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Dining Room Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Nine

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 2:25 4 Comments

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #9 – The Dining Room

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Living Room Tidy – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Eight

Monday, March 16, 2009 2:23 Comments Off on Living Room Tidy – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Eight

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #8 – The Living Room

Do a ten second tidy, gathering up items that really belong elsewhere in the house.
Dust and straighten items on mantel, coffee and end tables, clearing out anything that belongs elsewhere.
Remove old TV Guides, magazines, newspapers etc that can go into Recycling.
Clean the floors.
Clean the TV screen – you can be astounded at how much clearer the picture will be without the layer of dust! (How to prevent dust build up on glass & televisions)
Check sofa cushions. Spot clean or flip if needed. Straighten if neccessary.
Dust blinds, lampshades, bookshelves and all other places that accumulate dust. (Make your own Swiffer Duster reusable dusters)
Clean curtains (How to clean & wash curtains)

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Attic Weekend Project – Squeaky Clean Challenge Days 6 & 7

Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:18 Comments Off on Attic Weekend Project – Squeaky Clean Challenge Days 6 & 7

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #6 & 7 – The Attic Weekend Project

Get three boxes – one for tossing, one for donating and one for selling (if you don’t want to sell, make TWO donating boxes). And fill each box at least ONCE before your weekend is over.
Sort, sort and sort – group items together, combine boxes when possible
Make sure everything is labelled
Check for creepy crawlies
Check for roof and/or window leaks
Clean the floors

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Basement Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Five

Friday, March 13, 2009 3:57 Comments Off on Basement Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Five

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #5 – The Basement

Straighten up any storage areas – close any open boxes, stack properly, label any unlabelled boxes 
Sweep and/or mop the floor
Change furnace filter
Remove any cobwebs (if any)
Check for winter water damage
Check for pest infestation (rats, spiders, ants, various other creepy crawlies etc)
Dirt basement floor that you are struggling with?  Dealing with a dirt basement floor for tips.

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Home Office Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Four

Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:52 Comments Off on Home Office Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Four

 

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #4 – The Home Office or Office Area

Sort your bills, organizing by due date or type. 
Go through papers sitting on the desk, either shredding/recycling what isn’t needed or filing. 
If you are a file junkie, go through your files, and shred/recycle what you no longer need. 
File receipts, bills, manuals, and any other “keepers” you have accumulated around the house that belong in your office files. 
Check office supplies and make a list to purchase what you need (envelopes, pens, staples, stamps…) 
Keeping a recycle box or shredder close by will make it easier for you to get rid of unneccessary paper before it becomes clutter.

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Junk Day Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Three

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:51 Comments Off on Junk Day Cleaning – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Three

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #3 – Junk Day

Clean catchall drawers and shelves by culling junk from usable items.
Group like items, such as pens, tape, stamps and coupons.
Use small baskets or folders to hold pens, coupons, etc.
Give kids 5 minutes to get all their stuff to their rooms—or else!

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Living & Family Room – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day Two

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:47 2 Comments

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #2 – The Living / Family Room

Return videos and CDs to storage area.
Spot-clean sofas and carpeting as needed (recipe for Herbal Carpet Freshener)
Flip and rotate cushions; fold throws.
Straighten magazines and newspapers.
Spot-clean and dust surfaces (instructions to make your own Swiffer Duster reusable dusters)
Vacuum/sweep family room floor.
Timesaver:
Clean rooms in a clockwise pattern, starting at the door.

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Daily Household List – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day One

Monday, March 9, 2009 3:45 3 Comments

Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #1 – The Daily Household List

Make beds.
Sweep floors.
Clean kitchen tables and countertops.
Load/unload dishwasher.
Tidy up living areas.
Sort mail; toss junk.
And this is the daily list, that you do every day :)

This actually looks do-able :) Say when you are done, and you can motivate the really bad clutterbugs when you can show that you managed to do it!

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Introducing the 30-Day Squeaky Clean Challenge

Sunday, March 8, 2009 18:52 38 Comments

We all love to have that nice clean house, but the reality of it is that we don’t often get it done!  So over the next 30 days, we will be issuing a new Squeaky Clean Challenge… some days might take you 5 minutes, others a half an hour, and on the weekends, it is just a single project you can tackle sometime over the weekend. 

We will also include links that make the challenges faster or that will save you money.  So if cleaning windows is one of the day’s challenges, we will include a link to our sparkle window cleaner recipe.  Dusting that day?  We’ll remind you how to make your own Swiffer Duster reusable dusters.

We will begin by posting Monday as the first day of the 30 day squeaky clean challenge, and link to them all from here.

Day One: The Daily List
Day Two: Family & Living Room
Day Three: Junk Day
Day Four: Home Office Cleaning
Day Five: Basement Cleaning
Day Six & Seven: Attic Weekend Project
Day Eight: Living Room
Day Nine: Dining Room Cleaning
Day Ten: Bathroom Cleaning Time!

Are you doing the Squeaky Clean Challenge?  Blog about it, comment here, and we will list your name here as a participant!  And don’t forget to comment each day if you have tips on how to tackle certain challenges! 

Squeaky Clean Challenge Participants!


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Beauty Recipes for Choco-holics

Monday, March 2, 2009 13:46 Comments Off on Beauty Recipes for Choco-holics

Love chocolate? Well, if you are like most women, you want to indulge in the chocolate without the calories! Then you will love this collection of fabulous recipes for chocolate lovers!

Decadent Chocolate Bubble Bath
What is better than immersing yourself in chocolate?

Chocolate Facial Mask
You can do your mask while you soak in yout decadent bubble bath!

Chocolate Lip Balm
Chocolate lip balm is surprisingly hard to find, so here’s how to make your own!

White Chocolate Lip Balm
Like our regular chocolate lip balm, but with a twist.

Green tea and chocolate anti-oxidant facial mask
The best of both worlds – green tea and chocolate!

Chocolate Bath Melts
Great as gifts too, these are done up as hearts

Another chocolate milk bath recipe
Suggested for gifts too.

Chocolate Bliss Moisture Mask
You have to see the accompanying picture! Does have uncommon ingredients though.

Hot Cocoa Bath
From Herb Companion.

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