Decluttering Guide For The New Year!

New year, new you, right? Does the also apply to your home? Of course it does! It is time to declutter! We have created a decluttering guide for your home to make the process easier and hope it helps out tremendously. Let’s start decluttering!

The Bedroom


We’ll get started in the bedroom and move about from there. First comes the overflowing closet. Create three piles: donate, sell, and throw away. Donate the items that aren’t nice enough the sell, and throw away the items that aren’t nice enough to donate. Go through every item in your closet and dresser. If you want to keep it, leave it there. If it needs to go in one of the three piles, add it to the appropriate pile. When you are all finished, put all the clothes you are donating in large trash bags and place them in the back of your car to be taken to the donation center immediately instead of in your garage for 6 months. (It’s okay. We all do it.) Don’t forget to go through your bedding as well and to clean out your nightstand. That little piece of furniture always seems to get filled with clutter. Let’s move on to the bathroom…

The Bathroom


It’s finally time to clean out the linen closet and the sink cabinets. We know, it’s scary, but it has to be done! We have to make it clean and organized again. Start by throwing out any ripped or raggedy towels and washcloths, old and out-dated magazines, moldy shower curtain liners, expired medicine and makeup, and some of the multiple bottles of lotion you have.

The Kitchen


Ok, here comes a long list of things that NEED to be tossed from the kitchen: any appliance that has missing parts, any cups, mugs, pots, pans or sets of dishes you don’t use anymore, chipped plates or bowls, travel mugs that don’t have tops, anything expired (this includes spices and condiments), takeout menus and coupons, ripped or raggedy kitchen towels, and the baking sheet or pan that you know you have more than one of.

The Living Room


Typically, not much gets thrown away or sold from this room each year, but a couple things definitely need to go, such as pillows or blankets that are ripped and torn and decor that no longer matches your new decor. Include on that list remotes for TVs and radios you don’t have anymore and any stained rugs that badly need to be replaced.

The Office


Papers galore! Think green, like the color of the year, and recycle! Toss any papers that are just completely unnecessary, junk mail, catalogs and magazines that are out-dated, any office supplies you have multiple of, broken pencils, any old info post-it notes, and old planners, calendars, and receipts. Your office should get a serious deep clean and have everything you need nicely filed away by the end of this wipe out.

So much stuff and clutter around you can give a feeling of being overwhelmed and the feeling of a disorganized life. Clutter brings about a lot of bad vibes and negative energy, so it’s very important to clear out and utilize our decluttering guide to the max!


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Kitchen Cleaning Tips: The Basics

Did you think Spring Cleaning was over? Well, we have bad news and good news. The bad news is that cleaning never stops, but the good news is that if you keep up with it, you will have an impeccably clean home and will only have to clean a little at a time. Think all the wonderful summer months ahead that we hope to have many cookouts and parties in our homes. We all want to maintain a clean and crisp kitchen for when our lovely guests make an appearance. There isn’t a better time to start it. So, get up ladies, and lets start our kitchen cleaning!



1. To begin, zap your stone counter stains with hydrogen peroxide. You can remove most coffee or juice stains with a little hydrogen peroxide in water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. For everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool called “grade 0000.” This, we consider, every day basic kitchen cleaning. Just have that little mixture on hand all the time.



2. Use baking soda to mop up tile. To clean tile floors or a backsplash, we suggest mixing baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into two gallons of water, and scrub with a sponge or string mop.



3. Clean Cast iron with salt. To clean a cast-iron pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil and place on medium heat. Once the pan is heated, pour in 3 tablespoons of salt. Next, using a tong to hold a paper towel, scour until clean. Finally, rinse and coat with vegetable oil to cure. Done! This is a kitchen cleaning secret that needs to be heard!



4. Shine floors with white vinegar. Everyone wants their wood floors to have that nice clean shine, so get yourself a bucket and pour nine parts water to one part white vinegar. This cheap trick has been passed around for decades!



5. Wipe away wall splatters. There are basically two types of stains on painted walls: oil and waterborne. For the waterborne ones, we suggest you take a wet cloth or paper towel to clean them away. These stains would include things like ketchup, wine, Jell-O, mustard, and other water based substances. For oily stains, such as cooking grease or crayons, try using a little mild dish washing soap mixed with water, and then, rinse with water as well.



6. Remove Tarnish with ketchup! It’s not just for french fries! To remove tarnish from copper and brass fixtures, pots, and pans, give ketchup a shot. Dab some onto a soft cloth and gently rub. Finish by rinsing with warm water.

That’s all we’ve got today for kitchen cleaning tips, but don’t worry! There are many more tips and tricks to come!


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