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  • Five Tips to Get Rid of Your Home's Clutter
    one lets go without reaching for something else she says You need to come up with a theme for the next phase of your life Giving a name to what you want to do or feel or express will help dislodge you from your current state of stagnancy Some common themes are creating a nurturing home striving for career excellence and focusing on self expression and enrichment Walsh agrees If you focus on the stuff you will never ever get organized says Walsh author of the bestselling It s All Too Much An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff The starting point has to be What is the vision you have for the life you want he says Then you re in a position to ask What do I need for this space 2 Define the clutter Once you have your vision or theme separating the treasures from trash should be a little easier Ask yourself does this item help me get there What doesn t fit gets purged Morgenstern emphasizes that clutter doesn t have to be messy A perfectly organized closet or drawer is clutter if it is filled with clothes that you haven t worn for years she says And clutter doesn t have to be made of stuff It can be any obsolete object space commitment or behavior that weighs you down or distracts you or saps your energy she says It can be bad habits that take up too much time 3 Start small Purging can be very emotional It s a big mistake to dismiss clutter as junk says Morgenstern These piles are things that were once important to you to who you once were or who you wanted to be To help ease you into the process she suggests starting in the room you are least attached to If books are your great love and clutter weakness don t start your purging project by the bookcases Move to a less emotional area like the kitchen or hall closet Once you are successful in those parts of the house it may be easier to tackle the rest And be ready for the panic she warns Every once in a while you will be overcome with thoughts of what if I really need that later If that happens just take a deep breath remember your goal and keep going Keep in mind that if you aren t careful what you own will end up owning you says Walsh 4 Let your good riddance help others It might not be as difficult to say goodbye to your belongings if you re giving them to organizations that can really use them For instance those books that are gathering dust in your home could be page turners at a library school or senior citizen center And those skinny clothes that you ll probably never fit into again could be doing a whole lot more than making you feel bad take them to a charity

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  • Easy Tips to Organize Your Closet
    Do you feel good in that outfit Does it suit your body style If you answered no to the questions above toss the item Here are the most common reasons the clothing needs to go You ve made it through all four seasons in the past year and did not wear it it s a safe bet you are not going to wear it next season With age come body changes Even if your weight hasn t changed your hips might have become more defined and that pair of skinny jeans won t fit over your hips no matter how much weight you lose Sure leg warmers came back in style along with spandex under skirts but florescent pink t shirts and pleated skirts are still out Does wearing stained clothing make you feel good How many painting shirts do you need Does an off the shoulder ripped sweatshirt look good at a PTA meeting Does a really short skirt mesh with your office s dress code Now that you ve realized you can cut back on the clutter follow these eight steps to creating a well organized closet BAG OR BOX IT If you simply cannot part with clothes that you haven t worn in some time purchase a large Tupperware or vacuum seal bag to store them Neatly stack the boxes or bags at the bottom or top of your closet or in a basement or storage room STORE IT AWAY Arrange your closet seasonally You probably aren t going to wear the five wool sweaters in summer Put them in storage IS IT A PAIR Shoes mate for life If you haven t seen the mate to that shoe in years get rid of the stag shoe GET ORGANIZED Purchase a shoe rack or create a system that easily displays items Some women even buy small clear plastic boxes and label the outside of the box for easy storage KEEP IT CLEAN Keep a laundry hamper or basket as well as a dry cleaning bag in your closet for easy placement of dirty clothes Better here than on your bedroom floor HAVE A SYSTEM Organizational systems such as the Elfa System or Yaffa Blocks help you keep items in their places and within view HANG IT UP Hangers You ve got to have the right ones Children s sized hangers work great for pants clip hangers can hold multiple skirts and padded hangers are perfect for dresses CLOSET PEOPLE Check your local yellow pages for the numerous companies that will come to your home and create a system for your closet that will help you stay organized These companies use everything from wooden shelves to wire racks to additional rods Some of these services can be costly but they re well worth it Remember if you can t see it you probably aren t going to wear it Keep the system simple and streamlined and your closet makeover will keep you more organized and better able to

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  • Simple Bathroom Cleaning Tips
    This is a handy spray on grout cleaner for frequent use good for removing soap scum and cleaning tile counters 1 2 cup of baking soda 1 3 cup of ammonia 1 4 cup of white vinegar 7 cups of water Combine all the ingredients in a labeled spray bottle and shake well to mix D0 not use this in conjunction with chlorine bleach or where chlorine bleach has been used Simply spray it on and then wipe with a damp sponge or cloth No rinsing required REMOVING SOAP SCUM AND MILDEW FROM GLASS SHOWER DOORS Removing soap and scum buildup on glass shower doors is always tedious Lemon oil or even plain old mineral oil will remove it quickly and easily and will help to keep it from coming back Apply the oil to a rough cloth such as an old washcloth and rub it across the dirty shower door surface Next buff with a soft cloth or paper towels to provide a haze free shine The oil provides a protective coating that keeps the water beading and the soap scum from adhering Never put oil or allow it to drip on the floor of the shower this will prevent good traction in the shower and may cause someone to fall CLEANING SOAP SCUM AND MILDEW OFF PLASTIC SHOWER CURTAINS Put the shower curtain in the washing machine with 1 cup of white vinegar 1 4 to 1 2 cup of your favorite liquid laundry detergent and several old light colored towels Fill the washer with warm water and run through a complete wash and rinse cycle Remove from the washer and hang on the shower rod immediately CLEANING MINERAL DEPOSITS FROM THE SHOWERHEAD Fill a plastic sandwich bag with undiluted white vinegar Tie this around the showerhead and leave overnight In the morning remove the bag scrub the head with a brush and it s ready to use Put 1 2 cup of baking soda down the bathroom drain and follow with the vinegar from the plastic bag great drain opener Wait 30 minutes then flush with water CLEANING CHROME FAUCETS Use white vinegar on a cloth or sponge to remove water spots and soap scum Dry and buff with a soft cloth Or apply some lemon juice to chrome fixtures and buff with a soft cloth to a brilliant shine CLEANING SHOWER DOOR TRACKS Plug the drain holes in the door track with a little bit of paper towel made into a ball Pour in undiluted white vinegar Let this soak for 30 minutes unplug the holes rinse the track with a spray bottle of water and run a rag down it This will flush the accumulated buildup out of the track TOILET TIP TANG TUNE UP To keep your toilet clean and your dog happy put several tablespoons of Tang Breakfast Drink in the toilet before you leave for work or at bedtime Let it soak use your toilet brush to swish around under the rim

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  • How to Organize your Small Room
    you bring in to your space is a good fit By having the scale drawing you can easily tell if you can fit both the three foot ottoman and the five foot bookcase on the wall by the window When you go to buy items for your room take your drawing and your measuring tape Have an idea of what the room will be used for Different types of rooms need different types of organization If it is going to be used as both a guest bedroom and a home office then it will need a different type of organization than if it was going to be used as a den Make notes of what containers and other organizational items you will need Some that may be useful are Baskets are a great way to organize small items In bathrooms they can hold makeup towels and other items In other rooms they can hold magazines papers books craft supplies and other things They can be used on shelves or in cabinets Placed in a mudroom or by the door baskets can hold library books homework and other items necessary for school In a child s room baskets can hold socks mittens or small toys Files Magazine articles Important papers The kid s drawings Book Cases Books Baskets Magazine holders How to Organize Specific Small Rooms Now that you have an idea of what to do it is time to work on each room individually After all a small bathroom will be organized much differently than a small kitchen The Kitchen Keep spices in a clear bin with a lid Depending on how many spices you have you may need more than one bin The plastic boxes that are sold to hold shoes work well for this The bins stack easily and are easy to take to the work area when you are creating a recipe Transfer dried grocery items like beans and pasta to clear glass jars if possible You will quickly be able to see what you have and they look nice Keep your counter tops clear as much as you can This is especially important in a small kitchen If possible hang your pots and pans from a hanging rack This will keep them within easy reach and yet leave your cupboard space open for other things Organize your kitchen by area Wet sink area Keep dishwashing soap dish cloths scrubbers vegetable scrubbers and colanders in this area of the kitchen Hot stove and oven Keep hot pads pans wooden spoons and other items that you need to cook with in this area Work counter top This is the area where you will prepare the foods for cooking as well as preparing them for storage Knives bowls mixers and other items used in food preparation should be stored here if possible Bathroom Keep makeup and other small cosmetic items in plastic bins Have dirty clothes hamper and use it Use baskets to hold towels if necessary Use hooks

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  • How to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean
    steps A refrigerator is where you store food drinks snacks and everything that is edible How could you not keep it clean for your family s sake There are many ways to clean a refrigerator but the best are still those that are eco friendly Categorize Storage A refrigerator stores all kinds of food from raw meat to leftover The mixed odor of the fresh and rotten and the raw and cooked in an enclosed air conditioned closet can be intolerable If you don t sort them in a systematic manner they would soon become a mess So compartments and dividers are created for that sorting purpose and you should make good use of them Sort your food and store liquid items in containers with a lid before you put them inside the refrigerator Don t Overstock Maximizing the capacity of your refrigerator by storing as much food as possible is not only unhealthy but also not eco friendly When you overstock the refrigerator it has to produce more energy to keep the food at the right temperature Besides fresh food such as vegetable and meat and other perishable food rot soon if you don t eat them timely The refrigerator stinks as a result It s better to do estimation before you shop for groceries Use Green Cleaning Solutions Substituting chemical cleaners for green cleaning solutions is the most direct way to do eco friendly cleaning The good news is you have an array of green cleaning solutions to choose from Baking soda lemon juice and white vinegar are just a few of the green ingredients that allow you to be clean while being eco friendly Clean Your Refrigerator Regularly Having your refrigerator cleaned regularly is a good way to help you remove the residing smell if any in the refrigerator Other than regular cleaning some models may even need defrosting when the ice gets too thick Both cleaning and defrosting can get your refrigerator on track Daily Cleaning Habits Just because you clean your refrigerator regularly doesn t mean you don t have to tend to it on a daily basis Clean any dirt and stain immediately when you spot them That way you eliminate the potential of forming any lingering smell in the refrigerator There are a wide range of ways to clean the refrigerator the eco friendly way While the refrigerator is only a small turf in your family if more and more families are willing to take extra steps to reduce their carbon footprint you will soon see a more eco friendly world Think big act small Be sure to clean out and throw away any outdated moldy or spoiled foods in your refrigerator Cover containers if they do not have any lids to prevent odors in your refrigerator You may find it helpful to label jars and containers with their expiration date this way you and your family will know when it is time to clean out the bad food from your refrigerator Organizing

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  • Blog
    regularly Rubbing your hands together with soap and water multiple times a day can severely minimize your chances of getting yourself and those in your home Read More Quick Tips For Your Home Organization Written by The Maids Friday 11 May 2012 With a few easy organization tips you can get your home looking great Organization is the easiest way to keep your home clean and healthy in between visits from The Maids Staying organized will also eliminate clutter and minimize stress Follow these easy home organization tips to start your way towards a more clean healthy and productive life Kitchen Junk drawer No more Only 20 of all items in your kitchen are used 80 of the time Fortunately this means you can get rid of most of the stuff in your kitchen and not even miss it Clean out the Read More Five Tips to Get Rid of Your Home s Clutter Written by The Maids Wednesday 02 May 2012 Getting Started Clear the clutter in your home with five easy cleaning tips from The Maids Is your stuff taking over your home For many people their houses are messy not because they are messy but simply because they have too much stuff and not enough storage Clutter can take up space in your house that could be better used for other things and cutting down on your unnecessary or unused possessions can really make your home cleaner and more comfortable However deciding what to get rid of and finding the time to sort through it all can seem daunting An Read More Easy Tips to Organize Your Closet Written by The Maids Friday 27 April 2012 Having to organize your closet might not seem like an important part of cleaning your house after all if you shut the doors no one can see the mess But if you are using your closet everyday think of the time and frustration you could save yourself by making it easy to find what you are looking for Closets are a primary space for clutter and sometimes it is a good idea to go through all it in order to get rid of the some of the more interesting items you have accumulated over the years If your closet is organized Read More Simple Bathroom Cleaning Tips Written by The Maids Thursday 19 April 2012 Your bathroom is one of the hardest places in clean in your entire home It is also the one that needs it the most Proper bathroom cleaning will help keep you and your family live healthier You do not need dangerous chemicals to get your bathroom clean and free of germs you just need to to know the right products to get the job done While bathroom cleaning might not be a fun thing to do but if you do it every week it will not be too time consuming Here are some simple cleaning tips from Housekeepingchannel com by Linda Cobb that Read More How

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  • Speed Cleaning in a Pinch
    to replace any products or supplies you ve used up Many cleaning professionals believe it s wisest to move in a top to bottom path whether you live in a multi level home or you re speed cleaning rooms in an apartment or smaller house Clean then dust then vacuum Carry a basket or storage tub with you to gather clutter that can be put away later or better yet tossed in the trash Set a time limit for each room and stick to it spending too much time in any one room will sidetrack your speed cleaning strategy If there s a major cleaning project that needs to get done make a note to do it at another time If an area in one of the rooms is already clean don t waste time making it cleaner If there s just one dirty place on a large surface a refrigerator door for example clean just the spot not the entire space When you ve finished each room move on and don t go back you don t want to sabotage your speed cleaning by bringing dirt back into a room you ve already cleaned Speed Cleaning Company s Coming Whether you know in advance or you get a last minute call from friends or family unexpectedly in town it s happened to everyone company s coming and you ve got little or no time to straighten up Speed cleaning can do the trick in under an hour Gather up all those magazines and other papers and clutter and put it all in a cupboard or closet or big basket you can squirrel away in another room Look around the living room for obvious dust bunnies and give just that area a quick wipe Sweep or vacuum just the floor in the room you ll be visiting with your guests Wash any dirty dishes in the kitchen or load them into the dishwasher You can even stash some loose items in the dishwasher while you re speed cleaning but remember to take them out before you turn it on later Wipe off all kitchen surfaces to give your kitchen a fresh clean look Do the same in the bathroom paying special attention to the mirror and toilet Consolidate and take out the trash Close the doors to rooms your impromptu guests won t be going into Spray some air freshener or light scented candles in the entry way for a welcoming touch One thing you can do in advance is keep a set of storage tubs on hand and label them with the names of each family member As you zoom through the house or apartment doing your speed cleaning toss loose articles into their respective tubs If you don t have individual tubs handy toss everything into one big container while you re speed cleaning and worry about putting it all away later It is important follow the methodology of a professional housecleaner in the instance of speed cleaning

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  • Getting Rid of Stubborn Household Odors
    odor absorbing clay cat litter and several boxes of baking soda Fill each pan with approximately 3 pounds of litter and one box of baking soda Thoroughly combine the baking soda and the litter and place the pans around the basement After about 2 weeks replace the litter and baking soda with a new batch Recycle the old litter and baking soda and save it for oil leaks or spills in the garage or for wintertime emergencies when you need a little extra traction in the driveway Cinnamon Nutmeg Stovetop Air Freshener Are unpleasant household odors taking over your home Get rid of them Make your home smell absolutely heavenly with a mixture of nutmeg cinnamon and ordinary tap water Simply measure a tablespoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg into a saucepan of hot water and let it simmer on the stove Keep an eye on the water level and add more as necessary to prevent the pan from becoming dry during evaporation Your household will smell as if you ve been baking cinnamon bread or another aromatic treat Cooking Odors Celery leaves are usually discarded but if you plan on cooking cabbage fish broccoli cauliflower or other typically pungent foods save the leaves from your stalks of celery and put them to good use Place fresh clean celery leaves over strong smelling foods as they cook and household odors won t be nearly as unpleasant Smoky Carpet Odors Household members who smoke indoors or those who have visitors who smoke can easily get rid of bad household odors in carpeting without getting out the carpet machine For really strong or unpleasant household odors caused by smoke allow the baking soda to set on the carpets undisturbed overnight Otherwise allow the baking soda to remain on the carpets for about an hour before vacuuming The carpets will smell much fresher cleaner and free from bad odors If you like the scent of freshly dried linen flowers pine or other scents available in store bought carpet fresheners make them go a lot further by combining them with baking soda If possible pop the top off of carpet freshener to add baking soda or create your own can by poking holes in the lid of an empty potato chip canister This is an easy way to get rid of household odors caused by smoke Charcoal For miscellaneous household odors get rid of them with ordinary charcoal This is by far the easiest way to get rid of household odors Place open bowls of ordinary charcoal briquettes behind furniture in smelly cabinets under beds and other inconspicuous locations that could use a little freshening You will greatly lessen or even eliminate bad household odors with very little effort or expense Whether your household odor problem appears only when you cook pungent foods or your carpets are infused with the smell of cigarette smoke you are now armed with the knowledge of how to get rid of these household odors Soon your

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