After my Mom passed and Dad had to learn how to navigate a kitchen he was unfamiliar with, we worked together to give him a space that would not intimidate him but help him learn how to feed himself.
What I realized through this process ... my Mom collected many things including doubles, triples of most of her kitchen utensils.
If you opened up your drawers will you find the same thing and if you really think about it you probably have many things taking space in your drawers you have never used but keep just in case.
So how do you decide on what to keep and what to let go of.
Over time, whenever you need a utensil, look in the newly empty drawer collecting the utensils you are using before opening the drawer that contains all of the utensils you have been collecting. At the end of your time period, you should have all the utensils you need in the new drawer, that started off empty and you can now empty the drawer that started full to donate.
There is an area that generally gets missed when you have an undermount sink in the kitchen and bathroom.
This is where your toothbrush and hot soapy water comes in. Dip your toothbrush into your small bucket of hot soapy water and scrub under the lip where the basin meets the counter. Wipe away with a clean damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.
Yes, it is as a simple as making your bed every day to create that sense of being organized which in turn lessens your stress.
How much time you put in to making your bed every day is up to you.
I like taking it all off (except for the bottom sheet) and placing back on layer by layer. My reason for this is simple. I like walking in my home with bare feet (in nicer weather its bare feet all the time) and everything settles on floors which means it's going to find its way onto the bottom of my feet and possibly into my bed. By stripping down to the bottom sheet, I get the chance to remove the little thing that will drive me nuts when it is time to go to sleep.
I also like smoothing everything out, not so much as to have something bounce back it me but more like giving myself time to focus on what is in front of me instead of what is ahead of me. My calming mechanism to just be in that moment.
I am going to be honest with you, maintaining stainless appliances for aesthetic purposes is hard work.
As a business who uses only natural products, maintaining stainless appliances for aesthetic purposes when clients use or have used a conventional product to 'shine it up' is frustratingly time consuming.
Every time you use a conventional product dedicated to stainless, you are leaving a waxy residue that, overtime, builds-up. For companies who create these products this is awesome as the longer you use their products the more you have to use each time and the more you have to buy.
I will let you in on a little secret....you don't need those expensive products to maintain the aesthetics of your stainless appliances (the above pic has only been cleaned and polished with Just Shine) The trick is to make sure you are using a product that does not have wax or silicone as an ingredient (most conventional glass cleaners and some 'green' ones do). Water alone can work as long as you don't have to deal with a lot of sticky smudges.
You can check out my video on how to make your stainless shine if you have never used a conventional stainless polishing product here
How do you know if you have a build-up on your stainless appliances...do the water test. Put tap water into a spray bottle, place the nozzle on spray, not stream and spray the front of your appliance. If the water starts to run down towards the floor, you have a build-up. If the water stays in one spot with no running vertically towards the floor you have no residue build-up (for this to work you have to spray on vertical surfaces)
You will need
If you have been using a conventional polisher for your stainless you need to add another step. I use the Just Polish because the one of the ingredients work to remove all of the residue build-up over time but chances are, you have something in your home right now that will work with the product build-up already on there - olive oil. Click here to see my video using olive oil to polish your stainless
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Have you every taken off the knobs on your stove to clean behind them?
All you need
Easiest way to clean the knobs is to let them soak in the soapy water while you are cleaning the 'dashboard' of your stove.
Soak one of your cloths in the soapy water, wring out and wipe all along the 'dashboard'.
Grab your toothbrush and dip into soapy water and use on areas that are built-up and lightly scrub
Re-soak your cloth in soapy water and wipe down again to remove all build-up
If this does not remove any grease build-up this is where your baking soda come in (It should be stored in a large mouth jar for easy access). Dip your damp cloth into the baking soda, give it a little shake and then with a circular motion, use your the area of cloth with baking soda, to remove the grease build-up. If it is in an area where the cloth can't get at, dip your damp toothbrush into the baking soda, give a little shake and gently scrub the area. Repeat if necessary. Re-soak your cloth in soapy water, fully removing the baking soda and return to the 'dashboard' to wipe down and remove the baking soda residue.
With your clean dry cloth, use your glass and hard surface cleaner or spray bottle of water to polish.
When you stove 'dashboard' is clean and polished, reach in to your sink or bucket to retrieve your well-soaked knobs, one at at time and using your wet cloth, wipe away any debris or build-up, polish dry and put back into place on the 'dashboard'. Repeat with each knob.
Are you finding your vacuum isn't working like it should, leaving behind stuff on your carpets. Maybe it's time to check the roller brush.
Yep, that's the problem
When your roller brush has that much hair string and other things attached to it, it cannot function the way it needs to so go grab a pair of scissors and a bag to dispose of the debris (I put mine in a compost pile so I use a container). You will also need tweezers (you can use your fingers to pull) and patience
Just keep cutting a little at at time and pulling what you have cut. Keep repeating until your roller brush is cleared of all attached debris. Use your tweezers to get in the bristle to remove the tiny pieces of debris and wipe down with a damp cloth. If really dirty use soapy water to clean but make sure you wring out your cloth well before using
Once done, you should notice a big improvement on the performance of your vacuum.
The days are getting warmer
the desire to open windows
and let the freshness
of the spring air
revive our home
we feel energized
to do something
some of us
take a moment
it is a long road
where we are
we want to be
not to start
chaos in our
Make the decision
to start small
Grab a box
not too big
not too small
take your time
set a time
to donate it
it's that easy
a clutter warrior
Personally, I don't use the dryer so I never have an issue with static but if you do you should follow the chart below to help eliminate static
The countdown begins and you need to prepare your home for the inevitable. The December holiday season and all that comes with it. Here is a list of things that you can do now that will help you have a less stressed December.
1. Re-acquaint yourself with your fridge, freezer and pantry
2. Organize your closets
You know the ones I am talking about. The ones that you are going to want to put your guests' coats in, where your overnight guests will be wanting to hang their clothing once taken out of their suitcases and the ones that may or may not house your decorations, wrapping paper, seasonal plates, pots etc.
3. Prep your guest room
Take a good look at your guest room to make sure it’s ready for overnight guests.
4. Spruce Up the Main Spaces
Don’t stress yourself over the spaces your guests will never see instead focus on the main areas in your home that guests will be seeing. The front porch, entryway, kitchen, living room and bathrooms. Grab a laundry basket and start de-cluttering to make room for the holiday decorations and when done you can hide the basket in your closet.
5. Be Prepared for Baby
If you don't have kids of your own, your guests that do have kids will thank you for spending the time to make sure the home is baby-proof. Just being aware of what baby can reach is a good method to go by.
6. Stock up on a few key items
Save yourself a few trips to the grocery store by stocking up on a few things you’ll inevitably need.
7. Stock your bar
The holidays mean parties, so stock your bar for the festivities. Stock it with what you like and what you know what your guests like. Keep it simple and think local
8. Assess what home dining and entertaining ware you have and what you will need
Do you have enough bar glasses, wine glasses, serving dishes, serving cutlery, table linens, plates, cutlery, pots and pans, baking dishes, food storage containers for left overs, salt and pepper shakers etc? If not, make a list and head off to your local second hand store to top up. It doesn't matter if they all don't match. Most important make sure you have enough chairs (borrow from friends if you need to)