9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

March 28, 2015 in Linen Closet

I’m not gonna lie. I hate cleaning. Really, really, really hate cleaning. But I do love having things clean and organized, and somebody’s got to do it.

Spring seemed like the perfect time to try to get a little more organized. It is called Spring Cleaning after all. We’ll call it a fresh start for the house and the homemaker.

I rounded up 9 cleaning and organizing tips and tricks to help me get started.


6 Tips for Organizing Closets • Mommy Envy

Household Cleaning Tips and Tricks • xo, lauren & jane

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets • Stuffed Suitcase

The Cleaning Benefits of Vinegar – 7 Ways I Use Vinegar to Clean • A Vision to Remember

How to Clean a White Seat • Crafting in the Rain

How to Keep Your House Clean All Year Long • The Things I L♥ve Most

Stress Free Spring Cleaning • For What It’s Worth

Organization Tip: Tackling the Corded Mess Under Your Computer • Creations by Kara

Spring Cleaning Family Style • Organized Island


Here are a few more cleaning and organization tips you should take a look at!

My kids really struggle to keep their rooms clean. Oh, let’s be real here – so do I. This simple chart full of pictures helps my kiddos get the job done without getting overwhelmed by the mess in the room! I should make one for me.


Organize your kids’ school clothes like this and make your mornings run a lot smoother. No more mad dash to get out the door!


Do you have any great cleaning or organizing tips for me? I need some help!

Go Clean Your Room: Help for Young Kids

September 3, 2014 in Linen Closet


Do you ever walk into a room you know you need to clean, take a look around, and get completely overwhelmed? You have no idea where to start or how to get organized, and you feel like you can’t possibly get it done.

Right now I’m dreading the storage room I know I need to clean out and organize. Help!

Now imagine you’re 4 years old. Mom says to clean your room, but you take a look around and get completely overwhelmed. You have no idea where to start and feel like you can’t possibly get it all done. And it’s probably all someone else’s mess anyway.

I have to admit, there have been times when I have sent my kids to clean their room just so the house would be quiet for awhile. I know they’re just in there playing with their toys while the mess gets bigger, but I’m totally okay with that. Am I the only one?

When my kids got overwhelmed about cleaning their rooms, I made some checklists to help them make it manageable. “First, clean off your bed so you have a place to sleep tonight, then take care of the laundry so you can see the floor…” That sort of thing.

But I still had a problem to solve. The younger kids really had no idea what they were doing and they couldn’t read the checklists. Clip art to the rescue!


They needed some extra help, so I put together this nifty little chart to help my pre-readers follow the steps to clean their room.

Here’s how it works:

  • Print on cardstock
  • Laminate (mostly because I’m completely addicted to my laminator)
  • Attach to clipboard because my kids feel cool when they get to use a clipboard
  • Attach a whiteboard marker

Mark off the steps as you go and Voila! The room is clean.

Click here or on either image to download the chart and see your kids’ bedrooms get cleaner in no time.

Do your kids clean their own rooms?

Simple Spring Cleaning

March 5, 2014 in Linen Closet

Clutter stresses me out.

I’m actually pretty resistant to stress. I don’t get stressed out about much – heck, I thrive on having tons to do with crazy deadlines – but clutter makes me absolutely nuts!

Here’s the real problem… My house is sooooo full of clutter!

We moved 2 years ago and still have boxes that haven’t been unpacked hanging out in closets and corners. We have that *one room* that is the catch-all where everything gets dumped when we don’t know what to do with it. I have shelves that are empty but surrounded by the junk that should probably be arranged in them. My bedroom is full of random furniture, half-completed projects, and way too much stuff that doesn’t belong.

All the clutter in our house seems to add a lot of clutter in our heads, too. School work suffers. We miss appointments and forget about events. We’re quicker to snap at each other.

Basically, we’re a mess!

So it’s time to do something about it. Have you heard about 40 Bags in 40 Days? It’s a simple approach to spring cleaning, and I am absolutely in love!


The idea is simple. For 40 days, you focus on one area to clean out. In that one area, you declutter, simplify, and get rid of things you don’t need. Your goal is to fill a big bag with all the stuff you’re getting rid of – thus the name “40 Bags in 40 Days.”

This is exactly what I need, and I’m starting today. One area a day is definitely my speed. Honestly, some of my areas will take a lot more than a day to declutter and organize, but I should have no problem at all filling a bag {or box} every single day and finally dealing with the clutter.

I love that there is a huge group of people all doing this together and supporting each other – on facebook, instagram, and blogs. It’s a whole community! It’s always easier to do hard things when you have a whole support group behind you.

What about you? Do you need to decrapify your house? Your life? Heck, even your email inbox? Are you ready to get started?

I’m taking control of the clutter – starting today! Who’s with me???

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