Shop Update : Clean Mama Home Wool Dryer Balls

I’m so excited to share a new product in CLEAN MAMA HOME today – Wool Dryer Balls!  I’ve been using wool dryer balls for years and am happy to bring these to my shop for you to see what a difference this simple product can make in your laundry.

 

Why would you want to use wool dryer balls?  Here are just a couple reasons:

  • replaces fabric softener and dryer sheets
  • static reducer/eliminator
  • reduces drying time
  • 1000 loads of laundry
  • eco-friendly
  • soften laundry naturally
  • no dyes or perfumes
  • biodegradable + antimicrobial

CLEAN MAMA HOME Wool Dryer Balls are unbleached and fragrance free wool from family-owned farms in New Zealand and hand-felted by women in Nepal to support their families with this craft.

Directions: Place all 3 dryer balls in the dryer with your wet, clean laundry.  You can leave the dryer balls in your dryer or place in a cute dish or jar when not in use.

Quick Tip: Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils to the wool dryer balls, let dry completely and toss in with your next load for a subtle scent.

And guess what? There are more laundry products coming your way – stay tuned!  CLEAN MAMA HOME Wool Dryer Balls are introductory priced through September 30th!

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Simply Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for October

It’s time for October’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my new book Simply Clean, I thought it would be the perfect theme. Make 2017 your year (it’s NOT too late!) 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 work 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 OCTOBER 2017 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

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

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

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

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for October 2017!

(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 – it’s 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.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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Start or Stay Motivated with a New Habit – Free Printable Habit Tracker

Have you started a new habit or tried to start a new habit only to be derailed by life?  I know I have!  Sometimes when we start a new habit and miss a day or two, we feel like we’ve failed the whole habit.

But here’s the thing.  Any new habit takes weeks and sometimes months to really sink in and become automatic.  Want to drink more water or exercise more?  You aren’t going to wake up on Day 1 and complete this new habit perfectly every single day for 3 weeks.

Things happen, you don’t feel like exercising, cleaning, eating another vegetable, drinking another glass of water….

So what’s the solution?  Figure out what works for you.  I think it’s really helpful to see habits develop over time with a visual reminder.  Instead of just saying you’re going to start a new habit, write it down and keep track of every single time you DO complete your new habit.  That way instead of feeling defeated you can see a visual reminder of how many times you HAVE COMPLETED the habit and watch it develop over time.  Guess what?  Good things, good habits take time, energy, and consistency.  I created this simple habit tracker as a visual way of seeing my habits develop over time.  It’s set up for 4 months in a row so you can really see that progress that happens over time.

Have a habit you want to work on?  Grab the free printable HABIT TRACKER on the free printables page and get started!

 

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The Essential Guide – Clean Bathrooms

Earlier this week I asked my Instagram followers for their homekeeping questions.  I love hearing from  YOU when you have questions!  I’ll be answering those questions over the next couple of weeks (there were a lot of them :)) but in the meantime, there were oodles of questions about cleaning bathrooms.  So I thought I’d whip up a blog post with some links to other posts that answer those questions.  You want to know everything from how to really clean a toilet, to how to clean a whirlpool tub, and how to clean a plastic/fiberglass shower or bathtub.  I’ve got your answers below – I hope it’s helpful!  And if you’re quick, you can see my Instagram stories from yesterday where I talked about cleaning with kids.

Speed Clean Your Bathrooms – this is the method I use on Mondays to clean the bathrooms from top to bottom quickly (you’ll see the secret to getting this job done quickly is NOT washing the floors because I do them on Thursdays).

3 Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making – Want to save money and still have a clean bathroom minus the chemicals?  This post has my recipes for window + mirror cleaner, disinfecting cleaner, and daily shower spray.

8 Simple DIY Bathroom Cleaners + FREE Printable  – Looking for even more DIY recipes for the bathroom?  This post with free printable includes recipes for soap scum, mold + mildew, and rust and mineral deposits to name a few.

The Best Ways to Eliminate Residue, Stains, and Gunk in the Bathroom – Bathrooms can be a breeding ground for all the gunk – this post will show you how to get rid of that soap scum, stains, and other annoying residues that might be found.

The Best Way to Remove Toilet Bowl Rings – I love using a pumice stone for getting rid of those toilet bowl rings – this post shows you how I do it.  It’s easier than you might think!

Toilet Care Game Changers – I have two little boys and I can promise you that I’ve tried everything to get rid of that smell and I have truly figured it out – this post goes into detail on how to really clean a toilet and get rid of ‘that’ smell.

How to Clean a Shower + Keep it that Way – You asked – how do I clean a shower, soap scum, glass showers, fiberglass/plastic – showers are tough.  If it’s a shower that’s used regularly, it’s damp and has a fair amount of moisture that needs to fully dry on a daily basis.  If it isn’t used on a daily or weekly basis it still needs a quick wipe down to keep it clean and dust-free.  This post gives the run-down on what you need to know for that super clean shower you’re looking for.

How to Clean a Whirlpool Bathtub – They’re relaxing and lovely but they aren’t the easiest to clean mostly because they aren’t used regularly.  Use my method to clean your whirlpool tub and you’ll be happy to take that bath.

I can’t really talk about cleaning bathrooms without discussing my favorite tool for cleaning bathrooms – microfiber!  Go to this post for all you ever wanted to know about microfiber!

Have more bathroom cleaning questions or maybe you’ve found a solution that works – share it in the comments and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram too!

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The Clutter Challenge Wrap-Up

Did you complete THE CLUTTER CHALLENGE this past week?  If you did I hope you’re seeing the benefits of a little decluttering.  Imagine what you can do with a simple plan and a strategic method?

 

Now that you’ve completed The Clutter Challenge, you’re ready to move on to more specific and targeted decluttering.  Grab THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK so you can declutter your entire home – you’ll find an extensive whole house checklist AND an entire chapter that will guide you through paper clutter. Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!

Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK: Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight. Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever. If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps.

Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.


THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

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Clean + Organize with Homekeeping Society – October Essentials

If you’re looking for a simple way to stay on top of daily, weekly and monthly tasks in just minutes a day, Homekeeping Society is just the solution!

Fall is here and October’s Homekeeping Society is ready for you!

A couple fun things to share:

  • You can now purchase a one-year subscription for Homekeeping Society – yay!
  • new feature: QUICK TIPS page for each month – 2-3+ exclusive tips just for you

 

October’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – go here to see the homepage – check it out and use the coupon code 30OFFOCTOBER for 30% off your first month of a new subscription!

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!

 

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 – easy, peasy!
  • 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 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 close to 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 September – 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.  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 OCTOBER 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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DAY 7 – Declutter Jumpstart – Sort Mail Daily

Welcome to DAY 7 of the Clutter Challenge!  Hooray, you made it and you’re on your way to a decluttered home!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month! This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Sort mail daily – Start with today’s mail and sort it as soon as it comes in.  Going forward, continue with this simple habit and you’ll find that paper clutter will be at a minimum. Once you’ve completed the declutter jumpstart you’re ready to move on to more specific and targeted decluttering.  Grab THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK so you can declutter your entire home – you’ll find an extensive whole house checklist AND an entire chapter that will guide you through paper clutter. Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Buy THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK: Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight. Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever. If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

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DAY 6 – Declutter Jumpstart – File Paperwork

Welcome to DAY 6 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

File paperwork – File paperwork from your sorting the last couple days. Don’t get bogged down with the process of setting up a filing system if you don’t have one yet.  Start with an in and out basket or a paid and not paid basket or bin.  A plan for paper will come later in The Clutter Handbook if you need more specifics and you’ll have plenty of time to work on it then.

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Buy THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

 

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DAY 5 – Declutter Jumpstart – Shred Papers

Welcome to DAY 5 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Shred papers – Shred those papers from your paper piles.  If you don’t have a shredder, call your local bank or community center to see when they have a shredding day and save your confidential papers for that time.

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Buy THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

 

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DAY 4 – Declutter Jumpstart – Sort Paper Piles

Welcome to DAY 4 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Sort paper piles – If you have more than one, start with the worst offender and go from there.  When sorting paper piles you will have 3 categories: toss/recycle, file, and shred.  All you need to do today is to sort your paper piles.  Toss/recycle what you can and LEAVE the file and shred piles for the the next two days.  If you purchase or purchased THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK, print out the three category labels in Part 6 to help guide you through the paper declutter process.  I hate paper clutter – this photo is from last week’s pile of papers from ONE WEEK at school for my three kiddos.  I have to have a system in place!  You’ll find a whole chapter just on paper clutter in the handbook – perfect if you’re looking for a way to get rid of the paper clutter in your home too.

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

 

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DAY 3 – Declutter Jumpstart – Surface Declutter

Welcome to DAY 3 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Surface Declutter: Set a timer for 10-30 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get clear from surfaces. If you feel overwhelmed, pick one surface and completely clear it (coffee table, kitchen table, kitchen counters, desk, etc.). Taking that visual noise out of the equation makes a huge difference!  Once you’ve cleared one surface, wipe it clean and leave that surface empty for a bit before you put anything back.

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Buy THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
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Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

 

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DAY 2 – Declutter Jumpstart – Floor Declutter

Welcome to DAY 2 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT I’m pretty sure you’ll want it 🙂  As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Floor Declutter:  Set a timer for 10-30 minutes and gather everything that you can remove from the floors.  This might be clothing, bins, trash, anything that doesn’t belong on the floor.  Quickly remove it and put it where it belongs or get rid of it.

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Buy THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
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Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

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DAY 1 – Declutter Jumpstart – Whole House Quick Declutter

Welcome to DAY 1 of the Clutter Challenge!  The Clutter Challenge is a 7 day challenge – I hope you find it doable and helpful as a springboard for getting rid of clutter! This challenge is straight from THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK – you can totally do the challenge without the handbook BUT it will definitely help you get a handle on your clutter. As a special bonus, anyone that orders and has ordered THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK will get a special discount and early notification on the Clean Mama DAILY Planner coming later this month!

This week (September 9-15) I’ll be sharing 7 tasks designed to give you a decluttering jumpstart. Start with these 7 declutter tasks – they’re designed to get you started quickly and with easily, in a realistic and doable way.

Whole House Quick Declutter:  Start by setting a timer for 10-30 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of – aim for 3 bags. Toss, donate or sell your findings – this should be stuff you can get out of the house as quickly as possible.  Think trash, things that are where they shouldn’t be and are no longer needed/used.  The more things you can get out of the house today, the better.

I used the toss, donate, sell, and relocate pages included in THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK to make this a little easier.  Each one includes a little prompt to help you decide where your items should go.

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Buy THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Want my posts sent as an email reminder?  Sign up in the sidebar for those posts!

Click below to go to each day individually:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7


 

Here’s a little more information on THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK:

Do you ever feel like you can’t relax because there’s clutter everywhere you look and you don’t know where to start or feel like it’s pointless to start?  Or that unsettled feeling of not making any progress despite your best intentions?  You clean up the clutter only to find it returned and multiplied.  There’s a pile of last week’s mail on the counter, the kids have toys, shoes, and backpacks strewn from one corner of the house to the next and people need to eat tonight.

Is it too much to ask to have a calm home to walk into to?  Is it even possible with everything else you have going on?  Maybe you’re just destined to live a life of clutter forever.

If you’ve ever felt like this, you aren’t alone.  Any time I survey readers about what they struggle with the most, it’s clutter.  Instead of moving the piles around, I want you to be able to get rid of the clutter for good, enjoy a life with less stuff, and have systems in place to help you continue to succeed.  If clutter makes you crabby but you don’t necessarily know how to get rid of it for good or everything you’ve tried before hasn’t worked, I have something to share with you.

It’s THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK…..

I love living a life with less clutter. It’s easy to find just what I’m looking for, the house is always a few minutes from picked up and we just have more space and less visual noise to be in as a family.  Clutter is overwhelming, but the process to get rid of it for good doesn’t have to be. Living a life with less clutter is calming.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a 50 page pdf guide and resource webpage designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or if you just have a couple of annoying clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps. Here’s how THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is structured to help you find success in decluttering you home:

  1. Learn to declutter ruthlessly and in a way that makes sense for your schedule, home, and current clutter situation.
  2. Set up systems to effectively deal with your existing clutter.
  3. Learn how to navigate incoming clutter.
  4. Deal with clutter daily so it never piles up again.

THE CLUTTER HANDBOOK is a step-by-step manual for decluttering your home.  I’ve simplified my own personal decluttering method into an approachable system perfect for busy households and people with a time budget.  Let’s face it – if you don’t have time, that might be why your home is cluttered in the first place. You might have piles and stacks of stuff that’s been waiting for you to sort through for years or maybe it’s just piled up in the last weeks or months during a particularly busy season of life.  Whatever your current state of clutter is, you’re going to get to the bottom of it and get rid of it for good.

 

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10 Things People with Clean Homes Do Every Day

I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

You want a clean home but feel like you’re constantly running around cleaning up messes all the time?  Or maybe you have just decided that you will always be a ‘messy person’.  Take some tips from me as one of those people with a clean home – most of the time.  There is a secret to share to having a clean home – it’s daily maintenance!  Start incorporating a couple of these simple tasks daily and in no time you’ll be one of ‘those people’.

Not only is knowing what to clean and when to clean it important, but having the right tools is equally important.  

Here are 10 simple things that people with clean homes do every day.

They set the tone by making the bed(s) every single day.  Making a bed is simple and it definitely sets the tone of a clean bedroom which in turn might just help you tidy up another area in your home. Let’s face it, it’s always nicer to crawl into a made bed than a messy one at the end of a long day.

They don’t let the dishes pile up. Keep the kitchen sink clean and empty – wash dishes, put dishes in the dishwasher, put away clean dishes.  At the end of the day or meal, cleaning up is the last thing that you want to do, but getting in this habit is easier because dishes are easier to clean and you’ll have less dishes to wash at once.  I love the Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Dishwand and Scrub Sponge for washing the dishes – not only does it remove those stuck-on messes, but it also rinses clean so I don’t have to worry about cleaning my sponge too.

They wipe up little spills when they happen. Cleaning up little spills when they occur is always easier than trying to clean stuck-on drips and spills.  Keep a Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Dish Cloth handy while you’re cooking to quickly clean up those little messes. If you encounter a stuck-on mess, the Scrub Dots side is sure to remove it in one swipe.

They pick up clutter throughout the day so it doesn’t build up.  ​Taking the time daily to pick up clutter is so helpful.  Start by dealing with your mail every day and once you’ve conquered that clutter issue, move on to another area and you’ll slowly be eliminating clutter in your home.

They make sure that everything has a place.  You know the phrase, ‘a place for everything, and everything in its place’?  That little concept can keep a home tidy pretty much all the time.  If you create a place for every thing in your home, you’ll always know where to return it to.

They have a system for laundry – whether it’s a load a day or laundry day, staying on top of laundry is key to keeping a clean home.  Piles of laundry that are in any state of sorting, to be washed, or to be put away can be overwhelming.  By having a system you take the guesswork out of when the laundry will be completed and you’ll not be searching for clothes or wondering if that favorite shirt is clean.

They wipe out the refrigerator weekly. Get in the habit of wiping out the refrigerator weekly.  I like to take care of this task before doing the big grocery run for the week on Fridays.  The refrigerator is mostly empty so a quick wipe is with a damp Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Dish Cloth is all it takes to clean the surface in a hurry.

They plan ahead.  Use a calendar, planner, checklist, notebook – whatever works for you, but have a plan for what comes next so you know what’s coming and you can prepare for it.

They check the floors and sweep or vacuum up little messes daily.  Make it a habit to check under the kitchen table after meals and do a quick sweep or vacuum if necessary.  I prefer to do a whole house vacuum on Wednesdays but find that this is all it takes as long as I am tackling those daily messes (even with 3 kids and a large dog) that a once-a-week whole house vacuuming is all that is needed.

They are methodical about cleaning and organizing.  Set aside time and tackle the areas that need a little work and take care of them as needed to avoid overwhelm.  Cleaning and organizing is a part of life – it can be enjoyable or it can be a loathed chore.  Make it part of your routine and you’ll find that simple systems can make your home run more smoothly and feel clean most of the time.

How about you?  Which task can you work on or have one to add?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer – Spray + Gel

Using conventional hand sanitizers might seem like the right thing to do when you’re in a pinch, but many contain chemicals that are harmful to your health.  Ingredients and chemicals like triclosan, artificial fragrances, artificial dyes, to name a few.

If you have a choice, always wash your hands with soap and water but if you need a hand sanitizer for those times when soap and water aren’t available, these natural hand sanitizers are the perfect solution.

I’m linking up everything that I used and featured in the bottom of the post – you’ll notice that the essential oils I feature are Plant Therapy’s KidSafe line – perfect for these recipes.  These recipes are straight from my first book, The Organically Clean Home – also linked in the ‘shop the post’ section at the bottom of this post.

Hand Sanitizer Spray

Prefer a liquid for your hand sanitizing needs?  Ditch the chemical versions and try this.  Keep it in your purse for a quick spritz. The witch hazel is a natural astringent and the vitamin E will moisturize.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Dispense ingredients directly into a small container with a spray top and shake to combine.  Spray on hands, rub thoroughly, and allow to air dry.

Hand Sanitizer Gel

This is my kids’ favorite hand sanitizer recipe.  It cleans, leaves hands soft, and it is safe for the kids to apply themselves.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces pure aloe vera (not the green stuff)
  • 3 teaspoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 5 drops essential oil – lemon and lavender are my favorites in this recipe

Dispense ingredients directly in a small container with a lid.  Shake liberally to mix all ingredients thoroughly.  If you want your gel to be slightly thinner in consistency, add a little more rubbing alcohol, up to one teaspoon.

Keep out of reach of small children, but store where you’ll use it most – in your purse, your nursery, or car.  Will keep for up to 2 months – may need a little shake before using.

There are affiliate links in this post but I only link products that I wholeheartedly use and recommend in my own home.  You can see more information here.

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