Cleaning


15 easy Chore Charts that your kids will love!

We are always looking for the motivation to get chores done.  Today we’ve put together a list of our most favorite Chore Charts!

Your kids will love them almost as much as you will!

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

For more chore chart ideas visit our Pinterest Board.

Chore Charts

Morning Motivation Job Charts from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Chore Jar from Whatever Dee Dee Wants

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

No Fail Summer Job Charts from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Work for Hire Chores from The Chic Family

These printables are so great (and easy)!

Fill in the Blank Job Charts from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Punch Card Chores from Thirty Handmade Days

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Job Chart Template from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Chalkboard Chore Charts from Eighteen25

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

After School Chore Chart from Somewhat Simple

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Summer Bingo Chore Chart from The Dating Divas

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Clean the House Treasure Hunt from Mother’s Niche

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Tic Tac Toe To Do List from Design Eat Repeat

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Frozen Chore Chart from Blessed Beyond a Doubt

These printables are so great (and easy)!

DIY Erase Chalkboard Chore Chart from Simply Kierste

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Chore System from Homemade by Carmona

These printables are so great (and easy)!

 


Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks - These are great!

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks - These are great!

It’s that time of year when holiday decorations are down and my house looks empty.  An empty house  always make me realize that my house needs a good cleaning!  So we’ve searched the web for the Top 15 Cleaning Tips & Tricks!  You’re going to love these!

For more cleaning ideas jump over to our Cleaning Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board!

How to wash pillows and make them white again by Inter Design Info

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to clean glass shower doors by Ask Anna

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

Homemade Granite Cleaner by No. 2 Pencil

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to remove carpet stains by The Shabby Creek Cottage

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

The world’s best homemade laundry soap by The Crafting Chicks

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

Safely clean your computer keyboard by The Mamas Girls

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to clean moldy water bottles by One Hundred Dollars a Month

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

The no-scrub way to clean your stove burners by The V Spot

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to remove water rings by Homemade Mamas

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to remove hard water by The Thrifty Home

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to get hairspray off walls by Somewhat Simple

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

Sanitize and restore wood cutting boards by Sweet C’s Designs

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to make your old towels like new by Passion for Savings

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to clean your slow cooker by 365(ish) Days of Pinterest

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

How to detail your car yourself by Honeybear Lane

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks!  These are great!

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Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe & Free Printable Gift Tag::Bloggers Best 12 Days of Christmas

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Hey everyone! I’m Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road and I am so excited to be here! A huge thank you to the Crafting Chicks for having me over today! At Yellow Bliss Road, I love to share simple & delicious recipes and fun free printables, especially around the holidays.

For my gift idea, I decided to put together two of the things I love most about Christmas – 1) Gift giving, and 2) the delicious scents of cranberry, cinnamon and citrus. Want to make your home and your neighbor’s smell like CHRISTMAS? Read on and I’ll show you how!

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri and Free Printable Gift Tags

I love to fill my home with amazing scents during the holidays, and there’s no better combination than citrus and cranberry mixed with cinnamon and spices. This is a simple recipe that you can simmer on your stovetop or in a crockpot to help fill your home with these delicious scents.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri - This stuff smells amazing!!

All of these ingredients are combined in a small pot on the stove. Since I thought this would be a great gift idea, I created a fun printable tag to go with it. Just right click on the image above to save it to your computer, then print as many as you need.

Christmas Potpourri Tag

Just place the ingredients in a jar or gift bag. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy getting that orange in there so I’d suggest choosing a small orange, or slicing it and placing it in a ziploc bag before adding it to your jar. You also want to place the spices in a small bag so they dont just fall to the bottom. I simply cut the corner of a ziploc bag, poured the spices in, then tied it with a small piece of twine.

For the top, I just cut a circle out of a brown paper lunch bag and placed it under the ring of the mason jar. I then added a “To” and “From” just in my own handwriting. I attached the tag with some twine.

Christmas Potpourri with free printable tag

I love how fresh and rustic this gift is, and I love that it’s not another food gift!

Thanks again for letting me visit!

For more fun and fresh ideas for Christmas from Yellow Bliss Road, I’d love for you to check these out:

Hot Chocolate Bar with Free Chalkboard Printables 2

Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar with free printables

How to Plan a Christmas Movie Night with Free Printables

Planning a Christmas Movie Night with Free Printables

 

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Kleenex Teacher Gift Idea with Printable Tag

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies and Kleenex for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like I can never have enough Kleenex© Ultra Soft around my house. As a mother of 3 little girls, it seems like someone is always sniffling or sneezing especially when school starts and the germs start to circulate. The Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues are the best because they are super soft for those sensetive noses. gift-tags-for-teacher   I love to give Kleenex Ultra Soft to our new school teachers each year too, since they are dealing with a lot more sniffles and sneezes then I am on a daily basis. That’s another reason I buy a big pack of Kleenex© Ultra Soft from Sam’s Club. Then I can still have a stockpile at my house and be fine with gifting these. Another time saver is that Sam’s Club offers FREE online Order Pickup so you don’t have to do a ton of shopping if you have little helpers coming with you. So if you are like me and wanting to gift some Kleenex© Ultra Soft I’ve made it super easy with these great tags. Teachers-Printables In order to make this gift just run to your local Sam’s Club, then download and print these tags in color.

I made 2 different color schemes and I used a cardstock weight paper so the tags would hold up a bit. cc_download Kleenex-Teacher-Gift-Idea gift-ideas-for-teachers You could attach the tags with some cute washi tape, or some fun bakers twine like I did. printable-tags-for-teachers Tissue-gift-idea-for-teachers And there you have it. A great gift idea that’s sure to help your teachers and the kids stay a bit healthier this school year.

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Novi Security System Kickstarter

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It seems like the summer times brings out all the bug and bad guys in my neighborhood.  There are many neighborly reminders to shut garage doors and leave outdoor lights on at night. Many of  our neighbors have opted to have security systems installed in their homes.  I’ve been reluctant mainly because of the contract and monthly fees. So once I heard of Novi, I had to share.

 

 

A security system that sends photos and alerts to your phone (no contracts, no monthly fees, inexpensive, and portable)! We are working with this awesome Kickstarter project and want to get the word out! If you want to feel safe and secure go visit the site.  They have done a lot of homework to get this product to be the perfect solution for any home, apartment or business.  I know I’m excited to get these installed in my home!

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Spring Cleaning Tips from FunCheapOrFree {Spring Fever Series}

Hi all! Jordan from FunCheapOrFree here. Does anyone have the Spring Cleaning itch yet?? I have 3 kids, and my oldest just turned 4. Yes, you heard that right. And yes, my house can be a real disaster. Spring comes around and I am a cleaning machine! The rest of the year? Not so much…UNTIL NOW! Here are 3 simple techniques to help get you spring cleaning in no time, and keep your house clean all year long!

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1. BLITZ CLEAN.

If you’re anything like me, you tend to look at your messy house and have a hard time imagining when you’ll find a full day to get it clean again. My solution for getting, and keeping your house clean? Blitz clean! We might not have all day to clean our house top to bottom, but everyone can find 10 minutes in their day. Here’s how this works:

  • Find 5-10 minutes in your day, but no more than 10! (Why? It’s too easy to get side-tracked, it’s harder to stay fast and focused for longer, and it’s easy to find 10 minutes vs 20 or more.)
  • Pick one area of your home that needs to be cleaned/organized. Keep it to a small area, no greater than one room, as small as one drawer or closet.
  • Set your timer, and GO! I use the timer on my phone. Work as fast, hard, and focused as you can for those 10 minutes.
  • Clean generally first, then work down to fine details. Rather than picking up one item and running into the next room to put it away, be more general. Pick up all items first. If it doesn’t belong in that room, put it in a laundry basket to empty and put away later. Once the room is picked up and tidied, you can work to fine details such as vacuuming, decluttering, organizing, and even deep cleaning such as dusting and scrubbing.
  • Stop cleaning when the timer goes off and move on with your day.
  • Repeat. Commit yourself to two 5-10 minute blitz-cleans per day. If you happen to find another 5 or 10 minutes later in the day, do it again!
  • Get your family involved! My kids know what Blitz Clean means. We “huddle” up, decide what each of us is going to “tackle” in that room (“I’ll tackle picking up the floor. You tackle washing the windows. You tackle straightening the pillows on the couch. Ready, BREAK!”), and we make a game out of it! When the timer goes off the kids brag about how many things they “tackled”.

You can get a lot done in 10 focused minutes. After all, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! “Bite” away at the mess in your house and it will keep you encouraged and able to stay on top of the overall mess.

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2. DEEP-CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WITH 1 CHORE PER DAY

One of my most viral posts is my “Keep your home clean with 1 chore per day“…because it really works! Again, it’s hard to find hours to deep-clean your house. In addition to the day-to-day chores we all must do, stay on top of deep cleaning by tackling one chore per day. If all you can dedicate is 15-20 minutes, that is enough. You can make your own schedule, or you can use this free printable and try my schedule. Here is a condensed version (see lots more detail HERE):

  • Monday: Laundry day. Keep the machines running all day long. Yes, you will probably have to do laundry throughout the week…but this is your day to dedicate to towels, sheets, rugs, clothes, etc. I also have Monday as a vacuum and tidy day.
  • Tuesday: Bathrooms. All parts of all your bathrooms. This may take you longer than 15-30 minutes the first time you do it. But remember…Tuesday comes around every 7 days! So by staying on top of the schedule it will be quicker and quicker each time because it will be more “touch-up” cleaning than super-deep cleaning.
  • Wednesday: Surfaces. Anything that can be dusted, mopped, vacuumed, or wiped (counter tops, base-boards, windows, floors, microwave, mantels, shelves, etc.). Again, it will be lots of work the first or second time, but if you stay on top of it, it gets much easier.
  • Thursday: Organize/clean out something. Your car, a junk drawer, a closet, your garage, big or little just pick one thing and tackle it that day.
  • Friday: Tidy and vacuum. Tidy the whole house (never leave a room empty-handed!) and vacuum the whole house, including stairs.

Note: My house is large, so often times I will split up the levels with bathrooms and sometimes surfaces. So I’ll focus mostly on the main floor the 1st week of the month, then upstairs the 2nd week, the main floor again the 3rd week (it’s the most used floor), and basement the 4th week.

Use catch-all baskets to keep your home clean.

3. USE CATCH-ALL BASKETS.

A simple, yet effective tool. In each room, closet, or even on the stairs (like THIS ONE), have a “catch-all” basket. I recommend it to be cute, of course :)

As you tidy up your house, toss things that don’t belong in those baskets. In your closet, if you’re in a hurry you can toss your clothes in the basket, and put away the clothes when you have more time. It keeps things off the floor, and is an easy way for kids to put things away…”no dessert unit your basket is empty!”.

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I hope these cleaning tips will help you Spring Clean your home in no time…and keep it clean all year long! For more great tips be sure to visit me at FunCheapOrFree.com!

 

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The World’s Best Homemade Laundry Soap

homemade-laundry-soap Yes I did just stake the claim that this is the WORLD’s BEST Homemade Laundry Soap!! And I stand by every word of it!

I’ve been very hesitant to make my own laundry soap although I have always wanted to.  I was scared because I have a nice HE washer and didn’t want to ruin it.  I know you have to use special laundry detergent in those babies and I was never sure if the homemade stuff would work.  Well, the reason you use special soap is because you need less suds.  Somewhere we all thought that suds equals cleaner things, but really it is just extra stuff that’s added.  If you go back to basics then you lose the extra and your laundry will look and feel amazing!

The World’s Best Homemade Laundry Soap
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Baking Washing Soda
  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 1-2 cups Downy Unstopables for scent
  • 1 bar of Fels Napha, grated
  • 2 cups Oxi Clean
Instructions
  1. Grate the Fels Napha into a large mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients and stir together until well mixed.
  2. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.

I’ve been super impressed with this recipe. Everything comes out smelling, feeling, and looking great.  It’s even taken that mildew smell out of my towels.  You’re gonna love it too.

OH, and did I mention that you’re gonna save money? Well, you are! It’s quick and easy to make, and my girls love to help.  But don’t take my word for it.  Run and grab the supplies and let me know what you think. (All products can be purchased at Wal-Mart type stores.  I did buy a large bag of Baking Soda at Sams Club.  Hopefully that helps!)

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Strip Quilted Dish Mat

dish-mat-title I shared this fun tutorial last week over on Riley Blake’s blog as part of their Design Team.  We sure love working with them and the wonderful fabric.

Today I wanted to share this fun Strip Quilted Dish Mat.

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I was at my sister’s house when she whipped one of these out that her mother-in-law had made.  I needed one and I know you do too. Oh, and they are so easy and fun that you probably want to make some for your friend’s and family members for gifts.

Fabric requirements:

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I used a Rollie Polie of Priscilla. Love this fabric line. I also used an old bath towel I had for the backing.  You could buy terry cloth if you wanted but if you have an old towel hanging around I’d recommend using that.

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Now this Rollie Polie will make about 3 dish mats, so you are welcome to cut your own fabric if you don’t want the left overs (honestly who doesn’t want left over fabric though?).  The strips are 2.5″ wide and I cut them each in half making them 21.5″ long.

 

First you will want to decide how large you would like your mat.  I decided I would want it 40″ long so I used 17 of the strips from the Rollie Polie.  I pinned my strips, right sides together, and sewed a straight line.  Repeat until all your strips are connected.

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Once the strips have been sewn all together, you’ll want to iron it to press the seams.

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I then placed my ironed strips, right sides down, on top of my old towel and trimmed it to the same size. Then pinned the edges together so I could sew it.

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Sew around the edges leaving room to turn it right side. and then finish with a top stitch to give it a great finished look.

dish-mat-finished To finish it off, I measured out 5″ across the length of the mat and did a straight stitch in 3 places.  This just adds to the quilted look and feel of the mat and also helps the layers to stay together.  You could do more or less depending on the look you are going for.

dish-mat-title-2 And there you have it.  A great project that you are sure to love. Or a great gift that others will enjoy.

Happy sewing!

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10 Ways to Take a Bathroom From Drab to Fab

Items provided by Pottery Barn for this re-design.

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I’ve had this bathroom I’ve wanted to add a little spark too.  I found this paint color, fell in love, but paint is as far as I’ve gotten.  I searched high and low for inspiration and I’m excited to share with you my tips and tricks for taking a bathroom from drab to fab with 10 easy tips. becky-before-bathroom

  1. Paint Color— Make sure you pick a color that is neutral, light and airy.  I love this color for my room. It is a custom color and for the life of me I can’t remember what I was matching, but it is WONDERFUL.  Find something that you can live with and that you love. Paint is one of the easiest ways to change the feel of any room.  It may also be one of the least expensive ways too. Don’t be afraid to paint. bathroom-spa-like
  2. Purchase good staples–When you’re talking bathroom, you don’t want to buy something like shower curtain rings more than once.  Let’s face it.  They do their job but no one is really looking unless they aren’t performing.  I think if you find great products and something that is not as trendy, it will go a long way. Make sure they are tough and will last for many years to come. bathroom-shower-hooks
  3. Towels–Every bathroom needs towels and why not have quality ones that will last a long time.  I am very picky about having nice quality towels. I promise you will not be sad you did.  Just start out by purchasing a couple at a time when you see them on sale. You can add to your stock pile little by little.  I bought some Pottery Barn towels when we moved into our house 9 years ago and we still use them.  They hold up unlike the cheap towels we got when we were first married. bathroom-towels
  4. Add life–I am a true believer in adding life to every room.  I do this by adding a plant here or there.  I think every room can benefit by this.  I’m not saying they have to be alive either. 😉 bathroom-plants
  5. Add Interest–Just because it is a bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little fun.  If you need a clock, don’t use a normal wall clock.  Find an antique or vintage looking clock for the counter (if you have the space) or a shelf.  Use the unusual for interest. bathroom-clock
  6. Storage solutions–Find ways to add storage to your space. I love this ladder shelf from Pottery Barn.  It is so useful and holds so much.  I can have it be close to the shower so that everything is within reach. bathroom-storage-ladder
  7. Towel Hooks instead of a towel bar–Your bathroom will look so much better if you find great towel hooks like these from Pottery Barn verses the towel bar.  If you want your bathroom to be functuional  towel hooks are the way to go.  Not only do they make the space look better, but you can actually get towels to dry instead of having them just hanging there for decoration.  (I’ll have to refer you back to #3 on this one.) bathroom-towel-hooks
  8. Use Glass Jars and basketsGlass jars don’t just make toiletries look fun, but they are a useful way to store these items.  You know what’s inside and you just lift the lid to get it.  Same goes for baskets.  You can place extra hand towels, soaps, or loofas in baskets and it adds texture and color while keeping your items contained. bathroom-basket
  9. Use vertical space to add interestHang pictures along with your towel hooks on the walls.  You can add some splashes of color this way without using up counter space. bathroom-frames-and-towel-hooks
  10. Be careful when using a theme–Let’s face it, fades come and go.  With a bathroom if you redo it in today’s latest hip thing, in 10 years it will probably still be that way and you won’t like it.  But will you really take the time to change it when you have all the other rooms in your house to work on?  Probably not.  Take it easy in the bathroom and add a theme very lightly.  I wanted more of a spa feel and loved the idea of having seashells.  I added these but just a touch. That way if this feels out dated in a couple years, I’m not fully committed to something.  Yet, I feel like it’s getting the point across. bathroom-seashells

Hopefully you can use some of these tips to help improve your bathroom. What tips would you add?

Also make sure to check out Jamie’s Tips on making adding key pieces to your Living Room.

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Teacher Gift Ideas:: Cleaning Supplies

Teacher gift basket With Back-to-School in full swing I have been pondering what to give my daughter’s teacher.  There are so many fun ideas out there and so many cute things to give.  But what do teachers really need?  Cleaning supplies!  I contacted our friends at FebrezeSwiffer,  Mr. Clean, Bounty, and Puffs and they sent me the supplies I needed to get this gift headed in the right direction.

 

Here’s what I put in my basket:

Febreze Set & Refresh as well as Air Effects to make the room smell yummy after all those kiddos have gone home.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers cause they are MAGIC!

Mr. Clean Spray Cleaner for all those surfaces. (This stuff makes anywhere smell good after use!)

Swiffer Duster

Puffs Plus To Go packs

and Bounty Paper Towels cause you can’t have too many of these on hand around kids.

One thing I found out, is that Bounty has a program called Teacher’s Wish List.  This is a great program that helps teachers get the supplies they need in their classroom.  Go check it out!

 

So my basket wouldn’t be complete without a cute card.  I found this funny quote that fit my theme.

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You can download a 5×7 copy here.  For personal, noncommercial use only please!

You could also print this out and place it in a frame for the teacher.  Heaven knows they deal with sticky kids all day long.  I’m sure they would get a kick out of this.

There you have it.  A great teacher’s gift that anyone would love to get.

Thanks again to our friends at Febreze, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Bounty and Puffs for the supplies.

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