Why Declutter and Organize Your House?

I’ve heard folks talk quite a bit about their New Year’s resolutions in the past week or so – you probably have, too! And something I keep hearing over and over from people is, “I’m gonna declutter my house!”

I’m right there, too. I have a whole list of spaces in my home that need some major decluttering, and I’ve already started on a few of them. But the other day, someone asked me why I was even bothering with it at all! They felt as if clutter was what happened when life happened, and there was nothing that could be done about it. 

First of all, I don’t believe that for a second. Second of all, I know it’s not true in MY home, so I knew it couldn’t be true for everyone. And third, when Mackenzie  Fox contacted me with a guest post on this very topic, I then had the facts to back up my assumptions! She puts it quite well, and gives us some simple steps to follow to get the decluttering process going! Read on…

Opening image for article in AARP Magazine on the social and psychological effects of clutter in the home.

Do you live in a highly-organized living space, or can you just not be bothered about the “creative” chaos that surrounds you? If you belong to the second category, you might want to re-consider your fondness of clutter for the following, very important reasons (quite a few of them are related to your health):

  • Although you might think you are living in the perfect symbiosis with your clutter, the fact remains that it does cause stress and anxiety. Huffington Post conducted a survey which showed that a whopping 84% of people were worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough, while 42% feel anxious when their houses are unorganized and cluttered.

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Carpet Cleaning for Homes with Babies

If you’re a regular follower here on the blog, you know I LOVE things around my home to be clean. It’s a lot harder now to get that clean feeling than it used to be before the babies arrived, but it’s still very possible! In fact, one of the best gifts I was given after we brought the twins home was a maid service to come in and give our home a deep cleaning from top to bottom! My goodness, it was FANTASTIC!!! I mean, I really enjoy cleaning myself, but I wasn’t able to, so why not bring in some professionals?

These days, we’re staring down the barrel of the “crawling” stage. At almost 5 months old, the twins are now enjoying tummy time instead of getting angry about it, and even doing a bit of rocking on their knees and similar “right before crawling” poses – they’ll be mobile before we know it! With that in mind, I’ve been trying to find someone to come in and sanitize all the floors completely. That way, I can maintain their cleanliness, but I know from the get-go that I started off with something perfectly clean and fresh!

So when Kevin from Chem-Dry contacted me about their cleaning process, I was impressed, to say the least. And schooled, as well! Turns out I didn’t know much about carpet cleaning. But never fear – Kevin is here to give us all the details and help us to decide what works best for our home! 

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new baby home from the hospital! It’s a wonderful event for a home and a family. But, it can be stressful, too, and you have to be prepared. Especially if you are a brand new parent! Do you have the crib put together? Is the nursery decorated? Did you buy enough diapers and clothing and wipes and…

…the list goes on and on and on. It’s overwhelming, and that’s not all!

There is one important thing that’s not even on the list that you will want to complete as soon as possible: professional carpet cleaning.

Deep carpet cleaning probably isn’t one of the first things that come to mind when preparing to bring home a baby from the hospital. It’s not as important as the car seat, but it is a very good idea. Dirty carpets contain a lot of allergens, germs, contaminants and yucky stuff you won’t want to subject your newborn baby too. Your baby will spend a lot of time on or near the floor and carpet not long after you bring him or her home. You will want the floor to be as clean and as safe as humanly possible.

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Is Carpet Cleaning Safe for Babies?

First of all, we do not recommend rental machines or DIY solutions. Misuse of a rental machine can lead to damage of your carpet or danger from chemicals, and most DIY solutions are ineffective at removing deep, embedded dirt. Trust a professional service when it comes to cleaning your carpet, especially with a newborn in the house.

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A QUICK Christmas Ornament Storage Hack! FREE PRINTABLE Included!

Have you taken down your Christmas decorations yet? I always take ours down on New Year’s Day, and this year was no exception. The only problem was, I had a few new ornaments that I wasn’t sure how to store. Mainly two large round glass balls. Oh dear. 

I was going to place them inside two Solo cups taped together, as I had seen on a Facebook video, but they were even too big in girth for the Solo cups! Mercy! What could I do?!

So I started walking around my house looking for something to put them in, and suddenly, I got an idea!

Do those words, “I got an idea!” strike fear into the hearts of everyone else’s husbands, too, or is it just mine?

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DIY Projects and Chores Kids Can Do Themselves

We’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school around here – how about you? There’s a few more days for free time and fun, and then we’ll get down to business and keep most of the “play” to the weekends. Even though kids will get busier when school begins again, they still need to stay active around the house with things like chores and special projects. After all, they need to know that they bring something to the table and are a contributing member of the household as well, right?

So when retired DIY expert David Glenn contacted me with the idea for this post on projects and chores that the kiddos can do on their own, well, I thought it was fantastic! See how it speaks to YOUR kids!

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Young children are often eager to help their parents with various projects and chores, but many parents are hesitant out of fear of their children getting in the way. However, children as young as three years old can do basic chores and projects, learning responsibility and independence at a young age.

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How to Get Your Home Clean in 20 Minutes!

“I love house cleaning,” said no one, EVER. But tidying up and tackling the household tasks should not necessarily be tedious, or take up your entire weekend. Managing one job at a day will make domestic cleaning feel less like a burden and more like a routine. Break down the work into manageable chunks of time and complete smaller bites every day for the next 30 days.  Take 20 minutes to do simple and easy projects like dusting, doing the laundry or wiping the surfaces.  

You think it’s impossible to tackle all these jobs in such a short time? The professionals from CleanNGone Central London think that this challenge will change completely your idea of domestic cleaning.

30-Day Cleaning Challenge or How to Get Your Home Clean in 20 minutes2

The Challenge

Although this is not a new method, it is an effective one. When faced with bigger and boring projects, you are more likely to procrastinate with them. It is normal to get overwhelmed by the size or the scale of a job.  On the other hand, sparing 20 minutes a day to sweep the floor or wash the dishes doesn’t sound like a lot to do. You will be encouraged when you see progress right away. Create a schedule that fits into your needs and lifestyle or print out one from the internet. For example, one day you can clean the bathroom and on the other, you can vacuum all floors. The best thing about this challenge is that it is completely customizable. As long as you are completing small chores every day, you are doing it right.

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