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Clean + Organized 2012 – FREE December Cleaning Schedule

Can you believe it?  The last cleaning schedule for 2012?   We’ll still be getting ‘Clean and Organized’ around here in 2013.  Look for a continued FREE cleaning schedule every month and some other fantastic happenings around the blog, one of which is a little blog revamp.Heads up to all you Google Friend Connect followers, I’m switching to WordPress so you will need to follow in a new way….may I suggest through email/feedburner (see the little box on the right hand side?  fill your email in there and you’ll never miss a post.)  Or you can always follow on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or just by clicking over every once in a while.So…..how about a little cleaning routine for December? If you’re new here, I clean a little bit every day and I share my schedule and tips here on this blog. If you’d like to try my routine this month, you can go here to grab it.

Looking for some other fun forms to help you with your cleaning and homekeeping?   Check out my Etsy shop, Clean Mama Printables.   I have two Cleaning Kits – aqua + lime and brights and I have a brand new Clean House Kit – it’s introductory priced through the week.

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Clean + Organized 2012 – FREE December Cleaning Schedule

 
Can you believe it?  The last cleaning schedule for 2012?   We’ll still be getting ‘Clean and Organized’ around here in 2013.  Look for a continued FREE cleaning schedule every month and some other fantastic happenings that I can’t tell you about ‘quite yet’.   So…..how about a little cleaning routine for December? If you’re new here, I clean a little bit every day and I share my schedule and tips here on this blog. If you’d like to try my routine this month, you can go here to grab it. 
 
 
Looking for some other fun forms to help you with your cleaning and homekeeping?   Check out my Etsy shop, Clean Mama Printables.   I have two Cleaning Kits – aqua + lime and brights and I have a brand new Clean House Kit – it’s introductory priced for a little bit longer.
 

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Clean + Organized 2012 – FREE November Cleaning Schedule

Ready to reset the ol’ cleaning calendar? How about a little cleaning routine for November?    If you’re new here, I clean a little bit every day and I share my schedule and tips here on this blog. If you’d like to try my routine this month, you can go here to grab it.
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Clean + Organized 2012 – Free October Cleaning Schedule

Ready to reset the ol’ cleaning calendar? How about a little cleaning routine for October?  If you’re new here, I clean a little bit every day and I share my schedule and tips here on this blog. If you’d like to try my routine this month, you can go here to grab it.

Monday (October 1st) is the big kick off for 31 Days to a Clean House – if you are ‘in’, you can do this October cleaning schedule right along with the 31 Days challenge.  I have it planned out so our days will correlate with the daily cleaning routine, with the intention being to not create more work.  Work smarter, not harder, right?  It’s going to be a month of little things we can do every day to get your house clean and figure out how to keep it that way.  I don’t know about you, but when the house is tidy, it feels like home and it’s just more relaxing to be in.

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Clean + Organized 2012 – FREE September Cleaning Schedule

Ready to reset the cleaning calendar?  How about a little cleaning routine for September?  If you’re new here, I clean a little bit every day and I share my schedule and tips here on this blog.  If you’d like to try my routine this month, you can go here to grab it.  (update:  there was an error on the original calendar (oops) – this has been corrected on the free download and on the picture below)
You’ll notice that Fridays are a ‘catch-all day’ – I usually pay some bills and plan the menu for the next week on Fridays, but I also like to use it as a day to get caught up on anything that needs to be done before the weekend.
If you follow me on Facebook and get my daily picture reminders, you will see this one for Fridays in your feed….

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Clean + Organized 2012 – Free Cleaning Schedule – August

If you’re like me, I’m starting to feel the end of the summer upon us and new school routines looming in the future.  I’m also feeling the need to get a couple things done to prepare for the upcoming busy-ness that a change in season can bring.  Hopefully if you’ve been following along (even slightly) to my cleaning routine, that’s one less thing that you have to worry about.  If you’re new here, I’m all about simple routines and no guilt.  If you don’t vacuum this week, you can do it next week – NOT A BIG DEAL.  Or at least that’s how I roll around my house.  So today I present to you the cleaning routine for August – follow along on Facebook for little reminders and get on the Clean Mama bandwagon where if you fall off, you can hop back on the next day, week, or month.
You can go here to grab your free August cleaning schedule – come back on Monday, I’ll be kicking off an end of summer project series!

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Clean + Organized – July’s Free Cleaning Schedule

It’s time for July’s monthly cleaning/organizing schedule!  July is a  great time to re-evaluate goals you set back in January and start fresh if you need to.   I hope that my schedules give you a little guidance and direction on where to start when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your home.

Why would a person want to establish a cleaning routine?  Here’s why it works for me:

You cango here to grab your own July Cleaning Schedule – Happy Cleaning!  Don’t forget to ‘like’ Clean Mama on Facebook for daily (morning) reminders in your feed.  You can also follow along in your inbox with posts emailed to your inbox by entering your email in that little box to the right.If you like my cleaning routine, you’ll love my New Cleaning Kit!

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Clean + Organized 2012 – FREE June Cleaning Schedule

It’s almost June – that means it’s time for a new cleaning schedule! You can go here to grab June’s Clean + Organized Schedule – follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter for daily reminders and extra tips!

 

You’ll notice that I changed the wording for floors from sweep floors to check floors – I DO NOT sweep my floors daily, but I do check them and clean as needed in between the weekly vacuum and wash.
Happy Cleaning!

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Clean + Organized 2012 – FREE Cleaning Schedule

Tomorrow is the first day of April – can you believe it?  How about a little cleaning schedule to work through for the month?  April’s schedule has nine little check boxes and lines for you to fill in other tasks that you want/need to accomplish through the month.  Still working on (or haven’t started) some spring cleaning?  Have a closet to organize?  Add it to the list.
You can go here to grab April’s Clean + Organized Schedule – follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter for daily reminders and extra tips!
April will be filled with simple quick tips and tricks to encourage you in your homekeeping adventure – I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Clean + Organized – Check In

So, some of you have been working through my cleaning routine for the past three months, some longer, and some shorter.  How’s it going?  Are you enjoying the routine, seeing it get easier as you keep going?  Is it impossible with your schedule?  Or are you somewhere in between?  Have you been able to check off a couple Spring Cleaning tasks this month?  What questions do you have for me, and/or what are you struggling with in your routines that you’d like some suggestions for?
It’s Bathrooms Day – how about a couple pretty pictures to inspire a little ‘loo’ cleaning and organizing?

 

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Clean + Organized – 3 Ways to Clean Your Baseboards

Doing a little Spring Cleaning this month with me?  Cleaning your baseboards is a time-consuming, but worthwhile spring cleaning task.  Here are 3 ways to clean your baseboards:
  • Magic Erasers and soapy, warm water
  • microfiber towel and soapy, warm water
  • non-toxic cleaning wipe or baby wipes (my favorite method – it’s the quickest and easiest and I can usually enlist some little helpers)
I start at the top of the baseboards and scrub until they are clean (this job is easier after vacuuming the baseboards and edges).  Another trick that I use is to put a piece of painter’s tape to mark where I need to touch up the white trim after the baseboards are clean.
Any baseboard tips to share?

 

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Clean + Organized – Counter Clutter

Here are 5 quick steps you can do TODAY to combat your counter clutter – ready?  They are really simple:

  1. Toss it all in a garbage bag
  2. Wipe off your counters
  3. Empty the bag on the floor
  4. Sort – file OR toss
  5. Make clearing your clutter part of your DAILY routine (you’ll notice that counters and clutter is on nearly every schedule that I make (free and in the shop) – because I know that it adds up and multiplies in a hurry!)
Now go clear off your counter!

 

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Clean + Organized – Spring Cleaning – Windows

If window cleaning is on your schedule for spring cleaning this month (or sometime), you’ll definitely want to give this technique a try!  It works great indoors or out.   I originally saw this technique here, and have been washing my windows this way ever since. 
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
I put a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent powder in a shallow plastic container, added hot water and set myself up with a large bath towel and rag
Here’s a before – it’s a little hard to see how bad it was – picture fingerprints and dog licks extraordinaire
and after
not a streak in sight – simple process, no drying, just CLEAN windows
This method is fool proof and it works really well on the exterior windows, too. The little 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.
Anyone up for some window washing this month?

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Caddy Re-Vamp

Sometimes it’s a simple change that can bring a little order to a space.  The silverware caddy is not a new concept, but maybe adding a couple things to it would simplify meal times.  And you know what?  It totally has!  I had a napkin basket on our table and that was great, but I saw a couple different takes on the table caddy concept (this one is my favorite) and all of a sudden it changed my thinking.

So I thought about what we leave the dinner table to get – silverware, straws, napkins, and salt – and found a caddy that would hold it all.
I put the slilverware and straws in a small canning jar to keep them more contained and cleaner.

I found a caddy that would fit those items and what do you know – it works beautifully.  Did someone just drop a spoon?  No worries, here’s another one.  Need a little more salt?  Here’s the shaker.  Straws make for easier drinking of milk – it tastes better, I hear.  So we have those at the ready as well.

What’s the last simple change you made that made a big difference?Sources:
caddy – Crate and Barrel
straws – Target
silverware – kids set Oneida

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Clean + Organized – 5 Tips for Decluttering

 Anxious to have a successful spring cleaning, but not sure where to start?  Start with a little decluttering first.  Overwhelmed with where to start?
Try these 5 tips for Decluttering:
Determine how many bags you want to fill up, grab that number of bags, and start clearing out drawers, shelves, counters….don’t stop until you’ve filled those bags.  Have 15 minutes and want to fill two bags?  Grab two bags and get to work.
Move fast – don’t think more than a few seconds about whether you want to keep a sweater that you haven’t worn in 2 years, donate it to someone that can use it now.  Haven’t used that pan since you moved in to your house over three years ago?  That pan has to go.
Start where the decluttering will help you the most – cluttered kitchen got you down?  Start there.  Too many clothes that don’t fit or aren’t your style anymore?  Start with  your closet.  Stepped on a lego for the last time?  Start with the kids’ toys.  Successful decluttering will lead you to declutter more areas.
Toss – Keep – Donate – Sell
Separate everything into these four categories – once you’ve accomplished a successful purge, keep a basket, bag or box handy to add items to these categories in the future to keep the clutter at bay.  Consider selling items on Ebay or Craigslist for some extra cash.
Use what you have to organize your spaces so you aren’t buying new stuff to replace the stuff you’ve just decluttered.  Re-purpose a basket or box to organize your magazines in lieu of buying a new magazine basket.
So tell us, what’s your best tip for decluttering?

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