Tuesday, November 8, 2016

10 Cleaning & Organizing Tips From Lifestyle and Decor Bloggers + A Mrs. Meyer's Giveaway


When we flip that calendar page to November, many of us switch to full holiday planning mode. Although I tend to be a rather last-minute Christmas shopper, I do like to think about the state of my house as soon as possible. Because it's not always pretty around here. In fact, if you were to swing by unannounced, there's a strong likelihood you'd note our general lack of housekeeping skills.

Just in case you are hopelessly overwhelmed in the housekeeping arena (ie. with too little time and all too much to do), I offer up some inspiration. I have gathered helpful homecaring tips from knowledgeable Canadian lifestyle and home decor bloggers who probably have cleaner homes than mine. But maybe not. I think most of us are just doing the best we can.


10 Cleaning & Organizing Tips From Lifestyle & Decor Bloggers


1. Cynthia of Recreational Decorator recommends keeping necessities in arm's reach. "Stock up on cleaning supplies and liberally scatter around the house so you can clean as you go - under the kitchen sink and all bathroom sinks, in the hall closet and in the mudroom cupboard."

2. Bette of Bette's House offers up a strategy for fighting my nemesis - paper clutter! "Deal with your mail as soon as it arrives," she wisely suggests. "Assign an action to the mail (ex. to pay/reply/read) and automatically drop unwanted junk mail into recycling bins."

3. Kristi from Making It In The Mountains writes in this post about how de-cluttering has completely changed her life. "The less you have to keep organized, the less work it will be to keep it all in its place," she notes. Ain't that the truth!

4. "I do a 5-minute clean-up a few times a week," says Jennifer of Rambling Renovators. "It saves time and controls the chaos until I have time for a deeper clean." Read this blog post for more about her process.

6. Colleen from Lemon Thistle admits that her house "is less than orderly and clean most times." One strategy that helps her family big-time is the 10-minute tidy. "The kids and I do a 10-minute tidy before my husband gets home from work, then once they're in bed my husband and I do another one. It's amazing what you can get done in a small amount of time if you know it's only 10 minutes." I love that she gets the whole family involved. It's too hard for one person!

7. Heather of New House New Home has advice for taking care of a job many of us avoid completely - cleaning between the glass panels on an oven door. Read how she tackles unsightly spills with ease.

8. "On busy days - read most days - I use the stairs as a place to signal where things are going," says Ariel of PMQ For Two. "Each room gets a step, and on your way up or down it's easy to grab stuff." Ariel aims to clear the stairs each night, encouraging her hubs to help. "I feel like getting it to where it's going is half the battle."

9. If you are getting out your lovely silverplated items for the holidays, be sure to check out my quick method to clean silverplated flatware

10. Sometimes the house is in such a state, you don't know where to begin. (Been there more than I'd like to admit.) On those days, don't beat yourself up. Take baby steps back to order by tackling one space at a time. Start by clearing clutter off the dining room table or the kitchen counter. Get stray items back to the rooms where they belong. Do what you can do in the time that you have and then sit back with a cup of tea. You'll take a couple more baby steps tomorrow!


10 cleaning and organizing tips from successful lifestyle and home decor blogger - to get your house in shape for the holidays

When you're stocking up on cleaning supplies (see tip #1 above), go for fresh-smelling cleaners with pretty packaging. I find a refreshing scent does wonders to motivate me (as well as covering up unpleasant dog odours). Good news for Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day fans - the company is launching a whole line of household products in Canada this upcoming January.


If you have sampled Mrs. Meyer's products before, you know that they smell incredible - like, you might actually want to start cleaning as soon as you open the package! Washing dishes will be a pleasure, doing laundry will be a joy, cleaning the bathtub will be fun...too much? Okay, these cleaning products take jobs that kind of suck and make them more manageable.


Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer is a homemaker and an avid gardener who had the idea of creating cleaners that smell like your garden, but "still work like the dickens on daily dirt and grime." She believes in a happy medium between perfectionism and a happy, "lived in" home. I think we can all agree on that goal.


The range of Mrs. Meyer's products coming to Canada in the new year includes an all-purpose cleaner, a multi-surface concentrate, dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent and dryer sheets. I cannot stand artificial scents - I feel woozy when I walk down the cleaning aisle in the grocery store. That's why I love Mrs. Meyer's products. They smell delicious thanks to essential oils from flowers and herbs. Look out for cleaners with scents such as lavender, lemon verbena, basil and honeysuckle.

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What's your best cleaning or organizing tip?



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85 comments:

  1. Store out-of season clothing in storage totes to maximize closet room.

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    1. Great idea! I need to get the summer jackets out of the foyer closet actually!

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    1. I think they're actually addictive, they smell so good Colleen. Haha.

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  3. I use vinegar and water to clean my guinea pig cage (not really a cage, more of a resort). =)

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    1. Vinegar is great for so many cleaning tasks. :)

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  4. Music to lift the mood and make it fun!

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    1. Soooo true! I always need music to motivate me when I clean!

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  5. My best cleaning tip is to have a routine - I try to make it as enjoyable as possible. And break it down into chunks. Bathroom and kitchen one weekend. Rest of the house the next.

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    1. Sounds like an awesome plan Meagan!

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  6. Set aside time each week to focus on cleaning!

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  7. My best tip is that a solution of baking soda and water works great as an all purpose cleaner! (about 4 tbsp per 4 cups of warm water)

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    1. I use baking soda frequently. I sprinkle it in the toilet instead of using toilet bowl cleaners and I scrub sinks with it.

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  8. My best tip is to bring things with you every time you leave a room, to put away where they go in other rooms!

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    1. I think I'm always carrying something with me Heather. Lol. Isn't it so funny how desperately we try to keep things "picked up."

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  9. My best tip is get the kids to pitch in and help ��

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    1. From your lips to God's ears, haha.

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  10. my best tip is to schedule cleaning into your day and get the kids involved.

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  11. My best tip is to put things away once you have finished with them!

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    1. You are sooooo right! Everything in its place. Our problem is we don't have enough places for all the stuff!

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  12. My tip is to clean from your front door and make your way around your house.

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  13. I am a horrible cleaner/housekeeper, much to my chagrin! My tip would be to start small; concentrate on what small area at a time, and keep working outwards; make a list of where you want to begin, and cross items off as they are completed.

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    1. You probably just find more interesting things to do with your time. :)

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  14. My tip is to clean from top to bottom so you don't end up having to clean surfaces twice.

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  15. My best tip is to get into a routine and do a little each day so you stay on top of it. These sound like great products to try. (Judy Cowan)

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  16. consistency. If you can keep on top of the mess, it won't get outta hand!

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  17. My best cleaning tip is to clean regularly so that dirt doesn't build up and become a big job. Only use natural products and do not bring products that include harmful chemicals into your home.

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  18. I clean while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil, or the microwave to ping. It's amazing what you can get done in a few minutes. And it tricks me into actually cleaning :0

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    1. Haha. I have my microwave in the basement (because I don't like the radiation in my kitchen) so I tidy up the basement while it runs. My husband plays the drums while he microwaves. I'm always like, "Do you know what you can get done in 3 minutes?" Different philosophies. ;)

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  19. Do a little bit everyday so you don't have to spend a whole day cleaning!

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  20. Get rid of clutter - it's more difficult to clean if stuff is in the way.

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  21. Make a chore chart and assign chores to certain days. That way you don't have one overwhelming day of cleaning.

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  22. My tip is to clean up your mess as you go. Keep on top of your laundry daily.
    Florence C

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    1. I have a goal of daily laundry too, but often I let it fall by the wayside. :(

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  23. Use a cleaning tote so that you can carry all your cleaning products, rags and paper towels from room to room.

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  24. My tip is to always put things back when you are finishd with them,so things stay nice and tidy. Clean up a bit each day so theres isn`t a big job to do.

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  25. my best tip is to clean one room a day, this way things do not pile up and always pickup after yourself

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  26. My best cleaning tip is to tackle messes as they happen. It is the only way i can keep my sanity.

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  27. I refill 20% (food-grade) vinegar, which can be diluted 1 part vinegar to 3 parts vinegar to make lots and lots of natural fabric softener, vinegar for consumption, toilet cleaner, all-purpose cleaner and removes odours in the air by boiling. Dirt cheap too!

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  28. keep those old toothbrushes for crevices
    jan

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  29. when you see something that needs dealing with, do it. then they won't accumulate to big jobs. thanks

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  30. Dry your windows after washing with crumpled up newspapers to get a streak free shine.

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    1. I remember my mom doing that! I just don't wash the windows. Haha.

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  31. My best tip for cleaning is to do a quick tidy more often.

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  32. My tip is to work room by room. Don't try to take everything on all at once!

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  33. My best tip is to wash windows going side to side on one side of the pane, & up & down on the other side of the pane. Then you know which side the streaks are on! :)

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  34. Clean with the music on!

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  35. i like to blast the music, seems to help

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  36. My tip is to try to do one organizing thing a week. One drawer, one closet. It eliminates exhausting marathons.

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  37. enlist help from a partner/family

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  38. My best cleaning and organizing tip is to take it easy. If you are thinking of doing a big project do it in little parts as to not get overwhelmed.

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  39. Clean while you're chatting on the phone with a friend! I find that after the conversation I've gotten a lot done & it didn't seem like such a chore.

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  40. Put on some upbeat music and make it less of a chore. Products with lemon and lavender are great too!

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  41. My cleaning tip is to wear gloves so you don't wreck your nails ;) and a glass of wine makes the job less daunting!

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  42. My best cleaning tip is to save money on window cleaners by making your own with a mixture of water and vinegar. Works well for mirrors too.

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  43. Best tip is start in one room and stay there until it's done.

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  44. I Just tackle at least one household chore everyday to keep ahead of the curve so to speak. I like using lemongrass oil as a room freshener too.

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  45. My cleaning tip is lemon, baking soda, vinegar and hot water. Cleans everything.

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  46. A little bit of cleaning everyday so it doesn't get overwhelming!

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  47. I clean while I'm waiting for the microwave to ping or the kettle to boil. I can get a surprising amount done in those few minutes, and sometimes it's enough to trick my brain into carrying on with the cleaning :0 Sometimes.

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  48. Have a cleaning schedule and baking soda and vinegar can clean a lot of things :)

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  49. Get a label maker and label all containers with what you have inside. I also like to buy clear bins so I can see what's inside.

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  50. My best tip is "just do it" putting cleaning off just doesn't work. After you are done you feel so good, too.

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  51. My best tip is to do one room a day!

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  52. I love the idea of getting rid of all unused items - clearing space although mostly I just love the idea - practice has been less than perfect!

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  53. Keep a basket a the bottom of the stairs. Anything that you find on the main floor that needs to go upstairs gets put in the basket. That way you only have to make one trip and items actually get returned to where they belong.

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  54. My best cleaning tip is to set a timer and work for that set time only.

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  55. I use hot lemon water to clean my microwave. Heat the lemon water up in the microwave then use that water to clean the inside of it.

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  56. I use vinegar and water to clean , start at the top and work your way down , clean one room at a time :) Treen Goodwin rafflecopter name :)

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  57. Clean 1 room at a time because it will give you momentum and a sense of accomplishment (Suzi)

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  58. My best cleaning tip is to hire someone to clean your house. Lol. I have a neighbor who literally LOVES cleaning so she only charges $85 to clean a 4 bedroom house from top to bottom. She even cleans baseboards. I love not having to do it.

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    1. I think this is my favourite idea so far! Lol.

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  59. Clean a mess right away as it's much harder to clean later when it sticks or stains.

    billiondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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  60. I am not very organized, but things have to be clean. I deligate.

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  61. Start & stay in one room until you're done, don't jump from room to room.

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  62. my tip is to vaccum before mopping

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  63. My best cleaning tip is to clean one room at a time.

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  64. My best tip is to put on some up beat music to help motivate you!

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  65. My tip is to clean as you go. It makes it easier to keep things presentable if company stop by unannounced.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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