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Cleaning Challenge: Progress Check

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 25, 2019

With more than half of the New Year Cleaning Challenge completed, it's time to make a progress check.

Today, step back for a few minutes and celebrate all the changes you've made this year. Give yourself a big pat on the back for every area, large or small, that has been cleaned, decluttered and organized as you've followed along with the plan.

Next, assess your progress. Did you start strongly but found that life intervened with your plans? This is the week to refresh your motivation and renew the assault against dirt and disorder.

Fallen off the rails entirely? Hey! It happens! Review the factors that tripped you up, and remind yourself that one of the strongest indicators of successful self-change are trying, trying, and trying again.

Most of all, enjoy your home. It's the tapestry frame on which you weave your life ... so make it warm, welcoming and wonderful!   Read More >>

Freezer Cooking Guide: How To Cook Once, Eat For A Month

Are you ready to cook once, eat for a month? Time to try freezer cooking!

The concept of freezer cooking goes by many names. Once-a-month cooking. Frozen assets. OAMC. Meal assembly. Each describes the practice of assembling partially-prepared entrees in bulk for freezer storage.

Made in multiple and needing only reheating or final preparations, freezer meals are an easy way to feed the family fast ... and cheap.

Because you make several meals at once, economies of scale speed cooking chores. Buying in bulk saves money. Home preparation fosters better nutrition.

Today' s Challenge: Guest/Bonus Room Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 24, 2019

We're bringing on the bonuses this week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: during Guest Room Week, we'll take on those extra, custom spaces in your organized home.

Do you have a dedicated guest room? Then this week, you'll de-clutter, deep-clean and organize the room or space.

More likely, your household has some spaces that don't quite fit the Cleaning Grand Plan. Whether it's a crafts studio or home office, this week we're bringing order to these unique and custom spaces.   Read More >>

Printables:  Guest Room Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Master Bedroom Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 23, 2019

We've moved into the master bedroom this week, working to make the room a refuge of rest. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the master bedroom and bedroom closet.

Tomorrow, the New Year Cleaning Challenge tackles the guest room or bonus room. We'll catch up and review our progress toward a clean and organized home!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Check and Organize Bedding

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 22, 2019

It's the perfect end to a busy day: sinking into smooth, soft bed linens for a restful night's sleep.

As we near the end of Master Bedroom Week, it's time to assess the state of the bedding. Is it lush and comfortable, or bumpy and worn?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, make a quick check of bed linens. Will you need to refresh pillows or sheets for a good night's sleep? Then organize the linen storage area to ensure that bed linens are easy to find when you need them.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Declutter the Clothes Closet

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 21, 2019

Spring is on the way (even if Winter is still raging in your area!); will you be ready to dress for warmer weather?

During Master Bedroom week, it's time to clean out the clothes closet, but many of us dread the chore.

Take heart! Today's assignment shares some easy ways to cut clutter in the clothes closet, and organize the survivors, too.

Ready? We're headed to the clothes closet in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!   Read More >>

Changing Seasons: Clothes Closet Declutter

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 20, 2019

It's the time of the season: Spring is on the horizon, and Summer is around the corner.

Are you ready to dress for warmer weather?

A closet clean-out clears the decks for the new season and gives even the most frazzled home manager a feeling of accomplishment.

Whether in the children's closets or in your own, follow these principles for efficient, organized clothing storage.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Below-The-Bed Storage Solutions

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 20, 2019

The average bedroom has more stuff than space. If you're short on storage options, how do you keep belongings organized?

Tap the space under the bed! The area below the mattress and box springs is a natural for additional storage in the master bedroom.

To make the most of this hidden storage solution, try these ideas to make good use of below-the-bed real estate in your organized home.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Defeat Dust Mites

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 19, 2019

They swarm in our homes, making life miserable for the allergic: dust mites! Living in bedding, carpet and floating in house dust, dust mites and their droppings are unwelcome companions in any home.

Our bedrooms are prime hangouts for these microscopic pests. How to keep them in check?

Try these tips to show dust mites the door in your organized home, with today's New Year Cleaning Challenge assignment.   Read More >>

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Bedroom Identity Crisis

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 18, 2019

Is your bedroom suffering from an identity crisis?

Designed to be a place for rest, renewal, and private communications, the master bedroom can lose its way when burdened with too many outside activities.

Whether it's exercise equipment, out-of-place storage, paper piles or video game clutter, today's the day to bring the bedroom back to its intended purpose. Clear it out today, in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: It's Master Bedroom Week!

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 17, 2019

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: time to bring cleanliness, order and serenity to the master bedroom.

Our most private space, the master bedroom should be devoted to rest and relaxation. Is your master bedroom worthy of a personal retreat?

This week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll clean, declutter and organize the master bedroom, and reach for new ways to soothe our senses each day. Ready?   Read More >>

Printables:  Master Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Bathroom Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 16, 2019

This week, the bathroom has taken center stage in the Cleaning Grand Plan. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the household's bathrooms and personal care areas.

Tomorrow, the New Year Cleaning Challenge moves into the Master Bedroom, creating a clean and orderly place to rest and relax.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: A Clean Shower, Fast and Cheap

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 15, 2019

It's where the soap meets the grime, every day: your shower. How to keep the shower stall fresh and clean without scrubbing?

Daily shower cleaning products can make quick work of soap scum, soil and hard water deposits ... if you remember to use them.

Automatic shower cleaners are wickedly convenient--and wickedly expensive! Is there a way to keep a clean shower, fast and cheap?

Find out with today's New Year Cleaning Challenge assignment, and get squeaky-clean for pennies!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Five-Minute Bathroom Cleaning Routine

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 14, 2019

What's the secret to an always-clean bathroom? A daily cleaning routine!

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, consider how to keep your bathrooms clean on a daily basis.

The easiest solution is to craft a simple, 5-minute bathroom cleaning routine to keep grime at bay.

Create your own personalized routine--or use our example--to keep bathrooms fresh!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Manage the Medicine Chest

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 13, 2019

When family members fall ill, they call for "Dr. Mom" ... so today, we're headed to the medicine chest.

We'll consider the proper location for the family's store of nutritional supplements, prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

After decluttering the medicine chest, we'll decide how to dispose of expired medications safely.

Ready? We're making for the medicine chest in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!   Read More >>

Printables:  First Aid Kit Checklist

Today's Challenge: Take Stock of Towels

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 12, 2019

Towels. They're daily companions at shower, tub and sink. Who doesn't love their thirsty softness after a hot bath?

Over time, however, towels become tattered, scattered and faded. What's the state of the towels in your organized home?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll make a check of the household's stock of towels. Is it time for a fresh new set?   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Declutter the Master Bathroom

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 11, 2019

As a center for personal care, the master bathroom attracts a special kind of clutter. What's living in your cabinets, shelves and drawers?

A good bathroom declutter session will promote products in daily use and give them a front-and-center home, while dispatching those "As Seen on TV" marvels.

Follow one master bathroom declutter, and learn the secrets of allocating scarce real estate in the bathroom today, in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: It's Bathroom Week!

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 10, 2019

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: we're headed to the bathrooms to bring them to a new level of order.

It's where we shower and shave, primp and prepare for the day. Are your bathrooms up to the job?

We'll tackle clutter, create a new level of clean, and organize bathroom storage this week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.   Read More >>

Printables:  Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Family Room Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 9, 2019

This week, we've worked on the household's gathering space: the family room. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

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

Tomorrow, we'll tackle family bathrooms in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, bringing these personal care areas to a squeaky clean state.

Today's Assignment:
Wrap Up Family Room Week

In the family room this week, we've brought order to the household's gathering space--and organized entertainment media, books and magazines, and children's toys.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Coping with Children's Toys

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 8, 2019

They're colorful, cute ... and scattered everywhere! Are children's toys taking over shared space in your family room?

With tiny pieces and a tendency to stray, children's playthings can create instant clutter in multi-use spaces. How to calm the chaos caused by children's toys?

To tame the toy monster, try these ideas for routines and storage to make peace with children's toys, in today's New Year Cleaning Challenge assignment.   Read More >>

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