Keep a Cleaner Home


Home cleaning

 
It’s a new year, and many of you likely made resolutions revolving around the home: lower energy bills, de-clutter, cook more, etc. One resolution you also may have made is to keep a cleaner home.

 

For those of you who clean your own home, this resolution can be a big undertaking.

 

If you’re particular about cleanliness, then you may be tempted to clean all the time. Realistically, nobody has time for that. It’s better to stick to a schedule.

 

That’s why we’ve come up with this helpful home-cleaning guide for how often you should complete your regular chores. Follow this schedule and come next season, spring-cleaning won’t even be necessary.

 

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Need to keep a visual reminder? Print out this guide here and put it somewhere where you’ll see it!

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Kids will be returning to school soon – August 22nd, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

 

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry-hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

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Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too.

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

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Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

 

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Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Sadly, summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon — August 24th, for most. With school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot:

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry kids. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

 

 

vegetables and fruits

Leave It Out

Out of sight out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

 

Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other.

 

Pantry Restock

The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night, these items will definitely come in handy.

 

Refrigerator interior

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

 

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

 

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or a notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

 

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

Get Your Kitchen Prepped for Back to School


Can you believe summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon? With school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these 8 tips to get back on track and start the school year on the right foot.

 

1. Snack Station: Long days at school mean hungry kids. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

 

2. Leave It Out: Out of sight out of mind, right? Make the opposite true by leaving out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school or run out to their next activity.

 

3. Lunch Load Up: Head to your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches in the upcoming year. Keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other for faster fixing.

 

4. Pantry Restock: The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, soup, and things that can be frozen or stored for a while. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night these items will definitely come in handy.

 

5. Refresh The Fridge: Take some time to clean out whatever has been pushed to the back over the summer. This way you’ll know what you need for school days and have the space to put it.

 

6. Color Code: If you’re forever calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks etc. This will make mornings a little bit more organized.

 

7. Wish List: If you need inspiration for lunch and dinner, place a whiteboard or a notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique for when you run out of grocery items.

 

8. Get In The Groove: Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly.

 

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Decrease Dust by Avoiding These 5 Mistakes


Have you ever dusted your entire home just to turn around and find a fresh new layer? You may be making some common mistakes that allow dust to accumulate faster than normal. Check out these tips below to make your next dust session last longer.

 

-Fear The Feather: Feather dusters are a no no. All they do is spread dust from one place to another. Try using something with microfibers that grabs on and holds on, just make sure to clean or replace pads between uses.

 

-The Dry Dust: Dust bunnies have wings. Apply a dusting spray, polish, or any furniture-safe dampening agent to your duster before you begin to ensure you’re getting the best results. This applies to all surfaces, including furniture, floors, and ceiling fans.

 

-Direct Spray: Applying polish directly to furniture can lead to a waxy build up that actually ends up attracting dust. Like we said before, spray a bit of polish on your duster first to avoid residue build up.

 

-Ventilation Station: It’s easy to walk by your air conditioning and heating vents, especially when they’re ceiling or floor mounted, but they’re major offenders in the dust arena. You can easily clean then using your vacuum and soft brush attachment.

 

-Mind Your Filters: Keep vents and vacuum filters up to date by changing them out when they’re dirty. A simple calendar notification will guarantee you stay on schedule and keep that dust to a minimum.