Monday, March 14, 2011

Getting cleaner by Clear the Clutter

I know that getting more organized was on my New Years Resolutions list this year and I have brought in my dear friend Jessica from Clear the Clutter to help us with that. Jessica is an amazing woman with an amazing talent - organization saavy! Something that I could only hope to attain. She is graciously sharing her organizational prowess with all of us in a three part series to get into Spring Cleaning (aaaah spring! where are you?) Now before we slap on the rubber gloves let's get to know Jessica a bit better:
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a wife to my highschool sweet heart and mother to two beautiful red head girls (9 and 5). Life is busy in our family with; soccer games, volunteering at school, book clubs, girls' nights out, date nights, family time, household projects, shopping, etc., etc., etc. I love a clean and organized home (who doesn't), and do my best to minimize the unnecessary clutter from my life. I am learning to say, "no", and "help", and to lean on my wonderful friends and family who are always ready to lend a shoulder, or just some Diet Coke and chocolate!
If you could get rid of one chore permanently what would it be:The floors, I HATE cleaning the floors. It doesn't seem to matter how good a job I do, i turn around and find another crub or smudge. It never ends!
Three things that you  have with you at all times:I always have a water bottle, chapstick, and my phone with me.
Favorite meal that you ever ate: My all time favorite meal is from my all time favorite restaurant, Maggianos! Start with the stuffed mushrooms, then the 4 cheese raviolli, continue munching on the bread, then end with the cheesecake and tiramasu, that's right, two desserts!!! YUMMY!
If you could live one day over again what would it be and why:I think the day I would live over would be the day we surprised our girls and took them to Disneyland. They were only 5 and 17 months old at the time. Their faces when they saw the Disneyland castle were priceless. For me, there is NOTHING as wonderful as watching your childrens' dreams come true!
Welcome to Clear the clutter!
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Hi, I am Jessica from Clear the clutter . I was excited to be contacted by She Said to give all of you some Spring Cleaning advice! 
Clear the clutter is focused on clearing the clutter from our homes and our lives in order to decrease the feeling of, "I never seem to get around to..." 
You can have it all, just not all at the same time!  By focusing on different areas every month it allows us to accomplish what we want, but also gives "permission" to leave other areas to wait until their focus month comes up. 
As you progress, you will find that more things are being accomplished with less worry and guilt of what is not being accomplished...yet!   The focus for the month of March is Spring Cleaning, and I have a three part series for all of the She Said readers.
Cleaning the bathroom is a necessary evil, but knowing that does not mean that it doesn’t need a Spring cleaning touch up along with the other rooms.
Because the bathrooms are cleaned so frequently, Spring cleaning in these areas is relatively easy. Here is the to do list for Spring cleaning all bathrooms in the house:
  • Wipe/swiffer down all walls, where all of the hairspray and cosmetic gunk can get stuck. Remove all clocks, and decorations to get behind them as well. Use HOT water and a cleaning solution with towel/rags.
  • Wash decorative towels
  • Wash all rugs/toilet covers
  • Clean out sink and tub drains
  • Remove everything from under the sink, clean and replace
  • Wash vents
  • Wash garbage can
To Spring clean the toilets:
  • Steam clean all around and behind the toilet. Re-caulking if necessary will give a clean look as well. If you don’t have a steamer, the hottest water you can handle (use those rubber gloves) with a cleaning solution will work as well.
These small touch ups will go miles to improve the cleanliness of one of the most used rooms in the house.


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