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Today's Challenge: Clean Out the Coat Closet

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 10, 2019

In the Northern Hemisphere, January brings the year's coldest weather--and puts new demands on the family coat closet.

How do you store the family's outerwear during blustery weather?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to take a peek inside the coat closet. Is is free from clutter and ready for use?

Today's Assignment:
Clean Out the Coat Closet

Winter weather brings new prominence to outerwear storage. Umbrellas and galoshes, jackets and coats need a good home, especially when they're in daily use.   Read More >>

Resolutions Rescue: Clean Out The Refrigerator

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 9, 2019

It's January. Do you know where your New Years resolutions are?

All those resolutions that looked so basic, so easy, so noble through the champagne haze of New Year's Eve have lost their rosy glow, when viewed in the stark light of a January morning.

With the children back to school and holiday decorations back in their attic boxes, our resolve for a better, thinner, healthier and wealthier year has once more washed up against the hard and niggling realities of daily life.

Be of good cheer! There's a tried-and-true boost for just about anybody's New Year's resolutions.

I'm talking about cleaning the refrigerator. Spearing the Great White Whale.   Read More >>

Printables:  Freezer Inventory Menu Planner Shopping List

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 11: Stop Dirt at the Door

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 9, 2019

Friends and family members aren't the only guests that enter the house through the entryway.

Less desirable visitors hitch a ride inside, too: dirt, dust and dander carried into the house through the front door.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, get tips to stop dirt at door in your organized home.

Today's Challenge:
Stop Dirt at the Door

Dirt! It's hitching a ride inside on shoes, paws and open breezes. This week, we're deep-cleaning the entryway; to keep it clean, it's time to take steps to stop dirt at the door.   Read More >>

Speed Cleaning Tips From Professional Cleaners

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 8, 2019

Paid cleaning help can be a wonderful short-cut to a clean and organized home--if the household budget can stand the cost.

But what do you do if the Prize Patrol bypassed your door this year?

Take a speed-cleaning lesson from the pros!

Paid cleaning services are masters of the art of speedy, efficient cleaning. Watch professional cleaners at work: they don't waste time, cut corners or dawdle over the job--and they know how to clean fast, clean right.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Clean Like A Pro

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 8, 2019

This week's New Year Cleaning Challenge assignment focuses on the entryway or foyer, but for the next 13 weeks, there'll be a whole lot of cleaning going on.

How to make cleaning chores fly? Learn to clean like a pro!

Brushing up on cleaning skills, fine-tuning your cleaning tote, and learning the ropes of efficient cleaning will make Challenge assignments easier.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Set Up a Family Launch Pad

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 7, 2019

As we clean, declutter and organize the entryway this week, it's a natural time to think about morning routines.

How well do you and your family hit the road each morning for work or school?

Is it smooth sailing or a rocky road to get the family out the door?

Today, we'll consider a powerful helper to end morning madness: a family launch pad.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: It's Entryway Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 6, 2019

It's the place where public meets private: the entryway or foyer of your home.

It's the launch zone for family members each day, and the source of a guest's first impression of your home.

This week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll deep-clean, declutter and organize the portal to the world outside. Daily challenges will focus on cutting morning chaos and fine-tuning daily routines.

Ready? Let's tackle the entryway in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!   Read More >>

Printables:  Entryway Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Weekend Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 5, 2019

Welcome back to the New Year Cleaning Challenge! Today, we're wrapping up Preview Week and preparing to launch the Challenge in earnest next with, with the entryway or foyer.

It's "tidy up loose ends" sort of day, one where I'll sit and do one last holiday assignment: a post-season debriefing.

You'll hear a lot about debriefing over at sister site Organized Christmas. Remembering the season's high points--and the places where it fell flat--will guide me to a more centered celebration next year.   Read More >>

Pantry Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 4, 2019

Taken a trip down the cleaning aisle at the supermarket lately?

If you believe the ad hype, you can't keep a clean house without loading your shopping cart with a different cleaner for each surface, floor and sink in the house.

Hogwash! Simple recipes using products from your pantry make effective household cleaning solutions.

An added plus: these natural products are more environmentally friendly than commercial alternatives.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Update Address Books

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 4, 2019

For many of us, it's the last evidence of Christmas Past: a piled-up heap of Christmas cards, letters and photos. Time to tuck away those holiday greetings.

Whether you'll read and recycle, or file cards and letters away, stop!

Before you consign Christmas cards and letters to their forever home, take advantage of this treasure trove of information about loved ones, friends, and neighbors.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Inventory Cleaning Products

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 3, 2019

Cleaning products are your closest ally in the war against grime--but they can be expensive, and their effectiveness can fall all over the map.

What's in your cleaning cupboard? Are your cleaning partners up to the job ahead?

You'll want to choose cleaning products carefully to cut time spent on chores as we work our way through the Cleaning Grand Plan.

Today's Assignment:
Inventory Cleaning Supplies

Deep-cleaning is nobody's idea of a great time, but we've got a lot of it ahead on the New Year Cleaning Challenge.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Banish Those Boxes

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 2, 2019

For most of us, the holiday season brings a bumper crop ... of boxes!

Stacked and scattered through house, garage and storage areas, they've shipped gifts, contained new toys or encased electronics.

Now they're empty and taking up space; it's only a matter of time before they attract more clutter to join their ranks.

It's time to banish them to clear space in your organized home.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Haul Away the Holidays

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 1, 2019

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the holiday season.

Is the Ghost of Christmas Past still haunting your house?

Even if decorations have been boxed and banished until next year, holiday stragglers can still circle the house for weeks to come. We've got a tip to tame these last few holiday hold-outs!

Today's Challenge: Make A Fresh Start

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on December 31, 2018

Welcome 2019! As we kick off the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to make a fresh start for a new year.

Today, close out the old year by setting intentions for the new. Will you make resolutions, choose a "word for the year", or settle a new focus for 2019?

However you choose to observe the holiday, take time today to think about goals for the coming year. Having the destination in mind will light the way forward, as we clean house, cut clutter and get organized for a New Year.

Printables:  Challenge Calendar 1 Challenge Calendar 2

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 1: Get Ready

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on December 30, 2018

Welcome, friends! Are we ready to clean house for the New Year? It's Preview Week at the New Year Cleaning Challenge!

Our 14-week Challenge kicks off with a transitional week, designed to put the holidays to bed and prepare for the organizing and cleaning projects ahead.

During Preview Week, we'll get the Challenge rolling, banish the Ghost of Christmas Past, and craft a personalized plan for the coming weeks.

Printables:  Cleaning Challenge Calendar 1 Cleaning Challenge Calendar 2

Make A Price Book For Supermarket Savings

Looking to save money at the supermarket? It's hard to do in this age of shifting prices and computer-generated "sales".

How do you know whether an advertised special is a bargain--or a bust? Is the warehouse mega-pack a better buy? How about those "buy one, get one free" offers--are they worth the extra price?

Supermarket pricing can be confusing. Fight back with a powerful weapon from the frugal arsenal: the price book.

A price book is a power tool for tracking prices, products and sales, so you'll always know when a bargain is truly a bargain.


Take the New Year Cleaning Challenge

Christmas has come and gone ... and left a mess behind. Looking around, you wonder how you'll ever dig out in time for Spring! Solution? Take the challenge!

Roar into the New Year and clean house fast with the New Year Cleaning Challenge from OrganizedHome.Com.

Based on Katie Leckey's Cleaning Grand Plan, the New Year Cleaning Challenge kicks off the New Year with a 14-week plan to clean and organize a spring-clean house.

Working in small weekly bites makes a big job easy, while printable checklists help organize and track cleaning chores. By Spring, you'll be ready to open the doors to warmer weather.


Holiday Clean Up: Clutter Cutting Ideas for Year's End

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on December 22, 2018

Even in the midst of holiday cheer, it's time to look ahead to a clean and organized New Year--if you can see it, over the clutter of Christmas Past.

Ready to swing into the coming year from a clutter-free home?

Try these year-end tips to cut clutter and start the New Year on an organized note.

Winter Preparedness Checklist

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on November 21, 2018

When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared?

Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home.

Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.

Take time now to review your family's emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It'll help you prepare your home and automobile for cold-weather hazards.