Spring Cleaning: Bathrooms & More Update

12967499_10153567569562666_5569831258851734278_oHow did your final week of Spring Cleaning go?  I’ll be honest and tell you that I started out my month GUNG HO!  And finished off falteringly S.L.O.W.  I have quite a few things that remain on my To Do List for this month…. Oh well…  At least I made an effort!  Did you?  How did you do?

Here was my list for last week:

  • Cabinets (1 in each bathroom):
    -Cleaned out & organized
  • Showers scrubbed – DONE ☑
    -grout cleaned
  • Shower curtain washed & ironed – DONE☑
    -liner bleached & rehung – DONE ☑
  • Clean light fixture, exhaust fan, A/C vent
  • Wash down baseboards, door frames,
  • Clean out hall closet:
    -reorganize each shelf, purge and tidy.
    -Magic Eraser the door
  • Laundry Room:
    -wipe down the dryer -DONE ☑
    -Wipe down the washer -DONE ☑
    -Clear & clean the laundry shelf.
    -Run a cleaning wash cycle and scrub the washer- DONE ☑
    -Have hubs clean out the Dryer vent hose trap
    -Clean baseboards
    -Clear off the laundry rack and purge!!!

If you haven’t already thought of them, here are a few things that may need done at your house during this time of Spring Cleaning:

  • Clean your washing machine.  Fill it with hot water and 2-3 cups vinegar, let it sit and soak for 30 minutes.  (Sometimes I add some Borax too)  Let it run thru a washing cycle.  I come back and scrub with a scrub brush and an old toothbrush on all those plastic pieces, the center turn/spinner, the bleach cup, the back panel, the edges, etc…  ALL the places for dust and dirt to get trapped.  If you think about it, your washing machine is a GROSS place!  It washes DIRTY clothes every week and most often every D.A.Y. and that dirt and ickiness clings to the washer parts over time.
    I try to do this twice a year.
  • Change your A/C filters.  These need done more than at this time, but it may be a great time for doing it since we are cleaning everything else!  Clean out the vents and vacuum the grate while you are up there!
  • Get rid of old make up.  We cleaned out the bath rooms this week and most of us put on our make up in there.  We also coupon, and probably have excess make up in our stockpile.  So, get rid of the old stuff.  The stuff that sits around collecting dust and germs that we don’t like and don’t use but think we MIGHT some day….  Come on, we can do it!!!  (PLUS, it is Mother’s Day week and there are great make up sales this week at CVS!!)
  • Hallways or bathrooms are usually where linen closets are kept.  So, think about purging your linens & towels and donating the old excess to a homeless organization.  They always are in need of those type of things!  Need one to donate to?  ASK!!  I’ll be glad to offer you several names!

As I’ve already told you, I did not get everything done each week that I wanted to, so I have already put together a list of things that I intend to get done over the month of May.  This way I can catch up.  Kind of give myself a free pass and not have to feel bad about not accomplishing everything that I had set out for myself.

How about you?  Did you make a list?  Did you get it done?  Do you still need to start?  You know you can go back and use the previous posts:  Spring Cleaning: KitchenLiving areas, Bedrooms, & Bathrooms & More and use them as a guide if you wish to for the month of May!
I hope that this series served to inspire you in some way to get your home a little more organized and de-cluttered for the new season approaching.
Here’s to a great summer!


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Spring Cleaning Week 4: Bathrooms & More

12967499_10153567569562666_5569831258851734278_oFor this final week of Spring Cleaning, I am focusing on several small areas that need some work.  Bathrooms, Hall & Laundry Room.  If either of these are too overwhelming for you to combine into one week, then eliminate it and choose what needs the most attention.  I have 2 rather small bathrooms, a short hall w/ a linen closet and they won’t take me long to tackle, so I added the laundry room.  I’m pretty sure I have made my chore too large, but I already have a list going of things that have not been completed that I plan to accomplish during May…

One thing that I want us all to do each day is to try and find at least 5 things (MORE, if you can!!) that you can purge from the space that you are working on that day. Finding 5 things each day would be FAN-TAB-ULOUS! This does not mean to just move it and keep it. But, to remove it and get rid of it. Donate it. Throw it away. Recycle it. Etc…

I have been doing well at this purging idea!  Much to my families chagrin…  They do NOT like to part with their personal possessions!  So, sometimes I gotta do what I gotta do…

Here is my list of areas in my Bathrooms, Hall & Laundry Room that I am attacking this week. (Yes, it may take me longer than this week but I plan to keep going until I get it done!!)  You can do the same or make your own list. But, make a game plan. A list of some sort! Even if it becomes overwhelming and you can’t keep up, having the list WILL HELP!! Trust me!! Start with a list!!

  • Cabinets (1 in each bathroom):
    -Cleaned out & organized
  • Showers scrubbed
    -grout cleaned
  • Shower curtain washed & ironed
    -liner bleached & rehung
  • Clean light fixture, exhaust fan, A/C vent
  • Wash down baseboards, door frames,
  • Clean out hall closet:
    -reorganize each shelf, purge and tidy.
    -Magic Eraser the door
  • Laundry Room:
    -wipe down the dryer
    -Wipe down the washer
    -Run a cleaning wash cycle and scrub the washer
    -Have hubs clean out the Dryer vent hose trap
    -Clean baseboards
    -Clear off the laundry rack and purge!!!

I’ll try to devote about 15 minutes each day to accomplishing my chore for the day. We’ll see how much we can get done this week!

I’ll share a post this week in our Coupon Group with my goals for the week. I’ll try to update throughout the week on my status (and you can add yours too!) I know that some of us have more to organize/clean that those areas, but with this being the final week of our planned Clean, you can join in and get done what you can!  Keep going into next month if you would like!

Have you been following along this month and participating in some way?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

**I also shared a list of Spring Cleaning product coupons that are available. Check them out!

 


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Spring Cleaning: Bedroom Update

12967499_10153567569562666_5569831258851734278_oJust a quick update to touch base about our week of bedroom Spring Cleaning efforts before we head off on the next and final efforts.  Did you make a list?  Did you get it done? Or at least make an effort?

I made a list!  I made an effort!  BUT, I did not come anywhere near to getting it done!  My hubby was sick…  (If you have a man in your life I am sure you can relate!  The world comes to a stop when they are ill!)  Plus, our kiddo had a  fundraiser on Saturday and we had to participate in that all morning and wash many cars!  This momma was ‘tard’ out after and I was NOT cleaning and organizing after…

I was not so worried about tackling my kiddo’s room, as I get into her room 3-5 times a year and do a complete and thorough purge, organize and clean effort.  As for our bedroom, it gets done from tip to top about twice a year max….

Here was my list:

  • Closets:
    -Clean it out, purge and organize! (All 3 of us!)
    -pack winter clothing – DONE ☑
  • Dresser:
    -clean out drawers, purge and organize!
  • End tables:
    -empty, purge and organize! (Especially Hubs…) DONE ☑
  • Jewelry boxes/storage:
    -purge, organize and then polish the box. DONE ☑
  • Book cases:
    -Organize. Dust. Polish.
  • Vacuum ceiling fan. Dust ceiling lights and A/C vents. -DONE ☑
  • Wash & iron curtains. -DONE! ☑
  • Take comforters to laundry mat and wash/dry.- DONE ☑

Still Needs To Be Done:

  • Dresser:
    -clean out drawers, purge and organize!
  • Book cases:
    -Organize. Dust. Polish.
  • Closets:
    -Clean it out, purge and organize! (All 3 of us!)

    -I have mine started, but….

Here are a few details that you  may or may not have thought of while planning out your BEDROOM To Do List and you may want to come back to after we are done:

  • Cleaning jewelry.  While I was purging my jewelry box, I went ahead and got out the Jewelry cleaner and Silver cleaner and spent about an hour and cleaned all of my jewelry.  It was SO rewarding to see so many dull and lifeless pieces that I had been avoiding wearing come back to life in just seconds!
    (Here are some Amazon links for the cleaners that I have and use. I get out my liquid cleaners occasionally, but I use my blue cloth regularly to buff and shine!)

  • Clean your A/C vent.  It may just need a quick dusting or a vacuum with the brush attachment OR you might want to consider taking it down and de-greasing it.
  • Vacuum your ceiling, corners, crown molding, etc… (No, I’m NOT being OCD!)
    -Especially if you have popcorn ceilings still, (like I do.  UGH!) pets and a ceiling fan their fur gets spun around the room and combined with dust and makes a complete mess.  I vacuum the ceiling fan regularly, but with that popcorn ceiling the dust bunnies just love to cling to it, as well!  With my allergy issues I have to keep on top of my dust/pet hair in my bedroom better these days!
  • Shampoo your carpets!
  • Clean out your dresser drawers and donate the excess to a homeless shelter!
    -Give the unwanted things to a great cause!  They can use them and you will love the extra space and feel good!

OK, now that I have made my ongoing To Do list even longer… It is time to end this and move on to the current week’s list.  Let me know how your Bedroom Cleaning went this week!


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Spring Cleaning Week 3: Bedrooms

This week we are moving on to our BEDROOMS!  You can choose to fous one one that needs extra special attention, or to get them all done.  Your choice!  I’m choosing to get them all done.  I already got a few things done on them throughout the month, so my list will…should… get done a bit easier this week!

One thing that I want us all to do each day is to try and find at least 5 things (MORE, if you can!!) that you can purge from the space that you are working on that day. Finding 5 things each day would be FAN-TAB-ULOUS! This does not mean to just move it and keep it. But, to remove it and get rid of it. Donate it. Throw it away. Recycle it. Etc…

Here is my list of areas in the Bedrooms that I am attacking this week. You can do the same or make your own list. But, make a game plan. A list of some sort! Even if it becomes overwhelming and you can’t keep up, having the list WILL HELP!! Trust me!! Start with a list!!

  • Closets:
    -Clean it out, purge  and organize! (All 3 of us!)
    -pack winter clothing.
  • Dresser:
    -clean out drawers, purge and organize! (Both rooms)
  • End tables:
    -empty, purge and organize! (Especially Hubs…)
  • Jewelry boxes/storage:
    -purge, organize and then polish the box. (Monkey Girl and Mommy!)
  • Book cases:
    -Organize.  Dust.  Polish.  (Both rooms!!)
  • Vacuum ceiling fan.  Dust ceiling lights and A/C vents. (Both bedrooms)
  • Wash & iron curtains.
  • Take comforters to laundry mat and wash/dry.

I already told you last week that I plan to break it down over the month into bite size chunks. I’ll try to devote about 15 minutes each day to accomplishing my chore for the day. We’ll see how much we can get done over the next month!! Check it out:

  • Week 3: Bedrooms
  • Week 4: Bathrooms, Laundry room & hall closet

I’ll share a post each week in our Coupon Group with my goals for the week. I’ll try to update throughout the week on my status (and you can add yours too!) I know that some of us have more to organize/clean that those areas, but with just 2 weeks left in the month…. You can be more energetic in your efforts and get more done in the week or take it on into the next month.

Would you like to join me over the remainder of the month of April and get your home cleaned out and more organized? Leave me a comment and let me know that you are joining in!!

**I also shared a list of Spring Cleaning product coupons that are available. Check them out!


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Spring Cleaning: Living Areas Update

Once again I just wanted to touch base with those of you who have chosen to join in and get your home a bit more organized and clean for the new season!  How did it go this week?  Did you accomplish your list of goals?  I made my list!  I started out well…  But, then I caught my daughter’s cold… and then it was our anniversary on the weekend and…  I never got mine completed.  I’ll have to play catch up at some point.  Maybe this week.  Maybe after the month is over and I’ll make up a list of things that don’t get done that still need to be done.  Anyway…

Here is my list:

*Baskets-
-cleared out and organized -☑
*Bookcase & CD/DVD Drawers
-organize and purge drawers☑
*Dust & polish all furniture
*Clean & Polish leather furniture
*Curtains-
-take down, wash, iron – ☑
*Windex windows
-TRY to convince Hubs to use the Outdoor Windex on the Windows this week….
*Chair rails & Baseboards washed

Here are some other items in your LIVING AREAS that may be neglected and need to be thought about:

  • Light switches/door knobs and drawer pulls
    They all need to be thoroughly cleaned routinely because of germs.  But, think about taking an old toothbrush around the edges and cleaning out the gunk, if you have littles living in your home and touching them.
  • Cleaning your vacuum
    Say What?  Yes, make sure that you take the time occasionally to actually clean it!
    If yours is bagless, then follow the standards of your manufacturer.  Mine gets emptied every time we use it.  If yours has a bag, then it should be changed when it is 1/3-1/2 full!
    BUT, for your allergies and sinus’ sake take the time to wipe down the exterior surfaces of the vacuum, and check the filters, as well.  It is sucking up a ton of junk all the time and taking care of it will help extend it’s life.  It will look better too!
  • Disinfect those germy remote controls!
    So many hands touch them every day. Please do this more than just in the spring! :-)
  • Front door
    Give it a good scrub down.  Now would be a great time to take a Magic Eraser to it and get rid of bumps and scrape marks.

After typing this, I just made my To Do list even longer…  How about you?

How did your week go?  Did you make a list?  Did you get  your goals completed?  Please share with me!  I’d love to hear back from you!

 

 


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Spring Cleaning Week 2: Living Areas

This week we are moving on to the Living Areas in our homes.  This means the Living Room and what ever other room/s you may have, such as a Family Room, Dining Room, etc… Depending on how large yours are or how much they are in need of a Spring Clean/Organizing you may need to focus more attention on them.  I have just one small dining room and a normal living room, so I feel I can accomplish them both in one week.

Can you get your family participating, like the graphic above shows?  Even if it takes a bit longer to get done?  Teaching our children the value of work is important!  Showing them how to do now, while they are growing is a key ingredient that a lot of families are leaving out. (My soapbox for the day…)

One thing that I want us all to do each day is to try and find at least 5 things (MORE, if you can!!) that you can purge from the space that you are working on that day.  Finding 5 things each day would be FAN-TAB-ULOUS!  This does not mean to just move it and keep it.  But, to remove it and get rid of it.  Donate it.  Throw it away.  Recycle it.  Etc…

Here is my list of areas in my Living Rooms that I am attacking this week.  You can do the same or make your own list.  But, make a game plan. A list of some sort! Even if it becomes overwhelming and you can’t keep up, having the list WILL HELP!! Trust me!!  Start with a list!!

  • Baskets-
    -cleared out and organized
  • Bookcase & CD/DVD Drawers-
    -organize and purge drawers
    -Dust & polish all furniture
  • Curtains-
    -take down, wash, iron
  • Windex windows
    -TRY to convince Hubs to use the Outdoor Windex on the Windows this week….
  • Chair rails & Baseboards washed

I already told you last week that I plan to break it down over the month into bite size chunks.  I’ll try to devote about 15 minutes each day to accomplishing my chore for the day.  We’ll see how much we can get done over the next month!! Check it out:

  • Week 2: Living Areas
  • Week 3: Bedrooms
  • Week 4: Bathrooms, Laundry room & hall closet

I’ll share a post each week in our Coupon Group with my goals for the week.  I’ll try to update throughout the week on my status (and you can add yours too!)  I know that some of us have more to organize/clean that those areas, but with just 3 weeks left in the month….  You can be more energetic in your efforts and get more done in the week or take it on into the next month.

Would you like to join me over the month of April and get your home cleaned out and more organized during April?  Leave me a comment and let me know that you are joining in!!

**I also shared a list of Spring Cleaning product coupons that are available.  Check them out!


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Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Update

www.freedigitalphotos.netI just wanted to do a quick summary of last week’s Spring Cleaning endeavor.  How did your week go?  Were you able to make your list?  Were you able to accomplish your goals?  I shared it over to our Coupon Group and asked that you all come and share with me what you were up to…. BUT, I was alone!

Here is what I was up to last week:

  • Clean out all cabinets & drawers– BOTH SIDES DONE ☑
    -wipe out drawers, purge & organize-BOTH SIDES DONE.☑
    -Wipe down Cabinet Fronts- BOTH SIDES DONE☑
  • Refrigerator/Freezer:
    -Shelves/drawers- DONE
    -Front & top cleaned-DONE
    – Vent vacuumed & de-greased-DONE
  • Microwave Cleaned: ☑
    -vent de-greased, vacuum behind-DONE ☑
  • Windex French Doors & window: DONE ☑
  • Closet cleaned out:
    -purge, organize & vacuum- DONE ☑

I had to complete my last tasks on Sunday in order to get it all completed!  BUT, it is all done and shiny clean and tidy and ready for a new season!

Here are a few other items to consider adding to your To Do List (or maybe you already did them like I did)

  • Run a vinegar rinse thru your Coffee Pot
    -Followed by a plain water rinse
    -Air Dry. Prop the lid open and dry thoroughly.
  • Cleaning the Kitchen Trash can thoroughly!
  • Oven:
    -Run your oven’s cleaning cycle. Cool completely. Then vacuum out the ash.  Scrub the window.  Tah dah!  OR:-Make a baking powder & vinegar paste and spread over the icky parts and bake at 100 degrees for 45 minutes.  HERE for link.
    ****I just did the Oven Cleaning Cycle and it took SOOOO long and got SOOOO hot.  I will NEVER do that again!  My oven was not that gross.  It is less than a year old.  I wish I had seen this video clip on FB before I did that….. Live and learn!

I hope that you were successful in accomplishing some (or all!) of your KITCHEN Spring Cleaning lists this past week!  I would love to hear feedback from you!

 


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Spring Cleaning Week 1: Kitchen

This week we are starting off with the kitchen.  I chose that area, because it is the central hub for most homes.  We cook and eat there.  We do homework there.  We hang out with our families there. So getting it organized and clean will be a great blessing to us all!

One thing that I want us all to do each day is to try and find at least 5 things (MORE, if you can!!) that you can purge from the space that you are working on.  This does not mean to just move it and keep it.  But, to remove it and get rid of it.  Donate it.  Throw it away.  Recycle it.  Etc…

Here is my list of areas in my Kitchen that I am attacking this week.  You can do the same or make your own list.  But, make a game plan. A list of some sort! Even if it becomes overwhelming and you can’t keep up, having the list WILL HELP!! Trust me!!  Start with a list!!

  • Clean out all cabinets & drawers
    wipe out drawers, purge & organize.
  • Wipe down Cabinet Fronts
  • Refrigerator/Freezer:
    Shelves/drawers
    Front & top cleaned
    Vent vacuumed & de-greased
  • Microwave Cleaned
    vent de-greased, vacuum behind
  • Windex French Doors & window
  • Closet cleaned out
    purge, organize & vacuum

I already told you last week that I plan to break it down over the month into bite size chunks.  I’ll try to devote about 15 minutes each day to accomplishing my chore for the day.  We’ll see how much we can get done over the next month!! Check it out:

  • Week 1: Kitchen
  • Week 2: Living Areas
  • Week 3: Bedrooms
  • Week 4: Bathrooms, Laundry room & hall closet

I’ll share a post each week with my goals for the week.  I’ll try to update throughout the week on my status (and you can add yours too!)  I know that some of us have more to organize/clean that those areas, but with just 4 weeks in the month….  You can be more energetic in your efforts and get more done in the week or take it on into the next month.

Would you like to join me over the month of April and get your home cleaned out and more organized during April?  Leave me a comment and let me know that you are joining in!!

**I also shared a list of Spring Cleaning product coupons that are available.  Check them out!


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Spring Is Here: Spring Cleaning Time!

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I don’t know about you, but I find having a good clean out at least once a year a very cathartic experience.  I like to take my time and clean out every room.  PURGE.  ORGANIZE.  Put everything back nice and tidy and be ready for the next 6-12 months.

But, its not like I can do it all at once.  I just don’t have that kind of time.  So, I have to take the time OR even make the time a . little .bit . at a time over the course of a month.  So, my plan is to do that over the next month.  That seems more doable.  Don’t you think?

I plan to break it down over the month into bite size chunks.  I’ll try to devote about 15 minutes each day to accomplishing my chore for the day.  We’ll see how much I can get done!! Check it out:

  • Week 1: Kitchen
  • Week 2: Living Areas
  • Week 3: Bedrooms
  • Week 4: Bathrooms, hall closets

I’ll share a post each week with my goals for the week.  I’ll try to update throughout the week on my status (and you can add yours too!)  I know that some of us have more to organize/clean that those 4 areas, but with just 4 weeks in the month….  You can be more energetic in your efforts and get more done in the week or take it on into the next month.

Would you like to join me over the month of April and get your home cleaned out and more organized during April?  I’ll start this on Monday!  Leave me a comment and let me know that you are joining in!!

**I also shared a list of Spring Cleaning product coupons that are available.  Check them out!


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THRIFTY THURSDAY Tip of the Week: Leafy Greens Savings Tips

Purchasing fresh salad greens can be quite costly.  So some of you rarely do it, while others do it faithfully but we would all like to know just how to save more money on them.

First of all, buying the pre-packaged greens will cost you more money!  Yes, they are very convenient, but they are also costly.  Sometimes we see them BOGO at our local grocery stores and that makes it better on the ol’ wallet.  Occasionally we even have coupons to apply to those sales.  But they are rare.  So, buy whole greens whether from a grocery store or a produce market and do your own rinsing, drying and chopping.  Save yourself a lot of money over the year!

Another way to save is to purchase your fresh produce from a local Farmer’s market (Green Market, Produce Market, etc…) or a Produce Co-Op.  I much prefer to purchase mine from Barbour’s or Rorabeck’s and pay waaaay less than at the grocery store!

It is a bit tricky to compare serving sizes on bagged and whole produce, as it varies from item to item.  But, I can serve 3-4  people a nice salad from a bagged variety, but can serve 6 or more from a head of various lettuces.  So, it costs less and it serves more… Sounds like money saving to me!

Here are some price comparisons for leafy green salad items bought pre-packaged or whole-from Barbour’s Produce market in Jensen Beach, Rorabeck’s in Stuart and Publix.

 

 

 

 

  • WHOLE ITEM:              Barbour’s:               Rorabeck’s:         Publix::
  • Iceberg lettuce              $1.25                        $1.49                   $1.99
  • Romaine                       $1.25                        $1.49                   $2.49
  • Cabbage                       .75 – $1.00                .49 lb.                   .99 lb
    (Med & large)
  • PREPACKAGED ITEM:     Barbour’s:        Rorabeck’s:        Publix:
  • lettuce blends                   N/A                      N/A                    $2.50-$3.99
  • Hearts of Romaine           $2.50                   $2.49                 $3.29
  • Spinach                            $2.00                   $2.49                 $2.69
  • Baby Spinach                    N/A                      N/A                   $2.49-3.99
  • Cabbage                           N/A                      N/A                    $1.99

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Publix, but we are talking about saving money -mostly without coupons here.  Even at Publix you can save just by buying whole produce and not bagged varieties.

If you have local prices for another produce market or for a local co-op, leave us a comment and let us know!  Thanks!

THANK YOU to LeAnn M. for taking these pictures and for the Rorabeck’s prices!


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THRIFTY THURSDAY Tip Of The Week: DIY Foaming Handsoap

THIS IS A REPEAT.  I was just telling someone how to do this, this past week, so I am repeating it for you all:
Do you or your kids like to use the foaming hand soaps? It does make washing hands easier for a small one, when the soap is already foaming. But they can also use too much… (Monkey Girl is good at that!!!) Refills or replacements can be costly. Here in south FL, we never seem to have the right coupons that make these super cheap. We get them at a decent deal occasionally, but not at a huge savings. I have quite a few liquid hand soap in my closet, but only 2 that are foaming.
When you see just how incredibly easy it is to create, you will be kicking yourself in the pants for spending all that money on new ones or on refills!!

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