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Bathroom soap scum … totally un-glamorous and completely annoying. It pops up and just won’t go away. It also can make an otherwise perfectly clean bathroom look totally dirty. I always wait until the soap scum is so bad that I know I just need to clean it. By then it’s too late. Well not ‘too late’ as in I can never get rid of it. But ‘too late’ for it to be an easy chore. I then proceed to spend at least 30 minutes trying to get the shower to look presentable only to realize I barely made a dent. Then I give up. Fast forward a week or two later and I do the same thing.

Eventually I stopped repeating my inefficient system (hello insanity) and figured out something better.

Lindsay = 1

Soap scum = 0

…. finally 🙂

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Supplies:

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Dish detergent
  • Dishwand Scrubber (This Scotch brand holds up really well AND you can buy refills …. surprisingly not all scrubbers have refills. Annoying, right?)

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Instructions:

Open up your scrubber and fill it 1/3 with dish detergent and 2/3 with vinegar. The soap and vinegar may not mix together at the beginning. Totally fine. You can always give it a quick shake before you use it. I place one in each of our showers, keeping the actual scrubber part facing up. I do this so that the vinegar and detergent don’t leak out. Even if it leaks a little, it’s definitely not a big deal.

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Now her’es the trick  ….

Instead of using it when your’e cleaning your bathroom, use it while you’re taking a shower! So when you’re in the shower use your scrubber to wash the walls. The hot water & steam of the shower will increase the cleaning ability. And continuing the shower water once you’re finished cleaning will ensure that the detergent and vinegar are washed OFF the walls.

I use the scrubber probably 3 times a week and only scrub for maybe 30 seconds each time. Instead of having to DEEP (and I mean DEEP) clean my shower once a week month, I use the scrubber a couple times a week. It’s made a HUGE difference in keeping up with soap scum and making our shower look presentable.

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Who doesn’t love cleaning hacks?! Now if the rest of your bathroom is looking like the equivalent of that soap scum, take a look at our 5 Tips to Always Have A Clean Bathroom. These quick and painless tips will have your place looking amazing in now time!

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A neighbor swings by and your place is a MESS. Company is visiting and sure enough you’ve already got an entire house to clean. Book club host cancels at the last minute and guess who is the NEW host?

We all want our place to look it’s best in for visitors. Even if it’s your best friends. Although my best friends know that while most of my house looks put tougher, whichever bedroom door is closed hides all the CRAP I threw inside right before they showed up 🙂 .

Next to the family room and kitchen, the bathroom is the next most visited room by guests (statistically accurate by …. my guess???).

The bathroom is definitely not the funnest room to clean (not that I know which room in my house where cleaning is actually FUN). It also can be easily forgotten. So here’s my best 5 tips to always keeping your bathroom in tip top shape. Now when you have the impromptu visitors, you won’t have to worry about your bathroom being clean!  It already will be!

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1 The 30 Second Bathtub Cleaning

I seem to always wait until we’re having company to clean my bathtub. By that time it’s no easy task and I’m cursing myself for not keeping in clean on a regular basis. Confession. No matter what system I used I never seemed to clean it BEFORE it gets out of control … until now. While I’m taking a shower, I use a dishwand half filled with detergent & vinegar to scrub the bathtub walls. Then shower water rinses it clean. How easy is that?

 

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2 Toilet paper

Nothing says TOTALLY DISORGANIZED like a bathroom running low on toilet paper. What’s worse is if it happens to your guest 🙁 . The EASIEST way to make sure you always have a supply on hand is through an Amazon subscription. You can set the deliver schedule based on your families needs and let them do the rest of the work! Not sure how much toilet paper you go through on average? Really, who does? There’s an estimator right on Amazon’s sight to help you figure it out! For all of you that are in a city, lugging toilet paper home from the grocery store is the worst, right? Get it delivered instead! Plus there’s a 15% discount going on now! Score!

cleaning tips I really need for my bathroom.

cleaning tips I really need for my bathroom.

Now that you’ve got your supply of toilet paper always on hand, reduce the number of times you need to change that roll with Quilted Northern. It’s got almost 4x MORE sheets that a regular roll and takes up 20% LESS space, so your under the sink storage just got easier!

And apparently little Reagan loves the toilet paper too. I swear it was out of my site for ONE second and this is what happened:

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3 Hand Towels

While I LOVE the look of white hand towels, I HATE how easily it is to spot dirt on them. No matter how fancy or expensive a white towel is, they all get dirty equally bad. That’s why I now buy several cheaper white towels instead of just one or two fancy ones. Once I see one getting dirty, I simply pull out a new one from my stash underneath the sink. A sparkling white towel always makes the bathroom look clean!

cleaning tips I really need for my bathroom.

cleaning tips I really need for my bathroom.

4 Rust, Ugh, Rust

Anything near a sink is prone to rust simply due to the amount of water that’s around. I tend to find that my metal soap dispenser start to have that gross rust presence within weeks of purchasing. Instead of throwing away a perfectly good soap dispenser, here’s what I do:

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Put one of these Magic Sliders at the bottom of the soap dispenser. If you have a round one, this is an awesome option. There’s enough sizes that you should be able to find one that works for you.  These keep the soap dispenser just above any water that may get on the counter.

5 Two for One

Here’s a solution for not only keep your toilet brush holder clean (these can get SO gross), but also a way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh without having to constantly spray:

Pour a tiny bit of all purpose cleaner in the bottom of your toilet brush holder. I keeps the toilet brush clean killing the germs while also keeping the bathroom smelling great!

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cleaning tips I really need for my bathroom.

Next time you have visitors over you won’t have to worry about cleaning your bathroom!

 

 

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We all know that person. That person who’s house is completely clean, every item in the house has a home, every dish is washed, every pillow is fluffed. We tell ourselves that her home is ONLY that clean because she spent all day cleaning for her  guests. Then we secretly hope there’s at least room in her home that is way too messy to show off.

We can either hate the girl that has the perfectly clean home OR we can be that girl.

Now my home isn’t perfectly clean, often times far from it. (I always have THAT room where the door is always shut because it’s such a mess inside). Yet, overtime I’ve learned tips & tricks to give the biggest bang for my buck as far as cleaning goes. Because let’s be real, who has time (or interest) to spend all day cleaning?

For the busy girl that doesn’t want to spend every last minute cleaning her home, here are the top 10 secrets of busy girls who always have a clean home:

Start and finish laundry in the SAME day. Nothing screams ‘there’s still more cleaning to do’ than laundry sitting out overflowing waiting to be cleaned or cleaned laundry waiting to be folded up and put away. Sometimes I don’t hear my laundry machine go off when a load is done, so I often set my phone alarm to remind me (since I ALWAYS have my phone on me!).

There’s SO many laundry systems out there that you can follow. Regardless of your system, don’t leave laundry unfinished!

2 Do your dishes. Honestly, your kitchen can be spotless with not a crumb in site, but if there’s dirty dishes in the sink your kitchen automatically looks messy. Yes, it’s easy to leave the dishes in the sink thinking you’ll clean them the next day. Deep down you know it’s NEVER easier to clean the dishes the next day. Just clean them NOW!

The new Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ dish liquid is made for tough cleaning challenges. It’s ultra concentrated and can even dissolve 24 hour stuck on food for those days that you just don’t get to the dishes in time! I’m loving this Fusion Clean™ Baking Soda & Lime version … combining baking soda & scents of lime for a Modern Twist on Cleaning, It’s also available in Baking Soda & Grapefruit. Swing on over to your local Kroger store to pick yours up. Keep an eye out for a $0.25 any Palmolive® product coupon coming soon!

3 Keep cleaning supplies handy. It’s hard enough to keep a house clean, don’t make it harder. I keep all purpose cleaner & paper towel under each bathroom sink. Now there’s NO excuse to not wipe down the counter when it looks dirty. Palmolive dish detergent is always right at my sink.

If you have to haul your cleaning supplies throughout the house, you’re much less likely to use them!

 

4 Speaking of counters .. do the important things each day. Everyone has those things that you need to do each day to make your home look cleaner. Whether it’s putting ‘front door area’ clutter away or wiping off the counters. Make sure to do THAT thing. You know it make a huge amount of difference.

5 If it’s not working, CHANGE IT. Everyone has a different system that works for them. Yes, it’s great to search Pinterest for cleaning inspiration, but no one knows your schedule and lifestyle better than you. What one person says they do every evening, for example, may not work for your schedule. Don’t force a game plan that isn’t working. There’s no shame in changing what doesn’t work!

Invite someone to your home. We all have those times where our home is just a mess for too long. We ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Put the pressure on yourself to get the house clean periodically by inviting friends over. As much as we might deny it, we all like our home to be clean for guests. I even joke with my girlfriends that I’m inviting them over for selfish reasons to motivate me to clean. My motto “whatever works!”

7 Clean as you go. You knew this one was coming. Cooking up a storm one weekend day? Clean up those dishes THAT day! Doing some big art projects at your house? Put away the supplies after you’re finished. Walking in the front door? Hang up your coat in the closet instead of laying it on the couch. Now you don’t have to do huge weekend cleaning sessions for little things that could have been done ALMOST seemlessly during the week. Save your big cleaning sessions for real deep cleaning (like cleaning out your fridge or mopping the floors)

8 Have a ‘junk drawer’. No matter how much we try to put every item in it’s correct place all the time, there’s those days where you just want to shove all your ‘stuff’ away quickly and deal with it later. Whether it’s a junk drawer or decorative baskets, it’s OK to have a place to store stuff that you just don’t want to deal with today! Plus it makes cleaning up for house guests much easier!

9 Set aside time each day. There’s no magic formula that cleans your house without you putting in some work in to it (well, unless you’re hiring someone to clean it for you). So many of us wait until we have huge chunks of time to clean. Yet, you can make some serious cleaning progress even if you have 5 minutes. While I was waiting for Joe to finish his breakfast before we took Reagan to the dog park, I spent a couple minutes tidying up our front closet.

10 Exercise. OK so this last tip doesn’t actually make your house clean, BUT I find that cleaning is the ultimate workout, especially if you put hand and leg weights on while you clean. While its definitely not fashionable, it does give you a great workout! A clean house + enough calories burned to skip the gym? Sounds good to me.

 

 

 

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100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

I hate downsizing. There I said it. I have a constant fear that I’ll someday need said item that I’m getting rid of. I’d rather spend hours figuring out the perfect organizational system for too much stuff than downsize. Yet even someone like me is able to get rid of these 100 things. Whether you throw away, recycle or donate, I promise you won’t miss these 100 things from your home!

  1. Extra buttons in little plastic bags from every clothing item ever purchased | Odds are you don’t even have the shirt the buttons came with!
  2. Window bill envelopes | besides paying bills when on earth would you use these?
  3. Expired condiments
  4. Scratched CDs | In this day and age if you’re going to even keep CDs they sure better be working!
  5. Expired batteries | Just because you put them back in storage, doesn’t mean they’ll start working again 🙂 .
  6. Cable cords and wires | Seriously, do you really have any idea what to do with these?
  7. Expired canned goods
  8. Tupperware containers missing their lid | I promise you’re never going to find the lid. Ever.
  9. Old cell phones | “I’d really like to go back to using my Iphone 3” said no one ever. Trade it in or donate it.
  10. Lanyards, name tags, bags from conferences
  11. Magnets | Unless you use them, they just make your fridge look cluttered.
  12. Dried-up nail polish
  13. Travel mugs that leak | You’re welcome.
  14. Unused notebooks
  15. Address labels for your old house
  16. Dollar store items that you’re still trying to figure out how to use
  17. Tiny screws and nails from furniture you don’t even have anymore
  18. Novelty kitchen gadgets | Everyone wants fresh squeezed orange juice, but how often are you actually squeezing those oranges?
  19. Wedding favors
  20. Past wedding invites
  21. Expired coupons | Donate them to the military
  22. Old bridesmaid dresses | Have you really worn it since the wedding?
  23. Hangers from the dry cleaners
  24. Extra salt and pepper shakers | Honestly, why would have you more?
  25. White-out bottles | Deep down you know you don’t need these.
  26. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  27. Old teeth whitening trays
  28. Take out menus | The menu is the exact same online. I promise.
  29. Backpacks or duffle bags that don’t get used enough | And no, don’t use these as storage solutions
  30. Gorgeous uncomfortable shoes that you avoid because they give you blisters
  31. Unused Exercise Equipment | This stuff is too bulky to store if you’re not using it.
  32. Alarm clock | Isn’t your phone already sitting on your nightstand?
  33. Plastic cutlery from takeout
  34. Extra pencil sharpeners | You can have ONE
  35. Paperweights
  36. Hole punch | When’s the last time you’ve used yours?
  37. Snacks your pets don’t like | Reagan is the worlds pickiest eater
  38. Unused vases | Keep one for flowers you receive
  39. Make up you’ll try “one day” | I’m looking at you Taylor Swift style lipsick
  40. Travel brochures from trips you’ve already gone on
  41. Stockings with runs | No amount of clear nail polish will take away the run
  42. Cards you’ve received that have no sentimental value
  43. Old emery boards | They’re SO cheap, just buy a new one
  44. Highlighters | Save one or TWO tops
  45. Too many sets of bed linens | Allow two per bed max
  46. Piles of “scrap paper”
  47. Gifts you don’t really like
  48. Staple remover | Do you see my theme with office supplies?
  49. Twisty ties | They really only make sense on bread bags
  50. DVDs you don’t watch
  51. Cooking utensils you have two of | Have you ever used two of the same utensil at the same time?
  52. Promotional t-shirts that are WAY too big
  53. Bills you don’t need to keep | Who wants to be reminded of how much money they’ve spent?
  54. Extra key chains
  55. Emergency sewing kits | How many ‘sewing emergencies’ can one person have?
  56. Mason jars | Go on Pinterest and figure out a project for these or get rid of them!
  57. Paper bags from a department store | Ok Ok, keep one or two tops
  58. Touristy knick knacks that seemed like a good idea to purchase while on vacation
  59. Fancy serving bowls that you can only use for special occasions
  60. CDs that come with computer programs you’re no longer using
  61. Extra bubble wrap | Takes up WAY too much room!
  62. Keys that you don’t know what they’re for
  63. Holiday decorations that you always forget to set out | Mine’s the Mardi Gras decorations for the party I never end up hosting
  64. Any dishware that doesn’t match the rest of your set
  65. Dried up super glue or super glue that’s lids are glued shut
  66. Those amazing organizational systems that worked in your previous apartment but not in your current place
  67. Recipe books you rarely use | One word: Pinterest 
  68. Magazines you’ve already read
  69. Worn-Out Hairbrushes | We all get grossed out seeing other people’s old hairbrushes
  70. Single earrings | Look for the pair or get rid of it
  71. Too many workout clothes | Remember, buying workout clothes doesn’t burn calories
  72. Plastic hangers that you get from the store
  73. Remotes that don’t have a use | Whoever invented the universal remote is GENIUS!
  74. Dishware that doesn’t stack easily and/or takes up too much room
  75. Craft supplies for projects that you never actually started (or completed)
  76. The cheap pans that keep burning your meal | But you won’t have any more excuses for burnt food 🙂
  77.  Novelty baking dishes that can’t be used regularly
  78. Extra pajama sets | A couple for cold weather and a couple for warm weather is good enough!
  79. Accessories to old electronics | Don’t we wish all iphone versions used the same charger??
  80. Broken hangers, even if they’re the fancy expensive wood kind
  81. Boxes from electronics | Unless you think there’s a good chance you’ll return it, hold the box for only a couple weeks
  82. Hairdryer attachments that never get used
  83. Stained clothing you can’t get cleaned | The stain will drive you crazy
  84. Too many coolers | If you have room for these, I want to move in to your house!
  85. Holiday themed dishes | I love these as much as you do, but I only have room for dishes I can use ALL year round
  86. Belts that don’t fit
  87. Scarves you never wear
  88. Too many hats & gloves | Find a couple pairs that go with ALL your winter coats
  89. Chopsticks | Unless you really REALLY use them
  90. Shampoo bottles from hotels | Use them within the first month back from your trip or get rid of them
  91. Air fresheners | Unless they’re the kind with refills
  92. Clothes that are WAY too small | One size down is OK, but anything more? Just buy new clothes to celebrate!
  93. Matches from restaurants | Save one pack
  94. Cheap pens that run out of ink easily
  95. Too many baking dishes | How many can you really fit in your oven at the same time?
  96. Old ratty towels | Turn them in to rags or get rid of them!
  97. Makeup samples that you only like because they’re free
  98. Unnecessary receipts | Do you really want an itemized grocery receipt from a year ago?
  99. Cookie cutters | If you’ve used them in the last month you get a pass!
  100. Empty bottles of anything

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I love the look of our house POST spring cleaning, but dread the process. Don’t we all? So instead of gearing up for one big cleaning weekend each year, I do a little cleaning more regularly. Here’s the top 5 areas that I keep clean throughout the year that make the biggest difference.

1 Cleaning the Fridge | I HATE HATE HATE cleaning our fridge. The best way around it? Have someone (or something) do it for you. I LOVE Fridge Coasters, not only because of the fun print (there’s lots of neat options on their site), but because it’s the ultimate solution for spills, drips and build up in your fridge!

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Fridge Coasters are super absorbent liners that fit in any fridge, no matter the type or manufacturer. Put these in high traffic areas like under the produce in the crisper or under the salad dressings in the doors. These absorb moisture drips and spills that mysteriously and inevitably occur in the fridge!

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The special material pulls out moisture from spills, allowing the spill to completely dry. This means no more scrubbing, spraying or even scratching spills off your fridge!

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2 Toaster Tray | I’m not sure if this is the official name?? Hmmmm. I’m also not sure why it’s so dang hard to find one of these, but there’s definitely a gap in the market! Even though my toaster technically has a built-in tray on the bottom of it, crumbs still find themselves all over the counter and in the cabinets. My solution? After measuring the diameter of my toaster, I found this small tray that fit perfectly underneath. The toaster NEVER goes anywhere without it’s tray. And the crumbs don’t either!

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3 Dirty Towels | I’m still at a loss as to WHY Joe & I go through SO many towels and rags in our kitchen (I’d like to think it’s because of how amazingly clean our kitchen is 🙂 ), but at any given time we’re swimming in dirty rags. Until now I had two options: keep them in the kitchen or put them on top of our washer. Neither was attractive and both options were used way too much. Then one rainy Seattle Saturday (which is really EVERY Saturday in the winter) I had too much time on my hands looking for another DIY project to tackle. These cute canvas bags are hung on the back of our pantry door. Dirty rags are officially out of site!

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4 Keep the Dishwasher Clean | EVERYTHING goes in our dishwasher. EVERYTHING. I’ve learned the hard way why some items clearly state that they are NOT dishwasher safe. Whether it’s my love of dishwashers or hatred of doing the dishes, I’ll let you decide. If you’re using your dishwasher as much as I am, you may start seeing a film on your plates and dishes if you don’t clean it regularly.

A quick and easy solution just needs bleach and vinegar. In your empty dishwasher, place a bowl with beach on the bottom shelf. Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle skipping the dry cycle. Repeat the process replacing the bleach with a cup of vinegar.

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5 Coffee Maker | Got 5 minutes? That’s literally ALL you’ll need to ensure your coffee maker is sparkling clean. As someone who can likely out drink anyone in daily consumption of coffee, I was embarrassed that I couldn’t remember the last time I cleaned my coffee maker. Vinegar is always a popular way to clean, but having spoiled too many cups of coffee with that lingering spell and taste, I’ve got my own recipe that I’m happy to say works just as well!

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Laundry always seems to be the most dreaded chore in most households. It used to be with us. I went through system after system trying to ‘prefect’ how to do laundry quickly & efficiently. Finally I’ve learned the perfect laundry system ….. have someone else do it for you. Not sure about you, but that likely won’t be happening in our household any time soon. Instead, here’s the tricks I’ve learned along the way!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

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CLEAN WASHING MACHINE: Probably not on the top of everyone’s list, but you should really make sure your washing machine is actually CLEAN. Yes, dirt and grime can build up even in your washing machine. Every 3 months or so I clean ours out simply by throwing in a load of old towels with 1/4 cup baking soda in a hot cycle and add 3/4 cup vinegar down the dispenser. Cleaner washing machine = cleaner clothes!

SORT BY COLOR: Keeping laundry sorted throughout the week makes it much MUCH easier on laundry day. We keep two bins in our laundry room “colors” & “whites”. On laundry day all I have to do is see if the bins are full to determine if we need to do a load. (Each bin holds roughly one load of laundry.) No more taking up the entire hallway floor to sort out all our laundry before washing!

PRE-TREAT STAINS: As I’m putting my dirty laundry in the correct bin, I’ll also pre-treat any stubborn stains right then and there. Always loving when a product can do double duty, Wisk Deep Clean® detergent can also be used to pre-treat tough stains. I seem to ALWAYS forget to pre-treat when I’m about to do laundry. This method insures my tough stains are getting extra attention.

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty! Wash

EMPTY POCKETS: When I put each piece of dirty laundry in the washer, I make sure that all pockets are empty. Don’t assume that it’s only for jeans. Hoodies, jackets, anything with a pocket COULD have something inside! I keep a small jar on top of my washer for “pocket surprises”. Having a jar in plain sight as I’m loading the washer helps me remember to check the pockets. Otherwise I’d likely forget! Nothings more annoying than taking a load out of the washer to find out a tissue was left in one of the pockets!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty! TOUGH STAINS: Since moving out to the west coast, Joe & I have been picking up cycling. When I say “Joe & I” I really mean Joe. I’m more of the causal ride type of girl 🙂 . While the sport is great, it definitely causes some DIRTY workout clothes. I used to only be concerned with the stains that I could see. Yet, after getting a whiff of our dirty cycling clothes in the hamper one day my mentality changed forever. The formula of Wisk Deep Clean® actually contains a blend of Micro-Cleaners that attack hidden body oils & sweat that can get trapped in the fibers of your clothes. What does that mean for us? Wisk can get ALL the dirt out in one wash! I stocked up on a couple of these over at Fred Meyer!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

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DON’T LET STAINS DRY: If you’ve got a piece of laundry with a pesky stain, make sure to double check it when you take it out of the washer before drying. If the stain is still there, pre-treat with Wisk Deep Clean® and wash again before it dries to prevent the stain from becoming permanent.

PREVENT OVER-DRYING: Somebody in our house might have accidentally shrunk a couple of Joe’s work shirts. I’m sure whoever did that feels absolutely awful and was only trying to help get the laundry done. Yep, Joe’s never letting me live this one down. Over-drying your clothes can definitely make some fabrics shrink. To prevent it, check on your clothes as soon as the dryer cycle ends and hang them up once they feel “mostly dry”.

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

May your laundry be completed as quick and efficient as possible!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

Are you drowning in laundry? Make these simple & easy changes to your process for an easier and more manageable laundry duty!

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I found out the other week that Joe doesn’t always read my blog posts. Obviously he’s not my target market, but what?!?! I felt a little like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex & The City when Samantha tells her that she doesn’t always have time to read her newspaper column. In his defense he claims he doesn’t need to read them because he pretty much watches each post being created in our kitchen on almost a daily basis!

So when I was working on our entry way command center, he did his customary “working on a blog post”? I thought to myself, who on earth would care to see how I set up a couple shelves near our entry way. A week later friends saw the newly installed entry way command center and said “Ohhhh when is this going to be on the blog?”

Entry way command center

So apparently my last ditch effort to get all the clutter off of our counters is officially blog worthy. Great news because this may have been my LONGEST in progress home project ever. No matter how many baskets and containers we have throughout our house, we ALWAYS seem to have extra ‘stuff’ on our counter tops.

Counter clutter is the one thing that make our place look messy and small.

I’m constantly moving keys, headphones, mail, & Reagan’s leash to put them in a dish of sorts on our counter. Then these dishes start to pile up and I’ve created a whole new area of clutter. It’s a vicious cycle!

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Unfortunately we don’t have a big front door entry way area so it never occurred to me to use the small wall space that we had. But that’s what we did! Not loving any of the prepaid command centers I was seeing online (I wanted clean & metal), I opted to make my own pieces….. well buy my own (no DIY for this project)!

Here Were The Problem Areas / What I Purchased 

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

I loved the look of these hooks and also loved how easy they were to ‘hang’ up (aka- peal off the tape on the back), as the rest of the command center needed to be nailed in.

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Here’s the final product!

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

These pocket cubbies were great for more miscellaneous items that we need near our entry, such as Reagan’s puppy harness, chap stick, & headphones.

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Keys, hats & sunglasses are within easy access on the silver square hooks.

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Since it’s just Joe & I in our house, the third mail rack doubled as puppy towel holder to dry off Reagan’s feet when it’s raining!

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

May your counters be forever empty!I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!This post has been featured in: Life On Merlin

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I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

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Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!Those of you who follow my Instagram account probably realize how much I enjoy a good cup of coffee. Noticing that I’m drinking my weight in coffee each day and throwing away tons of grinds each day, I thought that there HAS to be another use for these coffee grinds (in addition to using them in gardening, which I’m going to try this spring!). One of my more domestic friends was shocked that I don’t keep baking soda in our fridge to prevent odors. From looking at my fridge, I highly doubted that the lack of baking soda was the real problem so I blew off the suggestion. Until now.

I’m a sucker for anything that can be reused and turned in to a project. This one may take under 5 minutes, but it still counts! Instead of putting baking soda in our fridge to keep the smells at bay, I opted for coffee.

Once you finish a pot of coffee, simply dump the wet grinds into a small container and let dry for a day or two. I typically put these by a sunny window to speed up the process. In Seattle during the winter, ‘sunny window’ means any window where ANY sun comes through, even for an hour!

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

Once dry I switched containers to find something that would fit nicely in the back of our fridge, a reused plastic olive jar. Take out the baking soda and replace it with this coffee container! I’m considering trying this in our freezer too, but not until it gets cleaned out!

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

Off to drink another cup (err….pot) of coffee!

Any other uses for coffee grinds?

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

 

 

 

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

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