Be Good To Your Spirit, Mind, and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

heart My very first tip (#1 Tip) is getting to spend time with my grandchildren. This Grandma gets to distress often; as the kids come over quite a lot. They live close by…which is awesome!!!! =)

LOVE Spending Time With My Grands!! <3 >3 (a heart for each one of them) Excellent stress reliever for ME!!

Stress can be down right deadly, if you don’t know how to deal with it. If you’re a negative thinker, then stress can be a nightmare for you.

Read the following tips with an open mind. We are all unique, and we are creatures of habit…(well, most of us) – The following stress relievers below may be just what you need if you’re going through grieving, depression, bad marriage, or relatively anything that is currently stressing you !

Make a List Of Your Own If You Have To

Here is mine…

1) Spending time with my grandchildren…LOVE, LOVE them with all my heart and could NOT imagine living my life without them. <3 Oh wait, I’ve already said that! ~ Well, it’s worth repeating!!

2) Don’t dwell on things that stress you. This can be truly hard sometimes. I know; as I’ve been there. When you’re not your best, make it YOUR mission to always try to do something out of the ordinary to efficiently distract you from your worries and stresses.

3) Workout – Exercise has helped immensely with my mood swings, depression, and stress. It gets my blood pumping; thus, making more oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of my body. Working out just makes me feel better in EVERY way. I think better, I get around better, and it also boosts my self confidence. I LOVE how I feel after a good sweat! =)

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4) Pray – Prayer is ALWAYS an excellent option to everything that we do, and everything we are going through. God consistently answers prayer. However, we may not like the time frame, or we may not like the answer received. The Good Lord knows what our needs (and wants) are before we even ask. For me, praying DOES relieve stress, although I need to spend more time doing it. =)

5) Eat right – Eating right is being very kind to your body, mind, and spirit. When eating the proper nutrients, you will be more productive, your mood swings will most likely level out. In addition, vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods help to lift depression. Eating healthy is essentially good for you in many ways, including stress.

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Side Note: I personally have found that eating bananas helps with my mood swings.

6) Live in an organized environment – If you’re like me, organization is an ever-growing process. That’s right, it never ends! lol 😉 Although, I try every day. It makes logical sense that having everything in its place at all times will undoubtedly relieve LOTS of stress!

7) Walk and breath in, then breath out….slowly. Rinse, repeat! Enough said 😉 lol

8) Spend time with your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, FIND ONE! I find jigsaw puzzles relax me. However, it seems that the only time I mess with them are on New Year’ s Eve. lol I also enjoy coloring. Have you noticed all the new coloring books (for adults, meaning not cartoonish) that are displayed in stores now? Well, I bought 3 of them. These are hobbies of mine. I also thoroughly enjoy my iPad time every evening. That in its self, is a huge way to get rid of stress for myself.

9) Start a blog; there are free ones on the web. If you have emotions, anger, or no confidence inside of you, writing about them can help you tremendously!!!! Or you can also buy a good-sized journal and just spend time writing. Gets you thinking outside the box. 😉


10) Spend quality time with your spouse – If you are having marriage problems, and (who doesn’t, I mean, all couples go through their sets of problems from time to time). If you’ve never had a disagreement with your spouse, or gotten angry; you are among the very small population that (say) that their marriage is perfect. What’s my point? Start taking extra time to do things you haven’t done in a long time. Maybe it’s going to the show, amusement park, VACATION!!!? I like that last one; and who doesn’t love vacation? <3 Whatever the case may be, do it!

11) Move furniture around, or redecorate to change your environment. I’ve always been like that; in fact, I move furniture around (at least) once every 6 months or so. Just like my (built in) desk. I’m always wishing I could place it on the opposite side of the room. lol

I love change! <3

12) If funds allow, go on a vacation. Or at the very least, go out with a friend or relative and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have a good time. If a vacation is NOT an option, go play cards with a couple, take a long Sunday drive, have friends over for dinner. Anything that gets you unfocused on your stresses.

Stress can do horrible things. Often times, it’s silent killer that can bring on a stroke, heart attack, or anything else that can result in death. Stress CAN do a colossal of things. Stress affects people in different ways. YOU just have to find your way around your fight or flight process responses, then go with the flow. Don’t let stress get to you!! Do something special for someone. This could be an elderly, your parents, brother, sister, or anyone that has certain needs.

Lifestyle Change

Sometimes, just changing your lifestyle can be a good stress reliever. If you’re not happy about something, change it. If your job is stressing you out, change that too! In fact, there are tons of jobs that can be performed at home. In the amount of time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to the realization that work at home writing jobs are the easiest to find. Also, you can turn your hobby into cash by starting a business. There are some home businesses that doesn’t require a high start up fee; if at all.

One last thought…Go Shopping? However, don’t over do it and end up with 6 maxed-out credit cards! — Well, that’s a little over the top there! lol Shopping helps! 🙂

Read through my tips above objectively. Open your mind and let things happen naturally.

What ways do YOU relieve stress?

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Grandma’s Cleaning Tips: Every Kitchen’s Beautiful in its Own Way- OR Not?!

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I love a nice, clean kitchen! Well, it’s not always clean or (clutter-free), for the most part. 😉

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m a gal (Grandma) who likes to see change and updates every once in awhile. That definitely includes the kitchen! 🙂 A kitchen needs to be clean, sanitary and of course, full of warmth, charm and hospitality. If you don’t think your kitchen fits well in that category, do something about it! You’ve got your own imagination, use it! However, it does help if you are crafty by nature, and you have an eye for design.

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Let’s say your kitchen hasn’t been updated since the 90’s or even the 80’s. Yeah, you have your work cut out for you!

 

So let’s get this “virtual, kitchen-spruce-up” party started!

 

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Say, you just bought or moved into an old house and the kitchen hasn’t been updated since the (early) 80’s, it most certainly requires lots of fun and colorful updating. Most likely, your kitchen has been generously graced with that awful yellow and green wallpaper! You KNOW the kind I’m referring to. 😉

 

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Time to get out the scrapers and get to work. I know, bummer! Although your hard work will be well worth it with a couple splashes of warm-colored paint. For me, I tend to like darker colors for (both) a dining room and kitchen!

Borders

 

Now borders are somewhat of a controversial nature; you either love them or hate them! For me, it all depends on the size of the room and colors involved. Sometimes a simple border makes a perfect statement and also encompasses the final touch. They also sometimes make a room look larger. You decide!

Cabinets

 

I remember some funky looking, white, metal cabinets WAY-BACK when I was a little girl. Thank goodness kitchen decor, appliances and styles have come a long way, seriously! Now you have various kinds of wood and colors to choose from. You can even get by with a couple coats of paint if you currently have some old, wooden cabinets. However, it will depend on just how old they are. Cabinets are a tad more expensive than paint and borders…choose wisely, depending on the look and style you are looking for. Most cabinets today, are good for fix ups.

You will find tips for cleaning kitchen cabinets Here

 

I would love to do this in my kitchen someday!
You could also remove a couple of the cabinet doors and just have shelves. Or, you could install glass in place of the doors. That in itself would spruce up a kitchen considerably.

 

Foliage, Flowers and Plants

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If you haven’t experimented with flowers or foliage before, you’d be pleasantly surprised at how much they can brighten up a room. Although for a kitchen, just some simple greenery will do the job nicely for on top of cabinets, (if there’s room). Small, colorful plants will always brighten up any window sill.

Flooring

 

Most people (today), have some kind of ceramic tile or wood flooring in their kitchens. Carpet and linoleum was more in style for a kitchen back in the days. However, a lot of old houses of course, had the wooden floors. You can dress up wooden flooring by polishing and with some stylish throw rugs.

 

Going way back in time, people had dirt floors

 

Also, if you have a large dining room or kitchen with a bay window, a nice chair or bench with some throw pillows (to match the rugs) would nicely compliment the rooms.

 

There is always room for improvement when updating decor and furnishings in your home. Most of the time, just the smallest things can make the most difference. 🙂

 

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Complicated Mess To Semi-Super Organized

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Happy Friday to you all! 🙂

I finally actually took the time to clean and semi-super organize my home office. It was a huge job! lol

When I say “semi-super” organize, it’s not a perfectly organized office…even after the clean up. However, it was good enough for me. I’m certainly not a super organized person. Having said that, I admit to letting piles (of just stuff) get so bad that I get to the point where I can’t take it anymore. I’m definitely not a filthy-dirty person…just not as organized as I’d like to be for sure! lol

With growing older, I’d like to see this change in myself!

I have Pics throughout the process!
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A Little More Organized!
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Need To Get Cheyanne Up On The Wall So I Can Look at Her Too!
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Don’t Mess With Me When I’m Tired!!
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Am I still organized?? “Somewhat” However, I know where everything is, and that’s the main thing for me! 🙂

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Some Of My INSPIRATION – MY DAD IN CUBICLE BY THE LAMP 🙂 🙂

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Deep Clean Your Home Like a Professional

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This article of course is for all grandmothers and moms 🙂

 

Have you ever hired professional cleaning services for your home? If you have, then you know how different the home looks and feels after their job is done. They simply have the right training, the expertise, the knowledge, the equipment, the products and the techniques to deep clean an entire house, the garden, the roof and the backyard and make the house look like it is completely new. Everything from the bedrooms to the bathroom, from each drawer and cabinet to the wardrobes, from the backyard to the garage and from the basement to the attic is sparkling clean – polished, clean, tidy, deodorized and dust free. However, not many of us can afford regular cleaning services done by a professional and therefore we need to invest some of our time and effort into maintaining a clean home.

Let’s not forget that a clean home is also a healthy home, where the air quality is good and everyone feels much better. In order to have that you need the right techniques and products so you can deep clean the home like a true professional. It’s easier than you think, but it does require a considerable time. Spending a whole weekend deep cleaning the entire home might look like too much work, but you will be more than happy with the results – a clean home is welcoming, cozy and nice and it feels great just relaxing there.

Planning a deep cleaning of your home does feel overwhelming, but it’s worth the time and the effort. Try to involve your family in the cleaning process and you will manage quicker than you think. Start with the least desirable area – whether that is the man’s cave, the basement or the garage, don’t leave it before you clean it all. Pay attention to any issues and places that require repairs – chipped paint, leaking, mold areas, rust, etc. No deep cleaning is successful without taking care of these problems. If you want a great home, you need to take good care of it so it functions well. Moreover, regular deep cleaning will prolong the life of many areas in the house, thus increasing its market value. Remember that you aren’t pressured to do everything in just one day – do as much as you can, but don’t rush it or you risk missing important areas.

It’s best if you have a plan and follow it – write a checklist and list all the things that need to be done. This way it’s easier to shop for the right products too and only buy what you actually need for the cleanup. Focus on one area at a time and clean from dry to wet and from top to bottom. Mopping is the last task to do in each room.

Clean light fixtures, remove cobwebs, empty cabinets and closets and do some clearance. If you get rid of the clutter, the cleaning will be more than successful. Have clean paper towels, white cloths, bags, spray bottles and brushes at hand – it’s best to keep all cleaning materials in one bucket that you can carry with you from room to room. Simplifying the process can be done by tidying up the rooms before you clean.

Follow these simple tips and don’t be afraid of deep cleaning your home as often as possible. Your home and your family deserve it.

About The Author

Nicole is a housewife and a writer. Currently, she writes for Pimlico cleaning company.

Organizing Your Decoration for Celebrations

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In order to have a really proper celebration with an appropriately celebrative mood you have to certainly make sure that you are going to use plenty of toys, decorations and beautiful breath-taking imagery in order to create this one celebration into a memorable experience of beauty and charm that will be remembered by your guests for a long time and that will become the reason most likely for their return next year. What you have to do when we are talking about celebrations and decorations is first hit the proper style of the individual celebration. If for instance we are talking about Easter you will need one type of decoration but if we happen to talk about Christmas then the type of decoration becomes something entirely different.


First of all, you need to know the right type of decoration for the specific celebration and the specific season. For example there are numerous styles of decorations that are typical for the four different seasons. Spring usually means brighter colors, summer is all about fresh flowers and plants, autumn is about darker colors and winter is naturally about every possible toy, star, shining decoration imaginable. Then there are some typical decorations for different individual celebrations. If we are talking about Christmas it is the Christmas tree decorations-blue, red, golden, green sparkly balls, golden stars, Father Christmas figures, etc. If we are talking about Halloween we will have to consider pumpkins and scary masks or any other sort of scary decorations that put you in the mood of the day. You have to take into account both the season and the day and the specific occasion of the celebration and dress your living place with the appropriate decorations.

When you are handling the specific decorations you need to remember that more importantly than everything else you have to make sure that comfort is no greater than beauty and vice versa. The one is not more important than the other during celebrations. Comfort is all about your guests feeling well and beauty is about enhancing and spellbinding the guests. So in a way instead of facing each other off comfort and beauty need to work together and to make each other better and stronger. If for instance you are placing a gigantic flower composition you should simply place it through the ground to make the floor look more fanciful or different because for instance the guests will trip. Better put it on the floor but in a straight line so that both the composition to be more distinctive and the feeling of order to be well preserved as a whole as well. Finally, don’t forget to keep your decorations perfectly clean and in good shape all the time.

Nicole works on a behalf of Catford moving firm. that specialize in the field of domestic and corporate relocation. She is also keen on sharing various ideas on home decoration and organizing.

4 Ways To Ready Your Home For Spring – Guest Post

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Cold winter weather tends to keep people cooped up indoors more often than usual, and as winter drags on, it’s common for clutter to accumulate around the house. That’s one reason why spring has become the season known for intense cleaning and home revitalization.

Most homes can stand to endure an annual cleaning binge, and if you’re keen to the idea, consider these four ways you can put winter behind you and invigorate your home as temperatures finally warm up:


Retire the Christmas decorations to storage

After the holiday season, it’s hard to find the motivation to put away the grandkids’ stockings, the colored lights and all of your favorite decorations. Maybe that explains why we all know someone who’s let Christmas decorations linger well into January – or longer. But it’s a challenge to start deep-cleaning when last year’s decorations are still hanging around.

If you opted for a real tree last year, get that dried-out fire hazard out of your house! Your area trash-pick up service may offer options for recycling, or you can chop up your old tree and add it to your compost pile. Owners of artificial Christmas trees may have an easier time of post-holiday clean-up: just store it in a cool, dry place.

Carefully pack ornaments, wrapping delicate ones. (Tip: Save discarded gift wrap and use it to protect ornaments).

 

Clean out your storage spaces

Now that you’ve put away the holiday doodads, it’s time to start deep-cleaning. Your basement, attic and garage can – over time – become home to all sorts of odds and ends. You can clear up a lot of space in your home by going through these spaces and getting rid of the things you no longer need. Whether you donate them, throw them away or set them aside for an upcoming garage sale, you should be able to unload a lot of unnecessary baggage. You can also use this time to better organize your storage and make it easier to navigate.

Use what you have

If you’re like most grandparents, you’ve got a parade of relatives coming in and out of your home – kids, grandkids, in-laws – so it can be hard to find time to clean. But who said you can’t put some of those people to work?

Adults know that cleaning products can be toxic – and no one wants to expose children to dangerous chemicals. But you can make many cleaners yourself with common household items like vinegar. Whip-up some homemade cleaning solutions and assign a few simple tasks to your grandchildren, while you tackle the more sophisticated projects. Granted, they may not stay interested in cleaning for long, but this is one way to get them off the couch so you can vacuum it!

Clean the furniture

When thoroughly cleaning, most people instinctively wipe-off tables, counters and other hard surfaces. But dirt and dust can accumulate in your sofa, recliners and mattress, too. You can remove a lot of that debris by vacuuming, using your upholstery attachment.
If you have furniture with machine-washable covers, now is a good time to wash them. Some people instead choose to steam-clean furniture using just hot water and mild detergent.

Getting your home clean and organized doesn’t have to be a big chore – especially when you have a little help and stick to that to-do list.

About The Author

Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She writes on behalf of Tree Classics. She’s currently working on her master’s degree, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing softball.

Free 2013 Printable Weekly Calendar for Bloggers

 

 

 

Shared From: Nicole Dean 🙂

 
High quality planner created just for bloggers
 
I’ve already downloaded it and I will definitely be using this awesome calendar!

 

Nicole Dean shared it with me, however, her good friend Lynette Chandler
put it together.

 

It’s a must have for the coming year – 2013 for all bloggers!
 

And now, I’m sharing it with YOU! It’s free – nothing to purchase or no email required.

 

Just take it and enjoy it! 🙂

Download Here!


Have a great day! 🙂

 

 

More Craft Content :: What’s On My Plate :: Priorities

 

 

 

 

Hello there 🙂

This post has been a long time coming. This past year sure has been a busy one! Been a little too busy for me. My time has been split in way too many directions. I’ll be making some important decisions between now and January!

What’s Been On My Plate?

 

* This Blog – My Pride and Joy, It’s a Keeper! 🙂 A PRIORITY

 

* My First WAH Website, It’s Been My Baby Since 2005 – Not Sure???


* My Other Dust Collecting WAH Website, It’s Going! 🙂

* My Craft Blog, It’s Going! 🙁 Not Enough Time!

* Content Writing For Sites and Blogs – I Have to Keep This Going to Keep my Head Above Water! 😉 A PRIORITY

 

* Writing For Clients – This Is Definitely Something I Want To Keep Doing and, Even More Of It In 2013! 🙂
* Hubby – Definitely a Keeper! LOL… AND Need To Give Him More Of My Time!


* Laundry – No Comment!


* Cleaning – No Comment!


* Finances – No Comment!


* Me Time – Definitely a Lot More Of This in 2013!! A PRIORITY lol

 

* New Website (In The Thinking Stage) – Yes, I’m dwelling on another website. IF I decide to go ahead with it, this one will be for My Freelance and Ghostwriting Services, and Writing Opportunities in General. (Maybe) A PRIORITY

 

* Being A Grandmother – THIS ONE’S A KEEPER FOR SURE!!!! I have awesome news…however, I can’t broadcast this yet!! LOL

 

Our vacation in December will definitely put some needed perspective on everything

 

A Note About My Craft Blog – The blog itself is going soon. However, I will keep most of the content that’s on it by transferring it on This Blog.

 

So we’ll see what’s ahead for the coming year?? A lot could happen between now and then! lol

 

However, stay tuned Here for sure for new stuff I have planned for 2013.

 

Giveaways :: Reviews :: Crafts :: Grandparenting Tips :: Parenting Tips :: Recipes :: and much more!

 

Have an awesome day! 😉

Organizing the Laundry Room – Guest Post

 

Is your laundry room notoriously the messiest room in your home? You aren’t alone in this! Keeping the laundry room clean may be the most daunting task in cleaning your house, because it seems like there are always dirty clothes piling up, no matter how often you do your laundry. Thankfully, there are crafty people in the world that have shared with us how to clean up the laundry room while still making it look like part of your home, instead of like a storage closet.

On Ana White’s homemaking blog, she shares a great idea for a laundry basket dresser. It’s a pretty simple idea, but it’s borderline genius. The laundry baskets act as drawers in a dresser. You can label them however you like for easy sorting. You can even stack them if floor space in your laundry room is at a premium. The blog comes with full-fledged directions for building this dresser, and they’re very easy to follow. Using simple woodworking tools and wood you can get pre-cut from most stores that sell lumber, it was a fun and simple build that worked out very well for my laundry room!


It’s understandable if you’ve never worked with woodworking tools, and the thought of doing so for the first time is a little daunting. There are still other great ways to keep your laundry room organized. Have you ever seen those great antique-looking (or maybe actually antique) wooden crates? They were formerly used as shipping containers.

Now, you can find them in many great antique malls, or even online. Consider stacking these on their sides against the wall. Secure them together some way, even if it’s just by tacking them together with small nails. They can then be filled with smaller-than-ordinary laundry baskets, plus you can save a couple for storing your laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Are you into sewing? Maybe you’ve seen these neat wall-hanging sewing organizers with pouches to help you separate your sewing tools. Think of one of these on a larger scale! Using sturdy fabric, you can sew on even larger pouches, creatively label or embroider the front of the pouches for easy sorting, and hang it up on the wall. Just make sure you really secure those pouches!

Get creative! There are lots of great, crafty ways you can clean up your laundry room and get those piles of clothes off the floor. Think of creative ways you store things around the rest of your house, and do it on a larger scale.

 

You can reclaim your laundry room in no time!

 

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoyed finally putting her woodworking tools to good use with this project. Next, she plans to learn to build custom kitchen chairs! Read her work at http://www.eatbreatheblog.com/.

 

 

You can find more cleaning tips Here.

Tips for Cleaning and Organizing your Closets and Drawers

Whether you’re cleaning and organizing your own closet and drawers or those of your spouse or children, this is something that must be done. How many times have you had last minute notice that someone was coming over and you shoved your closets and drawers with things that were lying around? We’ve all done it, but if we’re more organized that won’t happen.

Closets can be the messiest thing in your home at times. They can accumulate anything we don’t seem to have enough room for and that’s not good. These types of closets can include bedroom closets, storage closets, or coat closets just to name a few. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is. Things fall off the hangers, toys and shoes are thrown in the bottom, and the tops can be used for storage.

The best way to clean your closets is to literally empty everything out of it. Place hangered items on a nearby bed or sofa so they stay together and on the hangers. Sort through the items in the bottom and on the shelf and separate them by who they belong to or what they are. Remove anything that’s not used or has a place other than the closet. Next, vacuum or sweep the floor and dust the shelf and rod. Now you’re ready to put things away.

Return things that fit or are going to be stored in the closet. Placing unwanted items in the closet will only cause it to be a mess and it won’t be organized. Organizing your closet will be different for each one based on what you put it in. For example if you have shoes that go on the floor, but you don’t like them there, consider purchasing a shoe wrack or one that hangs on the door. If you have toys for your child, consider a toy chest or plastic containers.

Chester drawers are another place for collections of items that don’t go there. It’s easy to slip papers in there or items you don’t want visible if someone comes to visit. Once those items are in there, it’s easy to forget about them or only remember when it’s too late or too early in the day to handle them. The best thing to do is put things away regularly so you don’t have this problem, but that’s easier said than done.

Organizing your drawers and your chest in the first place will help prevent this from happening. Always put things away and never store anything important on top of the chest unless you need easy access to it within a short amount of time. Always put things away in the same place and make sure the way you put things away make sense. Fold things properly and always put them away as soon as they are washed or done being used.

If you plan to have a junk drawer in your chest, make sure it’s organized and things are neat and easy to find. Depending on the type of chest you have and which drawer you choose for your junk, you may want to put it close to the bottom. It’s more important to have easy access to the drawers with clothes or other items you use regularly than it is to have easy access for the items in your junk drawer.

Once you have your closets and drawers cleaned and organized it’s a good idea to keep them that way. To do this, plan a day to clean them out or remind yourself to do it each time you get into them. Once you do this for a while you’ll get used to it and it will become second nature to you. At that point you’ll always be clean and organized and it will show in the way your home looks.

You can find more cleaning tips by Tammy by visiting our Cleaning Tips section.

You can find more organization tips by Tammy by visiting our Organization Tips section.