Cleaning

Laundry Balls: How I Wash Without Detergent

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2019 | 37 comments
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For almost 2 years now, I’ve been using laundry balls to wash ALL our clothing — no detergent at all.

I get SO many questions about how to use laundry balls that I decided it was finally time to answer them all in one post. Come read more about one more way I simplify our laundry routine!

10 Life-Changing Tips When You Are Overwhelmed With Laundry

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2019 | 39 comments
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Maybe my use of the words “life-changing” is slightly dramatic. However, I know so many people who are completely stressed out by their laundry situation that I believe their lives would be completely changed if they adopted many of my tips. 

It won’t happen overnight, but I’m confident this never-ending chore will feel significantly less overwhelming by implementing these 10 life-changing laundry tips!

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2019 | 15 comments

Over the years, I have gotten so many question about when, where, and how I tackle all those little projects and tasks that need to happen “sometime”, but don’t necessarily have a deadline and seem to hang out on our to-do lists forever and ever.

I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate these to-dos, and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompasses most of “extra things” I do every week.

How We Cleaned our Large Shag Rug At Home

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2019 | 6 comments

Do you have a large rug you’d like to wash but aren’t sure how to do it because it doesn’t fit into your washing machine or even the machines at the laundry mat?

If so, I hope the tips in today’s post will give you the knowledge and can-do spirit to try cleaning your own rugs at home. 

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2019 | 79 comments

Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels are a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

One Area of My House I (almost) Never Clean!

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2019 | 38 comments

A couple weeks ago, I shared one of my most favorite household chores… as well as why I enjoy it so much.

Today, as a follow-up to my favorite household chore post, I thought it might be eye-opening for some of you to know the one area of our home I (almost) NEVER clean!!

My Favorite Household Chore

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2019 | 41 comments

It’s very common to hear about “least favorite chores” or “dreaded chores” — often accompanied by various remedies or tips to reduce the time and effort it takes to complete those chores.

In my experience, it’s not nearly as common to share a FAVORITE household chore… but that’s what I’m doing today!!

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2019 | 30 comments

Although there are times when deep cleaning or hiring a professional are necessary, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick-cleaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2019 | 31 comments

Back when we purchased our house, we cut down roughly 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

Since it’s the time of year when trees are REALLY sappy, I thought it might be a good time to share the quick tip we use (regularly) to remove sticky tree sap from hands, clothing, hair, yard toys, and more!

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2019 | 33 comments

While I am far from an “all-natural” person, I do gravitate towards “simple” and “frugal” — and for the most art DIY cleaners are simple and frugal.

If you’d like to try a few DIY cleaners but don’t know where to start, I hope this post is just what you’re looking for!

My Year-Round Approach to Home Management

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2019 | 33 comments

Last fall, I shared a my personal plan to purge every single space in my home before the New Year. My little “project” went so well that I decided to continue it year-round!

However, I also added in a few new components which have allowed me to slowly deep-clean, purge, and organize my way through our entire home 3 times every year (with very little extra effort)!!! I can’t wait to share the details with you!

3 Reasons We Hire Professional Carpet Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2019 | 37 comments

I know it might seem odd that my frugal, DIY self would want to pay someone else to clean our carpets every year… but there are just some things Dave and I feel are worth paying the pros for — carpet cleaning is definitely on that list!

Today, I’m sharing why!

My 7 Laundry Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2019 | 123 comments

I don’t hate doing laundry by any means, but it’s certainly not a priority over family, work, or free time, so why make it any more challenging or labor-intensive than it has to be… right?

Today, I’m sharing 7 of my “laundry don’ts” — all in an effort to simplify and streamline this (never-ending) weekly chore!

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2019 | 72 comments

I’m often asked for my “secrets” to enjoying an organized home with little kids home with me all day long. Unfortunately, I don’t have magical powers or a super special secret to share with you… just a few habits I’ve learned over the years that make it possible to keep my home neat and organized every day with minimal effort.

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.

How We Deal with Half-Dirty Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2019 | 31 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 | 40 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!