How to Clean

Sometimes we don’t clean because we don’t know how to clean or simply haven’t thought of cleaning a particular part of the house.  If that’s you or if you need extra motivation for getting your spring cleaning done, here’s a round up of my spring cleaning posts.

Here are a few more links that might help you with your spring cleaning:

For more ideas to help you simplify and organize one day at a time, visit the Organized in 365 Archives.

Have you shared a great organizing tip on your website? I’d love to feature it on TheHappyHousewife.com. Submit your Organized in 365 tip.

Don’t have a blog, but have a great tip? Submit your Organized in 365 guest post here.


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My Checklist: Free Organization Program

Download this free organization app, My Checklist from Amazon.com.

My Checklist allows you to organize your life with up to 25 lists for your to do’s, shopping, invitations, party planning, reading lists, whatever!

You can easily enter custom lists on any Kindle, and make fresh copies of frequently used lists, like groceries, every time you need them.  You can even see your progress on your most recent lists at a glance!

Remember that Amazon prices fluctuate constantly, so verify the price before purchasing. 


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Spring Cleaning Coupons

It’s almost the end of the month, which means we’re almost done with our spring cleaning!

Hopefully you’ve been able to tackled a few projects this month to help keep your home clean and organized.

If you weren’t able to follow along, remember you can spring clean any time of year.

The end of the month also means many of the printable coupons reset. Don’t forget to print out these coupons for household cleaners before they’re gone.

$0.50 off Pledge Multi Surface product

$1.50 off 2 Pledge Furniture Care products

$1.00 off any Pledge or Armstrong cleaner

$0.50 off Scrubbing Bubbles fantastik

$0.55 off Scrubbing Bubbles Vanish Drop-ins™

$0.75 off Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush

$0.75 off Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel

$0.75 off Scrubbing Bubbles Active Scrub Cleanser

$0.50 off Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Foamer

$1.00 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaners

$0.75 off 2 Windex Glass cleaning products

$1.00 off 2 Windex Multi-Surface products

For more ideas to help you simplify and organize one day at a time, visit the Organized in 365 Archives.

Have you shared a great organizing tip on your website? I’d love to feature it on TheHappyHousewife.com. Submit your Organized in 365 tip.

Don’t have a blog, but have a great tip? Submit your Organized in 365 guest post here.


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Babysitter Information Box

The following post is from contributing writer Kristen.

As a new parent, I was tremendously nervous about leaving my baby with a babysitter for the first time.  I made sure to do my research in finding a well qualified babysitter.  I found a one, and wanted my first experience as a mom hiring a babysitter to go well.

Babysitter Information Box | The Happy Housewife

When I was younger, I babysat for multiple families in my neighborhood.  I remember feeling the most awkward when:

a.  The parents left me with a lack of information about their house rules and about their children. ( Like bed time or Television rules.)

b.  They told me that I could eat anything, but then I would have to root through their cabinets to find something.  It always made me feel a little weird.

Before our first babysitter arrived, I came up with a Babysitter Box.  The box includes all the information our babysitter could possibly want to know about our child, information about our home, and some assorted snacks that she can treat herself to while she is at our house.

How to Create a Babysitter Box

Supplies Needed

  • An old gift box/shoebox
  • Paper to decorate the box
  • Print outs of information
  • Snacks for the babysitter

Instructions

1.  Start by wrapping a gift box with neutral wrapping paper.

2. Create a series of print outs on your computer to include in the information box. I created my own, because I had specific instructions for my 4 month old.  I could not find a print out online that gave me room to write everything I wanted.

3.  Print out extra of each document.  Instructions on how to care for my 4 month old change every day, and so does the food inventory in our home.

The print outs I made were:

A page where I can write basic instructions for my sons care.

A page to help guide our babysitter to snacks we have around our house .

Instructions on how to work the remote control.

I also left a page with all the important phone numbers that the babysitter might need.

4. Purchase or gather snacks for the babysitter.  I went to the store and purchased some snacks because we don’t keep many snacks around our house, and I wanted to make sure that she had something to eat.

5. Arrange all the information, along with the snacks in the box, and leave it out for your babysitter.

 

6.  After the babysitter leaves, put the extra print outs in the box and store it away for next time.

I think that my babysitter box was a success.  I found such a great babysitter, and I want her to feel at home when she is here taking care of my baby.  Also, I want her to know I appreciate her giving up her Friday nights, and would like to keep her coming back!

Create your own babysitter box! I know that your families have a different dynamic than mine. So create yours based on your house rules, and children’s needs.

babysitter-info-box graphic

Download a Free Babysitter Information Box Printable

(with instructions and information sheets to fill out for your babysitter with your family’s specific instructions and needs)

More posts from Kristen


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