A Few Good Tools for a Clean House

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The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and the decorations are stored in the attic or garage…hopefully!  Now is the perfect time to get your house in order!  With winter weather forcing us to spend more time indoors, it’s more important than ever that our home stays as clean as possible and that we maintain a safe and clean environment.  Having the proper tools on hand is just one simple step that you can take toward having a cleaner home this winter. [Read more…]

Tide Ultra Stain Release and My Number One Laundry Tip

Laundry Tip

The other day I wrote about the importance of simplifying your life.  One area of our lives that can definitely use a little simplification is the housework!  I was listening to a discussion the other day, and a lot of people said that laundry was the household task that gave them the most trouble.  For me, it’s always been fairly easy, because I have everything well organized. (Although to be quite honest, things have been getting piled up for me sometimes lately, so I’m making a little tweaks to the system!)  Today I’m going to highlight the latest laundry product I’ve been using, and I’ll share with you my number one laundry tip. [Read more…]

Quick Cleaning Checklist + Changing Out Your Air Filters

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With colder weather here, we’re definitely spending more time indoors!  Now it’s more important than ever to keep a house that’s neat and clean, not just for your peace of mind but for your health!  We can’t always control the germs we pick up outside the home, but we can work to eliminate germs, bacteria, and allergens inside our home.  Here’s a quick cleaning checklist to get you started: [Read more…]

5 Tasks to Complete Before Holiday Guests Arrive

Softsoap Foams Stock your bathroom.  Toilet paper is obviously a must, as well as hand towels, and don’t forget the soap.  SoftSoap has an excellent fragrant foam collection.  It includes such varieties as Kitchen Citrus Bliss, Jasmine & White Cotton, and Whipped Cocoa Butter.

Not only will these leave your guests hands feeling fresh and smelling clean, but the bottles are very stylish and are great for adding a little splash of color to your sink or vanity.

Stock your fridge.  During the holidays it’s always important to keep your drinks stocked, including some that you may not normally have on hand.  Consider who’s coming over and whether they have any special dietary needs or personal preferences. (Perhaps you don’t drink coffee, but you have an avid coffee drinker staying for the week.  Or perhaps you have a diabetic in the family who drinks diet sodas.)

Stock the pantry. Whether you’re having overnight guests, or you are just looking for something to put out for the kids to snack on before dinner, extra snacks in the pantry is a must! Homemade or store bought party mixes are a great snack to have on hand for folks of all ages, as well chips and dips, nuts, or cheese and crackers.

Clean.  This should go without saying, but I have to include it here: Clean your house.  Apart from taking care of clutter in your living, dining, and kitchen areas, it is amazing to see how far just a quick wipe down of your sinks and counters will do…not to mention mopping the floor.  Even more so than how great everything looks, it makes a huge difference in how your house smells.

Air Fresheners.  Speaking of how your house smells, after cleaning (and especially if you don’t have time to do a major clean up) make your house smell warm and inviting using your favorite air freshers.  I love scented oil plug-ins and candles.  (And you can always use essential oils for the purpose of cleaning and making your house smell good.)

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Disclosure:  I received samples to facilitate this post. The opinions are my own.

7 Tips to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

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If you’re looking to remodel, home flooring is a great place to start.  I personally recommend hardwood floor or engineered wood flooring.  Hardwood floors are a great investment, as they add so much aesthetic and monetary value to your home.  They also go great with any decor style or motif, and hardwood never goes out of style!  Hardwood flooring is also very sturdy and can last a very long time, especially if you take care of it.  Today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to care for your hardwood flooring. [Read more…]

Saving My Sinks with Clorox® ThickCling™

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Saving My Sinks with Clorox

What do you for every day messes?  What about those huge, not-so-every day messes?  Clorox® has been a trusted name in the cleaning world for years.  Clorox® can be your best friend when it comes to cleaning bathrooms, floors, and other areas that need a little elbow grease.  For this reason, I keep quite a few of their products around my house at all times.  and I’m always interested to hear about their latest products.  One of the newest products from Clorox® is Clorox® ThickCling™. [Read more…]

Bathroom Organization with Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong®

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When the fall season rolls around, I love to do fall cleaning.  Just as with spring, for me this is one of the best times to  declutter and organize….out with the old, in with the new!  Recently I cleaned my bathroom from top to bottom!

Today I’m going to share some important steps and tips to decluttering and organizing your bathroom cabinets.

Bathroom Organization with Quilted Norther Ultra Soft and Strong

As you’ll see below, one thing I’ve recently done in our bathroom is to take out some old plastic drawers.  I couldn’t believe the difference in before and after.  It looks so neat and clean!  Now when you walk in, all you see is a basket of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Bath Tissue.

When I was growing up Quilted Northern was all my mom ever used, so of course I love to use it as well!  And my mom and I aren’t the only ones.  Quilted Northern is a trusted brand that has been around for over a hundred years!  And now Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch® toilet paper is designed not only for softness and comfort but also for strength and flexibility.  (This means no more ripping and separation.)  And it’s also septic and sewer safe.

And apart from your personal use, this bath tissue is also great for when you need to do quick bathroom wipe down and cleanup before company comes over. [Read more…]

Snuggle Island Collection + 3 Organization Tips for Clothes

Snuggle Island Collection

A new school year means clothes have to be washed and ready at all times!  And I always like to make sure I send our son off to school looking good and hopefully smelling good.  This fall I’m keeping his clothes clean and fresh with Snuggle!

Snuggle has a new Island Collection that I LOVE! The scent is called Island Hibiscus, and it’s very easy for you to find in store, because of its bright blue bottle featuring lovely island flowers.

The scent is available in three different products:  scent boosters, liquid fabric softener, and dryer sheets.

And when you use the three products together, you will freshen, soften, and control static in your laundry. (The more, the snugglier!)

Apart from keeping things clean and ready to go, I HAVE to have our clothes organized.  Here are three tips I live by:
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Bedroom Makeover and Tips for Working with Small Spaces

Don’t you just love a good room makeover? Me too!  And I especially love it when it’s dramatic!  My husband and I are in the process of making a lot of changes in the house.  A while back we swapped out the furniture.  Shortly thereafter I purchased new bedding, and last week we moved the furniture to an entirely new room.

Here’s the old room:

 

Old Bedroom

 

This photo was taken a long time ago, so it’s not my best, but you get the idea….here I had a green bedspread, featuring red flowers.  It seemed very vibrant when I first purchased it but the pattern definitely got old for me and was starting to feel a little old fashioned.

As for the furniture, I’ve always liked this set.  It had a very classic appeal with ornate features, but it’s always nice to have a change!

Here’s the new bedroom: [Read more…]

Back to Clean with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

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Uncleaned Kitchen

Sometimes, just SOMETIMES, mind you, my kitchen is not absolutely pristine and clean.  Sometimes all my counters look like the photo above (or much worse!).  It usually happens after a lot of cooking takes place.  After “slaving over a hot stove”  my family finally gets to eat this most delicious meal I have prepared and maybe even indulge in one of my scrumptious desserts.

Afterward I am less than thrilled at the thought of cleaning, and I love nothing more than when my husband says, “leave that mess for later,”  or better yet, “let me know help you clean up.”  Either way….some time and somehow the cleaning has to be done, because I can’t STAND a dirty kitchen for long. [Read more…]