Time To Clean House? Time To Gather Supplies

You did a major cleaning last spring. Then came the summer and your home was full of activities, but you at least maintain some organizational stasis in your household. Now the autumn has arrived, and it’s time to do another major housecleaning.

To get ready, it’s time to gather the necessary supplies. You need to purchase your essential cleaners, get your rags and sponges at the ready, and ensure that you have the right ladders and stools to get to those hard-to-reach high places. Once all those materials are together, then you just have to have a plan to follow, and your house will be spick-and-span in no time.

Basic Cleaners

Purchasing your essential cleaners is the first step to getting a clean house. There are a few different basic categories of thought on getting these cleaners together. You can go the natural and organic route and stick with mostly vinegar, baking soda, and maybe some ammonia. Or you could go with professional cleaners that have some extra scrubbing power, though they also tend to have some chemicals in them that can be harsh as well as poisonous.

Rags and Sponges

Buy some cleaning rags and sponges before you start putting your elbow grease to work as well. Even though it is a small investment to get all new rags and sponges, what you don’t want to do is run out of inspiration and motivation because you are trying to clean with things that are dirty. Sponges from last season are going to be growing mold and be covered in grease. Rags that you’ve already used for some other project are going to do the job either. When it’s time for significant housecleaning, it’s time to reset all of your rags and sponges.

Ladders and Stools

There will be areas in your home that you can’t reach. And you can buy ladders and stools to step up on, or you can buy cleaning supplies with extended handles. It all depends on what your preferences and what your budget is. Ladders and stools can double for other projects, so purchasing a few high-quality ones that will last many years to come is not a bad idea.

Following a Plan

To have the cleanest house possible, you have to follow a plan. All the best cleaners in all of the cleanest rags and sponges in the world aren’t going to do any good if you don’t know your plan of attack. Generally speaking, you want to start at the top and work down first with dust and then with dirt. But you also want to make sure you don’t get yourself stuck in any corners or make messes out of things after you clean them. Have a path in the plan, and stick to it.

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4 Tips For Having a Cleaner Home

When it comes to keeping your house clean with kids it can seem impossible at times.  With multiple messes going on at any given time, spills, toys, and just about anything else you can think of it can be a full-time job trying to keep up with the mess.

However, don’t let these obstacles make you give up altogether. With just a few of the right tips, you can have your home clean with little effort.  Here is how.

Use Your Storage Space

One of the biggest tricks when it comes to giving the illusion that your home is clean is clearing the space of clutter.  If all of your surfaces are clear and there is a sense of spaciousness this can give the impression of organization and cleanliness.

Therefore, you should take advantage of using storage in your home to clear away the clutter.  Use all of your closets and drawers to keep things put away rather than out and taking up space.  

If your home doesn’t have a lot of store space, consider getting a storage unit or buying shelving. This can not only make your house feel cleaner but it can give you a sense of inner peace rather than fixating on the clutter.

Make Your Bed

One of the simplest yet most immediately effective things that you can do to make your house look clean is make your bed.  When you bed is made the whole room seems to come together.

Even if a room is spotless from ceiling to floor if a bed is unmade it will give the illusion of being a mess.  Therefore, try to get yourself into the habit of making your bed every morning.  You’ll find that it makes a huge difference without actually having to clean anything!

Vacuum Every Other Day

Rather than doing a deep clean once every month which involves hours of dusting, scrubbing, and washing, why not do it in small increments.  This way you will spend less long periods tearing your hair out wishing you didn’t have to be cleaning.

By vacuuming every day you can stop dirt in its tracks before it can really start to take over. This small task should take anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the size of your home and can make all the difference.

Don’t Wear Shoes Inside

When you wear your shoes inside you are tracking all of the dirt and mud from outside into your home.  Not only are you increasing the dirt n your home but you are also spreading bacteria.

By asking your family and guests to take their shoes off when they enter the home you will cut down on nearly half of your cleaning time.

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Decluttering Tips

I have been on a decluttering frenzy lately so I thought I would share some tips with you that have really been helping keep my house looking better everyday.

Mail- go through your mail everyday. Throw away the junk mail and put your bills that need to be paid where you put them or pay them. I try to pay all my bills online which helps with the paper clutter.

Donation bin- I keep a basket in our bedroom behind our chair as a donation bin. If I try on clothes and I don’t like how they fit or they just don’t fit I put them directly in the bin and as soon as it is fills up I put everything in a bag and take it to Goodwill.

Donation bin

Only touch once- if you pick something up in a room that doesn’t belong there immediately take it to the room it belongs in.  You can use this same rule with mail.

One in one out rule- If you go and buy a new shirt, look through your shirts and find a shirt that you don’t like as much or how it fits and throw it in the donation bin

Books- As soon as I finish a book if I am not going to read it again I donate it to our local library or give it to someone who I think might enjoy it

Magazines-we sell our magazines after we read them to Half Price books-we wait until there is a large pile and then take them and in and sell them

Do you have any decluttering tips to share?

 

 

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5 Wet Areas To Understand In Your Family’s Living Environment

Living in a home with your family, you know that one of the irritating emergencies that can occur is if you have problems with wet areas. Especially when it’s either pressurized or hidden, water damage can cost thousands of dollars, and that wreckage can occur within a relative short period of time.

So, five wet areas around your home to be sure that you understand the basics of include areas around the water heater, under the sinks, into and out of the washing machine, anywhere that your basement might leak, and near and around all of your windows.

Around the Water Heater

Your hot water heater is one of the more important appliances in your home. If it goes on the fritz, say goodbye to hot water in showers, sinks, and washing machines. Doing dishes is going to be a pain, and depending on if there’s a leak or a blockage, you can end up paying extra for water or energy. Add to that, the area around a water heater can become damaged quite quickly as well. If you have anything of value to store, next to the water heater is not a good place for it, no matter how convenient the space is.

Under the Sinks

Check for leaks under your bathroom sinks regularly. Because this is such a common storage area, it’s easy for damage to occur. Plus, if you keep any cleaners or chemicals down there, if they get wet and slimy without anyone knowing, that can present a health hazard. Sink drains aren’t pressurized, but if gravity is making them leak, it can still be a big mess.

Into and Out of the Washer

Your washing machine can be the center of a disaster if anything goes wrong with the pipes going into and out of it. Because there’s soap and a lot of water being used, anything going wrong with the waste system is going to be gross and potentially expensive. If you see leaks around your machine, learn to diagnose the problem quickly.

Basement Leaks

Anyone who has a basement knows that there’s always the chance for areas down there to leak as well. Typically, there will be some sort of a sump pump to prevent major damage, but in the event of a storm where the power goes out as well, that’s a recipe for disaster. Your best bet it to make sure you have a backup generator.

Near Windows

And finally, check occasionally to make sure that rain and snow aren’t getting in through the seals around your exterior windows. There are a few different ways that window frames can warp, and a little bit of rain running down the outside walls can do a grip of damage quickly. During big storms, just do a quick check to make sure there are no puddles forming on interior sills.

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Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

It seems like my family spends a lot of money on cleaning products. After my last shopping trip to stock up on all of the products I need to keep my home tidy I started thinking about how many chemicals are in these products and how much money I could save while keeping my family healthy if I tried to make my own cleaning supplies.

I found some great homemade cleaning supply recipes that I can’t wait to share with you- I wonder which recipe you will try first!

cleaning supplies

Bacteria Buster Counter Top Spray

DIY Lemon Lime Dusting Spray

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Homemade Dryer Sheets

All Natural Carpet Refresher

Easy Homemade Tile and Grout Cleaner

Which of these DIY recipes for cleaning supplies do you think you would like to try first? Do you have a favorite cleaning supply recipe to share? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Medicine Cabinet Clean Out Challenge

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I recently lost my mother to cancer/heart disease, we had to clean out her trailer. She was on a lot of medication due to all of her heart problems and pain from cancer. I had a bag of medicine that I wasn’t sure what to do with.

Here are some questions and tips about medicine

Know your medicine

  • Do you take your prescriptions as prescribed?
  • Do you understand all possible side effects?

It is so important to take your prescriptions as it says on the label. When you fill your prescription it comes with a pamphlet/paperwork to tell you any side effects. Make sure you read them, some prescriptions you are not suppose to drive when you take and there are tons of other side effects. Here is an example of a drug called Xarelto that is prescribed as a blood thinner to patients to prevent the risk of stroke. It has been linked to having a horrible side effect of internal bleeding! You can read more about the side effects of Xarelto here.

Secure your medications

  • Are your medicines stored in a secured location?
  • How do you monitor the amount left in each medicine bottle?

I store the medicine up so the kids can’t reach it. I can easily look in each bin to see how much is in each bottle and what I have left for medicine. When I am on a prescription I just keep it in the kitchen on the counter so I will remember to take it everyday.

Dispose your medications

I wasn’t sure how to dispose of all of my Mom’s medicine so I did a Google search and found that my local grocery store pharmacy disposes of expired/unused medication. I also called them and they said they can take most medicines except pain pills which my Mom did have. The pharmacist told me I need to crush them up and put it with kitty litter then dispose of it.

Here is an article about proper disposal of medication. You can also do a Google search for medication disposal and then your state and it will tell where you can locally dispose of it. My local police station also has a bin that you can put expired/unused medication in and they dispose of it.

There are dangers to taking expired medicine. Here is an article that explains a little bit more. You also can check to see if any of your medication has recalled at the link above.

I went through all of my medicine and disposed of the expired medicine. Then I reorganized it all and put them in bins then labeled the bins.

So now are you going to take the challenge and clean out your medicine cabinet? Make sure you dispose of all the expired medication correctly.

 

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

I can’t wait for spring.I love to open my windows and get fresh air in the house. I also do deep cleaning/spring cleaning. I found this great new cookbook from Six Sister’s Stuff. They also have a facebook page you can follow. This cookbook is awesome it has a lot of great recipes to try but they also have crafts, activities for kids and a great spring cleaning list. It is quite extensive.

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Ok on to the list:

Foyer

dust light fixtures

wash walls and trim

wash doors,knobs, and switch plates

wash any furnishing

clean or replace entry mat

sweep and scrub floors

Bedrooms

dust furniture

each drawer remove items, wash drawer,place items you need back in the drawer, donate items you no longer need

remove everything from closets, wash closet walls, sweep or vacuum floors, put everything back neatly, donate items you no longer need, do not store things on your closet floor

move bed, sort and put away anything that was under the bed, sweep or vacuum under bed

flip or rotate mattress, vacuum both sides

launder bedding and curtains

dust light fixtures

clean lampshades

wash windows and windowsills, take out and wash screens

wash switch plates

wash wall and trim

wash mirrors and dust art

wash doors and doorknobs

wash floor registers and other vents

sweep, wash floor or vacuum

Bathrooms

open windows

empty all cabinets and vanity. Wash inside, replace items neatly. Discard expired medications and cosmetics

wash outside of cabinets and vanities

clean tub, wax if necessary. clean drain

clean toilet inside and out. Remove seat and clean around bolts

clean sink and drain

shine faucets

clean mirror and frame

dust light fixtures

wash windows and windowsills. Take out and wash window screens

wash switch plates

wash walls and trim

wash doors and doorknobs

wash floor registers and other vent covers

sweep and wash floors

reseal grout lines

Kitchen

open windows

remove and clean window coverings

for each cabinet or drawer. Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly. Donate unneeded items

wash and sanitize cutting boards

sharpen knifes

wash cabinet doors and knobs

clean and organize pantry, Check food expiration dates

clean oven

clean stove top. Remove elements and drip bowls. If applicable wash and put back

clean and organize fridge and freezer. Defrost freezer if necessary. Check food expiration dates

clean under fridge and stove

vacuum refrigerator coils

clean microwave

clean crumbs out of toaster

clean and descale kettle

wipe down other counter appliances

wash counters and back splash

wash and shine sink, shine fixture, clean drain

dust light fixtures

wash window and windowsills. remove window screens and wash

wash switch plates

wash walls and trim

wash doors and doorknobs

wash floor registers and other vent covers

sweep and wash floor

reseal grout lines if applicable

Dining Room

open windows

wash curtains

wipe down table and chairs

wipe down or dust other furnishings

clean chair pad

polish table is necessary

dust any displayed china or serving dish

launder table linens

shine silverware

dust art

wash windows and windowsills. Take out and wash window screens

wash switch plates

wash walls and trim

wash doors and doorknobs

wash floor registers and other vent covers

clean floors

Living Room/Family Room/Playroom

open windows

vacuum sofas

spot clean sofas, if applicable

launder throw pillow and blankets

dust shelves, furniture and decor

clean lamp and lampshades

wash windows and windowsills

take out and wash window screens

clean television screen

carefully dust electronics

tidy wires to electronics. tuck nicely out of sight.

sort through music and DVD collections. Donate things that no longer suit  your family’s interests. Organize what is left in an attractive manor.

sort books and magazines. Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your family’s interests.

wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry. Launder stuffed toys. Donate or store toys your children have outgrown.

wash switch plates

wash walls and trim

wash doors and knobs

wash floor registers and other vent covers

clean floors

Laundry Room

open windows

wash windows and windowsills

take out and wash window screens

wash cabinet doors

wash inside cabinets

wash laundry sink. Shine faucet. clean drains

was outside of washer and dryer

wash inside of washing machine

wash lint trap

was switch plates

wash walls and trim

wash doors and doorknobs

wash floor registers and other vent covers

sweep and wash floors

reseal grout lines, if applicable

Stairwells

sweep or vacuum stairs

spot clean walls

wipe down handrail

dust art and light fixtures

Outdoors

sweep porches and walkway

wash thresholds

wash exterior doors. Give front door a fresh coat of paint if necessary

clean or replace welcome mat

wash siding

Other

clean blades if ceiling fans

dust blinds, if applicable

sort through and organize family photographs(digitally or into albums)

sort through paperwork and discard unneeded files. Date and file important documents in an orderly manner

sort and clean any extra zones, such as linen closets, utility closets, and office spaces

 

I hope this list comes in handy. Enjoy your spring cleaning.

If you want to purchase the Six Sisters Stuff book see below


Credit: I got this list form Six Sister’s Stuff book

 

 

 

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