Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10 best strategies for de-cluttering and organizing toys in the playroom!



Calgon, take me away! Remember that TV commercial with the woman who just could not take the stresses of life anymore and just wants a hot, relaxing bath to take her away? Ever feel that way about your child’s bedroom or playroom? Yeah… we all have a time or two!

Here are ten tips to help you de-clutter the bedroom/playroom. Hopefully after you get it cleaned up, you will have time for that hot bath!

1. Pick up all the little things.
Go through the room with a plastic track bag and throw away all the stray papers and little plastic pieces that do not seem to belong to anything. Throw it all away.

2. Get rid of all the McDonalds toys.
Happy meals are a wonderful thing, but all those little toys add up quickly. If your child is anything like mine, the toys end up scattered around the room and never even played with again. You can throw them out, give them away.

3. Find a home for all of the stuffed animals.
Who needs five hundred stuffed animals? Apparently, our children do! Find them a home on a shelf, in a container or on top of a dresser. I have learned the bed is not an ideal space for all of them to live because it can be harmful to the neck and back of your child when they sleep.

4. Storage!
Purchase three drawer storage units to keep off of the small toys. This will help keep them off the floor.

5. Dirty clothes search…
Isn’t it funny how dirty clothes (especially sox in my house) never make it to the hamper? Go through the room and collect all of the dirty laundry and put it in its proper place.

6. Organize the closet.
If you do not have shelves in the closet, you may want to go and purchase some type of organizational closet unit. The wire racks that you can screw into the closet walls work wonderfully and are sturdy enough to hold games and toys.

7. Give unused toys away.
This is something for you to do with your child if they are old enough to understand what you are doing. Go through all of the toys together and get a box of toys that are no longer being played with to give away to other children who are in need. Find an organization or Church in your area that you can donate them to. While you’re at it, go through the clothes and do the same thing!

8. Clean it up.
After everything is picked up off the floor, dust and vacuum the space. It will give it the finishing touch!

9. Disinfect
After the space is picked up and cleaned, go through and disinfect the toys that you are keeping, door knobs, light switches and remote controls.

10. Have a yard sale.
This is another way to clean out your toy space. All of those McDonalds toys can be put into little zip top bags and sold in a yard sale. All of the little micro cars that have ended up between your toes…say bye, bye to them too. Sell it all and make some money!

Now, it will be up to you and your child/children to keep this space all nice and clean. I have taught my son that after he plays with one toy, it needs to be put back before he can play with another. You may be thinking: yeah, right lady, you don’t know my child.
Well, you’re right, I don’t but our children are very smart and can be taught how to accomplish this with some direction and persistence from us.

Now, go clean up that play space so you can take your hot bath! :)





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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Product review: Stanley Degreaser



I recently received a bottle of Stanley, Degreaser from Stanley Home procucts.

The first thing I used it for was to de-grease my pots and pans. I followed the directions on the bottle and mixed it into separate container. I have to say it works wonderfully! It immediately cut the grease from my pans and I was able to get them clean quickly.

There are many other ways to use this wonder soap, you can use it for: Baked on grease, in the sink, drain or garbage disposal, on grease spots on fabric, as a laundry booster, for general cleaning or on garden tools.

Each requires a different formula to work properly, but the directions are all listed on the back of the bottle.


To learn more about Stanley Home Products, you can visit their website.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Time to bake with apples!



Now that the weather has cooled off a bit, it has gotten me into the fall spirit! I have even noticed some of the leaves starting to change color! Yey!



I love the fall! I love cool weather, colored leaves, falling leaves, cool breezes and baking! Having the windows open and fans blowing brings a smile to my face...in addition, having something good baking in the oven during this fall experience is a wonderful thing!



Today, I put together an article filled with apple recipes. Each recipe had apples as the star! There are recipes and recipe links listed through the article and then a list of 5 more recipes at the end. Oh, and don't forget to flip through the slide show on the left under the picture of cinnamon apple bread!!!!


Hopefully, this will get you into the mood for fall! Just click the link blow titled apple recipes.







Thursday, September 8, 2011

Its pumpkin time!



September often brings cool weather, pretty colors and pumpkins! Pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, and pumpkin baking are all fun things we do with the sweet squash!

If you are a pumpkin pie freak...like me, you start making pumpkin pies at the slightest sign of fall :)


There is nothing like using fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin pie. If you have never done that before, I encourage you to try it this very year! Here is an article I wrote yesterday that will explain how to puree a pumpkin.


I have also included recipes for you to use your newly pureed punkin! (yes, that was intentional...not a typo)





And because you are my loyal blog readers, I am going to include more pumpkin recipes in this post just for YOU :)











After you read the article I attached, be sure to scroll down to the end. There you will find a list of 5 more pumpkin recipes!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall foliage!


I was browsing through my pictures the other day and found some great fall foliage shots I took right from my back yard!


The unfortunate part: the reason I found them was because I was clearing pictures off my old, dying computer!







The fortunate part: I took some really pretty pictures and they made me smile :)



So, I am going to share them with you today! I hope they make you smile too! When i think of fall, I think about the pretty colors of the leaves, pumpkins, baking pies, Thanksgiving and Pine Sol!




Pine Sol? Yes, Pine Sol! I open up all the windows and clean my house with it. The smell is fabulous!!!!



If you are now in the "fall" mood and are yearning to bake, here are a couple of my favorite fall inspired recipes:






Smile! Happy Baking and Happy fall!
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