Clever Organization for a Clean Home

Sometimes all the scrubbing and wiping in the world can’t seem to make your home clean. The sad truth is, if a bunch of misplaced items are scattered around, your place will look anything but clean. Organization is essential for keeping a home neat and clean, and the key you might have been missing all this time. In this article, we will walk you through a few clever organizing ideas that will make all the difference. Take a look.


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Rule #1: Don’t be intimidated to let go of your stuff

It’s hard to organize big piles of stuff. For this reason you have to get rid of some things. Over 20% of the stuff we have accumulated throughout the years is never actually used. So to get things started, go through all your belongings and get rid of anything that hasn’t been used in the past few months (there surely are a bunch of items that serve no purpose at all). Here is a rule of thumb you can use. Grab an item and hold it in your hand for a few seconds. In the meantime, figure out why you should or shouldn’t keep it. If you can’t think of any good reason to keep it, then it’s clear that you should dispose of it. This rule will help you to remove clutter.

Rule #2: Keep less stuff on your countertops, i.e. embrace the minimalist approach

Store your stuff in cupboards and drawers, keeping only a few items out on display. Overall, you want to showcase those things you use more often, such as your coffee machine, some of your kitchen utensils and perhaps a bowl of fruit.

You want to do this for several reasons:

* It will be much easier to clean your countertops if there is less stuff on them.
* Your kitchen/other rooms will look more spacious.
* For some reason, less clutter gives the impression of a cleaner space.

Generally speaking, the same rule applies for your shelves. Keep your shelves neat and organized by restricting the number of items you place on them is said by CleanStartCleaning Services NW6.

Rule #3: Use storage containers and organizers

Storage organizers come into our lives to make things easy and stress-free. They can keep all sorts of things in place and out of sight so that your home looks less cluttered. A few smart ways to organize your stuff include using baskets, plastic containers, even shoe organizers. As a matter of fact, many people resort to shoe organizers for many purposes other than to store their shoes. Honestly, there is such a dizzying variety of storage organizers in stores that your head will be spinning around and around and you will be like “Wow!” every time you encounter something you’ve never even imagined existed.

Rule #4: Find misplaced items a home

Everyone and everything needs a home. The same goes for your belongings. Each and every item must have an assigned place. Sort your items and find a place for all your stuff. Then also make sure to put it back where it belongs after each use. If you stumble across a misplaced item, just put it in its place.

Rule #5: Group similar items together

Keep spoons with spoons and cloths with cloths. Placing similar items in one spot will help you find your stuff in a breeze. Where you can go wrong with this rule of thumb is putting too much stuff in your drawers and cabinets. Ideally, you want to be able to see each and every item, so keep the contents well organized with small organizing containers.

Rule #6: Designate a few cleaning supplies for each room

Use different sponges, microfiber cloths and toothbrushes in every room to avoid cross-contamination. The best way to go is to pick items of different colors so that you always know which rag you should use where. Keep a few cloths or towels in your bathroom so that you can wipe dry the walls every time you get out of the shower. It will keep mold spores from appearing and also protect grime from building up. Furthermore, keep your cleaning supplies in one place. Invest in a cleaning caddy or a large enough see-through container where you can keep all products and tools.

With a few clever organizing tips and a little persistence you can keep a clean and tidy all the time.






Tips To Maximize Your Child’s Wardrobe During Seasonal Change

kids clothesAlthough it’s still hot in many areas of the country, the seasons are changing and cool weather will be here before we know it.

For us adults, it’s a pretty simple process when we drag out our cold weather clothes and put away the warm weather clothing. We just check to see if it’s in wearable condition and wash or hang it up.

It’s a little more complicated when you have kids. Kids are rough on clothing. And they grow out of it so fast.

Kids can grow several sizes from one year to the next.

And some kids, like mine, are so particular about their wardrobe. My son only wanted to wear jeans and dark t-shirts as a kid. One daughter was a fashion diva, and had to have the latest style. The other daughter only wanted to wear dresses.

Below are some ideas to make planning your child’s wardrobe easier.

Take Inventory

Before going out and buying a completely new wardrobe for your child, take an inventory of what your child has.

If you have more than one child, start with the oldest child first. If you have any kids of the same gender, you can pass down clothes to younger children as long as they are still in good condition. That should help with some of the expense of buying clothes for your kids.

First, go through everything and see what still fits and what is still wearable shape. If it’s stained or torn and can’t be fixed, now is the time to dump it.

Some of the clothes, you can just look at and see it will no longer fit, but others, your kid may need to try on. Depending on the child, this may not be an easy task. It may be time for a little bribery, er encouragement such as a promise of a trip to somewhere fun, when the wardrobe task is finished.

Now, look at what is left. Is there anything in there that is still in good shape but you know your kid will never wear it? Go ahead and put this in a pile to give away. There is no point in hanging it back up or putting it in a drawer if it’s never going to be used. Give it to Good will or to someone who has a child the same size.

Fill in the Gaps

Now, with what clothes that are left, look to see where there are gaps. If there are only 3 pairs of jeans, your child will probably need a few more. Write down what you still need to get your child to make it until next Spring.

If finances are an issue, you can wait awhile on things like a winter coat for a few months. Just get what your child will need for the next several months.

Also if finances are tight, be sure to check out the second hand stores. I have often been able yo find my granddaughter clothes that have never been worn, with the tags still on. Kids grow so fast, sometimes they don’t even get a chance to wear some of their clothes before they grow out of them.

This is something you should do at least 2 times a year and preferably 4 times at the start of every season.


Family Emergency Preparedness

hurricane IreneI live on the East Coast and this week has been our week for natural disasters. Earlier this week, there was a rare earthquake. I didn’t feel it but I know some friends and family who did.

The earthquake was  relatively mild in our area, but farther north in the DC area, there was some damage.

Although we don’t expect earthquakes in our area, we do expect hurricanes. And low and behold, it’s hurricane season.

In fact later today we will be hit, if it doesn’t change it’s course, by a major category 3 hurricane called Irene. I’m hoping it will just move further to the east and go out to sea but if that doesn’t happen, we need to be prepared.

Oh, and if you don’t hear from me much over the next week, it’s not because I don’t love you. It will probably be because we don’t have power!

Pray for all of East Coasters! We are going to need it.

The following tips will be what we did (or should have done) for this hurricane but they can apply to any disaster.

  • Get your disaster kit prepared before you think you will need it. In fact, you should have it ready at the very beginning of hurricane season to avoid the rush to get supplies at the last minute. Here’s what you need to have:
  • Plan on 1 gallon of water for each person in your household. That’s one gallon per person, per day. And don’t forget your pets.
  • I save a lot of large soda and juice bottles and fill those 3/4 full of water. Then I store them in the freezer. If we loose power, the frozen bottles will keep the freezer cold longer and in a pinch, we can drink them.
  • Get a large plastic Rubbermaid type container with a lid and fill it with food. Good things to put in there are things like crackers, peanut butter, little sausages, honey, canned foods like soup, veggies, tuna, and fruit. Put in some silverware, cups and plates, enough so each person has there own place setting. Also put in a lighter, paper towels, and a can opener. And don’t forget food for your pets. Put 2 bowls in there for them too, one for food, one for water.
  • I got a gallon sized plastic bag that I will keep in this plastic box. In it, I put in our insurance info (health, house and car), our ID cards and debit/credit cards.
  • If you can get a wind up type radio, do so.
  • A first aid kit along with any prescription medications your family takes on a regular basis. Also put in a bottle of  pain relievers such as Ibuprofen.
  • Flashlights, one for each family member. They have the flashlights out now that don’t need batteries. You just shake them. if you can find these, get them.
  • Batteries in different sizes.
  • Gas up your car and keep a 5 gallon gas container filled with gas nearby.
  • A tent large enough for your family and a sleeping bag for  each family member.
  • A tool kit.
  • A few changes of clothes packed in a plastic box with tight fitting lid. Also add a bath towel for each person.
  • Take pictures or video of your home, inside and out and your cars. You may need these later for insurance purposes.
  • Hand Sanitizer, and toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo, toilet paper and a hairbrush.

I hope you never go through  natural disaster but it’s smart to be prepared, just in case.



Empowering Kids with Time Management

clockOur last guest post is from Janice:

One of the most important things I have ever taught my children was time management. From an early age I have gifted my children with lessons on how to be responsible for their schedules and times, which has had one of the most powerfully positive impacts on my family. I even began to teach them these skills when they could barely talk! With five children, it was imperative that I teach them these essential time management skills and tools so that I would not have to be the time keeper for everyone in the family.


Teaching my children these invaluable skills has, in part, allowed them to become the well-rounded, responsible adults that they are today. I don’t think my oldest daughter would be able to manage her own schedule as a full time law student and part time waitress if I didn’t instill in her time management and a sense of ownership of her time when she was young. She often calls me and thanks for me for helping her become very aware of how to best manage the hours in a day and keep track of commitments, appointments and schedules because it enables her to be successful in her law program, relationships, work and life!


My younger kids have a hard time adjusting to home when they return from their alternative boarding high school because all their time is managed for them while at school, so when they get home they don’t have that same structure. Luckily, they are armed with everything I have taught them while they were growing up, so they quickly adjust back to being utilizing their skills. They know that I won’t act as their time keeper, so they must immediately bounce back to self-reliance for all of their scheduling needs.


Teaching your children how to manage time is an extremely important task that simply cannot be overlooked. I have devoted a great deal of my parenting to instructing them on how to stay organized, be on time, reliable and dependable. I believe these are incredibly important life skills that position a child to be successful not only in their personal life, but in their career, education and all other areas of their life.