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Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Melinda Anderson | No Comments

When organizing any area of the home,  remember the home organizing basics:
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B=  Begin (you can’t finish if you never get started)
A=  Assess what you have vs. what you want
S=  Sort your belongings out into categories
I=   Inventory what you have and get rid of the excess
C=  Contain the things you’re keeping
S=   Storage (TIP: do steps 1-5 before choosing storage)
You’re just 6 steps to organizing success!

Posted on: May 27th, 2017 by Melinda Anderson | No Comments

Do you live in a small home that’s short on storage space? There’s a “small space bible” to help you get organized and it’s loaded with practical tips and resources for every room in your petite space.Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen

Small Space Organizing: A Room-By-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space by award-winning author and journalist Kathryn Bechen contains ideas for arranging the furniture, maximizing storage space, and choosing storage products.  The book also includes real life stories of how she and her husband dwell well – and prefer living – in a small space.

“Remembering that in small spaces every inch counts” is a theme she illustrates throughout the book with solutions for homeowners and renters alike.

Kathryn includes resources galore in this new book for everything from double – duty furniture to hooks and baskets to green and organic options for making your small space work for you.

There’s even a home office equipment and supplies list to help you set up a successful system for working from home or for paying the bills. She walks you through the process of setting up a filing system and processing paperwork – information that’s helpful even if you don’t live in a small space.

This book is as sweet and dear as Kathryn herself and you can hear her voice on every page as she takes you on a virtual tour of the beautifully organized homes of her clients, friends, acquaintances and her own.

Kathryn Bechen INKTo find out more about Kathryn Bechen and her new book, Small Space Organizing, visit her at http://kathrynbechenink.blogspot.com/.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.  The opinions stated here are my own and are not solicited nor are positive reviews required.

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Melinda Anderson | No Comments

Now that you’ve organized your home, don’t spend all your time cleaning it!

Use this checklist as a quick guide for maintenance housecleaning.


Living Room

  • Vacuum
  • Dust furniture, lighting and accessories
  • Remove cobwebs from ceiling and corners
  • Dust window sills and blinds

Dining Room

  • Vacuum
  • Dust furniture, lighting and accessories
  • Remove cobwebs from ceilings and corners
  • Dust window sills and blinds

Kitchen

  • Spot clean cabinets and knobs
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Clean outside of all appliances
  • Stovetop
  • Countertops
  • Backsplash
  • Sinks
  • Polish faucets and fixtures
  • Dust furniture
  • Dust window sills and blinds
  • Floors

Bathrooms

  • Mirrors polished
  • Toilets cleaned top to bottom
  • Showers
  • Tub
  • Vanities
  • Sinks
  • Polish faucets and fixtures
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Spot clean cabinets and knobs
  • Dust towel racks
  • Dust paper holder

Bedrooms

  • Vacuum
  • Dust
  • Remove cobwebs from ceiling and corners
  • Clean mirrors
  • Dust window sills and blinds
  • Change sheets

Laundry Room

  • Clean top of washer and dryer
  • Floor
  • Sink and fixture
  • Dust
  • Remove cobwebs

Hardwoods

  • Vacuum
  • Dry Swiffer
  • Mop with wood floor cleaner

Hallway

  • Vacuum
  • Dust
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust window sills and blinds

Stairs

  • Vacuum
  • Wipe railings
  • Clean switch plates

General

  • Empty trash and replace liners
  • Dust picture frames
  • Remove fingerprints from doors, moldings and switch plates
  • Dust window sills and blinds
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Floors