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4 habits of maintaining a cluttered free home

How to Maintain your cluttered free Home

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Maintaining a cluttered free home is short of a miracle but with these ideas you can have the home you’ve always wanted.

You’ve followed all the advice to have a cluttered free home. All too soon, you realized that your clutter has come back.

You even ended up replacing some of the stuff you got rid of, or not everyone is pitching in to keep the house cluttered free.

Here are a few simple, quick habits that your family members can do to keep the house cluttered free.

Deal with your mail immediately

The last thing any of us wants to do after a long day at work is deal with the mail. But since it has to be done, take care of it immediately before mail piles up.

Throw ads and other junk mail directly in the trash or recycling bin.

Check your post office sometimes they have a recycling bin to put your junk mail in before it reaches the car.

Put bills and other important papers in the specified places and shred sensitive information that doesn’t need to be filed.

To make this even easier, make all your bills, banking and other statements paperless and get your name on the “no junk mail” list.

Before long, there will be very little mail to deal with at all.

Nightly pick-up routine

As you gather in the living room in the evenings, each family member always brings stuff with them. A mug, a glass, a snack plate, an iPod, a hand-held video game or homework.

Have you ever noticed how frequently that stuff stays in the living room, making it cluttered?

Set a new rule that each night before heading to bed, everyone picks up what they brought into the room that evening and put it back where it belongs.

It only takes 2 minutes to keep the clutter creep to a minimum.

Add a coat rack and baskets

As soon as the family walks in the door, they are likely to take off coats and backpacks, set down lunch boxes and briefcases, all in the entryway where they will be tripped over for the rest of the evening.

To keep this area cluttered free, add a coat rack, a basket or cubby for each person in the entryway.

Get family members used to hanging up their coats and putting the other stuff they bring home in a designated place.

It will take a little time and a few gentle reminders, but everyone will eventually appreciate the new peace that a cluttered free house exudes.

Eliminate junk drawers

This may sound undo-able, but it really isn’t. Have a place for everything, including the small items that tend to end up in a junk drawer.

Get small containers or better yet, up-cycle some with the kids, and keep these small items separated and organized in drawers.

Things like batteries, paper clips, rubber bands, twist ties, etc. all have their own place in a drawer or two.

Take a rubber band off the Sunday paper?

Put it immediately in the correct cubby hole before sitting down to enjoy the paper.

In conclusion,

  • Always deal with your mail immediately
  • Everyone helps with a nightly pick up
  • Add a coat rack and baskets in your entryway
  • Eliminate your junk drawers

If you start with these 4 habits you will well on your way to a cluttered free home.

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What Spring Cleaning is and is not

As the weather warms up, we begin to feel motivated to do a good spring cleaning in and around our homes. As an essential part of clearing out the stuffy remnants of winter and making room for the new.

There are a few misconceptions about spring cleaning. It is important to clear those up before embarking on your mission. Here it is in a nutshell, the what it is and is not.

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It is a Fresh Start to the Year

By the time we are a few months into the year, most of us can use another fresh start. When winter begins to fade into spring. We are ready for a chance to get rid of the old and get on with the new. Spring cleaning gives us that chance to turn over a new leaf, and clean our way into a fresh mindset.

A Good Thorough Cleaning

Spring cleaning is not just your average weekly chores. It gives us a chance to turn everything over and clear out the cobwebs, literally and figuratively. Spring cleaning is a thorough change from the way we are currently living. It is a chance to get things moving back into the right direction. If our standards have slipped at any point.

Spring Cleaning Is about Organization

Spring cleaning is not just about wiping away the grease and taking a swish at the dust. It is a great time to make an extensive list to follow, both now and on smaller levels for the future.

Find ideas on the internet or in books about home organization. Add to the lists anything that is specific to you and your home so that no stone is left unturned in the process.

Not All-or-Nothing

As much as you may want to do a thorough cleaning as possible, don’t go overboard. Do your best to make your home sparkly and bright, but give yourself a break when necessary. We should strive for clean, functional homes, but they must also be livable. Do your best, and then relax with the results you acquire.

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Spring cleaning Isn’t Just about a Clean Home

Spring cleaning is generally focused on turning your home into a better, more organized version of its previous state. However, there are plenty other things in your life that you can focus on when you are finished.

Spend some of your time

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The fastest way to clean your kitchen

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Is there a fast way to clean your kitchen?

Yes, there is. Having your family help with clean up is the fastest way to clean the kitchen.

Give each member of your family a list so they will know what they need to do. The checklist will have the entire process outlined.

Assign a step for each family member and divide each task. Work your way together to finish.

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11 Steps to clean

Gather all your supplies together

It’s always easier with the supplies close to your fingertips. You want to make sure your washrags are clean and that you haven’t run out of dish soap.

Run a sink of hot soapy water

A hot soapy sink before you start makes for a place to put the dirty dishes.

Scrape off all the dishes into the trash

Scraping off the gunk before putting the dishes into the sink makes it less nasty.

Soak dirty dishes

Soak the dishes while working on the rest of the kitchen.

While the dishes are soaking clear out the trash from the counters, floors, etc.

Worry only about the trash, most of the clutter in the kitchen will be garbage. It is always easier to clean with the trash not strewn around.

Gather all the items that don’t belong in the kitchen, put them in a basket

Find a basket or a box and put the items that do not belong in the kitchen in there, for later to put away. We are only going to worry about the kitchen.

Put away items that belong in the kitchen but not in the proper order

Next, put all the items that belong in the kitchen away.

Load the dishwasher or wash by hand

It helps to rinse off the gunk from the dishes before putting into the dishwasher. You can do this or you can finish washing the dishes that were soaking.

Wash down cabinets, counter tops, appliances, sink, etc

I never really thought about wiping down the cabinets but it only takes a couple of minutes to get the grime off every day so it’s not a bigger job later.

Sweep and mop

I am really not a fan of sweeping and mopping. Definitely, you will need to sweep every day and mop once a week. It also depends how much traffic goes through your kitchen then you might want to mop more than once a week.

Take out the trash

Take out the trash every day and sometimes more. You don’t want your kitchen to have a funky smell.

Now wasn’t that easy and fast?

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What do you do to clean your kitchen fast?

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Never cleaning your microwave is hazardous to your health

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Never cleaning out your microwave can cause risks to your health.  Cross-contamination of your food can lead to deadly viruses.

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There are many risks of not wiping out your microwave on a daily basis.

  1. Lurking hidden nasty bugs just waiting to contaminate your next meal.
  2. Spilled food can be a fire hazard during your next cooking session
  3. Particles from weeks before can dislodge as steam softens the old food and can cause it to drop and contaminate the new food.
  4. And don’t forget the embarrassment of when guests use your microwave.

A microwave that said easy-to-clean surface coating. This makes clean up so much easier with that coating on the inside. Maybe in the future, there will be a button on the microwave that all you have to do is push it and it will clean by itself. You know like the button that you can push on the oven and it does self-cleaning.

Until that happens here are some ways of cleaning the microwave easier

Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda inside a microwavable bowl with a cup of water in the microwave for 3-5 minute. The steam will make it easier to get the gunk off. Before opening the microwave let it sit for a few minutes and then use a hot pad to take the bowel out. Now let’s get started with a little bit of elbow grease and 5 minutes later a sparkling clean microwave.

  • Put the glass plate and rack in the sink to soak with hot soapy water
  • Wipe out all the crumbs
  • Sprinkle a little of the baking soda inside the microwave
  • Rinse out your rag
  • Dry surfaces with a paper towel
  • Wash and reinstall removable pieces

There are always ways to keep your microwave looking like this such as putting a paper towel over the bowl or plate that you are cooking. This keeps the microwave a lot cleaner or you can buy a microwave cover plate.  That makes it worth it so you don’t have to clean the microwave as much.

DIY Cleaner

2 Tablespoons of baking soda

1 cup water

Microwaveable bowl

Do you know of any other DIY Cleaners for the microwave?

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Tips for cleaning out your messy closet

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Tips for cleaning out your messy closet

Tips for cleaning out your messy closet.  Do you have a messy closet?  I know I do.  So we are going to start by organizing the messy closet. Getting dressed in the mornings is hard enough when you can’t find anything to wear even when your closet is full of clothes.

Today we are going to learn that we do not need all these clothes.  We never wear 80% of our clothes so why do we need to hold on to them?  We don’t.

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Take everything out of the closet and sort as you go.

You will need 4 piles

  1. Keep
  2. Store
  3. Sell
  4. Donate

Examine all your clothes and try them on to see if they still fit.  I know you really want to keep clothes that you really liked from over 20 years ago but our bodies do change over time.  You have to decide if those clothes are worth to keep or not.

Clean Closet…

After you have emptied out your closet. Put your clothes that you are keeping back on the hangers and turn your hangers backward.

Now, when you wear anything put it back to normal. In 6 months anything still turned backward, you know you don’t wear. Getting dressed in the mornings will be stress-free from now on.

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Take care of the clothes that you have decided not to keep in your closet.   

Do not leave the items that you decide to trash or to donate, left in your house for one more second.

If you are like me, I will take care of it, but it ends up still being in the same spot a year later. It’s nice to organize but it’s even better to get it out of the house.

Where is a good place to sell clothes?

eBay

Yard Sales

ThredUp

Facebook Marketplace

Here is a list of places where you can donate your clothes…

Salvation Army

Deseret Industries

Recycle your Denim

Goodwill

American Red Cross

Vietnam Veterans of America

Dress for Sucess

Career Gears

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation

Planet Aid

Savers

Donate my Dress

Doesn’t that feel good?  One spot down, many to go….

Stay tuned for our next post…

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How to make mix match socks disappear

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Piles of socks, oh my

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How to make piles of socks disappear?

When no one is looking throw them away. *Poof* no more sock problem.
When socks get lost what do we do? We buy more socks and the mix match socks go in a pile. Holy, stained and too small socks seem to be an issue at my house.

What about your house?

What we need to decide on is if they still fit and if they can be saved.

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Do you need to start over? No, you don’t need to go buy more socks you need to reduce how many you need for each person.

What is an easy way of tossing out old socks?

Look through all the socks and put them in separate piles for each member of the household. Asking each member of the family what type of socks they like to wear will greatly reduce the stress of trying to second guess what to keep.

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Who mates pairs anymore?

If you take a survey at a school I betcha more than half do not wear matching socks. This society has become to not care how they look. It is sad that it has become that way but your family can stop that trend. Let’s start with mating socks.

Each household is different but in my household, I start with 2 weeks worth of mates. To start out with and if that is still too many socks reduce it down to 1-weeks worth. Now doesn’t that feel wonderful not having all those loose socks?

One neat trick is, don’t wear socks at all during the summertime wear sandals or flip-flops that will drastically reduce the number of socks you need to wash.

How can we minimize your socks?

Growing up I always folded socks in a way that the socks elastic would start breaking down and be stretched out. As an adult, I learned a new way of folding them that still did not work, they were still bulky in my drawer and would take a lot of space.

I started this journey to reduce all the things I own and one thing I do own are socks. You almost can’t live without them.

I don’t know about you but my feet sweat really bad. I have to wear socks it is a must. Do I have a zillion socks? No, I don’t.

I just need to be smarter with the way I have them. I found many YouTube video on the right way of folding socks so they are not bulky or misplaced.  YouTube is a great resource.

Enjoy and be amazed at how we have dealt with them all the wrong ways.

What do you do with your mix match socks?

Are your piles of socks gone?

What are the ways you take care of your socks?

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Dishes That Stay In The Kitchen Get Washed

Dishes Can Get Washed By You…

Have you ever walked into your kitchen and turned around.   I know I have. Dishes are everywhere. The kitchen has dishes in the sink. Garbage all over the floor that you cannot even get in your kitchen to eat so what do you do?  Go out to eat? Well, there went that money you were saving to buy diapers or milk.

I want to help you where you walk into your kitchen and it is your place where you hang out all day.

Making healthy meals for your family, not the oops I forgot to wash a spoon better eat your cereal with a fork.  The problem with that is no milk to grow healthy bones.

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Dishes are not the enemy

Join my journey of a stressed free day of not worrying about your kitchen because it’s clean and it smells like gardenias.

The first step is to buy this book it will change your life 100%.  How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White from A Slob Comes Clean.  She is my soul sister, someone who knows what I go through every day and she is my support team.  I have never met Dana but I am excited to put all her implements to use so I have a stress free life which starts with washing the dreaded dishes.

Now you that you have this book in your hand.  Go do your dishes

soupy dishes

Dishes are washed by you

Tips on making the process easier

  1. Wipe Food Off  the dishes

  2. Rinse dishes

  3. Don’t put it off

  4. Use Hot Soapy water

  5. Don’t put dirty dishes in the sink — put the dishes in a bin close to the sink that way you always have a clean sink when you need to use it.

  6. Keep an extra bin in your clean sink. That way you when you are ready to wash dishes you can fill it with hot water and put a couple of drops of soap in it–saves time and water.

  7. Wash dishes in order–cleanest to dirtiest.

  8. Glasses

  9. Silverware

  10. Plates

  11. Pots and Pans–a good idea is to fill up pans to soak while you start on glasses