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Declutter Your Kitchen In One Week

kitchendeclutterJust the thought of decluttering, organizing and/or cleaning an entire house can be very overwhelming for some people. But if you take small steps and do little tasks each day, you can make some big changes in your home. Over the next couple weeks and months we are teaming up with Caroline over at Three to a room as we tackle different rooms in our homes.  We will be cleaning, selling, donating and trashing anything that is unnecessary; anything that does not serve a purpose or add value to our lives. You are more than welcome to join us along the way… We’d love to hear about your progress! Let’s make our homes clutter and distraction free and create a more clean and joyful space overall!

For this first week we will be tackling the Kitchen. This is a place where we spend a lot of our time… Eating, cleaning and eating and cleaning again… and again. It seems like a never-ending process. Who am I kidding? It is a never-ending process. But it can get a bit busy, cluttered and messy, especially with children. But I guarantee that if we had clean surfaces, minimal utensils in our drawers and an organized pantry, we might be able to enjoy our kitchen even more. Let get started and find out!

Day 1: Clean out all the drawers that have Silverware, Knives, Cooking Utensils and Measuring Spoons & Cups. If you’re like me, you probably have way too many gadgets. Gadgets that promised to make your life easier when in fact they make your life even more unorganized! A lot of these things you’ve never used and probably never will use, so it’s time to get them out of your home!

(Day 1 Cleaning Tip: It is always easier to clean and organize when you eliminate things that are unnecessary.

  • After you have removed everything from your kitchen drawers, take your DIY or eco-safe cleaning solution and wipe them clean. This should give you both the feeling of completion and the peace of mind that things are freshly clean and ready for re-organizing.
  • Next, start sorting the items according to what you want to do with each item.
  • For the next step you will need 2 paper grocery bags or 2 boxes and 1 garbage bag. Label each bag or box as Sell or Donate and use the trash bag for all any of the other items that you don’t plan to keep.
  • First – Decide where you have safe space to store items you plan to sell or donate.)

Day 2: Clean out all the drawers that have Plastic Wrap, Plastic Baggies, Foil, Hot pads/Pot holders and Dish Towels. As well as cabinets with Food Storage Containers and of course the dreaded Junk Drawer. First of all, lets try to eliminate a junk drawer all together and focus on finding a home for all the “junk”. As for the rest of the drawers, minimize and organize. Only keep it if you really need and use it.

(Day 2 Cleaning Tip: Follow the sorting and disposing process for this step as well. As you take a look at your food containers, determine if any items need a little TLC. Sometimes our dishwasher misses the mark on getting all of the oil or food particles off of our containers. Determine if your items need to be soaked in vinegar to remove stains or if they need to be scrubbed with baking powder to remove caked on particles. Since both vinegar and baking powder are safe for food prep containers, you will not have to worry about contaminating your containers with harsh chemicals.)

Day 3: Clean out all the cabinets and drawers with Plates, Cups (including children’s dishes) Pots & Pans and Bakeware. Also tidy up under the sink- this one can be a bit scary depending on what you keep down there in the deep dark place! ?

(Day 3 Cleaning Tip: While you are going through each section of drawers, go the extra step and remove the drawer to vacuum the floor under your cabinets and take this time to inspect for any pest problems in your home.)

Day 4: Clean out and Organize your Pantry including all Canned Goods, Boxed Goods, Spices and Ingredients. Throw away anything outdated, take an inventory of what you need to buy or replace and give everything a special place so you know right where to find it!

(Day 4 Cleaning Tip: As you clean and organize your pantry area, consider adding a box or jar of baking powder to help eliminate possible odors and/or moisture that is in the air. This will help keep your dry goods fresh and lasting longer.)

Day 5: Organize and Declutter your Paper Products, including Cookbooks, Recipes and all Paper Goods like Plates, Cups, Napkins, and Plasticware.

(Day 5 Cleaning Tip: As for paper goods, consider eliminating paper towels or paper napkins. If you must use them, try to reduce your use by utilizing cloth napkins and/or microfiber cleaning towels. Microfibers are great for cleaning due to their textured surface, you can often clean or wipe with water only. Plus reducing paper waste eliminates the amount of  garbage in landfills. Every little bit helps.)

Day 6: Clean out and Organize your Refrigerator & Freezer. Throw away anything may be outdated or freezer burnt and take an inventory of what you have so you can plan meals accordingly. Use what you have. Sometimes food can be forgotten so this will really help jog your memory!

(Day 6 Cleaning Tip: For refrigerator & freezer cleaning remember again  to stay away from the harsh chemicals. Some cleaning products such as Glass Cleaners or All Purpose Cleaners contain Butyl Cellosolve or ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE). These chemicals can:

  • Depress the nervous systems and cause a variety of associated problems
  • Can affect the reproductive system and has been linked to birth defects)

Day 7: Now that all your cabinets and drawers are all declutter, clean and neat, its time to clean off all Countertops, Tables, Sinks and any other Visible Surfaces. This means, removing anything that does NOT need to be on the counter. A clutter-free countertop makes a world of difference! You will have more space for prepping, cooking and entertaining. Also, make sure your stovetop and microwave are clean!

(Day 7 Cleaning Tip: Unless you 100% know what you are doing, while making DIY cleaning solutions, make sure you purchase items that are not only safe for your environment, but are surface specific products. Use a wood cleaner for wood; tile cleaner for tile and natural stone cleaner for natural stone. There’s no such thing as a “do-it-all product”. Salt is perfect for cleaning some surfaces ,   you will need a specially formulated cleaner for wood surfaces as well as a non acid-based product that is safe to use on your natural stone. Additionally, you may need a safe, yet heavy-duty cleaner for your tile floors.)

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Top 10 DIY essential oils for cleaning + safe to use around pets, babies and children

Top 10 DIY essential oils for cleaning and are safe to use around pets, babies and children

IMG_3498As parents, you want to strive for the healthiest environment for your little one to play, live and sleep.   As you decided to ditch harsh chemicals in your home and move to more eco-safe and green products, we decided to help you with a list of items you could use when looking for clean with essential oils.  is quite simple to make the switch, but when using pure essential oils, you do need to educate yourself before getting started as they are extremely concentrated and there are safety issues to consider when using them.

With pets, children and babies around, you must consider the dilution ratio. No matter what brand, what plant species, or how much you are using, essential oils should never be used full strength. They must always be mixed with a carrier, such as oil or water.

Essential oils that are safe for use in a diffuser, or in a massage oil for children, are also perfect for cleaning with. The ten best oils to use for children’s health are:

  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea tree
  • Yarrow
  • Citrus oils (lemon, orange, tangerine, mandarin)
  • Frankincense
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Sandalwood
  • Dill

Keep in mind that little ones should never ingest essential oils, so any DIY cleaners must be kept out of reach, just as the conventional ones are.

While essential oils can be used as part of a natural healthcare routine for healing cuts and scrapes, relieving earaches or as an inhalation remedy for upper respiratory infections, they are also an eco-safe solution to keep your home clean and healthy.

Making your own DIY cleaners does not take any special talent, though it does require some dedication and knowledge. Never mix a plethora of essential oils together, not only will they lose their “scent”, you could unknowingly be creating a harmful concoction.

In the beginning, take it easy on the experimenting and know what is essential to clean your home. You will need a couple of clean spray bottles to make a general cleaner (sometimes called all-purpose cleaner) and a window/mirror cleaner for glass surfaces.

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For a general cleaner:

  • mix ¼ to ½ cup white vinegar in a spray bottle and fill up with water, add 5 drops of essential oil and give it a good shake before each time of use.
  • To make a window cleaner, just double your amount of vinegar in the spray bottle.

For a drain cleaner:

  • Keep your drains clear by routinely pouring baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar. Pour a few cups of boiling water down the drain to rinse.

 

 

For a child-friendly mold and mildew remover:

  • add 1 tsp. of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water.
  • Make the mixture in a spray bottle and use in the bathtub or shower.
  • Remember to rinse the following day, or before your little ones take a bath!

For a carpet refresher: To keep your carpets fresh and clean-smelling,

  • mix a cup of baking soda with 15 – 20 drops of any of the above-mentioned essential oils, sprinkle it on your carpets and leave for 10 minutes before vacuuming.

Keep the safety of your children and the environment in mind when cleaning anything in your home. Gentle DIY cleaners work just as well, if not better than their industrial strength counterparts, so get familiar with them and start creating a gentle impact that is safe for everyone and everything down the line. Not only do eco-safe DIY cleaners save you money by using simple, everyday ingredients (vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, lemon, salt, castile soap), they increase the health and vitality of your children, and pets, too!IMG_4145

Take care of yourself and your family this holiday season

Children TravelingGetting sick around the holidays is no fun for anyone.

Did you know that Elderberry Syrup is a healthy homeopathic remedy to help fight against colds and flu. Plus you can make it at home and save money.

Stay healthy this season!

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