cleaning

We’ve taken the last couple of weeks off from school… and been sick every. single. day. We’ve had stomach bugs, croup, colds, etc. It’s been miserable. BUT… nothing motivates me more to clean than being in a sick house. I wanted to clean and organize the house before we start back to school. The main part of the house that I want taken care of is our kitchen… it serves as the kitchen, school room, sewing/ craft room, office and laundry room. I really need this area to be clean and accessible. This week, I’ve been utilizing tips from Pinterest as I tackle the task of getting things in order.

First off, here are my top 5 tips for cleaning:

1. Purge without regret.. go through cabinets and drawers. Be real with yourself… if you haven’t used something in the last 6 months to a year… are you really going to use it? Toss it or pass it to someone who WILL use it. I applied this to the many, many workbooks and coloring books we have lurking in our supply closet.

2. Deep Clean… while you’re purging, take time to pull things out of cabinets and wipe down shelves and drawers. Give the kids some Clorox wipes and send them around to clean cabinet doors, bedroom doors, shelves, etc.

3. Plastic tubs. I have the Sterilite shoe box size tubs EVERYWHERE. I use them to organize our school stuff. I have them for paint, play dough, language arts manipulatives, math manipulatives, markers, crayons, glue, puzzles, flashcards. They are all clearly labeled and easy to access in the homeschool cabinet.

4. Rearrange. I always feel like my house is clean when I have rearranged a little. It makes you move things around and clean areas that don’t usually get a lot of attention. Change the seating in your living room. Rearrange some kitchen cabinets to make things more accessible. Reorganize your pantry and throw out dated things away.

5. Unsubscribe… go through all those daily emails that you get (and don’t read), scroll to the bottom and click unsubscribe. Now you don’t have tons of emails vying for your attention and you’re not tempted to spend money you don’t have!

And now… here are my top ten cleaning tips from Pinterest (many I’ve been doing this week):

1. Clean the oven without chemicals!

2. Cleaning Microfiber Furniture

3. Cleaning the Top Loading Washing Machine (this one is happening right now!)

4. Homemade, Natural Cleaners

5. Wool Dryer Balls (this isn’t cleaning… but it is money saving and something I’m using when doing laundry)

6. Recharge your Towels

7. Cleaning Hard Water Stains

8. Uses for Dryer Sheets (other than softening clothes)

9. Cleaning the Microwave without chemicals

10. Organize your Cleaning Supplies (I haven’t done this YET!)

What are your favorite/ go to cleaning tips?

 

Getting a Clean Start in 2014

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