Five Minute Challenge: Pick A Closet


For whatever reason, I have had the hardest time taking these five minute challenges up again this fall, but I love doing them so figured it was time to try once more!

 

This week, rather than trying challenges throughout the house, I decided I’d focus on just our bedroom closet.  Now, you may have a different closet in your home which needs cleaning out, but if you have a closet that could use a bit of sprucing up this week, this challenge is for you.

As I shared almost two years ago (wow!), I did a major clean up of my closet, and while it’s stayed *close* to clean, it is slowly eeking into the could-use-a-good-few-days-of-organizing kind of spot.  So, that’s where I started today, and here’s what’s on the to-do list:

 

Take just five (maybe ten!) minutes, and QUICKLY clean out old hanging clothes in your closet. If you didn’t wear it last winter or this fall, go ahead and send it to your donation pile.

I set my timer for ten minutes today and was amazed at what I accomplished!  Go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer (I know you don’t want to!), and get to work.  When you’re all done the deals will be right here waiting for you!

 

See previous five minute challenges, and if you choose to join in the challenge, I’d love to hear how many items you’re able to donate from your closet this week!

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Outside Of The Fridge


Here’s today’s quick five minute challenge!  This one is easy, and you may be able to tackle it in even fewer than five minutes. . . here you go:

 

Take five minutes and scrub the outside of your refrigerator. Clean out the tray beneath your water dispenser (if you have one), and wipe off the top of the fridge.  If you have any extra time, go ahead and wipe down the front of your dishwasher too!

 

Ready, set, gooooooooo!  When you’re all done the deals will be right here waiting for you. 🙂

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Scrub The Kitchen Table


Here’s your five minute challenge for the day (have you been kept up with us lately?)  This one is easy, and it’ll feel so good to have it done. . .

Set your timer for just five minutes and do a good scrub of your kitchen table and chairs.

 

Go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer (I know you don’t want to!), and get to work.  When you’re all done the deals will be right here waiting for you!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Clean The Sink


Here’s your five minute challenge for the day (did you clean that microwave yesterday?)  Go grab some inexpensive cleaner and an old rag (or Clorox Wipe!) and thoroughly scrub your sink (bleck!)

 

Now, we’re not talking just a quick wipe down, instead set your clock for five minutes and get rid of all the gunky crusties that are lurking there.  While my sink stays pretty clean on the surface, I took five minutes this morning to really get underneath the sides of my sink top as well as behind the faucet (ewwww!)  If your sink is already sparkly clean (woohoo for you!), take those same five minutes to clean up the cabinet beneath your sink. 🙂

 

Ready, set, goooooooooo!  I know you don’t want to, but I promise all the deals will be right here waiting for you when you’re done (and you can go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back for that five minutes of hard work!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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They’re Baaaaaack: Five Minute Challenges Return To PPP


Have you sooooooo missed our five minute challenges this summer? I have to! Now that my kids are in school and things have slowed down here a wee bit (at least during the day . . . ), I’m all ready to get back to work on these today.

Here’s today’s challenge . . .

Set the time for just five minutes and

CLEAN THAT MICROWAVE! 😉

(A great way to do this is to boil water for two minutes, then the steam will allow you to wipe down most of the gunk pretty quickly.)

Here are some before and after pics I took when we first started these challenges (I didn’t have time for pictures today. . . )


Before – GROSS!!!! (I really can’t believe I just shared that with you . . .)
So much better!

We’ll start in the kitchen this week, and head room by room through the house. . . we really can do this! So, go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer (I know you don’t want to!), and get to work. When you’re all done the deals will be right here waiting for you!

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas.

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Five Minute Challenge: Clean Off Your Computer


Here’s a quick five minute challenge for the day (because I took a few minutes to do it this morning!)  Take just five minutes and clear off any unnecessary downloads or pictures on your computer, and lighten up your computer’s load!  I was amazed at how much I cleared off in just five minutes, and I’m betting you will be too. 🙂

 

See previous five minute challenges. 

 

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QUICK! Take On A Five Minute Challenge With Me. . .

Quick! Hop on up from the computer and go throw five items in your fridge away that needed to get cleared out.  Ready, set, gooooo!

 

All done?  Woohoooo!  🙂

 

For those of you who’ve wondered where our daily five minute challenges have gone, I’m trying to limit myself to what I can keep up with in the summertime, so these will be popping in when I have a minute, but I don’t think there’s any way they’ll be back every day until the fall.  This morning though I happened to throw five things out of my fridge and just that quick cleanup made such a difference, so I thought you might enjoy it too.  I’d love to hear if you’ve tackled any great five minute challenges in your home this summer!

 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Family Room (Day Five)


Here’s your five minute challenge for the day (have you been kept up with us this week?)  

 

Take just five minutes, and wipe down all the baseboards in your family room.  You’ll also want to wipe down any windowsills while you’re at it, and also do a thorough dusting of your fireplace mantle if you have one!  Ready? Set?  Gooooo!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Family Room (Day Four)

Have you kept up with any of our five minute chores this week?  Well, hop on up (I know you don’t want to!), set the timer for five minutes, and get mark this job off your list!

 

Grab an old pillow case and clean off the fan blades on the ceiling fan in your family room.  If you don’t have a fan in the family room, do one in another room of the house, and if you don’t have any fans, you’re off the hook today! 🙂

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Family Room (Day Three)


Here’s today’s five minute challenge . . . have you gotten many of them done this week? This one should be fun . . . 

Grab your vacuum, and thoroughly vacuum the seats of any furniture in your family room. Remove the cushions, get down in the corners, and if you’re lucky maybe you’ll find an extra penny or two while you’re at it! 🙂

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas.

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Five Minute Challenge: The Family Room (Day Two)


Ready for a quick cleanup today? This is an easy one, but one that sometimes gets missed!  Here you go . . . 

 

Grab a dust rag (or one of those fantastic Swiffer Dusters. . . ), and dust any hanging pictures or frames that you have in your family room.  While you’re at it, go ahead and do a good dusting of the lamp shades as well as the lightbulbs inside those lamps! (I told you this one was easy . . . you can do this!)

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Entertainment Center


Here’s your five minute challenge for the day (are you ready for a little work today?)  Let’s start this week out in the family room . . . mine could always use a little TLC!  Here you go. . .

 

Stand up, walk away from your computer (I know it hurts!), and take five minutes to dust the top of your entertainment center and behind your television.  When you’re all done, I promise the deals will be right here waiting for you!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Cleaning Out The Pantry To Give Abundantly (Day Three)


I received such an encouraging email from a reader this morning who found several items in her stockpile to donate to friends who are traveling to Swaziland this summer on a mission trip.  It absolutely made my day to see how Cheryl was able to give thanks to coupons, and she said that everything in the picture below was priced at $1 or less after coupons. (Yayyyy!)

Have you been cleaning out your pantry this week to donate a few items to Couponing for Community?  I’d absolutely love to hear how you’re giving!  If you have just five minutes today, tidy up all the sauces, seasoning mixes, pastas, and canned meats to see if you have just an item or two you can donate this week.

 

You can also visit the Couponing for Community Facebook page to enter your totals, and I’d love for you to leave a comment to share how you’re giving!  (You can also send me an email with your pictures too at contact @ passionatepenny pincher.com, leave out spaces.  I’d love to share them with everyone!)

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Five Minute Challenge: Cleaning Out The Pantry (Day Two)

We’re back in the pantry today to do a little cleaning out and hopefully will add a few more items to donate for Couponing for Community!  Here’s your challenge for the day:

 

Set the timer on your microwave for five minutes, and tidy up all the canned goods in your pantry.  Get rid of any expired items, put items with closer expiration dates towards the front of your pantry, and if you have more than you need, add it to your donation bag!

 


Go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer (I know you don’t want to!), and get to work.  When you’re all done the deals will be right here waiting for you!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Were you able to add a few items to donate today to your donation pile? I’d love to hear about it! 🙂 

 

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Cleaning Out The Pantry For Couponing For Community: This Week’s Daily Five Minute Challenge

Are you joining me this week for Couponing for Community?  All week long, couponers across the nation are gathering a few deals to give abundantly to those in need, so I thought we could take the challenge in our pantries this week as well.

Over the weekend, I took a few minutes to clean out my pantry and was shocked at how full it had gotten.  I don’t consider myself much of an “Extreme Couponer”, and when people question what my stockpile looks like, I always feel a little embarrassed because I don’t *think* of it as being all that impressive! (It’s kind of on the puny side for a girl who talks coupons all day long!) But after digging around in there, I realized we have plenty of toothpaste, deodorant, spaghetti sauce, tuna, razors, medicine, and other items that other people really may need, so I decided it was time to get cleaning and giving.  Here’s what we added to our donation bin after the big cleanout . . .

So, this week I’m challenging all of us to take just five minutes each day to clean out the pantry. . . and if you find a few items that you don’t need you can add them to your donation bin too!  Today, let’s focus on any breakfast products in your pantry, and if you have a few more cereals, oatmeals, or other breakfast foods than your family will use consider donating them this week.  Stop back tomorrow for the next challenge, and I promise by the end of the week your pantry will be clean (and your heart will be bursting!)

 

If you’re able to take a few minutes to clean out the cereal, please leave a comment to share. . . I’d love to hear how  you’re giving!  (And by the way, how many boxes of cereal are in your pantry???  I’ve got 11 boxes of cereal and four boxes of oatmeal ~ time to re-stock!) 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Ironing (Yuck!)


Here’s your last five minute laundry challenge of the week (which I saved for today because you may need a few extra five minutes this weekend!)

Set a time this afternoon or this weekend to get all your ironing caught up on. If you don’t iron then you’re off the hook (lucky you!), but if you’re like me, you may have a little to keep up with.

If you’ve stuck with us through the laundry this week, I’d love to hear if it’s helped you out, and am so proud of you for keeping up with it!

See previous five minute challenges.

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Five Minute Challenge: The Floor In Your Laundry Room


If you’re like me, the floor in your laundry room may be one of those chores in your home that you often skip over. (In fact, I think the last time I cleaned mine was when we did another five minute challenge!)  But today, go ahead and take a few minutes to do a good cleaning of your laundry room floors!  It’ll feel so good to have it done, and your clean clothes will thank you. 🙂

 

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Laundry Room Day Three


Did you come up with a great laundry routine yesterday?  Here’s today’s laundry challenge (that may take a little longer than five minutes for some folks out there. . . )

 

Go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer (I know you don’t want to!), and put away every stitch of clean clothing that’s left in your laundry room right now.  If it’s on a hanger take it to it’s home, if it’s in the dryer and needs to be folded go ahead and get it done, and if it’s an odd sock that can’t seem to find it’s partner, throw it away.  It’ll feel so good when you’re done!  I

 

(I’ve kept my laundry room mostly together since fluffing it up a few month’s ago, and our home is so much more peaceful as I’ve stuck to a decent laundry routine!)

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Laundry Room (Day Two)


Here’s your five minute challenge for the day (ready to work on that laundry room again?)

 

Grab a rag and some inexpensive cleaner, and thoroughly wipe down the tops, front, and sides of your washer and dryer.  Completely clean out your lint filter (you can see tips on how to wash it HERE), and tidy up any other areas on the tops of your washer & dryer that you needs to be cleaned up.

 

You may want to also check out this super smart idea that I found on Pinterest for a shelf above your washer and dryer to keep stuff from falling behind them.  So clever!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Do You Have A Laundry Routine?

As we all know summer is quickly approaching (meaning lots of dirty clothes while those kiddos are  back outside all the time!), so this is a great time to come up with a laundry routine that will work for you.  This week for our five minute challenges we’ll be hanging out in the laundry room, so starting out by determining a great laundry routine will make our lives so much easier!

 

I’ve tried tons of different laundry schedules as a mom, but the schedule I’m using right now seems to work out best at our house.  Here’s what it looks like:

  • Every morning, as early as possible (usually no later than 7 AM), a new load of laundry goes in the washer.  Typically it flip-flops between colors and whites every other day.
  • The minute that it finishes, I switch it over to the dryer.  (If you work outside the home this may be more difficult, but you could always switch it over as soon as you get home from work at night!)
  • If I get a phone call during the day, I head on up to my laundry room to fold while I chat (it makes folding that laundry go so much faster!)
  • The folded clothes go on each of my children’s beds, and they’re expected to put it away when they get home from school (and my preschooler puts hers away while we work.)
If I can’t get to it throughout the day (which happens more often than not!), my husband will usually fold it at night while he watches TV.  (It’s been a hoot to listen to him complain about the vast amount of laundry that goes on in our house . . . he had no idea before he started folding!)  Sticking to a schedule has made this chore so  much easier, so whatever your schedule is, try to map it out today and stick to it throughout the week!

 

Do you have a great laundry routine that works for you?  I’d love to hear your schedule!  And plan on getting that laundry room organized this week, it’ll feel so good to have it done!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Clean Out Your Inbox


Ready for a quick five minute cleanup today?  Well, instead of a clean up, let’s do a clean out of your inbox today!  I took care of mine yesterday, when I realized one of my two email accounts managed to top out at 308 emails. (YIKES!)  

Go ahead, stop what you’re doing and take a quick five minutes to get that inbox cleared out. I know you’ll feel so much better when it’s done, and the deals will be right here waiting for you when you get back!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Dust The Tops Of Your Picture Frames


Here’s your five minute challenge for the day (have you been kept up with us lately?)  This one is just one of those things I constantly forget, so I’m tackling it today.  Grab a rag, and dust away any dust bunnies on the tops of your picture frames throughout your home.  If you have a ton of pictures it may take ten minutes, but think of it as easy exercise while you finish your work!  (If you have one of those Swiffer Dusters, it would really come in handy today. . . ) 🙂

 

Go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer (I know you don’t want to!), and get to work.  When you’re all done the deals will be right here waiting for you!

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Light Shades & Bulbs


Ready for a quick five minute clean up today?  (After yesterday’s challenge, this one will be a breeze!)  Grab a dust rag, set your timer, and see how many lamps and light bulbs you can dust in five minutes.  If you have one of those Swiffer 360 Dusters, they’ll just about do the work for you!

 

So, hop up, grab your supplies and get to work!  I promise it’ll feel so good to be done, and your lightbulbs will thank you. 😉

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: The Toilet.


Ready for five minutes of misery today?  (I know, doesn’t that just make you all ready to get to work?  But this one is bad!)  Go ahead, stand up, walk away from that computer and pick the grossest toilet in your house to clean.  Now, I’m not talking about the toilet bowl, or even the toilet rim; instead it’s time to do the bottom, back, sides and other horrible-awful-places-that-mommas-shouldn’t-have-to-go. . . yup, we’re going there.

 

If you don’t have a boy in your home you may be naively thinking, “What on earth is she talking about?”, but if you’re a mother of a son, you know.  So, let’s get it over with, clean it up and get it done.  And, don’t forget the gas mask before you head in. 😉

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas. 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Shine Your Sink (The Vegetable Oil Trick.)


Do you have five minutes?  Today take just five minutes to do a thorough scrubbing of your sink.  When you’re done, dip a paper towel in vegetable oil to do a final shining up, and your sink will look squeaky clean (at least for a few hours, if you have a messy family like mine!)

Go ahead, hop off your computer, grab some cleaner and a rag, and get to work.  I promise you’ll feel so much better when it’s done, and the deals will be right here waiting for you when you get back.

 

See previous five minute challenges. Do you have any fun unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share . . . I promise, I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to try out yours. 🙂

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Five Minute Challenge: Quick Fridge Cleanup

Do you have five minutes? (I know, it may not feel like you do but I’m betting you can find them!)  Today take just five minutes to clean out a few items in your fridge.  I opened my refrigerator today to find not one but two completely empty containers of Cool Whip . . . apparently if Mom doesn’t throw them out no one does!  If your home is like mine, take just a few minutes to throw out any leftovers that won’t get eaten, wipe down a shelf or two, and get rid of those empty Cool Whip Containers. (Seriously?)

Go ahead, hop off your computer, grab a trash bag and rag, and set that timer for just five minutes.  I promise you’ll feel so much better when it’s done, and the deals will be right here waiting for you when you get back. 🙂

 

See previous five minute challenges.

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Five Minute Challenge: The Switch Plates (ALL of Them. . . Really.)

 

Last week when I tidied up my son’s closet, I happened to glance over and notice the switch plate for his closet light.  Oh. my.  Now quite a few times I’ve mentioned cleaning the switch plates as a five minute challenge here before, but I guess I’ve only paid attention to the easy, close, in-the-center-of-attention switch plates, not the ones in the wee corners of our home. {GASP!}

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Yup, it was THAT bad (yikes!)

 

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But thanks to a quick clean with a Clorox wipe, it’s all better now!  I don’t even want to think of how long those gunkies have been hanging out there, but I’m telling you what, I’ll be adding these to my to-do list way more often.  GROSS!

 

So, hop off your computer, stand up, grab a wipe and set your timer for just five minutes. Grab a Clorox wipe or some disinfecting spray and a rag, and race through your house to get all the switch plates clean (even the out-of-the-way ones!)  I promise you’ll feel so much better when it’s done, and the deals will be right here waiting for you when you get back. 🙂

 

See previous five minute challenges.

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Save $1 On Motivated Moms Chore Sheets

 

I’ve fallen off the organizing/cleaning/have-my-life-even-a-wee-bit-together wagon, so today I’ve started following my Motivated Moms app again and love it!  Here’s a peak at what’s been on my list today:

  • Quiet Time
  • Clean computer screen and mouse
  • Clean kitchen sink
  • Clean toilets
  • Clear/Wipe counters
  • Empty Trash
  • Exercise
  • Empty Dishwasher
  • Make beds
  • Wipe out bathroom sinks
  • Vacuum main/public rooms or first floor
  • Sweep Kitchen & Entryway
  • Replenish stock of toilet paper in bathrooms

 

Motivated Moms offers this all in a printable daily chore checklist that I love, offering great reminders and a daily checklist of to-do items for a busy mom.  (Anyone else need a reminder to clip their kiddo’s fingernails?)  I usually keep the list on my fridge, and check it off throughout the day as I’ve completed the tasks, and my home always feels so much more peaceful when I keep up with it! They also offer a app for your iphone which is what I’m currently using, and I love checking all of my to-dos off the list each day!

 

Right now, you can download Motivated Mom’s 2011 planner for $8, which includes a weekly checklist, planning pages, and menu page.  Use the code 1OFF at checkout, and you’ll get it for just $7!  You can also download the Motivated Moms app to your iPhone, which is what I’m trying out this year.  Visit Motivated Moms to see a sample if you’d like to get a little more organized in 2012 too!

 


 

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Laundry Room

Ready for a little more Spring Cleaning today?  Here’s what’s on my list (and maybe you need to do too. . .)

  • Thoroughly clean out your dryer lint filter.
  • Clean out your laundry filter as well (who knew?)
  • Wipe down the washer and dryer.
  • Clean the laundry room floor.
  • Put all clothing away from the laundry room (it’ll feel so good!)

Any other suggestions on cleaning out the laundry room?  If you have any ideas, be sure to leave them in the comment section, and once you’re done leave a comment for an entry to win this month’s Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!  Also, be sure to print all the great cleaning coupons available right now, to help you pinch a penny while you’re working on your Spring cleaning.

 

I realized I was supposed to end the giveaway at the end of March, but there are a few more challenges we need to finish!  So, the giveaway will end this Friday.  Good luck!  See previous cleaning challenges, and you can also grab these free cleaning downloads if you’re looking for more ideas:  Woman’s Day Spring Cleaning Checklists, Martha Stewart’s list Real Simple’s Daily Checklist.  (I love Real Simple’s list and do most of those on a daily basis in my home just to keep up!)

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Shopping Sherpa on Flickr.

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge + Soap Scum Remover Recipe

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Have you finished a few Spring Cleaning Challenges Today’s we’ll tackle one that’s probably pretty low on everyone’s to-do list, but it’ll feel so good when it’s done.  Grab your favorite cleaner and some rags (and maybe some disinfecting wipes . . . ) and do a thorough cleaning of your bathrooms.

 

To get you started, here’s a great tip for cleaning soap scum from PPP reader Brenda that I tried out last week and it works!  (I was so excited!) Make homemade soap scum remover that isn’t nearly as toxic as many of store bought cleaners.  Here’s how to mix it:

 

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  • Heat vinegar in microwave until hot.
  • Add to spray bottle, then add equal part Dawn Dish soap.
  • Spray and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe away soap scum (WOOHOO!)

 

Brenda says that it will keep in the bottle, and I’ve got mine ready to go for the next time I need to tackle it.  I used it in my shower and it worked so well… I was thrilled!  Thanks so much for the tip, Brenda. 🙂

 

 
 
 

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Clean Those Windows (and My Favorite Window Cleaner. . .)

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Ready for today’s Spring Cleaning Challenge?  Let’s clean some windows!  I set my kitchen timer for 20 minutes last night, and managed to get all the windows in the back and front of my house clean. (I didn’t finish the insides, because the outsides are what get just horribly dusty at our house!) If you’re looking for an inexpensive cleaner, here’s what I use:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dawn dish soap (I’ve used other kinds, but Dawn seems to work the best!)
Mix together in large bucket, and wash windows down with rag.  Then rinse clean with a dry rag, and you’ll have streak-free windows!

 

Do you have any clever tips for cleaning the windows?  I’d love to hear them!  And when you’re done leave a comment for an entry to win this month’s Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.

 
See previous cleaning challenges, and you can also grab these free cleaning downloads if you’re looking for more ideas:  Woman’s Day Spring Cleaning Checklists, Martha Stewart’s list Real Simple’s Daily Checklist.  (I love Real Simple’s list and do most of those on a daily basis in my home just to keep up!)

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Coat Closet

Ready for a little more cleaning today?  (I know, me neither but we can do this!)  Today let’s head to the coat closet for a little tidying (this one is just horrible in our home!)

 

  1. Donate any coats that no longer fit anyone in your family.
  2. Put away any gloves, hats, scarves, that won’t be needed for summertime. Yayyy!
  3. Vacuum the bottom of the coat closet out, and do any extra tidying needed.

 

Any other suggestions on cleaning out the coat closet?  If you have any ideas, be sure to leave them in the comment section, and once you’re done leave a comment for an entry to win this month’s Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!  Also, be sure to print all the great cleaning coupons available right now, to help you pinch a penny while you’re working on your Spring cleaning.

 

See previous cleaning challenges, and you can also grab these free cleaning downloads if you’re looking for more ideas:  Woman’s Day Spring Cleaning Checklists, Martha Stewart’s list Real Simple’s Daily Checklist.  (I love Real Simple’s list and do most of those on a daily basis in my home just to keep up!)

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Shopping Sherpa on Flickr.

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Family Room

Is your kitchen looking beautiful after this weekend’s work?  I hope so!  kitchen looking?  Today we’ll scoot on over to the living room, to get a few quick jobs done:

 

  1. Dust the tops of your fan blades. (I know, that one’s awful but a great tip that someone shared was to use a pillow case to do the job!)
  2. Clean the top of your entertainment center off.
  3. Dust the baseboards.
  4. Vacuum under the couch cushions.
  5. Add any cute Easter decorations and fluff up your room as you go. 🙂

 

What else can you think of in the family room?  If you have any ideas, be sure to leave them in the comment section, and once you’re done leave a comment for an entry to win this month’s Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

 

See previous cleaning challenges, and you can also grab these free cleaning downloads if you’re looking for more ideas:  Woman’s Day Spring Cleaning Checklists, Martha Stewart’s list Real Simple’s Daily Checklist.  (I love Real Simple’s list and do most of those on a daily basis in my home just to keep up!)

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Shopping Sherpa on Flickr.

 

 

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Pantry, Fridge & Freezer

How’s your kitchen looking?  So fresh & tidy? (I hope so!)  Today we have quite a list to cover to get that kitchen sparkling, but you’ll have the whole weekend to complete it (so I know you can do it!)  Here’s what’s on the list (but you can forget those five minutes . . . )

 

 

  1. Do a quick tidying of your pantry.  Discard any food that’s past it’s expiration date, donate items that you won’t use, and determine to make a few meals this week with your stockpile!
  2. Clean out your fridge and freezer.  Get rid of items that you won’t use, wipe down the shelves in the fridge and freezer, and come up with a few more menu ideas using up a few items you already have in your kitchen this week.
  3. Mop the floor and clean the baseboards.  I know you don’t want to (I don’t either, but mine are just plain old awful!)  It’ll feel so good though to have that kitchen sparkling clean, so get ahead and get it done!

 

When you’re finished, come on back and leave a comment on this post and I’ll add you to the Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. (Isn’t it more fun to clean when you might just win something?) 🙂

 

See previous cleaning challenges, and you can also grab these free cleaning downloads if you’re looking for more ideas:  Woman’s Day Spring Cleaning Checklists, Martha Stewart’s list Real Simple’s Daily Checklist.  (I love Real Simple’s list and do most of those on a daily basis in my home just to keep up!)

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Shopping Sherpa on Flickr.

 

 

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge Day Two

Is everyone’s kitchen feeling fantastic after yesterday’s cleanup?  (I know mine is!)  Here’s what’s on the list for your quick Spring Cleanup today:

 

 

  1. Clean the microwave. To make the job easy, boil water in your microwave, and any gunkies will wipe right off. 🙂
  2. Wipe down the cabinet fronts. 
  3. Quickly clean any shiny surfaces in the kitchen.  Use a spray bottle with your favorite cleaner, and clean the fronts of your oven and stove top, refrigerator, and diswasher.
  4. Clean the top of the refrigerator and range hood.  
  5. Clean off the front of the refrigerator.  If you have children’s artwork there that you love, keep it!  If you don’t love it all that much, either throw it away (I know it’s hard. . . ), or find a cute way to store it.

 

If you have any left over paperwork that needs to be dealt with in the kitchen, deal with it.  (I did mine last night, and it’s been wonderful to have that off my list!) When you’re finished, come on back and leave a comment on this post and I’ll add you to the Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (It’ll feel so good, and you might even win a little moo-lah!) 

 

See previous five minute challenges (and yes, I know this one will take more than five minutes, but I bet you’ll have it done pretty quickly!) 

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge Day One: The Kitchen

Okie dokie guys . . . here’s to day one of our Spring Cleaning Challenge!  It’s absolutely beautiful today here in Alabama, and I want my home to feel as clean and fresh inside as the weather is outside.  These challenges may take a few minutes more than five minutes, but I promise it will feel so good to have it done!

 

Today we’ll start in the kitchen:

  1. Thoroughly clean off all kitchen coutertops.  If you have paperwork that needs to be dealt with (I did!), put it in a pile and map out a time today to go through it.  Move any appliances, cookbooks, or anything else on your counters and give them a good scrubbing underneath your “stuff”.
  2. Wipe down any canisters and kitchen appliances on your countertops.
  3. Take a good look at any decorations & appliances on your counters, and decide if you need them and if they’re in the best spot.  While I didn’t do much re-arranging this morning, I did see a few items that weren’t where they needed to be, and it made my kitchen feel so much better with just a few changes!
  4. Do a good cleanup of the table, chairs, and/or barstools in your kitchen.  I love my kiddos, but the gunk they leave underneath them each day is unbelievable!  Get rid of all the crusties (bleck!), wipe down all the hard surfaces with hot soapy water, and get everything cleaned up.
Whew . . . that’s it for today!  When you’re finished, come on back and leave a comment on this post and I’ll add you to the Spring Cleaning Challenge $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.  (It’ll feel so good, and you might even win a little moo-lah!) 

 

Also, if you have any other great tips on what to clean I’d love to hear them (I think we’ll spend this week in the kitchen and move to the rest of the house in the upcoming weeks!)

 

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