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5 Steps to an Organized Closet + Free Printable

I’ve been decluttering and organizing our master bedroom closet this past week and made a little checklist to follow and I thought you might like to use it too.  So if you’re stuck in an decluttering or organizing rut and need a little guidance and a plan, pick a closet and follow these 5 simple steps.

Closet Organizing Checklist

  1. Quickly go through clothes and make a pile of clothes to donate – if you don’t love it, if it doesn’t fit, and/or if you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s probably time to lose it.  Put these clothes in a bin, box or bag to drop off at your favorite donation spot.
  2. Organize clothes in a way that YOU can maintain – group like items together (short sleeves, long sleeves, pants, jeans, dresses, etc.). I like to loosely group clothes – jeans and pants, workout wear, short sleeves, and long sleeves.  If you need to completely empty the space to see what you’re working with, do it. Keep it simple so it’s easy to work with and maintain.
  3. Remove everything else that can be removed. Wipe down all the surfaces – left to right and top to bottom. Vacuum the floors, corners, baseboards and wash the floor if it isn’t carpeted.
  4. Any new systems that can be put into place?  Socks in a basket, drawer dividers, dresser in a closet, clothes in a bin, donate basket.  A donate basket is a must for our closets – it definitely helps to keep clothing in check on a regular basis.
  5. Complete any laundry that needs to be done – wash, fold, hang and put away.  Make sure that you’ve done the laundry so you aren’t reorganizing in a couple days.  Get your system the way you want it from the start!

Tackle your closet in an afternoon or do a step a day for five days – however you break it up, you’ll find that an organized closet makes doing laundry easier and it also makes the ‘what to wear’ process simple.  If you put in the work to cull your clothes and pick just the best pieces that fit and you love and enjoy wearing, you will save time all around.

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ENDED: The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle

This month we’ve been doing the SIMPLY CLEAN DECLUTTER CHALLENGE – I hope that spending 10 minutes or so decluttering targeted areas has been helpful in your home. I’m excited to be able to bring you The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle from the Ultimate Bundles team.  It’s full of tools, printables, and bonuses that are perfect for getting your home in order and decluttered.  You’ll see that The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle is FULL of great resources – that might be overwhelming but because it’s at such a discount, you can pick and choose what works for you and know that you are still getting a great bargain.  Here’s a little bit about the super bundle….


You have great reasons for wanting to be more organized. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 38 digital products on topics like how to organize your photos, decluttering, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. All together, it’s worth over $650!

A couple products that I want to highlight for you that I’m most excited about….

  • Clean Mama Homekeeping Foundations Kit
  • printable planner stickers
  • 30 Days to an Organized Life
  • 5 Days to a Better Morning
  • Holiday Planners
  • Step-by-Step Decluttering
  • Evernote Essentials

and so much more!  Head on over to the website for more details and to get your bundle.

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – An exclusive credit to save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit the website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through the simple 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, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to feel overwhelmed one more minute because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that really work for us, our home and daily life is much calmer than it used to be. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

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Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!

Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!   I hope you have a blessed Christmas and take some time for quiet, cozy, and family.  I’ll be back early next week with a simple challenge for January and I have some posts all cued up for Simply Clean in 2017.  2016 has been a very exciting (and busy) year around here and I’m so excited for what 2017 has in store.  Until then, I’m relaxing with my family, eating cookies, and enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!

Follow along on Instagram so you’re ready for the challenge and if you’re looking for the best cleaning products, Clean Mama Home is still open with shipping in 1-2 business days and so is Clean Mama Printables.  (Heads up: I will have a New Year sale if you want to wait a couple days.)

Thank you for your support and for following along – I’m so grateful for each and every one of you!

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12 Days of Giving : Day 1

Today is Day 1 of ‘The 12 Days of Giving’: Get a FREE GIFT EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT 12 DAYS, Starting with a FREE docket for your week from me (blank + pre-filled are included)!

Go here to grab your weekly dockets for FREE!

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Follow along on Instagram – I’ll be sharing where to go for each of the 12 Days of Giving!

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Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for November 2016

It’s almost November and that means that it’s time for November’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your 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.

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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.

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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 NOVEMBER 2016 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.

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Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for November 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.

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Go here to grab your FREE calendar for November 2016!

(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 Clean Mama Home FALL SALE – use the coupon code FALLSALE for 15% off your entire order and check out the new shipping rates – yay!

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Find Out More Homekeeping Society

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

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Clean Mama Updates – 4 things

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Hello!  I just want to pop in and give you all a little update on a couple happenings around the Clean Mama HQ (also known as my home).  It’s been a busy and fun summer and the kids go back to school in less than 2 weeks – yikes! I’ve been working on something for over a year that I’ll be sharing with you oh-so-soon.  It’s been a big part of the last year and I can’t wait to tell you about it!  On to the updates….

  1. I’ve received more emails than I can count about 2017 calendars in Clean Mama Printables so I thought it might be a good time to update you on a couple things shop wise – historically speaking, I always introduce 2017 calendars in August or September.  They’re coming but those things going on behind the scenes here have trumped the calendars.  All that to say…. look for them in the next few weeks.
  2. But that’s not all!  I am also working on a small printed and bound planner – it’s different than any other planner out there and it’s for non-planner and planner people.  And the best part?  It’s affordable AND made in the USA.  Stay tuned!
  3. Clean Mama Home products will be available somewhere else besides here (what?!) – I’ll share that with you in a little over a week!
  4. Clean Mama Home shipping will be through a fulfillment center – soon!  That means that a.) I get my office/house/life back, and b.) shipping will be same day or next day.  Hip hip hooray!

Any products you’d like to see?  I’m working on a couple new products for fall and winter – drop me an email if there’s something you think I’m missing!

Personally I am not a fan of teasing when it comes to blog and product announcements – I hope you see this post as a stay tuned and I’m listening type of post rather than a tease 🙂  Sign up below so you don’t miss anything!

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Paper Organization : How Long Should I Keep It + Free Printable

 

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If you are anything like the average person you might struggle with paper organization and you probably have a stash somewhere in your home of random papers, receipts and forms. Flipping through them is a bit like an archeological dig as it provides a snapshot of your life in the form of a pile. Plenty of people live in fear that they will accidentally toss or shred something important so the stash, piles and files get bigger and thicker with time.

I am here to help you go through your papers once and for all and to help you designate just what you need to file and what you can shred or recycle. If you are looking for a method to keep all those papers organized once you have gone through them, I recommend looking here for the process I used when I set up our grown up filing system.

If you are starting this process with no filing system to speak of, I recommend investing in some file folders so that you have somewhere to put the papers when you are done with them. Begin by deciding just what you need for categories and individual files. This may vary from person to person depending upon your family structure, finances and other variables. You can choose to color code the files- red for medical, green for finance etc.- or  you can use file folders you may already have. These categories are intended to be idea starters and are by no means conclusive, so feel free to adjust or retitle so that it fits your needs.

Important Documents:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • social security card
  • passports
  • power of attorney

Finance:

  • retirement and 410K
  • checking
  • savings
  • loans
  • tax documents
  • insurance
  • credit card information

Medical:

  • insurance
  • bills/receipts
  • coverage documents
  • HSA/FSA

Vehicles:

  • title, loan, or lease documents
  • insurance
  • maintenance

Education:

  • transcripts
  • individual child education folders
  • diplomas

Lifestyle:

  • childcare
  • clubs
  • travel
  • family history

Print out this free printable and keep it handy with your filing system as you go through your piles and files. Enjoy the satisfaction that an organized filing system brings.

Go here to download your FREE How Long Should I Keep It Printable!

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Working From Home : Increase Productivity with Block Scheduling

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The concept of block scheduling isn’t new, but it’s how I get just about anything and everything business-y done.  If you work from home or outside the home, today’s post has applications you can use anywhere.  It’s even the premise of my cleaning routine – focus on the same thing every day and get more done.  Instead of trying to get a lot of things done at the same time, concentrate on a batch or block of the same thing.  If you haven’t tried it, it’s revolutionary and potentially life and business changing.  If I’m starting to feel overwhelmed I check to see how many things I’m trying to accomplish simultaneously and chances are it’s more than one.  I go back to my one thing at a time and all is well.

How to use block scheduling to increase productivity:

Simply block off any amount of time and focus on one task or group of similar tasks.  Instead of just sitting down to work, have specific goals and tasks in mind that you can accomplish.  Take this one step further by separating tasks into blocks of time.  If you have a 9-5 sort of job, have specific things that you do at certain times of the day.  By eliminating the ‘what should I do next’ you’ve already become more productive.  Plan according to when certain things work best in your day.  If you are groggy in the morning it might be best to drink a cup of coffee and answer emails for a block of time.  Then after you’re warmed up, work on something that requires a little more creativity.  Use block scheduling for days, hours, or minutes – whatever works for your work at home schedule.

Why it works:

When you focus on one thing at a time and don’t multi-task your efficiency increases and can accomplish more because you are concentrating all your effort on that one thing.  For instance, instead of answering emails on and off all day long, schedule them in a specific period of time.  It could be 2-3 times a day or it could be 2-3 times a week.  Focus on answering emails and only answering emails for a specified block of time and all that time opening and closing the email program is never wasted.

Here are a couple ways that I use block scheduling when I work from home:

  • SET UP AND PLAN A CALENDAR – taking a couple minutes to plan ahead a work schedule or a blog schedule, etc. is helpful.  Set up a time to draft out the calendar and then work only on filling in that calendar.
  • WRITE BLOG POSTS – I try to have a couple months of blog posts planned on my calendar and set up in WordPress.  This really helps to keep me focused on the writing process and keeps things moving on the content side of things.
  • TAKE PICTURES FOR BLOG POSTS – I find it much easier to batch-shoot pictures for multiple projects or posts at the same time.  Setting up camera and shoots once versus multiple times is a huge timesaver.
  • ANSWER EMAILS – I try to answer 2-3 times a day so it’s not a huge time commitment at once.  I’ll answer for 5-10 minutes early morning and around lunch.  If there’s something pressing or urgent that I’m waiting on or expecting I’ll peek again in the evening.
  • SHIPPING – I ship products out on Tuesdays and Fridays.  This way I’m not shipping every day all week long.  Sometimes I will add an extra shipping day if I’m especially busy.  I’m planning on not doing shipping for that much longer though 😉
  • HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – I set aside a day or two a month to only work on Homekeeping Society.  I could stretch it out for a week, but I’ve found that I can get much more done if I only focus on that for a day or two.
  • ODD WORK HOURS – I don’t work 9-5, I work in segments during the day so block scheduling is especially helpful for me because I can concentrate on one thing for 30 minutes to an hour and then move on to something else.  If you’re working from home during odd hours and working around nap times or bedtime, using block scheduling could be extremely beneficial for you.

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Share your top block scheduling tip in the comments or how you’ve used it to work for you or if you have a topic you’d like me to cover in this series, let me know!

This post is part of a Working from Home Series:

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Psst…my Everyday Work @ Home Kit is perfect for working at home!

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Clean Mama Printables 50% OFF FLASH SALE

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It’s July 25th – isn’t that like Christmas in July?  How about a flash sale?  Come see what you need and stock up – I rarely do a 50% off sale – like I think I’ve had two or three in the last couple years.  2017 calendars will be on their way soon and on sale then too, but not this price – don’t miss it!   Clean Mama Printables is all stocked up – use the coupon code 50FLASHSALE for 50% off your ENTIRE ORDER!

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The Schedule Reset – perfect for a re-boot!

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Don’t miss the Flash Sale – it ends 7/26/16 at 10pm cst!

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Working From Home : Flexibility is Essential

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I thought it would be fun to start a little series about working from home.  I love working from home but I’m also realistic in what is and isn’t possible for me in different seasons of life while working from home.

How about a little backstory first: I have been blogging and running a business since 2009.  I started doing all of this with 2 kids under 4 and now I have three kids 10 and under.  During this time I spent part of it working for a large company from  home.  I also wrote a book and maintained a clean home.  This isn’t because I am superwoman, it’s because I have figured out a couple systems that truly simplify working from home.  Through intentionality I was able to refine my work practices, streamline how I work, and simplify life in our home.

If you work from home, want to work from home, or are balancing working outside of the home, you can benefit from a couple systems that will help you get more done in less time.

Here’s what I know to be true:

  • change is inevitable – don’t get too comfortable and be willing to change when needed
  • your job won’t be the same the day you started a year from now – don’t expect things to remain the same in your business
  • you cannot and should not try to do ‘it all’

Set your priorities first:

  • keep the main things the main things – God, family, friends…whatever your most importants are, don’t sacrifice them.
  • work hours are important but, not that important.  There will be times when you need to work more and less – it’s a constant balancing act if you work from home.

Flexibility is essential:

Now that you know a little bit about where I’m coming from when it comes to working from home, let’s talk about FLEXIBILITY.  I’ve found that much like life, being flexible is the best way for me to get the most done.  I have priorities set for my days, weeks, and months AND I have things scheduled out for at least a month in advance.  Planning ahead, I also operate with flexibility in mind.  For instance – when I was launching Clean Mama Home, I wanted everything to be in the shop for it to be ready October 1st, 2015.  I had the site completed, and it was ready to go but the color swatch for my cloths wasn’t right.  So I had to have the fibers re-dipped and send back and forth for approval until it was perfect.  There wasn’t anything that I could do to speed this process up so instead of forcing something couldn’t be forced I tried to patiently wait for the process to play out.  Looking back, everything worked out better than I anticipated and it was a great lesson for me in being flexible.

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My top Flexibility tips:

  1. Use a catch-all day when working at home.  Much like my homekeeping catch-all day (Friday), I approach working from home similarly and use Fridays as a catch-up day for work tasks as well.  Choose a day or week or a day a month to catch up on any tasks that you weren’t able to complete.  I use Fridays because it forces me to get as caught up as possible when going into the weekend and as someone that used to spend too much time working on weekends, it works for me.
  2. It’s okay to change course – if something isn’t working, don’t force it.  If you sell products, write a blog, or make your own products, don’t be afraid to change direction if you notice that something has fallen flat.  My first business venture back in 2004 was selling vintage postcards with hand-painted frames.  I sold them in small gift shops around town but they were so time consuming to make.  Instead of trying to paint more or paint faster, I decided to stop selling them.  The time it took wasn’t work the income that I brought in.
  3. Work with your kids’ schedules not against them.  One of the best things for me about working from home is that I’m always available for my kids.  If someone is home sick, I don’t have to call in sick to work.  I am able to put them on the bus and get them off the bus at the end of the day.  I love that flexibility and I know that it’s a gift.  If you are choosing to work from home and you have kids, don’t try to force your schedule into theirs.  Every year it seems that I need to reevaluate when I can actually work from home and it revolves around their schedules.  I used to do the most work during nap and rest times.  Now that I don’t have nappers at home, I have to get up earlier and do the bulk of my work before daybreak.  I work some evenings but if something comes up in an evening I don’t worry about what I didn’t get done.
  4. Don’t do it all and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do what you can with what you have where you are.  Ask for help when you are able to – if you need a babysitter, a virtual assistant, a house cleaner, a meal service…..  I think of working at home as a seasonal job – things change quickly and my needs as a business owner change as well.  By refusing to over-schedule and take on more than I can handle I am able to remain in control of my business and the way that it is run.
  5. There will always be more on your to do list than you can manage and that’s okay.  It’s okay to cross things off and decide to table things for later or just delete them entirely.  Some of my best ideas have come from things that I wanted to do, didn’t do, and later they morphed into something else entirely.  If that first idea had come to fruition, that better idea wouldn’t have come to me.

What do you think?  Do you work from home?  Share your top flexibility tip in the comments or if you have a topic you’d like me to cover in this series, let me know!

Psst…my Everyday Work @ Home Kit is perfect for working at home!

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Updates + Newsletter

Just popping in to let you know about a couple blog updates I don’t want you to miss!

I’ve updated my cleaning favorites section –  simply click on the tab that says START HERE and then on ‘around the house

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The page is divided up by day of the week with its corresponding cleaning task.  Start there if you have a cleaning product question – these are all my absolute favorite products that I use on a daily and weekly basis and I can wholeheartedly recommend them.

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I’ve also added a category section on the sidebar of the blog – it’s a great place to start if you’re new to the blog or looking for something specific.  I love getting your cleaning questions, but sometimes you have an urgent question and I can’t get to it right away.  Start with the sidebar and find your answer quickly!  Just look for these darling rectangles for some of the most popular categories on the blog.

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If you haven’t signed up for my email list, you’ll definitely want to!  I’m changing it up a bit to make it more exclusive with tips and tricks that you won’t find on the blog along with some that I don’t want you to miss.

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If you want to be the first to find out something about a product or something new coming up, the newsletter subscribers will be the first to know. Don’t miss out 🙂

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Get Ready for Summer FLASH SALE!

It’s almost here – the glorious summer!  Feel like you need a little help getting things organized and cleaned up before school’s out?  Or maybe you’re home from work for the summer and can’t wait to tackle some projects.  Whatever your need is, I have lots of cleaning and organizational tools and I’m putting them on FLASH SALE for you for just 36 hours!  Everything is on sale – don’t miss it!  SALE ENDS 5/25/16 at 7pm CST!  Use the same coupon code for Clean Mama Home (20% off – this is the best coupon code I’ve ever offered!) AND Clean Mama Printables (30% off) – the code is HOORAY.  What are you waiting for?  Go snag something quick 🙂

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And don’t miss the sale on Homekeeping Society – use the coupon code 30OFFJUNE for 30% off your first month!

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Happy (Almost) Summer!

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Three Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making

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One trip down the cleaning aisle at your local store and you find a plethora of bathroom cleaning supplies making numerous claims. The brightly colored cleaners with flashy labels may be eye catching but their contents leave much to be desired. I am a firm believer in using cleaners that have ingredients that I can pronounce and are safe to use around children. The three cleaners that I am sharing today fit my requirements.

It is no secret that I use and love DIY cleaners. Heck, I even wrote a book all about them. Not only are the ingredients safe to use around your home and family, the cost savings can be pretty extreme. It’s easy to go through cleaners at a fairly quick pace, but you won’t have to be concerned about spending a lot of money while you do it. In addition, while I love the effectiveness of these cleaners, I also love the scent that they add while I clean. No artificial fragrances, just pure essential oils.

A couple of things to cover: if you don’t want to use vodka, you can use rubbing alcohol in it’s place. I prefer to use vodka (the cheapest you can find will do the trick) because it doesn’t have as much of an alcohol scent. If you really don’t care for a certain essential oil scent, you can sub out a different oil instead.

On to the cleaners!

Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

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  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering.  No rinsing necessary.  This cleaner won’t keep your shower or tub clean all the time but it will make it easier to clean and keep that soap scum at bay.  Hooray!

Window and Mirror Cleaning Spray

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in spray bottle, spray liberally on surface and wipe clean with a window + mirror cleaning cloth.  If you haven’t tried a single DIY cleaner before, start with this one – it’s absolutely wonderful and its secret is that it dries super fast and streak-free because of the rubbing alcohol.

All-Purpose Cleaning + Disinfecting Spray

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  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender + lemon and peppermint + lemon are my favorite combos)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Combine all ingredients and put in to a glass spray bottle. Spray surface and let sit 10 minutes before wiping. Use your favorite cloth to wipe up the cleaner  Here are my favorites – but I’m a little biased :).  I love using microfiber in the bathroom for cleaning – it cleans effortlessly and is lint-free so you aren’t creating more of a mess than when you started.  (Vinegar is not safe on natural stone – marble, granite, etc.  If you have that in your bathroom(s), you’ll love my marble + granite cleaning spray.)

Try out one or all three of these cleaners in your cleaner arsenal. Not only will you save money, but you can feel good about what you are using in your own home.

If you’re looking for a super fast and efficient way to clean your bathrooms, check out this post!

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Update : Start Here

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I’ve been blogging since 2009.  That means that there’s a lot of content, blog posts, and information in this little corner of cyber space.  When a brand new reader hops on the site and is looking for where to go, I am guessing it’s a little confusing and overwhelming.  So…I’ve been making some changes behind the scenes in categories and places for readers to go for more information and help.

As I continue to update the site, I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments or feel free to email me too (becky@cleanmama dot net) – what would you like to hear about from me?  If there’s a topic you’re struggling with or something you’re wondering about?  Why do you come to Clean Mama?  What would you like more of?  If you’re new here or just curious about what I’ve been working on, check out the START HERE tab on the blog!

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ENDED The Perfect Tool for Your Home : The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

BundlePreviewThis special promotion has ended.  Thank you to all who purchased!  Sign up in the sidebar for reminders and blog posts so you don’t miss something like this 🙂 I love sharing homekeeping tips and tricks that work in our home and today I have something really special to share with you that I KNOW will encourage you, help you on your own homemaking journey, and ultimately save you a lot of time and money!

Maybe you wonder how you can keep up with it all and still have the energy and intentionality to be the kind of mom, wife and woman you want to be.

I know as well as you do that homemaking is never going to be stress-free (though it sure sounds nice). But what if you had more (and better) tools to help make it stress-less?

That’s why I’m over-the-moon excited to tell you about something very special happening right now called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016.

It was created to give you a plethora of amazing, high-quality resources to take some of the stress, overwhelm and difficulty out of homemaking and mothering.

I just know that this bundle is going to make you feel like you’re winning more often – those little wins really do add up!

Here’s what you need to know:

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 93 hand-picked eBooks, eCourses, and printables, on topics that matter to moms such as:

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  • organization, routines & creating a cozy home
  • recipes, grocery shopping and meal planning
  • budgeting and saving money
  • motherhood (no matter what age your kids are)
  • cultivating a strong marriage
  • faith (for you & your kids)
  • and even self-care (like exercise, weight loss, life planning and coloring books!)
  • and much more…

This can seem overwhelming, but if you PICK and CHOOSE you’ll find that it’s totally worth it.  A couple favorites?

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I love the Organization and Routines Category – you’ll see my ebook Cleaning Around the Seasons – if you add up just this category, the 14 ebooks, printables and e-courses the price would be hundreds of dollars. Do you see the Cozy Minimalist Mom ecourse from The Nester?  That alone is valued at $29!  Or how about 31 Days to a Clutter-Free Life from Ruth Soukup and Makeover Your Calendar from Crystal Paine?  There’s a lot of content but even if you don’t access every single thing you are winning over and over again.

You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it.

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Plus, it comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only.  I’ve already ordered a handful of these bonuses and they’re AWESOME – and if you choose one or two it pays for the bundle itself – amazing!

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What’s the catch? It’s available for just 6 days – from now until Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.

Here’s the Clean Mama BONUS!

If you order through MY LINK, forward your receipt to clean.mama at yahoo.com and I’ll send you a direct link for your FREE Homekeeping Foundations Kit ($20 value!) with fillable fields – the perfect companion to this bundle!

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The total value is an astonishing $1000+ (plus over $250 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

If you choose to purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my affiliate link, I will receive a portion of the sale, but you will not pay any extra.  This is a wonderful product and an amazing deal that I am promoting because I know you’ll love it!  You can see my full disclosure statement here.

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