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Tired of all the clutter and ready for change? This incredibly powerful organizing method not only will get your closets organized but will restore your spirt and make over your life. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this amazing tidying up method!

An Incredible Method To Tidy Up Your Home (and Your Life)

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: tidying up. 

Honestly, I didn’t even know I needed this unexpected gift, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look.

And now I want to share this incredible method and mindset with you.

This is more–way more!–than a post on cleaning or organizing. I promise this fresh new approach will bring surprising amounts of joy and simplicity (and don’t we all need more of that?!).

Ready to be inspired (and to learn the secret)?

Tired of all the clutter and ready for change? This incredibly powerful organizing method not only will get your closets organized but will restore your spirt and make over your life. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this amazing tidying up method!

The Secret That Found Me

She handed me the book at Thanksgiving and I rolled my eyes. My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” I said, with more than a little disdain in my voice.

“Yes!” my mom cried, chuckling a little. “I’m telling you, it’s an incredible book! You’ve got to take a look at it.”

I held the book in my hands and quickly leafed through the heavily highlighted pages covered with many sticky notes and my mom’s familiar handwriting.

An organizing book? What was she trying to say? Is my house that much of a mess? I was not convinced this was something I needed to read, let alone implement in this hectic life season.

I found myself a little later that afternoon in my parent’s living room with no one else around. My mom’s usual assortment of housekeeping magazines wasn’t on the endtable. In fact, the table was completely empty except for the lamp, a lonely coaster… and that book.

Alright, fine, I mused to myself. Let’s take a look at this.

“Does It Still Bring Me Joy?”

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!The first few pages weren’t honestly that transformational for me. Another organizing book, another woman with the “perfect answer” for how to keep your home tidy. Yawn.

But then I sensed something different lurking between the pages. Author Marie Kondo‘s criteria for keeping or discarding items was something I’d never heard before. She simply asks herself, “Does this item still bring me joy?”

This got my attention. Joy? That was something I spent much time pursuing as a mom and Christ-follower. What was this link between my stuff and my joy level? And why had she elevated this to be the highest criterion for determining if something should stay in my house or hit the Goodwill pile?

I kept reading. In fact, I took the book home the next day and devoured its short 224 pages (confession: I can’t remember the last time I’ve finished a non-fiction book this quickly. It was that interesting!)

The more I read, the more I was convinced that this book’s wisdom was the anecdote to the subtle fog of discontent and restlessness that’d settled over my heart recently.

The Heart Magic of Tidying Up (That I Didn’t Know I Needed)

I hadn’t been sad or depressed or anything of that sort. But for quite some time I’d been dealing with a sluggishness–a malaise–that left me confused and frustrated. Things in my life had been good (a great marriage, awesome kids, stable future, strong faith, etc) and yet, for months I couldn’t shake the weight I felt on my heart.

That same phrase “Does it still bring you joy?” kept appearing throughout the book. “It may have brought you joy in the past, but if it doesn’t anymore, then it’s time to release it to someone else so that it (and you) can move on.”

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

Now I don’t necessarily endorse personifying our stuff as having “feelings” and “needing to move on,” but I get the author’s point.

There was all kinds of stuff–physical and emotional–that I’d allowed to collect in the recesses of my home and heart. It was time for me to examine each area and determine which I needed to keep, and what I needed to let go.

And that’s why I (rather excitedly) put a tidying up session at the top of my to-do list for Christmas break.

Sifting Through and Letting Go

I won’t get into the nitty gritty of my clean out process except to say that the author’s tidying up methods (and subsequent organizational tips) are spot on.

Per her suggestions, I pulled everything out of my closets and couldn’t believe all that I’d collected. And I couldn’t believe my response (and the corresponding freedom I felt) as I went through each item.

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

The pile of hangers on the ground kept growing and this alone inspired me (especially since, in our home, it never seemed like we had enough hangers).

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

I think this process was so transformative for me because it released me from the guilt I normally feel when forced to clean out (notice my choice of words there? “forced”?).

This time, I was still able to give each item worth–even those with a particular emotional attachment–because I could acknowledge that, yes, this item had been valuable to me at one time but it had faithfully served its purpose.

This item still had value but its time with me had come to a close. By holding on to it, I was keeping it from serving someone else, and I was just heaping more and more baggage on myself.

And that’s why the longer I sorted the easier it was to let go. The freedom of release was intoxicating and life-changing.

I shared the principles with my daughter and my husband (and my three other kids are tackling their tidying up project next week right before Christmas). I can’t wait!

The True Magic of Tidying Up

Cleaning out my home was important (and even brought purpose to my Christmas decorating this year). But ultimately, the true magic of tidying up was when I applied the book’s principles to the heavy burden weighing on my soul.

I began to wonder:

What regular activities were important at one time, but were no longer necessary?

Why did I now dread some of my must-do daily activities (and what reframing could I do to change that)?

Who knew that organizing and cleaning my home could produce such great soul inspiration?

Seriously, if you’re looking for a fresh start–and a chance to feel clean and organized in your home and in your heart–you’ve got to check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

Get the book here and give it a try for yourself!

Other Posts on Organizing and Cleaning Routines

18 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes for Every Room

DIY All-Natural Cell Phone Screen Cleaner (3 Ingredients!)

How to Organize Your Kids School Papers (for Good!)

Drowning in Your Kids School Papers? What to Keep & How to Get Organized

How to Develop a Household Cleaning Routine That Works

Looking for a way to finally find a cleaning routine that works for your family? You'll LOVE the great ideas (and practical tips from lots of moms!) in this post! Perfect for spring cleaning or whenever you need help keeping your home tidy.

How to Develop a Household Cleaning Routine That Works

Want to know how to establish a household cleaning routine for your family… that actually works?

Then you’re in the right place!

Let’s talk about some great tips on how to develop a routine to keep your house clean (that is flexible to your family’s busy lifestyle)!

This post isn’t just a list of ideas that you can throw against the wall and hope one of them sticks. I want to help you develop techniques that really will work.

That’s why, before we get to the suggestions and tips, I need to tell you 5 key secrets to creating a realistic household cleaning routine. These simple truths will set you up for success!

Looking for a way to finally find a cleaning routine that works for your family? You'll LOVE the great ideas (and practical tips from lots of moms!) in this post! Perfect for spring cleaning or whenever you need help keeping your home tidy.

5 Secrets to Creating a Household Cleaning Routine (That Works)

1) There is no “one-size-fits-all” household routine.

There are no right or wrongs here. If a certain method works for you, that’s great. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine too.

2) Everyone has different opinions about the what, the where and the how often.

You can decide how often it’s acceptable to clean your bathroom. You can determine the best method for folding and distributing laundry. It’s up to you what aspects of a daily or weekly household cleaning routine are non-negotiable.

Your opinions about what’s “acceptable” may vary vastly from mine. And that’s OK, because I live in my house and you live in yours. Can we give each other freedom here? And on that note…

3) Consider your season and responsibilities when determining “acceptable” household cleaning routines.

If you have young kids at home, you’re in the midst of a very demanding season (not that you needed me to tell you that).  That’s why you may need to lower your expectations of what a “clean” or an “organized” house looks like because of the extra demands on your time.

None of us have perfectly kept houses. We need to stop imagining that “other people” do (and that we just have to get it together more). Stop the comparing and define (with your spouse) what you deem acceptable for this season. And be OK with it. Truly.

4) The household cleaning routine may work for you now, but it may not work later.

Family life is an ever-changing entity. Each family member has needs, involvements and responsibilities that are in a constant state of change.

That’s why household cleaning routines may work for a season, but not forever. Try not to get stuck in discovering a “forever” routine because it won’t happen. Instead…

5) Experiment and try something new.

Try several techniques until you land on one that works for you. And then if it stops working, try something else.

It really is that basic. Just pick something and give it a go! The main point I want to share here is that some routine (even if its an imperfect routine) is better than no routine. 

Feel better? Good!

Now it’s time to discover some fantastic cleaning routine ideas! Click “read more” to be inspired.

WOW! Who would have thought?! These kitchen cleaning tips are so easy and totally cheap! I can't wait to try them (especially #2...)

3 Genius Cheap Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Want easy and cheap ways to keep your kitchen clean using natural items?

Awesome! You’ll love these three genius cheap kitchen cleaning hacks. They’re super simple and you probably already have these natural cleaning items in your kitchen!

Every mom should have these simple kitchen cleaning recipes in her back pocket!

In fact, I encourage you to pin this post so your other mom friends can learn these easy kitchen cleaning hacks too!

WOW! Who would have thought?! These kitchen cleaning tips are so easy and totally cheap! I can't wait to try them (especially #2...)

 

P.S. For cleaning beyond these three simple hacks, ePantry is my go-to resource for cheap natural cleaning supplies, especially since they ship the items straight to your home (be sure to read to the bottom of the post to get your FREE cleaning product and $10 credit).

Natural Kitchen Cleaning Tip #1:

Use This (Almost Free!) Trick to Clean Your Oven

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Natural Cleaning Recipe: Baking Soda and Water

I can’t tell you how gross my oven gets (I know I’m not the only one, right?). You know it’s bad when you can barely see through the glass window on the door.

I chalk my dirty oven up to too many dripping casseroles and to my cake batter that likes to runneth over. Ok, and to just not cleaning it enough.

Thankfully there’s an easy kitchen cleaning hack for this. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water in a small bowl and apply it to the oven with a paper towel!

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How much baking soda do you use? I knew you’d ask that. Just use enough to make a watery paste, and then make enough of that paste to clean your oven. I’d start with a ratio of around 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 tablespoon water.

Apply the baking soda and use good old fashioned elbow grease to combat that oven grease build up. If the paste starts to dry out, add a little more water. Wipe clean with water when you’re done.

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You may need to apply two treatments of the baking soda and water paste (depending on how dirty your oven is). I couldn’t believe that after this simple kitchen cleaning idea I could see my reflection in my oven door!

 

Natural Kitchen Cleaning Hack #2:

How to Make Your Kitchen Sponge Last Twice As Long

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Cleaning Item Needed: Microwave

This is a kitchen trick that my mom taught me years ago. And let me tell you, we use it all the time!

When your kitchen sponge starts to smell (you know what I’m talking about!), throw it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. By microwaving the sponge, you’ll kill some of the bacteria and mildew that have accumulated on the sponge’s surface (the source of the stink).

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Your sponge won’t look any different than before, but it will smell better. For sure.

And while you’re not completely removing these odor-causing microorganisms, I’ve found you’ll get about twice the life out of your sponge.

And speaking of your microwave…

 

Natural Kitchen Cleaning Trick #3:

Clean Your Microwave Quickly & Easily with One Household Item

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Cleaning Item Needed: Lemon

Did someone’s chili decide to explode all over your microwave? Or what about the time when your oatmeal got too hot and spilled all over the microwave turnstile?

You’ll love this fresh and easy way to keep your microwave clean. Ready?

Slice a fresh lemon in half lengthwise. Place one lemon half (cut side up) in the microwave and heat  for about 20-30 seconds (you want it warm enough for the juices to release, but not so hot that you can’t touch it).

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Then simply rub the cut side of the lemon all over the microwave. Squeeze the lemon a little as you work to release the powerful cleaning action. Wipe it up with a damp paper towel.

Yes, that’s it! Well, if you want more to do (and your microwave needs it) you can repeat the process with the second half of the lemon.

Otherwise, slice off a ring or two of the lemon, place the lemon ring(s) in a cup of cold ice water and put your feet up for a minute. If your house is like mine, sixty seconds is just about how long you’ll be able to stay still before someone needs you for something else.

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I love the products from ePantry (especially the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products and would totally recommend them as a great way to get inexpensive natural cleaning supplies (and natural beauty items too) delivered right to your door!

Right now you can get a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and a credit of $10 off your first order at ePantry! Just go here to learn more and to get your FREE products!

Other Great Posts on Natural Cleaning:

18 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes for Every Room

How to Get Rid of the Top 10 Stinkiest Odors (Naturally)

An Incredible Method to Tidy Up Your Home (and Your Life)

How to Develop a Household Cleaning Routine That Works

Is your family good at creating stink too? Discover practical, natural ways to eliminate smelly kitchen trash, stinky shoe closets, dirty laundry, overpowering pet odors and more as we look at how to eliminate the top 10 stinkiest areas of a home!

How to Get Rid of the Top 10 Stinkiest Home Odors (Naturally!)

Sometimes being a mom just plain stinks.

And I mean that literally!

Think about it: Our lives as moms are filled with opportunities for stinky odors, aren’t they?!

From overflowing kitchen trash bins and smelly-clothes-laden laundry baskets to changing multiple dirty diapers, we moms deal with stinky home odors all day long. 

How can we handle this ongoing wave of bad smells? Aren’t there some natural odor removers we can use, both habitually and on an “as-needed” basis to keep the smells at bay?

Yes, and yes! You and I may be surrounded by way too many opportunities for stinky-ness, but we don’t have to live with these less-than-pleasant side effects of motherhood.

And we don’t have to use harsh chemicals to get rid of the smells, either!

Is your family good at creating stink too? Discover practical, natural ways to eliminate smelly kitchen trash, stinky shoe closets, dirty laundry, overpowering pet odors and more as we look at how to eliminate the top 10 stinkiest areas of a home!

I want to share with you practical, natural ways to eliminate stinky home odors, such as:

  • How to prevent the smells from happening
  • Creative tips for eliminating offensive odors if they do happen
  • Powerful natural products that eliminate instead of mask the odor

I totally understand how annoying it can be to live in a smelly house. And as a mom of 4 kiddos, I’m constantly learning new ways to keep our home as odor-free as possible (because, let me tell you, my kiddos know how to stink it up)!

Are your kiddos masters at creating stink too? Then you’ve come to the right place!

We’re going to walk through the 10 stinkiest parts of our homes and talk about some real-world secret weapons for dealing with the stink that can hang out in each place.

It really is possible to keep the stink to a minimum with these awesome tips!

Let’s get real here, moms! Let’s talk about the stinky side of motherhood and share these ideas!

Click next and we’ll get started!

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It's CRAZY how many germs live on our cell phones, tables and other electronic devices! Here's an amazingly easy-to-make DIY cell phone screen cleaner that removes oily smudges, crusty parts and (best of all) ALL THOSE GERMS! All natural cleaner recipe with only three ingredients! You'll want to make a bottle for everyone in your home!

All Natural DIY Cell Phone Screen Cleaner (3 Ingredients!)

YUCK. That’s the only way to describe the screens on our electronic devices!

With millions of germs hiding on the surface, our beloved touch screen devices are a literal germ haven!

Especially when our kiddos get a hold of them.

Now I love my kiddos, but let’s just say that even this “wash-your-hands”-preaching mama doesn’t always know where her kiddos hands have been.

And it shows in their dirty cell phones, music players and tablets. And, for that matter, on mine when their fingers get all over them. 

And, yes, we moms add to the cell phone screen gunk too with our makeup-wearing cheeks and texting fingers as we’re cooking dinner!

No matter what, it’s safe to assume that our electronic devices regularly need a good cleaning, right?! More than just a simple wipe on the front of a t-shirt.

Oh friends, have I got a great solution for you!

It's CRAZY how many germs live on our cell phones, tables and other electronic devices! Here's an amazingly easy-to-make DIY cell phone screen cleaner that removes oily smudges, crusty parts and (best of all) ALL THOSE GERMS! All natural cleaner recipe with only three ingredients! You'll want to make a bottle for everyone in your home!

We need a electronic screen cleaner that:

  • powerfully kills germs without damaging the screen’s finish
  • removes oily smudges (and those unmentionable crusty parts)
  • is portable and available in a moment’s notice
  • is inexpensive and easy to put together
  • natural and made with everyday ingredients
  • is easy (and safe) for kids to use

Honestly, I was surprised at how few electronic screen cleaner options are available.

I found a few on Amazon, but I wasn’t sure of the ingredients, and phew—they cost around $9 for a pack of 12 disposable electronic wipes, or $18 a bottle for a spray/cloth combo! Yikes!

That’s when I did a little online research and came up with my own all-natural DIY screen cleaner.

  • It’s cheap (costs pennies to make!)
  • It’s portable (you can carry it in your purse!)
  • It uses only three easy-to-find ingredients 
  • It’s safe for screens
  • And… it works!!

Want the recipe? Of course you do!

In fact, you’ll want to make bottles of it for your kids! You’ll be passing it around at street corners! You’ll be giving it as Christmas gifts! (Ok, maybe not as Christmas gifts or the street corner thing… but I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty stinking awesome!)

First, I want to share 6 important safety tips for cleaning your electronic screens. 

Because face it—you don’t want to damage your $700 iPhone because you cleaned it wrong, do you?!

I was most surprised by tip number 3… (click next!)

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Want to know how to make natural household cleaning recipes that actually work? Look no further! You’ll LOVE this list of 18 all-natural cleaning recipes to clean every room in your home—window cleaners, kitchen counter wipes, tile/grout cleaners, and so much more! All these recipes (plus recommended supplies), for FREE, in one place?! YES!!

18 DIY Natural Household Cleaning Recipes for Every Room

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You want to clean your home naturally, but how?

What do you really need to make your own natural cleaning formulas?

And of course, which cleaning recipes really work?

Friends, I want to share all of that with you here!

Here’s a list of the top most-needed DIY natural cleaning recipes–all in one place, for free.

Want to know how to make natural household cleaning recipes that actually work? Look no further! You’ll LOVE this list of 18 all-natural cleaning recipes to clean every room in your home—window cleaners, kitchen counter wipes, tile/grout cleaners, and so much more! All these recipes (plus recommended supplies), for FREE, in one place?! YES!!

These 18 recipes will powerfully and effectively clean your house from top to bottom!

These DIY household cleaning products include:

  • step-by-step instructions to make the cleaning formula

  • the exact ingredients you’ll need

  • tips for using each cleaning solution

Everything from DIY natural window cleaners, all-natural cleaning wipes, powerful carpet cleaners–it’s all here!

And they’re organized by room, so it’s easy to find what you need.

Ready?! Let’s get started!

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