Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen You know the daily kitchen cleaning drill: Load the dishwasher; Wash the big stuff by hand; Throw away anything from the fridge that’s growing green and fuzzy; Wipe down the countertops….basic enough.  Today we are delving into the nasty side of kitchen upkeep-the ‘once a year’ stuff: aka Spring Cleaning! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and a notepad and make a plan on what you will actually want to do to make your kitchen NEW HOME CLEAN again! The LIST: Here we go! I can help you with what to do, and even how to do it. The DOING is up to you! If you are “big task squeamish”, or work 70 hours a week, MOXIE Girl can help! Feel free to give us a call! The Refrigerator Take everything out, Throw away old food, outdated condiments, old box of baking soda you were using to freshen. Take...

Spring Cleaning 101- Organizing your Cleaning Supplies

This week Miss Moxie will kick off a series of Spring Cleaning Blogs throughout the month of February. We hope you’ll join us for tips on cleaning and organizing your home for the new year! When I was a girl, I remember my mother tearing apart our house from top to bottom for Spring Cleaning! Everything was scrubbed, spritzed, shuffled, sprayed and shaken! Some sources say this yearly ritual began with the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. In the more recent past, Spring Cleaning announced the end of the long, wet winter in the cold northern regions of the world. The Spring winds meant the perfect time to fling open all the doors and windows and blow the fireplace soot from the house. It was a time to haul the rugs, bedding and draperies outside and beat them over the clothesline to loosen the dust...

Windowsill Herb Gardens for Every Home

Herbs. A veritable wealth of health benefits in a few little tiny leaves! Herbs have anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-bacterial properties, and in addition to their healing potential, they make most recipes pop with flavor. As with all plant foods, the fresher, the better for you! And here’s the good news; anyone can have the freshest herbs every single day right from your windowsill! An amateur gardener may sweat bullets at the thought of taking care of tomato vines, or nurturing the broccolli crop, but even city kids can grow herbs! Here’s how to get started! Step one: Purchase the Following Small clay pots (best choice) with drainage holes and a waterproof saucer. They should be 4-6 inches. For a more ‘urban’ look, Use 33 oz tomato sauce cans with the labels peeled off and a few holes poked in the bottom. Place your row of cans on a long skinny metal tray. Herbs in pressed paper...

The Quick Guide to Organizing Your Pantry

Organizing! A concept that strikes fear into many of us! Images of hours and hours of sorting through boxes, bins and bags! Yuck! But the Catch 22 is that an organized home functions at a smoother and easier level than a disorganized one! So, what to do? Start with an easy and quick guide for one specific, heavily used area in your home: The Pantry! PURGE FIRST! What’s in there? Look at the dates on EVERYTHING. Expired items go in the trash. Do you have any ‘Mystery Food’? You know, cans without labels? Bags with unidentifiable contents? Boxes of who-knows-what? Throw those out too. Take out everything thats left, and set it all on the kitchen counter. Wipe down all the shelves with warm water with a squirt of dishsoap. Now: Let the organizing begin! TAKE INVENTORY Take inventory of everything you have.  Are you staring at a conglomeration of condiments that you can’t IMAGINE your reason for...

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps!

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps! January seems to be the month for planning! We take a look at our lives and review what worked last year, what didn’t work, and hopefully, we update plans for the new year. Did you know this is a great plan for assessing how your home is running too? One way to get more of those big, (and little!) life-improving projects actually accomplished is to schedule them out monthly throughout the coming year. Sound overwhelming? If you can schedule in a few hours on a Saturday, I think I can help! 1-First Things First Step One is to make a list of the challenges you experienced last year, and things you’d like to try this year: Visually or functionally unappealing rooms or areas of my home Rooms or areas that always seem to be a mess I can never find….. My partner doesn’t...

The Homeowner’s List of New Year’s Resolutions!

Each January on New Year’s Day the average American writes out THE LIST! You know the one…The 10 (or sometimes many more!) New Year’s Resolutions: the ambitious promises of things you will do to create this year’s best life possible for you and yours. This year, how about skipping the commitment to French lessons, and instead, focus on saving your money and spending your time on a couple of your most important assets: your home and your family! Here are a few tips to get you moving frugally and fabulously into the new year! Tip #1: Tighten the Grocery Budget A great financial goal to set at the beginning of the year is to re-evaluate the food budget! A huge amount of money can be saved through meal planning and organizing. Planning meals on paper helps to designate where your food dollars are best spent. A family of 4 can cut nearly 40% off the food bill...

The Quick Guide to Holiday Storage

Traditionally, New Year’s Day is ‘put away Christmas’ day for most households. Since holiday storage can be troublesome, here are some of Miss Moxie’s FAVORITE Quick Tips to make storing your holiday items a breeze! Storage-A General Tip-This might be the year to make the great ‘Christmas Storage Switch’ to all clear, similar brand, small, medium and large sized plastic bins. Use the large ones for cumbersome and odd-shaped items only! Use medium and small for ornaments, special decorations, holiday linens, etc. It is SO MUCH EASIER when every bin can be labeled and stacked…more on this later. Now for a few specifics: Christmas Lights– Save yourself some stress next Christmas and store these babies properly! If you are in a hurry, at least wind the light strings from your elbow to wrist and toss em’ in XL ZIPLOC bags! My go-to method is to cut large squares of thick cardboard. I just notch one end for the plug end...

A Holiday on the Town!

Are your stockings all hung? Are your bows tied and your cookies frosted? Then maybe this year you’ll have time to get out on the town for some frolicking with your family! It’s not too late to enjoy some Greater Phoenix Area festivities. HOLIDAY LIGHTS– Do you love to pack all the kids in the SUV with blankets and hot cocoa, but not sure where to go? Well, there’s an app for that! Nextdoor is a free app that allows you to type in your local area and open a map of holiday attractions.  Neat! My favorite is definitely Glendale Glitters in Historic Glendale. This free display of thousands of twinkling lights is located in the heart of quaint restaurants and lovely antique stores that keep their doors open every night of the weekends before Christmas! This is a fabulous, not-to-miss event! Another great holiday festivity is Christmas at the Princess . This  Scottsdale Resort is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a musical...

WRAPPING up your Holiday with ease!

Oh the BOXES, the BAGS, the PAPER, the TAGS! I’m COVERED with TAPE from my HEAD to my TOE! The GIFTS I must wrap? Well they FILL me with WOE! and it SHOULD NOT BE SO! Are you just a smidge overwhelmed at Holiday time with wrapping all those presents in an easy and yet creative way? STOP! DON’T get your TINSEL in a TANGLE! Here are a few GIFTWRAP HACKS to try that can calm you right down!   THE WRAPPING STATION A wrapping station is a wonderful thing! This designated space will keep you organized and sane in your most frantic wrapping moments! How? You get to leave all your stuff out! No ‘putting it all away’ after a marathon wrapping session! With a station, you can store purchased gifts under the table, then wrap as the mood strikes! Believe it or not, most of us can scrape together things we have from around...

No-Nonsense Holiday Decorating

December is Celebration Time! Hanukkah, Christmas, whatever your celebration, we’ve got some great, easy, budget friendly ideas to make your home festive this season! DECORATING ON A BUDGET I like to change-it-up a little yearly, but who can afford all new décor every Christmas? One easy way to throw some new life into your decorations is by switching colors, or adding in another color! If all your décor is “Country Style”, try adding in silver! Add plain silver ornaments to the tree. Purchase tall, wide glass vases or assorted jars from the dollar store and fill with plain, silver balls. Place them around your house-on the coffee tables, mantle, or place three varying height jars on the dining table. Add in sprigs of artificial pine branches in keeping with the Country theme, and there you go! Any theme can be altered with color. Add in bright turquoise, yellow, and orange balls and stringed beads for a...