Tidying Up Under The Kitchen Sink

I have slowly been getting the house back together after our kitchen renovation.  I decided to take things slow because along with organizing, there were some decorating things I needed to figure out.  So, rather than rush into decorating decisions, I decided to take...
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Making the Stairs Safer…One Step at a Time

Last week, we decided to pull the trigger to purchase a nice runner for our stairs.  We were using those cheap carpet squares they sell at Home Depot, but they kept sliding around making it unsafe for us going up and down the stairs while carrying the little man....
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Terra Cotta Potter Wind Chime Tutorial

With Mother's Day approaching, I wanted to have the kids make their Mimi (or grandma) a gift for her garden.  Since my mom has huge garden, I thought creating a wind chime would be the perfect addition to that space. I started by having the kids color on a small Terra...
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6 Helpful Ways To Organize Bedroom Toys

6 Helpful Ways To Organize Bedroom Toys

Are your kids toys taking over your home??

For some reason, the toys in the bedrooms have started to multiply.  I have been on a mission to get those toys tamed.  But when it came to their bedrooms, I was totally slacking!!

6 helpful ways to organize bedroom toys

This past weekend, I was rearranging furniture and doing a deep clean of their rooms.  But I was left with a ton of toys and random things lying around.  I needed a way to organize the clutter that was quickly piling up.

Start by gathering all the toys to make sure you have all the pieces or parts.  This will be the only way to make sure you want to keep that particular toy!

But what should I do once I have sorted all the toys??

I was in need of some ways to manage the clutter in their bedrooms, so I asked some of my blogger friends for their tips!

My son’s Legos are stored in his bedroom so his younger sister won’t break them, but I need some way to keep them organized!  The Home Edit shared four ways to store Legos, and I love all four of them!!  I think the best way to keep them organized for us is to sort by size.  My son loves building things, but gets frustrated when he can’t find small pieces.  So storing the Legos by size will help with his creations!

Using storage under the bed is the perfect way to keep bedroom toys organized!  Grillo Designs has the perfect tutorial for turning an IKEA drawer into an under-the-bed storage on wheels!  I think this is such a great way to use that space under the bed to store toys, while keeping the rest of the room clutter-free.

 

For young kids, having an art area at their desk in their bedroom seems totally fitting.  And by creating hanging space for their art supplies, you will keep clutter off their desk, which allows the kids to have more space to create!  The Confran Home shares such an easy way to add function to desk space for the kids!

My son loves Matchbox Cars.  And keeping them in bins isn’t working any more because he has specific cars he loves.  This car display from Love and Lion is the best way to keep the cars organized AND contained!  The littles can find the cars they want, while still keeping things clean.

Kid-friendly shelving for toy storage is another great tip for keeping the toys organized in kids bedrooms from Organizing Moms.  I love the idea of open shelving for the kids to store all their toys.  It keeps things contained but they can still see what is inside.  This also helps with clean-up!

Designer Emily Henderson says to keep things accessible for the kids when storing toys!  I love the idea of using the kids toys to decorate the room.  Not only is it an easy way to keep things tidy in the room, but it also is a great way to show off the kids personalities based on their interests!  If they are really into super heros, you don’t have to go super hero theme when decorating, you can just put the action figures around the room.  Each action figure has a home and the kids can still access and play with them.

To keep the bedroom toys organized, you have to start by going through all the toys and sorting what you want to keep and what needs to go.  Store Legos based on how you use them.  Make an under-the-bed toy box to keep extra toys.  Keep art supplies near a desk so kids can create.  Store Matchbox Cars on the wall to show them off.  Use kid-friendly shelving to keep toys in order.  And use the kids’ toys to decorate their room.

Now I am off to get the kids rooms decorated and refreshed!  Can’t wait to share with you both rooms at the end of the month!!


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How To Do A Deep Clean Of The Kids Bedrooms

How To Do A Deep Clean Of The Kids Bedrooms

Does your child’s bedroom get filthy dirty incredibly quickly, or is it just my kids??  I cannot even begin to tell you how gross my kiddos rooms can get if I don’t keep up with doing a deep clean of their rooms frequently.

And by frequently, I mean like 3-4 times a year.

If you know me well, or have been reading along on this blog for a while, you know that I loath cleaning.  I use to be so good about it, but I think all that deep cleaning of my rented apartments in the city burned me out of actual, every day cleaning.

Like, I can’t even handle wiping down windows if there is a smudge.

So when it comes to deep cleaning, I try to only have to do it twice a year.  Spring and Fall.

how to do a deep clean of the kids bedrooms

But, I am realizing that I need to do it every few months.  Because with growing kids and a dog, our house isn’t staying as clean as it once did.

So, every three months I will be deep cleaning the house.  Starting with bedrooms and working my way through the house.  Mostly because I know I will have the energy and will-power to get the bedrooms clean before I get distracted and move onto something else.

I am also doing a deep clean of the kids bedrooms because we are moving around furniture and updating the kids rooms.  So whenever I do that, I always feel the need to deep clean.

For me, deep clean of bedrooms is dusting, vacuuming, and washing.

  • Dust
    • Fans
    • Lights
    • Blinds
    • Furniture
    • Vent Ducts
    • Baseboards
  • Vacuum Curtains
    • Curtains
    • Mattress
    • Floors/Carpet
  • Steam Clean Carpets (maybe just once a year)
  • Wash All Bedding, Duvet Covers, Quilts and Pillows

navy, grey, orange toddler room

Dusting:

When I start to dust the bedrooms, I always start from the tallest place and work my way down.  That usually means starting with the ceiling fan.

An easy trick for dusting the ceiling fan is to use an old pillow case.  Just put the pillow case on a blade of the fan, gently pull the sides together, and slowly move the pillow case off of the fan blade.  Repeat for all blades.  By using a pillow case, you are able to collect all of the dust without having some fall on the floor.

An easy trick for dusting blinds is to use a pillow case and put your hand all the way to the corner of the pillow case.  Go back and forth on each blind to collect dust using your hand.  You get a lot more dust bunnies when you are using your hand and a pillow case!

I have heard that if you want to keep your baseboards clean you should use a dryer sheet and wipe it on the baseboard.  I tried it last year, and have to tell you that that trick really worked!  Our baseboards really don’t have a lot of dust on them.  I am not sure how often you are suppose to repeat that process, so I am doing it once a year to insure that the baseboards stay clean.

Vacuuming:

I vacuum everything.  Like, I will vacuum the baseboards and behind the furniture too!

Starting with the carpet, I will vacuum everything.  Then I move the furniture and vacuum under each piece.  I will set the room back up.  Then, I take that upholstery tool and vacuum the mattress.

And, just a fun fact for all my vacuuming nerds out there… that round brush attachment is for DUSTING!!   Dead serious.  And since I found that out, I have tested it to see if it actually works, and it does-ish.  Like, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to dust anything, just put that piece on and the vacuum would do the rest.  But that isn’t the case.  (Boo)

But it does work for areas that are really dusty, like our house after construction!

Washing:

Finally, washing all.the.things!  I wash ALL the stuffed animals.  All the bedding.  Pretty much everything that can be washed, gets a good cleaning during my deep clean.

The stuffed animals that are just regular, get washed in HOT water.  The favorites are washed on delicate and warm water.

Bedding is all washed based on what the label says.  I did write down how to wash all the bedding and stuck it up on a memo board in the laundry room.  That has helped keep laundry time down, since I can just look on the board instead of searching for the label!

My Favorite Cleaning Products:

the organized mamas favorite cleaning products

Vinegar/Water Spray

I make this recipe in an old spray bottle.  I start by mixing vinegar and water (it is a 1:1 ratio).  Then I will add in some essential oils like lemon.  I love that I can spray this and it is all natural!

Method Wood Cleaner

I use this natural wood cleaner on some of the kids nice wood furniture.  I really like the smell, but I have heard others are not fans.  Make sure your kids don’t mind before you spray in their rooms!

Dyson Vacuum

This truly is such a fantastic vacuum.  We have had ours for over five years and it still works like it’s brand new.  The suction is seriously amazing and it is easy to clean…our kids loves taking it apart!  And all of the attachments are on the vacuum, making it easy to use the different parts for the different areas of the house you are cleaning.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

I love these things.  They are fantastic for wiping up and dusting.  Since they are soft, they don’t scratch the surfaces I am cleaning.  They also work well when using them dry to pick up dust.

Cleaning Carrying Caddie

And finally my cleaning caddie I put together!  I put all my essentials in this one caddie so I can get everything organized before I start to do a deep clean.  Since they are my least favorite thing to do ever, it helps to have everything I need in one area instead of having to hunt for cleaning supplies all over the house.

 

Now that I wrote about all of this, I better get to cleaning!  All weekend I will be cleaning, rearranging, and organizing the kids’ bedrooms.  Follow along on my InstaStories for all the behind-the-scenes action!

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Thoughtful Heart of Gold Wine Bottle Hostess Gift Tag

Thoughtful Heart of Gold Wine Bottle Hostess Gift Tag

Whenever I go over to someone’s house, I have to bring something.  Whether it be food, wine, or chocolates, I always have to have something in hand.

And, I love adding my own special touch to whatever gift I bring.  I might make a card, gift tag, or some other random craft for the hostess!  I think it’s fun and I love sharing personal touches with hostess gifts.

Today I am over at Imagine blog sharing a tutorial for creating wine bottle hostess gift tags.

Easy tutorial to create gift tag for hostess gift

This project is perfect to create a few at a time, as you spray the paper with Imagine’s new 2 oz. Fireworks spray.

Spray the entire paper with the Fireworks spray.  Let it dry and cut the paper into two or three tags.  Then, you have some for the next time you get together with friends or family!!

Head over to the Imagine blog for the entire tutorial of these thoughtful hostess gift tags!

Easy tutorial to create gift tag for hostess gift

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The Organized Mama is an organizing, crafting, and home decorating blog based out of the Chicagoland area. With a focus on helping families get crafty and organized, I believe that order and creativity can promote joy, even when doing the most daily and basic tasks!

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