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Simple Ideas to Organize the Family for Summer

Simple Ideas to Organize the Family for Summer - Clean Mama

Is summer in full swing in your house?  I’ve already fielded quite a few questions about organizing with kids this summer so I thought it would be a perfect time to share a couple things that work for us or things that we’re implementing right now.  With schedules calming down it’s nice to have a little structure in place and these methods successfully meet those needs.

Summer 2016 Calendar full - Clean Mama

Use a calendar – I shared this free printable of Summer 2016 at-a-glance calendar last month.  If you haven’t grabbed it yet, grab it and fill in some important items for the summer.  If you’re looking to put together a homekeeping binder this summer (a great way to get organized), I recommend my Homekeeping Foundations Kit or joining Homekeeping Society.

Clothes Close-Up via Clean Mama

 

Get the kids involved and do a quick clean of closets following this simple method for organizing and maintaining them.  I detail kids closets in the post but you can apply the techniques and steps to your own closets and drawers.

Essentials for Getting the Kids Involved In Cleaning - free printables and tips that work! - Clean Mama

Need a little direction when it comes to cleaning with kids?  I’ve written quite a bit on the subject – go here to get started with age-appropriate tasks that kids can tackle right along with you!

small summer boredom busters

Put together a boredom busting bucket or basket – perfect for rainy days, quiet time, and just relaxing.  I put this together a month or so ago and my kids have pulled it out almost every day of summer break.  It’s been a big hit!

Keep Snacks in Bins to Keep them Organized via Clean Mama

Keep healthy snacks accessible.  I keep lots of fresh fruit and veggies washed and ready for snacking but we also have some snacks at the ready in the pantry as well.  This works great for grabbing something if we’re doing an impromptu outing, going to the pool, or if the kids just need a quick bite to eat.

Put together a couple totes, bags, or bins that will simplify some of your favorite summer activities – here are our favorites:

Put Together a S'mores Caddy via Clean Mama

S’mores Caddy – My kiddos love putting our s’mores caddy together every summer, this makes for a great Saturday evening at the fire pit.

The Perfect Picnic Bag via Clean Mama

The Perfect Picnic Bag – I love having a handful of picnic-ready supplies all packed up and ready to go, it makes it so simple to get out the door!

Gather School Supplies to Make a Homework Caddy

Art + School Supply Caddy – I usually put this together before school starts but we swap out some of the supplies for summer art projects and it works great!

Toys Out - Toys Put Away via Clean Mama

 

Practice One Task to Keep Your Home Clutter Free – it’s so simple but it can feel so difficult!  Take it out, and put it away.  Keep this in mind this summer and I bet you and your family will appreciate taking that little step to put things away.  It’s so simple but so hard to keep up with unless it’s a conscious decision.

WHAT’S ON YOUR LIST?  WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER THIS SUMMER?

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In the Kitchen with The Complete Book of Home Organization

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are dear friends.  We’ve partnered up to bring you great challenges, printable bundles, and content.  To say that I was excited to hear that she was writing a book would be an understatement.

*Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post for a chance to win an autographed copy!

The Complete Book of Home Organizationvia

When The Complete Book of Home Organization showed up at my door, I was so excited to see what Toni had to share!  And let me tell you, it’s not only a beautiful book, it’s so informative and motivating.  The soft, flexible cover, rounded corners, silver corner protectors, beautiful photographs and illustrations are just amazing.  It makes me want to organize every inch of space in my home.

Kitchen via

The book is structured as a 15 week challenge that you can take and organize your entire home and (even your car) or you can use it to inspire small spurts of organizing when you have the time.  Either way, it’s an awesome book with realistic and doable organizing ideas.  Toni does a Home Organization 101 Challenge on her blog every year – it starts today if you’re interested!

The kitchen is one of my favorite spaces to organize and make more efficient so I thought it would be fun to show you how The Complete Book of Home Organization inspired a little kitchen organizing in my own home this week.

Organized Kitchen Towels via Clean Mama copy

I organized my bar mop and stainless steel cleaning cloths (Clean Mama Home found here).

Organized Every Day Kitchen Items via Clean Mama copy

I straightened up my every day tools and seasonings.  I love this little spot by the stove.

Organized Measuring Cups and Spoons via Clean Mama copy

I organized my measuring cups and spoons.

I just know you’ll love the layout, organization, and practical tips found in The Complete Book of Home Organization.  

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The Complete Book of Home Organization can be found anywhere books are sold – I used links to Amazon in this post but you can also find it at Barnes and Noble, and Books a Million.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Complete Book of Home Organization but I would have purchased it myself and am only recommending it to you because I LOVE it!  This post contains affiliate links – you can see my policy here.

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There’s a Printable for That! Organize Your Life With Printables

There's a Printable for That! Organize Your Life With Printables

When I started making printables well over 10 years ago, they weren’t called printables, they were calendars and forms that I made to organize and simplify the systems I was using and wanted to implement in our home and my art classroom.  Fast forward a few years and thanks to the internet, printables have become a popular tool used for tracking just about anything!

Streamlined Life Calendar Close - Up - Clean Mama

If you haven’t tried a printable, I urge you to try one out (my free printables page lists most of my freebies) so you can see what’s so great about them!   I promise you’ll be singing the praises of the printable for years to come.  I’ve listed some of my favorite printables below – just click on the link to go to the post or product.  (I do have some pre-printed items too, but I love the printable!)

Why I love printables:

  • Organize your thoughts quickly and easily – need to plan a project or a menu?  Put those thoughts on paper and you’re that much closer to getting those ideas accomplished.
    Everyday Menu Planning Kit - Clean Mama
  • I’m highly motivated by a checklist – quick cleaning step by step?  Sign me up!  If you work well with checklists too, look for printables that motivate you and keep you on task.To Do List Clean Mama
  • Get creative with your assembly – put your printables together in a binder that makes sense for you!
    How to Make a Cleaning Planner via Clean Mama
  • Instant download from the comfort of your home!  Personally that’s what I think is so appealing about the printable – if you see something online you can just print that digital download out and start using it.
  • Mess up a page?  Print a new one!  Have you stopped using a planner simply because you stopped keeping up with it and it was frustrating to see what you hadn’t completed or accomplished?  No worries with the trusty printable 🙂
  • Customization has endless possibilities for custom notebooks, planners, and binders – you can create what YOU want and need!
    How to Combine Your Planner and Homekeeping Binder to Simplify Your Life via Clean Mama
  • Different sizes for just about any project (in my shop I have full and half size pages) but you can also trim printables to make notecards, gift cards, the sky’s the limit!

My favorite way to use printables?
Close-Up Streamlined Weekly Planner via Clean Mama

  • budgeting
  • homekeeping binder – keep information in one easy to reference and use place by making a binder
  • cleaning checklists, spring cleaning
  • menu planning
  • recipe binder
  • lists – easily keep track of gifts, to dos, projects, travel plans, etc.

Here are a couple favorite posts that demonstrate how I use printables on a daily basis:

I love creating printables that make homekeeping a little bit easier and more enjoyable – check out my shop, Clean Mama Printables and my monthly subscription, Homekeeping Society!

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6 Surfaces to Clear If Your House Feels Cluttered

6 Surfaces to Clear If Your House Feels Cluttered via Clean Mama

Clean and cleared surfaces add that breathing room that your home desperately needs.  But do you feel like everyone is talking about clutter and how we need it out of our homes right now?  I think that the key is to deal with the clutter every single day and have a plan for when it does come into the house (school papers, mail, stuff).  If you’ve seen my cleaning routine, you know that ‘clutter’ is on the daily routine because if it isn’t dealt with daily it’s going to become a problem (for me).

But what if you haven’t dealt with the clutter daily and need to start somewhere?  Try clearing a couple surfaces.  I promise you’ll feel better and like you can continue with the decluttering process.  It might just be what you need to get started. One surface at a time and within minutes you’ll start feeling like you’re making progress.

Clear Kitchen Counters via Clean Mama

KITCHEN COUNTERS  – Counters tend to be clutter collectors, but they don’t have to be!  Quickly remove any and all clutter from your kitchen counters and place it on your kitchen table.  Wipe your counters with your favorite cleaner or with a sponge and warm, soapy water.  Put away/keep/toss any clutter so that it doesn’t go back on the counters.

Wash Counters via Clean Mama

REFRIGERATOR – Have lists and reminders plastered on the front and sides?  Remove them and quickly keep or toss necessary paper and reminders.  Give it a quick wipe down concentrating on the handles and getting rid of fingerprints.  (If you have stainless steel appliances, you’ll love this trick.)

Clean Refrigerator via Clean Mama

KITCHEN SINK – A clean kitchen sink just screams tidy, don’t you think?  Take a couple minutes and empty your sink, put clean dishes away, and load up your dishwasher.  Run the dishwasher if it’s full or if you don’t have a dishwasher, wash and dry the dishes.  Once the sink is empty, give it a little squirt of dish soap and a scrub it up.  Need a little abrasive cleaning?  You can add a little baking soda to the dish soap to make an all-purpose scrub and scrub away.  Put out a clean dish towel and move on to the next surface.

Step-by-Step Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

BATHROOM COUNTERS – If you have extra time, go into your bathrooms, clear and wipe down all the counters.  If you only have a couple minutes, go into the master or main bathroom and clear the counters and wipe them down.  Put out clean hand towels to complete the cleaned up look.

Continue and Repeat in Other Bathrooms via Clean Mama

NIGHTSTAND – Begin and end the day with a relaxed space by clearing your nightstand.  Return any items that don’t belong on your nightstand to their homes.  Give your nightstand a quick dusting and return necessary items like lotion and your current reads.

Keep Books in a Basket and Small Personal Items in a Cute Dish via Clean Mama

WORK SPACE – If you have a desk or area where you pay bills, work from home, etc.  Quickly pick up any loose papers and odds and ends.  Clear the space and return items to their proper homes.

Just like that you’ve given your house a little clean reset and you’re ready for a new day!  What must-do cleaning task would you add to the list?  What are you going to do today?

A couple links you might enjoy – just click the image to go to the page…..

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

4 Simple Steps to Clear Kitchen Counters (For Good) via Clean Mama

Feeling Overwhelmed Try one of these simple tasks via Clean Mama

If you need a little help with the dailies, check out Homekeeping Society – it’s a monthly subscription designed to simplify your life!

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Clean Mama’s Home Reset – Day 3

Clean Mama's Home Reset Challenge DAY 3 via Clean Mama

Welcome back to Clean Mama’s Home Reset – day 3! How did you do on day 2? Ready for day 3?  Are you ready to take back your home and feel great about it? This mini-challenge is designed for you (and me) to concentrate on those clutter collecting areas and spaces that tend to get neglected or put off. We’re completing the Home Reset tasks while continuing on with the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine – this will ensure forward progress and we’ll get ahead at the same time. Did you print off your FREE printable guide? If you didn’t, go here first.

Ready? Let’s get started!

Weekly Task for today:

Every Wednesday is VACUUMING DAY – first things first, vacuum your home. Work quickly, vacuuming from the 2nd floor (if you have one), start in the bedrooms, vacuum any steps, and finish on the lower level.  Vacuum edges if you have time, if you don’t, just vacuum the rooms.  I also vacuum hard floors too (tile, hardwood, vinyl).  Set your timer for 15-30 minutes and see if you can whip through your home in that amount of time. If you need to add a couple minutes, go ahead and do that if you have the time, but don’t spend much more than 30 minutes so you have time for the other tasks today.

Daily Tasks for Today:

Every day I complete these 4 simple tasks – complete them when it makes sense for you and your schedule – set a timer for 10-15 minutes if you need to, don’t get hung up on these tasks, they get easier as you follow my routine:

  • check floors
  • clean counters
  • clutter
  • laundry

Home Reset Task:

Once your home is quickly dusted and you’ve started a load of laundry or swept under the kitchen table, it’s time tackle today’s task to DECLUTTER COATS/ENTRYWAY/CLOSET.  You can choose ONE of these tasks or ALL THREE – choose what you know you can complete today.  Here are your simple steps:

Entryway via Clean Mama

  • Set a timer for 15-30 minutes (whatever you have) and choose your spot to declutter. You can choose to simply declutter coats or to completely empty and declutter an entryway or closet.  Consider the time you have and the space you want to tackle today.  I chose to tackle our entryway closet – you can see the box for the organizer in the bottom of the closet.  That’s been there for over a month waiting for me to use it 🙂  Here’s my before:
    Closet BEFORE via Clean Mama

 

  • Quickly clear the space.
    Empty Space via Clean Mama
  • Make 4 piles: keep, toss, relocate, donate.

Toss and Donate Pile via Clean Mama

  • Wipe down any surfaces and vacuum if necessary.
  • Put away any items that were in the keep pile, toss what can be tossed, relocate what can be relocated, and put the donate items in a bin or bag for a trip to your favorite local donation center.
  • Arrange items in a way that makes sense for your family and admire your space!  Here’s my after – only 25 minutes later!   I still have some ideas for the game storage and I want to work this space a little more, but what a difference!  I put hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and snowpants in the hanging organizer – so much better than everything jumbled in a bag.
    AFTER via Clean Mama'

Clean Mama’s Home Reset – Introduction
Clean Mama’s Home Reset FREE Printable Guide
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Day 4
Day 5

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Clean Mama’s Home Reset – Day 2

Clean Mama's Home Reset Challenge - DAY TWO

Welcome back to Clean Mama’s Home Reset – day 2!  How did you do on day 1?  Ready for day 2?  I am working a day ahead on the daily challenge so I have pictures to post for you, but getting just one extra task a day completed feels great!  Are you ready to take back your home and feel great about it?  This mini-challenge is designed for you (and me) to concentrate on those clutter collecting areas and spaces that tend to get neglected or put off.  We’re completing the Home Reset tasks while continuing on with the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine – this will ensure forward progress and we’ll get ahead at the same time.  Did you print off your FREE printable guide?  If you didn’t, go here first.

Ready?  Let’s get started!

Weekly Task for today:

Every Tuesday is DUSTING DAY – first things first, dust your home.  Work quickly, dusting from top to bottom – set your timer for 15 minutes and see if you can whip through your home in that amount of time.  If you need to add a couple minutes, go ahead and do that if you have the time, but don’t spend much more than 15 or 20 minutes so you have time for the other tasks today.

Daily Tasks for Today:

Every day I complete these 4 simple tasks (go to this post for more explanation) – complete them when it makes sense for you and your schedule – set a timer for 10-15 minutes if you need to, don’t get hung up on these tasks, they get easier as you follow my routine:

  • check floors
  • clean counters
  • clutter
  • laundry

Home Reset Task:

Once your home is quickly dusted and you’ve started a load of laundry or swept under the kitchen table, it’s time tackle today’s task to DECLUTTER THE KITCHEN COUNTERS .  Here are your simple steps:

  • Set a timer for 15-30 minutes (whatever you have) and choose your spot to declutter.  You can choose to completely clear all the kitchen counters to declutter or if you only have a couple minutes, choose the most cluttered spot like your kitchen island or small counter on the way into the kitchen.  Here is my before – not too bad, but the counters need a good washing.
    Clear Counters via Clean Mama
  • Quickly clear the counter(s).
  • Make 4 piles:  keep, toss, relocate, donate.
  • Use warm soapy water and a sponge and wipe down the counters and dry with a clean, dry cloth.  I use this technique for washing the counters – fill a small container (this is a vintage planter) with warm soapy water, scrub with a soft sponge and dry.Wash Counters via Clean Mama
  • Put away any items that were in the keep in the kitchen pile, toss what can be tossed, relocate what can be relocated, and put the donate items in a bin or bag for a trip to your favorite local donation center.
  • Arrange items in a way that makes sense for your family and admire your clean counters!
    Clean Counters via Clean Mama

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The Perfect Picnic Bag

The Perfect Picnic Bag via Clean Mama

I like to plan things out and being spontaneous isn’t one of my best qualities.  But I’ve found that I can embrace spontaneity with a little planning ahead.  And guess what?  No one needs to know that the surprise picnic was easy to pull together.  In the summer it’s fun to grab sandwiches for lunch or dinner and head to a park for a little impromptu picnic.  This perfect picnic bag is how I pull it off with ease.  It’s super easy to pull together – you might even have the necessities already!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a bag large enough to hold your supplies
  • plastic bags to tote away any garbage
  • disposable plates
  • wipes for hand and face wiping
  • silverware and napkins
  • plastic straws (if necessary)
  • bath towel to wipe down any tables or equipment
  • tablecloth for sitting on or covering a picnic table
  • large rocks (in a plastic bag) to hold down the picnic tablecloth or blanket

Picnic Bag Supplies via Clean Mama

I love having silverware ready to go – this works great for get-togethers and for this picnic tote.  If I’m doing this for a get together I’ll put the wrapped silverware in a basket at the start of the buffet line or in the middle of the table.  Easy peasy!  All you need is silverware (disposable or not), napkins, and washi tape.  Simply roll the silverware into the napkin and adhere a little washi tape to keep it together and that’s it!

Pre-Wrap Silverware via Clean Mama

Ready to make a little spontaneity in your meal planning?  My favorite part of picnic-ing (next to the quality family time, of course!)?  No kitchen mess!

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The One Task That Will Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

The One Task That Will Keep Your Home Clutter-Free via Clean Mama

If you are new here, chances are the title of this blog post reeled you in.  If you’re a regular reader, you know that I am big on simplifying and streamlining tasks around the house.  Keep reading for some realistic action steps you can apply today to getting and keeping your home clutter-free.

If you can relate to at least one of these statements, chances are you can benefit from ONE TASK that will help you and your family keep your home clutter-free:

  • You are always trying to de-clutter.
  • You struggle with too much stuff.
  • You feel crabby when things are left out around the house.
  • You can’t find things quickly.
  • You have threatened to throw out or give away all.the.things.

Ready for the ‘secret’ task that will change everything you know about cleaning house?  That’s a little bit overboard but if you and your family put it into motion, it WILL change how your home looks, feels, and functions.

Take it out, put it away.

 

Mind blowing, right?  Not really, but it’s a simple thing that will save time and energy every single day when it is put into practice.  When you’re running from one place to another or rushing around, it’s so much easier to just leave that makeup on the counter, those toys on the floor, the dishes on the sink, etc.  Think about how much time you’d save if things where were they belonged AND think about how you’d feel if your house felt less cluttered and messy.

Makeup Out - Makeup Put Away via Clean Mama

Maybe you try really hard to put things away or maybe you remind your kids multiple times a day to put things away, but you still have that cluttered feeling.  Need some realistic and  attainable action steps that you can put into practice TODAY to try this one simple task?

Toys Out - Toys Put Away via Clean Mama

START HERE:

  • WORST CASE SCENARIO | If your home is cluttered and needs some attention immediately, grab three garbage bags and load them up with things to donate or toss.  Still cluttered?  Repeat until you can see the floor and you feel less overwhelmed with the current situation.
  • BEST CASE SCENARIO |  If you simply have a couple scattered things that need to be put away, run around and gather them up in a small laundry basket and put them in their proper places.  Enlist help from other members of your family and get it done in a hurry.
  • SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN | Grab a garbage bag and fill it up with things to toss or donate.  Fill a small laundry basket with things that need to be relocated and put them away.

 

MAINTENANCE:

  • TAKE IT OUT, PUT IT AWAY | Put this simple phrase into practice.  Think about it yourself throughout the day and really try to put things away as you take them out or bring them into the house.  Teach your kids how to put this into practice as well by enforcing the rule throughout the day.  It’s amazing what a difference it will make!
  • CLUTTER | Take care of it daily.  Every single day of the week take a couple minutes to put things away.  For kids, a nightly quick clean up is helpful for putting the habit into practice.  If you notice on my cleaning routine, CLUTTER appears daily.  That’s because it needs to be dealt with on a daily basis.
  • MAIL | Mail and paper have a way of multiplying if they aren’t dealt with routinely.  When you bring the mail in, process it.  When the kids bring home papers, process them.  Don’t let the paper pile up or it will take over your counters and kitchen table.

Mail Out - Mail Processed via Clean Mama

Take it out, put it away.

 

What do you think?  Is this simple phrase going to change your life?  Tell me what you think in the comments and tell me what tips and tricks you use to put this into practice!

The One Task That Will Keep Your Home Clutter-Free 2 via Clean Mama

If you like this post, check out this post – 6 Things I do Every Day to Keep the House Clean!

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

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Homekeeping Society | July Essentials + coupon code

July Homekeeping Society Main - Clean Mama

If you feel like you need a little help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with July’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY. Complete with seasonal touches, this month features a soft navy and kelly green with a summery picnic plaid design.

Not sure if Homekeeping Society is for you?  Try it out this month and use the coupon code 25JULY for 25% off your FIRST month (offer ends June 30th).

You’ll love the EASY PRINT feature, simply open and print the pages in ONE step. This is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. This change is designed to take the guesswork and any hassle out of the printing process. I have also included a just one of each EASY PRINT option as well. Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll be really excited about this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!

If you’re a member (log in here) and if you’d like to sign up today, it’s an instant download. The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order out of your household chaos and help you keep your home tidy with ease and your mind less cluttered. Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of July – you’re going to LOVE it!

Quote for the Kitchen Sink - July Homekeeping Society - via Clean Mama

This month’s Quote for the Kitchen Sink is a great reminder from Louisa May Alcott to find beauty in the simple and humblest things – isn’t that just a sweet quote?

Keeping a home clean can be both rewarding and frustrating. Sure, it’s possible to get your home clean, but to keep it that way can be the biggest challenge. Throw in the additions of busy schedules, jobs, kids, chaos, and lack of time and energy and it can feel downright defeating many days. You’ll love the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine included in every month of Homekeeping Society – it truly takes the guesswork out of cleaning and sets it on auto-pilot.  If you struggle during the summer with a different routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

Cover and Introduction Pages - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

I love to provide a ‘virtual’ hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of and welcome family, neighbors, and friends into without thinking twice about the mess behind that front door. The intent of Homekeeping Society is to give you that perfect monthly intervention that is purposefully designed to get your life and home in order with ease. Each month I add different and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

Daily Planner - July Homekeeping Society - 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 – an EASY PRINT option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (July is the PANTRY) – 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. Print one or two and put it front and center – set some realistic goals and make plans for some fun things to do this month
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – 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 (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  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, cleaning and organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (July is a PANTRY INVENTORY 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 a HEALTH AND BEAUTY CONTACTS printable – 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.)
  13. PLUS – access to previous month’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!

Pantry Inventory - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

June’s Seasonal Preparation Printable is a PANTRY INVENTORY – perfect for this month’s homekeeping focus on the pantry.

Menu Planning - July Homekeeping Society - 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 here to see all the posts and past months of Homekeeping Society!

 

Full Kit - July Homekeeping Society - 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 JULY 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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How to Easily Speed Organize Any Space

How to Speed Organize Any Space via Clean Mama

Speed organizing is most successful when you have a space that desperately needs a little organization and you only have a few minutes to get it in order.  All you need is fifteen to thirty minutes and motivation.  If you have an entire room or a closet to tackle, you can still follow these steps but you might need a little more than 15 minutes.

Here’s what you need to organize ANY space in minutes:

  • garbage bag (for things that you want to toss)
  • cleaning cloth
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • 3 containers to sort items in (keep, relocate, donate)

Grab your supplies and get started!  You can use laundry baskets or any other empty container to sort your items in.  The beauty of this process is that you are completely emptying out your disorganized area and starting from scratch.  For me, that’s the only way to completely organize a space.

  1. COMPLETELY EMPTY THE SPACE.  If it’s a drawer or a cupboard empty it all out onto the floor or a table nearby.  Don’t get distracted with what you just unearthed from your disorganized space.  Stay on task and move on to the next step.
  2. SPRAY AND WIPE THE AREA CLEAN.  If you’re going to take the time to organize a space it’s worthwhile to clean the surfaces off at the same time.
  3. SORT.  Quickly sort all the items into four piles – toss, keep, relocate, donate.  Use your garbage bag for the toss items, keep is for the items that will stay in your soon-to-be organized space, relocate is for anything that you still want but doesn’t belong here, and donate is for items that you don’t want but someone else can use.  Keeping a donate basket or bag in your house is a great organizing tip – when the basket is filled up, take a drive to your local donation store.
  4. PUT AWAY THE KEEP PILE.  Now that you have sorted through your disorganized space, it’s time to put the keep pile back into the space.  Before you start putting everything back, take a minute to re-sort the items and put them into groups.  The number one rule to an organized home (in my opinion) is putting like items with like items.  Pencils go in the pencil box, magazines go in the magazine basket, books go on the bookshelf, forks go with forks, etc.  Keeping your items grouped together eliminates searching which saves time and money when you’re running a household.
  5. CONTAIN.  Once you’ve organized your space, you might need a container or two to corral your formerly disorganized items.  If that’s the case, search your house for something you can use to organize your space.  If you come up empty handed, put it on your list for the next time you’re out and about.

Interested in other speedy posts?  Just click on the images to go to the posts.

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Homekeeping Society | April Essentials

April 2015 Homekeeping Society main Clean Mama

Feel like you need a little help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with April’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY.  A big CHANGE – I’ve added an EASY PRINT feature to the downloads!  Open and print the pages in ONE step.  This is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc.  This change is designed to take the guesswork and any hassle out of the printing process.  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll be really excited about this addition.  (Keep reading for a great coupon if you want to try out HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!)

April’s monthly essentials are aqua and teal with adorable touches of a cute flag bunting – perfect for getting ready for spring!  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 month of April – you’re going to LOVE it!

Quote for the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama's Homekeeping Society

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!

Curious about Homekeeping Society and want to try it out? I’ve got a coupon code this month for 25% off your first month – enter the code 25APRIL at checkout (coupon expires 3/31/15) and you’ll receive 25% off this month’s subscription (the regular price will resume after this month).  All payments are secure with SSL encryption.

 April 2015 Daily Monthly Pages - Homekeeping Society - 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.

April 2015 Homekeeping Society 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 – an easy print option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (April is Spring Cleaning) – 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 – 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 (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  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 (April is a spring 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 a HOUSEHOLD FOOD INVENTORY – 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.)

Clean Mama's Homekeeping Society - April 2015

 

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 Planning - April Homekeeping Society - 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 April 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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5 Reasons to Declutter

5 Reasons to Declutter via Clean Mama

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 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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40% OFF NEW YEAR SALE

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2015 is almost here and I’m getting excited for a FRESH START, a new beginning, and a slower pace.  My shop, Clean Mama Printables is all stocked up and ready for 2015 –  use the coupon code 40NEWYEAR for 40% off your ENTIRE ORDER!  I have a few bundles to choose from if you’re looking for even more savings!  Act fast, the coupon code ends 1/2/2015 at 10pm CST – no exceptions!

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Come see what’s new and get ready for 2015!

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