Thursday tips and tricks: Simplifying your cleaning routine

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have a clean house. In fact, with two children in single digits, it’s almost never clean. 

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Spring cleaning: the purge

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  1. Do I use this item? When is the last time I used this item? Do I use something that works better?
  2. Is the item something someone I know can use? If so, I ask that person and if they want it, I pass it to them. If not, I consign or donate.
  3. If the item is clothing, have I worn it recently? If not, why? Does it fit? Is it torn or stained? If the item is in good condition and I like how it fits, I keep it. If it is not in good shape, I throw it away. If it’s in good shape, I try to find someone I know who can use it, but if not, I donate or consign it.

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Pantry/Coat closet

First of all, I must apologize for my poor picture angles- it’s hard to shoot good pictures due to the narrow pantry 🙂 Our pantry and coat closet occupy the same room. One corner of our pantry is set up like a coat closet with a double shelf and a hanging rod.

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We placed a boot tray on the floor below the rod in case of wet, dripping coats, but also as a space for parking shoes. See Emorie’s cute rain boots?

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Ikea baskets above hold ball caps, winter gloves, hats and scarves, sunglasses and bags. The vintage canister was something we already had. Not sure what I want to use it for, but I liked how it looked here.

I chose natural wood hangers to give the closet a pulled together look, but also because they are sturdy and will accommodate a heavy coat.
A low hanging rack accommodates bags and totes. Each family member gets his or her own hook for bags. Do you see Emorie’s cute little “diaper bag?”

While this isn’t really a coat closet, it does feel like its own little room. I love it because it has just enough room to store our coats, but not enough room to get too messy!
Where to buy:
Baskets   Wooden Hangers     Chalkboard labels[similar]    Hanging rack     Boot tray [similar]    Canister [similar]  Emorie’s bag
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Pantry/Coat closet

First of all, I must apologize for my poor picture angles- it’s hard to shoot good pictures due to the narrow pantry 🙂 Our pantry and coat closet occupy the same room. One corner of our pantry is set up like a coat closet with a double shelf and a hanging rod.

We placed a boot tray on the floor below the rod in case of wet, dripping coats, but also as a space for parking shoes. See Emorie’s cute rain boots?

Ikea baskets above hold ball caps, winter gloves, hats and scarves, sunglasses and bags. The vintage canister was something we already had. Not sure what I want to use it for, but I liked how it looked here.

I chose natural wood hangers to give the closet a pulled together look, but also because they are sturdy and will accommodate a heavy coat.
A low hanging rack accommodates bags and totes. Each family member gets his or her own hook for bags. Do you see Emorie’s cute little “diaper bag?”

While this isn’t really a coat closet, it does feel like its own little room. I love it because it has just enough room to store our coats, but not enough room to get too messy!
Where to buy:
Baskets   Wooden Hangers     Chalkboard labels[similar]    Hanging rack     Boot tray [similar]    Canister [similar]  Emorie’s bag
Continue Reading

Pantry/Coat closet

First of all, I must apologize for my poor picture angles- it’s hard to shoot good pictures due to the narrow pantry 🙂 Our pantry and coat closet occupy the same room. One corner of our pantry is set up like a coat closet with a double shelf and a hanging rod.

We placed a boot tray on the floor below the rod in case of wet, dripping coats, but also as a space for parking shoes. See Emorie’s cute rain boots?

Ikea baskets above hold ball caps, winter gloves, hats and scarves, sunglasses and bags. The vintage canister was something we already had. Not sure what I want to use it for, but I liked how it looked here.

I chose natural wood hangers to give the closet a pulled together look, but also because they are sturdy and will accommodate a heavy coat.
A low hanging rack accommodates bags and totes. Each family member gets his or her own hook for bags. Do you see Emorie’s cute little “diaper bag?”

While this isn’t really a coat closet, it does feel like its own little room. I love it because it has just enough room to store our coats, but not enough room to get too messy!
Where to buy:
Baskets   Wooden Hangers     Chalkboard labels[similar]    Hanging rack     Boot tray [similar]    Canister [similar]  Emorie’s bag
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21-day challenge: spring cleaning during spring break

The 21-day challenge UPDATE

I used my spring break to do some heavy cleaning and organizing. My linen closet was a true source of frequent consternation for me, but my very handy daddy helped solve that problem. I also tackled kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, bedroom closets and under beds. Because I didn’t want spring break to be all about cleaning and not at all about family, I didn’t get to everything I’d planned.  I’ve also added a few things to my list that I have not yet tackled.

Here is what was accomplished. There are links to posts about each project.

1. Linen closet- we added three shelves, re-decorated and re-organized
2. Emorie’s closet and dresser
3. Mine and Michael’s dresser and armoire
4. Master closet re-organize
5. Craft cabinet- we will add shelves and re-organize
6. Playroom- just a little re-order
7. Pantry re-organize
8. Desk/office organization
9. Home command center
10. TV cabinet/living room organization
11. Coat closet
12. Under bed/out of season clothing storage
13. Laundry room organizing
14. Kitchen cabinet/fridge and freezer organizing
15. Upcycling- creating storage solutions from diaper boxes, shoe boxes and wipes containers
16. Command center update– DIY mail boxes

Still to-do:
1. Garage organization and clean up
2. Auto organization
3. Storage shed clean up
4. China cabinet
5. Tractor shed clean up
6. Back porch and patio
7. Greenhouse storage
8. Attic storage
9. Memory box project
10. Donate bin project

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21-day challenge: spring cleaning during spring break

The 21-day challenge UPDATE

I used my spring break to do some heavy cleaning and organizing. My linen closet was a true source of frequent consternation for me, but my very handy daddy helped solve that problem. I also tackled kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, bedroom closets and under beds. Because I didn’t want spring break to be all about cleaning and not at all about family, I didn’t get to everything I’d planned.  I’ve also added a few things to my list that I have not yet tackled.

Here is what was accomplished. There are links to posts about each project.

1. Linen closet- we added three shelves, re-decorated and re-organized
2. Emorie’s closet and dresser
3. Mine and Michael’s dresser and armoire
4. Master closet re-organize
5. Craft cabinet- we will add shelves and re-organize
6. Playroom- just a little re-order
7. Pantry re-organize
8. Desk/office organization
9. Home command center
10. TV cabinet/living room organization
11. Coat closet
12. Under bed/out of season clothing storage
13. Laundry room organizing
14. Kitchen cabinet/fridge and freezer organizing
15. Upcycling- creating storage solutions from diaper boxes, shoe boxes and wipes containers
16. Command center update– DIY mail boxes

Still to-do:
1. Garage organization and clean up
2. Auto organization
3. Storage shed clean up
4. China cabinet
5. Tractor shed clean up
6. Back porch and patio
7. Greenhouse storage
8. Attic storage
9. Memory box project
10. Donate bin project

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21-day challenge: spring cleaning during spring break

The 21-day challenge UPDATE

I used my spring break to do some heavy cleaning and organizing. My linen closet was a true source of frequent consternation for me, but my very handy daddy helped solve that problem. I also tackled kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, bedroom closets and under beds. Because I didn’t want spring break to be all about cleaning and not at all about family, I didn’t get to everything I’d planned.  I’ve also added a few things to my list that I have not yet tackled.

Here is what was accomplished. There are links to posts about each project.

1. Linen closet- we added three shelves, re-decorated and re-organized
2. Emorie’s closet and dresser
3. Mine and Michael’s dresser and armoire
4. Master closet re-organize
5. Craft cabinet- we will add shelves and re-organize
6. Playroom- just a little re-order
7. Pantry re-organize
8. Desk/office organization
9. Home command center
10. TV cabinet/living room organization
11. Coat closet
12. Under bed/out of season clothing storage
13. Laundry room organizing
14. Kitchen cabinet/fridge and freezer organizing
15. Upcycling- creating storage solutions from diaper boxes, shoe boxes and wipes containers
16. Command center update– DIY mail boxes

Still to-do:
1. Garage organization and clean up
2. Auto organization
3. Storage shed clean up
4. China cabinet
5. Tractor shed clean up
6. Back porch and patio
7. Greenhouse storage
8. Attic storage
9. Memory box project
10. Donate bin project

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Spring cleaning: the 21-day challenge!

Surely, if you’re on Pinterest, you’ve seen this.
I know now that spring is upon us, most of us have plans to do some sort of spring cleaning. While I agree with most of the things on the list above, I have a few additions. Here is what I plan to add: 
1. Wash all bath tub toys
2. Wash all cloth toys 
3. Wipe down and disinfect all plastic toys
4. Donate anything unused for more than a year
5. Organize out of season clothing
6. Move furniture and clean beneath it. 
What are your spring cleaning plans?
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Spring cleaning: the 21-day challenge!

Surely, if you’re on Pinterest, you’ve seen this.
I know now that spring is upon us, most of us have plans to do some sort of spring cleaning. While I agree with most of the things on the list above, I have a few additions. Here is what I plan to add: 
1. Wash all bath tub toys
2. Wash all cloth toys 
3. Wipe down and disinfect all plastic toys
4. Donate anything unused for more than a year
5. Organize out of season clothing
6. Move furniture and clean beneath it. 
What are your spring cleaning plans?
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