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Week 2 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

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

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

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

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

Here’s WEEK 2:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

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Week 1 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

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

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

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

Here’s WEEK 1:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Here’s what we decluttered in Week 1:

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5 Daily Tasks to Maintain a Clean Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Cleaning Routine for 2017

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

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

Ready for your plan to jumpstart your cleaning routine?

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

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

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

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Simply Clean – Declutter Challenge

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

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

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

Get ready!

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

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

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Simply Clean Cleaning Routine at a Glance Free Printable

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

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

How to use it:

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

Where to put it:

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

New to my cleaning routine or Clean Mama?  Go here for more information and to get started.  Not ready to start thinking about a fresh start for the new year?  No problem, pin this post or print out the free printable and you’ll be all set when you are ready!

 

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Simply Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for January 2017

It’s almost 2017 (can you believe it?!) and that means that it’s time for January’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my brand-new book Simply Clean (you pre-ordered it right?) coming out in March, I thought it would be the perfect theme.  Over the next few weeks I have a plan for you to make 2017 your year to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll 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 workable solution for even the busiest of 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.

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day 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 2017 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist.  How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

QUICK TIP: Have a planner?  Simply resize the pdf when you go to print it in your printer preferences.

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for November and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for January 2017!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

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