30 Days of Spring Cleaning: One Task a Day for a Fresh Home!

30 Days of Spring Cleaning: One Task a Day for a Fresh Home!

Wait. It’s almost April? What? Wasn’t Christmas, like, a month ago? No? Okay, it’s fine. The year’s already one-third over. Holy canoli. Not sure how that happened, but whatever. It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything’s fine. Totally fine.

Has time been flying by for you too? I mean, APRIL is almost here, people. It still feels like Christmas was maybe a month ago, and yet the stores are filled with decorations and waaaaay too much Easter candy for this sugar addict. (Resistance is futile.)

This spring promises to be unusually warm in our neck of the woods, bringing with it new growth, sunny weather, and the first scent of spring in the air. Before all of us Minnesotans awaken from our dreary hibernation to squint in the unfamiliar sun, it’s time to shed our winter cocoons. Time to store the heavy coats and remove that residue dust from the days when we were too cold to move!

Okay, I’m exaggerating (a little). But there’s something about the start of spring that makes you want a clean, fresh start to life, isn’t there? With the snow melting and fresh air inside again, the buzz in the air often leads to a bee in my bonnet (see what I did there?! I’m so funny…) and a newfound motivation to clean, clean, clean!

I think the term “spring cleaning” can seem a little daunting (actually, cleaning in general can seem daunting to me!). With two boys 2 years old and younger, there’s no way I would be able to tackle it all at once. Instead, I’ve decided this year to take it one day at a time– with one task a day! If your house is also ready for some much-needed spring cleaning, check out this list for 31 days of spring cleaning ideas! Let’s tackle that winter grime and get our homes ready for spring together! Continue Reading…

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31 Days to Get Organized: One Task a Day to Simplify Your Home and Life

31 Days to Get Organized: One Task a Day to Simplify Your Home and Life

Earlier this month, I got to team up with the wonderful Heather from Blissful Intent on a blog post swap! Check out the post she wrote for me (and you!) here about making memories with your kids. Here’s the article I wrote for her, if you missed it: my 31-day plan to declutter and simplify my home in January!


I don’t know about you, but as a parent of small children I have a really hard time staying organized. As hard as I try, piles of useless junk always seem to find their places into our home. That’s why my 2017 resolution is going to be to keep our home more organized (notice I said more organized and not perfectly organized. Maybe someday– when the kids move out. Maybe.) To start off on the right foot, I’m going to take the month of January to complete one decluttering job a day to drastically help our home!

I’m a fan of “one task a day” lists. They help break daunting jobs into manageable segments, so I actually keep up with what I set out to do instead of feeling overwhelmed. Maybe this list can help you start the new year off a little more organized too! Pick one task a day from this list and get to tackling that clutter!

31 Days to Get Organized

  1. Old magazines. Did you read that one article you were interested in when it came out six months ago? Great. Time to recycle it. The only exception is if you like to keep magazines for kids’ (or not kids’) craft projects– in that case, find a NEAT, designated spot in with craft stuff. At least get them off of your coffee table or wherever they take up space.
  2. Expired coupons and sale ads. If you’re like me, you probably have a stash of coupons you clip when you get and have every intention of using… and inevitably, some of them go neglected too long. Sort through your stash and throw away the expired ones. (Oh, and NEVER buy something you wouldn’t have bought already just to use a coupon. If you’re saving $0.50 on a $2.50 item, you’re still spending $2.00 more than you would have if you had just passed the item up. Don’t let them get you!)
  3. Pen Stashes. Whether you have a stash at your office space, in your purse, in a designated junk drawer, or in all of the above, go through the wave of black and blue and test them all out on some scratch paper. If it doesn’t work (or only semi-works), throw it out. Life is too short to have to search for a working pen.
  4. 31 Days to Get OrganizedEmail Inbox. This one always feels like a breath of fresh air to me. Do you get all kinds of emails from brands or websites that you don’t actually read or only seldom open? Take some time today to go through your inbox and “Unsubscribe” from email lists that don’t benefit you.
  5. Socks with holes or without a match. Life is too short to wear holey socks. And if you haven’t seen that stray sock’s match in a month or two, odds are it’s not going to show up. Get rid of it.
  6. Kids’ Clothes. Did you notice it was getting a little short the last time your kiddo wore that shirt? Time to store it for the next kiddo (hooray for hand-me-downs!) or donate it. Did the stain from spaghetti night never fully come out of those pants? Time to get rid of them (as long as you’ve already tried to get it out with some miracle citrus vinegar!).
  7. Kid’s Toys. It’s amazing how many toys and things kids acquire over time. Go through the toy box (with the kiddos if they’re old enough, or alone if they’re still munchkins) and take out toys that are broken or have been ignored for a while. (You can either donate the ignored toys, or simply store them away for a while to become a novelty another day–read more here). Replace batteries in those sad electronics that have been slowly dying and give those Lego’s and other water-safe dirty toys a good wash: throw them in a mesh laundry bag and toss them in the dishwasher. Ta-da!
  8. Tupperware Drawer. Go through your leftover containers and match up lids and bins. Get rid of the extras (or donate them to bath time or the sandbox). Ain’t nobody got time to go searching for a lid that isn’t there.
  9. Expired OTC medicine. Things like Tylenol and NyQuil aren’t good forever. Go through your medicine cabinet (or cupboard, or drawer) and check the dates on your products. If you feel like your medicine is always a mess, pick up a few storage bins and some labels. I did this and now have mine separated into 5 bins: Pain, First Aid, Stomach/Vitamins, Skin Care, and Cold/Flu/Allergies. This system makes things so much easier to find when I need them!
  10. Expired or unused hair/beauty products. If you have a mousse or lipstick you only use a few times a year, odds are it’s expired. Did you buy a product you thought you’d like but never use? I’m guilty of keeping those things around because I hate wasting money. But honestly, it’s just taking up space in your bathroom. Throw it out, or give it to someone who might use it. Then find a little cup to keep all of those stray bobby pins, hair ties, and clips somewhere you’ll have them when you need them.
  11. Pantry Food. Throw away expired food or ingredients you know you won’t use again. Don’t forget to look through your spice rack too! Spices only have a shelf life of about a year.
  12. Fridge and freezer. Get rid of food that’s bad or expired. Don’t forget to sort through those condiments!
  13. Electronics. Old phones and cameras that you’ve upgraded and don’t use anymore don’t need to be cluttering up your home. Find a place to donate or sell them and say sayonara.
  14. DVD’s and CD’s. Go through your entertainment areas and make sure every disc in in its proper case and stored. Determine what you’ll actually use: music can be downloaded onto computers or accessed online so easily that maybe your CD’s are becoming a thing of the past. Consider donating them or selling them on an app like Declutter.
  15. Old Chargers and Cords. Find all the mystery chargers and connecting cords lying around and figure out what they coincide with. Wrap them up and label them with the device. If one doesn’t go with any device you own anymore, get rid of it.
  16. Bad Photos and Unused Apps. Clear up memory on your phone by deleting duplicate photos, bad selfies, or screenshots. You can also streamline your home screen by deleting apps you don’t use or need anymore. Not only will these tips help you declutter, but they will also help your phone run more efficiently!
  17. 31 Days to Get OrganizedFront Closet/Mud Room. Go through that stash of winter scarves, hats, and gloves. Donate any coats that aren’t worn. Get rid of gloves that have lost their mate. Put away that pile of shoes that accumulates by the door (that’s not just my house, right??). Tidy up any cleaning supplies or other miscellaneous things you keep here.
  18. Adult Clothes. If you haven’t worn something in the past year, you probably won’t in the future! Ask yourself if you would still buy the item if you saw it in the store today. If the answer is no, get rid of it!
  19. Shoes. Same as clothes– if you haven’t worn them in the past year, time to say goodbye.
  20. Jewelry and Accessories. Decide what you wear and what you don’t. Throw away anything that is broken or missing its match.
  21. Gifts You Don’t Like/Use. It’s okay to let go of that ugly sweater your Great Aunt Nancy gave you. Really. It’s the thought that counts– so keep the thought and get rid of the hideous thing.
  22. Greeting Cards. You received them. You read them. Great. They served their purpose. Time to recycle them.
  23. Garage. This is a big clutter-offender in most houses. Set a timer and see how many things you can get rid of or consolidate in the time you have. Have two large trash bags ready: one for everything that can be tossed, another for everything you can donate.
  24. Cars. With two kiddos (okay, it’s not just their fault…), my car is constantly cluttered. Have two large bags handy: one for garbage and one for everything that needs to go back in the house. Recycle all of those soda cans and water bottles (that’s not just my car, right?).
  25. Old Receipts and Paperwork. Record and file away the important stuff; toss or shred the rest. Here’s a good rule of thumb for how long to keep receipts and important paperwork:
    1. 15-30 days: Receipts for items you may return, bills that need attention, daily expenses
    2. 1 year: receipts of bills paid, Insurance paperwork, bank statements, expense reimbursements, heath care information
    3. 3-4 years: tax returns, social security statements
  26. Craft Supplies. You guys, this one hurts to even write about. I love all things crafty and DIY– and I hate throwing anything away. Hence, my bins and organizers of crafting supplies runneth over. Take some time with me to go through all of those supplies and honestly decide what might get used and what won’t. It might help if you invest in a few bins or other organized containers. What fits in the bins gets to stay. What doesn’t fit, goes. (Wince.)
  27. Linen closet. Donate anything you don’t use that’s still in decent shape. Throw away (or recycle into cleaning rags) anything worn-out or with holes.
  28. Under the sinks. Get rid of cleaning supplies you don’t use (or consolidate like products together). If you have the time, get some Dollar Tree bins to organize similar items. And really– do you need all of those mini hotel shampoo bottles?
  29. Membership/Rewards Cards/Partially-Used Gift Cards. If you don’t shop somewhere anymore, cancel your store credit card or rewards card. Also, go through your wallet or purse and find any gift cards you have that only have a small amount left. Go online to determine the amount and write it on the card. If it’s a small amount, decide if it’s worth keeping it (and spending more money to use it).
  30. Junk Drawer. Everyone’s got one of these, right? Throw out what you don’t need, and pick up some small organizing bins from your local dollar store (usually 2 or 3 for $1) to keep it organized.
  31. Organizer’s Choice. Today is for that one area of your house (you know the one) I didn’t mention. Now get to it, you organizing machine!

There you have it, friends. Let’s tackle that clutter together in 2017!

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Baking Soda Vs. Red Crayon: The Epic Battle

Baking Soda Vs. Red Crayon: The Epic Battle

Whoever said “Silence is Golden” obviously didn’t have a toddler.

This morning I was in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher as I listened to TJ play in the living room. After a little while I heard him scamper up the stairs and assumed he was going to play in his room on his own (Yay! We’ve been working on independent play, so this is great!). I continued my task, then used the momentary peace to tidy up the kitchen a little more. I carried on with a few other “homemaker” duties, happily unaware of what was ensuing upstairs.

Whoever said “Ignorance is Bliss”– they might have had a toddler.

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The One-Minute No-Sew Reusable Swiffer Cleaning Pad

The One-Minute No-Sew Reusable Swiffer Cleaning Pad

I’m not going to lie to you– I usually don’t get excited about cleaning. Having a clean home is another story, but getting there… (It’s like shaving my legs: love the result, hate the process. But I digress.) However, ever since I finally got a Swiffer WetJet to clean my floors and got to replace a dirty mop (and the hands-and-knees scrubbing method), I actually somewhat like Mopping Day!

However, as much as I love using my Swiffer, I don’t love having to buy disposable cleaning pad attachments to be able to use it. 1) I hate spending money on things I don’t have to, and 2) waste waste waste. Ick. I’m trying to be MORE green in my house and life, not create more unnecessary WASTE.

So of course, as soon as I picked up my beautiful new Swiffer (well, new to me. Found it at a garage sale for $3.00, with a full container of the liquid cleaner. Boom.), I started looking up ideas on Pinterest for making my own reusable Swiffer cleaning pads. A simple search will show you there are dozens of ideas and tutorials for making your own pads. While I love DIY sewing projects, sometimes I’m more of the attitude of “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!” I like DIY projects that are quick, easy, and, most importantly, aren’t going to cost me a lot. Here’s the method I used for making four reusable Swiffer pads in under a minute, for a grand total of $1.00–and there’s not even measuring involved!

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How to Keep a Home Clean (Even With a Toddler!)

How to Keep a Home Clean (Even With a Toddler!)

Trust me, if the thought of keeping a clean home (especially with kids) is a little daunting to you, you are absolutely not alone. But I’m a “rags to riches” cleaning story who’s here to tell you: yes, it is possible! And it may not be as hard as you think!

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