Area 1: The Pantry- It's like looking into an I-spy book. Can you find 3 bags of marshmallows, a box of mac and cheese, rice cereal for baby and bubbles? (Why bubbles are in there I don't know)
Okay now that I have put it all out there and embarrassed myself beyond measure let me try and redeem myself a little with some of my favorite helpful cleaning tips. If you have any tips you want to share feel welcome too. You can add them here or I have started a discussion on my facebook page that you can share them at as well.
Tip 1- Vinegar. Yes I said vinegar. What do I use if for you ask? The better questions is what don't I use it for? I use it in my laundry. Add 1/2c to your washer and it will de-stinkify your rags etc. It's a great stain remover for any plant based item (most stains can be broken into ether animal or plant. Animal= blood, "pet stains" etc and plant is makeup, juice, food coloring etc.) just stick some vinegar in a sink with cold water and let your stained garment rinse in there. I also wash my dinning room table and chairs with it, it works great on walls as well. I also put 1c of it in the bottom of my dishwasher once a month and run it empty to clean my dishwasher. The list could go on and on but those are my most frequent uses of vinegar.
Tip 2- When you have sick children who are throwing up all night, put a towel down on there bed. This way you only have to switch out the towel in the middle of the night. The next morning I do wash the sheets as well, but this saves on so many sheets that have to be washed and making the bed multiple times in one night.
Tip 3- Nylon pan scrapers. The little scrapers you get to clean your stonewear work great on a million other things as well. When I've made bread and have a floured counter these work great to scrap the flour up before washing. When me or the kids have been playing with glue, clay stickers etc, these scrap it right up. When I have a stubborn piece of food on the floor while trying to mop I pull out my scraper. I love them!
Well hope some of these tips help. As we go along I will compile all the great cleaning/organization tips I hear into one great list to share with everyone.