Great Cleaning Tip!

Have you ever tried cleaning up glitter after an arts and crafts project?

That stuff gets everywhere, and can be really annoying to remove!

If you try to sweep it, your broom will forever be dragging the shiny stuff all over your house, and vacuuming can sometimes result in glittery puffs of wind coming up from the machine…

There is a solution: a lint roller!

This simple idea really works, is easy, cheap, and you probably have one in your house anyway!

Just roll it over the mess, and it’s all clean.

If you do not have a lint roller, a large piece of tape can also do the trick, it might just take a bit longer.

Happy cleaning!
Renee

What is that Amazing Smell?

12825834874_675eebfc86_mThose were my words when I walked into my friend’s house the other day, and she revealed the secret…Mr. Clean with Gain.

The house literally smelled like a garden, and so I was on a mission to find that bottle.

A search in my local ShopRite came up with nothing, but a quick look on target.com showed that they sell it there, so that’s where I’m headed next.

The funny thing was, my friend usually buys the Mr. Clean with Febreze, and bought the one with Gain when her local supermarket ran out; what an awesome mistake- my house will never smell the same thanks to her!

On the topic of good smelling houses, I recently replaced the filter on my Bissel vacuum with a Febreze filter (14.99 on Amazon.com), and that was a really worthy investment. My vacuum used to let out this musty dusty smell as I vacuumed, and so after all my hard work, although my carpets were clean, they smelled horrible!

Now my house smells fresh just from a quick vacuum of the carpet!

What house cleaning products do you love?

Best wishes,

Renee

Photo by Mike Mozart through Flickr

Need More Time?

Do you ever find yourself wishing for a couple more hours in the day? Everyone has their own timesavers that really make it feel like there are. Here are some of mine, plus some that I learned from friends and family:

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  1. Dishes…dishes…Take a bowl that is already in the sink waiting to be washed and fill it with soap and hot water. As you cook, throw all dirty cutlery, measuring spoons, etc., into the bowl. When it comes to cleanup time, all the utensils in that bowl are already half clean! With a quick run over with the sponge, you can rinse, and dry. No scrubbing off hardened food, plus, until you wash those dishes, your sink looks sort of neat with everything sitting nicely in one bowl.
  2. Instead of peeling vegetables over the garbage can and having to deal with back ache, and peels that did not make it into the garbage, place a shopping bag on the counter and peel over it. When you are done, lift the sides, fold, and put it in the garbage! This is one of my favorite time (and back) savers!  (Thanks SB!!!)
  3. If you’re forever sorting laundry, this one’s for you! Buy a second hamper and label it “whites.” Instruct all family members to put white (or light, or whatever you choose,) laundry into the second hamper. No more separating whites from darks!
  4. In a rush to make that mac and cheese dinner? Use angel hair pasta, it cooks a lot quicker that macaroni or spaghetti.
  5. This tip might seem to waste more time than it saves, but I find that it really helps me zoom through the supermarket, and it is definitely a time saver for me. When you make your shopping list, order it according to the layout of the store. This way, as you go through the aisles, you can cross of items on your list, and you do not end up going backwards once you finish and are standing by the cash registers.

That’s it for now…feel free to add your own tips in the comments, I am always on the lookout for more time savers!

Renee

Photo by  Grzegorz Łobiński through Flickr

No More Boring Snow Days

3306031188_95bde68dfd_mWhat happened to global warming?!

The good news is that it’s already March, and that means spring is on its way. The bad news? We still have the entire March left, which means another 3 weeks of potential snow… and who says it can’t snow in April? Well, we may as well make the best of it!

No more feeling stuck at home and unproductive with this list:

Sort Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I have a recipe book where everything is organized and legible, and then I have random recipes written on index cards, scrap paper, sticky notes, and just about anything. Every once in a while I like to go through them and rewrite them on cards in my recipe book, This makes it a lot easier to find what I want on days that I am in a rush and searching for that recipe that I know is somewhere…

Now is a great time, especially as it is before the summer months. For some reason, I tend to cook more then, not sure why. Maybe it’s the outdoor meals where everyone just sits around and likes to snack.
Organize Linen Closet

Sometimes I think that sheets were invented to make housewives crazy! They just don’t fold normally…

Some people say that there is no point in ordering the linen closet because it will not last more than a week or two, but there is nothing like the feeling of looking at your very own color coordinated linen closet where every item is folded to perfection.


Call an Old Friend

Life gets so busy, you sometimes forget about those people whom you never thought you could live without! Get comfortable on the couch with a cup of hot coffee and call someone you love but hardly speak to. Facebook is not the same as a good old-fashioned ear-to-ear conversation.
Bake Cakes and Freeze

Now is a great time to fill your freezer with yummy treats. You will definitely appreciate it when you want a delicious homemade cake, but do not have a second to spare. If you make something plain like chocolate cake, or amaretto cake, you can always frost and decorate to use for any occasion.

Give Away Old Clothing

You know those tops hanging in your closet untouched for months? Somebody else will appreciate them! On a cold, dreary day bring warmth to someone’s life by giving them your used, good-condition clothing. Look through your closet and sort as follows:

  1. Pimpled, ripped, stained, etc.-garbage bag
  2. Good condition but don’t wear- giveaway bag
  3. Favorites-keep and refold/hang

Enjoy your clutter-free closet!

Organize Junk Draw

For some reason the junk draw in my kitchen has thousands of pens that don’t work. When you try it and it is dry, don’t put it back in the draw. The garbage can was invented for this purpose!

Seriously, junk draws are supposed to have junk, but it can still be organized somewhat. Look at your junk draw and throw out non-functional pens, pencils, markers, etc., old receipts, candy wrappers, anything else that you don’t need.

A great way to keep this draw organized is to insert bins or a cutlery organizer. Mine has a cutlery organizer (from Target), and it’s great! It has small sections where I keep rubber bands, pens, markers and bag clips, and a big section for stuff like scissors, tape, small notepad, etc.

 

Keep busy and enjoy the snow!
RB
 photo by Ryan Holst through Flickr