March is now here and with that comes lots of Spring Cleaning — well, in my book it does. I will be moving to a new home again soon so I have more than my share of cleaning to do. When that happens, I like to create a list of what I need to clean as well as delegate who will be cleaning what.
I found some really great resources online that have already been compiled that deal with Spring Cleaning your home. These come from my favorite bloggers on the Internet, who are trusted and really know what they are doing. I use their tips and tricks all the time.
Here is my extensive Spring Cleaning List for each room of the house:
Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
- Martha Stewart has a great printable that I have used for a while now that helps with cleaning your home for the Spring. You can download it here: Martha Stewart’s Spring Cleaning List
- Hillbilly Housewife has a 25 page ebook on deep cleaning your home for the Spring. It’s a free resource that she has written filled with lots of great ideas.
- The Imperfect Homemaker has a great checklist as well. Her site is wonderful and offers lots of tips on how to care and clean your home.
- TipNut offers an extensive list of Spring Cleaning tips — even in places you never thought to clean before!
- One Good Thing By Jillie has tons and tons of homemade cleaning supplies that you will never have to buy store bought again. Search her site and you will see what I mean.
What tools Will I Need?
If you are really going to spring clean your home, you need to make sure you have all the right tools and cleaning supplies on hand. Here is a list that I keep in my home to make sure I am always ready to deep clean something.
- Microfiber Cloths (for general and intricate dusting)
- Vacuum Cleaner Dusting Attachment (for high ceilings, walls, corners)
- Dusting Spray and/or Furniture Polish
- Trash cans (for every room or area in the house)
- Trash can liners (these can be reused grocery sacks, or store bought liners)
- Baking Soda
- Recycling Bins(labeled for easy sorting)
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- Kitchen Cleaner or Wipes
- Bathroom Cleaner or Wipes
- Sponges, Paper Towels, Cleaning Cloths
Specialty Cleaners you might need:
- Oven Cleaner
- Stone Cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Dish Detergent
- Wood Polish
- Upholstery Spot Remover
- Leather Cleaner
- Laundry Soap
- Laundry Stain Remover
- Laundry Additives
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Soft Scrubbing Cleaner
- Air Freshener
- Glass Cleaner
- Silver or Metal Polish
Now that you have a huge list of ways to spring clean as well as what you need, there is nothing stopping you from getting your home sparkling, fresh smelling, and clean! Say buh-bye winter and hello to sunshine and warmth!!
What is your best Spring Cleaning tip?
When juggling your kids’ schedules starts to feel like a full-time job, even super moms can use a hand from technology to keep them on track. There are some great iPhone and Android apps to help busy moms with time and task management.Here’s a list of the top 5 apps to help busy moms. Which one do you think would be the most helpful?
Top 5 Apps to help busy moms
- ClickExpress Lite: These days, kids have social calendars like Hollywood A-listers. ClickExpress Lite helps their moms connect, communicate and coordinate with ease. From cub scouts to carpools and rock climbing club, this app helps parents build a team of their own by importing contacts and then creating, sharing and tracking tasks and activities.
- Cozi: Cozi organizes your family calendar, to-do lists, reminders, shopping list and much more — all in one place. Sign up on Cozi.com, then manage your account wherever you go using your iPhone.
- Grocery iQ: Simplify your grocery shopping with Grocery iQ, an intuitive shopping list that lets you build new lists quickly with features like predictive search and barcode scanning. Customize the arrangement of categories within your list so you can check off items in an orderly fashion as you navigate the store.
- Mint: Making financial decisions in real-time is easy with Mint when you can view up-to-date information about your accounts, check your budgets and edit info on the app. And there’s no waiting necessary. Enter cash or pending transactions in the app right at the time purchase and instantly see your available bank and credit balances.
- ShopSavvy: The ShopSavvyapp for shopping scans products and finds online and local stores providing this product. In addition to that, ShopSavvy compares the prices of the providers, shows user reviews, and searches for deals and discounts on the item.
What apps have you found helpful lately in saving you time and money?
Often neglected or forgotten, some attics are just waiting for a makeover. If you’ve seen DIY shows about using unused places in homes and making them functional living spaces, then you know the value of this post! That space is a gold mine, so use it the best way you can and transform the cluttered mess into an unforgettable bedroom. Here are a few tips on turning an awkward attic into an amazing cozy bedroom.
You will have pleasant dreams in this bedroom, where harmonizing colors, cozy furniture, and florals envelop the room. For this style, it’s OK to mix and match different pieces and colors. Pair an iron bed with layers of bedding, pillows and blankets. You can create beautiful window displays with window blinds, as well as using curtains. Place a small green side table near the bed with a stripped rug beside it. Perhaps you would rather use a bright red and floral oversized chair to accent the pretty, pastel floral bedding. Accent the walls with a large, round mirror and a few pieces of your favorite artwork.
Fit For a Queen
For a seamless look, apply wall paper to the walls and ceiling. Use a crystal chandelier for lighting and decorate the space with hues of pinks, grays and creams. Turn a side of the bedroom into a sitting room complete with a couch, table and a couple large chairs. Decorate the space with fresh flowers, decorative pillows and French artwork in gold frames. If you’re unsure about what to do with the windows, use pinch pleated drapes, which will add sophistication and a queenly vibe.
Drapes. Four-poster bed. Silk bedding. Fine carpet. Need I say more? To add extra elegant flair, opt for a crystal chandelier and flowing drapes. Accent the room with luxurious furniture, floor lamps and crown molding for the baseboards and ceiling.
Whitewashed paneling, red and blue bedding, a ship’s wheel, paddles, seashells and roped furniture — everything you need for a nautical-themed room. Since attic ceilings are low, it will be easy to paint a compass on top, so even when you’re lying down you know what direction you are; very important for a mariner.
If the room is for a child, you can have fun with this theme: paint sailboats and an ocean on the walls, decorate the room with lighthouse artwork, a rocking chair and seashell pillows.
Crisp and Clean
For a natural bedroom, use burlap, whites, linens and crisp and clean colors (robin’s egg blue or sea foam green). If there are no windows, you can easily install one: just take a trip to the hardware store and select a style and size.
For a fresh perspective, place wood paneling on the ceiling. You can opt to stain the wood a darker color, or chose one that’s light in color, which will go great with the white linens.
Now that you have some ideas on creating a cozy bedroom in your unused attic space, which idea will you try first? Which one best suits you?
A clean, organized, and restful home is only 5 days away.
If you’ve picked up this book, you want to reduce the clutter in your home, organize what’s left, and keep it that way. But does the sheer scope of the project give you an anxiety attack? Don’t let fear stop you! Organizing and time management experts Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims show you how, with the right game plan and a healthy dose of adrenaline, you’re just 5 days from your goal.
With their proven team-based approach, even the most overwhelming de-cluttering job becomes doable. Section one shows you how to de-clutter, with each day of the week focused on one reachable goal. Section two shows you how to cultivate time-tested habits that keep your house in the clean, well-ordered state you’ve just achieved. You’ll even learn how to deal with common obstacles such as
- storage needs
- health issues
- space restrictions
- the car
- even family sabotage!
So what are you waiting for? The home of your dreams is just a week away.
This book has divided the house up into areas, such as foot to knee, knee to waist, waist to neck, and neck to head (including up to the ceiling.) Then you go through and pick up the clutter in each of those areas, dividing them up into boxes. Such as stuff to possibly throw away, stuff to possibly donate, stuff to move to another room, etc. Then leave the boxes full of the stuff there until the house is uncluttered and you have time to deal with it.
One thing I like about this book is that they begin by stating the positive aspects of people who tend to be disorganized. It’s not shameful or calling you a hoarder, but helps you see things in a new light.
It is so motivational in helping you see that living clutter-free is for you! It gets rid of your excuses to hold onto things “just in case,” or “because I might need it someday.” It takes you from start to finish in making your home function smoothly, and be much more beautiful!
About the authors
Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, is a pioneer in the field of organizing. She is the founder and president of Messies Anonymous and the author of many books including Organizing Magic. Sandra lives in Florida.
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Marsha Sims is a national speaker who has taught seminars on time management and organization, managing the front desk, and projects and priorities. She has been a professional organizer for fifteen years as the founder and president of her Miami-based…
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I received a copy of this book in order to write my review. All opinions listed are my own.
Over the last couple of days I have discovered something about myself. If I put my mind to the things I want to accomplish, I can get them done. Imagine that? There are a few things that I have been doing to help me get better organized in the morning. I share them in the video below.
What tips do you have for creating a more organized morning in your home? I would love to hear them!