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What’s the deal with all that clutter? Clutter is always a cause of something we’re doing or something we’re not doing. Clutter means to fill or heap in a disorderly manner. Is that the description of your home?

 

The reason why your home is cluttered could be any of the following scenarios, don’t have the time, kids, hoarding, lazy, don’t mind it at all. Did I get any of those right?

 

 

WHY YOUR HOME IS CLUTTERED

A busy lifestyle can cause a messy home, but it all depends on how organized you are. Yep, it all comes down to how your home is organized. Whether you’re dealing with a ton of kids or how busy you are, there’s always something you can do about having a cluttered home.

 

 

THIS CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY AND INTO THE ER

Did you know that a cluttered home can cause respiratory issues to developed? If you or anyone around you suffer from a breathing problem this can have you spending more cash and time at the doctor.

 

 

WHEN YOU NEED TO DECLUTTER

Know these signs. If you’re having a hard time finding items, little or no space to move around, can’t invite friends or family over, Musky air, roaches, and rodents, bed bugs. These signs mean it time to declutter your home ASAP.

 

 

LETS DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

CONTAINERS…You’ll be needing all the boxes and storage containers you can get your hands on. Spend a few days gathering these. Remember, decluttering may take more than a day, so boost yourself.

 

 

READY TO BEGIN- PASSAGES AND FLOORS

Start by clearing the floor and passageways. You’ll be needing space to move around. Tripping may come into play if you don’t do this. We are trying our best not to call 911.

 

1.THE BEDROOM IS THE FIRST TO GO DOWN

Remove all that you have in the closet. Pick out the items you’ll are using and separate them from the ones you’re not. “Using” is the word we are focusing on. Toss all the items you’re not using into a container. You may want to label these containers to be on the safe side.

 

2.TRASH THESE ITEMS…

Old handbags, empty perfume bottles, old shoes, unused clothes, old combs and brushes, books etc. Place these into a labeled container. Check on your bed linens. Only hang on to things you use at least once per month otherwise out the door it goes flying.

 

3.THINGS NOT NEEDED RIGHT AWAY

These are items you’ll be needing but not using every day. Place these in carefully labeled containers and place them in a clean clear space. You can return to these whenever they are needed.

 

Do this for all the rooms in your home with the name of the room and the content on the container. This makes it easy for you to located items when you need them. As you can see there are items you’ll be needing but not right away these don’t have to be in your everyday space.

 

4.LIVING ROOM

Did you clear the floor in this area? if not start picking items off the floor. Check for decoration clutter, toss the ones that are outdated it may just be time to upgrade to the more modern types. Keep the ones that are sentimental, meaning there’s a story behind it and it fits in.

 

*Remove everything out of the living room

*Tweak dysfunctional items

*Purge the entire area if you must

*Replace only needed items

 

If your living room is used for multiple purposes then zoning would be just what you need. Create small spaces in your living room that only hold items for their purpose.

 

The living room should be the easiest room in the home to declutter, All it takes is a purge and redecorating and placing and keeping things in their places when they are through using.

 

5.KITCHEN

I know the kitchen is where the fun of decluttering runs out. After all, almost everything in the kitchen is usable. Even though this is quite true there are items there that are corroding the area and you can do without.

 

For utensils such as your pots pans and storage containers, these are to be inspected carefully. Toss the ones that are old and again not being used. Too many of these can clutter your kitchen.

 

Minimalize the entire area by removing excess plates and cups. Place and keep everything in their designated space. One important tip to remember is to place items back in their place when you’re through using them. The smaller amount you have visible the less clutter your kitchen will be.

 

The good thing about decluttering is redecorating. This is the time you realized that most of the clutter that was taking up so much space was junk or simply not needed by you. You can choose to have a yard sale or just donate these items to someone who will use them every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USE IT TO MAKE YOUR SINK LOOK SHINY AND CLEAN

You need to make sure the sink is wet. After you make the sink wet you should sprinkle 1-2 cups of BFK(bar keeper’s friend) in it, then use a wet cloth to wipe the sink. After doing that you should rinse the sink with water. Your sink will look very clean and shiny after doing this.

 

 

 

GREAT FOR CLEANING STOVETOP

For this, it’s best to use a Barkeeper’s Multipurpose cooktop cleaner. What you need to do is get a damp sponge and squeeze a few drops of BFK multipurpose cooktop cleaner on it. Now use the sponge to clean the stove. After doing this your stove will be looking cleaner than before.

 

 

 

CLEANS STAINLESS STEEL PANS VERY WELL

The best way to clean any stainless steel pans is to use a BFK powder cleanser.  What you need to do is to sprinkle 1 cup of BFK inside the pot, then use a damp sponge to scrub both inside and outside the pot. After doing that you need to soak inside the pot with warm water for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes rinse the pot with water.

 

 

 

USE IT TO CLEAN SHOWER DOORS

Apply a small amount of BFK to a wet sponge and use it to wipe the shower door. After that, you should wait about 7 mins, then rinse the shower door with water. Then use a dry cloth to wipe the glass.

 

 

 

USE IT TO CLEAN THE TOILET

This is very simple. All you need to do is pour 1 cup of  BFK into the toilet then let it sit there for 10 minutes. After 10 mins use a toilet brush to clean inside the toilet, then flush. This will make inside your toilet look way cleaner than before.

These dollar store tips that I’m about to talk about will come in very handy. I know a lot of people don’t like when people over-explain stuff so I am about to explain these dollar store hacks in a very simple and understanding way. So here are some genius dollar store hacks you need to know.

 

1.USE JARS TO HOLD KITCHEN UTENSILS

Have too many utensils and don’t know where to put them? Well, all you need to do is put some of them in an empty jar.

 

2.USE JARS TO START A GARDEN

Want to start a small garden but don’t have any space. Well, you can grow your flowers in a jar container. Just fill half of the jar with moist dirt and then add whatever plant you want to add to it.

 

3.ORGANIZE KITCHEN DRAWERS WITH A DRAWER ORGANIZER

This is very simple just place a drawer organizer in the kitchen drawers. This will make things look way more organized.

 

4.USE TOWEL RACK TO HANG POTS

This hack is very simple. What you need to do is install a towel rack on the side of the kitchen counter then hang them on it using a hook.

 

5.ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY WITH CONTAINERS

You can use small baskets or containers to do this. You can also buy different color buckets to spice up the look in your pantry.

 

 

Trying to organize a closet can be difficult at times. Mostly because you might not know where to start. And also there are a lot of useful tricks you might not know as well. That’s why I’ve put together this quick and easy closet organization guide. I know that these closet organizing tips and tricks will help you out a lot.

 

 

1.Get a cheap drawer cart

Get a cheap drawer cart for items such as socks and other small items, you hardly use but you know you need. For example, fold and put the sucks in the top drawer and the rest in the other drawers.

 

 

2.Overdoor shoe rack

An overdoor shoe rack is very cheap and using it will make you have way more space in your closet. You can put a lot of shoes on it without using up a lot of space. You can find it here, but feel free to look for better deals.

 

 

3.Fold clothing the right way

You will realize that when you stuff clothing in the drawers without folding them properly, they will take up more space than usual. Be sure to fold your clothes neatly when you are about to put them in the drawers.

 

 

4.Use a coat and hat rack for more space in the closet

If you are a person who has a lot of coats and hats, this will come in handy especially if you are trying to organize your closet. You can get one here.

 

 

5.Hang your clothes and other stuff in groups

Doing this helps is probably one of the best ways to organize your closet. All you have to is put stuff that are alike together. You can make it simple by hanging all jackets together or you can do it based on color for example if you have a lot of different color belts you can try to put all the matching colors together.

 

 

6.Make more drawer space by doing this

To make inside your drawers more organized. You are going to need some cardboard to do so. You can learn how to make this DIY drawer organizer here.

 

 

7.Use double racks for less space

For this you are going to need a small double or single holed object to go over the hanger rack’s head like a can pull tab. If you are using a single holed object try to make sure both hanger rack heads can fit through it. It’s best to place the holed object over the first rack’s head, then place the second hanger rack head through the holed object. Now you can hang double the clothes for less space.

You might not have heard of fabuloso but it’s a great disinfectant. It’s really good when you want to make an area in your house smell better. It also has some weird but useful hacks and tricks. These hacks and tricks are right here.

 

1.USE IT TO DEODORIZE THE SINK DISPOSAL

 

To do this all you need to do is pour 1-2 cups of fabuloso in the sink disposal. After doing this your sink will have a nice smell.

 

2.GREAT FOR CLEANING/MAKING SHOWER SMELL BETTER

 

Fabuloso is a deodorizer so it’s great for making areas smell better. One of these areas is the bathroom shower. It’s easy for the bathroom shower to get dirty so to clean it just try these hacks. But to make it smell better is a whole other story. To make your bathroom smell good all you need to do is the following. Get a small damp washcloth and sprinkle fabuloso all over it. Now use the cloth to wipe all over the shower. Wipe areas such as the bathtub/shower floor, shower walls, and the showerhead.

 

3.GREAT FOR DEODORIZING THE TOILET

 

Keeping a clean toilet is way harder than you might think. Most times it gets dirty by itself. If you are having trouble with cleaning your toilet you can check out this article. Now if you want to make your toilet smell good, all you need to do is the following. Pour 2-3 cups of fabuloso in the toilet tank. Now you will realize that every time you flush you will smell the fabuloso scent.

 

4.USE IT TO SOAK THE TOILET BRUSH

 

To do this all you need to do is throw 1/4 – 1/2 cup of fabuloso deodorizer into the stand where you place the toilet brush. Every time you use to place the brush inside the stand you are basically making it smell better than before.

 

5.USE IT TO MAKE YOUR KITCHEN SMELL BETTER

 

To make your kitchen smell great with fabuloso, all you need to do is the following. Get a damp cloth and sprinkle a lot of fabuloso all over it. Know use that cloth to wipe areas such as the kitchen cabinets, sink, refrigerator door, stove, and countertops. After cleaning those areas you will realize that your kitchen will start to smell wonderful.

 

6.USE IT TO DEODORIZE YOUR ENTIRE BATHROOM

 

To make your bathroom smell better with fabuloso. All you need to do is sprinkle fabuloso on a damp cloth and wipe areas like the face basin, shower, faucet, toilet, and also the bathroom floor(Sprinkle fabuloso on one part of the bathroom floor and use a clean damp mop to wipe). After doing all these tricks your bathroom will smell great.

HOW TO CLEAN THE LETTUCE

When storing lettuce you can’t forget to clean it first. You don’t want your stored food to be unclean. Cleaning lettuce is rather easy. Just do the following.

 

First, you need to put the lettuce head in medium temp water (not too warm and not too cold). Then leave it there for 1 minute. Now all you have to do is to wash the lettuce in cold water.

 

Now place the lettuce in a lettuce spinner and let it dry for 2 mins. If you don’t have a lettuce spinner use a clean, dry kitchen cloth to dry the lettuce. If you don’t have a cloth use a paper towel instead.

 

 

STORING PROCESS

When you are planning to store lettuce you need to be careful. Moisture can be a huge problem when it comes on to lettuce storing. Sometimes you might think that lettuce needs a little moisture but when you are going to store it you don’t need moisture. If you want to perverse your lettuce the right way just follow these tips.

 

First, you need to wrap the lettuce in a paper towel, this will remove the excess moisture. Then place the lettuce head in a plastic bag. Now Place the bag of lettuce in the refrigerator. To be safe I would probably double or triple up the bags so that the lettuce doesn’t get moist.

 

If you have shredded lettuce just rinse it off, dry it with a lettuce spinner or dry cloth. Then wrap the shredded lettuce in a paper towel. Then after doing that put shredded lettuce in a jar and refrigerate it.

 

Have you ever had a clogged drain before? Most people will answer yes. We all know that a clogged drain is the worst thing to deal with. A clogged drain is usually caused by built-up hair, dirt, and gunk.  To unclog a drain is not an easy thing to do, usually, you would have to go through an extremely long process or maybe call someone to help you clear it.

 

But if you have a clogged drain you don’t have to worry about that you can just follow these simple tricks and your drain will be cleared in no time.

 

POUR SALT IN THE DRAIN

You need to pour a cup of salt down the drain (let it sit there for 5 minutes) and then pour some boiling hot water afterward. You can try adding more salt or throw 1 cup of vinegar in the drain as well.

 

BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR

Pour 2 cups of baking soda in the drain. Then after that pour 2 cups of vinegar in it as well. the baking soda and vinegar mixture will break down anything such as hair, dirt or gunk that was clogging the drain.

Let the mixture sit in the drain for 2-4 minutes. Then pour some boiling hot water in the sink to flush it out.

 

BORAX

This one is very simple to do. Just pour 1-2 cups of borax in the drain. Then pour some hot water afterward. This will clear your drain in no time.

 

SALT, BAKING SODA & HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Pour 1 cup of baking soda and salt into the drain. Next, pour 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in the drain as well. Let the mixture sit there for 3 minutes.

Then pour some boiling hot water in it. This will remove the dirt and gunk that was clogging the toilet.

 

 

1.SOAK INSIDE YOUR BLENDER

If you use your blender very often. You still realize that a lot of hidden grime is in it. They are usually in spots that are hard to reach. If you let the grime stay in it for a long time it will start to have an unpleasant smell. To get rid of the grime out of your blender l, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in it and add 2 cups of boiling hot water in it as well.

Let the warm water and vinegar sit in the blender for 30 mins – 1 hour. You can also add baking 1/2 cup of baking soda in the mixture for more effectiveness. By doing this you will no longer have to worry about your blender smelling terrible.

 

2. CLEAN STOVE WITH DAWN & BAKING SODA

Stoves get messy very easily. Mainly because we cook them a lot. When stoves get messy we tend to clean them with just a sponge and some dish soap. Both of those aren’t bad but you are missing out on another key item. This item is baking soda. Baking soda is a wonderful product because it has al it of uses and hacks. The baking soda will scrub parts of the stove that the sponge alone wouldn’t be able to do properly.

To properly clean your stove with Dawn and baking soda you need to get a damp sponge, then sprinkle about 1/2 cup of dawn dish soap on it. Then after that pour about 1 -2 cups of baking soda all over the stove. Now use the sponge to scrub the stove. If you have a black stove( or a stove with different colors,) I would recommend you not to use baking soda. After doing this your stove will be looking clean and sparkly.

 

3. SHINE CABINETS WITH MURPHY’S OIL SOAP

If you want shinier cabinets. Just do the following. Spray Murphy’s oil soap on the cabinet doors and wipe them with a clean dry cloth.

If you don’t have Murphy’s oil soap spray just sprinkle 1/2 cup of the regular Murphy’s oil soap on the cloth and wipe the cabinets. This will give your cabinets an amazing shiny look.

 

4. USE A DUSTER TO CLEAN INSIDE OF THE CABINETS

The inside of most cabinets gathers dust very easily. To get rid of the dust you need to use a duster to dust the insides. After doing that, inside your cabinets will be looking clean as they should be.

 

5. CLEAN INSIDE YOUR OVEN WITH DAWN DISH SOAP

Get a steel scouring pad and pour 1/2 cup of dawn dish soap on it. Now use the steel scouring pad to scrub inside the oven. This will remove any grease or burn marks inside the oven.

Use the scouring pad to scrub the grills. Now use a damp cloth to wipe away the soap residue.

 

6. USE LYSOL SPRAY TO CLEAN COUNTERTOPS

This is a good way to clean countertops. Just use the Lysol all-purpose spray to spray the countertops. Then use a clean cloth to wipe away the spray residue. This will make your kitchen countertops look really clean

 

7. CLEAN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE REFRIDGERATOR

To clean inside your refrigerator properly you need to do the following. Get a clean cloth and sprinkle vinegar and dish soap on it. Then wipe both inside and outside the refrigerator.

 

8. SOAK SPONGE IN FABRIC SOFTENER

Soaking your sponges in fabric softener will make them smell wonderful. To do this just get a container and fill half of it with water. Next, pour 1 cup of fabric softener into the container and put the sponge in it.

 

9. CLEAN INSIDE YOUR MICROWAVE WITH SCRUBBING BUBBLES

This is very simple and easy to do. Just spray scrubbing bubbles inside the microwave. Then use a cloth to wipe inside of it. That wasn’t hard to do at all. After doing this your microwave will not only be clean but it will smell better as well.