Boom. That was the sound of illness descending upon me this week and flattening me like a phlegmy pancake. I've been holding court on the sofa, surrounded by a moat of used Kleenex, cough drops and Nyquil. The death rattle in my throat would scare off even the bravest guard dog.
Last week we gave you a great roundup of eco-friendly cleaners. But sometimes even the best cleaner needs a hardworking tool to help get the job done. Here are some of the essentials that everyone should have for a clean home.
Having a laundry room to call your very own is definitely a plus in any apartment, but keeping that space clean is always a hassle. Even if you're routinely emptying the lint trap and wiping down the washer, there are probably a few places you're forgetting to clean around your laundry appliances.
Week 2 was a little challenging at my house, as my fiancé and I took turns being sick on and off all week and through the weekend. I'm going to count the small victories though, and fingers crossed, energy and motivation will kick in this week and help us get back on track soon.
Calling all January Curists: How is your Outbox looking? Is it full? Is it sparse? Have you disassociated with the items in there already or does something keep calling to you? Once the decision regarding the fate of your Outbox items has been made, what are you going to do with all your stuff? Follow me after the jump for some ideas…
Since the Prosecco and presents appear to have run dry, I'm finally jumping on this fresh-start bandwagon. My plan is to go through every drawer, every cupboard, and especially every bin on my "Scandinavian" Shelves. As I fill give-away and recycling bags, I'm repurposing and relabeling the empty bins to keep myself on track...
One of my worst habits? Letting my keyboard get absolutely filthy. There are plenty of products on the market that will clean your keyboard without doing any harm, but this simple DIY alternative uses household products to safely wipe away germs and dust. All you need is a cotton swab and a basic alcohol mixture.
If Meyers-Briggs had a test for cleaning types, I would be a NCTB (Never Clean, Then Blitz). I am not good at daily maintenance. I get super focused on work projects, so, in my personal life, things accumulate. I don't notice the dust tumbleweeds rolling across the living room prairie. Piles of dirty dishes are ghosts to me; I don't really see them, but if I did, I'd back slowly and carefully out of the room. (Relationship side note: Yes, this drives my partner beyond bonkers. Annie can't focus UNTIL things are off the counters. She constantly moves, putters and picks things up. Needless to say, she bears the brunt of the day-to-day cleaning.)
Everyone likes a clean home, but the process of getting there isn't always so enjoyable. Thankfully strong, irritating cleaners are no longer the only cleaning supply option. Now we have easy access to cleaners that are not only eco-friendly and good smelling, but also a wealth of DIY cleaning recipes. Here are some of the ones we like the best:
Last week, like many of you, I decided to join in and give my own space the Cure. Here's how things went at my home.
Note - Reader anotherjen had asked in a related post for ideas on executing Cure assignments when you don't live alone. So, to that end, I will also be sharing how my fiancé and I worked together to accomplish each assignment (there's definitely been a bit of negotiation involved)!