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Each day we will be posting our readers “Thrifty Cleaning and Organization Tips”.  At the end of the month, one of you will win a $25.00

I worked for a professional organizer for a few months & the best two tips I got from her were these:

1 – Run the dishwasher every night, even if it isn’t completely full. Unload 1st thing in the morning, then you can load your dirty dishes during the day & never end up with the sink full of dishes. (I know we don’t always end up with just one load in a day, but if I can keep my sink clear I feel SO much better!)
2- Make things easier to put away than they were to get out. For example – if all of the ponytail holders are in a basket, it may take a minute to find the one you want, but it will take one second to toss it back in.
I apply the second one to toys especially. I got tired of putting away toys in the nursery all day, so I have a basket in each main area of my house (living room, dining, family room) and bins/shelves in the nursery. It only takes a few minutes to toss the toys in each room back in the baskets, and I don’t have to haul them all over the house :)

My cleaing tip is:

Put some of your shampoo on a loofah or wash cloth and wipe down the inside of your shower door and it will take off the water spots and soap build up. I do it while I am taking a shower….that is called multi-taskig.:)

We are a family of 5. We split up and do what we call a 15 minute room rescue. The goal is to get as much done in those 15 minutes and then we are done for the day (now my kids are 17, 13 and 11). So we end up getting a solid hour and 15 minutes of total productive cleaning in 15 minutes and the reward is that we r done for the day!
My favorite cleaning products are Norwex products. They are Microfiber products and products that clean with only enzymes and no dangerous chemicals. All products are natural and chemical free. The microfiber clothes even have silver in them which is a natural germ killer. The window cloth is wonderful cleans even greasy stuff off your windows and mirrors no chemicals needed. They even have laundry detergent. I love have a clean , chemical free home. Happy Spring.
For each room I’m working on I set a timer on the stove. It makes it a challenge for me to see if I can get the area cleaned up in the time allotted myself. It definitely makes you move faster!
Tara in TX
My favorite ~ and very thrifty! ~ “recipe” is for “faux Febreeze”. Just a couple tablespoons of your favorite liquid softener in an empty Febreeze bottle filled the rest of the way with warm water. I use it:

~ as a great smelling wrinkle releaser on my clothes
~ to spray my clothes for ironing when starch is not needed
~ on my carpets, wait a few min to dry and then vacuum (whole room smells wonderful!
~ all over upholstery and draperies as you would use Febreeze.
~ a few sprays into the wet clothes in your dryer and it works just like a softener sheet.
It’s such a low concentration that it does not seem to leave any residue at all and what’s best? You can tailor it to your own personal scent!



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