At last, spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and most importantly, people are suiting up for an annual deep cleaning. Though the words “spring cleaning” may seem daunting, there are many simple ways to make your cleaning run smoothly and effortlessly – and not immediately be forgotten a week later. From clearing clutter and old files to reorganizing your kitchen and having a functional living room, you can get the most out of your spring cleaning efforts with these tips and checklist!Clear the clutter: the easiest way to alleviate space woes is to calm the chaos. Shred old files you no longer need. Go through old clothes [...]
Chances are you’ve heard the saying “work smarter, not harder.” But how does one actually do less and get it all done? Is it really possible to check off every little thing on your to-do list without burning the candle at both ends? The answer is yes! You just have to remember to do a few things first, learn to say no to others, and remember that time is your most valuable asset. Here are five ways to better manage your time, become more productive, and get things done.Learn to Say “No”
If you struggle to get it all done, it’s likely that you have a hard time saying “no” to either co-workers, friends or family members. Yet, [...]
I love my small kitchen. It’s cozy, everything is within arm’s reach, and it’s easy to clean up. The one thing I do struggle with is finding places to store all my stuff. I never realized just how many kitchen tools and appliances I owned until I moved into a house with a small kitchen. If you too suffer from small kitchen syndrome, don’t fret. Here are 7 helpful kitchen storage tips that will make sure you get the most out of your kitchenette.Go Cart it up
If you have a small kitchen, there’s a good chance you don’t have enough floor space for a kitchen island. However, most kitchens have enough room for a kitchen cart. Spare space at the end [...]
De-cluttering efforts usually begin with our own belongings, wardrobe, and paperwork. On the other hand, kids’ art projects, old photographs, and family heirlooms feel more like an emotional archive than clutter. Where are these items right now in your house? How long have they been collecting dust and turning your attic into an obstacle course of cardboard boxes? Unfortunately, we rarely look at or use the “important” items we’ve saved over the years. If you can’t find a meaningful place for something or you’re holding onto it out of obligation, then it’s time to let it go. Here are three strategies for de-cluttering sentimental [...]
When Louise and her adult son Jack decided to move to be closer to Jack’s job, they decided to sell their house and move into a small apartment to save money. A smaller space meant less stuff. Downsizing wouldn’t have been a problem before Louise’s cluttering became an issue.
“My husband died seven years ago and I just fell apart,” she said. “I couldn’t let go of anything that reminded me of him.” Like millions of homeowners, Louise and Jack failed to confront their clutter until it came time to move. They couldn’t show the home they were selling until they addressed the clutter.
Two rooms of her home were piled to [...]
When selling or listing a home, it’s important to recognize that bathrooms and kitchens are at the top of most potential buyers’ lists. To maximize your home’s value, you always want to put your bathroom’s best foot forward. Have a bathroom that’s a little outdated or needs a refresh and the budget is tight? Here are a few easy tips and ideas to inexpensively update a bathroom.1. Paint the walls
A gallon of paint typically runs between $30 and $50. You’ll want to select the highest quality paint the budget will allow. Choose a satin sheen for easy clean-up and durability. When selecting a color, whites and lighter neutral colors, such as [...]
The past few months we’ve covered the best ways to clean your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and laundry room. Today we are going to talk about how to keep your closets clean and organized!
Every home has lots of different types of closets – coat closets, bedroom closets, linen closets, etc. While different closets may be organized differently, there are some general rules that apply to every type of closet.1. Keep Them Clean
You might not think about cleaning your closets routinely like you would your bathroom but trust me, dust and all kinds of things hide in the dark corners of our closets. I recommend removing items from the shelves and wiping them [...]
Hi there! Over the last couple of months we’ve tackled cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, but today we’re going to talk about a room that does a lot of cleaning for us and often gets overlooked – the laundry room. When was the last time you stopped and thought, “Hmm, I should clean the laundry room?” I can’t even tell you the last time I thought that because when I’m in there I’m usually focused on cleaning our clothes! But today I’m turning over a new leaf and sharing my best tips, as well as some of the important places we need to clean in our laundry rooms.The Washing Machine
Our washing machines do so much work for us [...]