Happy New Year everybody! Now is the time for new beginnings, resolutions and starting the year off right. It’s also a great time to give your home a good de-cluttering. You see New Year is a good deal like being a bride. You have things that are old, new, borrowed and (in the fridge) blue. Since it’s the most likely to be the most disgusting, we can start with the blue.
Time to clean out the fridge, cupboards and under the couch. If you have a junk drawer it’s time to clean that out as well. These are most likely the places that you will find old food growing its own eco system. Clean until you see the bottom of what you are cleaning and then give the bottom a good scrub.
Time to give stuff that isn’t ours back. It may have been that turkey pan that you borrowed from your mom. It could be a DVD that you borrowed from a friend on Halloween. It’s a good time to send all the things that aren’t really your property back to their rightful owners.
Time to get rid of old clutter. Old baby clothes need to go to the a thrift store or to someone who has a child in that age group. Old toys can be donated to a child care center or to a church nursery. Old clothes (or clothes that we have no chance of fitting into this year) can also be sent on their way.
The last thing that needs to be done is finding homes inside your home for all the new items you have obtained during the holidays. This could mean hanging your cookware on the wall or putting your children’s stuffed animals in a hammock above the foot of their bed. Congratulations! Your home should now be organized for a new year.
I love to prepare for Chinese New Year. It is a holiday not just full of fun and festivity, but also full of good habits and practical life application.
Starting the new lunar year means to sweep out all the old dust and to get the house as clean as possible for a new start. I call it my winter cleaning. It makes spring cleaning much easier. Things are more organized so I don’t find myself overbuying things I want, need, or already have. There is less clutter and it helps remind me to maintain my home. For example I change smoke alarm batteries and air filters in the air conditioning.
The Chinese New Year is also a time to pull myself out of debt. Whether it is five dollars I owe a friend or an outstanding gas bill payment, my goal is to have it paid off by the lunar new year. With that goal in mind I can plan to set that money aside (even if it hurts a little). It also helps me to avoid new debts that may be tempting me.
In With The New
My own personal addition to these festivities are taking inventory of what I want new this year. After we have counted Christmas gifts, taken inventory of what we already have, and thrown out the things we don’t want, the list of what we do want new is much shorter. Next we own why we want an item and if we will actually make use of it. We also make sure we finish projects to make room for other projects.
What are your plans to prepare for Chinese New Year?
Those little gel and powder packs that are sold in stores to clean garbage disposals are pretty awesome. They do a great job, but like always if there is an alternative that can save me money, I am all about that! And these little homemade jewels are super easy and cost very little to make.
In addition to this, it’s also easy to drop orange and lemon peels into the disposal and turn on. But this recipe is so simple and so nice to have around for more in depth cleaning.
This one not only cleans but sharpens the blades which helps food to be broken down to go easier!
What You Need
What To Do
1. Fill the tray up 3/4th of the way with water, 1/4 with vinegar.
2. Cut up your lemons into enough pieces for each ice cube. Drop into water/vinegar mixture.
4. Drop into your garbage disposal and turn on.
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I have to admit that my husband figured this one out and he’s totally NOT a domestic individual. I was shocked and impressed with what he figured out. Of course, he found it on Google, but he wasn’t readily admitting it so I’ll let him think he came up with it. It really is genius though.
We have two kids under 4 so our poor cream colored carpets get pretty dirty. And honestly it doesn’t matter how clean my house is, if the carpets are dirty, it’s just gross. So when my husband found this trick out and it worked, I was ecstatic! And you only need 2 ingredients and 2 rags and an iron.
The only thing that I am certain you should do is test this in an inconspicuous area to make sure your carpet doesn’t lose color. This may not work on more colorful carpets, so check first before you ruin your floor.
Check out my before and after! Now that it’s dry, you can’t see a thing!
What You Need
2 Cleaning Rags
What To Do
1. Put hydrogen peroxide on your spot. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
2. Pour water liberally on the same spot.
3. Place one rag over spot and space hot iron on it until it steams.
4. With other rag, rub briskly and dry spot.
5. Repeat on all spots.
Seriously this works! And way better than any cleaner I’ve EVR bought!
Am I the only one with an abundance of toothbrushes? Besides getting new ones every time we go to the dentist, but my mom thinks her grown children need 6 of them a year in their stockings. Regardless of the reason, we have a lot of toothbrushes. They are often free with coupons too, so you may have some extras just sitting around waiting for a purpose other than keeping your family cavity free. Here are some ways I use my extra ones.
1. Cleaning jewelry. I am convinced there is no better way to clean jewelry. Especially when you have jewelry with a lot of facets that are hard to clean. I even use toothpaste and my jewels sparkle like new!
2. Touching up your roots. Have you noticed that a lot hair dyes come with little brushes in them for helping touch up your roots? Now you don’t have to buy those fancy kits with the brush in them. Just use your extra brushes you have.
3. Use it to clean your nails. They sell those special brushes to clean under your nails, but why spend the extra money if you don’t have to.
4. Removing stains. A lot of expensive pre-treaters have brushes attached to them. But if your’s doesn’t, just use an extra toothbrush to help get that stain remover deep into those fibers.
5. Eyebrows. Yep, you can even shape your eyebrows with it.
6. Clean your tile grout. Use some baking soda and make a paste with water and scrub that grout!
What are you doing with your extra toothbrushes?