Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring Cleaning Time!

Happy Leap Year!

Here is an update on my Spring cleaning and decluttering my home. I started in the laundry room, dining room and my office. I still have some more work to do in the office, but I need to make a trip to IKEA or some yard sales to find what I want. I am happy with how far I've come and I can't wait to finish up the other three closets and the living room. 

Here are the before:

Here is the after:

Here are some helpful tips on keeping your house tidy:

1) Love fabric baskets: great storage
2) Don't just spring clean and purge once a year or twice. Do this throughout the year.
3) Clean your ceiling fans, window stills, blinds, wipe down doors and baseboards every month. I added this to my regular weekly cleaning.
4) Every three months clean out your closets. Every week do one closet to not feel overwhelmed. This is a great way to get the older kids involved. ** If you have older children(10 and up) have them help clean out their closet/drawers. If there are any items that can be sold in a yard sale let them keep the money from the sell. But, they should also help with the yard sale as well.**
5) Have a container where you simply use for yard sales and another container for consignment or Good Will. I store my yard sales container in the garage and the consignment in the laundry room closet.
6) This may help for some people, but I write two lists. One list is what I want to accomplish during the week and the other list is what I want to get done in the next few months. If I don't accomplish everything on my list I don't sweat it.

I will share my progresses and hopefully share some more tips.  I know for some this my be a bit too much especially if you are a blogger and writing every week, but if one of my tips helps you that would be awesome. I am so grateful you stop by and I LOVE your KIND comments. Have a great week.




  1. Looks good and so organized! Your dining room is so pretty! I like the light above your table! =)

    1. Hi, Ashley

      Thank you for stopping by. I do love the light fixture above my table, it has a parlor feel to it. Appreciate you stopping by. : )

  2. Great tips :) You did an awesome job!

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. Nice after photos! It looks like you really took the cleaning seriously. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to be. I actually do that. I clean and dust my things on a regular basis - a week’s difference in the least. So even if I fail to clean for one week, I’m ensured that the dirt won’t pile up to the point that simply looking at it exhausts me. :D


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