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

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

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

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

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner via Clean Mama

 

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

 

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2 Versions of the Weekly Planner are Included via Clean Mama

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Organize Your Purse (So It Stays that Way)

How to Organize Your Purse (so it stays that way) via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is your PURSE.   If you haven’t grabbed July’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Organizing your purse will only take a couple minutes, but it’ll save you time in the long run because you’ll know exactly where everything is.  Traveling?  If you’re a passenger you can do this while you’re riding in the car.  Waiting to pick kids up?  That’s a perfect time to do a little purse organization!  Just grab a small bag to toss any garbage in before you start and you’ll be all set.

  • Start by emptying your purse.  If your purse needs to be wiped down or cleaned, take a couple minutes and do that before moving on to the organizing.
  • Throw anything away that shouldn’t be in there anyway – gum wrappers, old receipts, etc.
  • Relocate anything that should be stored elsewhere.
  • Put all the items that you want to keep on a surface and group like items together.  I keep a pretty simplified purse – just a makeup bag, wallet, and anything that I might need for the kids wherever we’re going.  I keep my planner at home unless I need it for wherever I’m headed.
  • If you find that you have a lot of receipts in your purse you might want to add a small plastic envelope to put them in until you can sort them out.
  • Once you have all your must-have items back in your purse designate a pocket or two for your keys and cell phone.  I find it super helpful to always put my cell phone and keys in the same pockets in my purse so I’m not digging around trying to find them.
  • How to keep it this way?  Keep LESS in your purse and empty weekly or daily so you are in the habit of keeping it this way.

Designate spots in your purse to always put your phone and keys via Clean Mama

Have a great idea for cleaning and organizing your purse? Leave it in the comments!

 

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Start Here. July 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

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

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

Consistency and follow through.

This series Start Here. is a great place to start (and finish) because without starting something, you’ll never finish anything. Don’t get bogged down in the every day messiness that is life, you have to start somewhere to get anywhere and that’s what we’re doing today. Start here.

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 July (this is free in my shop – if you’d prefer to grab it from Googledocs, you can go here to grab it) and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. Need a little more explanation? Here’s a post on Weekly Cleaning Tasks and a post on Daily Cleaning Tasks. I’ve/we’ve covered a lot of cleaning and organizing ground – you can go here to see all the posts in this series.

FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar for JULY via Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for July 2014!

If you’re new here you might also like my new series all about homekeeping called Modern Day Homekeeping.

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

Have you seen my book, The Organically Clean Home?  It’s the perfect companion to your homekeeping adventures!

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Follow along!

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A Simplified Week : Toiletries

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

Toiletries:

  • If you have minimal time and want to do a quick and easy toiletry overhaul, start here. These simple suggestions will get you organized in no time. Via Clean Mama
  • When the  majority of your toiletries are stored in bathroom drawers, it doesn’t take long before they become jumbled and disorganized. I love this system of keeping everything in dividers and containers so that everything has it’s place. Via Pretty Well Organized
  • If you are looking to do a major purge and overhaul of your toiletries and bathroom storage space, check out this post. There are some creative solutions to storage that don’t involve a major investment and enlightening ideas on how you can do take control of your bathroom space. Via From Overwhelmed to Organized

Something to Eat:

  • This collection of 36 summer sides and salads will definitely get a workout in this house. I love a salad on warm summer evenings, not to mention there being plenty of yummy recipes for BBQ’s and get togethers. Via Two Peas and Their Pod

Something to Make:

  • Create a water garden complete with lily pads for your deck or patio. For those of us that don’t have the space or energy to add a pond to our backyard, this is a great substitute. Via What’s Ur Home Story

Something for the Kids:

  • I love this DIY Dry Erase book for kids. The concept is simple with hilarious results using copied family photos that kids can fancy up with their own twists. Via All For the Boys

Simplify:

  • Love making your own cleaners?  You have got to see some of the cutest labels I have seen out there!  Perfect for labeling, simply print out and pop them on the bottles for instant cuteness. Via The Handmade Home

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Simple Ways to Organize Kitchen Cupboards

This week’s focus is on kitchen cupboards.  (The weekly focus is always listed on the left hand side of the calendar in gray.)  If you haven’t grabbed February’s Cleaning + Organizing Calendar, go get it!  It’s free here.

Simple Ways to Organize Cupboards via Clean Mama

We’ve been undergoing a little kitchen renovation the past couple weeks and it’s nearly completed (yay!)  I’ve posted a couple pics on Instagram (cleanmama#) if you want to take a peek.  I’ve been working on rearranging and re-working the cupboards for optimal efficiency and ease of use.  Take a couple minutes this week to work on one kitchen cupboard, all your cupboards, or somewhere in between.  Here are a couple steps that I find helpful when organizing my cupboards.

  1. Empty the cupboard.
  2. Donate or toss anything you don’t need or use anymore.
  3. Wipe down the cupboard.
  4. Add a drawer liner (optional).
  5. Return items to the cupboard – stack items that can be stacked, group like items together, make sure your arrangement makes sense.
  6. Label (optional).

Want to take a peek at some organized cupboards?

Simplify your kitchen cupboards - Put Dishes Near the Dishwasher via Clean Mama

Keep your dishes near your sink and dishwasher to make emptying the dishwasher a little easier.

Simplify your kitchen cupboards - Label Your Drawers to Keep it Orderly via Clean Mama

I use my label maker with clear tape to label the pull-out drawers in my kitchen cupboards.  This may seem a little overboard but it helps anyone that’s putting dishes away know where they go and it keeps the drawers and cupboards neat and orderly.

Simplify your kitchen cupboards - Group Like Items Together via Clean Mama

Always, always group like items together.  Bowls, measuring cups, colanders, strainers, etc.  Anything that you have multiple items of can be stacked and placed near each other to keep items easy to find and put away.

Have any kitchen cupboard tips to share?

 

Follow along!

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Kitchen Organization – Under the Kitchen Sink

The space below your kitchen sink can easily turn into a messy catch-all of sponges, cleaning supplies and plastic bags.  But with a couple containers and a little organizing and planning, the space under your kitchen sink can quickly become the efficient space you need it to be.

What goes under the kitchen sink?  It depends on what you need at-the-ready in your kitchen and near your kitchen sink.  For me, it’s a spot to dry dish cloths, store extra hand and dish soap, kitchen cleaners, veggie scrubbers, garbage bags, pot scrubbers…

Use containers to hold similar products – sink and dish scrub brushes are in an upcycled flower pot, veggie scrubbers are in a little dish, and sink stoppers are in a wire container

 

Need to access cleaners in a hurry?  Try a lazy susan - always have your cleaning products easily accessible.

Some other ways to pretty up the cupboard under your kitchen sink?

  • contact paper – adds a pretty touch and protects your cupboard from leaks and spills
  • containers – group like objects together
  • cover the box for garbage bags with contact paper to coordinate with the bottom of the cupboard
  • lazy susan – keeps spills and drips on the lazy susan and off the floor of your cabinet

What do you have under your kitchen sink?

Curious about my favorite cleaners?  You can check out my updated ‘cleaning routine’ page.

Click here to see all the posts in this series.

New Year’s Organizing Revolution – Week 5

I can’t believe we’re coming to the end of January already – if you’ve been following along with our New Year’s Organizing Revolution, you’ve been challenged to organize your office, your kitchen, your closets, and your living areas.  This week you get to help choose the top four spaces and grand prize winners for this month’s challenge!

 

But first, the three winners from last week’s living/play area challenge are:
1st Place: 
Laura, from Casual Fridays - JOYS paper filing system

2nd Place:
Katy from Kate’s Great Crafts - Scentsy gift pack

3rd Place:
Vanessa who’s Pinterest pictures are here -  $100 Gift Certificate to Thirty-One {Jessica Wright, Consultant}

NOW these three and all the winners from the weeks before get a chance to see the GRAND PRIZES and vote for the #1 winner!!! Here are the grand prizes.

For First Place:

An Oreck Versa Vac

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Value: $249.99

Paragraph (from their website): “The VersaVac, a full-powered bagless vacuum cleaner that is also a steam mop. The ultimate multi-functional, multi-surface cleaner, VersaVac is powerful and is easy to use — on all floor types. With its incredible suction, an on/off brushroll and adjustable steam settings, the VersaVac has all the power and performance you expect from Oreck. With its dual functions, the multi-tasking VersaVac eliminates the need for multiple cleaning tools!”

For Second Place:

A Membership to Alejandra’s Power Productivity Program

 

Prize – $197 value Power Productivity Program
 Alejandra Costello is a Certified Professional Organizer who shows individuals how to become more organized and productive on a daily basis by setting up systems that work for their own organizing style. Alejandra started her company, Alejandra.tv, in 2008 at the age of 23 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with thousands of people in over 100 countries around the world. Formerly an IT engineer, Alejandra was named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV. Her expertise has been featured in HGTV, The Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The Washington Times, CBS, NewsChannel8, and Mashable. Sign up for her FREE 7-Day “Jumpstart” Video Series  on her website to start getting organized today!


For Third Place:

A Cricut Machine!!!
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Prize- Cricut Mini Prize Package- $129 value
Cricut is the family of products that will help you hear the three little words most creators just can’t get enough of: “You made that?” It doesn’t matter if you want to craft cards, scrapbooks, home décor, organizing labels and more. One thing’s for sure, Cricut will always craft a smile. Portable and lightweight, yet powerfully creative—what more could you ask for in a creative partner? The Cricut Min®i machine is perfect for the new and seasoned crafter alike. Designed to work in tandem with our innovative design tool, Cricut Craft Room™, your creativity will reach new heights thanks to this petite inspiration machine.


And for Fourth Place:

Office Depot $100 gift card


Get your gift card and get your home organized with all kinds of Office Depot products. 

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We want to thank all our sponsors for being a part of this challenge. Please go and visit them!

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Alejandra TV
A Time for Everything
Clean Mama Printables
Clever Container
Closet Maid
Cricut
Fridge Coaster
Joys Paper Filing
Office Depot
Off the Floor Rack-It
Oreck
Organizables
Scentsy
The Neat Company
Thirty One {Jessica Wright, Consultant}

Remember, our hostesses for the month long organization challenge:

If you don’t already follow them on Facebook or Pinterest, this is a group of bloggers you definitely want to follow! You’ll be glad you did, they all have some great organizing tips, and love to work together to bring you fabulous opportunities like this one!

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  • Grand Prizes: Voting for Grand Prizes will include the four winners from each of the four prior weeks. Voting begins 6 a.m. PST January 28, 2013 and ends at 6:00 p.m. PST January 30, 2013. Grand Prizes will be determined based on the highest number of votes accrued during the Grand Prize voting.  4 Grand Prize winners will be announced on January 31, 2013.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Winners will be e-mailed and announced here on January 7 (Week 1 winners), January 14 (Week 2 winners), January 21 (Week 3 winners), January 28 (Week 4 winners), and January 31, 2013 (Grand Prize winners).
  • Winners have 7 days to respond to e-mail.

So, who are the past winners that qualify to be a part of this grand prize round?  Vote for your favorite!  The winner will be announced this Thursday (January 31st) so hurry and vote:




Clean + Organized 2013

It’s officially 2013 – Happy New Year!  Ready to get started on a ‘Clean + Organized 2013′?  It’s going to be a great year – full of new habits and routines.  You’ll be cleaning a little bit every day – just for 15-30 minutes.  Think of all the time you’ll save not having to look for things – they’ll be where they need to be.   Did you grab the cleaning calendar?  Go to this post to see an infographic and explanation of my monthly cleaning schedule and the FREE printable.

It you bought my eBook, hopefully you’re in (or ready to get into) decluttering mode.  Pulling Yourself Together: Creating a Cleaning Routine that Sticks has a great decluttering section and worksheet sure to get you motivated and on the right track.  I’ve been re-working and decluttering  a couple areas in my home this weekend and I’d love to share them with you.

First up?  Kids’ dressers.  I went through everyone’s clothes and packed away the outgrown clothes, put some in a donate basket, and tossed a couple worn out socks and undies.  Then I put the clothes back like this:

If you don’t fold and put away kids clothes like this, you are missing out!  I’ll have a tutorial this week (it may seem silly, but it will revolutionize your laundry).

We paired down the large toys in the family room to one big basket (on sale at Target this week).

Then I added a couple baskets to the master bath closet and reworked the toiletries a bit.  Nothing too spectacular, but definitely much easier to find everything.

What’s up for you today?  Relaxing?  Taking down Christmas decorations?  Starting in on your resolutions?

Today’s the last day for the big sale in the shop:

Did you see the new Work @ Home Kit?  It’s intro priced at $6 through today – use the 25%off coupn and it’s only $4.50!

Clean + Organized 2013 – FREE January Cleaning Calendar

I’m continuing with the Clean and Organized theme for 2013, but we’re going to step it up a notch.  An updated cleaning calendar and look were in order – the calendar has a Sunday start and it’s now vertical to fit in a cleaning or homekeeping binder.

 I made a little  infographic to explain the calendar:

Get ready to start the new year off right – it’ll be a clean and organized 2013!  Are you with me?  Follow on Facebook for friendly daily cleaning reminders.

You can go here to grab your FREE January Cleaning Calendar for 2013.

I also have a sale in the shop through January 1st if you are looking for a new, fresh start for 2013 – enter the code 25NEW for 25% off your entire order!

If you need a little help starting a cleaning routine, you’ll love my new ebook!

See you back here on Monday for the Top Organizing Bloggers’ New Year’s Organizing Revolution!

 

Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks

In the scheme of things a cleaning routine can seem trivial, but without one your home can get out of control in a hurry.  My hope is to help you gain control over your clutter and start with a fresh approach to cleaning your home.  The tried and true methods and techniques I provide are sure to help you pull yourself together in a hurry.

I’m so excited to introduce you to my eBook…

Pulling Yourself Together:  Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks

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What do you get when you purchase Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks?

Five Chapters sure get your home and routine in order:

 

The chapters have spots to write in thoughts and ideas and ways you’ll implement what you’ve read in your own home. 

Here’s a sneak peek at Chapter Two:

                              

Of course a Clean Mama eBook includes great printables! 

Clutter and chaos taking over your life?  Ready to start Pulling Yourself Together?  This is a color PDF eBook (instant download) that you can print out (recommended method), read on your computer screen, or your iPad or tablet.  I know you’ll love the methods of de-cluttering your home and the simplification of a cleaning routine that this ebook will provide.  Priced at just $10, it’s an inexpensive way for you to put some order in your life.

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Want to do some spring cleaning anytime?  Check out my other eBook Cleaning Around the Seasons: Deep Cleaning On Your Schedule