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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 10/28/2016

For some people, cleaning the house is a relaxing way to pass the time. It's a mindful activity and living in a clean space can help improve your mood and focus. However, for many of us it can be hard to find time to clean after a long day of work, cooking dinner, caring for kids and pets, and so on. Many people try to keep up with the mess by cleaning one room at a time. However, it actually takes much longer to clean if you do it on a room-by-room basis. The most efficient way to clean is by chore. You wouldn't dust or vacuum just one room; you'd do the whole house because it saves you the pain of taking out the vacuum cleaner every time one room needs to be vacuumed. In this article, we'll go over how you can avoid having one long, excruciating cleaning day by spending 5-10 minutes per day cleaning your house.

Monday

Today is pick-up day. After the weekend your home is likely to have a lot of things laying around out of place. Do a quick tidying up in each room of your home. That includes: picking up clothes, clearing off tables and surfaces, and putting away any children's or pet toys that might be on the floor.

Tuesday

Dusting. With your duster in hand, run through each room of your house hitting all of the surfaces. Grab a microfiber cloth for things like TVs and computer screens that might have fingerprints and put it in your back pocket. In your other pocket, keep a lint roller or lint brush for your sofa, bed, chairs, etc.

Wednesday

Floors. Get out your Swiffer, mop, vacuum cleaner and whatever else you use to clean the floors of your home. Sweep each room into a pile, starting from the walls and working your way in. Once all rooms are swept, grab your dustpan and pick up each pile. From there you can run your Swiffer or mop through your rooms with wood floors or tile. Finally, vacuum any carpets or rugs you have.

Thursday

Kitchen day. Mix some white vinegar and water, toss in a few drops of lemon or lime juice, and you've got an all-purpose kitchen cleaner that's free of any harsh chemicals that you don't want going near your food. For areas that need to be scrubbed, like your sink or countertop, sprinkle some baking soda down after you spray the vinegar solution. Once you're done, tuck your spray bottle and baking soda within reach under your sink--you'll need it again tomorrow.

Friday

Bathroom day. There's no denying it--it's the worst room in the house to clean. But, think about how you'll have the next two days off from work and cleaning and you'll have the motivation to get through it. First, go grab your rubber globes, vinegar spray, and baking soda from yesterday. Today, you'll need them for the sink, tub, and toilet. Other useful items to keep for cleaning your bathroom: an old toothbrush for scrubbing tile grout and baby oil for polishing the chrome on your sinks.   Follow this schedule and you'll be on your way to cleaning the whole house in just 5-10 minutes per day so you don't have to dread those marathon cleaning days.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 9/30/2016

Going Green We live in a world with finite resources. It makes good sense to live in a way that is aware of the environment, going green, while working to leave a better, cleaner planet for our grandchildren. You may say that sounds good, but what can one person do? The answer is a whole lot! Going green does not have to be a struggle. The choices we make daily affect our impact on the earth, so make good choices. There are many ways that you can start to live a greener life today! Trees As Gifts Next time you decide to brighten someone’s day with a silly gift or a delivery of flowers, why not buy them a tree. Planting a tree is fun, an earth-friendly way to celebrate a milestone event that lives for years and years, and benefits the environment in a way that truly keeps on giving and giving. You can choose a lovely shade tree or a flowering fruit tree for someone that has room for a new addition to their landscape, or give a gift of a container planted dwarf tree for greenery indoors or on the deck or balcony. Greenery indoors helps to remove toxins and pollutants from the air and celebrates life in a way that cut flowers never can. Shop Locally Forget purchasing food that has traveled miles to get to your house. Buy local and buy fresh. Shop at the farmer’s market and support local businesses. Much of the food purchased at supermarkets is prepackaged, and you end up paying for wrappings, plastic trays, tape, and plastic wrappings that end up in the landfill. Be part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Always use recyclable bags for shopping and avoid foods with excessive packing materials. Let There Be Light Take advantage of natural light to set the rhythm of your day. Get up early to do your chores using natural light rather than waiting until evening when you have to turn on lights to see to work. If you are building or remodeling, consider adding lots of windows to take advantage of natural light in all seasons. Choose eco-friendly lighting fixtures and bulbs to reduce energy consumption and save money. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce energy consumption by 75 percent over standard light bulbs. Turn down the thermostat to save energy. Keeping the home two to five degrees cooler than normal during winter months has a significant impact on fuel consumption and energy use. Put another blanket on the bed or wear a sweater and you will be more than comfortable. Stop Wasting Food While millions of people in the world are starving, most people in America waste a huge percentage of the food they grow or purchase. As much as 40 percent ends up in the compost bin or landfill. Make it a family goal to not over purchase when shopping: buying only what you can consume before produce, meat and products start to spoil. Walk More, Drive Less Not only will you save money, walking or bicycling to work is a great way to lose a few pounds, get in shape, and ease up on the amount of fossil fuels you use. If you can’t walk or bike to work, ride in a carpool or use public transportation whenever possible. Get Rid Of The Clutter In Your Life Clean out closets and drawers, getting rid of clothing and items that no longer serve a purpose. Recycle useable items and let them serve someone else.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 8/26/2016

Many people are averse to shopping at the dollar store because they assume that the quality of the items there are inferior to those at other stores. Others simply assume that since many of the products aren't recognized name brands that they aren't good products. However, there are some dollar store deals that are always worth the dollar. One issue that many people have in a dollar store is that they walk down the aisle filling their carts with impulse buys thinking, "It's just a dollar." But those dollars add up and you'll find yourself buying things that you don't really need or items you could find cheaper by buying in bulk elsewhere. In this article, we'll cover some of the most useful items that you can find at your local dollar store.

Holiday and party supplies

Let's face it, the kids don't read their cards or observe their wrapping paper. They're more concerned with what's inside. When it comes to party prep, you can save a huge amount by buying everything at the dollar store. With the exception of paper products like napkins and paper towels, you'll get more for your buck at the dollar store. Some items to look out for:
  • balloons
  • plastic cutlery
  • large tin food containers
  • cards
  • wrapping paper

Tool kit supplies

If you don't feel like going outside to your shed every time you need to tighten a screw, or if you live in a small space and don't want bulky tools laying around, making a small toolkit is the way to go. And the dollar store is the place to start. Buy a small, empty toolbox and fill it with items from the dollar store. Some useful items to include:
  • nails and screws
  • hooks and hangers
  • screwdrivers
  • pliers
  • adjustable wrench
  • tape measure
  • super glue
  • tape
  • a pair of work gloves

First aid items

Every home and every vehicle should have a first aid kit. However, good kits can be expensive and the items within them have expiration dates. Rather than spending a lot on a kit you (hopefully) never have to use, fill a small box or bag with first aid items from the dollar store. Some first aid essentials to put inside:
  • assorted band-aids
  • burn cream
  • medical tape
  • antibiotic ointment
  • support bandages
  • small scissors
  • gauze
  • antibacterial wet wipes
  • aspirin
  • hot or cold compress

Cleaning products

Not every cleaning product will be cheaper at the dollar store. And for products you use often it might make more sense to buy in bulk online or from a wholesale club. However, there are some cleaning items that you will almost always save on at the dollar store. The key to saving on cleaning supplies from the dollar store is to buy generic brands. They often contain the same ingredients and are sometimes even made by the same manufacturer. Sometimes the only difference is that dollar store products may be diluted more.

Kitchen Utensils

Most dollar stores have a large kitchen section that includes useful items like various sized spoons and spatulas. You can also find other kitchen essentials like sponges, dish scrubbers, sink stoppers and strainers, measuring cups and much more.  




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