Proper Ways to Deep Clean Your Bathroom

When there were no pets and no kids in our house, I could take one day and get the entire house clean. All 4 bedrooms. Both bathrooms. All the rest of the spaces. Totally, perfectly, spotlessly clean. The hubby and I could maintain that clean for a month or so…and then I’d clean big time again.

Things got a little harder when we got CoCo the Black Kitty. Enter a litter box and cat hair, right? Figured out how to make that work, and the clean house continued.

Then came Taffy the White Doggie. Enter dog hair and everything she would bring in from the outside. Got that down pat, too, and the clean house continued.

THEN came TWO sweet baby girls. Oh, they’re so sweet and cute. Love them SO much!

But, I’ll be honest: I’ve yet to figure out how to keep the house as clean as I used to before they arrived! And, in the spirit of honesty…it’s about to drive me NUTS!

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I can get two rooms clean in about a week’s time now. And then I do my best to maintain that, but somehow they are filthy again before I get around to cleaning them again. I’ve been noticing that I really need to focus some more of my efforts in our bathrooms, because, really: CAN your bathroom ever BE too clean? I think not! Continue reading

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.

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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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Show Us Your Spring Clean – with MAAC!

Well, it’s almost summertime now! Is your Spring Cleaning complete?

I’ll be honest – mine is NOT! (I’ve been a little behind this year, probably due to being pregnant with twins, I don’t know…) but I’m almost there! Good thing, too – it’s pretty much summer!

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And while we all feel better after a good cleaning to our homes, it’s important to remember that sometimes, cleaning can be dangerous! Watch out for things like…

  • Asbestos – may have been used in your home in previous years, and can offer a nasty reaction if disturbed.
  • Paint – all paints are considered hazardous waste! Make sure you dispose of them properly!
  • Smoke detectors – some of them use radioactive materials to detect smoke! Yikes!

So when Sarah from MAAC (Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center) contacted me with a great Spring Cleaning infographic that also reminds us to watch out for the dangers that may be involved, I thought it was perfect! See for yourself…

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On the Road in August

All right, folks, NOW I’m excited. It’s September!!! And while I can hardly believe the time is going so quickly, I LOVE September. Any guesses why? (Think September 23…)

FALL! Fall comes in September! And fall is my most favorite of all! So Happy September, everyone! Oh, but first, help me bid a fond farewell to August. These are the top five posts here on the blog last month!

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National Clean Off Your Desk Day

A couple years ago I realized that there’s a whole different calendar system alive on the world wide web. Have you noticed it? National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Rubber Ducky Day…you get the idea.

While some of these days seem a bit, um, ridiculous, TODAY happens to be National Clean Off Your Desk Day! And THAT, my friends, is NOT ridiculous!

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Most of you know that I don’t blog full-time – I also work a full-time job outside the home in insurance marketing, and I run my own photography business. So that means that I have several “desks”. (Well, two of them are actually tables, but you get the idea!)

When it comes to my full-time job, throughout the work day my desk stays pretty messy. I’ve got a lot going on! But the last thing I do when I leave is make sure that it’s totally cleaned off and everything is put away where it goes, so when I come into work the next day, I can start with a clean desk!

My home office is used for everything else, but sometimes the work “overflows”, if you know what I mean. For instance, over the holidays, all of the workspace in the home office was taken up with blogging and Christmas parties and promotions online. I had to move all of my photography work into our dining room, and all of the Christmas work went into the room we call our “project” room. (Basically it’s a spare room we have that will be used as a nursery sometime down the line, but right now it’s closets hold all of our holiday decorations, and it also holds things like extra dining table chairs, and a work-table, too.)

There was so much going on that things got a little crazy, and to be honest, I’m still putting everything back together!

So that’s why this day is perfect, as far as I’m concerned! We’re at the start of a new year – isn’t it a great time to evaluate your working space and clean it up if need be? Imagine the benefit on your focus and productivity the rest of the year!

So, if you’re looking at a messy desk right now and you’re feeling overwhelmed, no worries at all. I have one simple piece of advice for you: MAKE STACKS.

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