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How I Clean Up My Kids’ Toy Bins


I have mentioned before on my last post that I was going to start talking about how I clean my kids bedrooms and keep them organized.

I have my kids help with the daily routine. Which I am writing about along with this article and will soon be posting about it after this one. And you will be able to see it here.

I do a monthly toy decluttering. This is where I throw any broken toys, loose paper, socks, etc. I know socks? How in the world do socks get in a toy bin? Your guess is as good as mine. Lol!

How I start this process is by making a mess. Yes, you heard me right. A mess!

I begin in my girls’ bedroom because it is the biggest room and it is the room they mostly play in.

I grab all of the girls’ toy bins and dump them in the middle of the room to create a pile of toys. I go around the room and reach under the beds to grab any toys left behind. I then place them all into the pile. I then sit next to the pile and surround the bins beside me.

Before I start, I make sure I have their bins, a garbage bag, and two empty bins. One bin to put toys that belong in the boys’ room and the other bin for toys that belong in the kids’ playroom.

I then start reaching for the first toy and place it in the bin it belongs in. If it’s garbage, put it in the garbage bag.

Once I finish with organizing the toys, I then clean and dust the cubby storage organizer before putting the bins back in their place.

So that’s my tip on how I get the kids’ you bins cleaned done.

Do you have any tips on how you clean up the kids’ rooms?

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Spring Cleaning: The Bedrooms 

I hope you were able to read my last post about Spring Cleaning. It was an inspirational start-up post, and I hope you were inspired and motivated. Maybe you were and that is why you are here! That’s great! And if you didn’t get a chance to read it, please do. It was written just for you.

We all need the motivation, don’t you think?

Now that Spring has sprung, it is time to continue on to what comes with it… cleaning. I like to start with the bedrooms one room a day. If you are too busy make it the project of the week.

As far as the toys go. I make sure those get done and organized once a month. If you have children, you know this is a must and not a seasonal cleaning.

Here is another tip: Try to work with one side of the room first then move on to the other side. Move everything to one side of the room clean top to bottom. Then move everything back, but not without cleaning the items first. You don’t want to dirty your clean area with your dusty items.

Here is my list of what I do:

  1. Clean ceiling fans and lights: I take a clean microfiber cloth and my homemade spray to dust and clean the light fixture.
  2. Clean windows, window frames, window sills, and window treatments: I wipe down the top of the window frame and work my way down to the window sill. Then finish off by cleaning the glass window inside and out. I can easily access the outside part of the window from the inside. Wash the window treatments if you have any and the blinds.
  3. Clean Furniture and lamps: I first clear out anything that is on top of the furniture and place them on the bed. Cleaning the items before placing them on the bed. Clean and dust the furniture then move them to the opposite side of the room. Clean and dust the walls and baseboards. I have hardwood floors, and I like to vacuum the floor with my vacuum and dust attachment. Then move everything back to its place.
  4. Clean Bed: Take all the sheets and comforter off the bed and wash them. The sheets get washed once a week for me, but I like keeping it clean and since I am cleaning the room I might as well throw it in the wash. I move the bed to clean underneath. Which for me always ends up cluttered for some reason. I happen to find toys and that one missing sock I’ve been looking for! It’s what Spring cleaning is for, right? I then vacuum again with my dust attachment. Move the bed back.
  5. Clean the other half of the room: if it’s the closet I usually get that cleaned out every other month so I don’t need to do this. But for you-you can tackle this part if you’d like. Being that here in New England is still cold, I leave my winter clothes in place and change it out by May. Yes it is still cold by then too, but better than March and April. Which we occasionally continue to get snow in those months!
  6. Floors: Vacuum and mop the floors. Let the floors dry before moving the furniture.
  7. Dressers: Here you can exchange your clothes from your Winter wardrobe to your Spring/Summer wardrobe. I like to keep my Winter outfits because it continues to stay cold around here till late April or early May. Unless it’s just the Desert Gal talking here it is COLD in those months!

What are your ways of tackling the bedrooms for your Spring Cleaning? Any tips or advise you can share? Comment below👇. Thanks!

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Spring Cleaning: Start-Up


Well, it’s that time of the year. A new season in approach. Goodbye Winter, hello Spring! A new beginning, a fresh start, everything new, green, and full of life. I feel like shouting out loud, “I love you Spring!” twirling around like Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp in the Sound of Music.

Then there is that part of the new season that I like and dislike. Spring Cleaning! I like it because the house tends to feel fresher, new, and so clean! The part that I dislike is, like most people who can’t afford a housemaid to do it all for you, is that I have to do it all myself:(.

It’s enough already having to do my everyday chores, that now I have to add Spring Cleaning to the list. As much as I don’t want to, I must have to. So, I need to figure out how I can make this “easier” on me. And if this can help you too, then that’s great! This is why I’m posting this.

Spring is officially here on March 20th. I like to be ahead and stay ahead. Whenever you decide to start, is up to you. This post is just to give you a guide and a motivational boost:).

Where to begin?

They say that the best way to do something is to start and finish the most easiest task. What do I like to do? The hardest thing first. Not the best thing to do because it wears me out too much and way too fast. Then I loose interest and then begin to start feeling frustrated in myself, the home, and everything else. I then won’t be able to function right. Am I the only one that gets like this? I hope not. LOL.

What do I tackle first?

Well, first we start from the top of our home and work our way down. Meaning, that if you have a two-story home, you start at the second (or top) floor. Then to break it down a bit more, we start from the ceiling down to the floor. So, if you have ceiling light fixtures and/or fan we start cleaning those first. Then we head to whatever is in between: say dressers, lamps, beds, headboard, foot-board, etc. If you want to take it a little further, you can take this time to clean out inside your dresser (which I like to do). And finally, the floor. That’s including rugs, under the beds, etc.

So, now that we covered the basics of how-to start Spring cleaning; we can move on to which room we should start.

Hmm? Which room is easiest for you?

Make a list of the rooms you need to tackle. Scratch off the ones you have done. Maybe having a visual of the things you have accomplished can continue to give you the motivation and the pat on the back that says, “I did it! I did so much! Good job me!”

Leave a comment below telling me which room is easiest for you and how you tackle your Spring cleaning. Any tips you can give me will be appreciated and it may help others too:). Happy Spring and happy cleaning to us all!:D

This month, I will be posting my “to-do” list for each room I tackle. If you like to follow me you can through Facebook by clicking here and hit “Like.” You can also follow my boards for inspirations and ideas on Pinterest by clicking here. You can also share all my posts by clicking on the places you’d like to share them below👇.

P.S. Let me be the first to tell you, “You can do it! You are not alone.” And, “Great job you wonderful clean person you!” 😘

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4 Ingredient Multipurpose Solution

There are many benefits for you to try this multipurpose cleaning solution in your home:

  • It has 4 simple household ingredients
  • Leaves your surfaces with a great shine
  • It is a great money saving solution
  • You can use this on any surface including granite!
  • For your stainless steel
  • Eco friendly
  • And so much more…

So let’s get started.

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Here are the 4 ingredients you will need:

  1. 2 Cups of hot water
  2. 1 teaspoon of borax
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of concentrated dish soap
  4. 3 Tablespoons of vinegar

You will also need a spray bottle; 16oz or bigger.

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How to make it:

  1. Bring the two cups of water to a boil in a small pot.
  2. Pour boiling water in a tempered glass bowl.
  3. Add the borax and mix till dissolved.
  4. Leave the water to cool to room temperature.
  5. Add the soap and vinegar to the water mixture.
  6. Pour the water mixture into a spray bottle.
  7. Shake.

Now you are ready to use.

Look at that shine!

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Best used for:

  • Countertops
  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Shower(s)
  • Tub(s)
  • Toilet(s)
  • Mirrors
  • Windows
  • Appliances
  • Stainless Steel
  • And so much more…

*I would like to thank my sister-in-law for sharing this recipe to me.😊

Did you like this tutorial? Did you give it a try? Leave a comment of your experience.

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Housework: How to get your house clean and keep it that way.

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As my first post, let me thank you for visiting my page. I thought since this is a new year, it is time to begin thinking of getting your house back in order and how to keep it that way. I am a mother of four wonderful children ages 1-7 years old, a lovely husband, and a 2 year old black Lab. When it comes to housework, I need to be persistent and flexible to manage my sanity and different routines that happen every week because of my husband’s rotating schedule. It messes my day up when he’s home because it’s his “Weekend” off. I’m not the type of person that enjoys last minute schedule changes. I like to know what I’m doing ahead of time. I need time to prepare my mind of any changes. And let me tell you, in this family last minute changes/plans tends to happen a lot! Makes you wonder: how in the world I ever manage to keep up with housework and not stress about it?

Okay, so let’s get to it.

Here is a list of things I get done everyday:

  • A quick wipe clean of the bathroom counter, sink, and toilet. First thing in the morning. Not forgetting the back of the toilet were dust settles on and the mirror.
  • Making beds. Because the rooms looks neater when the beds are made, no matter how clean your rooms might be.
  • Wiping counter tops.
  • Clearing and wiping the table.
  • Cleaning the stove top.
  • Dishes.
  • Vacuuming. Thanks to my dog who sheds this is a must! (I like to use my Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro. It makes it so easy for me to vacuum my hardwood/tile floors and dust them at the same time).

Not too bad, right?

Here is my week schedule. I do it all in the work week, so I can get Saturdays and Sundays off:

Monday – Laundry:

This not only means washing and drying, but folding and putting them away as well. I get about 7+ loads to do in this family of mine. Two loads of all the kids’ clothes. Three loads of mine and my husband’s. One load of towels. One load of all the sheets. More if we have guests over the weekend. Instead of tackling it all at once, I like to split it.

Tuesday – Laundry and mopping:

Doing the last few loads of laundry. While the first load is washing, I get to vacuum the floors and then start mopping away. Meanwhile I mop, I put the first load of laundry in the dryer and the second load in the washer. By the time I’m done mopping, it is time to fold the first load.

Wednesday – Dusting:

I just grab a microfiber cloth and dust away. I dust the living room, bathroom shelves, bedrooms, and once a month I dust the top of the refrigerator. That’s it!

Thursday – Bathroom:

I did mention earlier that I do a quick wipe-off of the counters and toilet. This day is dedicated to deep clean the bathroom. Using a toilet bowl cleaner and a toilet brush to clean the toilet bowl. Spraying off the shower and tub with a bathroom cleaner, then wiping it to rub off any residue. Then, rinse the shower and tub with water.

Friday – Clean/wipe down Windowsills, walls, heating registers, and baseboards:

I just grab my microfiber cloth and a bottle spray with my favorite all-purpose cleaner. Spray and wipe as I go.

This is my schedule that I can rotate if needed. I don’t stress if I can’t get something done that day because I can always get it done on another day. I just have to make sure I don’t miss more than one day of cleaning or else it can get stressful trying to catch up. You can use this any way that works for you. Shift/Rotate it if you must. Just don’t give up and don’t let pile ups take over your home. Happy cleaning!

Do you have any tips or cleaning schedule that works for you? If so, comment below and share.

 

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