My #1 Cleaning Discovery

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Well it only took me about a year, but I finally figured out a system for keeping my house clean without the luxury of a maid (minus my 2 weeks of book fair that don’t count). I kept trying to focus on a room a day. By the time I got done with all 15 rooms and got back to the room I started with it was a complete mess. So then I tried doing one thing a day…dusting, floors, windows, etc… That was even worse.

So I finally figured it out. Although I still have 3 rooms to get through… I figured out that things were getting dusty really quickly. So completely clean one room from top to bottom each day (or almost every day), then the next day I quickly dust and vacuum that room and move on to the next room. So now each day I very quickly run a cloth over everything using Pledge Multi Surface,¬†my new favorite product! (and no they didn’t pay me for this) Next I vacuum each room and then deep clean my one room for the day. To dust and vacuum everything only takes me about 30-45 minutes for a 3800 sq ft house. The difference is amazing! No more dust build up or dirty wood floors. Now I know why things got so dusty, this was from one day of vacuuming….

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I have 2 Maltese that don’t shed at all, so I have no idea where all of that comes from!

Today’s Leopard Print Find: 2B Love Struck Leo Dress by Bebe

Refrigerator Mats

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Earlier this week as I was making my cleaning rounds, I realized that my refrigerator desperately needed to be cleaned. I saw this idea on Pinterest. You use vinyl placemats on the shelves. That way if you need to wipe something off all you have to do is take the mat out and wash it off. Much easier than removing the entire shelf or spraying cleaner in the refrigerator. They don’t fit perfectly and I couldn’t put one on the top shelf unless I cut it, so I just went with 4. I sure wish I would have known to do this when it was a brand new refrigerator. They had leopard ones on Amazon, but they were $19 and I didn’t want to wait. So I ran to Target and got some. They didn’t have a lot of choices, but this one looked a little food like so I went with it. They were only $1.99 each, so it’s a cheap fix. But it’s just not the same, so these will have to move to the laundry room refrigerator when the leopard ones get here.

Today’s Leopard Print Find:¬†Jaguar Animal Print Washable Plastic Vinyl Reversible Placemats Set of Four