Spring Cleanout – Time to Purge and Toss

Everywhere you look, magazines, Pinterest, websites, are all talking about spring cleaning. Have you ever wondered why it’s called spring cleaning and not summer cleaning or fall cleaning? Spring represents rebirth and renewal; when plants and trees awaken from their winter slumber and start budding flowers and leaves. It’s time to come out of hibernation. Time to come out of the cave. Maybe your home is so cluttered and full of stuff that you feel like you live in a cave! At Moxie Girl, we recently took on a gigantic clean-out and organizing project. This project is one that really requires stamina, perseverance and a divide & conquer mindset. Do you have a big clean-out project you need to tackle? Here are five basic strategies to follow to get the job done: Spring Cleanout – Time to Purge and Toss   #1: Sort through everything and create piles. Keep a large dumpster or garbage can at...

Organizing Open Shelving in the Bathroom

Storage in a bathroom always seems to be a dilemma. Whether you have a lot of storage space or a little, organizing that space is always a challenge. The typical bathroom storage needs to accommodate a variety of personal products, towels, toilet paper, tubes and bottles of first aid products, and so on. If you take stock of how many things you store in your bathroom alone, you’d be surprised at the number of different items. Making the storage area work and look good all at the same time gets a little tricky. At Moxie Girl, we offer home organization as one of our services. We recently accepted the challenge of organizing open shelving in the bathroom. This took a bit of planning and ingenuity. The mission? To transform the existing shelves into a place with accessible storage for bathroom essentials and other belongings while still making it eye appealing since, after all, it’s open shelving. Not...

Vinegar: The Miracle Cleaner

For a long time, many have thought that vinegar was only used for making a delicious salad dressing or canning pickles, but the truth is vinegar is an amazing cleaner, deodorizer, and disinfectant. Not only can it cut through grime and gunk but it’s non-toxic which means it’s safe for every member of your household and….it’s CHEAP! You can get a gallon jug of vinegar for under $4. Who knew a cleaner for your home could be so friendly to your budget?  Here are some favorite ways to use vinegar to tackle every day cleaning in your home. Vinegar: The Miracle Cleaner As a Fabric Softener - Add one to two cups of vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of fabric softener. You can create a scented version by adding up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1 gallon of white distilled vinegar. The vinegar removes residue from clothing that can make fabrics look dingy....

Glass Shower Cleaning: Vinegar vs. Coke

Yup, I know. That’s a pretty weird title to an article but I’ve been wanting to conduct this little cleaning experiment for quite some time now. Many of you may have a glass shower stall. I remember when we first looked at our house before purchasing it and I thought the clear glass shower stall was so cool looking! Now, after living with my shower stall + the terrible hard water in my area, I could almost say I loathe my shower.  Almost…. After researching different cleaning methods using the “green” rule of thumb, I whittled down my findings to two different methods of cleaning hard water and soap scum off my glass shower stall. The two methods tested? The combination of vinegar and Dawn dishwashing liquid versus Coca Cola + vodka. Yes, you read it right. That beverage that many must start their day with (ummm, the Coke) plus an alcohol brought to us by the...

Valentine Hearts Sun Catcher

I love Valentine’s Day. I have since I was a kid. There was just something I loved about exchanging Valentine cards with my classmates. I had to find just the perfect cards, or make them, for my very best friends. At school we always made our Valentine mailbox. I was careful to design mine just so. It had to pretty and color-coordinated. You probably have some happy memories from Valentine’s past as well. I guess since crafts were a huge part of my Valentine history, I wanted to continue that tradition. Here’s a cute and easy Valentine craft for you to do by yourself or with your kids! Valentine Hearts Sun Catcher Here’s the list of items you’ll need: Wax paper Old crayons in various colors old towel handheld pencil/crayon sharpener or kitchen grater Iron Scissors Heart-shaped cookie cutters or templates red or pink thread or narrow ribbon sewing needle or hole punch How to: Take...

Conquering the Under Sink Chaos

  Let’s admit it…the cabinet under the bathroom sink can end up looking like a disaster area. It’s easy just to shove stuff behind the cabinet doors without giving that area a second glance. Then one day you look, really look and whoa! It’s time to do something about this situation. It’s time to start conquering the under sink chaos! Empty it out The first step to this organizing project is to take everything out of the bathroom cabinet and set it on the floor or counter…heck, even on the toilet. Group similar items together like hair products and tools, first aid stuff, make-up and skin care, etc. Take the time to sort through and toss out old, out-dated products. That mascara you purchased in 2008 isn’t good anymore! conquering the under sink chaos… Do you have baskets, plastic bins, or storage containers lying around the house not being used? Time to use them. If you want a nice, uniform look...

8 Tips for Taking Down a Christmas Tree

That evergreen can’t stay up forever! When it comes to holiday decorations, what goes up must come down. Taking down a Christmas tree can be quite a chore, but there are ways to make the process as painless as possible.  8 Tips: Remove “dressings” in order – topper, ornaments, garland(s), then lights Organize ornaments – use plastic cups contained in a box to keep your ornaments safely stowed Wrap lights neatly – coffee cans, hangers, and cardboard are all great for preventing those troublesome tangled lights! Or use a Christmas light winder Don’t battle the box – there are alternatives to stuffing your artificial tree back into its original packaging, like getting a tree storage bag  Use a sturdy step stool – you don’t want anyone shouting “timber” at you! Have a helper – men vs. tree is more promising than man vs. tree Store strategically – storing boxes so they can be accessed in the order that they are needed...

Safety Tips for Home and Away

Safety at Home A few safety tips cannot compensate for awareness, which is essential for safety at home or wherever you are. When you arrive home, make sure you are aware of your surroundings, especially once the sun goes down. If Mr. Smith across the street is acting unusual or you see other passersby behaving suspiciously, do not be afraid to listen to your instincts and contact your local police.  Avoid tunnel vision and be sure to keep breathing! You may not need to sprint like your tail is on fire every time you come home, but have your keys in hand, ready to unlock your door for a quick entry. A Few Safety Tips on DOORS, LOCKS, and KEYS Always lock your doors, even when you are home.  This is the best way to prevent unauthorized guests from invading your home. The FBI reports that nearly 30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or...

Advice for Creating a Home Office

Creating a Home Office in the Digital Age With modern-day advancements, creating a home office has become a common requirement for successful people as well as those who like to labor leisurely. Times are changing and, with the countless advances in technology, working from home is easily done for many occupations. This generation is the digital age – an exciting time for entrepreneurs and businesspeople of all sorts! Perks of Having a Home Office The idea of working from home can be quite enticing. Think of it… no early morning traffic, fewer stops at the gas station, sipping your coffee and wearing your pajamas with no one to judge you (fuzzy bunny slippers included)! In addition to the comfort of taking care of business from your own abode, some work-at-home schedules even allow you to come and go from your desk as you please. You may be allowed to tend to your children, do your laundry,...

Organizing the House … Step By Step

Organizing the House Organizing the house can be overwhelming, whether you have lived at the same address for years or are just moving in. A cluttered home means chaos, but, with an organized approach, you will see your home transform before your eyes! Trash or Treasure Simplify organizing by eliminating the things that are not improving the quality of your life. At each stage of organization, you will want to categorize items you do not want to keep. This will make the rest of the process of organizing the house much easier! Create bins for items to “trash” and items to “donate/sell.”Piles are a messier approach, but can work as well. It is best to toss anything that you haven’t seen, used, worn, or thought about in the past year. There may be certain sentimental treasures that fall outside these criteria, but we’re talking Grandma’s patchwork quilt, Papa’s antique pocket watch, or other heirlooms that are not the...