Archive for March, 2012

Amy’s Notebook 03.28.12

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

This DIY LEGO travel box is such a great idea for kids (@ finley & oliver)

I love these tips for hosting a no stress party (@ Nesting Place)

This Easter egg lunch hunt is a fun Spring activity (@ Gluesticks)

I want to try this lemon thyme chicken for a weeknight dinner (@ Annie’s Eats)

This tea stained coffee filter wreath is beautiful (@ Design Dining & Diapers)

I am in love with these cute wooden letters covered in scrapbook paper for Spring (@ Hoosier Homemade)

I want to make some of these aqua fishbowl dessert cocktails for my next party (@ ModCloth)

This sourdough starter would make a cute gift to share with a friend (@ Design Sponge)

This spinach, mushroom, & feta panini sounds delicious (@ This Week for Dinner)


How to Clean Your Grill While You Sleep

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Clean your grill while you sleep from



It had been unseasonably warm in Indiana the past couple of weeks.

Nothing says warm weather fun like dinner on the grill. I opened my grill for the season and, holy cow, the grill was disgusting.

I am lazy about cleaning my grill though so I wanted to share with you my lazy and easy way to clean your grill while you sleep.

Yes, I said it…clean your grill while you sleep.

For this task you do need an oven with a self-cleaning cycle, a scrub brush, and a small handheld vacuum.



The first step is to simply put your grill grates in your oven on the racks.

Both my oven and my grill were pretty disgusting so they both were in need of a little help for this grilling season.



Select the Clean cycle on your oven.


Once you start the Cleaning cycle on your oven, head to bed.

There are a couple of things to note about what may occur in the night.

First, it may get really, really hot.

Be sure that you have your AC on.

The second is that if your grill is as disgusting as mine, you will have one smoky house.

If you are sleeping though, you might not notice it…unless it causes your fire alarms to go off.

You have been warned.


When you roll out of bed, your oven will look like this.

As you can see, the oven and the grill grates had a lot of gunk built up on them.

All of that gunk has burnt off into ash and is now at the bottom of your oven.

Don’t worry though, we will be able to get this clean, quickly and easily!


Pull your grill grates out of your oven first.

Next, grab your vacuum (it can be a handheld quick vac or just attach the attachment on your vacuum) and let’s suck up all of the ash that is on the bottom of your oven.

Using the vacuum will help this get clean quickly.



Rinse your grill grates off and use a scrub brush to brush off any of the ash that is lingering on your grill grates.



Finish your clean up by wiping down the interior of your oven with a damp paper towel.



Bask in your glory…part one and part two. It is worthy of two rounds of glory basking, I promise!

Tips for my friends without a self-cleaning oven:

If you do not have a self-cleaning oven, this task may require a little more effort on your part, but it can still be done easily.

Upon removing any lava rocks in the bottom of the grill, spray the interior of the grill with a no-heat oven cleaner, shut the grill, and go about your day.

The following day, hose down the interior of the grill and use a metal wire brush to remove any stuck on gunk from your grill.


Now that you know how to get your grill clean, it is time to use it!  I decided to start a Pinterest Get Your Grill On board where I am sharing my MomAdvice grilling favorites as well as great grilling tips, tricks, and recipes for making the most of your grilling season.

Be sure to friend me on Pinterest and follow my Get Your Grill On board for some fun and unique ideas for ways to put that freshly cleaned grill to work.

What is your favorite food to throw on the grill? Have any tips or tricks for keeping that grill sparkly clean? I would love to hear them!


Check out these delicious grill recipes:


Grilled Brussel Sprouts from

Grilled Brussel Sprouts


Grilled Tomato Bread with Prosciutto from

Grilled Tomato Bread with Prosciutto



Caprese Pork Chops from

Caprese Pork Chops

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An Apron Full of Giveaways 03.27.12

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
4 Retro Sisters, $31.95


Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!

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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Whenever I go out to restaurants, I always want to order a big plate full of bruschetta for an appetizer. I don’t know why it has never occurred to me to make a batch of brushetta to eat at home, but when I noticed the tomatoes were on sale at my local supermarket, I just knew that I had to make some of this for myself.

This bruschetta is a double tomato bruschetta which combines the super sweet and chewy flavors of the sun-dried tomatoes with the delicious juiciness of the Roma tomatoes. The flavors together are phenomenal and are mixed with just a little balsamic vinegar,olive oil, garlic, and a little fresh garlic.

This appetizer can be prepared a few hours in advance, allowing the flavors to marinate together and break down the tomatoes a bit, or you can prepare it and eat it within ten minutes of preparation.

I have a feeling that this quick and easy appetizer will be my new go-to dish for summer potlucks and barbecues. I also have a feeling that once you make this bruschetta, it will be your go-to dish too.

Double Tomato Bruschetta
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Adapted from
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 mins
Total time: 17 mins
Serves: 8
A quick & easy bruschetta recipe that combines the flavors of sun-dried tomatoes with Roma tomatoes for a perfect merriment of flavors.
  • 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 French baguette
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut your baguette into 3/4 inch slices.
  3. On a cookie sheet, arrange your baguette in a single layer. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Broil for 2 minutes, until just slightly brown.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes (or as long as three hours).
  5. Divide the tomato mixture evenly over the baguette slices.
  6. Top the slices with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Looking for other great appetizers to mix up in your kitchen? Here is a list of my personal favorites that I love to serve for holiday gatherings and when entertaining!

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Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Accessory Tutorial

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

I love to make hair accessories for my little girl and my little girl loves to wear them. It was a joke, in fact, that when my daughter was born, she was born with a bow on her little head. This little girl never pulled a bow out of her hair and would even sleep in them. I really believe she just thought it was a part of her little head since I put one on the day she was born and never took it off.

Luckily for me, she remains to be my little girly-girl to this day. She still is my little fashionista and always fully accessorized.

Now that she is growing up, I am always looking for big girl ways to accessorize her outfits and this Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow is the perfect accessory to any Easter outfit. Rolled Ribbon Rosettes are so unbelievably easy to make and require ZERO craft skills to create. No one will believe that you made these yourself, but only you will know just how easy these are to create.

All of the supplies for this project are available at your local Walmart. For this craft you will need your hot glue gun, glue sticks, plain metal barrettes (located by the ribbon section of the craft section of your store), a piece of felt, and one package of Offray Large Trend Flower Ribbon (in your chosen color).

To start your Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow, you will want to start with one of the roses on the ribbon to create the center of your pretty flower.

Now all you need to do is start twisting your ribbon in between each of the little roses, add a dab of hot glue, and then twist again, glue again, and repeat. If you twist the ribbon tightly, you will have a tighter and flatter flower. If you twist a little looser, you will get more of the petal effect with the frayed edges working their way out more on the ribbon. Either way, it will be beautiful.

Keep twisting until you reach the size of the flower you are looking for. I used almost the entire bolt of ribbon, but you can make your flower smaller, based on your own preferences.

Cut a circle out of felt. You can use a drinking glass to trace your circle on the felt or just freehand it. This felt circle will hold all of that ribbon secure and together underneath your Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow. Hot glue your felt circle to the back of your flower. Hold this for a couple of seconds to secure it.

Once you have secured your felt circle, you can begin attaching your barrette. Add hot glue to your barrette (left opened, so you don’t glue it together) and secure it to your felt circle. Allow the glue to dry and then close your barrette.

I love this big girl flower for my big girl. She couldn’t wait to try it on and has already been begging to wear this one to school because she loves it so much. Who would ever know that it so simple to create? I will never tell!

Walmart offers beautiful dresses for the Easter season. I found this fluffy pink & white tulle dress for her for $16.47. The cropped ruffled cardigan was only $7.47. For less than $30, she will be accessorized from head to toe in her Easter finery this year. Once we are done wearing this dress for Easter, it will make a fun dress-up dress for those days when a girl just wants to feel fancy.

In our house fanciness happens every day. We should get a lot of wear out of this one.

Looking for other fun Easter projects on MomAdvice? Here are six recommendations for a fun Easter season.

1. Marbleized Easter Eggs

2. Homemade Bunny Bread (in the Bread Machine)

3. Deviled Eggs (to be created from your dyed eggs)

4. DIY Fabric Flower Barrettes (for Easter accessories)

5. Budget-Minded Easter Celebrations

6. Kool-Aid Easter Egg Dying

What is your favorite Easter tradition in your house?  Do you have any ways that you save on your Easter outfits and accessories? I would love to hear your ideas!

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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Amy’s Notebook 03.21.12

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

These salted chocolate chip cookies sound like a delicious treat (@ design sponge)

These neon tipped shoes are a fun nod to this season’s fashion trend (@ green wedding shoes)

I am in love with these DIY clay charm bracelets (@ Design Mom)

I love this idea for decorating paper lanterns (@ oh happy day!)

These tin roof cupcakes have all the flavors of my favorite ice cream (@ Confections of a Foodie Bride)

A homemade frozen limeade sounds like a refreshing treat for Spring (@ Salty Pineapple)

I want to make this custom silhouette necklace of my children (@ Nesting Place)

These tooth fairy printables are an adorable way to invoice your tooth fairy (@ How Does She?)

I love this simple Kindle slip case (@ charm stitch)

I am drooling over this seafood pasta for an elegant weeknight meal (@ The Pioneer Woman Cooks)

This chicken bacon ranch salad sounds like a sandwich winner to me (@ The Gourmand Mom)

Great Read for Moms: March ’12 Edition

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

It is rare to read so many good books in one month, but March was filled with four great reads that I really encourage you to snag from your local library. I have a feeling that most of the books on this month’s list will be appearing on our, “best of the year,” list. This is a list filled with just-can’t-put-it-down books and all of these books would make great reads for your book clubs.

If you are looking for a little inspiration this new year, be sure to check our MomAdvice fan page for a weekly check-in on what everyone is reading each week on our Facebook Fan Page. I hope you will swing by on Fridays and share about the books you are working on or request recommendations with one another. So far it is a huge success and I have gotten a few new ideas for my own stack!

Just as a reminder, I read many more books than are just featured here, but try to feature the ones that are my absolute best picks of the month here. If you want to read more, please feel free to friend me on GoodReads! You can find me right here and I am always happy to connect with people there too! There is nothing more motivating than seeing what other people are raving about and my to-be-read pile continues to grow with all of my new friends on there! In fact, many of the books featured are ones that I have found through my friends on GoodReads.

Defending Jacob by William Landay

I am  not interested in legal thrillers, but my girlfriend recommended this book to me and I am so thankful she did. This is one of the best thrillers I have read since Before I Go to Sleep, and left me hanging on the edge of my seat for the entire book.

Andy Barber has been a district attorney for over twenty years. He is well respected and knows how to command the courtroom. When a murder happens at his son’s school, he is among the first on the scene and is ready to help bring vindication to the murderer.

What Andy never suspects is that his own son is the one who is charged with the murder. Andy is removed from the case when all clues begin to point towards his son. Andy doesn’t want to believe that his son could commit such a heinous crime, but as mounting evidence points towards Jacob, he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Does he hide the evidence he finds that he knows that the police might be after or let the justice system decide the fate of his child?

Part family drama, part thriller, I could not put this book down. My heart ached for this family who is now ostracized from their friends and coworkers, while the other part of me ached that Jacob would be proven guilty of the crime. The reader will be taken on a wild ride from start to finish with this book. It is a twisty ending that will leave you breathless.

Whatever you do, add this deeply moving book to your list. I highly recommend this read for book clubs because it gives readers a chance to think what they might do to protect their child.

Editor’s Note: This book contains violence and graphic language.

(MomAdvice Rating- 5 Stars out of 5 Stars)

The Snow Child by Eoywn Ivey

The Snow Child takes place in 1920 in Alaska where a city-bred girl Mabel and her husband Jack are trying to make a life for themselves in the isolated woods of an Alaskan farm. More than anything Mabel & Jack have longed for a child, but have remained childless and are beginning to drift apart. Mabel is in the throes of a deep depression and Jack is beginning to wonder if their decision to move to Alaska was a sound one.

One night, amid the first falling snow, Jack & Mabel have a moment of tenderness and begin playing in the snow. They decide to make a snow child and add little additions from Mabel’s wardrobe to wrap her in.

The next morning, their snow child is gone, but they begin catching the glimpse of a child running through the woods wearing Mabel’s items that were once on their snow child.  This child  of the woods  contentedly runs around the forest in the freezing cold with a red fox. Mabel and Jack are left wondering…is this a real child or is this a fairytale child that they are simply hallucinating?

This is a grown-up fairytale that is just so beautifully written that your heart will be aching for Mabel and Jack that they can make this child that they have longed for to be their own.  I was enraptured with the story from the first page and I have a feeling you will too!

(MomAdvice Rating- 5 Stars out of 5 Stars)

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Honolulu was one of my favorite books, but I had heard from other readers that Alan Brennert’s Molokai, was even better than the first book that I read of his. I was not disappointed. I loved this book from start to finish and appreciate everyone recommending this one to me!

Rachel Kalama is a spirited little girl who captures your heart immediately. Rachel is living a typical life of a little Hawaiian girl- she has spats with her sister, she dreams of getting out of Hawaii, and she is beloved by her family. When a rose colored mark appears on her leg, her mother pricks her leg and finds that Rachel does not react. Rachel’s mother knows immediately that Rachel has leprosy. In fear of protecting her daughter, she covers the mark and hides other marks that appear on Rachel’s body. It is the family’s dark secret since all people afflicted by leprosy are quarantined and taken from their families.

When Rachel’s sister gets in a fight with Rachel, she calls her a, “leper,” and the authorities are immediately notified that Rachel is suspected of leprosy. When she is taken to the clinic for testing and the results come back positive, Rachel is taken from her family and moved to the island of Kalaupapa, a quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i.

Rachel’s life should be over, but it is just beginning. Rachel’s spiritedness pulls her through the devastation of losing her family as Rachel begins to find a new family among an unlikely cast of characters. She will capture your heart until the final page.

This book was so unbelievably good and fascinating that I could not put it down. What should have been a book of heartbreak has you walking away with such positivity about the human spirit and its ability to overcome tragedy. I hope you will add this one to your reading list!

(MomAdvice Rating- 5 Stars out of 5 Stars)

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

This is one of those books that everyone said, “I can’t believe you haven’t read that book yet.” I purchased the book when it came out and it sat on my bookshelf since I graduated high school. I had picked it up several times over the years, but just could not get into it. After tackling, “Outlander,” and “The Pillars of the Earth,” this year, I knew it was time to pull my dusty copy off of the shelves and indulge.

The Red Tent is very loosely based upon the Biblical story of Dinah. It is a character in the Bible that is only briefly hinted at, but the story is told through her eyes, the daughter of Jacob and sister to his twelve sons that we know from our Bible stories.

The red tent in the book is the place where the women would gather during their cycles, to give birth, and where they went when they were ill. This little tent is a sorority of sorts where the women sit to share their stories and sing songs. It is a refuge of safety for the women in a life that four mothers and wives (Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, & Bilah) must share together. Dinah tells the story of her four mothers and shares the struggles of being a woman during Biblical times, the passion that the women have for their husband, and the jealousy and rivalry that would exist with sharing a husband.

The reader gets to follow the lives of these women through her childlike eyes until she becomes a woman herself and finds herself in a calling towards midwifery and as she journey into a foreign land. It is beautifully told as you, literally, see her dialogue changing and own awareness of her own womanhood. This book is rich with tradition and beautiful storytelling.

I liked this story a lot and enjoyed the fictional perspective of Dinah. I wouldn’t say that the book was life changing for me, but it was beautifully written and a fun, fictional way to look at characters in the Bible.

(MomAdvice Rating- 4 Stars out of 5 Stars)


Not enough great reads for you? Check out our Books section of our site for monthly recommendations and ideas for making reading a priority again in your busy mom life!

Books I have read in 2012 (so far):

Disclosure: All of the links above are affiliate links and are provided so you can locate the books quickly and easily. Feel free to order a book, but we encourage utilizing the library system and buying me a latte instead.  Then we both would be really happy and we could have our own little book club together! Wouldn’t that just be so much more lovely? Happy Reading!

What has been in your book stack this month? Feel free to share your book recommendations or feedback on any of the books that have been mentioned above! I love getting new suggestions for my book pile!



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An Apron Full of Giveaways 03.20.12

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Concoctions, $28

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!

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Baked Snickerdoodle Doughnuts

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Baked donuts have become our family’s new way of celebrating all of the special occasions in our life and I couldn’t wait to share with you my snickerdoodle donut creation I made this week. These baked snickerdoodle donuts are a fun & frugal family treat that are easy to create with a simple nonstick donut pan ( we have two of these Norpro 6-count Nonstick Donut Pans) and pantry ingredients.

My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend and I wanted to create something special for his birthday morning. Every year I try to find a snickerdoodle treat for him since it is his favorite cookie in the whole world. We have enjoyed everything from the cookies to snickerdoodle cupcakes to snickerdoodle biscotti in our house. It seems no matter what version of snickerdoodles we are creating, we love them no matter what. Who could resist that cinnamon flavor?

I will admit the first batch of these was a giant fail, although they photographed beautifully. I played with different leavening agents that yielded gummy and heavy donuts.  I ended up baking a second round later in the week using cake flour and it helped to yield a much lighter donut and more the consistency I was after. It is proof that sometimes it takes a couple of tries before you get it right when baking.

Each donut was dipped in butter and then dipped in a bowl filled with sugar and cinnamon. The coating adds that crunch and more cinnamon flavor that remind me so much of our favorite snickerdoodle cookie. We all agreed, that these donuts were heavenly and there was not a single one left once I perfected the batch.

Baked Snickerdoodle Donuts
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Amy Allen Clark
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 18 mins
Serves: 12
These baked cake donuts are full of cinnamon flavor with a crunchy cinnamon & sugar topping that you are sure to love!
  • 2 cups cake flour (or 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup cornstarch)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon & Sugar Topping: 1/4 cup of butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the cake flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Pour in the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Gently mix the ingredients together. Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
  5. Lightly grease a doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Carefully spoon the batter into the doughnut pan, filling each one halfway (you should get twelve donuts total)
  7. Bake the doughnuts at 400 F for eight minutes. The donuts will remain light in color, but should spring back when pressed.
  8. Allow to cool for five minutes.
  9. Unmold each donut gently and lightly brush each with the 4 tablespoons of melted butter.
  10. Dunk in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon mixed in.
  11. Shake off excess sugar and serve immediately.


Emily & Ethan presented their Dad with these fabulous donuts for his birthday treat. We all sang to him and Emily presented just one more gift for her dad…

Her front tooth.

It is too adorable for words.

Looking for really great baked donut recipes? I have you covered!

1. Baked Apple Pie Donuts

2. Baked Blueberry Donuts with a Lemon Glaze

3. Fluffy Cake Donuts with a Simple Glaze

4. Fluffy Baked Chocolate Donuts

5. Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Syrup Frosting

6. Baked Glazed Gingerbread Donuts

What are your favorite ways to celebrate birthdays in your family? We would love to hear your family’s traditions for celebrating!


Submitted to Mouthwatering Mondays at A Southern Fairytale.

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Spring Cleaning with Goodwill

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

vacuuming dirt off a green carpet

It is that time of year again when we all have the urge to get rid of the useless items , reclaim our garages, and restore order in our home.

I used to try to do spring cleaning in one week, but with endless activities on our calendar, it makes it difficult to devote a week’s worth of my time to just cleaning.

Who really has time for that?

Instead of doing one deep cleaning try “spring cleaning” all year long rather than trying to set aside a specific time to do this.
By simply incorporating smaller scale spring cleaning projects into your daily routine, you can accomplish the same tasks on your limited schedule.



Make a Checklist
Begin by making a checklist of everything that you would normally do during your spring cleaning.
Tasks like washing all the linens and drapes, wiping down baseboards, washing windows inside and out, cleaning out your pantry, washing your shower curtains, organizing your linen cabinets, wiping down walls, and cleaning doorknobs and light fixtures are items that are typically on a spring cleaning checklist.

Take Inventory of Your Supplies
Take inventory of your cleaners and the tools that you will need in order to accomplish all of the necessary cleaning.
Nothing is worse than getting ready to do your task and then finding out that you are missing that one component needed to complete your task.
Put the items that you will need on your shopping list and get these items on the day that you perform all of your errands.

Add Just One Hour
Continue doing your normal daily routine, but add an extra hour each week towards accomplishing just one of these tasks on your list.
Check off the items that you accomplish and press on to the next one.
By just devoting one hour a week towards your spring cleaning goals you will have a more manageable deep cleaning routine.
Reclaim Your Home
Clear out as much clutter as you can.
Make a box for trash and a box for your Goodwill donations and fill these with all of the unnecessary clutter in your home.
By donating these items to Goodwill your items continue to help Goodwill’s mission to provide jobs, training and placement services for people with barriers to employment.
Not only will someone who needs these items more benefit from your donation, but you can receive a tax break and reclaim space in your own home.
If you don’t like to dust it, don’t love the item, and want an organized home – donate it!!
Make Cleaning Convenient
Keep a caddy of cleaning supplies on each floor. I find it much easier to clean my house when I know that the tools that I need to accomplish my task are just a few steps away.
Keep your checklist either in one of your caddies or somewhere that is accessible so that you can always stay on track with your deep cleaning.

As an aside, I also encourage you to do your cleaning when it is convenient for you.
Some people work better during morning hours while others of us would rather be snoozing and do better in the evening.
Take advantage of the times that you work best. If you would rather break the hour into smaller increments that is totally up to you.
The idea behind all of this is to make it as easy as possible so fit it in wherever and whenever you can.
Get the Kids Involved
Enlist your helpers to help you on these tasks.
Your children and your husband can be active participants in getting your home organized just like they help to contribute to the clutter.
Schedule dad for clearing out the garage, taking inventory of the tools you will need to do your gardening, cleaning out the basement, weeding through the family electronics, or other tasks inside and outside of the home.
Children can aid in cleaning their own rooms by helping to remove some of the clutter in the house.
Involving your family can be beneficial in showing them all that you do to keep your house running smoothly.
Make it Fun
Whatever you do, try to make the experience a fun one.
Turn on some great music, watch television while polishing tables, do whatever you can to make getting your home clean easier and more enjoyable.
What are your best tips for Spring Cleaning?
We would love to hear how you accomplish the Spring Cleaning in your home!
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