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Free Download: Keep Your Home Clutter-Free With Our Handy Cheat Sheet

by Bruno Bornsztein

Free PDF download: Cheat sheet with tips to curb the clutter.

Someone (my father-in-law?) once told me there's a difference between dirty and disorganized. And while that seems sensible (a messy bathroom is annoying, but a filthy bathroom is just gross), I can't help thinking one thing usually leads to another. 

So, to help you keep your junk organized, and therefore make it easier to actually clean the spaces that junk might otherwise obscure, we're offering you a free downloadable cheat sheet to help keep your home ordered and clutter-free. Read on to get the free PDF!

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How To: Create an Inviting Entry Outside to Inside

by DIY Maven

How To: Create an Inviting Entry Outside to Inside

Will Rogers once said, "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." Entryways, both outside and inside, are our guests' first impression to our home. And, oftentimes, our exterior entrances are the only impression our neighbors have of us. Which is why it's good to periodically turn a critical eye to them and get down to some spiffing up.       

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5 Daily Habits To Help Your Home Stay Clean

by Lexy Ward

habits for a clean house

My name is Lexy and I'm a clean freak. They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. And I have one. I like things to be spotless. Problem is, I'm getting so busy with work and a new baby that I can't keep up with keeping my house in pristine condition. I used to spend every Saturday deep-cleaning my home and now that I don't have the time to do that, I had to build a few daily habits to help me achieve that spotless shine that I've been missing these last few months!

Clean as you go: Whether you're getting ready for the day, or making dinner at the end of one, try to put things away as you use them. It's so easy to make the kitchen look like a tornado hit when cooking. I've found that it's easiest to keep the kitchen counters clean by washing dishes as you use them. Put the spices back after you've sprinkled them. Keep those counters clear!

Sort & toss mail: I am the queen of making piles. I used to have stacks of paper in almost every room. One by my desk. One by the front door. Some old bills just hanging out on the dining table. Sort the mail as it comes. Monthly bills don't need to be filed away. Keep important papers like tax documents filed away in a cabinet or drawer dedicated for files as such. 

Wipe splatters off the mirror: It's impossible to brush your teeth or wash your face without getting a drop on the mirror. Okay, maybe it's not impossible, but it certainly is tricky for me! A dirty mirror is one of the first things noticed when walking into a bathroom. After you've finished washing up, take ten seconds and wipe the splatters away from the mirror. Even if the bathroom isn't spotless, it will feel clean!

Full hands in, full hands out: Years ago, I was a waitress and we were taught to always make sure our hands were full when entering and leaving the kitchen. This rule can apply to the home! Before you are heading to your kitchen or to your bedroom, take a look around the room you're in and see if there is anything you can take with you. Saves you many useless trips!

Clear the clutter: During the day, all of the books, toys, computers, and props I use for work are just strewn across the living room floor. We use everything so frequently during the day, that I just wait until night falls to put it all back. And I make sure to put it all back. Clearing the clutter before the end of the day helps me settle down before heading off to bed. I realize that I'm able to relax better if I'm hanging out in a clutter-free zone.

What about you? How do you keep your space clean and/or organized? Share your tips below!

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Stop Wasting Money on Cleaning Products: Make 4 Simple DIY Cleaning Solutions (with Free Printable Labels!)

by Alicia Lacy

DIY cleaning solution recipes with free printable labels (PDF download)

Over the last month I've been experimenting with making my own cleaning solutions. I was skeptical about the effectiveness of a homemade, natural-ish cleaner, but given the amount we were spending each month on 'green' cleaning products, I thought it was worth a go. 

The good news is that I've discovered four recipes that are easy to put together and good at getting the job done. Below are a collection of recipes. And, pretty cleaning...

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Roundup: 10 Easy, Affordable (and Natural) DIY Cleaning Products You Should Try

by Faith Provencher

DIY natural cleaning mixture.

Cleaning products can be expensive. And let's face it - many store bought varieties have toxic chemicals in them. So why not make your own natural cleaners at home? They're super simple to make and you probably already have most of the ingredients right in your pantry or under the sink. To take the guesswork out of it, we've rounded up ten of our favorites.   

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Clean Your Home as Efficiently As A Maid With Our Free Cheat Sheet Download

by Bruno Bornsztein

Tips for faster cleaning techniques

Sigh ... cleaning. Sigh. My wife complains that when she asks me to help with cleaning she usually just finds me walking around from room to room with a dustpan in hand, trying to figure out where to start. Though I'll admit this is at least fractionally proscrastinative, it's also due to the overwhelming nature of the job. Where should I start!? What should I do!? 

If you have that problem too (and even if you don't), we have a great cheat sheet to offer today. It's a 

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