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Day 31 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 

It’s Day 31of 31 Days to a Clean House!  It’s our LAST day!
  You can go here to grab the free printable that we’ve been working through this month.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today we’re finishing up by doing some bedroom catch-up – if you keep up with my daily cleaning routine, you know that Wednesday ‘vacuuming day. So while you’re vacuuming your bedrooms today, look and see if there are any areas that you can deep clean or tidy up.  Whatever it is, take the time to do it today!
If you didn’t grab this free bedroom deep cleaning checklist, go here to grab it.
THANK YOU so much for joining me this month – I hope your home is cleaner than when we started and you are starting to feel like you’re getting a handle on your cleaning tasks!
{Missed this series?  You can go here to see the whole thing!}
I’ll be back Friday with a fun idea for you – see you then!
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Day 30 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 30 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today we’re doing some main living area catch-up – if you keep up with my daily cleaning routine, you know that Tuesday is ‘dusting’ day. So while you’re dusting your main living areas, look around and see if there’s something else that can be tidied up or cleaned.  Whatever it is, take the time to do it today!
If you didn’t grab this free main living areas deep cleaning checklist, go here to grab it.
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Day 29 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 

It’s Day 29 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today we’re doing some bathroom catch-up – if you keep up with my daily cleaning routine, you know that Monday is ‘bathrooms’ day.  So while you’re cleaning your bathrooms today, look and see if there are any areas that you can deep clean or clean a little better.  Maybe the vents could be vacuumed or the area around the base of your toilet needs a little extra attention.  Whatever it is, take the time to do it today!
If you didn’t grab this free bathroom deep cleaning checklist, go here to grab it.
Like this checklist?  You’ll love The Cleaning Kit in my shop!

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Day 28 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 
It’s Day 28 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today we’re washing our garbage cans.  If it’s a nice day where you live, take your garbage cans outside, spray them with cleaner, and hose them down.  Let them sit outside to dry and bring them back inside when they’re dry.  If it isn’t nice outside, you can spray and wipe, wash them in a utility sink or just wait until it’s nicer where you live.  Simple and it shouldn’t take too long.

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Day 27 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 

It’s Day 27 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
We’re definitely in the home stretch and today I think that washing/cleaning throw pillows is in order.  Here’s a quick how to guide for you to reference.
(Just in case you want to know where the pillows came from the aqua one is from Target a couple years ago, the brown velvet is from Target, and the cream sweater pillow is from Pottery Barn.)
ALWAYS check the tag on your throw pillows before washing.
  • if a throw pillow has a cover, remove it and launder the cover separately from the pillow
  • even if the pillow insert cannot be laundered, it can be tossed in the dryer on high heat with some clean tennis balls to ‘fluff’ it up
  • wash pillow covers inside-out on cold and gentle if needed
  • dry pillow cases in the dryer on low or no heat to ensure no shrinking or line dry
  • can’t remove the cover?  and you cut off the tag?  try washing on gentle/cold – chances are it’ll be fine.
I wash my throw blankets with my throw pillows as long as they are the same color – lights with lights and darks with darks.  Great time saver and way to get both items spruced up at once.

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Day 26 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 

It’s Day 26 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
This week we’ve been working on our windows.  Today is our last day with the windows and we’ll finish up our window sills. Using warm water, dish soap or all-purpose concentrate, and a microfiber cloth, sponge, or towel, dip the cloth in the soapy water, wring out, and wipe down window sills from top to bottom. Rinse and wring out the water frequently and change the water as necessary. Work quickly until you finish the second half of you windows.

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Day 25 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 

It’s Day 25 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
This week we’ve been working on our windows.  Today and tomorrow we’re working on window sills.
Using warm water, dish soap or all-purpose concentrate, and a microfiber cloth, sponge, or towel, dip the cloth in the soapy water, wring out, and wipe down window sills from top to bottom.  Rinse and wring out the water frequently and change the water as necessary.  Work quickly until you finish the first half of you windows.  Got time?  Finish the second half so you don’t have to do it tomorrow.

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Day 24 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 24 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Yesterday and today we’re working on our windows. Most definitely a daunting task. Here are a few ideas for how to quickly tackle the windows: split your windows in half – you can tackle your first floor today and your second floor tomorrow or you could count up your windows and divide them in half. Because we’re trying to keep this under 15 minutes and your windows could take more than an hour, you can choose to take the time to do them over the course of the next two days, or you can choose to wash your worst-looking windows and save the rest for another time.
Here’s my method:
I’ve blogged about it a few times, so you may have heard me talk about it before, but this is my favorite method for washing windows. I like it because it’s quick, easy, and streak-free…..
squeegee, a plastic container with hot water and a teaspoon of powdered dish detergent
I bought this Quickie brand window washer and squeegee – after using the washer and squeegee combo, I think that’s the way to go because you can scrub the window a bit before squeegee-ing it off
Window Washer & Squeegee
This method is fool proof and it works really well on the exterior windows, too. The handle let me reach to get those taller windows that I’d normally need a step ladder to get to. I used a rag to wipe up drips on the window sills from the soapy mixture and a towel on the floor underneath my work surface – you’ll need those.
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Day 23 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 23 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today and tomorrow we’ll be working on our windows.  Most definitely a daunting task.  Here are a few ideas for how to quickly tackle the windows: split your windows in half – you can tackle your first floor today and your second floor tomorrow or you could count up your windows and divide them in half.  Because we’re trying to keep this under 15 minutes and your windows could take more than an hour, you can choose to take the time to do them over the course of the next two days, or you can choose to wash your worst-looking windows and save the rest for another time.
I’ve blogged about it a few times, so you may have heard me talk about it before, but this is my favorite method for washing windows.  I like it because it’s quick, easy, and streak-free…..
squeegee, a plastic container with hot water and a teaspoon of powdered dish detergent
I bought this Quickie brand window washer and squeegee – after using the washer and squeegee combo, I think that’s the way to go because you can scrub the window a bit before squeegee-ing it off
Window Washer & Squeegee
This method is fool proof and it works really well on the exterior windows, too. The handle let me reach to get those taller windows that I’d normally need a step ladder to get to. I used a rag to wipe up drips on the window sills from the soapy mixture and a towel on the floor underneath my work surface – you’ll need those.
If you don’t have the squeegee, order it and do a couple of your worst windows today or tomorrow – OR maybe you have a better method?  If so, tell us what it is!

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Day 22 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 22 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do.   I have more free printables here too!
Yesterday we wiped down our laundry rooms and washers and dryers and today we’re going to clean the inside of our washer and dryer.  This is something that should be done monthly (at least) if you have an HE washer to keep the smellies away.
Here’s a super simple cleaning trick to use – run your washer first with bleach (not safe or environmentally friendly, but it’s what is recommended for cleaning my HE machine and it works better than anything else for me) or you can use white vinegar instead.  Follow your washer’s instructions for an amount – I use about a quarter to two-thirds of a cup per recommendations, but if you have a top loading washer you can use up to a cup of bleach or white vinegar.  I recommend going with a quarter of a cup first and seeing how that works.  Run your washer on ‘clean washer’ mode OR use the super hot/sanitize cycle.
Once your washing machine has cleaned your washer for you, while it’s still wet, wipe out the rubber seal on the door and the inside of your machine. 
Always, always, leave the door open to keep air flowing in your washing machine when it isn’t in use – this will keep the bacteria and smell away.
Cleaning your dryer is quite a bit easier – clean out your lint trap (you should do this after every load), wipe down the inner seal and door, and you’re done.
SO tell me – how do you clean your washer and dryer?  Any other tips and tricks?Stay tuned this week for a DIY makeover challenge that I’m part of through wayfair.com – I used one of their products as an inspiration for a little laundry room makeover.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Day 21 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 21 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today is simple – wipe down your laundry room….
1. Spray and wipe down any counters.
2. Spray and wipe the outside of your washer and dryer.
3. Wash the floor of your laundry.
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Day 20 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 20 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
As we continue to work through our kitchens, today I’d like to challenge you to work on your kitchen cupboards. Decide how much time you’d like to spend on cleaning them out, set your timer and get started.
Here are a couple simple steps – just do one cupboard at a time until your timer goes off…
1. Empty cupboard
2. Wipe cupboard clean
3. Toss or relocate any unnecessary items
4. Return items to cupboard
5. Move on to the next cupboard
That’s it! Anything that doesn’t get done put on a list and the next time you have a couple minutes, work on that cupboard.

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Day 19 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 19 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
As we continue to work through our kitchens, today I’d like to challenge you to work on your kitchen drawers.  Decide how much time you’d like to spend on cleaning them out, set your timer and get started.
Here are a couple simple steps – just do one drawer at a time until your timer goes off…
1. Empty drawer
2. Wipe drawer clean
3. Toss or relocate any unnecessary items
4. Return items to drawer
5. Move on to the next drawer
That’s it!  Anything that doesn’t get done put on a list and the next time you have a couple minutes, work on that drawer.

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Day 18 – 31 Days to a Clean House

 
It’s Day 18 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
As we make our way through our kitchens, today we’re going to finish up the pantry or food storage area.  I have a few simple ideas that I use to organize my pantry to share with you today.
Here’s an overview of the pantry – yes, I shop at Costco (notice large sizes) and no I don’t use special containers for everything,
Even thought it’s a large pantry, I love the side door storage.
I love using crocks for storage around the house – this one works great for potatoes and onions – it creates a dark, dry environment to keep them fresh for longer.
 I love these large drawer organizers from Target for storing my baking and cooking supplies – no drips on the shelves and it keeps everything together.
I use smaller drawer organizers for baby food and kid snacks – easy access for everyone.
I use a food storage container to store clips that we use to close up cereal and snack bags.
I keep a pantry inventory checklist {from my Menu Planning Kit}on the door – I attach it with an ornament hanger.
Here’s a close-up – the hooks are from Pottery Barn from a few years ago.
So how’s your kitchen coming along?

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Day 17 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 17 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out my free October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
As we make our way through our kitchens, today we’re going to do day one of the pantry.  Tomorrow we’ll organize our pantries, but today I just want you to do a little sorting, cleaning, and tossing.
Just 3 steps:
1. go through your pantry – and get rid of anything that is old, expired, and/or can be donated to your local food pantry.
2. put like items together – organizing 101, but it really helps in making your pantry pretty
3. wipe down shelves if necessary
Tomorrow I’ll be back with how I organize my pantry – I’ve got some great ideas for you!
 

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