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Start Here. FREE December 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

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Happy (almost) December! 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.  Look for a BRAND NEW design for the 2015 FREE calendar and a new series!  Subscribe so you don’t miss a single post.

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 December (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.

December 2014 Clean + Organized Calendar via Clean Mama

Need a little more explanation? Go to this post to see more information on my cleaning and homekeeping routine. I’ve covered a lot of cleaning and organizing ground – you can go here to see all the posts in this series.  Through December I’ll be recapping the year and giving you a little time to get your home clean and tidy in a hurry!

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(If you like this calendar style, you’ll love The Streamlined Life Series in my shop!)  Rumor has it that I’m going to have a HUGE Black Friday sale – another reason to subscribe!

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5 Pre-Holiday Tips to Make the Season More Enjoyable

5 Pre-Holiday Tips to Make the Season More Enjoyable via Clean Mama

Today’s post is sponsored by Bona, but my love for their hardwood floor mop is all my own!  I have the Bona Hardwood Floor Mop on my recommended cleaner page - you will love it!  You can read my full disclosure statement here – rest assured, as always, I never recommend a product that I don’t use and love.  The holidays are upon us and if you're anything like me you might feel a little anxious about getting everything done and ready in time.  … [Continue reading...]

Make Ahead Baked Goods for the Holiday Table

Make Ahead Baked Goods for the Holiday Table via Clean Mama

I love to bake.  I also love to bake ahead and fill the freezer with yummy baked goods for the holidays.  It would most definitely be easier to purchase rolls from your local bakery or grocery store for Thanksgiving dinner, but if you made the rolls ahead of time and froze them that would fall under the 'seasonal' shortcut' category.  So if you were going to bake something for the holiday table anyway, why not make it ahead and freeze it and take … [Continue reading...]

3 Ways to Take the Stress Out of This Holiday Season

3 Ways to Take the Stress Out of This Holiday Season via Clean Mama

It's that time of the year - holiday parties, family events and get-togethers, pageants and plays, and all sorts of holiday cheer.  So what's the best way to keep it all together and make things a little easier when everything else seems to be ramping up at breaking speed?  Let's take a little stress out of the holidays this year and find a couple ways to make life easier so we can actually enjoy this season! PLAN AHEAD AND SAY NO:  Look for … [Continue reading...]

How to Organize Cookbooks for Better Menu Planning

How to Organize Cookbooks for Better Menu Planning via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is COOKBOOKS (November’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  Take a little time this week to sort and organize your cookbooks ahead of the busy holiday season. I am a cookbook collector and I love to cook and bake.  When we were house shopping, I knew our house was meant to be when I saw the bookshelves around the refrigerator.  A cookbook collector's dream, right?! Did you know that having a little order … [Continue reading...]

ENDED: HUGE Essential Oils Giveaway

Essential Oils Giveaway 2

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER - the winner is announced in the widget and has been notified. I am so excited to share this giveaway with you all today!  I have been using doTERRA essential oils and products in my home for close to two years.  I started by using a 'few' oils (Lemon, Clove, Citrus Bliss, Melaleuca, OnGuard, Peppermint) that I added to my natural cleaning recipes and solutions and just kept going.  I recommend doTERRA essential oils in my … [Continue reading...]

Homekeeping Society | December 2014 Essentials

Daily Planner and Weekly Docket - Homekeeping Society - December 2014 via Clean Mama

First of all, your response to Homekeeping Society has blown me away!  I am so excited to have so many of YOU keeping up with the everyday tasks with the help of the Homekeeping Society.  December's monthly essentials are ready for downloading if you're a member (log in here) and if you'd like to purchase today, it's an instant (almost - it might a few minutes) download.  The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order … [Continue reading...]

Holiday Coupon and Deal Tracker – Free Printable

Holiday Coupon and Deal Tracker FREE PRINTABLE  via Clean Mama

The catalogs and coupons are filling the mailbox and I needed to figure out a way to keep track of them so I don't miss out on a deal or coupon this season.  Could you use one too?  I thought so!  Use it in a way that will make your holiday planning and shopping a little easier and it's just in time for Black Friday! Print it out and use it as-is or fold it in half the long way and keep your coupons in the fold. Or print it out and … [Continue reading...]

3 Steps to a Clean and Organized Entryway or Mudroom

3 Steps to a Clean and Organized Entryway via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is the ENTRYWAY (November’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here). Take a little time this week to spiff up your entryway.   Before all the winter gear comes out, or use this as the perfect time to start with a few preemptive organizing systems and get that entryway ready for the busy season ahead. If you have an entryway or a mudroom without designated places to put coats, shoes, purses, and other gear, go into … [Continue reading...]

Brightnest : 9 Surprising Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

9 Surprising Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide via Clean Mama

Today I have a great guest post from BrightNest.  I love using hydrogen peroxide to clean and I know you'll find at least one tip you can use today!  BrightNest is devoted to inspiring and empowering you to take great care of your home. From basic maintenance tasks to fun cleaning tricks, we deliver everything you need to shape up your home and simplify your life. Let’s play a word association game. When you hear “hydrogen peroxide,” what do you … [Continue reading...]

Thanksgiving Table Ideas for the Kids

Thanksgiving Table Ideas for the Kids via Clean Mama

Ah, Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite holidays - there's definitely expectation involved but Thanksgiving has always felt like a simpler holiday to me.  It's all about being grateful and thankful for what we have and reflecting on the year. Gathering around the table is such a fun and fond memory for me.  But, if your kids are anything like mine, Thanksgiving dinner lasts about 15 minutes.  I like a more leisurely approach to the dinner with … [Continue reading...]

Holiday Shortcuts : Make-Ahead (and Freeze) Squash

Make-Ahead (and Freeze) Squash via Clean Mama

One of my favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving is squash.  In my opinion, it's the perfect side.  Adults and kids alike love the subtle flavor and texture.  Better yet, it can be made ahead and frozen until Thanksgiving.  The recipe is super easy to adapt to flavor palettes and diet restrictions as it can be prepared gluten and dairy free as well as paleo.  Make up a batch for dinner some night this month and reserve half to freeze for your … [Continue reading...]

Seasonal Shortcuts : Simple Ways to Save Time and Enjoy the Season

Seasonal Shortcuts - Simple Ways to Save Time and Enjoy the Season via Clean Mama

Looking for some realistic ways to keep things simple around the holidays?  Today I'm starting a new series of ways that I make things a little easier as I prepare for the holidays.  Last year I did a series on Simplify the Season  - go here to see what was covered last year.   Subscribe to my email list so you don't miss a single post!  I'll be back tomorrow with one of my favorite Thanksgiving (and fall) sides that you can make now and freeze … [Continue reading...]

Organized Family Room Home Tour – Toys

How to Organize Toys in a Family Room via Clean Mama

The Top Organizing Bloggers are doing a family room tour today - we each took a space in our family or living rooms to show how we organized it in our homes.  You can see last month's kitchen tour here.  I'm excited to be show you how I organize toys in our family room.  If you're new here (welcome!) and I hope you find some simple ideas for organizing your toy storage in your living spaces.  (At the bottom of the post you'll find links to the … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Kitchen Towels

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 November's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Kitchen Towels: All it takes is a couple minutes to sort through and organize the piles of kitchen towels when you follow these suggestions from Clean Mama Utilize … [Continue reading...]