Let’s Get Organized!!

As promised, here is the second video in the 3-part series on how to FINALLY get organized:

Let's get organized!

In the first video we talked about the first principle to apply when organizing your home.

In this video, I’m going to show you how the second principle will save you time and money when it comes to keeping your home in order.

But enough talking about it…let’s get to organizing!

 

***By the way, if you subscribe to my other blog (i Dream of Clean) you may have already received an email from me with the subject line “3 simple steps to FINALLY get organized”. If so, there’s a link to the series in that email. But if you want access to the training and don’t yet receive those email updates, sign up in the form below. A link to the first video will be sent to you immediately and the second video will be sent to you the following day!***

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Focus on Floors

spring cleaning the bathroom floor. Baby steps make it easy!

I don’t know about you, but I have to vacuum and sweep my floors just about every day! I’m 99.9% sure that has to do with my two boys who seem to think playing with food is more fun that eating it! But every once in a while those floors need a DEEP clean and shine. What better week to focus on floors than a holiday week?

If you’re up for the challenge, focus on your floors today.

  • Vacuum under furniture and around corners.
  • Sweep and mop hard-surfaced floors.
  • Scrub grout and tile.

Whatever kind of floors you have, give them a good cleaning today. That way you can just do a quick sweep right before guests arrive. enjoy!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Spot Clean Bathrooms

spring clean the finishing touches in the bathroom

Did you deep clean your bathrooms earlier this month?

I sure hope so!

That means today you can get by with a quick swish and swoop. Take a few minutes to spot clean your bathrooms and restock supplies. That way they’ll be clean and shiny for your Thanksgiving day guests!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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[video] 3 simple steps to FINALLY get organized!

3 simple steps to get organized

I recently asked you to fill out a survey to tell me your #1 problem when it comes to getting organized. After reading through your responses, there was one overarching question that stood out more than all the others.

Over the next few months, I’ll be answering almost all of the questions you asked. But since there was one BIG problem, I thought I’d create a video series to get you started.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, stuck, or plain ol’ disorganized when it comes to your house, then this mini-series is for you!

problem getting organized

If you subscribe to my other website, i Dream of Clean, then you may have already received an email from me with the subject line “You are not alone”. If so, there’s a link to the series in that email.

But if you want access to the training and don’t yet receive those email updates, sign up in the form below. A link to the first video will be sent to you immediately!

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Thanksgiving Prep

Get your brain organized by adding a weekly review to your to-do list...this really works!

Sunday is our list day! We usually focus on our to do list, but let’s focus our to do list just a little bit today since it’s the start of a holiday week. Spend a few minutes today on the following:

  • make an action list of things you need to complete over the next few days.
  • finalize your grocery list for Thanksgiving.
  • schedule 15 minutes every day to work on our daily task.

Easy peasy!

If you’re all set in the Thanksgiving Prep department, start working on that gift list by checking out these 75 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Catch up day!

We worked on some of the nitty-gritty details this week. But it was totally worth it!

If you haven’t had time to work on all the projects this week,  take a few minutes today to catch up. You won’t be sorry!

Here’s what we’ve covered:

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #11.
  • Finish this third part of our whole house clean up.
  • Start working on your cleaning schedule for the new year.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Piles of Laundry!!

laundry

I don’t know about you, but when all of my piles of laundry are clean, folded, and hung up, it’s easier to focus on cleaning the rest of the house. I guess that’s why I like to wash one load of laundry each day. But I know I haven’t convinced all of you to give up your weekly laundry routine quite yet. And that’s totally fine!

Let’s make laundry our task for today. Let’s wash ALL of our laundry today. And dry it. And fold it. I know how it is! 

Clothes are the obvious items that should be washed. But think about cleaning bedsheets, towels, and other items too.

That way you can mark a huge cleaning task off your list and enjoy the upcoming holiday week!!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #11.
  • Wash, dry, and fold all your laundry.
  • Start working on your cleaning schedule for the upcoming year.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean light switches, handles and door knobs

As we continue to prepare to have guests over next week (or just keep a clean home), let’s focus on cleaning some of the germ-filled areas of our home. Let’s clean the areas that often get ignored. You know, those places that you say you’ll get to one day…but never do.

clean door knobs

Clean light switches, handles and door knobs

95 percent of us have probably never even thought to clean the germy areas like light switches, handles and door knobs. But, just think about all the hands that have touched them. Or that WILL touch them when they come to visit next week. Take a little time today to wipe those germs away.

Or better yet…get your kids to do it! They’ll think it’s fun!!! :)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #11.
  • Clean light switches, knobs, and handles.
  • Start working on your cleaning schedule for the upcoming year.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Clean Your Oven for Thanksgiving

I’m cooking a turkey this year for Thanksgiving…for the second time ever! And since the oven will be in use for hours, I want to make sure it’s clean so the smoke alarm doesn’t go off. With my history I need to take every precaution!

So, our task for the day is to clean the oven. Here are a few ways to easily clean the oven.

easy ways to clean your oven

Clean the oven with the self-cleaning feature.

I’ve used the self-cleaning feature in the past but it freaked me out every time. The oven door locks, it heats up to a bajillion degrees, and 6 hours later, the oven door unlocks and it’s magically clean!

Easy? Sure.

Worth it? Maybe not. You can’t leave the house during that time frame (and you’ll probably remember you promised to pick up your son’s friend at the exact moment you hit start). Plus, using the self-cleaning feature may do more harm than good. Use with caution!

Clean the oven with a conventional oven cleaner.

A conventional oven cleaner is actually a pretty pain free way to clean the oven. You usually just have to spray, let it soak for a few minutes, and wipe away.

Keep in mind that most conventional oven cleaners contain a boatload of chemicals so, if that concerns you, a natural oven cleaner like this one may be an option.

Spring Clean the oven with a DIY oven cleaner.

I’ve used this baking soda/vinegar mixture to clean my ridiculously dirty oven before and it worked quite well. It didn’t clean up perfectly, but I hadn’t cleaned my oven in two years (ahem!). If you clean your oven on a regular basis, then this method should work just fine!

Natural Oven Cleaner

Ingredients:

Directions:

Using my favorite kitchen tool ever, the nylon pan scraper, scrape dried food off the oven floor. Then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven, focusing heavily on dirty areas. Next, spray or pour vinegar over baking soda. Allow the mixture to work its magic until the bubbling stops. Use scraper again if needed. Wipe away debris with towel.

If it’s been two years since you cleaned your oven, repeat :)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #11.
  • Clean your oven ’til it sparkles!
  • Start working on your cleaning schedule for the upcoming year.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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China, Everyday Dishes, or Paper?

clean china for thanksgiving

As we continue to prepare for a Thanksgiving gathering next week, let’s start to think about serving dishes. Will you use fine china? Everyday dishes? Throw away cups and plates?

  • If you plan to use china, give it a whirl in a vinegar/water bath to remove the dust that’s been piling up. That is, if you don’t use them very often like me :)
  • If you’ll be using everyday dishes, you’re probably good to go. So congratulations…you get the day off!
  • If quick and easy clean up is your idea of a fun, family gathering, then add paper plates, bowls, and cups to your grocery list.

There you go! How’s that for an easy task today?

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #11.
  • Decide which dishes you’ll use for your Thanksgiving celebration.
  • Start working on your cleaning schedule for the upcoming year.

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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