1st Anniversary of The Messed up home !

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and boy are “they” right! Exactly one year ago today, on 30 th June 2015, I hit that “publish” button on my very first blog post. Today, I’m taking you on a little trip down memory lane.

I almost don’t recognize that Prats from a year ago. She was fed up with her “real job”, ready to make a change, and terrified beyond belief that she would fail. She took a giant leap of faith that day… not knowing what would come of it. She wondered if this silly blog idea would be just another failure.

While I see traces of myself in her (the courage to go for it anyway, for example), I stand in awe of the transformation that she was about to go through.

Some days I wish that I could reach back in time and let her know that everything was going to be OK. The new-age mystic part of my brain tells me that maybe I did. Maybe “future me” was that nagging voice in my head back then that said “Prats! You need to do this! Get it out there !”

Either way, I’m happy that I pushed that button. I’m happy that I took that leap of faith, and jumped into a world that I knew nothing about. I’m happy that I stepped way out of my comfort zone and allowed myself to grow in ways that I never even knew was possible before.

CELEBRATING THE PAST

A year  ago I logged on to WordPress.com and started a blog.

It sounds all-too-simple and kind of boring, but that’s exactly how this blog got started.

Actually, there is a little bit more of a backstory…I had heard about this “blogging thing” for sometime, and my interest was piqued.

I had dabbled in some guest posting over the previous year, but hadn’t yet started out on my own.

That attempt, along with the honest advice of an editor, set me off to work on something else which would spark my passion.

Now, I knew I wanted to have a little project all of my own, where I could use my organizational skills, be creative, have fun, and help people in the process.

Plus, I’d heard so much about this blogging thing.

And thus, The messed home  was born.

Who knew that a year later ,, I’d still be at it.

Here I am, finding myself celebrating a milestone of  1 year  blog anniversary, and having lots of wonderful readers from around the world.

It’s been an incredible ride thus far. I’m still in a bit of a haze when I stop to think, and remember that it has been a whole year since I’ve been blogging. Wow, that’s quite a chunk of time!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to my readers, followers, family, and friends. You have all helped me so much to make this blog what it is today.

Through your questions, comments, feedback, and support, I’ve steadily grown the blog, bit by bit. Thank you so much! It means a great deal to me, and I’m so glad I am able to help you, each and every day.

How Can I Help You?

Now, to mark this special occasion, I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A session with you, my dear readers! This is your chance to ask me anything about organization.

Do you have a question about how to organize your home, office, desk, calendar, closet, cabinets, anything else that comes to mind? Go ahead and ask away in the comments below; any and all organization questions are fair game.

Some of you may be new to the blog, and some of you have been with me for some time, perhaps even from the very beginning. You may have read certain organization posts, or topics, and you might have missed some, but, hey, that’s bound to happen when there’s a lot of Posts on the Messed up home

This Q&A session is an open one, please feel free to ask any organizing question that comes to mind in the comments at the bottom of the post. I’ll do my best to help. I’m looking forward to reading your questions. 🙂

Oh, and one last thing…if you like this site, please consider sharing it with others via social media, or perhaps share it with a friend who might find it interesting or helpful. Thanks!

How about you? What question or questions do you have for me when it comes to organizing? I’m here to answer your questions. Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

july!

 

7 Weekly Cleaning Tasks made Easy Peasy!!!

When it comes to cleaning your place, a weekly schedule can help you get into a good routine to keep everything clean and avoid the build up of too much dust, dirt and grime. Making this into a family event will also make it easier. If you get the kids involved, and make it a little fun, you can teach them a truly valuable life lesson. 

1) Start with the Kitchen

In the kitchen, it pays to get the hardest jobs out of the way first. To keep your kitchen sparkling clean, stay up-to-date with these weekly tasks.

— Mop the floor.

— Clean the exteriors of appliances.

— Wipe the counters and cabinet doors.

— Scour and polish the sink

for more info on Cleaning checklist ,HERE .

2)Clean the Bathroom

When cleaning your bathroom, take time to give your fixtures a little TLC…Please !!

— Use general-purpose spray cleaners or mix vinegar and baking soda &  water to scrub your sink, toilet exterior, tub, and faucets.

— Use an antibacterial cleaner for heavy-duty disinfecting in the toilet bowl and baking soda paste on tough grime.

— Remember not to use abrasives on scratchable surfaces.

 

for more info on Cleaning checklist ,HERE .

3)Dust Furniture and Shelves

By eliminating dust, you’ll protect your furniture and improve your home’s air quality.

— Remove accumulated dust from furniture and other problem areas.

— For dusting, we love soft, non-scratching cloths that pick up and hold dirt.

— For fine wood furniture, use dusting cloths in place of silicone sprays.

FOR more Info on Cleaning checklist , HERE .

4)Shake or Vacuum Area Rugs

— Keep your large area rugs in tip-top shape by caring for them as you would wall-to-wall carpet.

— For small rugs that are difficult to vacuum, take them outside and shake them vigorously, or hang them over a clothesline and beat with a broom to remove dust and dirt.( BEAT IT LIKE U ARE FRUSTRATED ! YEAH GIRL REMOVE ALL YOUR FRUSTRATIONS HERE ) .

— Consult care labels for small rugs to determine whether they should be dry cleaned, spot cleaned, or laundered.

5) Mop Hard-Surface Floors

Mopping is one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to keep your home clean.

— Wet mops are used for scrubbing and for applying sanitizing solutions to bathroom and kitchen floors.

They work when pressed firmly to the floor and moved in long, overlapping strokes.

— When mopping, make sure to wipe up excess liquid because standing water can damage wood surfaces.

6)Change Bed Linens

We recommend changing and laundering sheets and pillowcases once a week.

— For even wear, rotate your sheets, storing fresh sheets at the bottom of the stack in your linen closet.

— For best results, wash your sheets in warm water and use non-chlorine bleach when needed.

— Wash all-cotton spreads, blankets, and coverlets in cold water to avoid shrinkage.

 

7)Sweep Front Entry and Steps

Don’t forget to give your entryways a little attention every week.

–Try using a utility broom to clean large areas that require heavy-duty sweeping such as decks, patios, and driveways.

–Use a classic, natural-bristle brush for general sweeping with a dustpan.

–Choose the best-quality broom to avoid bristles that shed when you sweep.