Oil Door Hinges

squeaky door hinge

So…this is something I would never do unless someone prompted me. But every once in a while I need to oil the door hinges in my house to get the squeaks out.

I don’t really notice the noise in the middle of the day. But at night…they are sooo loud! It never fails that when I’m trying to be quite, I crash, drop, or squeak just about everything I touch!

If you can relate, grab a can of WD-40 and take a little time today to oil the squeaky door hinges in your home. While you’re at it, oil those loud rocking chairs, drawers, etc.

Easy enough, right!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Oil door hinges.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

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 Throw Pillows & Blankets

wash throw pillows

When is the last time you cleaned your throw pillows and blankets? Since they’re usually just hanging out in the corner of the room, they can often be overlooked.

But in case you haven’t noticed, it’s getting colder outside. That means we’ll be curled up on the couch soon enough!

Take some time today to clean the throw pillows and blankets scattered throughout your home. Then check in for some accountability and virtual high-fives!!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Clean blankets and throw pillows.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

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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Time to change the batteries in the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector?

When is the last time you changed your batteries in your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector? Do you know?

smoke alarm

There are several triggers we can use to remember when to change the batteries:

  • Change the batteries when the time changes for Daylight Savings Time (even though it’s not exactly 6 months between the times we “Spring Forward” or “Fall Back”).
  • Use the change in seasons like Spring and Fall to remember to change the twice a year.
  • Change them once a year on an important day (your birthday, New Years Day, etc.)

Whichever way you choose, make it consistent…and then put it as a repeating event on your cleaning schedule or calendar!

If you haven’t changed the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in a while, stock up on batteries and then change them out. It just might save your life!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Replace those batteries!
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule. It’s an important one!!

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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Replace Your HVAC/Furnace Filter

I bet you replace your HVAC or furnace filter every month. Or every three months if you use the heavy-duty, pleated furnace filters. If so, you are on top of it!

Furnace filter needed replacing... just a little...

But on the slim chance that you’ve let this little task slide for a while, take a few minutes today to replace your HVAC/furnace filter. Stop by the store and pick one up. Or…if you’re lazy (uh…I mean efficient!) like me, then just stock up for the year by ordering furnace filters for the year on Amazon. Your unit will thank you :)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Replace your air filter(s)!
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule. This is a chore that definitely shouldn’t be skipped!

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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Prepare Your Coat Closet for Fall

We’re finished with our Fall outdoor chores…at least for now! So how about moving back inside today? Let’s get our coat closet ready for the cold Fall and Winter season!

coat closet

Prepare Your Coat Closet for Fall

In my home, we use our coat closet to store backpacks, a few shoes, and a couple of toys. That means we’re in our coat closet all the time. But I’m sure some of you haven’t even cracked the door since Spring.

Today, let’s open that door and take a peek. (For those of you without a traditional coat closet, you can apply these same principles to whatever area of the home you store coats.)

First, clean out the coat closet:

  • Remove anything that doesn’t belong. In my case, that would be the kids’ toys!
  • Try on coats and jackets. If they don’t fit, sell or donate.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor, door, shelves, and walls if needed.

Then, organize the coat closet:

  • Organize scarves and gloves.
  • Replace coats and jackets that fit.
  • Determine if you need anything new (gloves, jackets, raincoats, umbrellas, etc.) and write it down so you don’t forget.

Finally, enjoy the rest of your day!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Clean and organize your coat closet.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

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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Plan Your Week

Since the last book I mentioned was about being crazy busy, I thought I’d slow down on the book recommendations. You know, make things…uh, less busy!

top 3 to do

Nevertheless, if you haven’t jumped on the reading train yet (or need something new to read), here’s a recap of the books I’ve recommended so far:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.
You can read eBooks on most devices using the FREE Kindle Reading App!

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

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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Play in the Leaves!

rake leaves

Do you have leaves falling all over your yard?

I do!

ALL over.

But I really don’t mind. I think those yellow, orange, and brown leaves are absolutely beautiful.

Even though fallen leaves make it really feel like Autumn, Landscaping experts say they should still be picked up periodically. At least if we want to keep our yard in decent shape.

So that’s what we’re going to do today…rake those leaves!

  • Set a timer.
  • Grab a rake or blower.
  • Work to remove as many leaves from our yard as possible in 5-15 minutes.

Don’t worry if you don’t remove all of the leaves because more will most definitely fall from the trees by the end of the day. No need to stress, right? They are just leaves. And it’s just grass :)

Grab your kids if you have them and have some fun! They can play. They can help. But most importantly, they can make some fun Fall memories with you!!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Play in the leaves!
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule if it needs to be done regularly.

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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Fix Cracks in Your Driveway

Aggregate-Driveway-Repair

If you cleaned your driveway earlier this week, you may have noticed a few more cracks than usual. If so, fix them now while the weather is nice!

It’s actually pretty easy.

Check out this quick tutorial on how to repair cracks in an aggregate driveway to see how easy it really is…

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Fix the cracks in your driveway.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

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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Stain the Deck

stain the deck

This may be a weekend project. But is it time to stain the deck again? Or perhaps stain it for the first time?

If you cleaned your deck yesterday, then today would be a fabulous day to kick it up a notch.

Since the weather isn’t blistering hot or freezing cold right now (at least in my area), this could be the perfect time to stain the deck! If you’re ready to tackle this project, schedule it on the calendar, gather your supplies, and get to work!

Have fun! And let me know how you’re doing on these Fall, outdoor projects!

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Stain the deck, only if needed of course!
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

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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Pressure Wash or Clean the Deck, Patio, Driveway, Sidewalks

We’re still chuggin’ away at with our outdoor Fall projects and today we’re going to tackle the deck, driveway, and/or sidewalks. If you have a pressure sprayer, it’s time to break it out! If not, a good garden hose and spray nozzle will do just fine!

pressure spray the deck

Pressure Wash or Clean the Deck, Patio, Driveway, Sidewalks

You may just want to pick one area of focus for today’s task. But if you’re up for an all day project, then by all means feel free to tackle them all!

  • Remove furniture from the deck and vehicles from the driveway.
  • Sweep sticks, leaves, and as much dirt as you can from the surface.
  • Start at one end and work your way to the other pressure spraying as much of the dirt off of the surface as possible.
  • Return all supplies to their proper location.
  • Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

Enjoy :)

By the way, for those of you who have asked…we WILL be moving indoors soon. So stick around :)

Your assignment for today:

  • Continue working on habit #10.
  • Deck, patio, or driveway maintenance.
  • Add this task to your personal cleaning schedule so it doesn’t sneak up on you again!

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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