Category Archives: Household Cleaning

Two Cents Tuesday: The Trash Trick.

Where all trash belongs.

It is a teensy tiny pet peeve of mine when random trash is just left around; whether opening the mail, a piece of candy, a bag of food, leaving out a used napkin, paper plate, empty paper cup…the list could go on but I’m pretty sure you get the point…I don’t like trash lying around and generally try to keep that kind of clutter from our floors, counters, desks, and dressers in our home.

So, if you’re ready I will now share the “trick” I use: throw it away right away…yep, that’s it, really no trick to it at all…just a matter of taking the 10 or so extra steps to the trash can each time you spot a piece…it’s really quite simple and will do wonders to clearing off some of those cluttered spaces in your home (this fits right in under the “Do It Now” principle that many of you have now come to know and love)!

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Two Cents Tuesday: The Shoe Basket.

We have a big cream-colored basket right by our door…for our shoes and it works wonderfully, we have a place to put our shoes right when we get home and a place to grab them right before we step out the door!

Not our shoe basket...our camera is currently broken...will post pics of our new place (shoe basket included) once our camera is repaired! In the meantime, this pic gets the shoe basket idea across just fine.

This basket solves the problem of those random shoes you find cluttering the floor, not to mention also cutting down on the time you take looking for your shoes before you go somewhere… try it…I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love this super simple trick (quick tip: be sure you take the time to clear out the basket every couple of weeks, it can get full at times)!

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Two Cents Tuesday: The Bathroom Candle.

Today’s “Two Cents” couldn’t be much simpler, it’s a ridiculously easy tip you can all put into practice right away…put a candle in your bathroom.

Notice…yet another use for the mason jar. ;)

We all know we appreciate when you walk into a guest bathroom to find a fresh candle glow burning, making the bathroom both inviting (well you know, as inviting as a bathroom could be…might as well be inviting cause we all have to visit the restroom at some point right?) and smelling fresh (without the overpowering and sometimes “powdery” smell of those air fresheners), keeping your guests happy and at ease as they use the lovely and oh so necessary bathroom accommodations of your home!

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Two Cents Tuesday: The Time Limit.

Doing dishes at night is never fun…this is a well-established and widely agreed upon statement….my solution to this: I give myself a time limit.

Cute Vintage Clocks can make the time limit even more fun!

I get to the kitchen, set a goal in my head as to what time I will have the kitchen sparkly clean again (I usually give myself around 15 to 25 minutes depending on how messy the kitchen is and whether I am doing a surface clean or deep clean on any given night) and the time limit gives me just enough motivation to get the job done and…dare I say…even makes it the teensy tiniest bit fun when you find yourself finishing minutes before your decided time limit!

Side Note: This can work in cleaning any room or area in your house (time limits and project loads will obviously vary) and is a great help in getting the family on board with cleaning, when they have that time limit in their head too, everyone seems to get into their competitive nature with the clock and cleaning and it turns out great just about every time!

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Two Cents Tuesday: A Friendly Reminder…Do It Now.

Today’s two cents, just a friendly reminder to follow through with the “Do It Now” principle that I introduced about 5 months ago when I started this blog. Click here to read more on what I wrote about this organizing principle…it is one you cannot do without when striving for organization!

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Two Cents Tuesday: The Paper Pile.

Hopefully you have a smaller pile than this one.

When there are multiple piles of paper are cluttering up your counter tops and tabletops, the fastest, simplest solution: put all those piles neatly into one pile. You know how I like to tidy up the house before bed, so it should come as no surprise to you all that when I see different paper pilesĀ  cluttering our counter on some nights I often place them all in one neat pile, waking up to a much less chaotic counter top and making me feel a little more confident about attacking one paper pile rather than the three that were there last night!

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Two Cents Tuesday: Fridge Cleaning.

If only we all had this fridge then we'd all have it organized all the time right???

Make a serious attempt to clean out your fridge once every two weeks (I mean we all know no one eats any leftovers that are over a week old…so why do we always keep it around so long?!).

I try to do the fridge cleaning a day or two before I do a big grocery run, that way I know what we have and what we need so I can make an accurate grocery list, plan out meals, and save us money by not buying unnecessary grocery items, simple as that.

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