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Are You Making These Cleaning Mistakes?

Are you making these cleaning mistakes? Clean Mama

If you are spending time cleaning, make sure you’re making the best use of your time and energy by avoiding these cleaning mistakes!  (No judgment here, just trying to help you figure out the best and most efficient way to clean your home.)

Vacuuming More Than Necessary

Save your energy and vacuum weekly and do a thorough job.  Spot clean during the week as needed.  Then on the day that you do vacuum (I like Wednesdays) vacuum horizontally in each room and then vertically in each room.  Yes, you are going over the carpet twice, but this technique ensures that the carpet is lifted and the dirt that may be embedded is removed.  This is especially helpful if you have pets to remove pet hair and dander.  Vacuum from the furthest corner away from the door and vacuum your way out of the room.  This will give you those beloved vacuum lines that say,  ‘I just vacuumed’.

Cross-Contamination

When you wipe down surfaces, are you wiping the same area multiple times or wiping the mess back over your just cleaned surface?  Make sure you’re wiping LEFT to RIGHT and TOP to BOTTOM in a soft Z pattern.  This will effectively clean your surfaces and keep you from wiping dirt and bacteria back over your clean surface.  Make sure that you are also changing microfiber cloths or cleaning rags frequently to keep the bacteria away.  This post shows you how I speed clean my bathrooms and change out microfiber cloths to avoid cross-contamination.

Not Leaving Cleaners on Long Enough

If you’re cleaning bathrooms or your kitchen counters and spraying and wiping right away, you’re wasting time and cleaners.  It’s important to thoroughly saturate your surfaces with your favorite cleaner and let it sit for 10 minutes.  This will let the cleaner do its job, sanitize, and dissolve any stuck on particles making your cleaning a little bit easier.

Using Fabric Softener on Towels

Did you know that traditional fabric softener actually coats the fibers of towels making them less absorbent and fluffy?  Instead, add between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of traditional white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. Vinegar serves to actually soften the fibers as well as add a little cleaning power to your laundry routine. I like to buy a jug of white distilled vinegar at our Costco. At under $5.00 for an economy sized container, you can’t beat the price. No need to worry about any residual scent from the vinegar either as you won’t be able to detect it on your clean laundry at this dilution rate.

Using Dirty Sponges

There’s no need to use dirty sponges when all you need to do is toss it in your dishwasher nightly.  Did you know that sponges are one of the dirtiest things in your house?  Get in the habit of tossing your sponge in your dishwasher or sanitizing it in the microwave every night and you’ll eliminate that risk of spreading germs all over your kitchen.  Here are 3 ways to safely sanitize your sponge.

Using Vinegar on Stone Surfaces

I love using vinegar to clean with but it’s important to know WHAT it works on and what it doesn’t.  If you’re using vinegar on your marble or granite counters, the acid in the vinegar will eventually etch away the surface.  If you want to DIY your cleaners and are looking for one that is safe for marble and granite, try this one – it’s awesome!

Emptying Your Vacuum Canister or Bag and Cleaning your Vacuum Cleaner

Make sure you’re emptying your vacuum canister after each use if you have a canister vacuum and if you have a vacuum cleaner with a bag, change it when necessary.  Make sure you’re cleaning your vacuum cleaner frequently as well – this will ensure that your vacuum lasts for a long time and you aren’t dragging dirt around the house as you’re vacuuming.

Not Cleaning Those Most-Touched Areas

It’s no wonder that germs can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.  If you’re looking for ways to cut down on that spread and transfer in your home (especially when someone’s sick or during flu season), reach for a cotton pad and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.  Saturate the cotton pad and carefully wipe over those most touched areas in your home: light switches, remotes, and electronics.  The rubbing alcohol effectively kills germs, dries quickly, and is safe to use in your home.

Cleaning Garbage Cans

Yes, garbage cans hold garbage, but keeping them clean will keep odors down and keep germs from congregating.  Bring the garbage can(s) outside, spray them with your favorite all-purpose cleaner, let it sit for 10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with your garden hose.  Let them sit in the sun to dry and naturally kill germs before returning them inside. Use garbage bags in large and small garbage cans to line them and keep them cleaner for longer.

Which cleaning mistake have you been making?  Have one to add?  Share it in the comments!

If you are new here and/or curious about my cleaning routine, go to my START HERE page – you’ll find helpful links to get you started with cleaning less and enjoying life more.

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Homekeeping Society | January Essentials + 50% OFF

Homekeeping Society has some exciting changes that will make it better, more interactive, AND easier to use!  I’m so excited to share January’s subscription, I hope it’s just what you need to feel successful in your homekeeping.  Make sure you read all the way through the post – there’s a 50% off your first month coupon code if you haven’t tried it out!

Homekeeping Society main - January 2016 - Clean Mama

2016 is upon us and if you’re needing a little something to get you in gear, you’ll be thrilled with the support that Homekeeping Society provides!  Homekeeping Society is intended to be just the gentle nudge you need and to dos with a sweet and simple format.  When I designed January’s packet I kept it SIMPLE – I feel like I’m on overload after the holidays and it’s nice to have a clean sheet of paper to take my tasks to.  Maybe you feel the same?  My favorite thing about Homekeeping Society is that each month is different, yet it all looks good together, and it has seasonal touches you’ll love!  (SNEAK Peek: see those cloths?  They’re Clean Mama Home – coming December 28th!)

Homekeeping Tasks - January 2015 Homekeeping Society

Not sure if Homekeeping Society is for you? Try it out this month and use the coupon code 50NEWYEAR for 50% off your FIRST month (digital version only). Hurry!  Offer ends 12/31/2015.

Homekeeping Society tasks - January 2016

Here’s what’s NEW this month:

  • I have a brand new Facebook Group – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – join if you’re a member of the subscription or not, it’s a special place to discuss homekeeping struggles, tips, and tricks.  It’s a closed group, just ask to join and I’ll add you.
  • I am adding Homekeeping Society to my Etsy shop – you can only purchase one month at a time but you will NOT have access to the previous months.  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.
  • This isn’t new but did you know you can also access/save/download ALL the previous month’s of HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY?  That’s over 200 printables that you can use!
  • I also send out an email to all members after the 20th of each month reminding them to log in and download the next month’s subscription and I also include a couple blog posts to help them navigate through the month’s tasks and to do’s – it’s so fun to know that other people are doing the same tasks every day, isn’t it?

Homekeeping Society is simple to use:

  • 2  EASY PRINT  packets are included – simply open and print the pages in ONE step. One version is one of each and the other is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. You’ll love how easy this is to use!  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll love this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!

Weekly Dockets and Daily Planner - January 2016 Homekeeping Society

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. Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of January – I think you’ll LOVE it!

Keeping a home clean can be both rewarding and frustrating. Sure, it’s possible to get your home clean, but to keep it that way can be the biggest challenge. Throw in the additions of busy schedules, jobs, kids, chaos, and lack of time and energy and it can feel downright defeating many days. 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 during the summer with a different routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

I love to provide a ‘virtual’ hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of and want to welcome family, neighbors, and friends without thinking twice about the mess behind that front door. The intent of Homekeeping Society is to give you that perfect monthly intervention that is purposefully designed to get your life and home in order with ease. Each month I add different and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

Menu Plan for the Week - Sunday and Monday Starts - January 2016 Homekeeping Society

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT EVERY MONTH (15+ printable documents):

  1. INSTRUCTIONS – tells you how many pages to print out of each page and suggestions for implementing and making the pages work for you – an EASY PRINT option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month.
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (January is the LAUNDRY ROOM) – this page lays out simple steps and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list. This month is an ALL OVER EVERYWHERE LIST.  It’s the ultimate shopping and to do list.  Print one or two and put it front and center – you’ll love it!
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, and a space for meals
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  7. MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK WITH A SHOPPING LIST- (Sunday and Monday starts) make a menu plan and take it with you to the grocery store to keep your shopping and planning in check.
  8. MENU PLAN FOR THE MONTH – always includes a list for recipe ideas or ingredients to pick up so you won’t forget to add it to your weekly shopping list.
  9. 2 MONTHLY CALENDARS (1 blank, 1 pre-filled) – suggested daily cleaning tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, rotating cleaning tasks, cleaning and organizing suggestions.
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (January is a LAUNDRY SCHEDULE WORKSHEET – the key to getting a handle on that laundry!)
  11. KITCHEN SINK QUOTE– the quote for the month – 5×7 – frame and put at your kitchen sink or tape to your fridge to give you a little motivation and inspiration for the month
  12. INFORMATION PAGE – this month includes a 2016 quarterly calendar – fill them out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section (insurance, 401K, etc.).
  13. PLUS – access to previous months’ HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – over 200 documents!

Weekly and Daily Planners - January 2016 Homekeeping Society

This month’s Quote for the Kitchen Sink is one of my favorites, perfect for January – a great reminder to make the most of every day.  The quote for the kitchen sink can go on your refrigerator, a bulletin board, or even your binder. Put it somewhere that you’ll see it and be inspired by it.

Quote for the Kitchen Sink - January 2016 Homekeeping Society

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me! Go here to learn more and sign up for a digital subscription or go here for the printed for you subscription. 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!

Not sure if Homekeeping Society is for you? Try it out this month and use the coupon code 50NEWYEAR for 50% off your FIRST month (digital version only).  Hurry!  Offer ends December 31, 2015.

Homekeeping Society - January 2016 - Clean Mama

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 JANUARY and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file. If you are a member, your essentials are already in your account – yay!

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Clean Mama’s Favorite Things Gift Guides

I LOVE gift guides – sometimes I get my best gift ideas from looking at gift guides during holiday season.  I’m hoping you like them too!  I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorites in 3 categories – cleaning/homekeeping, organizing, and kids.  Each item is something that we use in our home and love and most importantly something that won’t turn into clutter in a couple weeks.

All of these links are on Amazon and I will receive a small percentage of the sale if you click on the link – rest assured, the link doesn’t cost you anything AND these are all products that I love and wholeheartedly recommend!

Favorite Things for Homekeeping

Clean Mama's Gift Guide for Homekeeping

  1. My book 😉 – The Organically Clean Home
  2. My favorite vacuum – Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy
  3. I love this refillable mop – Leifheit Spray Mop
  4. This is my favorite kitchen sink tool – OXO Steel Soap Dispensing Dish Brush
  5. My favorite duster – Full Circle Dust Whisperer
  6. Of course!  Martha’s Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook
  7. This is a must-have book for homekeeping – Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House
  8. This glass cleaner is great – perfect for those holiday parties – Full Circle Crystal Clear Glass Cleaner
  9. My favorite cordless vacuum – Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum
  10. I’ve been using this white Fiesta Bread Tray for years on my kitchen counters for soap and counter spray – love it!

Favorite things for organizing

Clean Mama's Gift Guide for Organizing

 

  1. This is great for storing photos – IRIS Photo + Craft Keeper
  2. I love this tote for any mobile office-ing – Jamie Raquel File Tote
  3. My favorite clipboard!  Recycled Aluminum Clipboard
  4. Pre-order this book from my dear friend Toni for yourself for after Christmas 😉  – The Complete Book of Home Organization
  5. If you don’t have a label maker, this is a great one – Dymo LabelManager
  6. This is probably my favorite practical organizing book – What’s a Disorganized Person to Do?
  7. This is the printer I use – I love it!  Epson Workforce Wireless
  8. This is a great travel case – MKT Oxford Fabric Laptop Notebook Case
  9. My favorite planner and printable pens – Staedtler Triples Fineliner Pens
  10. I love this wall calendar – Paint Chip Wall Calendar

Favorite things for the kids

Clean Mama's Gift Guide for Kids

  1. These are probably one of my kids’ all-time favorite toys – Magformers Magnetic Building Construction Set
  2. Need fun family game that’s quick?  Qwixx is perfect!
  3. The National Geographic Kids Almanacs are always a favorite for the kids – 2016 Almanac
  4. Have you seen these?  So fun! – Snap Circuits
  5. All Natural Soaps Science Kit – super fun!
  6. Sequence is a family favorite game for all ages – it’s timeless!
  7. Play-Doh – while it may be messy it’s totally worth the mess (in my opinion)
  8. I love these coloring books for older kids – Secret Garden : An Inky Treasure and Coloring Book
  9. and of course the National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia is another favorite gift to give
  10. Mad Libs are always a fun choice – Happily Ever Mad Libs
  11. Ticket to Ride is another great family game – perfect for upper elementary – adult!
  12. I love these kits for girls –  Kiss Naturals DIY Lip Balm Making Kit
  13. Classics from Richard Scarry are always a hit – this one is great:  What Do People Do All Day?

I haven’t started Christmas shopping, but doing this post is getting me excited!  How about you?  Have you started shopping yet?

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Free Cleaning Calendar for November 2015

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

Free Cleaning Routine for November main via Clean Mama

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to 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 solution for busy 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.

Fresh Start Clean+Organized 2015

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 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Cleaning Routine Infographic - Clean Mama

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

 

Free Cleaning Routine for November via Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for November 2015! Prefer it in googledocs? Go here.

(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!)

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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Home Reset Challenge + 40% OFF Flash Sale

Did you complete the HOME RESET CHALLENGE?  If you did, I hope you feel like it was successful and just what you needed to reset your home for fall.  If you didn’t do the challenge, you can do the challenge anytime – you can revisit the challenge through these links:

Clean Mama’s Home Reset – Introduction
Clean Mama’s Home Reset FREE Printable Guide
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

And if you’re feeling like you want to keep going and aren’t sure where to start, check out these posts (just click on the images), they’re sure to get you on your way to a clean and tidy home!  Keep following along and I’ll continue to bring you helpful tips for implementing a cleaning routine in the midst of every day life!

Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean via Clean Mama

The Clean Mama Cleaning Routine Free Printable via Clean Mama

Practical Cleaning Routine Tips via Clean Mama

I also have oodles of products in my shop that simplify homekeeping AND this weekend, I have a FLASH SALE just for you!

Use the code 40HOMERESET for 40% off your entire order!

Update: This sale has ended, but sign up below so you don’t miss the next one!
Hurry, ends Sunday the 20th at 10pm CST.

HOME RESET SALE

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Clean Mama’s Home Reset – Day 1

Clean Mama's Home Reset Challenge - DAY ONE

I am SO excited to start Clean Mama’s Home Reset with you!  I am working a day ahead on the daily challenge so I have pictures to post for you, but getting just one task completed feels great!  Are you ready to take back your home and feel great about it?  This mini-challenge is designed for you (and me) to concentrate on those clutter collecting areas and spaces that tend to get neglected or put off.  We’re completing the Home Reset tasks while continuing on with the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine – this will ensure forward progress and we’ll get ahead at the same time.  Did you print off your FREE printable guide?  If you didn’t, go here first.

Ready?  Let’s get started!

Weekly Task for today:

Every Monday is BATHROOMS DAY – first things first, clean the bathroom(s) in your home.  If you are new here and haven’t heard about or seen my 15 minute bathroom speed cleaning routine, go here, follow the tasks, and come back here for the next tasks.

Daily Tasks for Today:

Every day I complete these 4 simple tasks (go to this post for more explanation) – complete them when it makes sense for you and your schedule.  Set a timer for 10-15 minutes if you need to, but don’t get hung up on these tasks, they get easier as you follow my routine:

  • check floors
  • clean counters
  • clutter
  • laundry

Home Reset Task:

Once your bathrooms are thoroughly (and quickly) cleaned and you’ve started a load of laundry or swept under the kitchen table, it’s time tackle today’s task to DECLUTTER TOILETRIES.  Here are your simple steps:

  • Set a timer for 15-30 minutes (whatever you have) and choose your spot to declutter.  This can be a drawer, under the sink, a cupboard, a shelf – choose a space that you know you can completely clear and declutter in the time you have.  Start small, if you get going and want to declutter more, keep going!
    Here’s my BEFORE – it took me 30 minutes to completely clear, declutter, and re-organize this space.  I knew ahead of time that I wanted to use larger storage containers to store toiletries so I had the containers on hand.  I had put off doing it for a couple weeks and this challenge is just what I needed to finally sort and declutter the space.
    Toiletries Before via Clean Mama
  • Completely clear and empty the space.  I put everything on the bathroom counter to sort and declutter it.
    Remove everything from the space via Clean Mama
  • Spray and wipe clean.
    Completely clear space and wipe clean via Clean Mama
  • Decide what you can keep and what you can toss – if it’s expired, toss.  If you haven’t used it in a while or forgot why you have it, toss it.  (Make sure you follow your local recycling rules for what can be recycled.)
    Toss Pile and Re-Grouped and Sorted Toiletries via Clean Mama
  • Group like items together to make organizing and finding your toiletries easy. Put items back in a way that makes sense for you and whoever is using the space.  Here’s my AFTER – I have another post soon that goes into a little more detail about how I organized this cabinet, stay tuned.
    Toiletries - After via Clean Mama

Follow along on Instagram – I’ll be keeping an eye out this week for posts with the hashtag #cleanmamashomereset and reposting some of my favorites!

Each of the posts will have these links to the other days so you can catch up or start this challenge anytime:

Clean Mama’s Home Reset – Introduction
Clean Mama’s Home Reset FREE Printable Guide
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Clean Mama's Home Reset Challenge via Clean Mama

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UPDATE : Everyday Cleaning Planner

Everyday Cleaning Calendar Close-Up - Clean Mama

Just popping in to let you know that the oh-so-wonderful Everyday Cleaning Planner has been updated for 2016!  If you’ve been waiting for the 2016 pages, they are in the shop separately as just the calendar and if you haven’t grabbed the Everyday Cleaning Planner yet, you can get that with September 2015-December 2016 cleaning calendar pages ready for you!

Everyday Cleaning Planner Sept2015-Dec2016 - Clean Mama

EVERYDAY CLEANING PLANNER – over 50 pages + September 2015-December 2016 calendars (pre-filled AND editable/fillable)

If you already have the Everyday Cleaning Planner or just want the cleaning calendar, I made that available too.  This is very similar to what I provide free every month BUT you get the editable/fillable version as well so if you want to add your own daily and rotating tasks you can type those right in and print away.

Clean Mama's Everyday Cleaning Calendar - September 2015-December 2016 - Clean Mama

EVERYDAY CLEANING CALENDAR (no cleaning pages, JUST the calendar – pre-filled AND editable/fillable) – September 2015-December 2016

Editable-Fillable Fields - Create Your Own Cleaning Calendar - Clean Mama

If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you should be!  I post daily cleaning reminders, post simple homekeeping tips, and hold great insta-sales (hint, hint).

Want more details on HOW to make a cleaning planner?  Check out this post!

How to Make a Cleaning Planner via Clean Mama

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Homekeeping Society | July Essentials + coupon code

July Homekeeping Society Main - Clean Mama

If you feel like you need a little help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with July’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY. Complete with seasonal touches, this month features a soft navy and kelly green with a summery picnic plaid design.

Not sure if Homekeeping Society is for you?  Try it out this month and use the coupon code 25JULY for 25% off your FIRST month (offer ends June 30th).

You’ll love the EASY PRINT feature, simply open and print the pages in ONE step. This is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. This change is designed to take the guesswork and any hassle out of the printing process. I have also included a just one of each EASY PRINT option as well. Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll be really excited about this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!

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. Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of July – you’re going to LOVE it!

Quote for the Kitchen Sink - July Homekeeping Society - via Clean Mama

This month’s Quote for the Kitchen Sink is a great reminder from Louisa May Alcott to find beauty in the simple and humblest things – isn’t that just a sweet quote?

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 many days. 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 during the summer with a different routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.

Cover and Introduction Pages - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

I love to provide a ‘virtual’ hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of and welcome family, neighbors, and friends into without thinking twice about the mess behind that front door. The intent of Homekeeping Society is to give you that perfect monthly intervention that is purposefully designed to get your life and home in order with ease. Each month I add different and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

Daily Planner - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT EVERY MONTH:

  1. INSTRUCTIONS – tells you how many pages to print out of each page and suggestions for implementing and making the pages work for you – an EASY PRINT option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (July is the PANTRY) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list. Print one or two and put it front and center – set some realistic goals and make plans for some fun things to do this month
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, and a space for meals
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  7. MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK WITH A SHOPPING LIST- make a menu plan and take it with you
  8. MENU PLAN FOR THE MONTH – always includes a list for recipe ideas or ingredients to pick up
  9. 2 MONTHLY CALENDARS (1 blank, 1 pre-filled) – suggested daily cleaning tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, rotating cleaning tasks, cleaning and organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (July is a PANTRY INVENTORY CHECKLIST)
  11. KITCHEN SINK QUOTE– the quote for the month – 5×7 – frame and put at your kitchen sink or tape to your fridge to give you a little motivation and inspiration for the month
  12. INFORMATION PAGE – this month includes a HEALTH AND BEAUTY CONTACTS printable – fill them out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section (insurance, 401K, etc.)
  13. PLUS – access to previous month’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!

Pantry Inventory - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

June’s Seasonal Preparation Printable is a PANTRY INVENTORY – perfect for this month’s homekeeping focus on the pantry.

Menu Planning - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me! Go here to learn more and sign up for a digital subscription or go here for the printed for you subscription. 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!

 

Full Kit - July Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

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 JULY and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.  If you are a member, your essentials are already in your account – yay!

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Homekeeping Society | April Essentials

April 2015 Homekeeping Society main Clean Mama

Feel like you need a little help staying on top of the dailies, you will be thrilled with April’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY.  A big CHANGE – I’ve added an EASY PRINT feature to the downloads!  Open and print the pages in ONE step.  This is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc.  This change is designed to take the guesswork and any hassle out of the printing process.  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll be really excited about this addition.  (Keep reading for a great coupon if you want to try out HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!)

April’s monthly essentials are aqua and teal with adorable touches of a cute flag bunting – perfect for getting ready for spring!  If you’re a member (log in here) and if you’d like to sign up today, it’s an instant (almost – it might a few minutes) download.  The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order out of your household chaos and help you keep your home clean and your mind less cluttered.  Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of April – you’re going to LOVE it!

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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 it can feel downright defeating many days. Why bother cleaning when it’s only going to be a mess again the next day!

Curious about Homekeeping Society and want to try it out? I’ve got a coupon code this month for 25% off your first month – enter the code 25APRIL at checkout (coupon expires 3/31/15) and you’ll receive 25% off this month’s subscription (the regular price will resume after this month).  All payments are secure with SSL encryption.

 April 2015 Daily Monthly Pages - Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

I understand just where you are coming from. Keeping your home clean while maintaining your sanity can be incredibly stressful. You may feel as though you can’t do anything right when it comes to maintaining a clean, organized, and welcoming home and even if you could find the time, you wouldn’t know where to start.

Need some serious help, a virtual hand to hold and guide you through the process of cleaning, homekeeping, and creating a home you feel proud of?  That’s exactly why I created the Homekeeping Society, the perfect monthly intervention that is purposely designed to get your life and home in order with ease and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated.

I’ve created a monthly essentials subscription designed to help you get your home and life in order – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY.  This monthly subscription is made for YOU to get your life in order – with ease and adorable seasonal touches to keep you motivated to do the daily tasks that get boring and monotonous.

April 2015 Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama

 

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT EVERY MONTH:

  1. INSTRUCTIONS – tells you how many pages to print out of each page and suggestions for implementing and making the pages work for you – an easy print option is also included to make printing just one step!
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook to keep each month separated if you choose to keep the pages from month to month
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (April is Spring Cleaning) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, and a space for meals
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page (Sunday start and Monday start are both included)
  7. MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK WITH A SHOPPING LIST- make a menu plan and take it with you
  8. MENU PLAN FOR THE MONTH – always includes a list for recipe ideas or ingredients to pick up
  9. 2 MONTHLY CALENDARS (1 blank, 1 pre-filled) – suggested daily cleaning tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, rotating cleaning tasks, organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (April is a spring cleaning checklist)
  11. KITCHEN SINK QUOTE– the quote for the month – 5×7 – frame and put at your kitchen sink or tape to your fridge to give you a little motivation and inspiration for the month
  12. INFORMATION PAGE – this month includes a HOUSEHOLD FOOD INVENTORY – fill them out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section (insurance, 401K, etc.)

Clean Mama's Homekeeping Society - April 2015

 

Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me! Go here to learn more and sign up for a digital subscription or go here for the printed for you subscription.  Want to see some ideas and more information on how to implement Homekeeping Society? Go to this post.

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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 April and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file. If you are a member, your essentials are already in your account – yay!

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Shop Update : Notepads!

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For those of you that have asked for printed products, I’ve added a limited quantity of 2 different adorable notepads to my Etsy shop – perfect for homekeeping and menu planning.  They are affordably priced and ship for free (to the US only).

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Clean Mama’s MENU PLAN for the Week NOTEPAD 8.5 x11 inches
Looking to streamline your menu planning? This functional and adorable notepad is perfect for putting your menu plan into practice.  Each day of the week has a large space for meals (Monday-Sunday) and room for a small shopping list, tasks in the kitchen, and a place to plan for the upcoming week too!

  • 8.5×11 inches
  • signature aqua + black color scheme
  • 50 sheets – cardboard backed
  • bright white 24# paper
  • packaged in a clear cello sleeve with a Clean Mama sticker closure
  • ($10) FREE SHIPPING, shipping to the US only

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Clean Mama’s HOMEKEEPING ROUTINE NOTEPAD 5.5×8.5 inches
Need a little spot to jot down those homekeeping to-dos? This handy notepad is perfect for daily household to-dos and tasks. Stay on top of the list with this adorable and functional notepad. Its small size is ideal for your dailies.  There’s a place for the week, Monday-Sunday with 8 spots for each day, notes section at the bottom with a visual reminder by way of Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine Icons on the bottom of the notepad.

  • 5.5×8.5 inches
  • signature aqua + black color scheme
  • 50 sheets – cardboard backed
  • bright white 24# paper
  • packaged in a clear cello sleeve with a Clean Mama sticker closure
  • ($8) FREE SHIPPING, shipping to the US only

Notepads in Cello - Clean Mama

Want them BOTH?  Get BOTH homekeeping notepads for the discounted price of $16 (regular price is $18) – Clean Mama’s 2 Pack of Notepads – Homekeeping +Menu Planning

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Don’t miss the Spring Cleaning Bundle – coming this FRIDAY to the blog!

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How to Implement the Homekeeping Society

How to Implement the Homekeeping Society via Clean Mama

The response to the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY has been amazing – thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I am so excited for so many of you to be a part of this monthly essentials subscription.  I thought I’d talk a little today about what the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY is and what you can expect if you subscribe.  A little bit of a how to of sorts.

Here’s why I know you’ll love the monthly essentials subscription:

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  • If you follow my cleaning routine, you will go bananas (mild exaggeration) over the format of the monthly cleaning checklist and the incorporated Homekeeping Focus for each month.  It’s pretty great and even more realistic.
  • No need to come up with a plan of attack for keeping your home in order, HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY does that for you.
  • If you like updated printables delivered to your inbox or your door – just print or open and use.
  • Need seasonal touches and beautiful color schemes to keep you motivated and interested?  Yep, me too.  I get that and you’ll see that in your subscription.
  • Instructions and suggestions are included every month.  I’ll talk you through the game plan and give you ideas for making your homekeeping a little more enjoyable.
  • Menu planning is part of the subscription – next to my cleaning routine, menu planning is my secret weapon to running a household.  Use the simple (cute) format and start figuring out what to eat before 5pm.

Menu Planning Pages - Homekeeping Society - Clean Mama

Still a little unsure of how the subscription will work?

  • The 15th of every month I’ll have a blog post that will show what the next month’s HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY looks like.  (October 15th previews November, etc.)  you can order ANY time but if you’d like to order the next month’s subscription you’ll need to do so by the 20th of the month.  For instance – if you want November’s subscription you’ll need to order it by the 20th of October.  If you sign up after the 20th of October you’ll be added to the next month’s list.  Note:  you’ll get immediate access to the digital download at the time of your order.
  • You will also receive an email reminding you to login and access your monthly essentials as well – you won’t forget!

Homekeeping Society - November 2014 Important Information

Every month includes these essentials:

  1. INSTRUCTIONS – tells you how many pages to print out of each page and suggestions for implementing and making the pages work for you
  2. COVER PAGE – with the month and the inspirational quote for the month – great for putting in your binder or homekeeping notebook
  3. HOMEKEEPING FOCUS page – every month will focus on a room or area in the home (November is the kitchen) – this page lays it out and gives you room for making your own adjustments and goals.
  4. TO DO LIST – every month features a new, and highly functional to do list
  5. DAILY PLANNER PAGE – great for those busy days (or every day!) includes schedule, to dos, notes, meal
  6. WEEKLY DOCKET– Use the weekly docket to see your whole week and schedule on a page. Includes phone calls, emails, appointments, and planning for the next week.
  7. MENU PLAN FOR THE WEEK WITH A SHOPPING LIST- make a menu plan and take it with you
  8. MENU PLAN FOR THE MONTH – always includes a list for recipe ideas or ingredients to pick up
  9. 2 MONTHLY CALENDARS (1 blank, 1 pre-filled) – suggested daily cleaning tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, rotating cleaning tasks, organizing suggestions
  10. SEASONAL PREPARATION PRINTABLE – a helpful seasonal prep printable is always included in the monthly subscription – perfect for placing in a binder (November is a detailed shopping list)
  11. KITCHEN SINK QUOTE– the quote for the month – 5×7 – frame and put at your kitchen sink or tape to your fridge to give you a little motivation and inspiration for the month
  12. INFORMATION PAGE – at least one each month – fill it out and save in a family info section of your homekeeping binder or notebook and you’ll have a complete information section by the end of the year (insurance, 401K, etc.)

You can get the HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY as a digital download OR as a printed for you package.  The printed for you package is only available to the US at this time and it includes 22 pages (4 pages for the weekly dockets, menu planners for the week, etc.).

Homekeeping Society November 2014 Printed for You via Clean Mama

Want to learn more?  Go to this post.  Ready to sign up?  Go here to sign up for a digital subscription or go here for the printed for you subscription.

Please note:  You will be able to download your digital subscription every month by going to your account page, click on the link for November and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file.

 

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3 Ways to Make Your Life Easier Today

3 Ways to Make Your Life Easier Today via Clean Mama

Now that fall is in full swing, I thought it would be a great time to talk about making things a little easier around our homes.  Today I’m sharing 3 ways I take a load off and make life easier during this busy time of the year.  If I had to narrow down 3 things that really help me keep it together, these are my top three ways that I make life easier.

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CLEAN A LITTLE BIT EVERYDAY – don’t stress yourself out with trying to clean your whole house at once.  Try my cleaning routine and clean a little bit every day and reap the benefits of a mostly clean house most of the time.  It’s a freeing feeling to let go of that idea of perfection (it doesn’t exist!).  Need a little structure and a whole lot of flexibility?  My cleaning routine is ideal for working and stay-at-home moms and anyone else that is looking for an easier way to clean a house.

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PLAN YOUR MEALS – without a plan, you’re stuck with throwing together whatever or eating out.  Having your menu planned out is a huge time and money saver.  Make a list of all your favorite make-ahead meals and try to cook at least one or two a week to simplify your life.  Use your slow cooker and/or make double and triple batches of favorite and freezable recipes.  Eat one batch for dinner and freeze the rest.  Lasagna, enchiladas, soups, and casseroles all make great freezer meals.

3 Free Printable To Do Lists to Jumpstart Your Productivity

WRITE IT DOWN – Putting pen to paper is so great for getting ideas out of your head and on paper.  Grab one of these free to do lists, write it down, check it off, and get it done.

How about you?  What do you do to make your life easier?

This post is sponsored OxiClean.  I am a 2014 ambassador for OxiClean™ Laundry Detergent .   I’ve been using the unscented, perfume and dye-free liquid laundry detergent.  I love that I can use it to pre-treat and to wash clothes with, but if I forget to pre-treat a stain, it’s probably going to come out anyway.  It’s safe on all fabrics, whites and colors and uses the power of OxiClean to get tough, dried on stains!

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Available in Fresh Scent and Perfume & Dye Free (my favorite and perfect for sensitive skin and those of us that don’t like added fragrance).  I really like that OxiClean Laundry Detergent’s stain fighting abilities are meant to help moms take a load off their day.

You can read my full disclosure statement here – rest assured, as always, I never recommend a product that I don’t use and love.

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How to Make a Cleaning Planner

How to Make a Cleaning Planner via Clean Mama

If you want to figure out a way to keep your cleaning routine in order, you might want to put together a little cleaning planner – a place to plan your cleaning.  This can be part of your homekeeping binder or notebook or you can create a stand-alone cleaning planner.  If you’ve been working at keeping up with a cleaning routine or just starting out, what’s the best way to keep it that way?  Work with your homekeeping style and find a way to keep track of what you have already done and what needs to be done.  Need a little inspiration and some cuteness to kick your routine in gear?  Put your planner together in a way that makes sense for your home, style, and budget – it might just get you excited enough to follow through this time!

  1. Choose what size you’d like to use – my preference is a standard letter size (8 1/2 x 11),  but this would be great as a smaller planner as well!  (Keep reading for helpful posts on reducing the sizes and printing 2 to a page.)
  2. Once you’ve determined the size you’re going to use, you need decide what sections you need in your planner.   Here are my sections:  cleaning planner, quick cleaning, cleaning checklists, monthly cleaning, cleaning recipes, cleaning remedies
    Dividers in a Cleaning Planner via Clean Mama
  3. Print.  Print.  Print.  Decide what you’d like in your cleaning planner and print it out.  I used my Everyday Cleaning Planner for this, but you may have cleaning printables that you’d like to use or you might want to use free printables to fill up your planner – here are my freebies. Print Cleaning Checklists - How to Make a Cleaning Planner via Clean Mama
  4. Punch your pages – I used a discbound notebook and a discbound punch, you can also easily use a 3 ring binder and hole punch for this project as well. Hole Punch and Assemble - How to Make a Cleaning Binder via Clean Mama
  5. Put pages in your planner and add any extras you may need – stickers, a plastic envelope, pens….Weekly Cleaning Checklists via Clean Mama
  6. Put your cleaning planner where you’ll use it and USE it!  The beauty of a cleaning planner is that you’ll be able to see what’s been cleaned, when it was cleaned, and keep on top of things a little better.  I love a tidy home, but I don’t love spending a lot of time doing the homekeeping – my system does the trick!How to Make a Cleaning Planner via Clean Mama

This post exclusively uses the Clean Mama Everyday Cleaning Planner – sold here in my Etsy shop – this planner has pre-filled AND editable/fillable pages so you can customize your own cleaning planner.

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I do have other cleaning kits in my shop that you might be interested in as well – The Streamlined Life Cleaning Kit, The Classic Cleaning Kit available in aqua + lime and brights.

How to Make a Cleaning Planner Infographic via Clean Mama

 

A couple helpful printable posts you might be interested in:

I used the following products to create my cleaning planner  (all products were purchased with my own money and I love them – there are no affiliate links in these links):

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Modern Day Homekeeping : 3 Secrets to a Clean House

3 Secrets to a Clean House - Modern Day Homekeeping via Clean MamaYour home is where you share life with the people you love – they are the most important thing, a clean house is not.  Don’t take cleaning too seriously – it’s one of those things that has to be done so why not figure out the best and quickest way to accomplish your tasks, right?  Start with the daily tasks and then add the weekly tasks (free printable to help is on this post).  Slowly you’ll be able to add in the bigger rotating cleaning tasks – these are cleaning tasks like washing windows and washing baseboards.  Even when you feel like you’ve got it ‘all together’ you still need a couple tricks up your sleeve (or cleaning glove) to balance real life and a little homekeeping.  I thought it would be fun to tell you a couple of my secrets to a clean house – they aren’t revolutionary or world changing but maybe they will help you in your quest for a clean home.

Secret #1 : Skip a day when you need to.

Don’t get wrapped up in the cleaning routine so much that you can’t skip dusting or cleaning the bathrooms for a week.  The dust will still be there the next week or on Friday for catch all day (a day to catch up).  The reason my cleaning routine works for me and for so many of you is that it isn’t rigid and one day isn’t dependent on the next.  NO one likes to feel defeated – just do what you can and the rest will be there tomorrow.

Secret #2 :  Know the fake outs.

People coming over or just want to give your house a 5 minute tidy up?   Have a couple quick fixes or fake outs that work to whip your house into shape in a couple minutes.  Mine are to put out clean kitchen and bathroom towels, load up the dishwasher, give the toilet a quick wipe down, clear/clean kitchen counters, dim lighting, and fluff sofa pillows.

Secret #3 : Leave when it’s clean.

Now that we’re entering summer, I’ll let you in on my best secret – once the house is picked up we leave.  This may sound counter-intuitive but sometimes I don’t feel like going through the whole pick everything up again routine.  So we try to spend as much time outside and out and about as we can.  We also eat outside as much as possible – the birds love my patio and my kitchen floor stays clean.  When my oldest two were younger, we’d do stroller picnics just about every day.  They’d eat lunch in the stroller, we’d walk to a park and play, and then we’d head home just in time for naps.  Don’t get me wrong, we most definitely live in our house and I don’t invent things to keep us busy, but sometimes getting out is good!

There you have it.  My 3 secrets to a clean house.  Let’s hear your secrets!

This post is part of a series – Modern Day Homekeeping – you can see all the posts here.

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The Clean Mama Modern Day Homekeeping Kit –  designed to help you (and me!) keep up with your home in the midst of everyday life.

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New Series : Modern Day Homekeeping

Modern Day Homekeeping - Keep Up With Your Home in the Midst of Everyday Life via Clean Mama

I’ve been working behind the scenes on a couple new (and exciting) products for my shop – doing a little re-focus, simplifying product lines and adding something completely different.  One of the new products is all about homekeeping.  For me, homekeeping is a favorite topic and activity for me.  I absolutely love the process of cleaning and organizing and managing a home.  I know that not everyone loves/likes it as much as I do (or at all) and so I’ve developed a series that will guide you through the process of homekeeping in the midst of everyday life.  Sounds like what you need?  I hear from so, so many of you about how much you struggle to get it ‘all’ done.  I never have it all done but there are some tricks and ideas that I use to simplify the process and I know that you’ll just love them!

If you’re a mom (or not), if you work in your home or outside your home, have one kid or twelve, I have real, practical ideas for keeping your home tidy, getting food on the table, and most importantly, having time to savor and enjoy your family and the things you really want to accomplish.  I’m so excited to experience this series with you as you discover how easy it can be to keep up with the everyday stuff in the midst of a busy life.  Stay tuned – the series will launch with the new product in the shop and we’ll go from there.  Excited?  Me too!  (Just so you know….I’m not a fan of teaser posts but I thought that this series needed a little preface so you could get your heart ready to do a little homekeeping.)  Wednesdays will be the day of this series on Clean Mama – I’m expecting it to last (at least) through the summer.

Have an area of homekeeping that you struggle with?  Leave a comment!  I’d love to be able to tailor this series to what you REALLY need!

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