5 simple habits for a cleaner home


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Let’s face facts-while having a clean home is often near the top of people’s “wants” list, doing the tasks that actually beget a clean home seldom are. With that in mind, I’m here today to share 5 simple everyday habits for a cleaner home. It was hard to narrow it down to just five, but I truly believe these five habits are the keys to a cleaner home, without a large investment of time or energy. Let’s get started!

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1. Use the right products for the cleaning task. I admit, I’m guilty, too, of not always using the right products for the task I’m trying to complete. But the bottom line is this: using the right products will get your home cleaner, faster, and will even help protect your furniture and surfaces, while using the wrong products can strip, dull or damage your furniture.

For wood surfaces in my home, I make sure to always use Pledge. Unlike other cleaners Pledge is pH- balanced. This means its worry-free formula cleans without clouding up or stripping away the finish. In addition, Pledge leaves surfaces radiant: The Lemon Clean Furniture Spray brings out the natural beauty of my surfaces by gently cleaning and shining.

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2. Sort mail and catalogs as soon as you bring them into your home. Even better: make a quick stop at your recycling bin and trash can so that junk mail/unwanted catalogs don’t even make it into your home. Once you get your mail inside, sort it into categories that work for you, such as: Bills to Pay, Documents to File Away, Letters to Respond To, etc.

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3. Have a place for everything, and put things away as you use them. This seems self-explanatory and so, well, obvious, but I really do find that putting things away right after I use them helps tremendously in the amount of picking up I need to do at the end of the day. We try to put toys/art supplies away as we finish we them, put plates in the dishwasher when we’re finished eating, and put clothes away immediately after we take them off. This tends to reduce clutter and make the need for time-consuming clean-ups almost nonexistent.

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4. Wipe down and clear clutter from surfaces after every use. This habit isn’t hard, and makes a huge difference in how clean our home feels. We wipe down and clear counters after we prep meals, our dining room table after dinner, and our coffee table at the end of the day. As I mentioned in my first tip, I always try to use the right product for the job…Pledge Lemon Clean for wood surfaces and a multi-purpose cleaner for my counter tops and sinks.

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5. Dry sinks and faucets after use. This tip is an extension of the last. After using a sink, whether in the bathroom or kitchen, I try to wipe it down quickly, even if it’s just with a paper towel. This helps prevent water spots from developing and helps keep fixtures looking shiny and clean, which goes a long way towards making our home feel cleaner.

So tell me, what “clean home habits” are on your list?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

    


beautiful, beachy kitchen {room tour}

About a month ago, I shared with you all our gorgeous new kitchen, and while I definitely adore it, I still can’t kick the habit of swooning over other lovely kitchens I run across…I just can’t help it, there are so many beautiful kitchens to admire and share.

So in that spirit, I’m sharing a favorite beachy beauty with you all today! The colors, backsplash, and fixtures all add up to a charming and comfortable kitchen space…take a look!

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all images via country living

    


books to inspire your creative journey

I’ve been reading a lot lately about creativity and art, and especially how creative folks get inspired, share their work, inspire others, etc. It’s been a fascinating journey, to say the least, and I wanted to pass along some of the works I’ve been inspired by to help you in your own creative endeavors! Links to amazon are provided, but a lot of these can also be checked out of your local library. Need more inspiration, here’s a post I wrote last year about my favorite design books!

Show Your Work! is an amazing users manual for how to embrace the communal nature of creativity. I have learned so much already, and I’m not halfway through this short, 200 page or so, book. It’s not so much a book on how to self-promote, but how to share your work to become known among your peers. So interesting, and a book all creatives must get their hands on!

Have a creative lifestyle? This easy to read book is full of ways to ignite your creativity. This book would also make a great gift for any women in your life–both those who are already embracing their creativity and those who are looking for a place to start.

So I have to admit, I’ve only just started this book and it has less to do with living creatively than living happily, but I have loved every word so far so therefore I had to share!  It’s a collection of pieces that have featured in O Magazine, and each is inspiring, encouraging and, above all, spirit-lifting.

This last book, by the famed Elizabeth Gilbert, is not out yet, but I had to include it because I CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on it this Fall. It’s all about living creativity, finding inspiration and courage for your journey, and how to tackle and overcome our fears in our creative journeys.

So, you now know what’s inspired me lately, what book (or blog or whatever) has inspired YOU? I’d love to know, leave me a comment!