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Thursday, December 21, 2017

5 Last Minute Tips for Shopping and Having a Little Fun

A Merry Christmas Greeting and Red Snowflaked Wrapped Gifts.

Simplify Your Last Days Before the Holidays

Once again, the Christmas holiday is here – like now! I tell myself every year I’ll have everything done in record time; there won’t be any last-minute shopping and we’ll have time to enjoy the things going on around us.

We almost made it, we didn’t procrastinate, but life sometimes gets in the way and I do have some last-minute things to do. I’m not going into panic mode though, the majority of what I have to do is done, I still have a few days and so do you.

Did you know that over 70 percent of adult’s shop for Christmas gifts right up to the day? Whatever the reason, you’re not alone.

Here’s some of my last-minute ideas for shopping and to get out and have a little fun.

Get Online to Finish Your Shopping

If you don’t want to join the scores of shoppers at the mall, which I don’t blame you, turn on the computer and do some online shopping. Retailers know there are thousands of last minute shoppers and most guarantee delivery if you can get your orders in a few days before Christmas.

Give the Gift of a Gift Card

You can’t go wrong with a gift card and don’t let yourself think it’s an impersonal gift either. Young kids who are old enough to shop love the idea of spending their own money (even if it is in the form of a plastic card). Older teens and young adults will probably love a gift of dinner, a movie and a cup of coffee afterwards.

And don’t forget all the department stores, I don’t even bother anymore with buying clothes for the older kids – one-day fashions “in” – the next it’s out. So, there’s a gift card for that!


How many times have you received a gift that was never opened and is just taking up space in the closet? It happens more often than you might think. So why not regift it to someone else? After all, it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spent.

If it’s still in the box, undamaged and you know someone who would love it – clean off the dust and wrap it – spread the joy.

Very important: just be sure you’re not regifting to the person who gave it to you.

Get Out and Enjoy the Holiday Lights

Don’t be a scrooge. Pack up the kids, make hot cocoa and put it in to-go cups, then take a drive around town to enjoy all the Christmas lights. Some people (and neighborhoods) go all out decorating the house and yard.

You might even be able to make a donation or two. There are a couple of families in one of the neighborhoods we visit - they sell baked goods, handmade stocking stuffers and small trinkets. All the proceeds are donated to local children’s hospitals or low income senior facilities.

If you have a zoo nearby, oftentimes they will be decorated in lights and have displays to enjoy while you walk around all bundled up looking at the animals.

Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Not only can you get out and enjoy the lights but some cities have a holiday tradition for locals and guests alike, a cozy horse drawn carriage ride. What a perfect way to unwind and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and lights of Christmas at a leisurely pace.

A carriage ride will delight that special someone and kids will be sure to enjoy it too.

These are just 5 of my last minute tips to shop and enjoy the things around you. Happy Holidays to you all.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5 Tips to Help Make Laundry Day Easier

Nicely Folded Stack of Clothes.

Simplifying Laundry Day Chores

Why is it laundry chores are something a lot of us just don’t like to do? It’s right up there next to doing the dishes, right?

Some may not like laundry day because of a shared laundry space in an apartment complex; needing to go to the laundromat; or simply because laundry piles up so quickly.

Whatever the reason, here are some tips to save time when you’re doing laundry.

Laundry Once a Week or Multiple Times a Week?

How often you do laundry depends on a few different variables. Some of them being how many people you’re doing laundry for, how often you wear clothes before you toss them in the hamper, and how active you and your family are.

If you’re only washing for a couple people, wear clothes 2-3 times before you consider them dirty, and/or not very active, you can probably get away with only doing laundry once a week.

If you have a large family you’re washing for, very active, or you wear it once and it’s in the hamper, you may want to do laundry two or three times a week so it doesn’t pile up and become overwhelming.

Treating Stains

In order to successfully remove clothing stains, you need to act quickly and hopefully you catch it before it gets sorted! The sooner you address the stain, the faster and the easier it will come out.

Treat the stain and when it’s been removed, place it in the appropriate laundry basket.

Use the below stain removal methods as a guide to help select the best cleaning method for your stain when it happens.

Clothing Stain Removal Methods

Sort Your Laundry!

Sorting laundry ahead of time can save time and make laundry day more organized. Sort whites/light colored items, darks, delicates, sports clothes, dry cleaning, etc. and hopefully everyone remembers to remove things from their pockets.

Either keep a laundry basket for each in one main area or keep them in multiple places like the laundry room, bathroom or bedrooms.

Then on laundry day all you have to do is move from basket to washer. Always eyeball the clothes as they go in the washer to make sure you’ve treated all stains.

Do’s and Don’ts of Washing Clothes

  1. Always check pockets before you put them in the washer. I have lost too many lip balms by forgetting to do a pocket check. Plus, you wouldn’t want to accidentally damage your washer with something that shouldn’t go through the wash.
  2. If you have new clothes and are not sure if it the item is colorfast, wash them separately the first few times in cold water so they don’t bleed and discolor other clothes.
  3. Make sure you choose the right setting for the type of clothing you’re washing. Today many clothes can be washed in cold water along with a good detergent and they come out just as clean as using hot water - but the temperature you use is totally up to you. If you’re not sure, always read the label.
  4. Don’t overstuff the washing machine. Not only does it make the machine work harder, your clothes may not come out as clean either and may come out with detergent residue on them.
  5. Don’t leave wet clothes sitting in the washing machine for an extended period of time, they can quickly acquire a smell. Who wants to wash the same load of clothes twice? Not me.

The below article can help with water temp, boosters, and fabric softeners.

How to Wash Clothes

Tips for the Dryer

  1. Make sure as you are putting clothes in the dryer you are also shaking out the clumpy, twisted clothes. This will help them dry more thoroughly and not be as wrinkled.
  2. Check the settings on the dryer and select the appropriate one for the clothes you’ve washed then throw in a fabric softener if you use one.
  3. Don’t allow clothes to sit in the dryer for extended periods either as it will definitely wrinkle your clothes. Folding or hanging clothes while they are warm will help to prevent wrinkling.
  4. Hang or lay flat any clothes that don’t go directly in the dryer. For any clothes that have been stain treated, make sure the stain is gone before putting in the dryer.

Get out the iron and iron clothes if that’s something you do.

Quick Tip for Removing Wrinkles

If you have a pair of pants, a shirt, or a skirt that has wrinkles and you just have to wear it, wet a clean dish towel, wring it out (if you need to de-wrinkle a pair of jeans, lightly wring out the dish towel) put that in the dryer with the wrinkled item and turn the dryer on for 15 to 20 minutes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Removing Stains from Clothing

Man Slopping Jelly from Donut on his Tie.

Messes happen and our clothes can sometimes take the brunt of the spill, causing stains you might think you won’t be able to get out.

But with a little effort, all may not be lost, your washable clothes can come clean and many of the stain removers - you probably have them somewhere in the house already.

Blotting and Scooping Up Spills

Before using any stain removal method, we need to get up the excess spill – if that is the type of stain you’re dealing with.

If the stain is a liquid stain, blot up as much as you can with some absorbent material. Do not rub the area as this will cause the stain to spread and we don’t want that. Place something under the area to avoid it spreading to a clean area of fabric.

If the spill is a blob of jelly, ketchup, etc. then scoop up as much as you can first before using a stain remover.

Dawn Dishsoap to the Rescue

If you have a greasy stain, oily stain or lipstick stain, reach for Dawn dishwashing liquid. It’s an excellent stain remover. Just put a dab on the stain and rub it between your fingers, let sit 5 minutes or so and rinse in cool water. Repeat if necessary, wash as usual and don’t put the garment in the dryer until you are positive the stain is gone.

Using Rubbing Alcohol for Grass Stains

I love working in my backyard and grass stains happen. If you or the kids come in with a grass stain, try using rubbing alcohol, it can work wonders to remove the green pigment grass leaves behind.

Apply rubbing alcohol to the grass stain and use your fingernail or an old toothbrush to work it in and pull out the stain. Put something behind the stain so it doesn’t transfer to another area of the garment. After a few minutes, rinse with cool water.

There may be some of the grass stain left so repeat the process again. You can also try using a liquid dish detergent.

Removing a Jelly Stain

What kid hasn’t gotten a jelly stain on themselves or the tablecloth? Heck, I still slop when eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

First, if necessary, scoop up any excess jelly then flush the stain with cool water. In a squeeze bottle (I buy 16-ounce squeeze bottles just for uses like this) combine two cups water, two teaspoons white vinegar, and a half teaspoon oxygenated laundry detergent and give just a little shake to mix ingredients.

Put something like a dish towel under the stain and soak the stained area with the mixture, let the solution sit on the stain for at least 15 – 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary then wash in cold water.

Soaking Stained Clothing

Sometimes a good soaking is all that is necessary to remove certain stains. For some stains, it may not remove 100 percent of the stain but soaking is a good place to start prior to using a stain removal treatment. Always use cold or cool water. Hot water can further set the stain in.

This method can work on blood stains, coffee or tea stains, can help with a wine stain, mustard, etc. Thoroughly rinse the stain then soak the stain in a cold-water bath for at least 30 minutes. If the item is heavily soiled try soaking for 60 minutes.

It may also help by adding a product such as 20 Mule Team Borax or OxiClean. Read the instructions for use.

These are just some of the ways you can remove stains from clothing, so before you think the impossible and toss the clothes out, think again and give a stain removal treatment a try.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Make Your Own Homemade Spray Laundry Starch

Nice Starched Business Jacket and Starched Shirt.

Making your own products is so rewarding, don’t you think? It’s fun, easy, saves you money and it doesn’t contain a bunch of chemicals.

Starch will stiffen fabric and after ironing, it makes nice crisp lines giving you a more professional, clean look. Perfect for when you need that extra wow factor at work or looking your best when you’re enjoying a night out. It also makes the holiday tablecloth and napkins look great.

Making your own laundry starch works just as good as the kind you used to buy in the store.

Here’s how you make it:

Spray Starch Recipe

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon organic cornstarch
  • 1 spray bottle


This is so incredibly easy, really!

I have a collection of old Ball jars, so this is what I use to mix the ingredients. I find shaking the ingredients up works much better (and creates a little less mess) than using a bowl to mix the ingredients.

Whichever method you use, just be sure to completely mix the ingredients so there are no cornstarch lumps left when you’re done.

When you finished shaking it up, pour your newly made spray laundry starch in a spray bottle and label it.


If you want to add a little fragrance, say some cinnamon for the Christmas tablecloth, mix in a few drops of essential oil, depending on the essential oil you use, you may want to add a few more drops to the mix, just don’t go overboard and don’t use essential oils if you’ll be ironing whites as it could discolor the item.

Now you’re ready to use the starch you’ve just made, allow it to soak into the fabric a bit first then iron and when it comes time to wash, it will easily wash off.

This should store just fine in the laundry room for two to three weeks or you can leave it in the refrigerator. Be sure to shake it well before using.

What Happens if a Residue is Left Behind on my Ironed Items?

If you notice a white residue left behind on linens or clothing items, you may need to clean the iron. Over time starch and minerals from water can leave a residue on the iron. Be sure to clean the surface of the iron to help keep everything you iron looking their best.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Getting Life Organized

Woman Holding her Forehead in her Hands.

Using Planners to Help Get Organized

It is easy to feel overwhelmed with so much going on, such as work, kid’s schedules, connecting with friends and family, etc. Organization has helped countless people get control of the chaos in their lives.

One of the ways you can get organized and control the disarray in your life is by using a planner. A planner can help overcome forgetfulness (which happens when you’re busy every day), and help you get on the road to an organized life.

Using a Paper Planner

Day planners have been around for years; there are many styles and types to use and many accessories that can be used with them - you just have to find the right one that works for you.

That being said, planners can be expensive. If you don’t want to pay for something that you could easily make yourself, go find a regular 3-ring binder, add a few dividers and zippered pouches to create your own. Depending on your needs, binder sizes for this type of thing are typically 8 to 12 inches in height.

Here are some sections your binder should have:

  • Calendar including daily, weekly and monthly – there are many places you can print these for free and if you own a Word program, you may be able to get a template that you can customize and print. Otherwise, you can easily find some free blank calendars online. Calendars are great for keeping track of appointments, class plays, after school activities, birthdays, anniversaries, chore lists and so on.
  • Important phone numbers and addresses like schools, doctors, family members, etc. I know we have our smart phones connected to the hip, but if your phone dies, are you going to remember these numbers?
  • Emergency information, including any medication family members are taking, allergies, who to contact, etc.
  • Shopping lists, including meal plans. With a busy lifestyle, these are great to have on hand, especially for any last-minute trips to the grocery store. No guess work and a great meal for the family.
  • To-do list that includes the personal projects you want to accomplish, fitness and other goals you want to meet, gifts or cards that need to be purchased, and plenty of extra pages to write down whatever may pop in your head that isn’t currently in your planner.
  • It’s nice to also have a list of bills noting the payment amount, date they need to be paid and think about keeping a few envelopes with your cash spending money (these are great for budgeting) and allowances for the kids.
  • Cleaning schedules and checklists and chore charts. If you don’t use the calendar for chores and cleaning, there are many checklists you can download and print free. Take a look at the cleaning checklists we have on House Cleaning Central, they are free to download.
  • Zippered pockets for pens, clips, coupons and other loose items you don’t want to lose. I like clear/transparent so I can see what’s in there.

Using Technology to Get Organized

Technology has changed our world and it can help change your life and make you much more efficient.

Computers are a great resource to create your own planner. Use your favorite word processing program or spreadsheet program to create your binder sheets, then print and add them to your binder.  This will make it easy to update your lists as information changes. I keep a running list of all my Christmas card addresses in a spreadsheet to use for Christmas and all year long for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and more.

You’ve heard the expression, “there’s an app for that”, and it seems to be especially true in the world of organization. There are many different list apps, calendar apps, checklists, and even apps to remind you to take any medication or vitamins! So, take a look and try out several to see what specifics you need and the format that you like.

Whether your planner is virtual or hard copy, it won’t work unless you use it. The key is to check your planner daily to see what is coming up and what you need to do.  Make an effort to sit down at least once a week to update your planner.  You can even set a reminder in your planner just for this task!

How to Use Your Planner and Make It Work for You

Whether you choose a paper planner or an electronic planner, in order for them to work effectively they need to be looked at and reviewed often. Don’t be scared off by this by thinking “oh crum! – I’ll be spending hours just keeping a planner,” know that the more you get in the habit using a planner, the quicker you’ll find yourself going through it to update it and make changes. It takes time to develop a habit, but once you’ve got it, it comes as naturally as breathing.

Effectively Using Your Planners

Each night, maybe after the kids have gone to bed, sit down and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes reviewing the next day’s plans, activities, meals, etc. so you don’t forget anything – this may also help turn off the brain when you lay down for sleep.

Color code the different sections so you can easily go right to what you’re looking for. Color coding can be done by either having colored dividers or using a colored label for each section.

At least once a week go through what you have for the upcoming week. Add, make changes, remove, etc. This is where those extra pages come in handy. If you’ve made miscellaneous notes now is the time to add them. This might only take you 30 minutes to an hour, again this depends on how in depth you get with planning.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Creative Storage Options using Wire Baskets

Wire baskets storing hair care products and jewelry.

So often we find ourselves looking for more places to store our things – pantry items, shower products, clothing, cleaning products and more.

Using wire baskets or shower caddies that hang on the back of doors and cabinets is a creative way to remove clutter and make more space.

Storing Gift Wrap and Accessories

I use to keep my gift-wrap and accessories in an organizer in the office closet. As my business grew I needed the space for office supplies and other business-related things so I decided to use the back of the door to store my gift wrap, ribbons, tags, etc.

There are many over the door hanging storage solutions that use sturdy wire baskets where you can store all your gift-wrapping necessities in one place. This is a particularly good idea if you are limited on space. Think of all your gift wrap, scissors, tape, jars with labels and tags, tissue paper, ribbons and bows, gift bags, etc. all being in one place. How convenient!

Storing Bathroom Supplies

Wire basket that can be used in bathroom for hair care products.

If you have a small bathroom and don’t have a lot of room, think about moving bath towels to hooks on the back of the door and using the towel rack to hang wire baskets for bath items and other bathroom necessities such as a hair dryer and curling iron.

There are baskets with dividers that could hold make up products as well. You could even put a floating shelf over the towel rack for more storage too!

My daughter has a very small guest bath in her home so she had to think outside the box a little.

She ended up using a wire shower caddy in a corner to hold extra rolls of toilet paper and other items – maybe this can work for you too?

Kitchen Storage

Wire basket holding cutting boards and baking sheets.
I’m sure this isn’t original to anyone reading this but, if you need more room for pantry storage, use over the door adjustable shelf rods and wire baskets for spices, snacks, dish towels, utensils and so on.

Under the sink, you can hang a storage basket that can hold cutting boards or other similar items you want to keep off the counters.

You can also get yourself a three-tiered hanging wire basket for storing fruit and other daily snacks.

Bedroom Storage Needs

If you have a small bedroom that only accommodates a small dresser and you need more storage options, you can hang over the door baskets for socks, underwear, pajamas, and less bulky items. This can be hung on the back of the closet door or the bedroom door.

Jewelry and Makeup Storage

Jewelry stored in over the door cabinet.
Not a wire basket but worth mentioning. My daughter just bought the coolest thing - an over the door cabinet with a mirror on the front and room inside for jewelry, makeup, perfumes and more. This unit is very nice and holds quite a bit of stuff.

There are so many different styles and sizes of wire baskets. Take a trip to your local container or hardware store to see what is available.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Cleaning the Yard and Outside the House

Lawnmower Sitting in the Yard.

 Getting the House and Yard Spiffed Up for Spring

In our last post we talked about Spring Cleaning the Inside of the House. Now let's move to the outside of the house and what we can do to spruce up some things that might need a little TLC.

Cleaning Windows and Screens

With all the wind, rain and snow, windows and screens take a beating when it comes to dirt and debris. Cleaning these will help all that beautiful sunshine fill any room in the house and brighten the mood.

Cleaning Interior and Exterior Glass

Cleaning Patio Furniture

Take the covers and cushions off your patio furniture and wipe them down or hose them off. Make sure to clean under tables and chairs to get all the cobwebs removed. If you have covers for your furniture, rinse them down with the hose and let them dry before storing.
If your outdoor furniture has been left in the elements you'll probably need to wash them.  You can clean most furniture with a gentle soap and water combination.  A good recipe is:
  • 1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
  • 1 gallon warm water
Pre-rinse then use a soft bristle brush to remove dirt, bird poop and mildew. Rinse completely.
If there is mold or mildew, add 1/2 cup white vinegar.  Don’t forget about cleaning the cushions and umbrella too. If there are removable covers on the cushions wash as instructed otherwise mix equal parts white vinegar and water, use the soft bristled brush to clean and rinse well when done.

Below are instructions for cleaning Teak Furniture and Wicker Furniture.
Cleaning Teak Furniture
Cleaning Wicker Furniture

Cleaning the BBQ Grill

Your outdoor grill might not have gotten much use over the colder months but if it wasn’t cleaned after the last use, who knows what it looks like inside.

  • If you have a charcoal grill, remove any remaining charcoal and rinse with a garden hose and use the recipe above to clean the inside and outside of it.
  • If you have a gas grill, remove the grates and scrub with a wire brush and soapy water and carefully clean the burners.
  • Make sure the drip pan is clean of grease and do check this quite often throughout the grilling season so no fires happen.

The grill, grates, and burners aren’t the only things to clean, check all parts of the grill and make sure all the screws are tight, tires are good, etc.

Cleaning Gutters and Roof

During the winter months leaves and debris can get blown onto roofs and into the gutters, so it’s a good idea every spring to clean these areas. Remove leaves and check the roof for any moss and other buildup of debris.  If you don’t feel you can safely get on your roof to clean, see if a family member can help or call a professional handyman.

Make Sure the Driveway, Walkways, Patios and Deck are Cleaned

Take a walk around your house with an old broom and get rid of any cobwebs you might run into.

Depending on where you live either sweeping or pressure washing the driveway, walkways, entryway, patio and deck will spiff these areas up. If there is any mildew on these areas, pressure washing will help remove it and keep anyone from slipping and falling.

Read the instructions for the proper tip and proper way to use the pressure washer so it doesn’t damage wood or cause a chunk of concrete to break loose.

Cleaning the Garage

Don’t forget to take a look at the garage, it can often be one of the messiest places of the house with boxes piling up, garbage that needs to go to the dump, things that need to be donated and the piles of stuff you’ve stocked up on from a big box store.

In order to clean it properly, you may have to organize first. You’ll have to move the car out and if you don’t have a shed, the lawn mower, bikes, etc.

Decide what you need the space for, will it be for the car, kid’s toys, lawn mower, maybe have a little room for a workbench? Then start going through your things in the garage, throw out the junk, donate items, and clean the floors.

When it’s time to put back what stays in the garage, look for new and different ways to store what you have left.  There are some great shelves, hooks, and cabinets made for garage storage. Find what will work best for you.

Cleaning the Yard

The yard is an ongoing project each spring and summer, but there are a couple of things you can do to clean it up.

  1. Take a good look around the yard and remove all the dead limbs, trash and stuff that may have blown in with the winter winds.
  2. Your lawn is also starting to wake up and it will need feeding to strengthen roots. Check with your local home improvement store and see what is right for you and the area you live in. 
  3. Plan your spring planting and clean the gardens by weeding and removing plants that didn't survive the winter. Do you need to mulch? When you've finished cleaning your gardens and those fall bulbs start blooming, your gardens will look great for their arrival.
Have fun doing your Spring Cleaning!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spring Cleaning Inside Your House

A Bunch of White Daisies.

Ready, Set - Time to Clean

Every year as the days get brighter and the birds come back singing, we are ready to shed our winter coats and shed the dirt and grime that has collected in our homes over the last few months.

Things you Should Have on Hand

Some of the things you’ll want to have handy are:
  • Cleaning supplies – of course!
  • Cleaning rags and soft clothes for polishing
  • Vacuum and hard surface floor cleaners
  • Dusters
  • Gloves
  • Garbage bags and boxes

You might need to consider the possibility of renting a carpet cleaner or calling a professional.

Declutter and Remove the Unwanted Stuff

Because spring cleaning is a good time to remove clutter and discard items that are no longer used we need to do a few things before we actually start to clean, after being cooped up all winter; we need to prepare for this marathon cleaning.
  1. Start by going through all rooms and toss the broken items. Look for the things you haven’t used for a while and you can live without. Put these in boxes or bags, maybe a box for donations, garage sale and one to pass things on to someone who might enjoy or need the item, it will be a win-win situation. Oh – and get the kiddoes involved.
  2. Gather and take out the trash so you don’t have to deal with it as you are cleaning.

General Cleaning

This applies to all rooms: dusting, vacuuming, clean lighting, fixtures, and switches, cleaning sinks, counters, etc.

Now Let’s Get to the Actual Cleaning

Get your cleaning supplies and tools together, put them in a caddy so you can carry them with you as you tackle different areas of the house.

Cleaning the Living Room, Dining Room, Formal Rooms, Office

  1. Cleaning the windows is one of the best things I like to tackle for spring cleaning. Let the sunshine in, right. (Cleaning windows applies to all rooms in the house.) Also, clean whatever is covering your windows; drapes, shades, or blinds and don’t forget to wipe down the window frames and tracks.
  2. Take a look at your bookshelves, switch it up and rearrange your books while giving them and the shelves a good dusting and polishing if necessary.  If you have knick-knacks on your shelves, move them around, or maybe swap with ones in a different room.
  3. If you have area rugs, wash those that can be washed and dust the ones that can’t be washed. Dusting a rug is vacuuming. If possible, move the rug to a clean hard surfaced floor so you can vacuum the back and get the embedded dirt out. After vacuuming the back flip the rug on a clean surface and vacuum the top.  If you have a really nice rug and are concerned about damaging it, call in the professionals.
  4. Move the furniture and vacuum (furniture as well), polish the furniture, dust the base boards, remove cobwebs, clean and dust fixtures and clean any wood floors.

Something else you may want to check is the heater and AC filters. The following article will walk you through the steps to get this done if you want to do it yourself.

Cleaning Air Filters

Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

Besides your regular cleaning there are a few more things that can be done to spiff up the kitchen.
  1. Stainless steel appliances always seem to have smudges and streaks.  Never use abrasive cleaning products and make sure to clean in the direction of the grain.  Most grime will come off with just water and a good microfiber cloth.
  2. Your coffee pot is a necessary tool that gets used daily, but when was the last time you cleaned it?  You can put the carafe and other removable parts in the dishwasher, but use a vinegar/water mixture (2 parts water to 1 part vinegar) to clean the inside of the coffee maker.  Simply pour the mixture into the water well and turn on the brew cycle until all the water/vinegar mix is gone.  Then run another full cycle of plain water to remove any lingering vinegar residue.
  3. Defrosting your freezer isn’t nearly as tough as it used to be, but we still need to do this once or twice a year.  Take everything out of the freezer, throwing out anything that you can’t identify or that looks like it’s more ice than food.  Use warm water to wipe down the shelves, drawers and sides and put what you’re keeping back in the freezer.
  4. This is also a good time to go through the pantry, toss old foods, clean shelves, and put the remainder back in a nice organized way.

Bedrooms and Closets

Your bedroom is supposed to be a relaxing sanctuary, so take a look around and remove any items that don’t give you a feeling of peace.  After you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, you can focus on some areas that might not normally get attention.
  1. Clean your headboard.  If your headboard is wood, dust it with a rag and your favorite wood cleaner, if it is made of fabric; use your vacuum attachments to vacuum the dust and hair away.
  2. Cleaning your mattress a few times a year will help prolong its lifespan.  Remove all bedding, vacuum the mattress, including the sides, then flip it over and vacuum again. If you are concerned about mattress odors, sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress and let it sit awhile before you vacuum.
  3. Don’t forget about your winter clothing, as it gets warmer outside, you are probably using your winter coat less often.  Take it to the drycleaner along with any sweaters you may have. Now when you store them, they are clean and ready for next year. Wash and pack away other cold weather clothing you won’t need and start unpacking your warm weather clothes.

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