Heaven on Earth - by Stephanie M. White
Spring
(or Summer, or Fall
or Winter!!)
Cleaning
 
 
 
 
*it is never a bad time to get your home organized!  Recently, I decided to attack organization ferociously!  
 
I want to share some tips and tricks I have learned along the way.  Room-by-room, you can become a king or queen of organization!
 
*don't forget to check out different organization ideas on Pinterest - so many people have great ideas! It never hurts to check them out.
 
 
A HAPPY HOME IS A CLEAN, ORGANIZED HOME!!
 
 
Taking care of your home is a blessing that we sometimes overlook. God has really blessed me by teaching to enjoy everything about life. Don't dread the clean-up; find a way to enjoy it!
 
 
I love to clean to music. Turn on your favorite CD and go! The music really helps the time pass. Make sure you listen to something that feeds your Spirit - Christian music is such a blessing to me! Take advantage of the talent God has given to so many.
 
 
 
Check out my
Cleaning Pinterest Board
for more helpful hints and ideas.
 
 
 
Always remember that you cannot do everything in a day!
Take your time!
 
It is a good idea to make yourself a list of all you would like to accomplish and check things off as you go.
IDEAS & TIPS
*make a cleaning schedule. Sometimes just knowing that "Tuesday is laundry day" is enough to keep you motivated.
 
*keep up with cleaning out the fridge - you don't want to find any 3-month old egg nog!
 
*go through your medicine cabinets and throw out expired meds and vitamins.
 
*go through your make-up ~ it is out with the old and in with the new. Splurge on yourself!
 
*clean out cupboards, drawers, and dressers.
 
*keep up with washing your sheets and blankets. Sickness seems to overtake our church during the winter and keeping things clean really helps us avoid it --- to a certain degree!!
 
 
 
GARAGE
 
 
*Peg Boards are a great way to organize the garage.  You can hang just about anything on them. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*designate areas in the garage.  Put all of the children's play things in one spot and they won't have to tear the garage apart when they want to play. 
 
 
*paint your garage and pretty it up! 

*add a "Key Board"
so everyone can keep track of their keys!  I bought some inexpensive ($1 each!) car cut-outs and bought some hooks and started painting!  
 
 

*I have my own corner in our garage and I love it!  The garage is not just for men!  LoL!  

Invest in a few cupboards and container and it will really help you stay organized.  All of my car cleaning supplies are tucked neatly away and I know just where they are! 
 
 
*give your family a warm welcome!  I painted the door and added some vinyl lettering and now my hubby and son are reminded of how happy I am to have them home! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KITCHEN
 
*always keep up with your fridge and freezer!  If you do this, a major tear-down can be avoided!
 
 
 
*organize your pantry.  If you do this, it will be easier to find what you need.  This will also help you make your grocery list - if all of your tomato sauce is one spot it will be easy for you notice you are down to 1 can and you can add it to the list instead of being surprised when you start to make your famous sauce. 
 
 
 
*take an old boot or shoe box and cover it with some pretty scrapbook paper and use it to organize your coffee cups and such. 
 
 
*clean out your utensil drawers and cupboards twice a year - at least. 
 
*clean out under your sink.  Throw out old cleaners and such at least once a year.  Organize by buying plastic containers.  Have a container for dish washing soaps, one for hand soaps, and one for misc. cleaning products. 
 
*get rid of what you don't need!!  I know it can be hard to part with things sometimes, but if you haven't used it in a year or so, it needs to go. 
 
 
 
 
LAUNDRY ROOM
*laundry does not have to be the dreaded chore!  Enjoy laundry a little more by cleaning up and decorating your laundry space. 
 
 
*making your own laundry soap is a great way to save money! 
Check out the homemade laundry soap recipe below and try it! I was skeptical at first but I love it!!
*also, store your ingredients and finished product in glass jars to make everything look pretty! 
 
 
 
FOR 1 GALLON:
 
4 c. water
3 T. borax
3 T. washing soda
2 T. Dawn dish washing liquid
 
Boil the water. Add the next three ingredients and stir until well dissolved. Use 1/2 - 1 cup per load of laundry. If you have a stain it is a good idea to pre-treat.
 
 
 
CLOSETS AND DRAWERS
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*using baskets and containers will make any closet more organized. 
 






*I also made a basket especially for my hubby and my son - every time they say, "Where is..." I can refer them to THEIR basket!  This is very helpful!!  LoL! 
 
 
 
 
 
*Investing in a closet organizer is well worth the money.  It won't be hard to find your favorite gloves or scarf when you are organized. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*make use of every space!  Even under the stairs!
 
*hooks and shoe organizers can help
you store a lot!
 
 
 
*make sure you look in clearance aisles for organizational products!  You never know what you may find.