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Today's Challenge: Identify Activity Centers

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 28, 2019

What's the state of your dining room?

While some households boast a separate room used only for formal meals, for most of us, the reality is a lot more complicated.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll consider the activities that take place in the dining room or dining area.

Identifying the room's activity centers is the first step toward an organized dining space!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: It's Dining Room Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 27, 2019

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: we're diving into dining areas with Dining Room Week.

The dining room table is a busy center of family life. It's where the family eats--and does a whole lot more. This week, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize the dining room or dining area, and tackle any associated activity centers.

Ready? Time to bring order to the dining room in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!   Read More >>

Printables:  Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Kitchen Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 26, 2019

This week, we've kicked it in the kitchen, cleaning and organizing everything from the counters to the pantry. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize kitchen and food storage areas.

Next week, we dive into the dining room in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, so clear the decks in the kitchen today!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Boost Your Pantry Power

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 25, 2019

What's the difference between an organized dinner hour and chaos in the kitchen? A well-stocked pantry!

A pantry is not a place, it's an attitude--and you have one if you have stockpiled food, health and beauty aids and paper goods in your home.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll boost our pantry power with tips for starting, growing and organizing the pantry.

Today's Assignment:
Brush Up Pantry Power

Smart cooks know that a well-managed pantry makes it easy to feed the family each day. What's the state of your pantry?   Read More >>

Printables:  Pantry Inventory

Today's Challenge: Clean Out the Freezer

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 24, 2019

It's dark, it's cold, it's full of food: your freezer. Whether your household features only a refrigerator-top unit, or boasts a free-standing freezer, today's the day to tackle freezer areas.

Today, we'll declutter, clean and organize freezer areas. Keeping tabs on frozen assets speeds meal preparation ad cuts food waste.   Read More >>

Printables:  food_inventory_freezer.pdf

Today's Challenge: Clean Out the Refrigerator!

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 23, 2019

Midway into January, it's easy to spot our New Year's resolutions going adrift. No matter how earnestly we make them, it's hard for resolutions to survive the rapids of daily life.

Time, money and energy seem in short supply in early January, so how to keep the progress going toward that new and more organized life?

Today, take 20 minutes to recharge most New Year's Resolutions: clean out the refrigerator.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Clear Kitchen Countertops

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 22, 2019

What's taken up residence on your kitchen counters?

The old real estate maxim works for kitchens, too: "location, location, location!" In the kitchen, countertop space represents the room's most prestigious--and hardest-working--real estate address. Is your cooking space clean and lean--or crammed and cluttered?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll clear kitchen countertops, applying a simple A-B-C method to make zoning decisions for appliances, decor and storage.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 21, 2019

When we dream of an ideal kitchen, the room we visualize is usually spare, clean and serene.

But when we open our eyes to reality, we're faced with a basic truth: the kitchen has an amazing ability to attract clutter.

Even after out-of-place items are rounded up and given new homes, we remain faced with hard-core kitchen clutter.   Read More >>

Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 20, 2019

Open the kitchen cabinets ... and you can tell it's time for a kitchen declutter!

Pudding mixes perch on top of the cereal, showering down onto the head of a sleepy, squawking teen each morning. To reach the oatmeal pan, you must shove aside a stack of pizza coupons, the bread machine pan and a glass jar of pickles.The top of the refrigerator is a greasy, dusty jumble of unfinished crafts projects, the dog's leash, empty prescription bottles, broken toys and fast-food drink cups.

Time to declutter the kitchen! Here are our best tips for streamlining and sorting kitchen clutter.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Kitchen Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 20, 2019

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: kitchen and pantry take center stage during Kitchen Week.

In the days ahead, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize the kitchen, and brush up our pantry power in food storage areas.

Menu and meal planning basics round out the week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

Ready? Let's get cooking!   Read More >>

Printables:  Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Living Room Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 19, 2019

Living Room Week is drawing to a close; time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the living room.

Looking ahead, the New Year Cleaning Challenge moves into the kitchen and pantry.

Time to get organized in food preparation and storage areas? Join us tomorrow for Kitchen Week!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Making Sense of Household Scents

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 18, 2019

Standing on the threshold, the living room is lovely to look at, clean and organized. Soft sofa, attractive artwork, pleasant lighting all beckon.

But the nose wrinkles. Do you smell something?

Taking on the "to scent or not to scent" question is like stepping in a mine field. Today, we'll try to find our way to freshness, while staying clean and green at home.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Light Up the Living Room

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 17, 2019

Floors and furniture, walls and decor all work together to create an inviting living room, but without light, they're cardboard actors on a darkened stage.

What's the state of lighting in your living room? Can the family converse, read, craft or watch television in comfort?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll let the light shine in the living room, and consider options to bring the right light where it's needed in your organized home.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Control "Clicker" Clutter

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 16, 2019

They're hard-working and indispensable features of modern life: remote controls, commonly referred to as the "clicker".

Thing is, in modern homes, they've arrived in multiple. How many clickers live in your living room--and how much chaos does it cause when one goes missing?

Today, consider ways to corral remote controls in your organized home.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Declutter Living Room Decor

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 15, 2019

The New Year brings a breath of fresh air to daily life; today, we'll reflect that seasonal change with a decor declutter.

As we deep-clean and organize the living room this week, it's a good time to cast an appraising eye on the room's decor items.

Does the living room look warm and inviting, or cluttered and cramped?

Today, we'll take a deeper look at the place of decor in an organized home.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Life in the Living Room

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 14, 2019

At the outset of Living Room Week, an important question arises. Who's living in your living room, and what do they do there?

Some homes feature a formal living room, used to receive guests and put up the Christmas tree-while the family's day-to-day life is lived down the hall in a den or family room. For these families, Living Room Week will be a straightforward process of cleaning walls, light fixtures, furniture and floors.   Read More >>

New Year Cleaning Challenge: It's Living Room Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 13, 2019

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: today, we take on the living room.

In the days ahead, we'll consider how our living room is used, and schedule time to declutter, deep-clean and organize this central gathering spot in our home.

Goal: to create a relaxing, pleasant and beautiful place to enjoy with family and friends.   Read More >>

Printables:  Living Room Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Entryway Week Wrap-up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 12, 2019

Entryway / Foyer Week is drawing to a close; time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize entry areas to your home.

Looking ahead, the Cleaning Grand Plan Challenge takes on the living room.

Will you have a clean and organized place to visit with family and friends? Join us tomorrow for Living Room Week!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Keep Tabs on the Keys

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 11, 2019

Answer honestly: how many times a week does your family play "hunt the car keys" ... and how late does it make you?

The solution to the problem of missing keys is as simple as a home and a habit.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to establish a dedicated home for key rings--and build a habit to make sure you never lose track of them again.   Read More >>

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