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It’s HERE! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

I love sharing homekeeping tips and tricks that work in our home.  Simple and effective solutions that REALLY WORK are totally my thing (yours too?).  I’m excited to share The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with you this week – if it’s something that works for you, I know it will encourage you, help you on your homekeeping journey, and best of all, save you a lot of time and money!


For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever.

This year’s edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site.

The bundle includes amazing resources that cover everything you need to make homemaking and mothering feel less stressful… quick & healthy recipes, homemaking printables, cleaning tips, date night ideas, parenting helps, and so much more.

Plus, it comes with over $290 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (this is one of my favorite parts of the bundle!).

The bundle includes 106 digital products and it’s worth over $1980!  If that sounds amazing, go check it out!  If it sounds overwhelming, the bundle is broken down into categories and it’s super easy to find resources that fit your needs when you need it.  Think of it more like a library of resources that you can access when you need it most.

Let’s distill the bundle down a bit – how about my 6 favorite products?  Just these 6 products are worth over $103.97 and I can tell you that they cover budgeting, cleaning, clutter, paper organization, overwhelm, and cooking – 6 areas that everyone needs a little help with room time to time!

 

  • Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom by Jessica Turner ($39.00)
  • Living Well & Spending Zero by Ruth Soukup ($12.99)
  • The Paperless Home: How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life by Abby Lawson ($32.00)
  • Clean Mama’s Just One Page Kit by Becky Rapinchuk ($7.00)
  • Clutterfree with Kids: Change Your Thinking. Discover New Habits. Free Your Home. by Joshua Becker ($5.99)
  • The Well Ordered Kitchen by Caroline Allen ($6.99)

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the bundle website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use the Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

 

Learn more or get your bundle HERE:

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 1st, so don’t wait!)
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DIY Laundry Stain Bar

This is a super simple DIY cleaning idea for the laundry room – a DIY Laundry Stain Bar!  This solution works best on simple clothing stains that are fresh and not set-in.  I love this natural and non-toxic alternative to stain sticks and sprays, try it the next time you have a stain that needs some attention.  My favorite way to use it is on kids’ clothes and dirty pants’ knees from playing in the dirt.

Grab your supplies – water, a bar of Castile or vegetable-based soap (you can find castile soap at Target, Wal-Mart, your natural food store, and Amazon), and scrub brush if necessary.

Use a knife or scissors to cut the top off the wrapper. This creates a little storage case for your bar and it will keep your hands from getting soap on them (not that that would be a bad thing).

You can store the bar in the wrapper when not in use and it will dry out completely in a couple minutes after using it.  Push the bar up a bit out of the wrapper to use it.

Wet the top of the bar under running water or in a dish – I like to use a dish because it’s more controlled.

Rub into the stain and re-wet if necessary.

Scrub if necessary with a clean, soft bristled brush.

Launder as usual and admire your stain-removing abilities!

I love talking about natural laundry solutions – go here to see more of my tips!

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

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How to Clean Electronics

Electronics are dust magnets, they can be difficult to clean and keep clean and their surfaces can be damaged by cleaning them incorrectly.  Here’s how to clean most electronic surfaces quickly and with ease.  I’m also adding links to my favorite electronic dusting and cleaning products – some links may be affiliate links.

Consult your owner’s manual for directions and never directly spray cleaner on your electronics or devices.  Spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth first and wipe in one direction. Turn your electronics off before cleaning – if they are warm or on they aren’t as easy to clean.

COMPUTERS + LAPTOPS


Dust with a microfiber cloth or a mitt.  Use a soft, small (clean) paintbrush to dust keys and small  crevices.  Canned air also works well to dislodge dust and other small debris that can be difficult to remove.  Depending on your manufacturer’s suggestion, you can most likely use a barely damp microfiber or screen-safe cloth to effectively clean the screen.  Getting the screen wet (or spraying anything on it) will most likely ruin or damage the screen.

TELEVISIONS

Dust with a microfiber wand duster or microfiber cloth starting from the top/left and working down to the bottom.  I like using a wand duster when I’m doing weekly dusting to quickly dust TVs.  Make sure you start with an not dusting duster to ensure that you aren’t just spreading around dust.

CELL PHONES + TABLETS

Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Remove any cases and covers.  Wipe with a barely damp microfiber cloth and/or a screen wipe (the ones linked and pictured work great!) to effectively clean and disinfect.  Wipe any keys or frequently touched areas with a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol wipe to disinfect surfaces.  Make sure you aren’t getting any part of the devices wet as it can quickly damage the screens and devices.

BLU-RAY/DVD PLAYERS

Use the vacuum cleaner’s soft brush attachment to vacuum any dust from behind and under the player.  Wipe with a soft, barely damp microfiber cloth.

REMOTES + CONTROLLERS

Use a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol wipe to disinfect surfaces.  If you have pesky crevices use a cotton swab or toothpick to dislodge debris.

This post is part of a series all about Homekeeping Basics.

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

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Mom Shortcuts : Saving Your Sanity One Quick Tip at a Time

As a mom to three kiddos I love a clean house and while this might sound like an oxymoron, it can be done.  What’s even better than a clean house? A house that takes little effort to keep clean.  With a minimalistic style and simplified routines, I’ve found that keeping things tidy most of the time isn’t as difficult as one might think.

I talk a lot about this concept in my new book, Simply Clean – if you haven’t grabbed it, order your copy today!

Here are a few of my favorite shortcuts, simple things I do that make life just a little simpler.

SIMPLIFY LAUNDRY – I don’t sort the kids’ laundry – I simply wash any dirty clothes together on one day of the week.  To avoid any sorting, I wash each kid’s laundry separately and the older kids fold and put away their own clothes –  yay!  Each child has their own hamper in their closet – I think this keeps things easier from dirty to washed and put away.

DON’T USE A TOP SHEET – this saves time for changing sheets AND it keeps things easier for kids as they are learning to make their own beds.  Simply pull up the quilt or duvet and toss on the pillows and the bed is made.  Wash the quilt and/or duvet cover as you would sheets.

USE A PLASTIC TABLE CLOTH FOR PLAY-DOH AND CRAFTS – I keep a plastic table cloth in the play-doh bin and throw it down on the table before embarking on a play-doh or crafting session.  Clean up is a breeze and everyone has more fun 🙂

PREP FOR THE WEEK – Don’t let a new week surprise you, do a little something to get ready!

KEEP A SICK KIT – You know it’s going to happen – keeping a couple items on hand keeps those late night trips to the store to a minimum.

USE BINS FOR COATS AND SHOES – This is especially helpful when we have guests over for more than an afternoon and there’s lots of running in and outside.  Put a couple bins by the door and let the kids drop coats and shoes in the bins in lieu of shoes strewn from one end of the room to the other.

ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE – Plan for snacking and lunch-packing by keeping good food choices at the ready.

BOREDOM BUSTERS – Keep screen-free activities handy for kids to grab and use (especially in the summer!).

USE A BASKET FOR BOOKS INSTEAD OF A NIGHTSTAND – When kids are little or if you don’t want to invest in a nightstand, use a basket for books by the bed.  This creates a place for the often used items and it keeps things neat.  Use a clip-on light to illuminate the space in lieu of a table lamp.

BASKETS, BASKETS, BASKETS – my favorite tool for organizing kids’ stuff – open baskets.  They look nice on a shelf and kids can easily see what’s in them at a glance.

KEEP LIDS FOR WATER BOTTLES IN A BIN – I keep lids separate from water bottles – this allows everything to thoroughly dry and it saves space and keeps lids from falling on my head.

HOMEWORK CADDY – keep school and art supplies in a caddy for homework and crafting, grab the caddy, draw, do homework, and put everything back in a minute.  Once of my favorite tips, ever.

CUTLERY CADDY – Simplify mealtimes with a cutlery caddy.  Keep often used items handy and easy to grab.  This is great for little ones setting the table and for when you forget something – no need to get up and grab it as soon as you sit down.

I’d LOVE to hear your shortcuts – leave them in the comments!

 

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Clean + Organize with Homekeeping Society – May 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 perfect!

I’m so excited for May aren’t you? You’ll find that May’s subscription is clean and fresh.

A couple NEW things to share:

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

May’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – and it has a shiny new homepage – check it out and use the coupon code 30OFFMAY 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 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 well over 300 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 April – I think 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 MAY 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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Essential Guide – Spring Cleaning

With the weather (finally!) warming up and spring around the corner, I wanted to share some of my favorite spring cleaning resources. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an intensive month long commitment to cleaning your home from top to bottom. You can choose to do a small task every day or take a weekend to get your home cleaned. Regardless of what your method or ideas of what spring cleaning is, take a look at these resources and tutorials to help make the job easier.

How to Get Ready for Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Essentials Supply List

Spring Cleaning + Decluttering Challenge and Free Printable Checklist

How to Put Together a Cleaning Caddy

How to Clean Upholstered, Microfiber and Leather Furniture

How to Clean Your Own Carpets

How to Clean Window Blinds

How to Clean Your Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

How to Clean Window Tracks

How to Clean Your Kitchen Appliances in Under an Hour

How to Clean Your Microwave

Organizing a Simple Pantry

How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress

How to Wash Pillows

How to Clean Baseboards Three Ways

How to Clean Woodwork and Cupboards

How to Clean Upholstered Furniture

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

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How to Clean Your Kitchen Appliances in Under an Hour

This is a great method for deep cleaning all your appliances quickly, seasonally, spring cleaning (are you doing my spring cleaning challenge?), or just a cleaning whim.  Feel free to split it up and do one appliance at a time, but the magic in the method is that you can thoroughly deep clean ALL your kitchen appliances quickly.

Ready?  Make sure you have about an hour to dedicate to this job – it’s frustrating to be mid-project and have to stop.

GATHER a couple cleaning supplies – castile soap or dish soap, white vinegar, a scrub brush or old toothbrush, all-purpose, non-toxic cleanermicrofiber cloths, and bar mop towels or cleaning rags.
FILL your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water.
OVEN – If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can run that option, but because it’s a smelly job it is best done after a quick clean up of food on the interior and with the windows open.  If you don’t have this option or don’t want to stink up the house, heavily spray a non-toxic degreaser or all-purpose cleaner in the interior of the oven and shut the door, letting the cleaner work on the grease.  Once you’ve treated your oven, you’ll want to clean the stove top – here’s how to clean a glass stove top and a gas stove top.
MICROWAVE – take out the glass plate in your microwave and put it in your sink.  Spray the interior of your microwave with non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner OR put a bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes).   Let the cleaner or steam do its job.  Here’s a post with the full instructions for this method.
DISHWASHER – do this after you have run the dishwasher and its ‘clean’ and empty.  Remove the racks, spray the edges with cleaner and wipe clean.  Check the trap at the bottom for any food or blockages and clean out the filter if your dishwasher has one. Put a cup or two of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a normal wash cycle.  Here’s a post with very specific instructions on how to clean your dishwasher if you’re interested.

REFRIGERATOR – throw away anything old or expired, take the rest of the contents out of the refrigerator and take out all removable drawers and shelves.  Put the drawers and shelves in the soapy sink and let them soak.

  • Mix up 1 teaspoon of dish soap (or my favorite, Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange castile soap), 1 teaspoon baking soda, and about 4-6 cups of warm water.
  • Wipe down the shelves with a well rung out microfiber cloth, bar mop or dish cloth.  Repeat until all shelves and drawers have been wiped clean.  Dry if necessary.
FINISH UP – go back and wipe and dry the microwave tray and the refrigerator drawers and shelves.  Wipe the interior of your oven after the self-cleaning cycle has completed OR if you used an all-purpose cleaner, you can use a non-toxic scrubbing cleaner or baking soda to clean and polish.
SPRAY and WIPE the fronts of your appliances – I like to use microfiber window/glass cloths on my stainless steel appliances for a streak-free shine.  Here’s a post with more details on my favorite method.
That’s it!  In an hour of active time (if you run the self-clean option on your oven and run your dishwasher, it will take a little longer, but that’s time that you aren’t doing any cleaning), your appliances will be spring cleaned!

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It’s complete with quick cleaning checklists and guides and it will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

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How to Use Castile Soap

This post is part of a new series – Homekeeping Basics.  In the series I’ll talk about ingredients, products, and some simple, basic homekeeping 101 sorts of things. I hope you enjoy it!

Let’s start with a product I think every one should have in their home – castile soap.  Castile soap is an all natural, vegetable-based product made primarily of coconut and olive oils. Instead of using synthetic chemicals as ingredients, they use naturally found and sourced ingredients.  A lot of soaps (dish and otherwise) contain petroleum and other toxic, caustic ingredients. By switching to castile soap for cleaning you’re using an effective and safe alternative.

My favorite is brand is Dr. Bronner’s – I love the citrus version.  It smells fresh, clean, and citrusy.  Dr. Bronner’s also comes in unscented, almond, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and a few other scents.  If you have never heard of Dr. Bronner’s you can purchase online through Amazon or I purchase at my local Wal-Mart, Target (in the natural beauty section), or Whole Foods.

What’s so great about castile soap? It’s affordable, extremely concentrated, natural, and gentle and it cleans beautifully! It’s a great multi-purpose cleaner. It’s so safe that you can use it to clean fruit and vegetables and to brush your teeth. One word of caution – castile soap and vinegar don’t mix.  The acid in the vinegar mixes with the castile to make a sludge.  I do use one or two recipes with a teeny tiny bit of castile soap and vinegar and haven’t had a sludgy reaction, but just be careful as you’re mixing up cleaning concoctions.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use castile soap:

How to Clean Window Blinds

How to Clean Window Tracks

How to Clean Hardwood Floors Without Vinegar

How to Clean a Glass Cooktop

3 Ways to Clean Baseboards

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray

Nightly Sink Scrub

Soft Cleaning Scrub

Washing Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

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Leave a Review for Simply Clean and Win a $100 Shop Credit

If you’re finding Simply Clean to be helpful in your home, I’d love it if you’d leave an honest review on Amazon! Keep reading to see how a little review could score you a $100 Clean Mama Home shop credit. You’ll be helping other people find the book so they can also start seeing real change in their homes, too.
It’s also a great way to support authors, since reviews help the book become more easily discoverable on Amazon. And just as importantly, I love hearing your feedback and finding out new ways I can help you make progress in your home.
As a big thank you for your support, I’ll be giving away a $100 shop credit to Clean Mama Home to anyone who leaves an honest review on Amazon! 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 and just tell me that you left a review on Amazon – if you already left a review you can still enter!
  3. I’ll draw a 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 April 14th and announce the winner here.

Thank you + good luck!

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How to Clean Window Blinds

If you have blinds you know that they do a great job of keeping the sun out of a room and adding privacy but they are also great at trapping dust and debris.  Dust and dirt left on blinds shows, but worse than that, it can add allergens to your home that you don’t need.  A little attention during seasonal cleaning is a great way to keep your blinds clean year ‘round.  Today I’m sharing my three favorite methods for effective blind cleaning. Try one or all of them – each one works perfectly to clean your blinds with ease.

Use a blind duster

These little blind duster tools are great for quickly cleaning window blinds.  The microfiber can be removed and laundered in between uses and it works great to trap dust from both sides of the blinds simultaneously.  Bonus: you can clean two blind slats at once.

Microfiber + water

If you prefer a more ‘hands-on’ technique, use a microfiber cloth and barely dampen it.  If your blinds are extra dusty or dirty, add a drop of rubbing alcohol and a drop of castile or dish soap to help cut through the dust and grime.

Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a vacuum cleaner (this one is my favorite) with a soft brush attachment and an extending hose, try using it to vacuum your blinds.  This is my favorite technique because it’s quick and it does a great job of capturing any dust in a hurry.


This month is all about spring cleaning and decluttering.  If you haven’t grabbed the free checklist, go to this post to grab it and get started.

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

Go to this post for my favorite methods and recipes for washing windows.

And this post for how to clean window tracks.

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How to Clean Window Tracks

Cleaning windows is an integral component of spring cleaning but cleaning window tracks is definitely one of those yucky jobs that no one likes doing.  As far as I’m concerned, cleaning the tracks is just as important as cleaning the windows themselves.  Depending on where you live you’ll find different types of dirt in your window tracks – dust, dirt, pollen, mold, insects, spiderwebs, etc. Any or all of these particles can be found in your window tracks – no one wants to open a window only to let dirt in to the house.  If you suffer from allergies you’ll definitely find some relief once you’ve cleaned the pollen and dust from the window tracks. The good news is if you clean your window tracks in the spring and fall you’ll be cutting down on how long this task takes.

Want to tackle this not-so-fun spring cleaning task?

Gather your supplies:

  • castile or dish soap
  • warm water in container
  • sponge
  • bath towel for the floor
  • microfiber cloth
  • soft cloths for drying window sills and tracks
  • scrub brush or old (but clean) toothbrush
  • vacuum if necessary

Get started:

Place a bath towel on the floor to catch and drips and dirt.

Carefully remove the window screens. If these are dirty, take the time to spray them with your hose outside or wipe them clean with your sponge.

Vacuum up any loose dirt or debris with the hose attachment of your vacuum cleanerif your window tracks are really dirty. Make sure you clean the attachment when you are done with the job.

Put about 1 teaspoon (or a good squirt) of dish soap to warm water in a container.  

Add warm water to the soap to make a soapy solution for cleaning your window tracks.

Dip your sponge in the warm, soapy water and scrub over the tracks.

If the sponge isn’t working, use a scrub brush to help loosen up the dirt and debris.

Rinse and repeat scrubbing until all the dirt is removed.  Change the water if it gets dirty. Yuck, right?

Don’t forget to wipe the sills and latches clean.

Dry thoroughly and admire your clean windows.


This month is all about spring cleaning and decluttering.  If you haven’t grabbed the free checklist, go to this post to grab it and get started.

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

Go to this post for my favorite methods and recipes for washing windows.

 

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Simply Spring Cleaning (and decluttering) Challenge

Are you getting ready to do some spring cleaning?  Or did you already start?  I’m so excited to finally share a little spring cleaning challenge with you – it has a bit of a twist and works perfectly with or without my brand new book Simply Clean.  

Simply Spring Cleaning (and decluttering) Challenge

Think of this challenge like a choose your own adventure for spring cleaning – take on the challenge and do it at your own pace.  I’ve aligned traditional spring cleaning tasks with decluttering tasks.  This works really well because you can do the two things in tandem OR do one on one day and the other the next. I think you’ll find that this approach works well for cleaning AND clearing clutter. Follow along step by step or skip around – do what works for YOU and your schedule.

Notice in the decluttering section that I’ve included some helpful decluttering tasks like zeroing out your inbox and decluttering 10 minutes in your basement or storage area.  I’ve included a few decluttering tasks that I need and maybe you do too 😉

Grab your FREE checklist here – you’ll need to put it in your cart and checkout – it’s still free!

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.  It might take you a weekend, two weeks, or a month or more.  The goal?  You decide! Clean neglected areas of the home, lose some excess stuff that’s causing you stress and cluttering up your home, and get ready to open those doors and windows and breathe in that wonderful spring air from your beautifully clean home!

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

 

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

A couple favorite recipes for spring cleaning – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

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Spring Cleaning Essentials Supply List

It’s my favorite time of the year – spring cleaning season!  Want to do a little (or a lot of) spring cleaning too?  Every year I do a some type of organized spring cleaning here on the blog and in our home and this year is no different. I’ll be introducing the challenge (it’s completely new and different than anything I’ve done with you guys) later this week with a free printable guide, but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to gather supplies and essentials. Maybe it’s just me, but gearing up for a cleaning endeavor is definitely more fun than the cleaning itself. By gathering supplies it ensures that we’re ready to do a little bit of cleaning every day or for a few days in a row and stay on track with spring cleaning. Want to give it a whirl too?  Here’s what you need to get started.

First of all…did you grab my new book, Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

Here’s what you need to do:

Grab a container, a basket, or a caddy and collect the tools you’ll need for spring cleaning.  You can carry this from room to room with you or keep it in a mudroom or storage closet and just take out what’s needed each day.  You’ll see my very own products pictured (Clean Mama Home) and not only do I love using them (because cute cleaning definitely makes cleaning more fun), but they work better than anything I’ve used before!  Yay 🙂

I’m keeping the cleaning supply list SIMPLE this year, less is more and when you have multi-purpose products, it’s just plain easier to get your spring cleaning done.  I’m guessing that you have quite a few of these products, just gather them in one place.

Spring Cleaning Tools:

  • cleaning caddy – to tote and carry your tools and supplies
  • microfiber cleaning cloths – they make cleaning so much easier – no lint, no streaks, just the best clean
  • bar mops towels or cotton cleaning cloths – great for cleaning tasks that you don’t want to use microfiber for – I use them in the kitchen and for washing baseboards and doors.
  • wand duster – if you don’t have one, you’ll find that they make dusting so much easier and quicker
  • vacuum cleaner with attachments – look for one with a hepa filter
  • mop – you’ll need something to wash your floors
  • carpet cleaner – I love having one one hand for rooms at a time and for spring cleaning.  You can also hire this job out and make things even easier on yourself
  • blind cleaner – if you have blinds, this makes cleaning them a snap
  • scrub brushes – large and small (or an old toothbrush) – be ready to clean the dirt and grime
  • window squeegee – if you want to clean your own windows, a squeegee is your ticket to a quick and easy job
  • lint roller – for cleaning light fixtures, furniture, and anywhere you see dust and lint that might need a gentler touch
  • garbage bags – for decluttering while you’re spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning Products – use your favorites or DIY them:

  • dish or castile soap – it’s amazing what you can clean with warm water and a squirt of soap
  • hydrogen peroxide – for disinfecting – simply attach a sprayer
  • all-purpose cleaning spray
  • window + glass spray
  • soft scrub and/or baking soda

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A couple favorite recipes for spring cleaning – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

Clean Mama Home Bar Mop Towels

Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out my shop and product line, Clean Mama HOME!  Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANING for 15% off!

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Simply Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for April 2017

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

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my brand-new book Simply Clean, I thought it would be the perfect theme. Make 2017 your year to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that work for you and your family.

 

Simply Clean was JUST released this week – did you get your copy?
photo via Just a Girl and Her Blog

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 APRIL 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 April 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 April 2017!

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

Don’t miss the SPRING CLEANING SALE in Clean Mama Home!

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

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Clean Mama Home SPRING CLEANING SALE + 3 NEW Products!

It’s SPRING CLEANING season and it’s time to stock up on the best cleaning supplies to get your home clean and tidy in a hurry!  (My annual spring cleaning challenge is coming next week!).  Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANING in Clean Mama Home for 15% off your entire order – including 3 new products!

PETITE Bar Mop Cloths!  If you love my regular bar mops, you’ll adore this smaller size – they’re 12”x12”.  I love using them to wipe down counters and the kitchen table.  Put one by the stove while you’re cooking to wipe up spills to keep things neat.  You’ll love the petite size, they make cleaning up a breeze!

DISH DRYING Mat – The perfect solution to drying dishes on the counters is this darling microfiber dish drying mat.  It’s washable and dries quickly!  The soft pewter color will blend with any decor and it looks great with my pewter kitchen towels too!

CLEAN MAMA WHITE Apron – if you’re looking for a simple apron perfect for keeping your clothes clean while you’re cooking (or cleaning).  I love that the cinched neck tie travels through the apron and ties at the waist for optimal comfort.

Hurry!  Sale Ends April 1st!  Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANING in Clean Mama Home for 15% off your entire order.

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