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DIY cleaner for laminate flooring

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(Here is the embarrassing before picture.)

I love my laminate flooring, it is the best decision I ever made for my home. That being said, the dark color I chose has a bad habit of getting smudges and streaks on it from feet, the dog, looking at it wrong. I tried to mostly mop it with a swiffer, but that just wasn’t cutting it. It just streaked it more than everything else which was really frustrating. Then something wonderful happened! I was on Pinterest (that is where I go to get all my information these days) and saw several versions of this recipe and tweaked it a little to suit my needs. The best part of this is that you probably have all the ingredients on hand you need!

You will need:

2 cups water

2 cups rubbing alcohol

2 cups vinegar

1/8 teaspoon of dish soap (I use the blue dawn soap)

10-15 drops of essential oils I chose lemon and orange. Lemon has great antiseptic qualities and orange smells really clean. There are so many different oils you can use. Tea tree is also has great antiseptic qualities but I would steer clear of that if you have pets as it can be toxic.

For cleaning you will also need a mop or swiffer with a microfiber cloth attached. I haven’t personally tried the mop, but I would imagine it would work.

Spray bottle

a bottle to keep the extra cleaner in

Mix your cleaner in a larger container, adding all the ingredients. Give it a good shake to mix it all together. It makes a lot of cleaner so i keep it in the large bottle and add to the squirt bottle as I clean. It saves you time each time you clean too. Put your squirt bottle on mist, you don’t want it to cover a larger area without drenching the floor.

Spray a small area and mop it up with your microfiber cloth. The rubbing alcohol helps it dry quicker than it would normally. Work in small sections and go the same direction of your laminate to help reduce streaking even more.

It is so easy and effective you will never want to use anything else. It is great! I love how it makes the floor so clean it looks brand new. It is so much better than using harsh chemicals in your home to have to breath in and use in your home.

Take a look at how dirty this cloth is. This is really embarrassing to share, but you have to see just how much was on the floor even though I thought it was clean.

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Easy chore chart, Teach kids responsibility

This summer has been crazy busy! In the middle of all the hustle and bustle I have been trying to get the kids to help more around the house.  They are home all day, and make the mess, so why should the adults be responsible for cleaning it all up? *Disclaimer, my kids are 7, 9 and 12 so I realize that with younger kids this may not work. I also realize that all families are different, but this is what works for us! They have always had chores, but those were just usually kept in my head, which lets face it, sometimes I forget.  I decided since they were out of school it was time to add some chores and increase the difficulty or frequency of some others. My mom used to have a chore chart similar to this, but there were 8 of us on it,yikes! After searching for a chore chart I loved, I decided to go old school and use the method I grew up with. It has been working like a charm.

You will need:

card stock or construction paper (I used 4 sheets)

brads

scissors

fine tip sharpie markers or pens

*Not required but sure helpful, a circle template cutter. This is the one I use and I love it!

There wasn’t a circle size large enough for how big I wanted the biggest circle so I traced a bowl and cut that one by hand with scissors. The others were various sized circles that I cut with the circle cutter.  After the circles are cut, use a brad to hold them together in the middle. Now you can turn the circles to change what they are doing each week.

I wanted a circle for their name, and different tiers for different chores. The first one is the kitchen chores, that need to be done daily, sometimes (but not often) more. The second one are things that may need done more than once a week, but not daily. And the outer circle are chores that need done weekly (although, the take out the trash also requires the person to take out the inside trash bag when it gets full in addition to taking out all the garbage the night before garbage day). In addition to the chart, they are responsible for folding their laundry when it comes out of the dryer and cleaning their rooms.

So far it has worked well! They know they don’t get to do certain things until the chores are done. It is hard for me to let the dishes sit sometimes longer than I would like, but I think it is important to teach them not only to do the chores, but to be responsible to take the initiative to do them without being nagged.  I do remind them a few times, but beyond that they just don’t get video games, devices, etc until it is done. So if they want to waste time, that is up to them. The whole agency thing is a hard lesson to learn and to teach some days!

So, tell me, do you use a chore chart? Does it work in your house? How do you add responsibility when the kids are home for the summer? Does anything change, or are they pretty much the same all year round? Let us know in the comments! I love hearing how other families do things and implementing them in my life as well.

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Kitchen hack, Clean up bacon grease the easy way!

Maybe I am just a little slow. I admit that could be the case. However I have just discovered the greatest way to throw bacon grease, or meat grease from my George Foreman grill. Simply grab a mug and a piece of tin foil. Line the mug with tin foil and poor the grease in. Be sure to do it over the sink so you don’t spill. Also, make sure your foil is larger than your mug, overhang is important.

When the grease is cooled, Grab the overhang and fold it up so the grease is sealed inside. Pull it out of the mug, and throw it away!

Seriously, so simple. I can’t believe that I didn’t think of it sooner! What about you? Have you tried this before? Or is it new to you too?

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Tips for an organized coat closet that really work!

My coat closet was a hot mess! Stuff everywhere. This is our only closet or storage space in our whole living area (this includes the kitchen and living room) besides the pantry. which isn’t practical for storing other things. Seeing as it was our only closet. it became sort of a catch all. It had a basket for shoes. the vacuum (which is a giant space hog), storage for all of our video games and movies. umbrellas. holiday decorations that never got put away, church bags. an extra leaf for our kitchen table. teddy bears. you name it, it was probably in there! It was time to declutter for my sanity sake. Just in case you can’t see it above. let me show you again just how awful it looked before. This is so embarrassing, but also real life, so feast your eyes on my shame. 😉

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Something else that caused a problem for the closet. but eased an even more important issue for the rest of the space, was our cord issue. Our living room is tiny. Seriously. And there wasn’t a lot of options for our television. partly due to the fact there isn’t room for an entertainment center. So we opted to hang it on the wall. This cleared up room, but then there were cords everywhere. So we installed a small shelf inside the closet. put the dvd player and wii on it, and made a hole in the wall to feed the wires through. Thankfully for my handy hubby, he was also able to add an outlet to plug everything into. This is probably one of my all time favorite updates to our house and it was relatively inexpensive and easy!

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Ignore the dust. But seriously, isn’t that better than cords hanging everywhere and being in the way? I sure think so.  Doesn’t that look great? It is also installed on a rotating mount so that we can turn the tv when sitting at the table.

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I got sidetracked. that solution was not what this post was about! I just had to explain to you our issue with the coat closet.

Back to the point. I began by pulling everything out of the closet and sweeping. Once I had it out. I moved the container with the movies and video games (just in a 3 drawer organizer and a small tote) and put them under the shelf. Along with a tote full of wii controllers. accessories and such.tips for an organized coat closet that really work. organization. tips, before. organize your home. life hacks. home tips. love your home

I then bought a hanging shoe organizer. We don’t have a lot of coats and jackets hanging in there, even though it is a coat closet. 😉 I hung the shoe organizer against the wall where it could be flattest. I then designated a row for each kid and myself. There was no way my husbands giant shoes were fitting in one of those sections! They need giant ones for men! Each kid gets a row, and can keep a couple pairs of shoes. and everything else needs to go in their rooms. Now that I have all that space, I had to add the space sucking vacuum back in. Dang it. As you can see it takes up a lot of room and that closet would look dreamy without it. In the meantime it stays.

I then cleaned up the top shelf and took much of it to the thrift store. As you can see, the teddy bear stayed. She is there to remind me to give her to my sister that lives 5 hours away. It isn’t working so well since I just saw her last week and forgot the teddy bear at home. Maybe now that she isn’t buried under a pile of yuck I will actually remember to return her!

Just in case you want to see it again. Also to redeem myself from the horrible way it looked before, here it is all beautiful and straightened.

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So there you go. What are your storage solutions? What do you do to keep closets organized? I need tips. so leave them in the comments.

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