Without a designated place to put coats, bags, and hats in our home, our entry area was always cluttered. Our couch and kitchen chairs were often the first place we put our coats. Each of our closets are currently overfilled which is part of the reason that we needed a storage solution for our entry space. We do not have space for more furniture that could be used to organize our belongings, so we decided that a coat rack would be our best option. [Read more...]
2.5 million tons – The amount of paper towels filling our landfills from regular tasks like cleaning kitchens.
If this number sounds alarming to you, you’re not alone. When moms Michelle and Karen learned of this number, they knew that there was a need for an environmentally-friendly cleaning cloth. Rather than using a sponge or many paper towels in the kitchen, the SKOY cloth provides a multi-use and biodegradable option. Made from natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp, the SKOY cloth breaks down within 5 weeks after disposal. [Read more...]
Schroeder and Tremayne, Inc. has been offering products that provide solutions to everyday needs around the home since 1915. One of their lines of products available through Envision Home, is the Dish Drying Mat. Available in six colors for the 16 in. x 18 in. size, you have several options for coordinating your mat with your kitchen decor. I had the opportunity to try a mat with a cream color.
Delightful Country Cookin’ posted instructions for making a homemade gel air freshener with an estimated cost of $0.99. Spending hours in a room with harmful chemicals in the air from your purchased air freshener may be the cause of headaches or a foggy mind.
I use baking soda in my fridge to help absorb smells. You can also make a baking soda liquid air freshener using this homemade air freshener recipe from Homemade Mamas. With baking soda, water, and lemon juice as the only ingredients, you likely already have each of these ingredients on hand. I’ll have to see if my cats are sensitive to lemon because this may work well as an alternative to the baking soda spray I purchased for freshening the air around their litter box. [Read more...]
The FlyLady first began her cleaning routine system by working on decluttering her own home. Established in 1999, her help group reached millions of people trying to organize their homes and lives. Her system encourages newbies to take baby steps as they try to reach the goal of a clean and organized home.
She recommends beginning every day with a clean sink. In addition to providing specific cleaning steps, she focuses on helping her readers to organize their finances and taking care of themselves. You can sign up for email reminders that will keep you on track for what “zone” of your home you should be cleaning. One of the best parts of her system, is that she can help teach you how to avoid procrastination by breaking routines into chunks.
The FlyLady system has been so successful in households that she has expanded her teaching using TV, Radio, forums, and chat sessions online. Members regularly post photos and videos online of their progress. She even has a Family organizer phone app available. You can also use it online.