30 Day Cleaning Challenge: The Appliance Cupboard

 

As many of you all know, today was “Take Your Child To Work Day”, and since my husband was working from home today my son got a taste of both of our jobs. Since he really thinks I just hang out on the computer all day for fun, I let him “do” my jobs for an hour . . . meaning he got to do both my blogging job and my mommying job!

 

He took pictures of our appliance cupboard above, cleaned it out, and then re-shot the pictures all by himself.  Once he was done, he edited them to make the (fantastic?) graphic above using Picmonkey. (I’m telling you what, if you ever have to edit pictures, Picmonkey is the place to be!) So I’m super thankful to him for all of his help, and my awkward appliance corner cupboard (which clearly needed some help), got a quick cleaning out too. 😉

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

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Use Tension Rods To Organize Drawers

Organizing with tension rods


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and have done just a rotten job of keeping up this month! 
I can give you a list of excuses a mile long, but as y’all know, life just happens so I’ll try to keep up these last few days as best I can. 😉

 

Today’s challenge was to clean the linen closet, but since ours is in decent shape I decided to tackle (again!) our tupperware drawer. We’ve trained our kids to unload the dishwasher, however training them to properly put things in their place (especially in this drawer . . .) clearly isn’t working. 😉

 

As I’ve shared before, I added simple tension rods to our tupperware drawer several months ago to keep the lids standing on end and try to help rangle up our water bottles, but everything had just gotten thrown into the mess. So, I took about ten minutes this morning to do a quick tidying, and will be giving my kiddos a lecture on how to put away the dishes. (They can do this, right?)

 

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

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30 Day Challenge: The Light Switches


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and even though I’ve been working on the closets this week, I decided to keep up with the original list and do a quick scrub of the light switches because they needed it! 
I started at the furthest room in our house, and did a quick wipe down of each room’s light switches throughout the house.

 

Because I can always manage to find a few other things to do as I walk through the house, here are a few other things I added to today’s list:

  • Cleaned the light switches
  • Did a quick tidying of each room as I walked through
  • Wiped down a few walls (I really need to order more Magic Erasers…)
  • Took out the trash in all the rooms
  • Used an extra bag to fill with any other junk as I walked through our house. (It never fails, if I have a few minutes and a grocery sack, I can always find things to throw away!)

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

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30 Day Cleaning Challenge: More Closets


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and since the closets in our home are what’s really in most dire need (way worse than our bathrooms believe it or not!), I’m working on those throughout this week.
 Yesterday I tackled my older daughter’s closet, and today I worked on her little sisters room (tomorrow I’ll show pictures of how I’m storing it all.)

 

While I have bins in Reagan’s closet with all of her older sister’s hand-me-downs, she has a (bad!) habit of climbing in to see what treasures she can find. (The girl has a serious addiction to “no-sleeve” shirts . . . even in the middle of winter and will dig through anything to find them.) After this ridiculous cleanout I finally wised up, and am hauling the buckets of clothes that she doesn’t fit into up to the attic . . . hopefully I can get some control from here on out.  My favorite thing about getting they’re clothes organized (despite the disaster . . . ) is that I finally figure out what each of my kids really needs, and (obviously!) this girl lacks for nothing. So, having a clean closet will help me pinch those pennies this summer and not purchase another stitch of clothes!

 

Do you have any suggestions on how to handle hand-me-downs from others as well as between your own children? There are four years between my two girls, so managing what to save and what to keep is (obviously!) stressful at our house. If you have a great way to keep clothes in order I’d sure love to hear it!

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

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30 Day Challenge: The Closets

 

 


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and spent a few hours this weekend and today working on both of my daughter’s closets.
 While I’m pretty good about keeping up with the everyday cleaning in our home, handling things like the closets and their clothes is something I’m completely overwhelmed by. (Don’t believe me? This is not the first time I’ve worked on this project . . . ) 

 

So, my goal this week is to tackle all of the closets in our home and really get some control.  As you can tell from the pictures above they’re still far from perfect (yikes!) But, so far I’m up to four huge bags heading to our church’s thrift store, and it already feels so much more manageable. We’re incredibly fortunate and get a slew of great hand-me-downs, I’ve just got to figure out how to keep up with what comes in and “edit” items a little more often so that these disasters don’t keep popping up.

 

Do you have any suggestions on how to handle hand-me-downs from others as well as between your own children? There are four years between my two girls, so managing what to save and what to keep is (obviously!) stressful at our house. If you have a great way to keep clothes in order I’d sure love to hear it!

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

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30 Day Challenge: The Bathrooms (Again)

 

I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent a few minutes today cleaning our bathrooms.  While none of them were awful (because I’ve been keeping up with the challenges this month!), there were a few things that needed some attention. Here’s what I did:

  • Put away anything not in it’s place (ummm . . . primarily in our bathroom ~ the kids bathroom and guest bath looked good!)
  • Quick swish of all the toilets (gross…. always gross.)
  • Sprayed down the countertops
  • Took out the trash
  • Hung clean hand towels
  • Re-stocked all the toilet paper

 

If you need any suggestions on how to deal with soap scum, see what I learned last week when I spent a little more time in the bathroom, and if you have any suggestions on cleaning out badly stained toilets I would love to hear them. (I’ve tried and tried, and while they’re “clean” they still have hard water stains that I can’t seem to get rid of!

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

 

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30 Day Challenge: Surface Clean The Bedrooms

 

 


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent a few minutes surface cleaning our bedroom.
 While our room didn’t look too bad (I did a quick dusting using my absolute favorite Swiffer duster), the walls and door jams had tiny fingerprints almost everywhere. (I’m convinced my kids walk all over the house with their sweet grubby fingers ready to touch everything  . . . it’s ridiculous how much gunk ends up there!)

So, I pulled out a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and took a few minutes to scrub, and that’s that. I also vacuumed and was amazed at how much more effectively my vacuum cleaned after I took a few minutes to clear out the gunk yesterday. (If you haven’t cleaned out your vacuum lately, I highly recommend it!)

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge overHERE.

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30 Day Cleaning Challenge Day 8: Vacuum {Cleaner}

 

 


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent a few minutes cleaning out my (gross!) vacuum.
Today’s challenge was to vacuum all the rooms in your home, however since we’ve been doing entirely too much partying around here, 🙂 I really just needed to clean out my poor vacuum.

 

 

 

I used a seam ripper to get all the Easter grass/hair/fuzz/gunk out of the bottom of the vacuum, and cleared out all the filters. (They were bad.) I really don’t know what on earth made me wait so long, but surely getting all that cleared out will help my vacuum function a bit better the next time I use it!

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge overHERE.

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30 Day Cleaning Challenge Day 5: More Windows

Best Homemade Window Cleaner

 


I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent a few minutes tackling the few windows that I didn’t have time to clean last week when getting ready for Easter company.
I also did a super quick cleanup of the family room and kitchen, as I’m getting ready for my daughter’s birthday Tea Party this weekend and needed to get a bit cleaned up.

The new window cleaner I tried out is the best ever, and although I’ve used this homemade window cleaner for years, I’m pretty sure I’ll never go back. (My windows look amazing!)  Here’s what I used:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tsp. corn starch (I know, I know ~ it sounds so strange but it works!)
  • Recycled newspaper instead of rags for cleaning
  • Spray Bottle (I just used an old one I already had on hand)

 

Directions

  • Mix together all ingredients and pour into bottle
  • Label bottle and give it a good shake – then be sure to shake it occasionally to keep the corn starch from settling
  • Spray windows like you would using commercial cleaners, and use newspapers to wipe down

I still don’t know why the corn starch works, but I promise it does. he corn starch works, but it really does. Next week we’ll start off with be start off with vacuuming (I’m pretty sure I’ll do that one before the party), so stop back and see how it goes, and I’d love for you to join in too!

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge overHERE.

Looking for more homemade household products? Here are a few of my favorites. . .

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30 Day Challenge: The Laundry Room

 

I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent a few minutes cleaning up the laundry room.  Today’s challenge was to surface clean the laundry room or office, and since my office is in decent shape I knew my laundry room could use a quick tidying!  

 

 

 

Even though I just cleaned the laundry room a few weeks ago, after doing extra sets of sheets for our company this weekend I still had a little work to do. Here’s what I worked on for 30 minutes in the laundry room:

  • Folded clothes in the dryer and started a new load of laundry
  • Wiped down tops and sides of washer and dryer
  • Threw away hangers that don’t fit anything (you know, the ones that come home from the stores for your children’s clothes but are really too small to use? Why do I keep those???)
  • Emptied basket that holds our iron and laundry supplies and washed the liner (apparently some detergent had leaked there and needed to be cleaned up)
  • Put away everything that didn’t belong in the laundry room

 As you can tell, our laundry room is tiny, but stays pretty well kept up after I frugally updated it last January. See the before and after pics HERE (it was a mess but spending just $100 made such a difference!) 

Tomorrow we’ll be working in the kitchen and family room, so stop back tomorrow night to see how it goes, and I’d love for you to join in too!

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

 

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30 Day Challenge: The Bedrooms

I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent a few minutes cleaning up the bedrooms.  Thankfully they were mostly picked up after having company over the weekend, but I did do a quick tidying in each room. Here’s a peek at a few of the pictures  . . . 

 

 My son’s room was the worst by far, so I spent the bulk of the time tidying it up and fluffing up his bed. It could still use some work, but this was all I had time for today! (And yes, I left all of his Knex and train set up.  He loves setting up “cities” and I figure those days won’t last forever, but I did get the Nerf Guns and a few other toys put away.)

 

 

Here’s what 30 minutes spent on the bedrooms included:

  • Put away any odds and ends that needed to be picked up
  • Fluffed the pillows and straightened beds in all the rooms
  • Made my son’s bed and put away his clothes (he was at school so I did it for him . . . he owes me!) 😉
  • Took any dirty clothes to the laundry room

 

It looks like tomorrow we’ll be surface cleaning the laundry room and ofrice, so stop back tomorrow night to see how it goes, and I’d love for you to join in too!

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

 

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30 Day Cleaning Challenge Day 2: The Bathrooms + Homemade Soap Scum Remover

 

I’m joining Money Saving Mom’s 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, and today spent more time than I wanted in the bathroom! I didn’t think this one would be much of a chore since I cleaned them before the weekend, however when I opened the shower door in our bathroom, I realized I had a little more work ahead of me than I bargained for. (Do you ever have something filthy in your home but somehow manage not see it? Yup, that’s the way I am about our shower. . . gross!)

 

I shouldn’t have a dab of soap scum in my shower according to Google. Not sure what I mean? Well, go Google “homemade soap scum remover” and see what happens to pop up. Yup, I should know how to do this one.

 

(My husband says it’s shocking to him that the girl who’s currently ranked #1 on google for homemade soap scum remover has quite possibly the yuckiest shower floor in the world. . . oops.)

 

So, here’s what 30 minutes spent on the bathrooms in our house looked like today:

  • Mixed a batch of Homemade Soap Scum Remover and sprayed it all over our shower to soak (Dawn Dish Soap really does work best)
  • Added cleaner to all the toilets and let them soak too
  • Cleaned all the mirrors and sinks in the bathrooms
  • Folded a load of laundry and started a new one so that the toilets and shower could soak an extra few minutes
  • Scrubbed the toilets . . . bleck!
  • Cleaned out the shower, including taking off the drain cover and giving it a good scrub.

 

Here I am when it was all done . . . happy, happy, happy! 😉

It looks like tomorrow we’ll be working on the bedrooms, so stop back tomorrow night to see how it goes, and I’d love for you to join in too!

 

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE.

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30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Day #1

 

When I saw Money Saving Mom was starting a new 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, I knew I had to join in! After having company in town for Easter our home had had a pretty thorough surface cleaning last week, but I still have some deep cleaning that needs to be done, and just getting everything back in order now that everyone’s gone home was quite a challenge today! (Do you know how many loads of laundry it takes to handle five extra house guests and eleven extra folks in town for Easter Brunch? Tons!)

 

So, since today’s challenge was to surface clean the living room and kitchen (and my living room was in decent shape . . .), I tackled cleaning out the crockpot from yesterday’s ham (bleck!) putting away all the extra dishes and kitchen appliances that we used over the weekend, and doing a quick fridge cleanout. Here’s a peek at my (gross!) crockpot clean out . . .

Before

 

After (so much better!)

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To easily clean baked on food from your cookware, place a dryer sheet in your pot, add very hot water, and let the pot soak for a few hours. Once it’s finished soaking give it a quick wash, and the fabric softener will help de-gunk the food and make your pot good as new!

I also shined my sink (my favorite kitchen chore!) and got lunches made for tomorrow and put away. Whew! It looks like tomorrow we’ll be cleaning the bathrooms, so stop back tomorrow night to see how it goes.

 

Are you working on any Spring Cleaning this month in your home? I’d love to hear if you have any cleaning tips, and you can see more about the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge over HERE

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