Everyday Tips : Keep those Headphones Untangled

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

Use a large clip to keep headphones from getting tangled up.  Wrap the wires around your hand and place them in between the metal. The wires will stay untangled and you can quickly find them in your bag or purse. Use decorative tape to personalize your clip and so you know whose gear is whose.

I keep my headphones in my purse so I always have them ready for the gym or if I want to listen to a quick podcast. If I don’t do this they end up as a tangled mess in my purse.

I’m guessing you might have a large binder clip around your house but if you don’t, they’re easy to come by and definitely an inexpensive fix.

I lightly wrap the wires around my hand, open the clip, and then just put it in the metal space and close it.  Super easy.

I added a piece of decorative tape on both sides to jazz it up a bit – this would also work if you have multiple headsets you’re trying to keep straight.

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Can you Clean Your Carpets + Hard Surface Floors with One Machine? + a Giveaway!

I get a lot of questions about cleaning floors – how to clean them, what to clean them with, and how to clean them thoroughly. When Rug Doctor asked me to review and share their new product, the FlexClean, I was excited to see how it works and share it with you!  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for a chance to win your own Rug Doctor FlexClean!

The FlexClean is an all-in-one floor cleaner that can clean the entire home – including hard surfaces, rugs, carpet, and more.  Cleaning your carpets with the FlexClean and then cleaning hard surface floors with the same machine is really as simple as changing out the nozzle and turning the knob.  The FlexClean did a great job deep cleaning my sealed hardwoods and tile floors as well as cleaning berber and plush carpeting.

What really impresses me about the FlexClean is that you can move through your whole house and clean your hard surface floors and carpets with the SAME machine.  I especially like that the machine goes right up to the wall to clean edges.

Can you Clean Your Carpets + Hard Surface Floors with One Machine?  Yes you can!  And you can also clean steps, cars, and other hard to reach spaces too! I know from my own experience that we need and want our floors to be deep cleaned but we don’t want to own or store five different machines to do this job.  You can use the FlexClean to clean up liquid messes on hard surface floors as well.

Here are a couple features from Rug Doctor:

  • Quickly adjusts to 3 optimized spray rates for carpet and hard floors
  • Features two different cleaning nozzles to effectively and safely clean carpet and hard floors
  • Pivots and handles like a lightweight vacuum
  • Powerful suction removes tough dirt, stains, odors, and more
  • Features two lightweight tanks that remove with one click for easy filling and disposal

Rug Doctor also sent me the FlexClean’s Upholstery and Spot Cleaning tool.  It attaches the machine to deep clean stairs, furniture, auto interiors and other hard-to-reach places.  I used it on our steps and found that it did a great job at getting up a couple old stains and it freshened up the steps as well.  It attaches to the front of the machine with a simple snap and then you spray the solution on the area to be cleaned and run the tool over the area and it sucks everything right up.

Rug Doctor has  two cleaning solutions for the FlexClean: Rug Doctor’s All-in-One Multisurface Solution and All-in-One Pet Multisurface Solution. Both solutions are water-based and safe for kids and pets, non-toxic, phosphate-free, non-abrasive. And they won’t harm floors or leave residue.

I received the RugDoctor FlexClean to review and this is a post sponsored by RugDoctor.  I only review and share products with you that I love and have tested in my own home.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Essentials for Organizing Kids’ Papers + Memorabilia

You know that dreaded feeling when the kids go back to school and the papers start to flood in? Or on the last week of school when all.the.papers start coming home? It’s inevitable, overwhelming, and expected. Instead of being surprised, I choose to have a simple method for filing papers and artwork all year long. This keeps things from getting out of hand and it also gives us a plan. This isn’t the ‘right’ way to do things, it’s just how I figured it out – I hope it helps you to come up with a plan for paper too!

I have three kids – two in elementary school and one in middle school – this system has been in place for about 8 years and I can tell you that it works with one, two, and now three kids in school. You should also know that I was an art teacher for almost 10 years so I have a true love for kids’ artwork and my kids’ artwork is no different. This is how and what we save….

I have a couple rules in place for the kids’ papers (this is just what we do, feel free to come up with your own rules):

  • KEEP anything with a handprint or fingerprints
  • Limit the AMOUNT of what we keep – each kid gets a hanging file folder for each school year
  • Go through papers that we keep TOGETHER – this ensures important pieces to both of us are kept.

Here are our 3 essentials for organizing kids’ papers + memorabilia:

Stackable Letter Tray

This is where we keep the daily stuff – if something needs to be filed, needs to be filled out, or needs attention but not today.  The kids each have their own file and they are in charge of what’s in the file.  I help them sort through it when it gets full or if I’m remembering a permission slip for a field trip and go looking for it.  Looking for something similar?  Find it here.

Why this works: This gives the in-process papers a home every day and keeps them off the counters, and out of the bottom of backpacks.

Covered File Box

Each kid gets a covered file box with 13 hanging file folders – one for each year, pre-k-12th grade.  I bought red, yellow, and blue hanging file folders for the kids – they each have their own color.  During the year we put special papers, things with handprints, grades, and other items that we want to keep.  Usually during the first week of summer we go through the folder together and assess what we want to keep longer.

Why this works?  This forces us to keep just a small selection of favorites and curate them throughout the year.  Some day they might not want them but we look through them a couple times a year.

Portfolio

There’s always artwork that’s too big to put in our file boxes so each kid has an archival giant portfolio that hangs out under their bed or in their closet.  This is for those precious large pictures and artwork.

Why this works?  I’m sure in 10 years we won’t hold on to everything in this portfolio but for right now I like having it to look at and the kids enjoy going back through the years via their artwork.

My latest eBook, The Clutter Handbook has a whole section devoted to paper clutter if you found these tips helpful you’ll probably like my approach to clutter and paper clutter.

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Free Printable : Summer 2018 Calendar

The last three years I’ve shared a free summer calendar and it’s been so popular that I had to share another one for you this summer!  A little proactive planning is a great way to intentionally start off the summer.

I know it’s only April but we’ve been working on getting the summer schedule figured out at our house and since I know that I’m not only one trying to figure out the kids’ schedules, I thought I’d share a simple way to see everyone’s classes and activities at a glance.

Here’s what I do:

I print out two – one to determine what’s enough and what’s too much – like a pre-planning calendar.  Once I have that under control, I use the second one for keeping track for schedules all summer long. I find that laying it out at a glance is the best way to see what’s going to work and what won’t work for the summer.

I left a little room on the top, bottom, and margin of the sheet if you’d like to make a little key and color code the activities/kids.  I hope this is a helpful and useful tool as you lay out the summer and make the most of the next three glorious summer months!

Grab the summer 2018 calendar here – happy summer!

Your Secret to Getting Things Done – May Homekeeping Society

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

 

Don’t forget:

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

 

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

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

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

  • May2018 Homekeeping Society cover page
  • May’s monthly focus (garage + basement) + quick tips page
  • blank calendar
  • pre-filled homekeeping calendar
  • monthly menu planning calendar
  • 2 weekly menu planning dockets with a shopping list
  • to do list for May
  • daily planner for May
  • 2 weekly dockets for May (Sunday + Monday starts)
  • quote for the kitchen sink
  • bathroom cleaning/organizing checklist
  • May budget checklist – NEW!

 

Homekeeping Society is simple to use:

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

 

 

How to login:

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

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

 

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

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me!  Go here to learn more – and use the coupon code 30offmay for 30% off your first month.  Want to see some ideas and more information on how to implement Homekeeping Society? Go here to see all the posts and past months of Homekeeping Society!

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

Shop Update : Towels

Lots of new products will be filtering in to Clean Mama Home this spring along with a fresh look for the shop later this month – yay!  These towels have been in the works for almost a year so sharing them with you is oh-so-exciting!  I know you’re going to LOVE them!

Here’s what’s new:

DAYS OF THE WEEK TOWELS

Reminiscent of vintage flour sack towels, these darling tea towels are perfect for adding that perfect touch to your kitchen.

They look great but they also dry dishes and hands with ease.  I love that they are lightweight and dry quickly!

Reversible Terry Towel – set of 2

Clean Mama’s signature aqua and white reversible terry towels have a textured weave and they reverse to a white terry cloth.

You’ll love the soft feel and large surface – perfect for dishes, hands, and adding that perfect accent to your kitchen.  The more you wash them, the softer they get.

Come see the new towels!

ENDED! The 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

This has ended – sorry!  It’s that time again – the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is HERE!

Since 2013, Ultimate Bundles has been selling the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, a complete collection of resources to help you create a home and life you love.

 

Even though it’s always a great deal and full of incredible resources, this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is the best one yet!

This is the first year the specially-formatted eReader files are included, so you’ll have a smooth reading experience no matter what kind of device you use. You used to have to pay $10 extra, but since they’re now included, it’s like you’re getting a $10 bonus!

It’s also the most resources ever included in one of these bundles! Whether you want decluttering and organizing tips, ideas to help you balance all your roles, healthy meal plans, mothering or marriage tips, or anything else related to homemaking, this bundle has you covered.

Curious what the bundle is all about?

  • Dates it’s available: April 11-16, 2018
  • Price: $29.97
  • Value: 129 products worth $3,687.47
  • Contents: 62 eBooks, 34 printable packs & workbooks, 3 membership sites, 30 eCourses, videos and audios

… all curated to give you a helpful collection of resources to touch every part of your homekeeping journey – at a price that’s too good to miss.

Will our homes ever be perfect? Nope. Learning smart strategies and solutions, and saving yourself time and stress trying to figure things out on your own, sure does go a long way.  With a little help, you really can create a home and life that (while imperfect) is pretty great. 🙂

Check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle right here:
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Choose from bonuses worth more than $180 like a Cultivate What Matters shop credit, free kids’ books from Bookroo, unlimited books, audiobooks and magazines with a 3-month Scribd subscription, or free natural eyeshadow from Orglamix – just to name a few!

I realize that this bundle can be overwhelming because there’s SO MUCH content but if you just choose a couple things that you are interested in and add those up you’ll see that it will still save you money.  Here are three clutter-related products in the bundle (including The Clutter Handbook from me) – just these add up to $126.61.  Look through what’s included and add up what you’re interested in and see if it’s a value for you and then make your decision!

 

Go here to check out the bundle!

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – I do receive a portion of any sales from my link – go here to see my full policy.

Everyday Tips : Contain Blankets + Throws

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

This is such a simple tip but that’s the whole point of these posts – something simple that you might not have thought of.  Use a large basket or crock to decoratively store blankets and throws.  I have a collection of vintage crocks and use my largest one for stashing throw blankets in our family room.  What does this do?  It gives those extra blankets and throws a home.  This is a great time of the year to implement this strategy.  Change out seasonal throws and keep them handy but with a designated home.

Look around your house and see if there’s something you can re-purpose in your home for storing blankets and throws.  Contain those not used every day but used often enough to keep handy blankets and throws at the ready.

A COUPLE OTHER POSTS AND PRODUCTS THAT YOU MIGHT ENJOY:

  • These throws from Pottery Barn are our family favorites.
  • 3 DIY recipes to naturally freshen up living spaces.
  • If you like the look of a vintage crock, check eBay or your local Craigslist or my favorite, start browsing antique stores.
  • Want the look but prefer a basket?  Here’s a great one for around $30 from Target.

Shop Update : Labels + Pumps

Lots of new products will be filtering in to Clean Mama Home this spring along with a fresh look for the shop later this month – yay!  I’ve also been able to reduce my shipping rates and have added automatic FREE SHIPPING for orders over $125 (there will be more new products coming next week).

Here’s what’s new:

Kitchen Labels

These hand-lettered labels are printed on clear, durable vinyl with a laminate finish. Perfect for adding personalization to glass spray bottles and soap pumps.

I love to decant products into glass containers and canisters and a pretty label adds that extra touch.

Laundry Labels

These hand-lettered labels are printed on clear, durable vinyl with a laminate finish. Perfect for adding personalization to glass jars and pumps.

I added these to my laundry soap, whitener, and vinegar – perfect for making functional (and natural) products look darling.

Soap Pumps

These are made to perfectly fit my glass spray bottles, I use them for my white vinegar dispenser and for soap pumps.   You can see them in the images above.

Everything in this post can be found here in Clean Mama Home

Healthy Home Swaps : Cleaning Concentrates

I’ve been working on something behind the scenes for well over a year (knowingly) and without really knowing it for the last 12 years.  If you’ve followed along on Clean Mama you know that I am all about natural products that are truly safe for your family.  Along the way I have recommended products that I believed to be 100% safe that actually weren’t.  I corrected those inconsistencies and started making my own DIY cleaners as a result.  You can see my DIY cleaning recipes here on the blog. I wrote a whole book on DIY cleaners back in 2014 here and a book on my cleaning routine complete with simple and safe DIY recipes – Simply Clean, 2017.

I’m really excited to share some Healthy Home Swaps with you.  This is a series intended to test out known safe products and simply share my findings and opinions with you, hopefully making a swap a little bit easier.  I’ll continue to test out products with the hope that you’ll consider swapping out your everyday product for a safe alternative.

First up?  Cleaning concentrates.  Some day I’d love to have my own cleaning concentrate in Clean Mama Home but for now I’ll tell you what I like about these concentrates and you can choose one that works for you if you’re so inclined.  (You can purchase the spray bottle, the spray label, and the bar mop towel in Clean Mama Home if you’re interested!)

What is a cleaning concentrate and who is a cleaning concentrate for?  A cleaning concentrate’s purpose ranges from company to company but the main goal is that the concentrate can be mixed up with water or used in a variety of different concentrations (hence the name concentrate) to clean just about everything in your home.  Looking to simplify your household products?  A cleaning concentrate might be just what you need.  Like to mix up DIY recipes and would rather not switch everything to a cleaning concentrate?  I’d recommend the EO All-Purpose Soap or the Sal Suds – they’re less expensive and can replace some cleaners and save you some cash.

Why should you worry about what is in your cleaning products?  There is little to no regulation on ingredients and what is considered safe so you need to do your research and decide what you are okay with.  I’ll be sharing information with you in little doses here and there as I always have been but I hope you understand that you should be concerned.  If you’ve been using a cleaning concentrate, I encourage you to check it out and see if it’s safe to continue using.  What cleaning concentrates are not good for you?  On the EWG (Environmental Working Group) site there are hundreds listed in the C-F range but a few common ones that you might be using are Pine-Sol, Simple Green, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.  These range from C-F – I aim for A’s when I recommend products.  If you can’t find your product, you can always type in ingredients and see what they’re rated too.

Here are a couple differences I noticed in my testing and use in my home

All of these can be used as a laundry soap and dishwasher detergent with the exception of the Thieves concentrate.  As far as scent, they are all naturally scented with essential oils, not fragrances – stay away from fragrance, with the exception of Branch Basics which is unscented.

EO All Purpose Soap

Very light citrus scent, most economical, can be used as hand and dish soap as well as dishwasher and laundry detergent.  Scented with essential oils.  This is my favorite scent in the concentrates.

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner

Rated an A on EWG.org – pine scent, works great on hardwood floors, can be used pre-treat laundry and as a laundry soap.  According to the label: 1 1/2 teaspoons per gallon of water for general house cleaning and 1-2 teaspoons per load of laundry.  I use a drop or two in a spray bottle for general cleaning.

Thieves

Made by Young Living, this cleaning concentrate uses essential oils to clean and ward off germs.  A spice-y citrus scent is prevalent.  Care needs to be taken when used around small children – if you choose this option make sure you follow the dilution from YL.  Works well for most surfaces but not as a laundry detergent or dish soap (you can purchase those separately).

Branch Basics

Branch Basics is a great company that is on the forefront of natural living.  This product is a reformulation as they found their original product’s ingredients weren’t what they thought they were.  This concentrate is unscented but I can detect a very, very slight soapy scent.  You can purchase spray bottles and foaming soap pumps to make your own DIY kit at home.

Please note that none of these companies know that I am talking about their products, this is just me testing out products for efficacy and most importantly safety and passing that information on to you.  I have added referral links when they are available (my policy is here.)

Here’s how they come out on price – regardless of the cost, generally an all-purpose concentrate will always be less expensive and less wasteful than purchasing bottles and bottles of cleaners.  Pricing per use depends on how you mix it up and use it.

EO All Purpose Soap $10.99 / 32 oz ($.34/oz)

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner $24.95 / 32 oz ($.78/oz)

Thieves /$29.97 / 14.4 oz ($2.08/oz)

Branch Basics $49 / 32 oz ($1.53/oz)

Do you use a cleaning concentrate?  Have you tried any of these cleaning concentrates?  What are your thoughts?

Essentials for Organizing Toys + Kid Stuff

Kids and toys and stuff go hand in hand.  One of the most-asked questions I receive is how to contain toys and how to keep the toys clutter-free.  Is there such a thing?  Kids love toys and they love to play with them and leave them out and make messes and forget to pick them up.  If you have a love-hate relationship with your kids’ toys, you’re going to love this post.  You might not love everything I have to say and you might choose to store toys differently but hopefully you can grab a couple ideas for storing kid stuff in a way that makes it fun for kids to play with and easy for them to pick them up after themselves too.

Just remember – everything is a stage and as much as you despise those Legos being dumped on the floor yet again, they’ll soon move on to something different and you’ll miss those Legos.

Sources are linked up at the very bottom of the post.

I just walked through the house and snapped pics of some of the organizing tricks and products I use in our home – I hope it helps you get some ideas.

 

Group things together – this is just a scene from a bookshelf in my middle’s bedroom.  Nothing special but he knows where to put these puzzles when he’s done with them.

My middle guy’s bed – books and a basket to keep the smaller ones in.  He keeps trinkets in the drawer but this simple set-up works for him.

Everyone has books by their bed – this is my youngest’s – just a fabric basket stuffed with books.  We’ll eventually get him a nightstand but this set-up works for now.

Oh Legos, how I love thee.  The boxes below are filled with Legos and this table stays pretty much like this all the time in my youngest’s room.  He keeps small pieces in those little boxes so he can easily grab them.  The bins are pulled out from underneath the table as he’s building and playing and then the bins go back when he’s done.  It’s not a perfect solution but it’s perfect for him.  My other two kids had completely different set-ups for Legos.  One of which was sorted by color – that doesn’t work for him at all.

Small card games and small games go in small boxes in this basket in our living room.  The coffee table right next to this end table makes for the perfect card game spot.

See those lidded bins?  That’s where we keep our family board games – in the coat closet.  Pull down a bin and play a game.  Pieces are contained where they belong and games are still accessible.

I have to keep Xbox controllers in a cute container.  This works well because it won’t scratch any wood surfaces and it looks nice for me – ha!

We keep library books in a designated basket – this helps to keep them from under beds and intermingled with other books so we keep the fines to a minimum.

Bins on top of closet shelves are great for items that kids play with but not every day.  These store American Girl Doll stuff.

Backpacks and lunchboxes go in an open basket for simple reason that this keeps them off the floor. 

I love open baskets with handles for small books, trucks, animals, and other small toys.  So easy to grab, play with, dump out, and put away.

Furniture that closes its doors and conceals toys is aways a good idea!  

Here are a couple posts about kid stuff if you’re interested….

If you want your kids to clean you might want to put together a cleaning caddy to encourage them.  Here’s what’s in ours.

Contain art and school supplies – I keep this little caddy in our kitchen and its pulled out daily for homework and drawing.  It’s super simple for the kids to pick it up and put it away.

I read the book, Simplicity Parenting about a year ago and found it to be really helpful when thinking through how many toys everyone has and how we store them.  I highly recommend it!

 

Everyday Tip : Use Wool Dryer Balls Instead of Dryer Sheets

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

 

Use wool dryer balls instead of fabric softener – no toxic chemicals, they last for thousands of loads, reduce static, make your clothes dry faster, and they can be scented with a couple drops of essential oils. I keep this deodorizing oil right in a bowl on the dryer and add a couple drops of the deodorizing oil when the scent dissipates. Place the dryer balls in each load in the dryer – so simple and economical!

A COUPLE OTHER POSTS AND PRODUCTS THAT YOU MIGHT ENJOY:

Free Homekeeping Calendar – April 2018

March is almost over and that means that it’s time for April’s free homekeeping calendar!  Anytime is the perfect time to get a cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for APRIL 2018 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my homekeeping routine:

 

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

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

Ready to follow along?

  • Subscribe in the sidebar for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks.
  • Follow on Instagram and Facebook
  • Join my private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.
  • I also wrote a book all about my cleaning routine, complete with tips, tricks, and diy cleaning recipes.  Grab SIMPLY CLEAN here.

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for April 2018!

 

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

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

 

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

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

Everyday Tips : Empty the Dishwasher While Your Coffee is Brewing

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

 

Attaching one habit to another is a great way to build a new and lasting habit.  I am guessing there are habits like this that you are already doing – for instance, when you go somewhere you take your purse or phone (or both), when you are doing laundry you put one load in the washer and move the other to the dryer, after you brush your teeth you floss them.  By simply linking one habit to the next you’ll make a little reminder for your brain and you’ll get a little more done.  Today’s everyday tip is one of my favorite little habits…. I start the coffee maker and while I’m waiting longingly for the coffee to brew I unload the dishwasher (one of my most dreaded tasks).  I mindlessly unload the dishwasher while I wait for the coffee to brew and surprisingly they take about the same amount of time – 3-4 minutes.  This is such a great trick for getting a little something done first thing in the morning.

A COUPLE OTHER POSTS AND PRODUCTS THAT YOU MIGHT ENJOY:

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning

I love spring cleaning and I love sharing my tips with you.  I know you might not do a whole home spring clean, but you might want to do a couple necessary tasks.  This post is for you!  Scroll down and see what task you need help figuring out, head to the link and start cleaning.  You’ll find that the tasks are grouped by area of the home to make it really easy. Happy (spring) cleaning!

Look what’s NEW in Clean Mama Home – essential oils!  Just in time for spring cleaning!

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

Green Spring Cleaning : 10 Favorite Products  (this post links up my favorite DIY recipes)

Spring Cleaning Essentials Supply List

Free Printables for Spring Cleaning

How to Put Together a Cleaning Caddy

Simple Cleaning Caddy

The Perfect Spring Cleaning Essential Oil Blend

WHOLE HOME

 

How to Clean Walls

How to Clean Baseboards

How to Clean Your Own Carpets

How to Clean Use Vacuum Cleaner Attachments to Clean Just about Anything

How to Clean Window Blinds

How to Clean Your Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

How to Clean Window Tracks

How to Clean Woodwork and Cupboards

LIVING AREAS

How to Clean Upholstered, Microfiber and Leather Furniture

How to Clean Electronics

KITCHEN

How to Clean Your Kitchen Appliances in Under an Hour

How to Clean Your Microwave

Organizing a Simple Pantry

How to Naturally Clean an Oven

BEDROOMS

How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress

How to Wash a Comforter or Duvet (at home)

How to Wash Pillows

Mattress Freshener

BATHROOMS

How to Speed Clean Your Bathrooms 

How to Naturally Get Rid of Soap Scum

How to Clean a Whirlpool Bathtub

 

 

Don’t miss the sale on my brand new Spring Clean Anytime Kit or grab the bundle with my Clutter Handbook (it’s 40% off)!

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