Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 25, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here is a post you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

15 Days to a Spring Clean Home

Spring Cleaning on your mind? Sign up for the 15 Days to a Spring Clean Home Challenge! You'll receive an email once a day for 15 days with tasks included.

Have you got Spring Cleaning on your mind? Sign up for my 15 Days to a Spring Clean Home Challenge!

You’ll receive an email once a day for 15 days with the tasks included!  Get your home sparkling clean and smelling fresh in just 15 days!  There’s no sense in stressing out to get everything done in a matter of days when you can complete a simple task each day over a 15 day period.

It starts whenever you’re ready to sign up:

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 18, 2017

You guys! It’s been such a whirlwind around these parts! We’ve successfully moved into our new home (and are loving it and adjusting well!), celebrated my baby’s first birthday, and are finally on the mend after illness has been running through each of us. Life seems to be getting back to “normal” now. Aside from the house projects we’ve got underway to make it more like home.

How have YOU been doing?

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

7 Things People with Clean Houses Do Everyday

7 Things People with Clean Houses Do Everyday

Do you have friends or family who seem to have neat and tidy houses day in and day out? Perhaps you wonder what their secret is, and wonder how you too can enjoy this sort of clean space on a regular basis? The truth is, there are things that people with clean houses do each and every day in order to keep their spaces looking great. Take a look below at 7 things people with clean houses do every day, so you can give these daily tasks a try and see if they can help you create the clean space you desire!

1. They return items to their proper place when done.

Clutter is a quick way to make a space look messy. Clutter can build up and bring chaos to a space, which is why people with neat and tidy houses take time to return items to their proper home, preventing the build up of clutter to begin with.

2. They take a few minutes to vacuum high traffic areas.

High traffic areas tend to bring a lot of dirt and dust with them. People with clean houses run the vacuum or a broom through high traffic areas each day. This way dust, dirt, and pet hair can get picked up and accumulation is prevented.

3. They wipe down sinks and counter tops.

Grime can quickly build on kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks. By taking a few minutes to spray down and wipe down these areas each day, you prevent build up and create an overall cleaner space. Keep an all purpose cleaner and a rag below your sinks so you can easily access these materials for a quick daily wipe down.

4. They utilize air fresheners, odor eliminators.

People with clean homes know how important it is for their homes to smell clean. They use air fresheners or odor eliminators so they can leave their spaces smelling fresh. Utilize essential oil diffusers or odor eliminating sprays to quickly blast freshness into your space daily. I’m intrigued by these charcoal bags that are supposed to naturally eliminate odors. I’ll let you know if I try them out!

5. They don’t leave dishes in the sink.

Have you ever noticed that dishes in the sink can make the whole kitchen feel messy? Take the time each day to wash the dishes or move them to a dishwasher. This way, the sink is clean and clear and it also gives you the chance to wipe it down.

6. They hang towels and other household linens.

Taking the time to fold and hang household linens and clothing can leave your home looking neat and tidy. Be sure to hang bathroom towels, kitchen linens, and other household linens. Not only will it help them dry out quickly, but it looks great. Same goes for keeping clothing off the floor!

7. They make their bed.

Nothing makes a room feel more pulled together than a freshly made bed. Take a few minutes each day to make your bed and see how it encourages you to keep the rest of your room more organized and tidy.

Try implementing these simple tasks each day to see if they help you create a clean and organized space. As you can see, they don’t take a ton of time and are quite simple to implement, so add them to your daily routine and see what results you can achieve!

I’d love to know some of your daily tasks that help you keep a neat and tidy home! Let me know in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 25, 2017

Things are starting to get hectic around these parts! We’re moving in less than a week and we still have to do most of the packing! I think we’ll have it done quickly enough though. Especially if some kind grandparents will take the girls for a bit! 😉

I’d love to hear what you have planned for the weekend. Anything exciting? 🙂

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

The threat of stains are everywhere. Every time we eat, go outdoors, do a DIY project, or even do office work we encounter things that can ruin our clothing in a flash. Because money can be tight and no one wants to have to toss away clothing, it’s important to know how to approach these stains and effectively treat them. Take a look below at 7 common stains and how to remove them so you’ll be ready to tackle stains in the future and make sure they don’t get the chance to set in! Here is what you need to know about treating common stains:

1. Grass.

Pretreat the stain using an oxygenated cleaner. (I love Baby OxiClean. It seems to work better than the regular OxiClean!) It will help cut through the grass stain immediately. You’ll then want to use a color safe bleach to wash the stain away, using the hottest water setting in the process. For grass stains, you may need to treat the stain twice to fully remove it.

2. Blood.

One of the best ways to treat blood stains is to pretreat it with cold water. Soak the garment in cold water to help release the stain. You can then treat with a color safe bleach to help remove what remains of the stain.

3. Grease.

A tried and true way to treat grease stains is the use a grease fighting soap such as Dawn as a pretreatment. Fill the sink with warm water and grease fighting dish soap and allow for the garment to soak. When you launder, use hot water and an oxygenating cleaner.

4. Chocolate.

Did you get melted chocolate on your clothing? No problem. For chocolate stains you will use a hot/cold method. First you can harden the chocolate with ice, then scrape off what you can. Soak the garment in cold water, but wash the item in hot water using an oxygenated cleanser.

5. Wine.

Immediately blot the stain with a soft cloth soaked in club soda. You want to then soak the garment in cold water. Pretreat the stain with an oxygenated cleaner and then use a color safe bleach when you launder the item. Bleach based stain sticks can help treat the item a second time if the stain persists.

6. Ink.

Have you ever heard that hair spray can help release ink from your clothing? It’s true! Take basic hair spray and spray it onto the ink stain. It will help release the ink. Blot the ink with a paper towel and launder as usual. If you don’t have hair spray, you can use rubbing alcohol.

7. Gum.

When gum becomes stuck to clothing it can become a gooey and sticky mess quickly. The best way to remove gum from clothing is to hold an ice cube to it. The ice will harden the gum, making it easier to pull away from the clothing. Hold an ice cube for a few minutes to the gum, peel it off, and wash as usual.

The next time you encounter a stain, you’ll be prepared! Keep these tips in mind for removing common stains so when a stain hits, you don’t need to worry about throwing that clothing item into the trash.

Do you have any stain fighting secrets to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 18, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are a couple of posts you may have missed from simply Frugal:

10 Tips for an Organized Kitchen

When it comes to rooms that can get overwhelming, you will find the kitchen is at the top of the list. With some simple organizing, your kitchen can run smoothly and clutter can be kept to a minimum. As a result, your clean up time will drop, making your life easier!

10 Tips for an Organized Kitchen

10 Tips for an Organized Kitchen

Clear the counters.

The counters can easily become a catch-all for everything. This is bad because when germs spread in the kitchen the counters get a large chunk of them. The less stuff on the counter the less you have to clean to get rid of the germs and keep your family healthy.  Often the counter makes the kitchen look worse than it is so removing everything but vital items will make a huge difference.

Cut down on small appliances.

How many do you really need? So often we buy things thinking they will make our lives easier only to discover we do not really need them. In fact, these items that we thought we HAD to have ended up wasting space and frustrating us when we try to find what we really need. Keep track of what you use and sell the rest.

Organize the drawers.

We all have that one drawer in the kitchen that seems to be nothing but a mess. The odds and ends that have no real home from buttons to batteries you never know what you will find. Simple organizers can fix the disorganized mess that makes finding anything nearly impossible.

Related: This looks like a great tool to wrangle all those odds and ends!

Clean up the Tupperware mess.

For many of us, food storage containers are the biggest mess we face in our kitchen. Clean them out tossing any without a matching lid or base. If it’s in your budget, a new set would be a great investment if yours are a bit rough. Sometimes it helps to start fresh.

Organize the freezer with boxes or baskets.

This will allow you to store more and find what you need when it is meal time. Put like items with like items.

Use baskets to organize your fridge.

Small baskets and even serving trays can make getting what you need out of the back of the fridge easy. As an added bonus, they’ll catch spills making cleanup a breeze! The same system will work wonders in your pantry as well.

Get creative with storing plastic wrap, foil, and other tubes.

Paper towel holders can be placed inside cabinets to hold these items out of the way but always ready to use. Another great option is to store all of these items with plastic storage bags in a single drawer. Pinterest has tons of great ideas for storing plastic wrap, foil and other tubes.

Use a Lazy Susan.

Use a Lazy Susan to store spices and condiments. Simply spin it to find what you need. A small Lazy Susan is a great addition for the fridge and/or cabinets. A Lazy Susan of any size is a great tool for organizing your kitchen.

Install a shelf to hold your cookbooks.

Free up valuable cupboard space by putting up a shelf on one of your kitchen walls to keep cookbooks in one place where they won’t get damaged from being in the way. Place pegs or hooks under the shelf for a great place to store aprons, oven mitts, or even pots and pans.

Find a home for your pots and pans.

Place them on hooks, or stack by size in the bottom cabinets. When organizing your kitchen, giving pots and pans a home makes them easy to get to as needed.

Having an organized kitchen can make meal preparation so much more enjoyable. Being able to find everything you need in seconds? That’s priceless!

What room in your home do you find to be the most disorganized? I’d love to hear your fabulous tips for having an organized kitchen in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 11, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 4, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts that you may have missed from Simply Frugal: