Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day? Wow! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?) Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series! I sure hope you enjoyed it. I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!
Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home. So, today, I’ve got a free printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist! It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day. There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks. I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?
Remember, these are suggestions only! Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.
What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list? Are you ready for Christmas?
Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:
Homemade Air freshener
Check out Smashed Peas and Carrots for an easy tutorial on how to make a homemade air freshener!
The threat of stains is 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:
7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them
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.
One of the best ways to treat blood stains is to pre-treat 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.
A tried and true way to treat grease stains is the use a grease fighting soap such as Dawn as a pre-treatment. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 tasks and tips 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 are ready to sign up:
(click here if you can’t see the form below)
Is your garage stacked to the ceiling with stuff? If so, it might be time to give it a good cleaning. Cleaning out your garage can not only give you more space in your home, but can also net you some cash in your pocket! Want to know more? Take a look below at these 5 ways to make money by cleaning out your garage, I’m sure you’ll find something you can sell!
5 Ways to Make Money By Cleaning Out Your Garage:
1. Sell your old/unused tools.
Are you a tool hoarder? Tools have excellent resale value. Sell your usable power tools Kijiji, Craigslist, Facebook Buy & Sell groups or place an ad in the local paper. Older tools might be valuable to collectors, so do your research on them and see if they might be worth anything. You typically need just one of each tool, so part with any extras to make some quick cash.
2. Scrap that metal.
Is your garage full of metal pieces? If so, you can scrap them for cash. Old appliances, fencing, old copper, brass, or even aluminum are all worth cash at a local metal recycling center. You don’t even need to clean the pieces, just haul them to the center, have them weighed, and collect your cash.
3. Sell your old bikes.
Bikes both old and new can find a new home on Kijiji, Craigslist, ebay, or your local paper/garage sale site. Collectors are always looking for bike parts and will be willing to take the old bikes off your hands, while college students are always looking for used bikes they can snag for a song. If you have any bikes either old or new, broken or functional, sell them for cash.
4. Hold an odds and ends garage sale.
Get rid of the random clutter with a garage or yard sale. Advertise your sale for free in Facebook Buy & Sell groups as well as sites like Kijiji or Craigslist. Price your items to sell, create a neat and organized display, and you are sure to not only pull in some cash but create some extra space in your garage as well. Just haul out those items, give them a good dusting, and stick a tag on them. It’s that easy!
5. Donate for a tax write off.
Remember, you can get a tax deduction for any donations you make to not for profit agencies. If you have functional items such as toys, hoses, lawn tools, appliances, bikes, wagons, etc. then why not donate them? You will get a receipt for your donation and you will be able to write the amount off on next year’s taxes. That’s like cash in the pocket!
Don’t deal with that cluttered garage any longer. Instead, give these tips for finding money in your own garage a try and you will not only make space, but make some money as well.
Have you found any treasures hidden in your garage lately? Let me know in the comments.
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!
7 Things People with Clean Houses Do Every Day
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 essential oils so they can leave their spaces smelling fresh. Use 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!