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Spring Cleaning Checklist & Essentials

It’s here! Spring has sprung and warmer weather is on its way. This also means that it’s time to start deep cleaning our homes. I know, it’s a drag for many, but schedule the time and complete the project task by task. If you don’t know where to start, Martha Stewart has created a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist for you to download. The task list can be easily tailored to your home.

Before you start cleaning, you’ll need the essentials. I love that so many cleaning products are eco-friendly, help reduce clutter and are made in cheery colors and patterns… just makes the task more fun, don’t you think?

spring cleaning checklist and essentials

 

I’m totally getting that iPhone cablekeeper!
Happy spring & happy cleaning!

 

Cristin

 

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Read full story By on March 20, 2013 in cleaning, home improvement, home organization, laundry room, Organization, organization tips, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized

Tag Sale Finds, Cleaning Tips & Bon Ami Giveaway

Summer months bring with it some of the best yard, estate and tag sales of the year. I’ve found some of my favorite home décor items combing local sales. If you’re a tag sale treasure-seeker like me, you know that some items need a little cleaning to get back into shape.
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{images via Real Simple and Simplified Bee}
Bon Ami (a brand I use and trust) uses only natural, non-toxic ingredients in their cleaning products and has provided us with some helpful cleaning tips:
Return Shine to a Foggy Glass Object: Add a few drops of Bon Ami Liquid Cleanser to the glass surface and wipe in concentric circles. Rinse with a little water and dry with a soft cloth.

Restore a Painted Wood Object: Wash off any grease or grime with some diluted Bon Ami Dish Soap and warm water with a cloth. Sometimes all you need to do is a quick spot treatment of a few areas. Make sure to dry thoroughly.

Polish Tarnished Silver: Add a few drops of water to a teaspoon of Bon Ami Powder Cleanser to make a paste. Scrub the paste on the tarnished silver with a small brush {i.e. recycled tooth brush}. Towel off the paste with a wet rag and dry.

*** Keep in mind, some tag sale items may be on their last legs and have delicate finishes. Before using any product (including Bon Ami), make sure to test it on an inconspicuous area.

Bon Ami Green Cleaning Kit
To celebrate the season Bon Ami is giving away a “Thrill of the Hunt” kit full of non-toxic cleaning supplies to make the most of your efforts and clean up your tag sale finds. The kit contains a full size powder cleanser, full size liquid cleanser, canvas tote bag to carry your treasures, smaller pouch  for smaller items you may buy, two sunscreen samples, two dish soap samples and a little magnifying glass to inspect your finds!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post {provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you}.
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s Blog, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook Page.
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower on Bon Ami’s Facebook page.
  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, FB link, tweet or pin the image on Pinterest, then leave a comment letting me know.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.
Entry period closes at midnight PST on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Friday, July 6, 2012.

Best of luck!
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Read full story By on June 27, 2012 in cleaning, garage sales, Giveaways, green design

Beautiful Efficient Laundry Rooms

Laundry. There is no getting around the task, but it can be tackled many ways. Popular approaches include one load per day, one day for all or separate loads for each person in your household. My family likes to have “folding parties” where the kids fold their own clothing. In any case, test out the different approaches and see what works best for your family. For more ideas Circle of Moms just published tips for an efficient laundry routine that you may find helpful.
beautiful-closet-laundry-room-silver-tile
Photo via Décor Pad
Laundry rooms of course need to be functional first and foremost, but there is no reason why they can’t be beautiful too. Personally I gravitate toward all white laundry rooms with a hint of color, pattern and texture that can be played out in tile backsplash, flooring or window treatment. Here are some beautiful laundry rooms that would make the task more fun!
hallway-laundry-room-beautiful
Photo via Décor Pad
double sinks laundry room beautiful
Photo via HGTV
laundry craft room beautiful
Photo via Houzz
beautiful-laundry-room-organized
Photo via Style at Home
beautiful-laundry-room-white-yellow-ann-sacks-tile
Photo via Houzz
barn-door-laundry-room
Photo via House Beautiful
black-white-tile-laundry-room
Photo via Houzz
How do you tackle laundry in your home?
 
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Read full story By on June 20, 2012 in cleaning, home organization, interior design, laundry room, organization tips

Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway from Bon Ami

Although spring cleaning projects are coming to an end, routine cleaning is a year around task. When cleaning my house, I use products that are nontoxic, natural and contain simple ingredients.

simple natural cleaning ingrediants bon ami
Bon Ami is one of those products. I’ve been using Bon Ami’s Powder Cleanser for some time and love the results. So when Bon Ami asked if I would like to try out some of their newer products, I was thrilled.

bon ami cleaning kit giveaway
One of the products I tested was a “cleaning cake.” It was released in a limited edition to celebrate Bon Ami’s 125thanniversary. I love this product! It took grime off our stove that most cleaners couldn’t remove. The cake’s strong but simple formula is not only effective for many of today’s household tasks it’s all natural. While not typically what you’d expect from a “cake,” back when Bon Ami was first created household cleaners came in these little bars and were commonly referred to as cakes.

I would love for you to test it out too and here’s your chance! Bon Ami is giving away a Cleaning Cake along with their Powder Cleanser and All-Purpose Cleanser to one lucky Simplified Bee reader.

Here is how to enter:


• Leave a comment. {provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you}.
• Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s Blog, Twitter or Facebook Page.
• Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, FB link or tweet, then leave a comment letting me know.
• Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.
• Entry period closes at 9 pm PST on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The winner will be chosen by Random.org.


Bon Ami is also doing a sweepstakes until June 12th on their Facebook page to win a free spring cleaning for you and a friend of your choosing. www.facebook.com/bonamiclean



Happy cleaning & good luck!
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Read full story By on June 8, 2011 in cleaning, Giveaways, green design, household cleaning