Showing posts with label Cleaning Stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cleaning Stuff. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hairspray Gone!

I have a problem of getting hair spray on my bathroom walls, doors and everywhere else! I wish I could blame this on someone else, but I know its me who is the problem!! The other day I figured there had to be something that would take it off. I did a google search and found that shaving cream would take it off. I read of a few other things, but shaving cream was the one thing I already had on hand and could try. Well, I found out that it works!!!! It was great! I also read that it could take paint off my walls when using it, but I didn't find that as problem. So put a generous amount on a rag and clean away! Does anyone know of any other cleaning secrets?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Household Notebook Part 2


I got a lot of response about my household notebook. So, I wanted to share more of it with you and answer some of your questions. I also added links so that you can see exactly what I do. It is nothing fancy. I am sure that there are better systems out there. I know that each person has to find what works best for them and their schedule. Here is what is working best for me now.

Contents:

To Do List- click on link to see an example
I made my to do list on the computer. It is super simple, but I love it. It lets me know everything that I need/want to do each day. And yes, I write down even the smallest things so that I can cross them off my list. I used to have a day for cleaning, laundry, errands, etc. but with a new baby I had to change what I was doing and just do a little each day. This is what I am currently doing. I am sure it will change.

Morning & Evening Routine-click to see my routines
I thrive off of having a routine and so do my kids. It changes as our family changes. And it is different during the school year vs. the summer.

Weekly Menu Plan-click to see how I plan
I don't know how we would eat anything with out my menu plan. I like to plan all of our meals. I make breakfast for my family on the weekdays and then we usually eat cereal on the weekends. My husband usually comes home for lunch so I like to plan lunch so that I can keep him coming home!

Click HERE to read more details about how I menu plan.

Grocery List
simple-just what we are out of or need for the menu that week

Budget
I actually do most of this in Excel, but I do have a few notes that I keep in this section.

Contact Information
I have all of this on my computer. I just printed out all of my addresses and phone numbers. It comes in handy for me.

School Information
Each child has a section for important papers I need from school.

Projects
I love to write down ideas I have or things I would like to get to. Nothing fancy.

Shopping List
Like I said. I love to write things down. It is probably silly, but I will write down who needs new church shoes or a white shirt. Or other things I am looking for in our house. Sometimes this can turn into my Christmas/birthday wish list.

Medical Records-Click to see example (this loaded strange, but it still gives you the idea)
I keep medical records for me and all of my children. I really should for my husband too, now that I think about it. I kept needing this information and decided that it would be worth tracking.

Info to Keep
The catch all category for all those other papers I need.

Hope this helps. I am fascinated with how and when people do things. Let me know what works for you or if you have more questions.

{Alish}

Friday, January 21, 2011

Get Organized with a Household Notebook!

I LOVE this notebook.
I seriously can not function without it.
I even made one for my sister for Christmas.
It contains everything I need to stay organized and productive.

Contents:
Weekly To Do List
Menu Plan
Grocery List
Daily Schedule
Budget
Contact Information
School Information
Projects
Shopping List
Medical Records
Info to Keep

I loved this post by Missy from So You Think Your Crafty. She has some great ideas that i want to add to my Home Notebook. Enjoy!


So I'm sure a lot of you get the itch around January to re-organize and get your life back in order like I do. My problem is that right around October, my motivation seems to go right out the window and all our daily routines go to pot. I've tried a lot of things in the past, but this one has helped me out the most.

It's my "House Happenings" book. I got the idea from my wonderful friend Sarah. She is perfect. Like 100% without flaw. I'm not kidding. A few years ago, when I asked her how her house always looks so nice and how she still has time for everything else, she shared her secret. She pulled out a plain old 3 ring binder and forever changed my life. When I put mine together I changed a few things to fit my family and our home a little better(and I tweak it every year), but the key point is the same...maintenance.


Spend 15 minutes a day focusing your cleaning on one major room/area of your house with a last minute "attack of the hot spots" (areas that seem to breed disorder & clutter) right before bed, as well as one day a week to different "chores" you have to do. That way you spread your weekend load throughout the week and just maintain it as you go. I'm not saying my house is now spotless and ordered all the time(I do have a 2 yr old) and that every little thing gets done, but it's a heck of a lot better.

Here is what's inside my book.


I have it split up into 9 categories - Routines, Calendars, Menus & Recipes (for the upcoming week), Church Info, Missy's Notes, Abbi's Notes, Brad's Notes, Budget, & Goals.


Under "Routines" I have a morning and evening checklist...



and a daily checklist. It has a daily "chore" or theme that the day focuses around (Monday is the wash day, Tuesday meal planing, Errands on Wednesday, Thursday is paperwork and letter/thank you note writing, Friday is for any needed home projects, Saturday is a family fun day, and a day to relax on Sunday).



I also have a checklist of what to focus on for each of the 15 minute cleans under this section. It may take more time than the 15 minutes at first, but once you get it to where you want it the maintenance is easy.



The other sections are all pretty much self explanatory. It's a fantastic way to keep everything together so anyone in the family can be on the same page.


Do any of you have a system your family uses to stay on track?





*PS - Are you thinking about what projects you want to link up to our first Linky Party this Friday? It doesn't have to be new, or even this weeks theme. Just something inspired by SYTYC. I'm excited to see what you guys have to share!



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tutorials!

The Family Scientista is here to show you some of her great tutorials! I love the ironing board cover and check out her Halloween bags!! Just click to the links to go straight to the tutorials!

Ironing Board Cover

Thanks for sharing these tutorials with our readers!

Friday, April 30, 2010

An Easy Way to Clean Lamp Shades

I use a lint roller to clean my lamp shades. It is really easy and even kind of fun. I love to see all the dust that is getting picked up.
{Alish}

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cleaning Out-Part 5

This is pretty embarrassing showing you all the worst spots in my house, but hopefully it motivates you! This is my "everything closet" if you can't tell....coats, laundry stuff and food storage! Closets like this are so hard and intimidating to do! However, once I was done I had way more room and things looked a lot better! It took me about 2 hours to wipe things down and re-organize.



Now these are the two drawers to my nightstand. This took about 15 minutes to do. It was way easy and most stuff just needed to go straight to the garbage.
Doesn't this look so much better with just my books and back scratchers?!{Whitney}

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cleaning Out-Part 4

Here of some of my bigger projects. I cleaned out my pantry. Okay, it is not really a pantry but a closet that I use for one. This was one space that I was not looking forward to, but once I got going it only took be about an hour and a half. I reorganized it one shelf at a time so that if I had to stop in the middle it would not be a huge mess. When my husband came home, he asked where everything went. It was amazing to see how much space we had by just organizing it better.

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Kids bathroom drawers.
These don't look all that different, but trust me all the yucky toothpaste is gone.
I did these while my littlest was taking a bath.

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Play Room
I know that my playroom is pretty organized already, but I was so proud of myself that I went through everything! I made sure everything was in the right containers and that it it was broken or ruined it was gone. My kids all "helped" with this one evening while my husband was gone. It took us a couple of hours. It could have been faster it I had not had so much help.

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If feels so great to have some of these big projects done. Next on my list all my kitchen cupboards and the hall closet. It is so rewarding!

{Alish}

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cleaning Out-Part 3

While I clean out I have a garbage sack and a DI sack. I try to be pretty tough! If I don't need it or haven't used it then it goes.

Got to start small right? One of the first things I did was this small bookshelf. This is one of my daughter's favorite places to play. This only took me ten minutes and it looks way better.
This next job took about two hours. I cleaned out all my kitchen cupboards. They all needed wiped out and some straightening done. I only took a picture of the worst one. The others were not too bad. Now, I can finally find all my spices!
I forgot to take a before picture of my bathroom drawers...so you only get the after picture. Just imagine this drawers with everything dumped out, because that is pretty much how it was! It took me about 30 minutes to do my whole bathroom. I don't care who you are bathroom drawers get gross!

After Picture{Whitney}

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cleaning Out- Part 2

I feel so exposed showing you all my dirt, but just keeping it real. And hoping to inspire you to clean out or organize something in your own home. It can be big or small, but trust us it is feel great!

This is my little pantry in my kitchen. We are in and out of it all day. I did this project in less than an hour while talking on the phone. It was not all that bad (except for one shelf), but it was nice to clear it all out, wipe out all the shelves and see what I had that had been forgotten.


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One of my goals was the clean out my scrapbook stuff. I keep it all in this armoire.
I had it some what organized, but had just thrown stuff in and shut the doors when I was in a hurry to clean up. I went through everything and pare down my stash. It felt so good. Then I invited some friends over to make cards out of the supplies that I had decided to let go. It was a fun night and a good way to share supplies that I did not need.

This project took me a few days, because I worked on it a bit at a time during nap time.


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My night stand needed cleaned out for sure. It was filled with papers and junk that did not even belong in there. It seriously only took about 5 minutes. And went from messy to practically empty.

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Our book shelf was not bad, but just needed a little work due to my little guy playing there and us just throwing stuff in where ever. This project took me about 15 minutes to clear everything out, dust, declutter and put it all back on.

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I love cleaning out it feels so good!

{Alish}

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring Cleaning Kick Off


This week we are going to try and get you all motivated to clean out!

Both of us love cleaning out and organizing things! We feel like we are pretty organized people, but let's be honest whose closets and drawers don't get scattered and messy?! It seems if you have little ones like us they get even more unorganized because they are always pulling things out of them! While cleaning out we found out a couple things that we want to share with you

1. It really didn't take that long and made a HUGE difference.
2. There was so much more space once everything was organized.

So take a trip with us with us this week as we show you a bunch of before and after pictures of things we have cleaned out in our own homes. Hopefully it will motivate you! I know for me it was kind of addicting :)
Let us know if you did anything. We would love to hear from you!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Showers-n-Stuff

I LOVE this shower cleaner! A friend told me about it and I am so glad I bought it. It works so great! I got it from Don Aslett's cleaning supply store. I just spray it on and let it sit for a couple of minutes then scrub away!