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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Week 5 Cleaning the Bathroom

Welcome to Week 5 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge. This week will focus on cleaning the BATHROOM!

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Sort and Purge

If you haven’t noticed a theme in Weeks 1, 23, & 4 of this series, I think that sorting and purging are necessary. Things need to have a “home” and be clutter free.

Take time to sort through your cosmetics, lotions, soaps, etc and get rid of anything that has outlived the shelf life.

Replace your toothbrushes, hair brushes, makeup brushes, and razors.

Look at your towels and replace any that are too worn. Donate them to an animal shelter if they are torn or maybe aren’t as soft or absorbent as before.

Check to ensure that you have a functioning plunger and toilet scrub brush. Replace as needed. If you’re looking for a toilet scrubber, I use this one.

Give your trashcan a once over. If it’s gross then clean it. If you don’t have one, GET ONE!

Clean and replace shower mats as needed. My favorite are memory foam ones.

Clean the Shower

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When cleaning the bathroom, the shower is a central focus. Start by cleaning or replacing your shower curtain. It can collect a lot of molds and needs to be replaced.

Next, clean the shower head. There are some great natural suggestions that involve using vinegar and a bag rubber banded around the shower head.

Afterward, scrub the sides of the shower and the tub itself.

Clean the Toilet

The toilet is the one area most of us don’t want to clean.

Start with the “outside” of the toilet. Literally, just shut the lid. Wipe down the tops and sides of the toilet. Be sure to clean the floor area around the toilet.

Next, clean the “inside” of the toilet. You can put cleaners in the tank part of the toilet. You can also put cleaner in the toilet bowl.

Don’t forget to clean the handle that flushes the toilet

Clean the Sink and Countertops

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Serious need of sorting and purging!

Take everything off the countertops and from underneath the sinks. You’re going to wipe down the countertops and inside of cabinets. Repeat this process if you have a linen closet.

Take time to clean faucets during this time. If you have a faucet that is leaky, tighten them up.

Clean out the sink bowls.

Clean all the mirrors, and smile at yourself in the process 😊

Check back through Weeks 1-4 posts about cleaning the walls and doors.

Cleaning the bathroom is super important because it’s the area where you go to clean yourself and recharge. It’s often where you go to get ready to start your day. Hopefully, you now feel confident about cleaning your bathroom as a part of the spring cleaning challenge.

Check in next week, for week 6 focusing on the laundry room!

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Week 4– Bedrooms

I apologize for the unannounced hiatus from the Spring Clean Challenge. I am unexpectedly going through a divorce now. I’m sure that in time I will have lots of posts that chronicle my experiences, insights, and more, but for now, I am going to jump back into the Spring Cleaning Challenge which is cleaning out bedrooms.

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Eventually, I would like to share several series around redoing my house in terms of decor. But, before you can “beautify” you have to clean and simplify! The pictures that I would have shared before would have shown a much more cluttered room, because all 3 of us were living in that room. But now, it’s just me and Adalind. I don’t have a frame on the bed right now, because we are now bedsharing and the frame made the bed sit up just a little too high for my comfort level.

 

Cleaning Your Beddings 

This leads me to where I would start, which is cleaning your bed area. Take everything off of the bed and clean the mattress. There’s some great tips out there on how to do this, but you can basically just sprinkle some baking soda on the bed and let it sit while you do the other areas. When you’re all done and ready to remake your bed, simply vacuum up the baking soda. If you have a frame, take this time to wipe down the frame, because it collects A LOT of dust. You should also clean and replace your pillows at this point too. Take an inventory of your bedding at this point as well and adjust accordingly. We had this one set that said it fit a queen size, but because of a “pillow top” mattress it just didn’t fit. Therefore, that bad boy had to go. It was a pain every time we used it and then remembered again why we hated it.

 

Sort, Purge, & Clean

 

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DUST ACCUMULATES EVERYWHERE!!!

 

 

Next, you need to go through your drawers, closets, end tables, trunks etc and clear things out. There’s bound to be things that simply need to be tossed or donated. Clothes that you never wear, trinkets/odds and ends that you’ve accumulated on top or in your end tables all need to go! You can do this process however works best for you, but I would pull everything out of one area at a time. So for example, lets use the end table. Take everything off and out of it, then wipe it down—inside and out. Then, as you’re putting things back in, it will give you a chance to decide if you REALLY want to keep it there or not. Follow this process for all of the different areas. When you get to your closet, make sure you wipe down the shelving (if you have any) as well. When you’re done in the closet, vacuum or sweep it out to finish it off!

 

 

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Don’t forget to check under your bed and other furniture!

 

If you have mirrors in your bedroom, make sure you give those a good clean too. Even if you don’t get baby handprints all over them, they will still collect dust!

 

Cleaning Walls, Windows, & Doors

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This section will be copied and pasted essentially for every room. I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is a lot. But it’s important that you do this step in deep cleaning every so often. You can adjust this however fits the room, your style, or your preference. But, for me, I think you should start at the top. Get one of those extended Swiffer dusters and go to town. I like to start with light fixtures. Afterwards, I dust off the edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling and even run it across the ceiling so that anything hanging out up on gets addressed. For the walls, there’s been a few ways I’ve seen it cleaned.  You could get one of the Swiffer mops and put a rag on it that you use almost like a paintbrush, going up and down the wall. You’ll have to continue to dunk the rag in some soapy water or whatever way you’re using to clean, but it can be a seamless way to go up and down the walls. As you’re doing that, take the opportunity to clean the light switches. Nothing crazy, but for me, I like to use a Clorox or some other disinfectant wipe on those. You’ll want to do the same with the doors. Wipe the doors down the same way you’re doing the walls and use a disinfectant on the handle or even other parts of the door that tend to get touched a lot. When you reach a window, clean out the tracks when you lift the window up and then clean the glass (ideally inside and out.) We have pretty much got rid of our blinds, but if you have them clean those as well. An easy trick for this is to put a sock on your hand and go through each blade of the blinds to clean them off. Take down any window treatments to be washed as well! Finish this process by also cleaning the baseboards off the same way you’ve washed the walls.

This pretty much wraps up week 4. I’ve got the check list below! Come back next week for week 5—bathrooms! Also be sure to check out the other posts in this series: Week 1Week 2, & Week 3.

 

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Color Street

Kentucky Derby Hat and Nails

Everyone knows that the Kentucky Derby wouldn’t be the same experience without a fun hat. This post is a visual shopping support to not only help you get the perfect hat to finish your Derby Day look, but also to have beautiful nails to match! This includes affiliate links.

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Check out this hat and see it in a few other colors!

 

 

 

 

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This hat comes in 20 different colors!

 

 

 

 

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This derby hat is fun!

 

 

 

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This one is different and fun!

 

 

 

 

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This one reminds me of Carmen Sandiego!

 

 

 

 

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This one is gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

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What do you think of this one?!

 

 

IMG_5787[1]This one isn’t a hat, but it’s a cute fastener that you can use for your Derby look!

 

I would looooove to see your looks that you have planned and find a cute Color Street Nail Strip to match!! Share below.

 

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Erin

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Week 3- Living Room, Office and Playroom

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Welcome to week 3 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge! If you haven’t already, be sure to read about Week 1 and Week 2. This week’s focus is on the living room, office and playroom. For my family, this is all one room. But I know for many others, this can cover several rooms! I’m going to create the check list and organize this post around the different things to clean, rather than focusing on each individual room.

 

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Dusting Ceiling & Light Fixtures, and Cleaning Windows, Doors & Walls

This section will be copied and pasted essentially for every room. I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is a lot. But it’s important that you do this step in deep cleaning every so often. You can adjust this however fits the room, your style, or your preference. But, for me, I think you should start at the top. Get one of those extended Swiffer dusters and go to town. I like to start with light fixtures. Afterwards, I dust off the edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling and even run it across the ceiling so that anything hanging out up on gets addressed. For the walls, there’s been a few ways I’ve seen it cleaned. You could get one of the Swiffer mops and put a rag on it that you use almost like a paintbrush, going up and down the wall. You’ll have to continue to dunk the rag in some soapy water or whatever way you’re using to clean, but it can be a seamless way to go up and down the walls. As you’re doing that, take the opportunity to clean the light switches. Nothing crazy, but for me, I like to use a Clorox or some other disinfectant wipe on those. You’ll want to do the same with the doors. Wipe the doors down the same way you’re doing the walls and use a disinfectant on the handle or even other parts of the door that tend to get touched a lot. When you reach a window, clean out the tracks when you lift the window up and then clean the glass (ideally inside and out.) We have pretty much got rid of our blinds, but if you have them clean those as well. An easy trick for this is to put a sock on your hand and go through each blade of the blinds to clean them off. Take down any window treatments to be washed as well! Finish this process by also cleaning the baseboards off the same way you’ve washed the walls.

 

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This is one of the single most overwhelming areas of my entire house!

Sort and Purge

This is probably one of my favorite phrases when it comes to cleaning. This is because, often times I find that what I’m really having to “clean,” is that fact that I have so much clutter from having so much stuff. I’m really working hard to try to adopt a lot of what I can from Montessori principles for Adalind and minimalist lifestyle practices for our household. But to simplify what I mean by that, everything needs to have a home. Seriously. If you’re trying to find somewhere to put an item, and you can’t find anywhere that makes sense AND you never use it…well… it’s probably time to donate or get rid of it. The picture above is probably going to take me several hours to address, because I need to find a home for several of the things in those cubes. Part of what I did in week 1 was find areas that I need to address in order to really baby proof, and this is a huge area for me! I’ve got to things put away so that Adalind is safe, but that I can still use them. 

What’s included in that picture that is relevant for you? Frankly, A LOT. You want to go through and sort out all your old paperwork, electronics, toys, books, dvd’s, art supplies, etc. Take the time to make sure that your important documents are stored away safely, as well as getting rid of paper that’s just causing you more clutter. Don’t hold on to too many toys or books or movies or whatever! It’s usually causing more clutter for you and is making your cleaning process even longer.

Cleaning Furniture

You’ll want to start with your seated furniture. Pull up the cushions on the couch, if you can, and take the vacuum hose and get in between cracks. You should do this with couches, recliners, office chairs and any other type of seating that you have. After you’ve cleaned out the “pieces,” you will want to wipe the seating down. This can be a simple wet rag with water and vinegar, or you can use whatever product you like best. But, you should wipe down all the sides and the fabric as well. Take this opportunity to clean and/or purge any blankets or throw pillows that you have. 

Cleaning Shelves, Tables and Decorations

It’s important to dust your shelves. But, it’s often overlooked to dust or clean the things that are on the shelves. Any small trinkets, pictures or decorative art pieces should be taken off and dusted when you’re doing the shelves. Taking everything off of the shelf or table is important to make sure you’re able to get a great clean on both of the surfaces.  Anything that is hanging on the wall should be taken down to dust or clean as well. Picture frames will accumulate dust, as well as mirrors and clocks.

When taking things off of table tops or desks, it’s important to take the opportunity to disinfect those surfaces  in addition to cleaning up any food or drink particles that may have been hanging out there from dinner in front of the TV or computer. Which is a great lead into the next area to clean.

Cleaning Electronics

Sometimes it can be really easy to forget about dusting behind the TV or cleaning between the keys on a keyboard. But, it’s important that you do. Take an inventory of all the electronics in your home, and make sure that you go ahead and just give it the love that it needs with this week so you don’t have to fool with it later on.  You can get some cleaning wipes for electronics to help with the screens that you need to clean such as your computer or TV. They also sell keyboard cleaners to make cleaning your keyboard easier and more efficient. Don’t forget to also clean your phone and remotes when you’re doing this portion of the week!

 

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Clean and Purge Toys

I know I touched on this earlier in the post, but seriously. Sort through the toys that you have and purge/donate what you don’t need. It’s also a great time to go through and clean all the toys that are staying around. We have a lot of wooden toys so it’s usually a water/vinegar clean when we get to those. It’s great to disinfect toys every so often. Adalind isn’t old enough for this, but I would totally try this strategy with my niece… You can get a big bucket of soapy water and let the kids “play” with their toys in the soapy water. They can rub it with a rag or even just with their hands. Afterwards, they can transfer the toys to clean water to rinse them off. It’s a great way to clean your plastic or silicone toys and getting your kids involved in a fun way.

 

That covers Week 3! Use the printable checklist below as you work your way through cleaning each of these areas! Be sure to check in next week for the half way mark where we will tackle the bedroom!

 

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Color Street

Prom, Pageant, or Homecoming/Dances

I thought it would be fun to do a post showing how you can find a beautiful set of Color Street Nail Polish Strips to go along with your floor length or cocktail length dresses! If you haven’t already found a dress for prom, homecoming/dance or an upcoming pageant, you can shop some different styles here. I’ll be including links to everything pictured here for you to order if you love one of these looks (that I tried very hard to be budget friendly with good reviews!!)  I like to stick with the good ole ROYGBIV (plus black and grey…I would have included white, but didn’t want to get to bride-ish since that will be a whole separate post!) and will give some ideas under each color category! To purchase any of the Color Street Nail Strips shown below use click here!!!!

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Red

 

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Orange

 

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Yellow

 

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Green

 

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Blue

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Indigo

 

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Violet

 

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Grey

 

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