to the left of my sink.
  • I use white Fiestaware bread trays in the kitchen to keep items neat and tidy (I also have one for honey, sugar, cinnamon sugar by the coffee pot.)  I also have Fiestaware dishes and love them if you are looking for simple and attractive dishware that works well with kids.  The aqua pitcher in the window is also Fiesta.
  • The adorable green sponge holder is vintage Roseville pottery.
  • The tea towel is from Crate and Barrel.
  • The bar mop dishcloths are from Williams-Sonoma and the container that holds them is Anchor-Hocking (from Target).
  • I keep dishwasher tabs in a vintage Ball jar.
  • The little succulents in the window love vintage pottery – Red Wing is my favorite.
  • Bedding is from Pottery Barn.

 

 

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Clutterfree30 : Week 2 Tips and Highlights

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Week two of #clutterfree30 has been great!  If you are just starting and need a little more info, go to this post.  And if you need a reason to declutter, go to this post for 5 good ones.  The stuff that you guys are clearing out of your homes and decluttering in just 30 minutes a day is pretty great!  I hope you’re feeling a little lighter and like you’ve made some progress and are ready to keep going!  This week we set up some systems and dealt with dreaded paper clutter.  Check out these posts for more inspiration.

  • Looking for a functional system for your bill paying and paperwork? Check out this post for all sorts of useful and easy to implement tips from Clean Mama
  • I love this DIY command center for keeping important paperwork for your family front and center. Even better? You can complete it in under an hour! Courtesy of Shabby Creek Cottage
  • Paper has the tendency to get out of control in no time. Utilize these eight simple tips to cut way back on the paper clutter in your home from Clean Mama
  • I love all the ideas and visual eye candy that The Country Chic Cottage shares in her craft room tour. The craft and supply hutch organization is spot on!

Check out these great pictures from this week on the #clutterfree30 hashtag!

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Homekeeping Society | February Essentials

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Ever feel like you need a little extra help getting motivated, or a little extra help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with February’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY.  I am so excited to have so many of YOU keeping up with the everyday tasks with the help of the Homekeeping Society.  February’s monthly essentials are sweet and scattered with hearts, perfect for February!  If you’re a member (log in here) and if you’d like to sign up today, it’s an instant (almost – it might a few minutes) download.

The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order out of your household chaos and help you keep your home clean and your mind less cluttered. Take a peek at what I’ve created for the sweet month of February – you’re going to 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 it can feel downright defeating many days. Why bother cleaning when it’s only going to be a mess again the next day!

February Homekeeping Society - Today and Weekly Docket full via Clean Mama

 

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

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

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

February Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama - Seasonal Prep via Clean Mama

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT EVERY MONTH:

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

February Homekeeping Society - Today and Weekly Docket via Clean Mama

 

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

Menu Planing - February Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama

Please note: As a member, you will be able to download your digital subscription every month by going to your account page, click on the link for 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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FREE Printable To Do Lists

Need a simple and highly functional list?  I’ve got a great free printable for you today that you can use in a variety of ways.  Use it for multiple shopping stops, a place to write down to-dos, projects, a place for each person in your family, or anything else you can think of!  It would be great for keeping track of decluttering too!  I’ve created 4 versions (including a blank version) – download the zip file from my shop and you’ll get all 4 in one easy download.  You can download via Googledocs here.   (Not sure how to download a zip file?  Check out my FAQ page for easy instructions.)  Print off a couple copies and start list making.  Like free printables?  Check out this page.

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(If you like this style, you’ll love the Everyday Series in my shop!)

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Clutterfree30 : Week 1 Tips and Highlights

Clutterfree30 Week One Highlights - Clean MamaThe first week of the #clutterfree30 challenge has been amazing!  If you are just starting and need a little more info, go to this post.  And if you need a reason to declutter, go to this post for 5 good ones.  The stuff that you guys are clearing out of your homes and decluttering in just 30 minutes a day is amazing.  I am so inspired by what you all are doing!  I hope you’re feeling a little lighter and like you’ve made some progress and are ready to keep going!  This week we started with a general quick declutter and followed up with a little pantry clean out and then lots of decluttering in the bedrooms of our homes.  Check out these posts for more inspiration.

  • Closets tend to become disorganized before you know it. I love these closet hacks from The Shabby Creek Cottage for quick and easy ways to get your closet in order.
  • I love the open storage in crates for shoes from The Country Chic Cottage. It helps to keep things contained and cute.
  • If the last thing you look at before you fall asleep is your nightstand, you might as well organize it! Check out these tips from Clean Mama on how to tidy up that space.
  • Shoes don’t always get stored in the bedroom.  Mud rooms and entryways can easily become a drop zone for clutter and junk.  Pare down, clean, and organize that space with the helpful suggestions from Clean Mama.
  • Organize your pantry logically and visually appealing by creating zones with these easy to implement tips from Clean Mama

 

Check out these great pictures from this week on the #clutterfree30 hashtag!  Click on the corresponding number below the image to see each one individually on Instagram.

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5 Reasons to Declutter

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If you are following me on Instagram, you know that I’m doing #declutter30 this month.  Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing are all HUGE in January.  Everyone is ready to start the year off with less stuff, make resolutions, and changes in their homes.  We start out all excited and then it’s hard to make those changes and the changes fall by the wayside and it’s back to our old habits.

Make this year different.  Make small changes.  Give yourself grace.  Keep going.

In case you’re already feeling defeated, I thought I’d share 5 reasons to declutter if you’re losing steam and not sure you want to keep decluttering.  And just in case you’re wondering, decluttering IS NOT organizing.  Decluttering comes first!  If you have been following my cleaning routine, you know that CLUTTER is on the calendar every.single.day.  I have to deal with it daily so it doesn’t take over.  That to me is the secret to keeping clutter away and at bay.  Declutter spaces like crazy and then maintain the clutter on a daily basis.  It makes a huge difference!

In case you need a couple reasons to get started and to motivate…..

  1. SAVE TIME – No looking for things that you can’t find because everything has a place and a home.
  2. SAVE MONEY – No more re-purchasing items that you have and cannot find.  Use what you have in your home before purchasing.  Get creative, you might be surprised at some treasures you forgot about.
  3. LESS STRESS – I feel crabby and stressed when there’s clutter and visual noise in our home.  Decluttering makes it less stressful and more relaxing to be in our home.
  4. FEEL MORE ORGANIZED – That organized feeling you are looking for?  Decluttering will get you there.  You’ll know where things are, you won’t be searching aimlessly anymore and you’ll enjoy opening up cupboards and drawers instead of feeling fearful of what might fall out on you.
  5. WELCOME OTHERS – If you’ve felt uncertain, anxious, or nervous about welcoming others into your home, decluttering will help to get you beyond that place of fear.

What’s your reason to declutter this year?

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The Ultimate Natural Cleaning Resource

The Ultimate Natural Cleaning Resource - Your Guide to DIY Cleaners, How-Tos, and Helpful Tips via Clean Mama
I’ve covered A LOT of natural cleaning topics over the last year or so, I even had a book published all about natural and organic cleaning.  Scroll down to see the categories and posts.  Make sure you pin the post for later!   Don’t miss the new FREE calendar for January!  It’ll get you in the mood for cleaning up your space!  If you like this post, check out The Ultimate Guide to Simple Organizing.
DIY CLEANING RESOURCES
DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS
CLEANING ROUTINE
HOW TO

DIY NATURAL CLEANER RECIPES

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Make a Cleaning Resolution that Sticks

Make a Cleaning Resolution that Sticks via Clean Mama

It’s almost 2015 and I am guessing you’re itching to get your house in order and cleaned up and make this the year you ‘finally’ get everything cleaned and organized.  Right?  If a cleaning/organizing/decluttering resolution hasn’t worked in the past, it probably won’t work for you again unless you approach it differently.  Here’s why:

  • No one’s perfect.
  • There probably are other people involved.
  • You work outside of the home, or inside the home, or some combination of the two.  Keeping house is hard work to combine with real life.
  • People get sick, tired, bored, busy, fill in the blank with whatever thing has kept you from completing this goal.

These are perfectly good reasons to forego a decluttered/clean/organized house.  I absolutely 100% totally get it.  But if you’re like me and a messy house makes you a little crabby, I’m here to show you how to REALLY make 2015 your year to get your act together and get your home decluttered/clean/organized.

First things first, you have to DECLUTTER.  It’s the only way you’ll get past the stuff and the noise and create a little visual peace and quiet in your home.  Decluttering is not organizing.  It’s an essential component to effective organizing, without it you won’t form any new habits, you’ll just be moving piles around.  Decluttering is a process – keep reading to see how I’m decluttering my whole house in January.

CLEAN A LITTLE BIT EVERYDAY (EVEN WHILE YOU’RE DECLUTTERING):

I am a HUGE fan of a cleaning routine (surprise, surprise).  I have developed a simple routine that lots of families follow on a daily basis.  I feel like it’s a great solution for keeping the mundane tasks of homekeeping in check.  Just a little bit everyday when you can and before long that routine becomes a habit and just second nature.  I hope that you find that my cleaning routine (go here for more detail on my routine if you’re new here) is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

HOW TO MAKE THE CLEAN MAMA CLEANING ROUTINE WORK FOR YOU:

  • Decide when you will do your daily cleaning.  Commit to making that time work in your schedule.  I rarely or never have a block of time to just clean or organize.  I have minutes here and minutes there that add up.  It’s important to make those little snippets of time count to move ahead in your homekeeping.
  • Fifteen minutes before work and fifteen minutes when you get home and you’ll be cleaning routine-ing in no time.
  • Don’t get caught up in what you didn’t get accomplished on any particular day – move on to the next day and just start there.  There is nothing perfect about living in a home for more than 5 minutes.  Embrace the imperfection and keep going.  It’s real life!
  • Stop making excuses and start.  If you have a hard time making time or if you just don’t have time, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes/day and do what you can.  Increase your time when you are able to and keep going

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO EVERY DAY:

Daily Cleaning Tasks

Every single day I accomplish a handful of daily tasks – chances are you do too.  These daily tasks are little things that get done on a daily basis and take minutes but staying on top of them keeps the clutter and visual chaos away.  On my daily list are the following tasks:

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Daily tasks for your household may vary, but these are the main tasks that get checked off my list every.single.day.  These simple tasks have a couple hidden tasks involved too – checking floors sometimes means a quick sweep under the kitchen table, other days it may include getting out the vacuum cleaner.  Clutter refers to taking care of any clutter or the act of decluttering.  This includes things like making beds, opening and dealing with mail, sorting out homework, etc.  Laundry gets done every day.  I am easily distracted and hate laundry – so I do at least a load every day from start to finish.  It’s a great system – try it!  Wipe counters is clearing counters, loading/unloading the dishwasher, checking bathroom counters, etc.

WEEKLY CLEANING TASKS – THE GLUE TO THE CLEAN HOUSE:

Weekly Cleaning Tasks

Every day of the week I tackle a larger cleaning task.  Monday is bathrooms day, Tuesday is dusting day, etc.  Each task builds on the next and the system itself flows nicely through the week.  Friday is catch all day – a day of grace to catch up on anything that didn’t get accomplished during the week or to work on paperwork, bills, etc.  Saturday is when I wash all the sheets and towels – this a great way to start fresh for the next week.

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Rotating Cleaning Tasks

I also assign a handful of rotating cleaning tasks to each month – these tasks I complete on Fridays OR as I’m cleaning during the week.  For instance if I’m dusting (on a Tuesday) I will dust the light fixtures for the month at that same time.  (You can see the rotating cleaning tasks for each month on the free monthly calendars referenced below or in any cleaning product in my shop.)  If you are just starting with a cleaning routine, you can easily leave the rotating cleaning tasks out and just do the daily and weekly tasks for a month or two until you want to add in the rotating tasks.

HOW TO KEEP IT UP PAST JANUARY:

  • Get a friend to hold you accountable and do the routine with you.
  • Use a checklist to track your progress.  (See below for a freebie for January.)
  • Don’t quit just because you skip a day or a week – keep going and realize that setbacks happen and are part of life!

Need a little jumpstart this January?  Join #clutterfree30 with me.  It’s 30 minutes a day to clutter-free home!  Follow me on Instagram @cleanmama  for daily prompts and tips for decluttering different spaces in your home.  I’ll be updating here on the weekends and I’ll be featuring favorites from Instagram that are tagged #clutterfree30.  (You can follow along even if you don’t have a smartphone – you can get an Instagram account with any computer or tablet.  Or if you don’t want to sign up, you can peek at my Instagram account without an IG account :)

clutterfree challenge

If you’re wanting to do the #clutterfree30 challenge and want a checklist, I’ve got you covered!  I combined the cleaning calendar with the challenge for a free printable, perfect to get your 2015 off to a great (fresh) start!  If you don’t want to do the challenge and just want the cleaning routine, there’s a free printable for that on the linked post.  I give away a free cleaning routine printable every month, sign up for my emails so you don’t miss it!

January 2015 Cleaning Routine + IG declutter challenge

 

I have a couple RESOLUTION KITS in my shop, perfect for getting the year in order:

 

Everyday Resolution Kit - Clean Mama Printables

EVERYDAY RESOLUTION KIT

 

Clean Mama Printables Streamlined Life RESOLUTION Kit

STREAMLINED LIFE RESOLUTION KIT

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Simple Organizing

The Ultimate Guide to Simple Organizing via Clean Mama

I love to organize but I like to keep the process and solution simple and easy to maintain.  I’ve written a lot about organizing systems and processes over the past year – scroll down to see the categories and posts.  Make sure you pin the post for later!  Ready for 2015?  Don’t miss the new FREE calendar for January!

Methods and Systems:

Memorabilia and Collections:

Craft and Art Supply Storage:

Kids and Toys:

Bedrooms and Living Spaces:

Kitchen:

Bathroom: 

Paper Organization: 

Cleaning and Cleaning Supplies:

Have you joined the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY? It’s a monthly subscription you’ll love – check it out!

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FREE Cleaning Calendar for January 2015 + Bonus Declutter Printable

Happy (almost) 2015!  If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to love this series.  (Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for an awesome Instagram challenge too.)  I’m so excited to introduce the NEW free monthly calendar to you and the series for 2015!  I’m calling it ….

Fresh Start Clean+Organized 2015

 

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

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for January and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

January 2015 Cleaning Routine Infographic - Clean Mama

 

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for January and give it a go. Follow along all year for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. New here? I’ll be explaining the tasks more in the next week – it’ll be fun and easy to implement, I promise!

January 2015 Cleaning Routine - Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for January 2015!

I’m also doing a DECLUTTER CHALLENGE with The Shabby Creek Cottage and The Country Chic Cottage on Instagram for the month of January too!  It’s #clutterfree30 and it’s 30 minutes a day to clutter-free home!  Follow me on Instagram @cleanmama and join @shabbycreek and @countrychiccottage as we declutter right along with you!  I’ll be updating here on the weekends and we’ll be featuring our favorites from Instagram that are tagged #clutterfree30.  (You can follow along even if you don’t have a smartphone – you can get an Instagram account with any computer or tablet.  Or if you don’t want to sign up, you can peek at my Instagram account without an IG account :)

clutterfree challenge

If you’re wanting to do the #clutterfree30 challenge and want a checklist, I’ve got you covered!  I combined the cleaning calendar with the challenge for a free printable, perfect to get your 2015 off to a great (fresh) start!

January 2015 Cleaning Routine + IG declutter challenge

Go here to grab the January calendar with the #declutter30 challenge!

These printables are free in my shop – if you want to download them from googledocs you can go here to do that.  Questions about my printables or need help downloading?  Check out my FAQ page!

Want to make 2015 the year that you cleaned and organized everything? Me too!

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(If you like this calendar style, you’ll love the Everyday Series in my shop!)

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