Staying on Top of the Mess

You know that moment of quietness you get when all chores are done and the house is clean? It lets you take a breath and feel at ease. A fleeting moment that’s usually abruptly ended by a crash or a scream – at least at my house. Well, back to work!

Keeping a home clean and organized and mess-free is an on-going effort. One that’s difficult when you’re already balancing a busy work and family life. You put your best efforts forward but there’s always more to do. Those off days become busy days very very quickly.

We try things like planning our schedules around our energy levels or burn the midnight oil to get the last bits of the list done. Yet, it feels like a losing battle. There’s only so much one person can do!

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Getting the Family on Board

There are a few reasons why the family may not be helping with chores:

A.  They don’t know how they can help

B.  There’s no repercussions if they don’t

C.  They’re busy already

D.  They don’t know how you want it done

You can try to force your partner and kids to help but this may only last a day. Plus, who wants extra stress from nagging and taking orders?

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4 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips for Reducing Allergies at Home

I’ve always had allergy issues. Then I married my husband, who has also always had allergy issues. And now we’re finding out that our littles ALSO have allergy issues. No surprise there, I guess. Do you have allergy sufferers at your house?

Allergies can impact people inside their homes and outdoors. While you can’t control what’s happening outside your front door, you have a little more control of your environment at home. I’ve been doing lots of research on this, of late, and while cleaning can reduce allergies, many times people turn to chemical products for cleaning which can make allergies worse and take a toll on the environment. In fact, did you know that there are more than 80 different chemicals in regular household cleaners today? With the following four chemical-free cleaning tips, you can reduce the way that allergies can impact you in your home, reduce the amount of chemicals you are exposing your family to, and do more to “go green” as you clean!

Going Green With Cleaning

Clean Your Home with Natural Products

Did you know that you can remove 99 percent of bacteria and allergens using hot water with a little vinegar in it and a good cleaning cloth? If you find the vinegar smell a little too strong, dilute it and add some fresh lemon or orange juice. Cleaning your home without chemicals is much healthier for your family and more eco-friendly. When you’re done, you’ll feel great that your home is clean and smells naturally fresh.

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How to Get Your Home Organized the Easy Way

Life isn’t perfect. And it sure isn’t organized. I think we’ve all come to that realization by now. (If you haven’t, I’m pretty sure that you will in the near future!) And honestly, I think it’s BECAUSE life isn’t perfect that I’ve always felt the need to organize things. BECAUSE I know I can’t organize life in general (but wouldn’t that be great?!) I try to organize everything I can to at least make life a bit more…simple. Does that make sense?

Let’s face it: life gets a lot more complicated when you can’t find the lunch you packed the night before in the fridge because it’s too full of half-expired foods. Solution? Organize your fridge, get the junk out, and suddenly, when you open the door, there’s the lunch you so carefully prepared. You just saved yourself a ton of time!

That’s just one example.

You are not alone, as many households suffer from the same problem. Sometimes, it’s not even because the place is a mess but because items are never put back in their rightful spot – and we all know how frustrating it can be to have to pull out drawers after drawers and dig through closets, cabinets and more on the search for whatever it IS we’re looking for.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t even have to be domestic god/goddess to keep your home somewhat organized! Here is a 4-point guide to keeping on top of your home.

1. Kitchen Items in the Kitchen ONLY

We will start off with an easy one, which is to only keep items that are used in the kitchen in the kitchen. This means ensuring that all plates, cutlery and tea towels are stored and have a designated place in the kitchen.

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Anything that we associate with the kitchen should have a place in it, and any items that are not associated with the kitchen (i.e. car keys, phones, important documents) should be kept elsewhere. When make an organized effort to associate items with specific rooms, it becomes a whole lot easier to keep things where you can find them.

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Quick Tips For Moving Into A New Home

I was thinking the other day, “I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I LOVE moving!!!'” I mean, really! Have YOU ever heard someone say that?

However, from the three times I’ve moved in my adult life, I’ve gleaned a little bit of information on the process. For instance, I don’t think I will EVER move again without hiring professional movers. I just won’t do it. And now that our last  “moving” escapade is behind us, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips with everyone! Even though moving is often seen as an ordeal, especially if you have to pack a house full of stuff that you’ve acquired over the years, it need not be as exhausting and nerve-wracking as you imagine. It’s really all about how organized you are!

The secret to reducing stress and making the move go as smoothly as possible is to dispense with the idea of rugged individualism and ask for help. The more help you can get, the easier it will be to move. Usually, the best type of help available is hiring professional movers like North American Van Lines who can manage the logistics of packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking for you. While a do-it-yourself approach is often seen as cheaper, when you consider the cost of your labor, getting everything organized, and driving a large truck across hundreds of miles, will probably prove much more cost-effective in the long run. Moreover, working with experienced movers who have all the right equipment will make everything go more smoothly. 

Once you’ve made your big move, you’ll be able to settle into your new house quickly–if you do it in an organized and methodical way.

Young couple is moving into new house with lot of boxes. Woman is pregnant.

Here are some tips on finishing unpacking, settling in, getting to know the community, and planning that perfect housewarming party:

1. Unpacking

Once you’ve moved in you’ll probably feel a little tired and overwhelmed by all the changes you’re going through at a rapid rate. You may also feel a little anxious about how to unpack and settle in because there appears to be so much that needs to be done at once.

Here are three steps to take to get moved in the quickest and most effective way possible:

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How to Clean Your Toilet Properly

Just last week have I finally gotten our new house on a good cleaning schedule. It only took me 4 months. **SIGH** But I’m right on point today. Just finished cleaning a toilet, actually! 

Granted, we have had quite a few changes during that time. New house, and all the unpacking fun. I quit my job to stay home with the twins. My husband switched jobs. We got hit by a hurricane. The usual, right?

Any way you look at it, I’m thrilled to finally be on a good cleaning schedule! The house stays clean and I get to keep my sanity! (Well…at least my sanity that is related to a clean house, HA!)

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So when Suzanne from Better Bathrooms contacted me to share a post on cleaning toilets, at first, I won’t lie: I wrinkled up my nose. I mean, really? Ewww. But then I thought better of it. I mean, we all have toilets, right? They all need to be cleaned, correct? So why not make sure we all know how to do it RIGHT! Let’s see what her recommended procedure is!

While no-one actively enjoys cleaning the toilet, it has to be said that the more often it’s done, the easier it is as stains, mess and smells simply don’t get any chance to flourish or take hold. If you’ve just got your new toilet from Better Bathrooms and you’re wondering how to keep it clean and pristine, look no further than this step-by-step guide.

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