Hate to clean? Watch this video from Howcast for cleaning tips that you can do in a flash.
1. Can’t reach the cobwebs?
Drag a helium balloon around them. Gone.
2. Coffee grinder a dirty mess?
Grind uncooked white rice in there until the rice comes out clean.
3. Artificial flowers gathering dust?
Put them in a paper bag with a cup of salt. Fold it closed and shake. The dirt will fall right off.
4. Microwave spill?
Cover it with a wet paper towel and nuke for 10 seconds. It’ll wipe right up when the cloth cools.
5. Dusty shades?
Blast them with a can of compressed air. The kind used to clean computer keyboards. All clean.
6. Rusty or water spotted chrome?
Pour cola on it, then wipe with the shiny side ofaluminum foil.
7. Slimy vase?
Pour some baking soda inside, followed by a few pours of white vinegar and scrub. All clear!
8. Used milk glasses covered in scummy film?
Rinse them in cold water before washing them with hot water and soap. Sparkle.
9. Sponge got grunge?
Pop it into the microwave while it’s damp and nuke it for one minute.
10. Dusty mini-blinds?
Wipe them with a damp dryer sheet which also helps prevent new dust from collecting.
How is it that the garage nearly always ends up becoming a home for stuff we are tired of looking at, we don’t have room for, and we’re not even sure we need?
WHAT’S PARKED IN YOUR GARAGE?
Cleaning the garage sounds worse than it actually is. Follow the 3 R’s of garage organizing and reclaim some space for what you actually intended to store there: your cars!
Step 1 is to remove everything (yes, everything) from your garage. Then, separate unused and unwanted items into two piles: one for the dumpster and one for donations. If an item hasn’t been used in the last 12 months, it’s a safe bet that it should go.
What do you really want to store in this area? Once you’ve decided, divide the garage into different zones – one per category. Separate the zones using different colored bins, tags or walls.
Return the items you want to store here, placing them in the appropriate zone. Take advantage of peg board, stacking bins, specialized hooks and DIY shelving to help you maximize space in each zone and get items to be stored off the floor.
If it seems too much to tackle on a Saturday, or even a whole weekend, mentally divide your garage into sections and address one at a time. Even clearing and re-organizing one fourth of your garage will give you a sense of accomplishment, some peace of mind and an excuse to exercise a fourth “R” – REJOICE!
For more information, see Marie’s blog on clearing and organizing the garage.
Ever wanted your kids to help out more with chores around the house? You don’t have to resort to financial rewards. Here are two examples of parents who have found a different way to involve their children in the household chores.
This first chart sets a point system to different tasks. By the way, your kids don’t have to be grounded to use this system. Assigning points for chores can also be a way kids can work to earn a special event, trip or toy.
- Cleaning out the microwave = 40 points (must be a pretty dirty microwave)
- Dust the Great room = 25 points
- Scrub the bathroom sinks = 10 points per sink
It is a great way for parents to incent their kids and the tasks can be set for all ages.
Speaking of teens who love the Internet, this parent is using the ability to change their Wi-Fi password to get their kids up and going each day:
Let’s face it, kids who help around the house learn responsibility, time management, and life application skills that will carry into their adult life. So sit back, kick up your feet and let your kids help out this summer!
Schools almost out so before the kids are underfoot 24/7, it is time to create a plan that will help keep your home clean and organized all summer long.
The best tip is being organized:
– Prepare the night before
– Have a place for everything and everything in its place
– Hire Mary Poppins.
Okay, so perhaps we need a little more detail, am I right?
Clean Momma Blog
has five great tips that you can really use to keep your home clean even with kids under foot all day long:
- Give everyone 3 tasks to do every single day. Why three tasks? Everyone can remember what they have to do, it builds a habit, and it gives them responsibility. My recommendation? The 3 tasks that my kids have to complete are – make their beds, put away clothes (clean and dirty laundry), and straighten their rooms.
- Get out. The more time you spend out of the house, the less mess you’ll be creating inside the house. Enjoy the weather, play in the yard, go to a pool, the park, and the library. Make the most of the summer!
- Eat outside. When my kids were littler we’d do stroller picnics just about every day for lunch, and now we do picnics outside for lunch. This keeps the food mess outside and it’s so much more fun to eat outside anyway.
- One thing in and one thing out. It’s a hard habit to get kids to do, but if they put things away after they use them it will keep things tidier and make it easier for clean up later. Lazy summer afternoons can be a great time to sort through toys and games and weed out stuff that isn’t getting much use anymore. Kids (generally) like sorting jobs like organizing Legos and other toys with small pieces. Give them a little direction and let them be in charge of the organization of their toys.
- Let the kids clean with you. Choose age-appropriate cleaning tasks and let your kids clean right along with you. Give them a mini cleaning bucket or tote, a spray bottle with water or non-toxic cleaner, a duster, and a microfiber cloth and they can dust and clean their rooms and the rest of the house right along with you.