cleaning

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 [...]

Part 1: Getting Started

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This is Part One of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   * Do you want to know the honest truth?  I don’t really like to clean. And unless you are like my sister, the only person I have ever met who seems to have been born [...]

How to Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You

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Over the years I have received more than a few reader questions about cleaning, organizing, and decluttering.  It seems that we all want to have a neat and orderly home, but not all of us know exactly how to get there.  And let’s face it, life can get chaotic and busy with too much to [...]

Speed Cleaning for the Holidays

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There is no time of year when I love my house--or enjoy being at home--more than during the month of December.  There is just something magical about those twinkling Christmas tree lights and festive decorations.  I love turning on some mellow Christmas music (the James Taylor Christmas album is my all time fav!) and cuddling [...]

5 Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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I could've never imagined that I would ever spend time thinking about air.   Breathing has just been one of those things I always took for granted.  Unfortunately, after becoming far too familiar with the reality of nebulizers, pneumonia, and allergy medication over the past few years, air quality is an issue that has become [...]

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