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Daily Tips To A Clean Bathroom – Friday’s Quick Tip Of The Week #2

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 Daily Tips To A Clean Bathroom-Friday’s Quick Tip Of The Week #2

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Weekly Tips

This week I am re-inventing something I did when I first began my blogging journey and that is to give you one quick organizing tip each week. The tips will be simple and easy to follow. It may be a tip I pull from a past article or something brand new. That will be a surprise each week. 😉 This week I am sharing Daily Tips To A Clean Bathroom.

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The point of this new addition is to give you a reference each week or a simple take away that you can do easily and right away to get organized. Let’s face it. Sometimes we simply do not have the time to read a 1000 word article but we can take a quick, useable, and doable tip and include it into our schedule. If the tip is from a previous article, I will provide the link to the article just in case you would like to read the entire thing. My site is all about giving my readers ways to manage an organized life without being overwhelmed and I thought this concept might be helpful. I would love your feedback on this. Now on to week one’s tip of the week.

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Daily Tips To A Clean Bathroom

I am usually the last person in our bathroom in the mornings and this routine works well for me. After hubs has shaven, brushed and gone through his morning ritual and I have gone through my morning routine and put on my makeup, I pull out my handy dandy glass cleaner and a paper towel and wipe down first the mirror if there are any splatters-and there usually are. Next, I pull out my Mrs. Meyers All Purpose and quickly spray and wipe down the countertop for any gook or makeup residue, and finally, I spray and wipe down inside the sinks. Finally. I wipe down the toilet with a Clorox wipe and pour a little Clorox into the toilet and leave it sitting all day.

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There you have it. Daily Tips To A Clean Bathroom. You will have a fresh smell, and the bathroom surfaces are so fresh and so clean when you return home in the evening. Isn’t that better than facing your makeup drips or toothpaste residue in the sink when you get home from a hard day? I think so. 🙂

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Spend just five to ten minutes a day wiping down your bathroom surfaces and save yourself from coming home to an eyesore in the evening. You also get the added bonus of a fresh clean fragrance and you will have less crud build-up to clean on the weekend. It’s a win-win and so easy to do. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

That’s it. Week two of our Friday Quick Tip.

 

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Weekly Organization/Cleaning Tip – The Bathroom

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Weekly Organization Tip – The Bathroom

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A while back I did a series of articles sharing tips for staying organized.  Every week I shared an organization tip to help you maintain your organization throughout the week which means less work during your weekend or free time. I thought it would be fun to share these tips again and possibly add on to the list. Let’s get to sharing. Welcome to Monday Memories.

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With school starting back, we are back to rushing in the mornings and we need a routine to keep order in our homes. One of the rooms that get the most traffic in the mornings is the bathroom and this week I will give you a quick tip for keeping your bathroom clean, tidy and organized throughout the week. And the tip for this week is (drum roll please)…How to keep your bathroom vanity, sinks and mirrors clean and tidy all week long. It may seem like a lot, but in actuality, all three can be tidied up daily in 5 minutes or less. Are you with me? Let’s go.

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Supplies:

First of all, you will need to keep a spray bottle of glass cleaner or if you clean green, a mixture of vinegar and water, under your bathroom sink. You will also need a roll of paper towel handy.  I, personally, keep a spray bottle of glass cleaner under my sink and a paper towel roll hangs from the inside under-the-sink cabinet door. The paper towels come in handy for a ton of things and that’s why I keep a roll upstairs and of course downstairs in the kitchen and in the powder room for guests.

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Back to the vanity, sink, and mirrors…I am usually the last person in our bathroom in the mornings and this routine works well for me. After hubs has shaven, brushed and gone through his morning ritual and I have gone through my morning routine and put on my makeup, I pull out my handy-dandy glass cleaner and a paper towel and wipe down first the mirror if there are any splatters (I hate a splattered mirror). I then put everything and clean the countertop to remove any gook or makeup residue. Finally, I spray and wipe down the inside of the sinks. If there are stubborn stains in the sink or on the counter-top, I pull out the All-Purpose cleaner from under the sink as well. I like Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose Cleaner for the more difficult stains.

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A little extra bonus: I also spray my shower down every morning with Tilex Daily Shower Cleaner and I swish the toilet with the Clorox Toilet Wand.

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There you have it. A fresh smell and the bathroom surfaces are so fresh and so clean when you return home in the evening. Isn’t that better than facing your makeup drips or toothpaste residue in the sink when you get home from a hard day? I think so. 🙂

Spend just five to seven minutes a day wiping down your bathroom surfaces and save yourself from coming home to an eyesore in the evening. You also get the added bonus of a fresh clean fragrance and you will have less crud build up to clean on the weekend.avon

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How Being Organized Can Save You Time and Money

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How Being Organized Can Save You Time and Money

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Staying Organized

Throughout our time together here on the blog, I have said many times that organization or the lack thereof, affects every aspect of our lives. That a messy and cluttered kitchen, closet, and/or bathroom cabinet, will help to determine how you deal with other aspects of your life. In this article, I am going to show you how being organized can save you time and money and make time for other profitable endeavors. Yes, you read that right…organization is going to save you time and money.

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We all want to be able to organize our schedules and be committed to maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but how? Creating a workable schedule is typically time-consuming and often results in a frustrating battle with your calendar. You make this beautiful schedule, you add the pretty stickers and washi tape (time-consuming) to only ignore said planner and get off track once again. Not to worry, it happens to both of us.

Organization is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organized in your everyday life actually saves you time and money. Here are a few of the reasons why.

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If you keep your belongings organized, you do not need to spend time looking for them when you need them. This is especially handy in the case of important yet rarely used items, such as insurance or tax information. You should have a specific place for important documents such as your passport, birth certificate(s), or other documents you deem important.

The key to keeping things organized is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. If you want to keep important mail in a desk drawer, make sure you keep all of your important mail in that drawer. Do not be afraid of categorizing important documents when filing. The more categories of things you come up with, the easier it will be to find exactly what you need when you need it. Just remember to be consistent.

Saves You from Buying New

Organization keeps you from buying items you already have but have forgotten about or lost in your household or workplace. You are more likely to forget about a pack of rubber-bands you bought several months ago and never opened, than your car keys or your wallet. Combined, these types of purchases can end up costing you a significant amount of money for items that you already have.

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Fortunately, this is a very fixable problem. By cleaning and organizing the designated “junk” drawers in your home or office and making a list of all the items, you will easily find the item you are looking for the next time you go searching. This avoids unnecessary purchases and impulsive buys at the store in the future. It is a very fixable habit that can be applied to many aspects of your daily routine and will save both time and money.

Helps You Remember Important Details

It can be hard to keep track of every detail when you have a lot going on in your life. Sometimes, bills can get lost in the shuffle and go unpaid, or household maintenance gets overlooked. Or business opportunities can be missed. By keeping all of your activities organized, you can get them done in a more efficient manner and you make sure that every detail is taken care of. Important details will not get bogged down in the disorganization.


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If you meal plan each month, you can buy many of your groceries in bulk, saving you time and frequent trips to the store. If you prepare a list ahead of time, you can also look for coupons that offer savings on the things you plan to buy, chi-ching!

The same applies to non-food items, which can be bought in bulk and stored for later use. Staying organized and keeping essentials stocked up saves you the stress of running out to make a special trip for more. You can also plan out birthday or holiday gifts well ahead of time so that you can keep an eye out for a good deal. This particular technique saved our family when the pandemic hit and bathroom tissue paper towels, and Clorox wipes were in short supply. The fact that we were stocked with all of the above, gave us the time we needed to find more without the fear of running out of such important items. Lesson learned.

While it may take a bit of effort, organizing your life allows you to use your time more efficiently and to take full advantage of your finances. Not only that, but the more thought-out your budget or schedule, the less you will worry about them. There are many tools designed to help keep you organized, including all kinds of helpful apps for mobile devices.

Once you have all of this time on your hands, you could begin a new home-based business. Joan, over at My Baby Care is the perfect example of what an organized life can lead to. Although a mom with a full-time job, Joan organized her life and found ways to turn her passion for blogging into a home business which allowed her to become a stay-at-home mom and master blogger.

As I said previously, organization or the lack thereof affects every aspect of your life. If you do not believe me, try organizing just one aspect of your life for a month and see how well it works. You can try meal planning or organizing all of your important family documents. I guarantee you will experience a sense of calm once whatever you choose is organized.

What is it in your life that is unorganized that really bothers you? Leave your response in the comments section below and I promise to provide you with two tips to get you started on the road of organizing that part of your life.

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Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Party with us this week. Stop by and drop your latest creative or informative piece and while you’re there, check out some of the great influencers who link up with us each week to share their latest adventures. This is a great time to check us out as there will all sorts of ideas for preparing for and enjoying the changing season. Spring is in the air for many. You never know what you’ll find around here, but you can bet it will all be creative and useful information. 🙂 Enjoy the party and the rest of your week. Hugs & blessings.

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Are You Prepared?

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Corona Virus

Everywhere you turn it is the topic of conversation and the motive for many sleepless nights and much anxiety. We have all managed the flu but this coronavirus appears to be very difficult for many and deadly for some. When this virus first appeared on the radar, I expected it to be like SARS and other viruses that have come and gone but it has proven to be a force that has to be dealt with a bit differently and requires preparation. Are you prepared for the CORONA Virus?

I don’t know about you, but until the death toll and the number of cases continued to rise, I continued to live life as usual. But once I seriously paid attention, I realized, I was one of those at-risk individuals. I am at risk because I met all of the criteria. Not one or two, but all of them. And that is when I asked myself…are you prepared? And although I had some of the necessities in order, there were others I needed to put into place.

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  • age
  • chronic illness (severe asthmatic)
  • compromised immune system

Furthermore, I was hospitalized in December and sick through January with pneumonia and sepsis. Yes…I was very sick and I am just getting back to feeling like myself. With all of that going on, I have decided to take COVID-19 seriously and to get prepared for the outbreak to last for a very long time. I have watched the news reports, as I am sure everyone has, and I decided to go to the CDC website to determine what I need to do in order to have a fighting chance to stay healthy.

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We began preparing about two weeks ago to get our household in order and this is what we have done to prepare.

  • I made the appointment with my primary care physician for my annual physical (it is time) and to follow up on my recent experience with pneumonia.
  • Checked to make sure I had enough asthma medication to last for 3 months
  • Signed up for home delivery of my meds from the local drugstore in case the epidemic lasts longer
  • Made sure we had over-the-counter medicines for both my husband and me just in case we needed to treat fevers, coughs and other early symptoms or if we just get a headache
  • Made our grocery run to stock up for at least a month
    • can goods
    • frozen vegetables & fruit
    • juice
    • almond milk (longer shelf life)
    • eggs
    • butter
    • cereal
    • rice
    • grits
    • pasta
    • chicken
    • fish
    • ground beef (easy to make but the last resort I haven’t eaten red meat in 3 months)
    • fresh ham
    • turkey breast
    • snacks
    • onions & green, yellow and red pepper (cut up and frozen)
    • bottled water

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  • Made a cleaning supply run
    • bleach
    • laundry detergent
    • fabric softner
    • Clorox wipes
    • hand sanitizer
    • hand sanitizer wipes
    • antibacterial hand soap
    • paper towels
    • bathroom tissue
    • Lysol spray
    • disposal gloves
    • white vinegar
    • trashbags
  • Made a necessity run
    • toothpaste
    • mouthwash
    • body wash
    • deodorant
    • body oil
    • body lotion

I am so thankful that we began our readiness two weeks ago because at this point a lot of items on my list are out of stock. So do not wait too long to get prepared and luckily it is all stuff you can use even if we are blessed not to have a pandemic.

I have added the list of precautions from the CDC website below as well. But I took it a bit further because I am at risk. I work a regular 9 – 5 but the virus is in our county and community so I made the decision to work remotely and not go into the office. I am blessed to have the capability to work remotely and to have a great team and they are okay with my decision.

The CDC recommends the following everyday precautions to remain healthy (from the CDC Website):

  • Take everyday precautions
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Take everyday preventive actions
      • Clean your hands often
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. (I’m sorry but I’m not sure why we have to emphasize this. Folks should be washing their hands anyway. Especially after blowing their nose…ewww)
      • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
      • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
      • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
      • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
      • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
      • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
      • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
  • If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
    • Stay home as much as possible.
      • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
  • Have a plan for if you get sick:
    • Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
    • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
    • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

You can find this and other information on the CDC website. There is also a list of instructions for caregivers of someone with COVID-19 and it is a good list.

Please, prepare even if you are not considered at risk. You never know and it is always better to be safe than sorry. I hope and pray this passes soon and no one else will get sick or worse. That is my prayer. Did I leave something off the list?

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The Art of Letting Go – Tips for Getting Rid of Sentimental Items

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Television programs and blogs on the internet talk about the problems associated with clutter. Let’s face it…I talk about it all the time. 😉 Do you ever wonder why there are so many people in need of organization help? Well, there are several reasons. Sometimes people keep a lot of stuff simply because they are leaning toward hoarding. Others because they like a lot of things around them while others hold onto items because of sentimental reasons. In this article we will discuss The Art of Letting Go – Tips for Getting Rid of Sentimental Items.

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  • First-time parents are often guilty of holding on to things for sentimental reasons. They want to keep every homemade card from their child or every picture ever taken of their baby. As much as parents love their children and want to remember them as they were, there comes a time when letting go of mementos is all right.

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  • One option to consider, rather than holding onto the items, is taking photos of them. Line your children’s drawings up on the table and take pictures. If the drawings were when the child was much younger, taking a picture of them will probably suffice. For newer drawings, take a picture of your child with their drawings and be sure to date them. This will also help you to remember specifics about your child at the time.
  • Other things people do not want to throw away are photographs. It does not matter if the photo is blurry or the subject is cut off – some people simply do not want to let go of them. Rather than holding on to every photograph, choose the best ones and place them in a photo album. Scrapbooking would be another option, especially if you journal about the photos, as well. Or how about scanning your photos into your computer or keeping them on an external hard drive.

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  • What do you do with Grandma Sue’s chipped china that is missing several pieces? It would be difficult to part with the set. However, there is an alternative. Rather than getting rid of the entire set, let each family choose one place setting or cup and saucer to keep. Display them with a photo of Grandma Sue and it becomes more than old dishes; it becomes a way to remember a beloved family member and something that was important to them. Use the set as a decorative piece. Maybe holding a bunch of faux flowers. Wouldn’t it be great if the bunch were Grandma’s favorite yellow roses?

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  • Consider the reasons why you are holding onto specific items. Did your favorite uncle leave you a piece of artwork when he passed? If you do not love the artwork, you may feel guilty about not wanting to keep it. Remember that letting go of the artwork does not mean that you loved your uncle less. It simply means that you are releasing it to allow someone who will love it to have it. And in doing so, you are letting of a little bit of stress in your life.

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If you are having a hard time letting go of anything, take a hard look at all you have. This may sound like a strange exercise but think about the items that you would miss if you lost your home to a natural disaster. If you could easily replace all but a few things, keep only those items that are most important. Let everything else go.

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Seek professional help if you cannot bring yourself to let things go. A professional organizer will be very helpful in helping you decide about letting things go and what to keep and what to let go of. If you continue to have trouble while working with a professional organization specialist, perhaps talking with a therapist would help you work through the emotions attached to the items. They can help you learn the art of letting go.

The thing to remember is that things do not actually represent your loved ones. Trust me, you do not need an entire eight place setting of china taking up space when you never have formal dinners, just because the set belonged to your Nana. It was your Nana that you loved and you will never forget her. The Art of Letting Go can be a learned behavior.

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An Organized Drop Zone-Friday’s Quick Tip Week #3

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 An Organized Drop Zone-Friday’s Quick Tip Week #3

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Dropzone

We all have that space. That drop zone where everyone in the family drops the mail, keys, lunch bags, backpacks, and packages. You name it and it gets dropped off on the counter, or table or top of some appliance that may be convenient.  This week I am sharing tips to ensure you have An Organized Drop Zone.

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Trust me, it does not have to be that way. Once you decide where your drop zone is located, making it easy for the family to organize as they drop things off will be a piece of cake. Well, perhaps not that easy but not complicated as you may think.

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The quick steps below will get the ball rolling and help you to get your drop zone in order.

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Family Drop Zone:

  1. The first step is to determine if perhaps you need to have two drop zones. One for large items like backpacks, lunch bags and coats. And another for keys, cell phones, and mail. That would help to avoid over-crowding either area and help to maintain order.
  2. Next step, clear the kitchen counter or desktop (wherever you leave your mail to multiply).
  3. Engage the rest of the family in the mail sorting process at another time. For today, the goal is to organize or distinguish a current mail drop space.
  4. Create a mail station where you can sort the mail quickly once you enter the house on a daily basis.
  5. The space does not have to be elaborate and can be as simple as a cardboard box separated with tabs or as fancy as a professional mail sorter from your office supply store. The choice is yours.
  6. Choose a location that is near the main entrance your family uses daily.
  7. Separate bills (if you still receive paper) from casual/junk mail to make paying them easier.
  8. Separate and place magazines in a basket for weekend leisure reading or stop subscriptions altogether and get your magazines online.
  9. Place a trash receptacle bin near your designated mail center and toss junk mail immediately.
  10. After the initial set-up, it will require less than five minutes per day to maintain this process. If you prefer to shred your junk mail (as I do), then the junk mail area becomes your shred area where you can place that mail and shred at a later date.

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There you have it. Tips to An Organized Drop Zone or zones for your family. Bookbags and lunch bags will need to be checked each night and therefore should be placed in a space where they will not be forgotten. The children have to get their homework done and papers signed and there is nothing worse than a forgotten lunch bag. That could get ugly. 🙂

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Five-Steps To an Organized Household

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Monday’s Memories – 5 Steps To An Organized Household

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I am tired! It appears that once I complete one organization project there is always another. However, the power is in having a handle on the process. As you organize and reorganize a space in your home, even if you need to reorganize your reorganization, the job will be less overwhelming because it will be a much less cumbersome process.

It may seem daunting, but maintaining an organized, clean and clutter-free home is not an impossible task. This week let’s delve into what we can do weekly to maintain a clean and clutter-free home. The process begins before you even enter your home because the process is a mindset.

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Note: None of the correlating pictures are of my home. As I write this post, my home is in total disarray. I am having tile replaced in two bathrooms and there are tile guys and plumbers in and out today, and for the next two days. My home is a mess so I could not bear to take pictures of it in the current situation.  😀  You know how it is…in order to get your home in order, you have to create disorder. Well, I am currently in disorder, but I still wanted to get this post out to you. Don’t judge me.  😀

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  1. The mail:

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Create a mail station where you can sort the mail quickly once you enter the house. The space does not need to be elaborate and can be as simple as a mail sorter on the kitchen counter. There should also be a trash can or recycle bin nearby for junk mail. Sorting mail daily and trashing junk mail as it arrives will make your weekly chore of paying the bills and filing important papers much easier and organized.  By setting aside some time every week to pay bills and file all important papers received in the mail during the week, you will avoid the mounds of paper and junk mail that can accumulate if you do not stay on top of it. So five minutes a day and an hour over the weekend can save you hours of time spent going through piles of paper later. Also, why allow a pile of junk mail to dictate how you spend your weekends or free time. Dispose of it immediately and stop the paperwork madness.

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  1. The Bathrooms:

If you are following the daily routine of wiping down your main bathroom daily, deep cleaning all the bathrooms in the house weekly should be a piece of cake. You can make the weekly bathroom cleaning even easier by creating a cleaning caddy. Deep cleaning the bathroom weekly is a necessity for a clean, germ-free (as germ-free as a home can be) and clutter-free home. My suggestion is never to skip deep cleaning the bathrooms. Wipe down the shower, disinfect all other surfaces, and of course clean the toilet. Clean mirrors and shine facets and viola…the bathroom is done! Always clean bathrooms using disinfectant supplies. Be sure to include restocking the toilet paper and refilling the hand soap dispenser for the week in your cleaning routine.

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  1. The Kitchen:

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You’ve kept the dishes done and counters wiped down all week…right? Of course, you have. So the weekly cleaning will consist of putting all dishes away, cleaning out the refrigerator which includes disposing of leftovers from the week before, wiping down the shelves and drawers and taking inventory of what items are needed for the coming week. Wipe the inside of the microwave, and the outside of all appliances. It wouldn’t hurt to wipe down cabinet doors and the top of the refrigerator as well. Remember to take inventory of the pantry to prepare for the meals for the coming week as well. I make food prep a part of my weekly kitchen chores as well. I do this because food prep can be time-consuming and I like to get it out of the way. I also like to organize the refrigerator for the upcoming week. I generally clean my kitchen last and once it is all cleaned and smelling good, then I food prep.

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  1. Bedrooms:

The weekly cleaning of the bedrooms is pretty straightforward especially if you have kept things put away and clothes hung up all week. First things first – change the linen and make the bed. Next dust the furniture and if there is carpet, vacuum and the bedroom is clean. , Make sure you use your vacuum to dust baseboards, window sills, and if you are blessed to have crown molding, be sure to check for cobwebs there as well. Next up, the living and dining rooms.

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  1. Living Room/Dining Room:

First, the living room – anything that is out of place should be put away. Fluff pillows, dust furniture, toss newspapers, fold throws, use a vacuum hose or a long-handled Swiffer to remove cobwebs and to dust the light fixtures if there is carpet, vacuum. Run Swiffer over artwork and TV screens and it wouldn’t hurt to sanitize remote controls (I use Clorox wipes).

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Moving into the dining room – Again, remove anything that does not belong in the dining room, this includes books, your laptop, shoes, etc., use a vacuum hose or long-handled Swiffer to remove cobwebs and to dust the chandelier/light fixture, if there is carpet, vacuum. Wipe down the dining room table and chairs and place something pretty in the center of the table. No that is not cleaning but it makes you feel good to look at your space and it’s clean and pretty.

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So we have cleaned for the week. You may have noticed that I have not mentioned cleaning hard floors. Well, that’s because I was saving the best for last. I have found the best cleaner for my hardwood and tile floors. No more lugging heavy buckets with dirty water from room to room. I invested in a Shark Steam Cleaner and although I am not being compensated in any way for this endorsement, I must share with you the change in my life because of this machine. As I said, no more buckets and water, and also it is quick and easy and works without the smell of chemicals. And most important, it sanitizes as it cleans. I love my steamer and it goes from one type of flooring to another without incident and it swivels to get into tight spaces and corners. It is great for all your hard floors.

So there we have it! We have finished our cleaning for the week and our home is ready for another busy week of organized living. I will ask you…don’t you think that keeping things tidied up on a daily basis has made the weekly cleaning easier? I know it has and if you haven’t tried the daily cleaning tipvisit my site and get prepared to run an organized home.

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