Simply Clean + a Giveaway!

It’s been almost a year since Simply Clean was released and I thought it would be fun to chat a little bit about the book and have a giveaway in the process.  Simply Clean was so much fun to write – my favorite aspect is how it’s structured to get you from no routine to a clean home in no time.  You’ll find quick tips, diy cleaning recipes, and an extensive explanation of my routine complete with how to implement it with any schedule.  If you haven’t read it yet and you’re feeling overwhelmed or hopeless with your current situation, it’s a proven method for keeping your home organized and clean!
This week, I’m giving away a $100 shop credit to Clean Mama Home to one lucky reader that gives it an Amazon review. (Keep reading for how to enter.)  If you loved it, go give it a little love.  Reviews are so helpful for authors because it helps potential readers scope out books and it helps Amazon show the book to more customers.  I’m also doing a giveaway of the book this week on Instagram – follow along so you can enter!
Haven’t read the book?  Grab it, read it and give it a review!  You have over a week before this contest ends.  So if you’re ready to get going on the Simply Clean routine but you want some cute cleaning supplies to work with, this is for you!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Leave a review on Amazon for Simply Clean.
  2. Email me – clean.mama@yahoo.com, screenshot or link to it, and tell me that you left a review on Amazon – if you already left a review you can still enter!
  3. I’ll draw ONE winner from the emails I receive and the winner will receive a $100 shop credit to Clean Mama Home (must be 18 years old and live in the US or Canada).
  4. I’ll email the winner on February 28th and announce the winner here on this post.

Here are a few reviews from Amazon – thank you!

I found out about this book totally by accident. I was so depressed with my house I could hardly function. I have bought and read many books on organization clutter, and de clutter but I just could never get ahead. My kids were grown but I still couldn’t get on top of the mess. I found her web site and bought the book by mistake I thought I was going to just get a sample. It has changed my life since reading it. I took baby steps and now my house is starting to come together and I am staying on top. My husband has noticed a big difference and is now doing better at controlling some of his stuff. This book was exactly what I needed. Yes it does have some things I have read in other books but it has made it so clear to me I never ever want to go back to a messy house again. And when my doorbell rang the other day I could let someone come in.  – Martha B.

There are just a few things I’d like to say about , not only this book, but about the author as well.
First, I’m a single guy who has lived alone in 3 different apartments since moving out. I was the typical bachelor, meaning, where anything I put down is where it stays until I needed it again.
In short, since hearing about this author I started to read over her Website which was filled with so many easy tips, tricks, etc to making cleaning not only easy, but a challenge! I love challenges. So, there was an organizing challenge on her website , I tried it, and we’ll, let’s just say that my apartment went from a Haz Mat Site to a shiny, clean organized place that I now enjoy coming home too at the end of the day.
I have all of her books and I check her website very, very often for GREAT tools, most of which are free Printables, and who doesn’t like free? To an encouraging inspiration of keeping my place the way it is.
If I could meet her and thank her, I think the biggest impact she has had in my life is changing me to caring about my environment around me which translates into caring more about myself. I’d never be able to thank her enough. – Revere Mike

So Simple, yet effective. I had been doing the Flylady method for years. Although I have learned a lot from her method it was time to change the routine. I’m so glad that I found Becky’s book. This has been a game changer for me and I highly recommend her book. – Brady R.

Just what I needed! Motivating in a way that doesn’t overwhelm. An extremely practical resource. – BGM

 

Everyday Tips : Use White Vinegar as a Fabric Softener

 

Sometimes a quick and simple tip that can make the mundane a little easier or make your life a little better makes a BIG difference. This is a new series here on the blog where I’ll be sharing simple tips, finds, and suggestions to make life a little easier. I’ll be sharing these tips regularly on the blog and on Instagram – make sure you’re following along!

This is a super simple (and inexpensive) swap you can do that will cut out chemicals in your home and on your clothes and it softens clothes at the same time.  And if you’re questioning the effectiveness and the smell, it took me a little bit to be on board too, but after experimentation and tweaking, I am 100% team vinegar in the laundry room!

Here’s what you need to do:

Simply add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser or to a fabric softener ball.  The white vinegar will act as a fabric softener AND it will keep your washing machine smelling fresh and clean!

Why would you want to switch to vinegar as a fabric softener? Most conventional fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not only toxic (read more here from EWG.com), but they also coat fibers making clothes and towels harder to clean because they build up with fabric softener.  If you love your fabric softener and dryer sheets and love that scent that’s associated with clean laundry, you probably don’t want to make the switch to something natural if it’s unscented.  Go to this post for 4 ways to naturally soften + freshen your laundry.

Why is this a good tip?  White vinegar is readily available (I get it at Costco – see my favorites here), it’s food-grade, natural, it freshens your clothes, and keeps your towels fluffy.  If you’re afraid that your laundry will smell like a pickle, I promise you that it won’t – the smell completely dissipates once the clothes are washed.

A couple things that might make your laundry-softening a little more enjoyable:

Your Secret to Getting Things Done – March 2018 Homekeeping Society

I’m so excited to share the new look and feel of Homekeeping Society and March’s subscription with you!  My whole goal of the subscription is to SIMPLIFY homekeeping – come see how this subscription can take your hand and guide you through those mundane tasks in a mindful and productive way.

Don’t forget:

  • You can purchase a one-year subscription for Homekeeping Society at a discount – 2 months free!
  • You can login each month to grab your essentials but you’ll also get an email from Clean Mama with the next month’s subscription as a quick download with some exclusive tips for rocking the coming month – easy, peasy!
  • I have a NEW members only group on Facebook – you’ll see the link in the monthly email from me.  This is a small, intimate group working through the same monthly goals – I’m excited to see this group grow and work through Homekeeping Society together!

March’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – go here to see the homepage and to see what it’s all about.

If you don’t know where to start or are feeling a little defeated, I think you’ll find just the right amount of support and structure in Homekeeping Society!  Homekeeping Society is intended to be just the gentle nudge you need, making your tasks and to do’s more enjoyable with a sweet and simple format.  My favorite thing about Homekeeping Society is that each month is different, yet it all looks good together, and it’s complete with seasonal touches you’ll love!

Here’s what you’ll find in March’s subscription:

  • March 2018 Homekeeping Society cover page
  • March’s monthly focus (spring cleaning) + quick tips page
  • blank calendar
  • pre-filled homekeeping calendar
  • monthly menu planning calendar
  • 2 weekly menu planning dockets with a shopping list
  • to do list for March
  • daily planner for March
  • 2 weekly dockets for March (Sunday + Monday starts)
  • quote for the kitchen sink
  • spring cleaning checklist
  • March budget checklist – NEW!

Homekeeping Society is simple to use:

  • 2 EASY PRINT packets are included – simply open and print the pages in ONE step. One version features one of each and the other is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. You’ll love how easy this is to use!  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll love this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away.
  • I have a Facebook Group to help you with your homekeeping – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – join if you’re a member of the subscription or not, it’s a special place to discuss homekeeping struggles, tips, tricks and ask questions to other members or myself.  It’s a closed group, just ask to join and I’ll add you.  I also just opened up a new Homekeeping Society group just for members – you’ll get an invite if once you join.
  • I have Homekeeping Society available in my Etsy shop – you can only purchase one month at a time and you will NOT have access to the previous months.  Feeling non-committal? Don’t want to subscribe?  Want to use PayPal?  This is a great option but you’ll need to repurchase each month instead of it being an automatic payment and download.
  • Another great feature with Homekeeping Society is that you can also access/save/download ALL the previous month’s of HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!  That’s well over 400 printables that you can use!

How to login:

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.  You can cancel ANYTIME right on your membership screen.  Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of March– you’ll LOVE it!

Keeping a home clean can be both rewarding and frustrating. Sure, it’s possible to get your home clean, but to keep it that way can be the biggest challenge. Throw in the additions of busy schedules, jobs, kids, chaos, and lack of time and energy and it can feel downright defeating. 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 with routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

Sign up for HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and see how this simple and do-able approach can streamline your life.

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me!  Go here to learn more – and use the coupon code 30offmarch for 30% off your first month.  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!

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 March 2018 and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.  I also email your subscription to you as well – if you don’t see it, check your spam folder.

What to Buy at Costco

Every once in awhile I’ll share what bought on Instagram and every time I do, I get requests for a blog post with my favorites.  So here it is – what to buy at Costco – and I’m sharing how I prep it when I get home too!

My husband and I have been Costco members for nearly 20 years and I can tell you that it’s one of our favorite places to shop.  We can get products in bulk and at a discount and it’s just plain fun to shop there (when it’s not busy).  I especially love the produce and organic selection.  With three kids, we save a lot of money by shopping for bulk items bi-weekly or every third week.

In case you’re wondering, this is not sponsored, just sharing some favorites!

Every Friday I do my best to make a menu plan and head to the grocery store.  I go to Costco every other or every third Friday of the month – I find that if I get there early on a Friday the store is well-stocked for the weekend and the crowds aren’t there yet.  Friday night is also a good time to shop there as well – nice and quiet.  Our typical spend for a regular stock-up is $150-250.

This All Over Everywhere List and the Clean Mama Menu Planner are both available in Clean Mama Home and musts in our house!

If you aren’t familiar with Costco, you have to have a membership to shop – we pay for the executive membership and get money back on what we buy.  Typically our refund check is about the same as the membership fee so we figure it pays for itself.

Here’s a typical Costco haul….

I typically buy these staples:

veggies, fruit, eggs, milk, cheese, bread, naan, crackers, salmon, chicken breasts or tenders, bacon, lunchmeat, coffee, yogurt, dried fruit, sparkling water, kefir, juice

Then I work off a list and get the things that we need to stock up on:

frozen fruit for daily smoothies, snacks (popcorn, nuts, applesauce, balanced breaks), frozen or fresh cauliflower, mayo, chicken sausage, hummus

cleaning supplies:

white vinegar – you can’t beat the price on white vinegar (I use it DAILY for laundry and cleaning), baking soda, castile soap

Here are some things that I get every once in awhile that I didn’t get on this trip:

The worst part of shopping at Costco is putting everything away – it’s probably my least favorite thing about shopping there.  Before I leave I wipe out the refrigerator and get it ready to be stocked up (part of my Friday Catch-All Day routine).

On Friday afternoon as I’m putting things away I prep what I can for easy grab and go snacks and meal components.  Here’s what that typically looks like:

  • I usually buy salmon and have one filet that night and one in the freezer
  • pan-sear chicken breasts and put half in the refrigerator (for lunches and quick dinners components), and half in the freezer – or I’ll do a quick marinade and cook the chicken on the grill if the weather is cooperating
  • put snacks in a snack container – here’s the one pictured
  • wash and cut veggies and fruit for the week or a couple days
  • hard boil eggs
  • if I get ground turkey I will brown some of that up for meal components or for the freezer
  • bake bacon for breakfast, sandwiches, salads

All right – where are my Costco buddies?  What are your favorites?

How to Wash a Comforter or Duvet (at home)

I love comforters and duvets.  They are luxurious, help to make bed-making a breeze, and just give that extra level of comfort to sleeping.  Not everyone loves them – maybe you prefer quilts or blankets, but if you do you have a duvet or a comforter or two in your home, you might want to know how to wash it at home.  The best part?  It’s so easy to do at home.  Keep reading for the simple step-by-step directions.

Comforter or Duvet?

A comforter or duvet can be made from down or synthetic fibers.  Typically a comforter is sold with a solid color cover or a decorative print and not designed to be used with a cover.  Whereas a duvet is an insert that is placed inside a duvet cover, much like a pillow with a pillow cover.  My preference is a duvet with a duvet cover – I wash the duvet cover with sheets – either one is a great option for your bed.  (This is where my duvet is from – I have the all-season and absolutely LOVE it!)

Freshen up First

There have been a couple situations where we definitely needed to launder our duvets but for the most part if you have a cover on it, you can easily freshen up your duvet before you need to all-out wash it.  If you need to freshen up your duvet or comforter, simply put it in the dryer on low heat with three wool dryer balls or three clean tennis balls.  I will stop it every 10 minutes or so to redistribute the duvet or comforter and then repeat for a total of 30-40 minutes.  This fluffs up the duvet or comforter and redistributes the filling for a freshened up bed.  If you are wanting to kill germs but not wash it, put the dryer on high heat and keep an eye on it, rotating every 5-10 minutes and dry for 30 minutes.

Follow the Directions

Most bedding has care direction labels on them – always check those labels before putting them in the washing machine or dryer.  There have been times when I have disregarded the directions because it was more expensive to have something professionally laundered then it was to replace it.  I took the ‘chance’ and laundered it myself and saved the duvet for the cost of the water and detergent.  Of course, launder at your own risk 🙂

How to Wash a Comforter or Duvet

Remove the duvet cover if you use one.  You will want to use a gentle detergent and set your washer on delicate or gentle, with a cold water cycle as well as its largest capacity.  A front load washer with a large capacity is the best machine to wash a comforter or duvet in.  If you have to cram your comforter in and it’s a super tight fit, you might want to take it to the laundromat.  After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that all the detergent is removed from the duvet or comforter.  I will typically run the spin cycle an extra time as well to remove any excess water and help the comforter or duvet dry a little more quickly.

Dry Thoroughly

Once the duvet is washed and the excess water has been wrung out, you can now place it in the dryer.  If your comforter  or duvet is made from synthetic materials, dry on a Low to Medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on Air or Low and allow them to dry thoroughly.  If you would like to fluff up your duvet again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state.  Stop the dryer every 30 minutes or so to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly and evenly.

With a little extra attention, your duvet and comforter can feel like new again. So go ahead – freshen them up or wash and dry them and look forward to a good night’s sleep.

Here are a couple more posts you might enjoy – click on the image to head to the post:


Everyday Tips : Do a Load of Laundry Every Day

Sometimes a quick and simple tip that can make the mundane a little easier or make your life a little better makes a BIG difference. This is a new series here on the blog where I’ll be sharing simple tips, finds, and suggestions to make life a little easier. I’ll be sharing these tips regularly on the blog and on Instagram – make sure you’re following along!

Today’s tip is one that you might have heard from me before because it’s one of my 5 daily tasks.  Do a load of laundry from start to folded and put away every.single.day. This might seem overwhelming at first, but I promise you, it is a huge component to feeling caught up, less overwhelmed, and in control of one of this never-ending household task.  You can work this tip a number of different ways but my personal recommendation is to do one person’s laundry every day and finish with washing sheets and towels on Saturdays (that’s the weekly task for Saturday in my routine).  The last laundry load of the week is cleaning cloths washed on hot/sanitize and then I do a CLEAN cycle on the washer and call it good for the week.

You can also collect all the laundry in the house at the end of the day or just have one hamper in the laundry room and wash what’s in that daily.  With three kids we easily have a load of laundry every day, some days there are multiple loads.  I don’t separate the kids’ clothes into whites and darks, I just toss it all in on cold – I’ve never had any issues with color transfer with this method.  The two big kids fold their own clothes and put them away – this is extremely helpful! I also use white vinegar as my fabric softener – this helps with color-fastness.  For my husband and myself I do separate whites from darks and and we each have our own hamper so our clothes are washed separately.  We both work out quite a bit so I usually have a load of workout clothes for each of us weekly too.

Why is this a good tip?  You will always have clean clothes that are ready to wear.  No last minute laundry sessions to wash that uniform or special outfit.  Just a couple minutes a day will keep you on track for this task and it eliminates doing laundry for hours all at once. Try it!

A couple things that might make doing laundry a little more enjoyable:

The Clutter Challenge – a Home Reset for January – Week 5 + a SALE!

Are you ready for week 5 of The Clutter Challenge?  If you didn’t finish everything up from this challenge or even if you haven’t started, this week is for YOU!  Look at your checklist and see what you didn’t complete and finish that up this week. Each week, we’ve been working through different areas of our homes following the checklist.

To celebrate completing the challenge this week and to help you continue with the momentum you’ve hopefully built, I’m having a quick sale in my Clean Mama Home shop – you can use the coupon to snag The Clutter Handbook and to purchase any other home goods you’ve had your eye on.  Use the coupon code CLUTTERCHALLENGE for 15% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE!  This sale is a quick one and will end at 10pm cst on Wednesday, January 31st.

The thing with clutter is that you have to keep up with it daily in order to keep it away for good. If you have more clutter that you want to tackle, I’d encourage you to keep going by purchasing The Clutter Handbook (or if you already purchased it, go find it and keep going).  Pick up where we left off and keep going – here’s what comes next in The Clutter Handbook:

entertainment
kids
office space
digital clutter
paper clutter
basement, garage, storage

Do you have more clutter to clear?  Keep going!

There’s also a link to a secret webpage with all my favorite organizing products linked up too that correlates with the handbook 🙂  You can peek at the page here – if you haven’t purchased the handbook you can purchase at the top of this page too 🙂

 

Every Monday for the month of January, I’ve been posting tips for the week ahead right here on the blog (make sure you’re subscribing below).  Read on for more, grab your checklist, and follow along!  I’ve been posting daily as much as I can on Instagram Stories my personal progress with the hope that it inspires and helps you along the way too!  I saved everything for you so go and follow and take a peek.  What are you catching up on this week?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments as to how the challenge went, what were your struggles, and what would you like help on with clutter moving forward?

Just getting started?  Here’s what you need to do:


Here are links to each week:

The Clutter Challenge  INTRO
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

 

FREE Homekeeping Calendar – February 2018

Well friends, it’s almost February and that means that it’s time for the free Homekeeping Calendar!

Anytime is the perfect time 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 FEBRUARY 2018 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 homekeeping 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.

Ready to follow along?

  • Subscribe in the sidebar for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks.
  • Follow on Instagram and Facebook
  • Join my 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.
  • I also wrote a book all about my cleaning routine, complete with tips, tricks, and diy cleaning recipes.  Grab SIMPLY CLEAN here.

 

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for February 2018!

 

New here?  Grab this free printable on the free printables page – it explains my cleaning routine in detail.  Go to this post for even more!  If you want to see me talking about my cleaning routine, I have a couple videos on YouTube too 🙂

(Please note: I’ve added the free cleaning calendar to my updated FREE printables page, simply grab, download and print.)

 

If you love this format, check out Homekeeping Society.  Homkeeeping Society is the perfect way to turn that overwhelmed feeling into one of accomplishment.  You’ll see how simple it can be to keep up with all that goes into keeping a home when you don’t have to think about what needs to be done.

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

How to Keep Your Bedroom Tidy (Most of the Time)

The bedroom can feel like a catch-all for laundry, projects, stacks, and other miscellaneous items from the day or week.  Our bedrooms should be a safe haven at the end of the day and they should feel relaxing and inviting.  If you’re bedroom isn’t giving you those calm vibes, try these tips for keeping your bedroom tidy (most of the time).

Make your bed every single day. I know it can be hard, but this little step every day just might catapult you into a full-blown cleaning routine.  It’ll set the tone for the day and if you don’t accomplish anything else, hey, you made your bed 🙂

Do not store laundry baskets with clean (or dirty) clothes in the bedroom.  Bedrooms can be a dumping ground for clothing (clean or dirty) and if you want to feel calm when you step into your bedroom, a pile of clothes isn’t the way to create that calm feeling.  Try to fold and put away clothes as you wash them.  This will keep your bedroom tidy and keep that overwhelmed feeling of all.the.laundry away.

Use a basket or bowl by your nightstand for books, jewelry, lotions and potions, etc.  If you have a bedside table, corral those must-have items in a cute dish or basket so they stay where they’re supposed to and look cute at the same time.

Clear your dresser and put a storage system in place to keep it clean and uncluttered.  Keep that dresser cleaned off.  If it’s a hodgepodge of stuff, use a dish or jewelry box for your jewelry or a tray for your perfumes.

Put a donate basket in your bedroom closet.  Try on a shirt that you realize doesn’t fit or you don’t really love anymore?  Instead of hanging it up, put it in your donate basket.  When the basket is full, toss the stuff in a bag and bring it to your favorite shelter or donation spot.

Put things away daily and repeat.  Maintenance is key to a tidy bedroom.  Pick up in the morning after you’ve made your bed and do a quick tidy in the evening before you jump into bed.  It’ll probably take less than a minute morning and night but those minutes add up.

What would you add?  What’s your best tip for keeping your bedroom tidy?

The Clutter Challenge – a Home Reset for January – week 4

 

Are you ready for week 4 of The Clutter Challenge?  Even if you didn’t finish everything up from last week or if you haven’t started, jump right into week 4 and follow the checklist. Each week, we’re working through different areas of our homes following the checklist.  We’re starting this week with clothing + bedrooms.  Keep reading for links to posts and tips for getting your clothing + bedrooms decluttered this week.

TIP:  If you need to get caught up on laundry quickly before completing this challenge, check out my tips in this post.

You’ll find that there’s a specific order in the free printable list for the month.  It’s important that you follow this order for decluttering your home but complete it in a way that makes sense for your schedule.  Some recommendations: one task a day, set a timer for 10-15 minutes, or 2-3 tasks a day until completed.  This order matters because it will take you through the house in a logical, sequential, and efficient way.  If you haven’t grabbed the checklist yet, there’s a link down below 🙂

The goal for this week is to work on the Clothing + Bedrooms Checklist and do one or two of these things every day this week.

CLOTHING

  • shoes – donate or toss any shoes that you no longer wear or use.  If you’re going through children’s shoes, keep what fits.
  • outerwear – coats, hats, gloves, etc. – don’t wear it or love it?  Donate it!
  • clothing – sort by season and by type – the same goes for clothing, donate what you are no longer wearing, what doesn’t look and feel great, and what might not fit any longer.

BEDROOMS

  • declutter floors + under beds – clean up everything on the floor and under the beds, give the space under your beds a quick vacuum (maybe even sync this with a Wednesday/ vacuuming day)
  • sheets and linens – Have too many?  Need some new non raggedy ones?  Sort, fold, donate.

  • pillows – Do a little assessment of your pillows too and see what you might need to launder and/or donate.
  • bedside tables – Clean them off and keep this space as minimal as possible.  A current read, lotions and potions, a lamp, and an alarm clock…

Get through as much as you possibly can and what you can’t complete you can do next week for our catch-up week!

Every Monday for the month of January, I’ll post some tips for the week ahead right here on the blog (make sure you’re subscribing below).  Read on for more, grab your checklist, and follow along!  I’ll be posting daily as much as I can on Instagram Stories my personal progress with the hope that it inspires and helps you along the way too!

Just getting started?  Here’s what you need to do:


See you back here each Monday for each week’s tasks in THE CLUTTER CHALLENGE!

The Clutter Challenge  INTRO
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

 

Everyday Tips : Furniture Markers

 

Sometimes a quick and simple tip that can make the mundane a little easier or make your life a little better makes a BIG difference. This is a new series here on the blog where I’ll be sharing simple tips, finds, and suggestions to make life a little easier. I’ll be sharing these tips regularly on the blog and on Instagram – make sure you’re following along!

Today’s tip is a little product that I use all.the.time. I actually keep it in my furniture care caddy so it’s handy on dusting day (Tuesday).  The super helpful little product?  Furniture markers.  Get a set that has a variety of colors and while you’re dusting or cleaning, use them to touch up any little dings and dents that you see.  I use them on furniture and cabinets – you can even blend the colors on the furniture if the paint color isn’t an exact match.

Why is this a good tip?  You’ll correct those little imperfections while you see them instead of trying to remember to fix them sometime.  If you don’t want to fix them while you’re dusting or cleaning, put a little painter’s tape on the scratch or mark and come back to it later. Try it!

A couple things that might make your furniture touching-up a little more enjoyable:

Your Secret to Getting Things Done – February 2018 Homekeeping Society

I’m so excited to share the new look and feel of Homekeeping Society and February’s subscription with you! I love the soft blush/ champagne pink color for the month, don’t you?  My whole goal of the subscription is to SIMPLIFY homekeeping – come see how this subscription can take your hand and guide you through those mundane tasks in a mindful and productive way.

Don’t forget:

  • You can purchase a one-year subscription for Homekeeping Society at a discount – 2 months free!
  • You can login each month to grab your essentials but you’ll also get an email from Clean Mama with the next month’s subscription as a quick download with some exclusive tips for rocking the coming month – easy, peasy!

February’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – go here to see the homepage and to see what it’s all about.

If you don’t know where to start or are feeling a little defeated, I think you’ll find encouragement in the support and structure Homekeeping Society provides!  Homekeeping Society is intended to be just the gentle nudge you need, making your tasks and to do’s more enjoyable with a sweet and simple format.  My favorite thing about Homekeeping Society is that each month is different, yet it all looks good together, and it’s complete with seasonal touches you’ll love!

Here’s what you’ll find in February’s subscription:

  • February 2018 Homekeeping Society cover page
  • February’s monthly focus (the kitchen) + quick tips page
  • blank calendar
  • pre-filled homekeeping calendar
  • monthly menu planning calendar
  • 2 weekly menu planning dockets with a shopping list
  • to do list for February
  • daily planner for February
  • 2 weekly dockets for February (Sunday + Monday starts)
  • quote for the kitchen sink
  • kitchen organizing checklist

 

Homekeeping Society is simple to use:

  • 2 EASY PRINT packets are included – simply open and print the pages in ONE step. One version features one of each and the other is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. You’ll love how easy this is to use!  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll love this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away.
  • I have a Facebook Group to help you with your homekeeping – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – join if you’re a member of the subscription or not, it’s a special place to discuss homekeeping struggles, tips, tricks and ask questions to other members or myself.  It’s a closed group, just ask to join and I’ll add you.  I also just opened up a new Homekeeping Society group just for members – you’ll get an invite if once you join.
  • I have Homekeeping Society available in my Etsy shop – you can only purchase one month at a time and you will NOT have access to the previous months.  Feeling non-committal? Don’t want to subscribe?  Want to use PayPal?  This is a great option but you’ll need to repurchase each month instead of it being an automatic payment and download.
  • Another great feature with Homekeeping Society is that you can also access/save/download ALL the previous month’s of HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!  That’s well over 400 printables that you can use!

How to login:

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.  You can cancel ANYTIME right on your membership screen.  Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of February – you’ll LOVE it!

Keeping a home clean can be both rewarding and frustrating. Sure, it’s possible to get your home clean, but to keep it that way can be the biggest challenge. Throw in the additions of busy schedules, jobs, kids, chaos, and lack of time and energy and it can feel downright defeating. 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 with routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me!  Go here to learn more – and use the coupon code 30offfebruary for 30% off your first month.  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!

PLEASE NOTE: As a member, you will be able to download your digital subscription every month by going to your account page, click on the link for February 2018 and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.  I also email your subscription to you as well – if you don’t see it, check your spam folder.

The Clutter Challenge – a Home Reset for January (week 3)

 

Are you ready for week 3 of The Clutter Challenge?  Even if you didn’t finish everything up from last week or if you haven’t started, jump right into week 3 and follow the checklist. Each week, we’re working through different areas of our homes following the checklist.  We’re starting this week in the bathroom(s).  Keep reading for links to posts and tips for getting your bathroom(s) decluttered this week.

TIP: Clean your bathrooms using my bathroom speed cleaning process first and then get started with your decluttering.

You’ll find that there’s a specific order in the free printable list for the month.  It’s important that you follow this order for decluttering your home but complete it in a way that makes sense for your schedule.  Some recommendations: one task a day, set a timer for 10-15 minutes, or 2-3 tasks a day until completed.  This order matters because it will take you through the house in a logical, sequential, and efficient way.  If you haven’t grabbed the checklist yet, there’s a link down below 🙂

The goal for this week is to work on the Bathrooms Checklist and do one or two of these things every day this week.

BATHROOM(S)

  • clear + clean bathroom counters

  • bathroom cabinets – tackle all of them or just one or two
  • bathroom drawers – tackle all of them or just one or two
  • medicine cabinet – empty, get rid of expired items, and return items

 

  • bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths – repurpose anything worn or with holes and keep the best

 

 

Every Monday for the month of January, I’ll post some tips for the week ahead right here on the blog (make sure you’re subscribing below).  Read on for more, grab your checklist, and follow along!  I’ll be posting daily as much as I can on Instagram Stories my personal progress with the hope that it inspires and helps you along the way too!

Just getting started?  Here’s what you need to do:


See you back here each Monday for each week’s tasks in THE CLUTTER CHALLENGE!

The Clutter Challenge  INTRO
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

 

Everyday Tips : a Dishwasher Trick

Sometimes a quick and simple tip that can make the mundane a little easier or make your life a little better makes a BIG difference.  I’m starting a new series here on the blog where I’ll be sharing simple tips, finds, and suggestions to make life a little easier. I’ll be sharing these tips regularly on the blog and on Instagram – make sure you’re following along!

Today’s tip something that will get your dishes cleaner and will help your dishwasher work a little better and it requires very little effort.  Ready?

Before you run the dishwasher, run your faucet on HOT.  Once the water is hot, start the dishwasher up.  Make this a no-step little habit: after you’re done with any hand washing in the sink and you’ve scrubbed it, the water should be hot.  Go ahead and start up the dishwasher.

NOTE: This will only work if your sink water line is connected to your dishwasher and if it’s connected to the hot water line rather than the cold water line.

Why is this a good tip?  Your dishwasher will start right up with hot water, soap will dissolve more quickly, and your dishes will be cleaner.  Try it!

A couple things that might make your dishwashing experience a little more enjoyable:

25 Things You Can Toss Today

Are you participating in The Clutter Challenge?  If you’re looking for things to toss and looking for an easy place to start in the decluttering process, this list is perfect!  Once you’ve located these items, quickly go through them and toss, recycle, or donate them.  (I am using ‘toss’ loosely in this post – most of these things can be recycled or donated!)

 

 

  1. old magazines
  2. cd cases
  3. unused electronics
  4. duplicate photos
  5. old negatives and film cartridges
  6. chargers that don’t have a device
  7. cords that you don’t know where they go
  8. books you haven’t opened in over a year
  9. old makeup
  10. old toiletries
  11. old nail polish
  12. tattered towels
  13. worn sheets
  14. old cleaning supplies
  15. old bags and purses
  16. art supplies that aren’t being used
  17. toys with missing parts
  18. toys that aren’t being played with
  19. kids’ clothes with holes or visible wear
  20. games and puzzles with missing pieces
  21. shoes you no longer wear
  22. worn clothing
  23. socks with holes
  24. dry cleaning hangers
  25. any garment that has lost its elasticity

If you’re drowning in clutter, sick of dealing with it, or somewhere in between, I am here to tell you that you can live in a clutter-free home.  Surfaces don’t have to be filled, you can create white space, and you can come home at the end of a long day and feel relaxed as you enter your home.  Inviting people into your home will no longer be a stressful situation. The piles don’t have to stay on your counters, you can find your clothes quickly, and you’ll be able to locate and you’ll gain time and energy as you go about your life.  Clutter takes hold in our lives and just plain makes life a little harder than it needs to be.

This is an excerpt from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – it’s a 50 page pdf guide designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  If you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or just a couple clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Grab it below….

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