Ever go to iron a nice white blouse and stain it with the mineral build up on your iron? You really only do that once. Cleaning it is pretty simple. Here is a good tutorial if you don’t know how to already.
Today we are also going to pay attention to pet bedding and bowls. It’s a good idea to disinfect them a few times a year.
Your PDF for today: Friday January 20
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I don’t know about you but I own shelves and shelves of books. If I were to never go through them and get rid of some they would take over my house. So at least once a year I sort and decide which to keep and which have to go. And then I do a few things. (1) I check my titles on eBay. Sometimes I am surprised how much a particular title can get. If it’s decent, I’ll list it. I’ve even sold books that were highlighted and written in–once for more than I originally paid for it! Just be honest in your listings and be sure to charge shipping. I usually to the flat rate shipping bags, just for ease.
You can also re-sell textbooks to Amazon. I haven’t done it, but I see it out there.
(2) Sometimes I call the local indie bookstore and ask if they are interested in a trade. I bring books, she gives me store credit toward new books. Or new-used books. I am happy either way.
(3) Sometimes I donate books to my local library. They keep some but sell most at their book sales to support the library.
(4) other times I deposit the books in a local book dumpster. They donate the books to kids and folks who have little access.
What do you do with the books you no longer use?
Today’s PDF: Thursday January 19
It’s mid-week! Meal planning, kitchen cleaning, shopping. Such a busy day in my house. Today I’m also attacking that drawer where all the pan lids wait to be used. How on earth do they multiple through the years? I have more lids than pans. Not for long!
PDF: Wednesday Jan 18
Short and sweet today. Much to do! Much to do!
Your checklist PDF: Tuesday Jan 17
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There’s nothing like a clean, comfortable bed at the end of the day. To make your mattresses last longer, you need to maintain them by cleaning and rotating them.
If possible, vacuum your mattress to remove mites. If you mattress is very heavy and it never used to be, it’s because it’s full of dust mites who are feeding on your dead skin and likely causing allergies. You may need to replace it. You should also replace it if it sags or has broken springs/slats.
Otherwise, spot cleaning and rotating and keeping it covered with a good allergy cover is helpful. Here’s your list. PDF: Monday January 16
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We are continuing our decluttering with hitting those movies and CDs today. Slow and steady. Donate. Get donation receipts for your taxes.
PDF: Saturday January 14 (or click the photo to enlarge)
I am not afraid of Friday the 13th, but I am afraid of the creepy crawlies that can set themselves up in my washing machine over time. We’re going to take care of those today. Check out this post for step-by-step instructions on how to deep clean your washer.
Your daily PDF: Friday January 13
Although I am a stay-at-home wife and mom, on Thursday mornings at 7 am, I do participate in a weekly networking meeting to promote our home business. I think it’s a good idea for all of us to find a way to get out and spend time with other adults each week. Volunteer. Participate in church activities. Visit elders. Join a mom’s group or book group. It’s all part of taking care of you. Find something that suits you and guard that time as “necessary” and not “optional.”
In the meantime, here’s your checklist for today. Click to enlarge.
It’s mid-week again already! Wednesday is kitchen day, and also the day that I tend to do my primary food shopping, so I clean out the fridge every Wednesday as well. What day do you meal plan and shop? (Do you need guidance on meal planning? Check out this prior post.) Some like to coordinate with store sale days. In our area they seldom run out of sale products, so I don’t worry too much about that. I am actually fortunate to live in area that offers food delivery service, which I used to use and may go back to. It saves time and money since it eliminates spur-of-the-moment purchases that are not on my shopping list.
What do you think about food delivery services ? Yay? or Nay?
Today’s PDF: Wednesday Jan 11
When you think about it, we have a lot of different kind of brushes in our lives. Hair, tooth, cleaning, grill, animal, paint, and so on. There’s just two rules for tools like brushes, buy the best you can and take good care of them. Today we are going to maintain our toothbrushes and hairbrushes. Toothbrushes are easy. We replace them every 6 months, so really it’s just a matter of keeping them clean and disinfected. Hairbrushes are investments that last a lot longer. And if you have a favorite, you are going to want to keep it in good condition.
To clean and disinfect hair brushes, first remove all the hair from them. Then using a second brush, apply a bit of shampoo and warm water to both brushes. Use the second brush to gently scrub the first. Rinse well. Once all dust and debris are washed away, soak the brushes in vinegar, ammonia, or other disinfecting solution.
Here’s your checklist. PDF: Tuesday Jan 10