Cleaning

How We Deal with Half-Dirty Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2019 | 29 comments

I’m still committed to “only” doing laundry twice a week (a system that’s been working really well for me for over 2 years), and since I don’t want to do 10 loads of laundry on those 2 days, I’ve come up with a few different methods of dealing with what I consider “half-dirty clothes” — clothes that have been worn but aren’t worthy of washing just yet!

READER QUESTION: What To Do When Decluttering Feels Wasteful

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2018 | 39 comments

I’ve always been a perpetual purger as I know I MUST stay on top of the clutter to prevent it from spiraling out of control. Sometimes I do feel a little wasteful — purging, trashing, and recycling things so regularly; but I just don’t have the extra energy required to deal with so much stuff. 

If you’ve ever felt wasteful after a good purge, I think you’ll relate to this Reader Question. 

DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2018 | 33 comments

When our granite counters were installed in our kitchen, I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t use vinegar to clean them (the acid can etch away at the finish). I searched for a DIY granite cleaner I could make at home.

It didn’t take me long to find several different recipes — and today, I’m sharing my simplified DIY granite cleaner that takes all of 10 seconds to mix up and costs pennies!

My Complete List of Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2018 | 43 comments

Over the years, the types and brands of cleaning products I use has morphed and changed due to several factors… and since I’m often asked what type and brand of cleaning products I use, I thought I’d compile all that information into one post!

I’d also love your opinions on a “perfect” vacuum for our current needs!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2018 | 23 comments

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

5 Things I Do (Almost) Every Day To Keep Household Messes at Bay

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2018 | 33 comments

If you’d like a few more of my “secrets” to keeping my home fairly neat and organized without a ton of effort, today’s post is a good place to start!

8 Tips to Speed Up Your Weekly Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2018 | 60 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!

The 3 Daily Routines That Keep My Home Clean and Decluttered Enough

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2018 | 11 comments

If I really had to estimate how much time I spend keeping my home clean and organized enough for my family and I to feel comfortable and happy living here, it would be fairly minimal.

In fact, the more I’ve though about this over the past few years, the more I realized I basically utilize 3 simple daily routines to manage the inside of my home.

How and Where I Store My Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2018 | 17 comments

I’ve never been one to want or use tons of different cleaning products — I sort of stick to the basics to prevent the need to organize my cleaning supplies (which seems like a funny concept to me!)

So today, after 8 years of blogging about cleaning and organizing, I’m finally sharing how and where I store my cleaning products!

If I Could Pay Someone To Do One Chore For Me…

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2018 | 46 comments

I was recently joking with a friend about how I’d love to pay someone to do all the food preparing and cleanup for me everyday — seriously, do you know how many extra hours I would gain each day! 

I’m sharing a bit more about this today — and I’d love to know what chore you’d would most like to pay someone else to do for you!

10 Non-Dish Uses for Dish Soap

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2018 | 44 comments

Dish soap is one of the household cleaners I have chosen not to replace with a natural or DIY homemade cleaner — and I don’t think that will change for a while.

You see, along with washing our dishes, we use dish soap for SOOOO many different tasks in and around our house. If you’ve never tried using your dish soap for anything other than dishes, you’re totally missing out!

How I Clean our Secondhand Treasures

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2018 | 18 comments

It’s no secret that we LOVE buying used and secondhand items whenever we can. Of course, buying used items means I will need to thoroughly wash everything before we use it!

If you’re new to buying thrift store items or if you’re interested in how exactly I clean our thrift store finds, I will hopefully cover most items in this post!

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2017 | 33 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!

I Clean It When It’s Dirty Enough to Bother Me!

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2017 | 28 comments

One of the more common requests I get from readers is to share a detailed list of my regular cleaning schedules. However, I’m often leery of sharing my “cleaning routine” because it is always changing and evolving.

Plus, more often than not, I usually only clean when something is dirty enough to bother me!

Easy Spots to Clean When You Physically Can’t Do As Much

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2017 | 9 comments

For the last 3 weeks since Clara was born, I’ve forced myself to take it easy as much as possible as I physically can’t (and shouldn’t) do as much while I recover.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you physically can’t do as much, I hope today’s posts offers a few very simple ideas of ways you can keep up with your house cleaning with minimal effort and energy.

How I Clean and Protect My Stone Surfaces

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2017 | 4 comments

Over the years, I have gradually switched to using more natural (often homemade) cleaning products throughout my home. I love how frugal these products are — and that they are often safer and gentler than many store-bought cleaners.

HOWEVER, there are times when my homemade cleaning concoctions just don’t cut it, and I choose to use more powerful cleaning agents… I’m sharing some of those products today!

How We Keep Our Construction Mess to a Minimum

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2017 | 14 comments

I’m often asked how we contain our construction messes and prevent them from traveling into every other space in our house (especially since we have always lived in our house during our renovations).

And since we’re currently in the middle of a VERY messy house project, I thought this would be a perfect time to share how we keep our construction mess to a minimum!

5 Areas I Don’t Often Clean (+ fun new cleaning products)

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2017 | 17 comments

I’ve never been big into “spring cleaning”, but I will admit that the onset of the Spring season gives me a renewed energy to spruce up my home and give a bit more attention to certain areas I may have neglected to clean on a very regular basis.

Today I’m sharing 5 specific areas I often forget to clean — as well as a fun bundle of freebie cleaning products available to anyone who sets up a new account with Grove (one of my favorite online companies!)