Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Goals



We are halfway through the year. How are you keeping with your goals?
Page back to January first and revise resolutions.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Cell Phones & Ipods


Charge mobile phones and ipods in the evening to benefit from cheaper electricity rates.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Enter To Win A $25.00 Amazon E-Card

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This giveaway ends Sunday July 5, 2009 @ 11:59pm EST.

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Mail



Sort through the pile of mail in your home.
Get rid of anything that is trash and consider getting a staggered letter
divider with a slot for each member of the household who receives mail.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Fuse Box


Are you familiar with your fuse box?
Label switches and keep a few spare fuses in case of a blackout.
Keep a wind up flashlight nearby.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Refrigerator


A build of of dust and grease can hamper the efficient functioning of your refrigerator.
Use a soft brush to dust clean the element at the back of your fridge.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Money Management Monthly - June



Let's fill in our Money Management Monthly post now!
For more information about Money Management Monthly, click here!

Here is mine:

June 1 - $51.00---- Grocery's; Adam's Lunch
June 2 - $31.87---- Grocery's; Book;
June 3 - $33.24---- Grocery's; Clutter Diet Subscription; Adam's Lunch
June 4 - $464.37--- Eat Out; Gas; Monthly Bills; Adams Lunch; Take Out
June 5 - $4.30------Grocery's
June 6 - $1.00------Angie's Prescriptions
June 7 - $141.48----Walmart; McDonalds;
June 8 - $218.89----Amazon.com; Grocery's; Angie's Prescription; McDonalds;Monthly Bills;
June 9 - $33.35 ----Grocery's
June 10 - NO SPEND DAY!
June 11 - $129.69----Grocery's; Monthly Bills
June 12 - $375.25----Grocery's; Gas; Monthly Bills;
June 13 - NO SPEND DAY!
June 14 - $78.46----Grocery's; Adam's Lunch; Diapers; IHOP;
June 15 - NO SPEND DAY
June 16 - NO SPEND DAY
June 17 - NO SPEND DAY
June 18 - $98.51---Grocery's; Eat Out;
June 19 - $78.24---Grocery's; Gas
June 20 - $6.67----Adam's Lunch
June 21 - $19.34----Grocery's
June 22 - $212.31----Grocery's; Gifts; Monthly Bills;
June 23
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27
June 28
June 29
June 30


Groceries - $365.98
Adam Buying Lunches At Work - $29.68
Clothing - $
Gifts/Others - $116.69
Dining out - $136.94
Personal - $226.73
Auto Fuel - $171.58
Monthly Bills - $954.05
Monthly Subscriptions - $14.95
Prescriptions/Medicine - $2.00
No Spend Days - 5

Total - $2018.60
*This will be re-posted daily


Work For Me Wednesday #1

This is my first WFMW post. I just recently discovered it, I know, where have I been?
You too can head on over and check it here.

Okay, now I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Flylady, if not, she's awesome! She helps you through babysteps to get control of your clutter & routines. Check out her FREE website here. One of her steps is to "Swish & Swipe", which is cleaning the toilet and wiping the counter top. She also suggests to use any kind of cleaner like shampoo to swish the toilet with. Well, here is what I do...I mix all my almost empty shampoo, conditioner, body wash & bubble bath container into one container which is used ONLY for swishing the toilet with. Now I know I'm not alone when I say for some reason, that people (including myself), don't seem to like to finish off those bottles. By doing this, there is no waste and it cleans my toilet without harmful fumes.

Gather up all your almost empty containers or
those sample size shampoo's that you've never used.



Grab a big enough container to poor them all in.


Once it's all filled, mark it so everyone knows that this is your "Swishing" container.


Then poor some in your toilet bowl


Swish it around with a toilet brush


Flush, and wolah, a clean toilet.
Do this everyday to prevent build up.


Today's Cleaning Challenge - Sink


Remove the limescale that has accumulated on your plugholes and chrome taps with white wine vinegar. Rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth. A wedge of lemon rubbed over the surface works just as well only you are left with a fresh citrus scent.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Refrigerator


A refrigerator whose doors do not seal properly is not working safely or efficiently. Check the seals of your refrigerator today by placing a piece of paper between the seal and the door. If the paper slides down easily the seals on your door in worn and should be replaced.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Fun



Summer is here!
Time to get outdoors and enjoy the summer weather with a fun activity.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Freezer



Keep an emergency meal in the freezer. A large chicken if roasted can feed six, store a few extra chicken breasts in case the party is bigger. A tub of good vanilla ice cream and a packet of frozen summer berries (warmed with a stick of cinnamon for a quick sauce) can be an instant dessert.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Windows



Summer maintenance: make sure windows can open easily and can be closed securely.
Are the air conditioning units functioning correctly? Mend fly screens with holes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Pantry



Clean the shelves of the pantry with a damp cloth today.
Use this opportunity to fill in a kitchen inventory form so
you can keep track of its contents making shopping an easier chore.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Refrigerator

Today wipe down the inner fridge door containers.
Take special care where you store juice and milk,
dried sticky juice and crusted milk have a habit of accumulating in this area

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Summer Cleaning Frenzy 6/13 - 6/20

Here is my deep cleaning list for my boys bedrooms for the Summer Cleaning Frenzy. Now this list may seem small, but I have 2 bedrooms to do. They're small bedrooms, so I figure that doing both shouldn't be to hard for this week.


* Pick up the toys on the floor
* Go through all the toys & clothes, get rid what's not being used
* Put clean sheets, pillow cases & blankets on the beds
* Clean out closets
* Vacuum floors
* Straighten up bookcases
* Wash windows

Saturday's Blog Sale!

What is a blog sale, well it's like a yard sale but on my blog. I'm eliminating clutter so I'm hosting a weekly blog sale of items that I'm getting rid of! Check it out!


Today's item is:
A New VTech Spin 'n Learn Top
Age Group: 9 months +
$5.00 + $6.00 Shipping.


video

With the V tech Spin n Learn Top and four modes play, baby's head will be spinning with learning skills! Press the top button and watch the characters spin around. Press the number buttons and each characters gives a new response including numbers and silly sounds. The dancing lights and interactive responses are sure to encourage baby to play and learn!


Will ship to US residents only excluding Hawaii & Alaska.
All Sales Are Final.
A shipping confirmation will be emailed to buyer when shipped.


$5.00






Organizing Tip Of The Day - Backpacks


Backpacks need a home too. Install some hooks about your kid's height where you would like their backpacks be most convenient, so they can hang them when the get home from school.

I get my tips from Donna Smallin's Book
A-Z Storage Solutions.
You should check it out....


Today's Cleaning Challenge


Clean the keyboards in your home both the piano and computer to keep them dust and crumb free. Use the small brush attachment of your vacuum. You can use the brush on vents at the back of your television and on the hair and dust that accumulates around the outside of your computer case. Note: do not vacuum the inside of your computer case the static electricity generated can damage internal components.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The 12 Steps For Clutter Anonymous

THE 12 STEPS

1. We admitted we were powerless over clutter -- that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for the knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Organizing Tip Of The Day - Getting Rid Of Clutter



If your saving something because you might need it someday,
ask yourself, "Could I get another one pretty easily and inexpensively
if I needed it someday?" If the answer is yes, let it go.

I get my tips from Donna Smallin's Book
The One Minute Organizer
You should check it out....

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Dishwasher


Spring clean your dishwasher.
Add vinegar to the soap container and let the empty dishwasher run through an economy cycle.
This dissolve old soap residue and clean out the dishwasher.
Don't forget to wipe down the door seals.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Organizing Tip Of The Day - Motivation



Commit to spending a set amount of time every day uncluttering and organizing.
Mark it in your daily planner, if you can not do it everyday,
try every other day about 20-30 minutes a day.

I get my tips from Donna Smallin's Book
The One Minute Organizer
You should check it out....

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Surfaces


Get unpolished wood such as pine tables to gleam.
Apply beeswax polish with a soft cloth to nourish the wood surface.
Use another clean soft cloth to buff shiny.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Organizing Tip Of The Day - Shopping List



Write your shopping list on the back of an envelope
and put your coupons inside it.

I get my tips from Donna Smallin's Book
Unclutter Your Home.
You should check it out....


Today's Cleaning Challenge - Car


Clean your Car Today.
Remove the garbage and sort through the clutter.
Vacuum the carpets and wash the outside.

WWW Wednesday Workbook - June 10, 2009



WWW Wednesday Workbook is a gathering of interesting organizing tips I find from the world wide web. There will be five catergories, Office Organization, Home Organization, Car Organization, Life Organization & Miscellaneous Organization.



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Over at Dr. Declutter Blog,
Kim gives out 16 ingredients for the perfect home office.


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Beverly, at 1-2-3...Get Organize lists some tips on
how to organize your family's socks.


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Over at I'm An Organizing Junkie,
Laura gives some tips on how to organize your vehicle.

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Sara gives out some great advice about
organizing doctors and home repair names in her address book.

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Amy at Living Locurto share's a tip and free download on how to organize
and label your child's weekly clothes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What's Your Clutter Tolerance?

I took this quiz online, and this is what came up....

Clutterholic

"I have clutter, therefore I am." "You are not embarrassed by your mess nor do you feel guilty about it because you have other priorities," says Buttigieg. "You dislike routine and don't see any reason to organize every nook and cranny perfectly." But you know you could do better -- and with all of the stuff that goes along with kids and a busy household, you'd like to try. Where to begin? "Understand that organizing doesn't have to be time-consuming," advises Buttigieg. "Loosely organize your things with a system that takes the least amount of steps possible and leaves you with some flexibility." See what Buttigieg suggests to suit your unstructured style.
Your Key Words: Labeled open boxes, clocks, and one notebook. * Don't confine yourself to a filing cabinet; use labeled trays and boxes instead. For example, throw your bills in a tray labeled "to pay" and toss your sales receipts in a box labeled "receipts." * Get rid of lids (on your containers, your laundry hamper, and your shoe boxes) to make it easier to put things away and retrieve them. * Use shelving and color-coded containers to keep project materials out in plain view. For example, place a shelving unit in your mudroom and place plastic dishpans on the shelf, a different color for each member of the family. This can act as a landing zone for items brought into the home at the end of the day and a take-off zone for items that have to be taken as each person leaves the home the next day (no more overdue library books or lunch forms). * Utilize closet shelving instead of dresser drawers for your folded clothing like T-shirts and sweaters. * Remove cumbersome closet doors and replace them with curtains that glide easily. * Keep your calendar in clear view but keep your scheduling loose; an a.m./p.m. calendar for each day is all you need. * Place large clocks in strategic locations throughout your home and/or set your watch or cell phone to beep as a reminder. Use self-imposed deadlines to encourage you to complete tasks. * Avoid writing things on scraps of paper that can easily go missing. Use a spiral notebook instead. And keep one by your phone at all times; resist the temptation to use several different notebooks for this purpose.

You can take the quiz too, check it out here.

Organizing Tip Of The Day - Notes


Unclutter your mind. Write things down.

I get my tips from Donna Smallin's Book
The One Minute Organizer
You should check it out....

Today's Cleaning Challenge - Computer


Go through your web browser bookmarks.
Archive or delete any that are not necessary or useful any longer.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Organizing Tip Of The Day - TV Remotes


Keep TV Remotes in a basket or tin on a shelf where you only see the basket.


I get my tips from Donna Smallin's Book
The One Minute Organizer
You should check it out....

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