The Anti – Hoarders Guide to De-clutter your home !

Is it that time when you need to look at your home and life and determine whether it is time to start to declutter? Clutter can take on so many forms within your life.

It can be the piles of clothes that wind up in the closet, it can be the hundreds of digital photos that are on the camera or your computer.

What do you need to do to get rid of these things and gain control?

Looking for ways to keep clutter at bay? Here are a few of my favorite decluttering tips:

1. Organize all your photos from the previous year and only keep what you really need. With digital cameras, or our Phones ,it’s easy to get 10 completely identical shots (or 50 in my case…). Toss shots that are similar and keep the best one.

2. Rather than keep all your All your old Photos , take photos of them to add to your annual photo book. This will use a lot less space than saving the originals. You can also create a fun activity for preschoolers by using these Photos as flashcards for matching names to photos of friends and family.

3. Don’t keep every piece of artwork the kids bring home. Take photos to include in your annual photo book, or create a separate photo book filled just with kids’ artwork. Keep a few originals that are really special.(In my case I have saved most of my daughter’s Art work in digital format and kept a folder for her when she grows up)

4. As soon as the kids outgrow their clothes or baby gear, donate them to a local charity or sell them on OLX (India’s Craigslist ). It’s easy to hold onto old items for years after kids outgrow them, so go through clothes and gear every year to make sure you’re only holding on to items you really need.

5. As soon as your kids get new toys, ask them to select old toys to give away. This prevents kids from getting overwhelmed at the volume of toys they have and teaches them to give to others in need.

6. Organize and label toys in bins or boxes. Teach kids that if they take a toy bin out, they are responsible for cleaning up and putting the bin back where it belongs. Check toys to make sure they’re working, and throw away any toys that are broken or have missing pieces.

7. Look through your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer every six months. Toss foods beyond their expiration date, and donate foods that are still edible but you know you’ll never use. If you’re anything like me, you may occasionally buy something with the intent of using it for a recipe that never pans out. Don’t feel like you need to keep the item, just give it away to someone who might need it. This is a great time to clean the inside of the refrigerator, too.

8. Check out your cupboards and toss out any dishes, pots, pans, or plastic containers you no longer need. Make sure all your containers have both tops and bottoms. Donate any items your kids no longer need like bottles, sippy cups, baby spoons, etc.

9. Go through your closet. Get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in the last six to 12 months. Can’t remember? Follow decluttering expert Peter Walsh’s advice: Face all hangers in the same direction, and when you wear an item turn the hanger hook in the opposite direction. In a few months, you’ll be able to see which items you’ve been wearing. Donate or sell the clothes you no longer wear.

10. Finally, the nirvana of decluttering (at least for me): Go paperless. Paper clutter takes up a lot of space and can be harder to get rid of. Start small; get paperless statements for bills and pay online. Go through your stash of manuals and consider tossing any ones you don’t really need, like the manual for the iPod you got in 2005. Scan receipts and important documents rather than keeping hard copies of everything.

What’s your favorite decluttering tip?

Tips for Kitchen Organization 2016

Whether you’re ready to reorganize, take on some upgrades, or tackle a major renovation, our tips and tricks will help you make sure the busiest room in the house is also the most efficient one. Time to get cooking!

Organizing the Kitchen Checklist

An organized kitchen allows you to cook more efficiently, clean up quickly―and find everything you need instantly.

1)Take inventory.

Pull all items out of the cupboards and place on a large table. Put things into groups, creating a loose hierarchy based on how often you use the pieces.

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2)Donate or toss.

Evaluate each item. If you have three frying pans of the same size, donate one, along with anything you haven’t used in a couple of years. Discard anything that’s broken and can’t be repaired or is missing parts, like a pot without a handle.

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3)Create zones.

When putting back items, place those used for cooking and food preparation in cabinets near the stove and work surfaces; those for eating should be closer to the sink, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

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4)Create a hot zone.

Designate a place around the stove and the sink for the essentials: oil, vinegar, knives, and cutting board.

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5)Place items within reach.

If you cook frequently, keep ingredients where you will be using them: the basket of potatoes near the cutting board; sugar and flour near the stand mixer.

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6)Let usage dictate storage.

Keep frequently used cookware immediately on hand. Stow things you use every now and then, like muffin tins and cookie sheets, in a less accessible cabinet. Move items you use only once a year, like the roasting pan for the turkey, out of the kitchen altogether.

7)Organize cupboards with access in mind.

Position heavy things below the counters, lighter things above them.

8)Organize items by type.

Pots and pans should be grouped by kind and placed one inside the other, from smallest to largest. If you have room, it’s best to keep lids atop their pots or pans; otherwise, arrange them from smallest to largest and keep their partners close by. Put all the bowls in one cabinet and all the baking pans in another to ensure that you’ll always go to the right place.

9)Arrange everyday appliances.

If you have lots of counter space and cook frequently, there’s no reason to hide your small appliances. Attractive toasters and toaster ovens, blenders, food processors, coffee grinders, and coffeemakers can stay on the counter.

10)Stash less frequently used appliances.

Those that are used only once or twice a year should not occupy valuable real estate. Store them in an out-of-the-way cupboard, the garage, or the attic.

11)Put walls to work.

Hang up racks or pegs to keep favorite utensils, pot holders, and dish towels in plain sight.

12)Make recycling efficient.

Having a bin for bottles and cans right next to the one for regular trash, instead of out in the garage or in the mudroom, streamlines end-of-meal cleanup.

13)Organize under the sink.

Start by moving anything you use sporadically to the garage or pantry and throwing out anything rusted, crusted, or congealed. Consider a pull-out trash can on gliders, and door attachments that hold sponges, brushes, and plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Or corral cleaning products and supplies on one side of the cabinet in a plastic caddy, and put the trash can on the other side.

14)Contain plastic grocery bags.

Stuff them inside an empty tissue box for compact storage and easy retrieval.

15)Arrange flatware for efficiency.

Use drawer dividers and utensil trays (large enough to accommodate oversize pieces) to keep your kitchen accoutrements in order.

16)Rearrange the fridge.

Perishable foods should go at the bottom and toward the back, not on the door. The lower shelf, where it’s coldest, is best for dairy products. Produce stays fresher in a crisper drawer. Use the door to store bottled food and condiments.

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17)Organize the freezer.

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Consider making designated sections (prepared meals, vegetables, desserts). Use dividers, baskets, or multilayer ice caddies to keep containers neat and accessible. Be sure to label things.

18)Declutter yearly. 

Take an inventory of all utensils, cookware, and dishware annually. Get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items that are damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.

 

19)Clump small things together.


Keep small kitchen items in containers, see-through bins if possible, with neat, easy-to-read labels.

Anything that was especially new or surprising to you here? Anything you’re definitely going to implement in your own kitchen? Please let me know !!

–Prats ♥♥

SPRING CLEANING OVERVIEW :)

Let’s face it: Cleaning can be a daunting task. And keeping things clean is even worse.

This month I will be sharing a few spring cleaning posts, to help inspire you to dust off those cob webs, open up the blinds & let the sunshine in.  If you are like me, you need motivation to conquer such a large set of tasks & thats what I hope to do this month.  Join me today, as I share my  Spring Cleaning Plan.  But before we begin cleaning, I want to share some tips on how you can get prepared for the week ahead. Happy cleaning!

Getting prepared for a week of spring cleaning:

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source : Google images 

Some overall tips to get you started:

Set a timer for the amount of time you’re going to clean — you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually get done in five minutes. Even better, put on your favorite song! Turn the volume up high and set your phone’s sleep timer to stop playing the music after one, five, or ten minutes (depending on how much time you have). Remember: You don’t need to try to deep-clean everything.

That’s because this challenge isn’t simply about the results — it’s about creating new healthy habits for your home. Cleaning is not a set of ideals to aspire to, a standard of perfection to achieve. This is a mindfulness practice, and if you are cleaning or decluttering mindfully, you have already arrived.

Oh, and if any of the steps don’t apply to you (if you don’t have a dishwasher, for example), just spend some extra time on one of the other steps. Or, sign up for our daily newsletter reminders to get an exclusive bonus round suggestion for each day!

And, we’re off!

1.  I make sure I am all stocked up on my cleaners. For my spring cleaning, I typically use Basic Cleaner which is an all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and degreaser in one.  I only use non-toxic cleaners in my home.  (Cleaning with toxic cleaners does more harm than good).  I place the cleaners in my caddy, along with trash bags & rags.

2.  Stock up on trash bags, paper towels or rags, and candles (I always have a candle burning & the music up loud, while I clean).

3.  Make a week of dinners ahead of time, because you will not have the time or the energy to cook when you are spring cleaning.

4. Organize your cleaning schedule (type or write it out & put on a clipboard), matching days to tasks. I try to have my spring cleaning complete in one week. It takes an additional week to clean the outside of my home (power-washing, wash window screens, weeding, preparing the garden, cleaning out the terraces & Balconies, cleaning out the car, etc.)

Spring cleaning checklist:

 Things u will need :-

1. Spray bottle (with 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water solution)

2. Microfiber cloth

3. Socks (cotton or microfiber work best)

4. Plastic bags

5. Lemon

6. Duster

7. White vinegar 

8. Magic Erasers

9. Rubber band

10. Newspaper

11. Dryer sheets (used work best)

12. Antibacterial all-purpose cleaner (APC)

13. Paper towels

So Lets begin our spring cleaning !!

Day 1:

  • Clean all walls, windows & mirrors (spraying everything with Basic Cleaner  eliminates the need for a bucket of water & cleaner)
  • Clean all glass surfaces
  • Wipe down electronics

Day 2:

  • Wash all curtains (including shower curtains)
  • Wash all bedding (including quilts & pillows)
  • Flip mattresses
  • Empty all trash cans, clean and sanitize them.

Day 3:

  • Clean the kitchen:
  • Clear the entire counter top and sanitize
  • Wipe out & organize all cabinets. Throw out old food and dishes you no longer use.
  • Wipe off the top of fridge
  • Dust fridge coils
  • Clean out fridge and freezer
  • Clean out oven (including vents)
  • Clean microwave
  • Sanitize the sink and garbage disposer
  • Wipe down all appliances.

Day 4:

  • Change all filters ( water filtration)
  • Polish all furniture in house (and wax if needed)
  • Clean toilets, sinks, medicine cabinets and showers

Day 5:

  • Vacuum out couches & chairs
  • Wash couch cushions
  • Vacuum and mop all floors
  • Wash rugs

Day 6:

  • Cleanall carpets
  • Replace all smoke detector batteries( optional)
  • Replace burnt out lightbulbs

Day 7:

  • Rest because next week its time to head outside!!

 

 

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source: Google images 

 

Extra chores you can do this week:

  • Switch out winter wardrobe to spring
  • Oil change in car (fill fluids, check belts, install new wipers)
  • Clean out car (Shampoo floors, mats & seats, leather conditioner)
  • Clean out vacuum cleaner
  • Clean out dog kennel
  • Reseal grout lines & rechaulk
  • Clean out email box
  • Clean out your wallet/purse/backpack
  • Clean the lint trap in the dryer

I hope this spring cleaning checklist will help u as they do to me !

Until next time Happy cleaning !

 

March is here !!

How do you make the most of each month? 

If you, like Me , find it difficult to find the time to get everything done, you’re not alone. So I’m  trying to make it easier for you  and for me with simple suggestions for getting the most out of every month.

March  is  here!  For us at the messed up home means this month we are celebrating Birthdays Plenty of birthdays this month for us here  !!  Yes, U read that right ! Just CELEBRATING  all month along !  

To keep you on-track, I’ll remind you of each week’s assignment on the Web, and via my Facebook  feeds.

Finally, it’s more fun to follow the Monthly  Challenge with a team, so check in for the challenge . With links to weekly assignments, daily messages and printables, it’s Challenge Central as we work together toward a clean and organized home.

Ready? Set? Let’s clean house for the month of march !

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