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  • Guest Bathroom Ideas (How to clean and prepare for guests)

    Coming up with guest bathroom ideas and thinking of ways to clean and prepare for guests can be so hard! It’s hard to think of what you need when you’re staying at someone’s house as a guest! Today’s post will help you take the guesswork out of guests and hopefully help you feel more confident with your guest bathroom ideas! This post is sponsored by Clorox. All opinions are my own. Guest Bathroom Ideas Before you can decorate, plan or prepare your bathroom for guests, you have to clean it! Cleaning is the very first (and not so obvious) step to most projects. When you clean for your guests before they arrive, you set the stage for a relaxing time with guests because you can enjoy them instead of stressing about cleaning and preparing moments before and after they arrive! How to clean a bathroom Empty everything (EVERYTHING) out of the bathroom. This can be a difficult task but it’s worth it! Sort through items and get rid of anything that is expired, unnecessary or unsightly. This is a crucial step…

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  • Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

    Having a daily kitchen cleaning checklist is the only way I have found success in keeping my kitchen clean. Aside from the occasional dirty dishes pile up, this kitchen cleaning checklist has helped me keep my kitchen clean and organized with a family of seven! Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist *Thanks Bounty for sponsoring this post I have found that doing everything in this order has worked really well for me and after several days of my daily kitchen cleaning schedule, I began to memorize it and I can work really quickly and efficiently now. Start by emptying the dishwasher from the day before. I like to run my dishwasher after dinner in the evening so the dishes that were used throughout the day are clean and ready for use the next day. Prewash and load the dishwasher. You can read about my dishwashing tips here. Next, I do a quick wipe down of hard surfaces.  I use a multi-purpose cleaner and the NEW Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels for the quick wipe down. I spray the multi-purpose cleaner on all hard…

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  • Under the Sink Kitchen Cabinet Organization Ideas

    Under the kitchen sink can be a disastrous area! Mine can get out of hand, very quickly and as soon as I close the cabinet door it’s forgotten! Out of sight, out of mind, right? Today I’m going to share my tips and under the sink kitchen cabinet organization Ideas! How to organize under the kitchen sink Empty cabinet -Empty everything out of the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink Disinfect – Wipe down the entire cabinet with a disinfectant. The bottom sides, even pipes and cords. I feel like moist (hate that word!) areas are a breeding ground for mold and bacteria so disinfect everything first. Sort like items Sponges Cleaners Paper towels Garbage bags (I store mine here because the cabinet next to it houses our garbage cans) Dish soap Hand Soap Rubber Gloves etc. Gather Bins Sort into Bins. Label bins (optional) I use my label maker to add labels to the bins. This helps to know what’s missing when I run out of an item. It also helps if my kids or husband need to put things…

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  • How to Load a Dishwasher and Dishwashing Tips

    I am always trying to brainstorm ways to make my job as a mom and the puppet master of our home easier.  That being said, one of the ways I keep everything organized is sticking to my house duties routine and learning effective ways to do even simple tasks. today i’m going to show you how to load a dishwasher so that everything fits and gets clean!  I usually keep the house picked up and do the dishes and my husband helps with the emptying the garbage cans, laundry and he helps me “deep clean” on Saturday mornings Today, I’m going to share my tips, tricks and routine to keeping your dishes (and your kitchen!) sparking clean. I feel about 100x more productive when my kitchen is clean. Develop Routines and Habits I do my dishes at the same time every day. Well, twice a day. Every day, I unload the dishwasher while my kids eat breakfast and get ready for school. That leaves me with a place to put all dirty dishes throughout the day. My kids finish breakfast and place…

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  • How to organize a pantry

    Staying on top of grocery shopping can be a difficult task, especially when you have a disorganized or dysfunctional pantry. Today, I’m sharing my tips for how to organize a pantry and my pantry makeover. How to organize a pantry in 5 easy steps Today I’m going to show you how to organize a pantry. I’ve done several pantry makeovers now and you know I love a good DIY project more than most. Nothing makes me more giddy than when a great DIY project meets pretty, functional organization! I have finally nailed down a full proof method on how to organize a pantry. My recent pantry makeover has seriously made me SO happy! I am loving it all and it functions approximately one million times better than before. Here’s how it looked when we found the house for rent online. This was before we moved in, as in, this is not our food nor do I have any pets so this photo basically just shows you the size and boringness that I was working with. When I moved in, we had…

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  • How to remove spray paint from skin – without harsh chemicals

    Today we’re going to show you how to remove spray paint from skin. Removing spray paint from skin can can be super frustrating unless you know how to get it off quickly without irritating your skin or taking forever to remove it! Check out this easy DIY tip for removing paint from skin! Supplies: Fractionated Coconut Oil Lemon Oil – I love Doterra brand – It’s one of their less expensive oils and it works amazingly well for so many things! Baking soda – optional Spray painting is undoubtedly the quickest way to transform pretty much anything! I was spray painting my basketball hoop pole (post?) when I realized I was getting overspray from the spray paint bottle all over my hands! It turned out great but then I was left with spray paint coated hands right before bedtime. Often times, just taking a shower doesn’t get rid of the paint so I thought I’d share with you guys how to remove spray paint from skin. Works like a charm for me every time! How to remove spray paint from…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Pantry Organization Ideas (Pantry Makeover)

    It’s finally time to reveal my pantry makeover and share our favorite Pantry organization ideas. It’s been a work in progress but I’m SO beyond thrilled that it’s done! Mallory came over and we worked together to create a completely pantry organization system. I have a pretty good size pantry which is a huge change from our old house’s pantry which was basically a few shelves tucked into our laundry room. I’ve been dreaming of space for food for our family of 6 and have been brainstorming pantry organization ideas for seriously forever! What is your biggest challenge when you are trying to organize a space? When I am struggling with organizing a space I want the space to function for me and my family. Which means the way I organize may not be exactly what works best for your family. I have found that when everything is labeled it makes my life so much easier and it easy for my family to help me keep it organized. If I don’t label where everything goes then it may stay organized…

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  • Prescott View Home Reno: How to paint a Garage Floor and Garage Makeover Reveal

    Today we’re going to show you our painted concrete floors and how to paint a garage floor!  I’ve had so many friends and neighbors stop by and compliment our painted concrete floors and want to peek inside. It’s so clean and functional and it just makes me so proud of our hard work. Today we’re sharing a tutorial on painting concrete floors in a classic, beautiful Greek key pattern. Let’s get started! DIY Painted Concrete Floors Materials: Power Washer Broom ScotchBlue Exterior Surfaces Painter’s Tape – Note: Follow all ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesion and removal. Carpenter’s square Carpenter’s knife Putty knife or 5-in-1 tool Concrete floor paint Lint-free paint roller Paint Roller extension pole Concrete Floor Paint Tutorial Instructions: Step 1: First, clean and prepare your floor. Make sure your door is clear of any old paint, grease, oils, dust, lint, dirt, wax etc.  Use a power washer to remove any and all debris from the cement and allow to dry for 24-48 hours before painting. Once the cement is dry, sweep the…

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  • Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks We Love

    Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks Spring is here and I am ready to get my house in order. There is something about Spring Cleaning that just makes me so happy. My kids are home for Spring Break and so they will be pitching in to help get the cleaning done! I have gathered some of our favorite posts about cleaning and organizing to share some tips and tricks for Spring Cleaning. I know sometimes it is hard to keep the kiddos focused so I will give them a job a day and help them get it done. This teaches my little ones to organize and since they put in the hard work they are more willing to keep their space clean. I love it!! I hope you enjoy these tips and tricks. Let us know which ones you use and what ideas you love. Happy Spring Cleaning! For the Floors: Prescott View Home Reno: Tips & Tricks for keeping your laminate flooring looking great For the Kitchen: How To Clean Stainless Steel – Streak Free Prescott View Home Reno: DIY…

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  • Fabulous Garage Organization Ideas

    There’s nothing we love more than an organized space! I have been on the hunt for great garage ideas. I am wanting to take my garage organization to a whole new level. These garage organization ideas will help you keep your space clean and organized and ready for your next project! Here are some of our favorite garage organization ideas! Before I share a few of my favorite different organized garage ideas here a few of my tips that I have found that are really helpful when getting your garage organized. Garage Organization Ideas Use Bins Use Garage Labels Wall Hanging Organization Use Shelves Here are some of my favorite different garage ideas that I wanted to share with you. Just because it’s a garage does not mean that it can’t be pretty. Have you ever thought about doing a garage painted concrete floor? Painting concrete floors is such a fun and easy way to jazz up any garage floor. Painted Concrete Floors This is really cool Glossy Black Pretty Organized Garage. I love the glossy, clean floor and those bright…

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  • Free Printable Chore Chart for Kids

    Free Printable Chore Chart

    My kids are now old enough to help out around the house. So I made this Free Printable Chore Chart. What I love about this chore chart is that it’s cute and it’s easy for the kids to know exactly what their chores are.   Are the chores on the chore chart done perfectly? No… but at least the kids are feeling like I gave them a responsibility and they are checking it off the list. One thing that I have learned from my oldest is it I can’t go back and correct what she did. I just want them to feel like they did an awesome job and then later on I will talk to them about what needs to be done better next time. I also had to show them for a first few times that they started to do the chores. You can’t just think that they know how to do the chores on their chore chart, you have to teach them and show them first. Can I help my kids with the chores? Yes! But I do…

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  • Park Home Reno: Home Gym Organizer using a pegboard

    Easy DIY Project: Home Gym Organizer using a pegboard This post is sponsored by Krylon® Brand. All ideas and opinions are my own, as always. Hey friends! I’m excited to share my gym organizer with you today! I LOVE organizing and exercising so this gym organizer was so fun to make! It took about 3 hours total (including drying time for the paint) to make this gym organizer. Supplies: 3 – 8′ x 1″ x 2″ boards 1 – 4×8′ pegboard 3 cans of Krylon ColorMaster® Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Oxford Blue 2 cans of Krylon General Purpose Metallic in Silver Metallic Assorted pegboard accessories several 1-1.5″ wood screws – I used 1.5″ wood screws that I had on hand. Instructions: In a well ventilated area, spray paint the pegboard with Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Oxford Blue.  Make sure to read the label for safety and application instructions.  I did 3 coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between coats. This took about 2.5 cans of spray paint. While…

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  • A Fresh Start: Cleaning and Organizing Your Home

    A Refresh Start: Cleaning and Organizing Your Home Don’t you sometimes just need a fresh clean start with your house? I know I do. After a big holiday or my kids being home for a school break I just need to get my house put back in order. I tend to take on too much at one time then get overwhelmed and don’t end up finishing. I decided I needed to take things a day at a time so thats just what I did.I found it a millions times more helpful. I made a free printable for everyone, this makes cleaning and organizing a little more helpful when choosing which chores to do that day. I also have linked some of my favorite posts that give tips and tricks on organizing different areas of your house! We would love to hear what your favorite tips are and we would love any tips you have for us!  Cleaning Schedule  This is the schedule I love to go by. It is easy and makes my chore list seem minimal instead of focusing…

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