Cleaning

Post-Holiday Cleaning + 1 Chore My Kids LOVE + A Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2017 | 53 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never been one to do tons of deep cleaning BEFORE the holiday season. I like to wait until the dust settles and then do my version of deep cleaning after the New Year.

Today, I’m sharing a bit more about my post-holiday cleaning, one of my kids’ favorite ways to “help” me clean, and a fun little giveaway with some of our favorite cleaning products (plus a Visa gift card!)

Our Current Laundry System

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2017 | 46 comments

For the past year or so, I have felt like our laundry system could be simplified… but I wasn’t exactly sure how. I didn’t want to lock myself into a strict laundry routine or system… but I also didn’t want to constantly feel like I should throw another load in.

While I would never claim to be any sort of laundry expert, I am excited to share our current laundry system because I feel like I’m finally 100% on top of our laundry every week, with very little extra effort on my part.

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2016 | 9 comments

Over the past few months, as I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate all the various things I do each day and each week to keep our house fairly organized and clutter-free, I realized that there are 6 main categories I try to focus my attention on each week.

I added in one day for extra projects (or for rest) and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompases most of extra things I do every week. I hope some of my ideas will help you too!

My Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Cleaning Routines

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2016 | 21 comments

Today I’m sharing a LONG post detailing our current cleaning schedules and routines — specifically how often we do various household chores.

I’d love to know what type of cleanings schedules or routines works for you.

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 41 comments

I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2016 | 24 comments

Last week I shared 8 tips to simplify my weekly cleaning routine — and as a follow-up, I thought it might be fitting to share several of MY favorite homemade DIY cleaners.

They are all super easy to make using simple ingredients you most likely have in your cabinets right now!

8 Tips to Speed Up Your Weekly Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2016 | 43 comments

Although I truly don’t mind cleaning (most of the time!), I’m not willing to spend long hours just to get a clean house.

I’m always looking for little ways to speed up my weekly cleaning routine, and today I’m sharing a few of my quick-cleaning tips with you!

Why I’m {still} Not Sorting Laundry

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2016 | 40 comments

Over the years, I have frequently mentioned that I don’t sort my laundry — like for real, I wash all colors and all fabrics together.

Recently, however, I have switched up how I do the laundry. I’m still not sorting colors, but this new method is saving me a boatload of time folding and sorting our clean laundry!

A-Z Uses for Your Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2016 | 55 comments

I’ve had a dishwasher for as long as I can remember — and you better believe that I use it for everything I possibly can!

If you’re looking for a few more ways to better-utilize your dishwasher, here’s a fun “A to Z list”!

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 23 comments

The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

My Top Tip for a Tidy Home

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2016 | 31 comments

Today, I’m sharing one of MY top tips to keep my home neat, clean, organized, picked-up and tidy almost all the time.

It’s such a simple concept and will most likely take less than 5 seconds to implement… and you might be surprised how much of a difference it will make in your home.

My Simple Tip to Eliminate Lone Socks

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2016 | 14 comments

With all the teeny, tiny infant and toddler socks I’ve washed over the past few years, it might seem miraculous that (to the best of my knowledge) I have never lost one of them!

Today, I’m sharing my super simple (and frugal) laundry tip that has the potential to completely eliminate any lone socks around your home as well!

Cleaning With Vinegar… Without the Smell!

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2016 | 24 comments

Over the last 5+ years, I have really embraced the cleaning power of vinegar — plain white vinegar. Not only is it extremely inexpensive, it’s also SO versatile — it can practically clean anything!

Today, I’m back with another vinegar-cleaning tip… and it might just offer those of you who don’t love the smell of vinegar a less-smelly alternative!

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2016 | 48 comments

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t necessarily love cleaning and organizing… but still wants a neat and organized home, you’ll definitely want to read these 5 simple habits that help prevent clutter build-up in my home.

It might not seem like much now, but these simple habits have completely transformed the way I live my life and how I feel about my space.

My “Pre-Spring Cleaning” Cleaning List

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2016 | 20 comments

I’ve never been the type of person to do a lot of extra cleaning in the Spring…

So from January through March, I make a point to tackle some of the things on my annual and semi-annual cleaning lists so I don’t have to do them when Spring finally arrives.

Yes… We Have a WHITE Couch!

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2016 | 12 comments

Over the past 5 years, the number of questions, comments, and emails I’ve gotten regarding our white couch still amazes me!

So…I thought it might be time for a post detailing exactly what I do to wash and dry our slipcovers (and why on earth I still have a white couch with 3 little kids!)

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2015 | 22 comments

If it’s been awhile since you cleaned your dishwasher (or if you didn’t even know you could clean your dishwasher), I’d suggest giving this SIMPLE 3-step process a try… you might be surprised how much better your dishwasher runs as a result!

My Thoughts On Washing Whites

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2015 | 69 comments

Most of you know that I love white! From our sheets, towels, and curtains, to our couch, and even our rugs — the majority of the fabric items in our home are white.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how I keep my whites white — and why I feel washing whites is actually easier than trying to keep colors bright.

10 Household Chores for Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2015 | 20 comments

If I had my way, I would have a completely uninterrupted afternoon each week to clean my whole house. However, since that’s not really possible right now, I do the next best thing and clean WITH my kids.

If you’re looking for a way to get your toddlers and preschoolers involved in household chores, these are a few of my favorites.

When Was the Last Time You Changed Your Furnace Filter?

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2015 | 42 comments

For some reason, changing our furnace filters is a seasonal task that I either forget to do, or put off doing because our furnace requires a really random size filter that is not readily available at most home improvement stores.

However, I recently found FilterEasy, an online air filter delivery service — and I’m so excited to share more about it with you. Oh yeah, and there’s a fun giveaway!