Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas break! We did, and I'm looking forward to New Years as well! Welcome 2010!

THE CLEANING CORNER
This week when you find 15 extra minutes, take the time to clean the light in the bedroom that you are focusing your deep clean on. My light has a fan attached so I'm going to clean the blades as well. When cleaning your light be sure to unscrew and wash the inside of the light cover. Have you ever noticed all of the bugs that manage to find their way into the light cover even though it seems sealed? Ewe! I can't figure out how they manage to squeeze their way in there.
Good luck on your "Weekly Deep Clean".

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

One of my readers commented that they wished there was a basket that could hang from the railing of the stairs. I checked into that. And unfortunately, the only thing I found were flower pot baskets, which in my case would be too small. But I did find a basket that sits on the stairs. Some of you may have seen variations of this in the past. But here is a link to a website that carries them, in case you're interested.

http://www.ballarddesigns.com/Accessories/Storage-Baskets/Rattan-Step-Basket/p/3454?code=BDGOO4&gclid=COqFgo7G6p4CFUlo5QodIDUIJA


THE CLEANING CORNER
This week is a busy one with Christmas only a couple of days away. But if you can find some time, take a few minutes to do a quick clean out of dresser drawers and closet shelves in the room that you are focusing on. Other than that, relax and enjoy your week.

Have a great holiday everyone, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rush, rush, rush! Does anyone else feel like the holidays are sneaking up on them? Stuff, stuff, and more stuff! Does it seem to be overtaking your home? I love how most of us have a hard time finding room for stuff, and yet we continue to buy. Aggghhh...

I have two levels in my home and one thing I seem to notice is the pile by the stairs. If you have more than one level you know exactly what I'm talking about.

TIME SAVING TIP OF THE WEEK
A basket by the stairs. Putting a basket or something similar by the stairs. I prefer one with a handle. Every time you go down stairs you take something from the basket or you can take the entire basket and put those items away. Do the same with a basket at the bottom of the stairs for the items that need to go up.

I only have one basket at the top of my stairs, but in my case I seem to need to take things down five times as much as I need to take them up, due to the structure of my home. This is a great way to keep stuff from flailing all over the stairs and to keep them together. Just remember to take it with you! My husband seems to need reminding sometimes ;0)
Now Go Get Organized!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

THE CLEANING CORNER
We are currently working on getting that bedroom a little cleaner. This week when you vacuum, take the time to vacuum around all the edges of the room with the hose. Vacuum's get the larger area but you'll notice (especially with darker carpet) that there is a thin line of dust around the very edges, by the wall where the vacuum can't reach.

Vacuum under as much furniture as possible. You may have to move some things like the bed. Sounds like a pain, but remember it's only one room. When was the last time you did it? When you moved in? Don't forget to clean the closet floor! Make sure you also vacuum out the air vent.

Also this week, clean your door jams, electrical outlets, and light switches. Dust the ridges on the door. Spot clean your walls if they need them.

Good luck on your Weekly Deep Clean!

Friday, December 11, 2009

TIME SAVING TIP OF THE WEEK
If you have girls or are a girl you understand that the hair care drawer in your bathroom can become quite the disaster very quickly. I know that in my case I love to do my daughters hair. But as we collected more hair accessories I realized that I was spending far too much time in the morning trying to find the right color barrette, or the right size of rubber band to put in her hair.

I went to Wal Mart in search of a solution and came up with the junk drawer organizer. It was inexpensive and has a lot of places to separate the individual colors and sizes of hair accessories. I organized the drawer according to color because that is usually what I base my choices on. I also organized rubber bands according to type and size. Because for me size was important, depending on the style I chose to do in my daughters hair.


I still have t
o reorganize it on occasion because kids will be kids and don't always put things away perfectly. But I would say that 90% of the time I save at least five minutes every morning hunting down hair accessories. And if you're a mom you understand just how important five minutes can be. Now go get organized!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hey Everyone,
In one of my earlier blogs I mentioned that I would be starting a blog about deep cleaning your home without the hassle of trying to do your "Spring Cleaning" all at once. Who spring cleans their whole house at once? And who really does it in the spring? NOT ME! Life doesn't stop just because the seasons are changing. So I'm going to give you some simple suggestions that you can do throughout the month to get that deep clean all our homes need! We are going to call it our "Weekly Deep Clean" rather than our "Spring Clean".
THE CLEANING CORNER
We are going to focus on a bedroom this month. I picked a bedroom because it's the holidays. You need to choose a space that doesn't require moving and shifting things in high traffic areas, such as living rooms and kitchens. You need to choose a space that isn't going to overwhelm you during this very busy month.
I chose my son's room for December's project. This week when you dust the bedroom dust all of the nick nacks, shelving, and hard to reach places. Most of us dust only what we can generally reach without a ladder. Go the extra mile this week and get that ladder out. In places where dust has accumulated over time, a wet rag may be the most efficient method. Don't forget baseboards, even behind furniture, if it can be moved. Baseboards are in the closet too. (sometimes I forget that). Good luck with your Weekly Deep Clean!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Another week has gone by and the holidays are well upon us. I've got my Christmas up and most of my shopping done. I like to shop for gifts all year long so that when December comes I'm not rushing around like a crazy chicken and fighting the crowds.
Does anyone else do the Black Friday sales? That is the one day of the year when I do exactly the opposite. I fight the crowds to get the great deals. The girls in my family go together, as tradition. This year we had our shopping done by 7:00 am. We went to breakfast and then to see New Moon later that afternoon. All in all it was a very fun girls day!
TIME SAVING TIP OF THE WEEK
Too many cords for electronics lying around? There are two fix it ideas to choose from. You can take a cord and coil it up and rubber band it together. Then take masking tape and label what it's for. Or you can take an old toilet paper or paper towel tube, coil the cord and stuff it in the tube. Label the tube so you know what the cord is for. Now go get organized!