Cleaning & Organizing

How to Deep Clean Your Garage

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Oh, the garage. I don't know how it works in your home, but in ours, the garage is the collector of all things that we don't quite know what to do with--boxes of stuff meant for Goodwill.  Holiday decorations that haven't made it back into storage.  Half-completed projects.  Stacks of scrap wood.  Bowling balls and [...]

How to Clean & Organize Your Makeup Drawer

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This is a guest post from Tasha of DesignerTrapped.com Aren't bathroom drawers the worst? To be perfectly honest, I have a few drawers that I need to tackle, but the worst one in my home was a drawer in my bathroom where I keep my everyday cosmetics and personal care items. It made getting ready in [...]

How to Organize a Garage Sale

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I'll be honest.  I'm not a huge fan of garage sales, even though I've organized quite a few of them over the years.  My personal opinion is that they are a lot of work--more work than they are worth!  I would personally rather get a higher price on my big-ticket items by selling them on [...]

25 Awesome Tools for Getting Organized

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Let's face of it--most of us, when it comes right down to it, wish we could be more organized.  As hard as we try to shuffle our things around, to put them in the right containers, with the right labels, to figure out the best solutions for limited storage spaces, it seems like much of the [...]

How to Deep Clean Your Fridge

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Our refrigerators might possibly be the most overlooked area in our home when it comes to cleaning.  Constantly in use, this essential appliance doesn't usually get a second thought.  Whether we just don't think about it at all, or assume that because food is kept cold or rotated through, that the fridge stays relatively clean, the [...]

How to Illness Proof Your Home

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One of my biggest goals this year has been to keep myself and my family illness-free.  After a couple of really bad, illness-prone years, where it felt like all of us--and especially me--were constantly getting sick, I have been much more vigilant and proactive about staying healthy. We've already talked about some great ways to [...]

Join the LWSL Clutter Free Challenge!

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Do you ever feel like your STUFF is controlling your life? Life is busy and sometimes hectic and often very, very full. Full of obligations, full of things to remember, full of paperwork and bills to pay, full of things to put away and stuff to manage. There are times where it all just feels [...]

Part 8: Home Maintenance & Seasonal Cleaning

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This is Part Eight of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome to the final week of the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning, and congratulations—you made it!  At this point, if you’ve kept up on your assignments, your house is probably now cleaner than it has [...]

Part 7: Laundry 101

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This is Part Seven of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  At this point in our series you should be feeling pretty good about your progress.  Almost every room in your house is now spic and span, [...]

How to Remove (Almost) Any Stain

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It's happened to all of us at one point or another.  We dribble coffee on our favorite shirt.  Our 2-year-old decides to color herself--and her Sunday dress--with rainbow assortment of felt-tip markers.  Our husband gets a little overly enthusiastic with his barbecue sauce.  Our romantic candlelit dinner leaves us with candle wax all over the [...]

Part 6: How to Clean Your Bedroom

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This is Part Six of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  We’ve now tackled our living spaces, kitchen, and bathrooms, which means at this point, your house quite possibly looking better than it has in years! I’m [...]

Part 5: How to Clean Your Bathroom

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This is Part Five of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  With two major spaces—your living spaces and kitchen—now out of the way, I truly hope you are feeling like you’ve found your groove and are ready [...]

Part 4: How to Clean Your Kitchen

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This is Part Four of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  After getting your hands dirty last week and tackling some of the most visible areas in your home—your living spaces—hopefully you are feeling inspired and motivated [...]

Part 3: How to Clean Your Living Space

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This is Part Three of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   * Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  So far in this series we have addressed the "why" and the "when" of cleaning,taking an honest look at the reasons having a clean house even [...]

Part 2: Cleaning Supply 101

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This is Part Two of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   * Over the years, I’ve had to learn the hard way that more cleaning supplies will not necessarily result in a cleaner house.  Even so, there are definitely a few essentials that every home needs [...]