Organize Your Life in Style

Organize in Style

I love all things organization!  I am always obsessed with finding the “perfect” day planner and just the right pencil cup for my desk.  Most people struggle with organizing their homes, schedules, and lives and are always looking for help.  While there are countless articles and books to read, products to buy, and professionals to hire (like myself).  The number one most important thing I have learned by organizing for myself and others is that you must have systems that work for you and that you like!!  If you have baskets set up and labeled in your linen closet but you don’t love how they look you will not try to use them and keep things put away.  If all of your makeup is beautifully organized in drawers with a great system you will never put it back if it is not convenient with your routine.

When trying to get organized you must at least like the system you are trying to use.  That being said I can’t stress enough that you absolutely do NOT have to spend a lot of money to achieve this.  Check out sites like Pinterest, Craftgawker, or any of the amazing blogs out there and you will find lots of inspiration for organizing on the cheap (this is how I do it in my own house).  So here are some home organization products or DIYs that I think you will love:

Home Management Filing System: I love, love, love this system for organizing paper clutter!  Clean up the kitchen counter or table, and get a handle on mail, bills, etc…  With her system you will never pay a bill late again!

 

How to Organize a Small Home Office: I can truly appreciate this post!  My office is a very weird “extra” room in my house that also serves as my closet, dressing room, craft room, extra storage, etc…

small office

 

Organizing Made Easy: Great roundup of tips from all over the Web.  I love this list because it shares tips for organizing all of those little things you can’t seem to find a home for!

organizing-made-easy

Hopefully in these posts with hundreds of awesome organization ideas you can find a few that will work for you and your situation.  Always be thinking:

  • Will I want to use this system every day?
  • Is this convenient for me?  Is what I use regularly accessible to me?
  • Does it “fit” with how I want my home to look and feel?

I hope this helps but if you have any questions feel free to ask me!!  Do you have any resources you have found work for you?  Did any of these tips or tricks help??

 

 

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Cleaning Supply Review: Method Glass and Surface

Method Glass Review

 

*This is NOT a sponsored post, I pay full price for all my products and I am a regular paying consumer just like you*

Cost: $3.99 at Hannaford for 28 fl oz ($.14/oz vs Windex at $.11/oz)

Method products are advertised as eco-friendly appealing to customers wishing to inject a little “green living” into their homes.  This particular glass cleaner is said to have “ammonia-free plant based powergreen technology”.  When first picking this up in the store I had absolutely no idea what that meant (as most people probably don’t).  So… I did a little research and according to methodhome.com it means:

“powergreen™ technology is cutting-edge green chemistry that harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to deliver a mighty cleaning punch.  In our glass cleaner, a corn-based solvent eliminates dirt, dust and pesky handprints, so ammonia is but a distant memory”

I’m still not 100% sure what it means but it is better than using nasty smelling ammonia.  From what I have researched so far I can tell that the Method Home company does in fact try to make the world better and does take steps to create products in a more sustainable way (at least according to them).  Their bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (that’s good), they never test on animals (also good but not sure it is relevant to glass cleaner), and they seek to reduce their carbon footprint (good if they ARE reducing their carbon footprint).

Now, back to the product.  As far as glass cleaners go this one does work.  It does not streak and does a great job of cleaning glass and mirrors.  It is also labeled as a surface cleaner but it doesn’t necessarily have any anti-bacterial power so I personally wouldn’t use it there.

This product is mint scented.  I found that incredibly odd at first.  I don’t think I have ever bought any cleaning product with a mint scent before this one.  Personally I really don’t like the smell but it doesn’t linger and if you like mint I highly recommend it.  It also smells WAY better than Windex or ammonia.

Grade: B+

I give this a B+ because it does work.  However, it is $3.99 (compared to using vinegar at $.50 for the same amount) which is a little high for cleaning windows and mirrors.  I also really did not like the scent but I am going to be trying their other products soon and those scents look amazing!

If you have an extra $3.99 to spare and are in need of glass cleaner go ahead and buy this and know that the recycled plastic and lack of ammonia are doing just a little bit more to help “green” up the Earth.  Also if you like the scent of mint than definitely buy it!!

 

Have you tried any of Method’s products?  What are your thoughts?  Which ones would you like to see reviewed?

 

Other Related Posts:

Cleaning Product Review: Krud Kutter

Clean Your House Like the Pros Do

Green Living: Baby Steps to an “Eco-Friendly” Life

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Products Worth Buying

Cleaning Products

I have a confession to make.  I am completely addicted to buying cleaning supplies.  Whenever a new one appears at the stores I have to have it.  I don’t know if it is the magic that they promise or the smell of the cleaning aisle but I just love them.  So I am starting this series to share my thoughts with you so that you all know which ones are worth purchasing.  I test these in not only my one home but I also use them in other people’s homes.  I wanted to begin with one of my favorites… *These are not sponsored posts, I have paid in full for these products and they are my honest opinion*

 

Cleaning Product Review #1:  Krud Kutter

Krud Kutter… Oh Krud Kutter…. A few years ago my boyfriend and I were moving out of an apartment and doing the “get your deposit back” deep clean.  My mom said I should buy some “Krud Kutter”.  Um, what?  Well I gave it a whirl and I am completely addicted to this product now.  I buy it by the gallon and refill the spray bottle at my house and at my client’s.
Krud Kutter

Cost: $5.98 for 32 oz or $12.94 for 1 gal at Home Depot (I live in NH and Home Depot is the only place I have ever seen it)

Grade: A+

 

This stuff is absolutely amazing and is always my go to when cleaning up tough messes.  Although it is concentrated I don’t usually dilute it (unless I am mopping with it).  I love it for cleaning walls, cupboards, and floors.  I haven’t found anything that is too tough for this product.

It doesn’t really have much of a smell which is unusual with products like these.  It is also “non-toxic” and “biodegradable” which makes me feel much better about using it everywhere.  In my opinion, buy it!

Have you ever tried Krud Kutter?  Which cleaning products would you like to see reviewed here?

Clean Your House Like a Pro

Clean Your House

 

A few years ago I worked for a commercial cleaning company.  It was one of those situations where I just needed a job so I jumped in.  We worked in teams of two (my partner spoke a completely different language causing some confusion) and drove around cleaning businesses and homes.  After working for that company I decided I wanted to have a housecleaning business (which I did until my client begged me to work for her full time).  There was a strict system we followed which I want to share with you since I do this even in my own home.  When we worked in teams of two one person did the “dust and vacuum” and the other did “kitchen and bathrooms”.  In your own home you can just separate it out but definitely dust first!!!

Dust & Vacuum

  • Starting upstairs dust ceilings, corners, walls, furniture, door frames and baseboards.  Dust every surface making sure to start at the highest point so dust all falls to floor.  (Wiping baseboards with a dryer sheet will help battle dust).  Don’t forget ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  •  After dusting the entire house now vacuum the entire starting with the highest point.  I vacuum my kitchens and bathrooms as well because it gathers the dirt and dust so much better than sweeping.  When vacuuming make sure you pick up bathroom rugs and trash cans and move small furniture.

Kitchens & Bathrooms

  • I usually start in the bathroom just to get it out of the way.  Start by cleaning the shower.  I spray it with a cleaner made for battling soap scum, like Comet, Scrubbing Bubbles, or Soft Scrub.  Then I sprinkle with Bon-Ami or baking soda.   Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Spritz toilet with disinfectant, and scrub.  Wipe the seat, back and entire outside of the toilet.
  • Wipe the kitchen sink and counters with an all purpose spray.
  • Wash mirrors.  Then go back and scrub your shower.  After scrubbing take a damp rag and wipe off all the ickiness that is still on it.
  • When everything had actually been cleaned I go back with a microfiber towel and polish and shine the shower, fixtures, and sink.  This last step makes a huge difference.
  • In the kitchen start by washing the dishes!  Dry dishes and put away.
  • Wipe down all small appliances and counters.  Throw damp sponge in the microwave for 60 seconds.  This will sanitize the sponge and make the microwave about 1000 times easier to clean!
  • Big projects like the fridge and stove do not need to be done on a regular basis.  These will be covered in a future post.

Now you can go back through and mop all the hard surface floors.  For wood floors I love using Murphy’s Oil (it smells amazing) and Bona on the rest.  So in summary: dust, vacuum, bathrooms, kitchen, mop, and enjoy!

When cleaning your home please investigate the uses for vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.  I will have more posts about these coming but they are incredibly effective and cheap (and safe).  I highly recommend using these in cleaning your home.

Check Out These Cleaning Product Reviews for more help:

Krud Kutter Product Review

Method Glass & Surface Cleaner Review

 

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