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Winter Purging for 2017

As soon as the weekend started, I changed into my comfy PJs, took some fresh garbage bags, readied the cleaning tools and I started purging for 2017. Since I have read about the KonMari method of organizing and decluttering, I told myself to try it come 2017. I even started alienating myself from stuff that hold sentimental value. I just wanted to be practical, let go of the things that held be back, make some room, minimize and only have the essentials.

The KonMari method is rather controversial, unorthodox, and simply hard to follow especially for someone like me who would usually get attached with certain things given by family and friends. However, I like how Marie Kondo, the lady behind the ruthless method of tidying and organizing put her method into perspective of only keeping things that bring joy, thus eliminating unwanted objects that one day may become hazardous or problematic.

The first hour of clearing my stuff proved to be the most difficult as I started staring at the stuff we’ve amassed over the years. Most of them were untouched for many years, gathering dust, and actually forgotten. I wondered how I could have possibly bought all of them without recalling when, where and why. I told myself the habit of shopping mercilessly has to stop, no ifs and no buts.

I looked at old stationery supplies I have bought in the US and they were unopened. Another look at them made me almost repulsive of my utter weakness when it comes to hoarding stationery and art supplies. That has to change – and the stash had to go.

Next were my art supplies which where everywhere in my room. Since most of them bring me happiness, I decided to keep all and put them in 4 small transparent containers where I will see the contents. They are now all next to my study table as compared to the last time where I had to find the brushes, the coloured pens, the pads, and so much more. Now, they are all within reach.

I changed my study table too and made it a bit broader where I could put my itty-bitty printer and other stuff needed for my blogging and art. The old laptop table is now used as a console table in our bedroom.

I am not done cleaning yet. I am scheduling another batch of clearing next weekend as I tackle my dresser and closet. This will be very tricky as most of my article of clothing are bought in nice boutiques. Most of my clothes too are for office wear and I need to have several to mix and match. However, I am planning to send my old clothes back home where my nieces can use them. Problem solved! I am still having doubts about clearing my closet though. But, I need to commit to a minimal lifestyle. I am done with hoarding and buying stuff. My new rule now is, when I buy something new whether it is a garment, shoes or supplies, I have to make sure that they will be used instantly and that one of my clothing or shoes or supplies need to go.

Well, that’s my winter purging! I have more purging to do and may eventually need a “balikbayan box” to send my other stuff back home. For now, I just want to see a clean, tidy, and well organized room and space.

Green Clean Your Home

Keeping a clean home is important to all moms, but if you or one of your children suffer from allergies, this can take your cleaning routine to a new level. We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks for reducing allergens in your home.

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Vacuuming is an incredibly important way to keep allergens in your home at bay, but we’re not only talking about the carpets and rugs. When did you last clean your drapes? Heavy drapes are big dust collectors and often need professional cleaning. Consider replacing your drapes with machine washable, cotton curtains. Other areas in the home that tend to collect allergens are your lampshades. Run your vacuum attachment along the lampshade — or, if you’ve used a cover, remove and wash it.

Remove Dust

No matter how hard homeowners try, dust seems to creep in and settle on every surface. Though the visible space often get dusted, there are a few commonly forgotten areas. Your bookshelves should be deep-cleaned once a year. It’s important to not only dust the tops of books and knick-knacks but also remove every item, clean the shelves, and then dust each item before replacing.

Beds and bedding also collect dust and dust mites. Your mattress, box springs, and pillows should all have a sealed protector to keep out mites and other pests. These covers should be washed once or twice a year. Sheets and pillowcases should be washed once a week.

One of the biggest allergen culprits that never gets cleaned is decorative pillows. Just like the pillows on your bed, the covers should be stripped off and washed every three months. The pillow should be run through the dryer periodically and then replaced once every three years.

Freeze

Your child’s favorite stuffed animal probably goes everywhere with you, collecting dirt, dust, and allergens along the way. As often as is needed, your child’s animal can take a short “vacation.” Wash the stuffed animal in hot water, dry, and then place in your freezer to kill any remaining allergens.

Get Rid of Allergy Triggers

Take note of what things cause your allergy irritation, then get rid of them. Some flowers, perfumes, and candles can trigger allergy symptoms or asthma. Consider using soy candles and small potted plants that are known for purifying air. Harsh chemicals can also trigger allergy symptoms, so consider replacing your cleaning products with natural or green products.

Improve Air Filtration

Improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergens by using a HEPA air filter. Be sure to also have your HVAC system regularly maintained by a trained technician to make sure that it’s working properly and that it is reducing in-home allergens.

Pets

If you’re extremely allergic to pet dander, you may want to find your pet a new home. If your allergy is a minor one, try bathing your pet weekly, vacuum regularly, and consider not allowing your pet in your bedroom.

Any steps you can take to make your home safer and more comfortable for you and your kids will make it a better place for your kids to grow up. We hope these tips will help you to keep your household happy and healthy.

Clearing Our Mess

I am very surprised that I managed to clear almost 6 big trash bags filled with our old stuff that we seldom use and have long forgotten. The trash bags were filled with old and worn out toys of our Millie, my daughter’s old school notebooks, my own files and articles that I couldn’t remember printing out, my husband’s magazines which were all decade’s old and worn out shoes/bags and even clothes that couldn’t be donated anymore. I even saw some cheap custom drawstring bags which were marked with some hotels’brand we have stayed at before during our travels. There were even very old bath soaps and gels from the same hotels that I have kept for souvenir or when we have guests.

I guess, we have been hoarding for a long time now and just realized that the stuff we have were just collecting dusts and taking up space at home. I even gave some of my old bags and shoes back home recently when we sent a “balikbayan” box. I just couldn’t believe that even after cleaning before, we still have so much mess. It’s time to downsize and really stick to our goal of saving. I can’t afford to keep buying stuff only to forget about them in the long run.

Go Green With Your Kitchen Cleaner

The kitchen is one of the places in the house where you have to ensure that the highest level of cleanliness is observed and met. Along with keeping it clean, comes hoards of kitchen cleaners that will be used to remove grimes, disinfect the kitchen sink, and keep the tiles sparkly clean with the use of harsh chemicals that aid the removal of grimes, dirt and mildew.

Can we ever achieve cleaning the kitchen without using harsh chemicals and harming the environment? Yes we can, aside from using natural ingredients already available in the kitchen, we can actually use a more greener kitchen cleaners.

Below are some products you may want to consider and try when cleaning your kitchen. It doesn’t hurt to change your brand now especially if you are switching to a greener option.

Mopnado – Spin Mop – est Compact Folding Mop Bucket System by MOPNADO – No Foot Pedal – Built In Bucket Agitator – 2 Magic 360 Microfiber Replacement Head – Safe For Wood & Tile – Best Eco Friendly floor cleaner – Use as Dust Mop – Satisfaction Guaranteed

Mopnado - Spin Mop - est Compact Folding Mop Bucket System by MOPNADO - No Foot Pedal - Built In Bucket Agitator - 2 Magic 360 Microfiber Replacement Head - Safe For Wood & Tile - Best Eco Friendly floor cleaner - Use as Dust Mop - Satisfaction Guaranteed

You can clean the floor without using too harsh chemicals. Just use hot water and few lemon juice to make the floor smelling good, sanitized and clean with the help of this Mopnado.

 

Mopnado – Spin Mop – est Compact Folding Mop Bucket System by MOPNADO – No Foot Pedal – Built In Bucket Agitator – 2 Magic 360 Microfiber Replacement Head – Safe For Wood & Tile – Best Eco Friendly floor cleaner – Use as Dust Mop – Satisfaction Guaranteed – $39.99, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Personal Care Prod – Eco Friendly Dilutable Cleaner – Smart Savers

Personal Care Prod - Eco Friendly Dilutable Cleaner - Smart Savers

You may also try other brands of all-purpose cleaners as long as they do not contain harsh chemicals that is not good for your health and the environment.

Here are some samples of eco-friendly cleaners:

 

Personal Care Prod – Eco Friendly Dilutable Cleaner – Smart Savers – $11.56, 13.86 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Mangiacotti – Mangiacotti Eco-Friendly Surface Cleaner (Clementine)

Mangiacotti - Mangiacotti Eco-Friendly Surface Cleaner (Clementine)

 

 

Mangiacotti – Mangiacotti Eco-Friendly Surface Cleaner (Clementine) – $17.79, 5.85 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Swanson Healthy Home – Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaner 32 fl oz (946 ml) Liquid

Swanson Healthy Home - Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaner 32 fl oz (946 ml) Liquid

 

 

Swanson Healthy Home – Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaner 32 fl oz (946 ml) Liquid – $4.29, 4.99 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Source Outdoor – Eco-Friendly Fizzy Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaner – Case of 4

Source Outdoor - Eco-Friendly Fizzy Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaner - Case of 4

 

 

Source Outdoor – Eco-Friendly Fizzy Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaner – Case of 4 – $91.95, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Weiman – – FLOOR CLEANER – ECO FRIENDLY – 27 oz Bottle

Weiman - - FLOOR CLEANER - ECO FRIENDLY - 27 oz Bottle

 

Weiman – – FLOOR CLEANER – ECO FRIENDLY – 27 oz Bottle – $20.99, Free shipping – Available at Bonanza


And lastly, after cleaning the whole kitchen area, use a green hand soap to wash away the germs and bacteria while still staying eco-friendly!

 

Green Lamb – Liquid Hand Soap: Pure Luxury An Eco-friendly Hand Cleaner Created Exclusively for Smart Shoppers – $8.97, 5.74 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


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Extremely Tired And Whole-Body Aches

I guess you can say, I am not used to doing household chores from sunrise to late night non-stop. However, I did yesterday and my whole body is screaming P-A-I-N!

Times like these when I have overflowing of household chores to complete, 1 chest of drawers to assemble, 2 bathroom shelving units to put up and a whole lot of cleaning to do, I wish I have a househelp to do the other stuff. I have done it all and I finished everything a while back and seriously, I am so tired and drained. I must have slept like a log for 12 hours because of that.

I didn’t grow up doing anything at home. We always had helpers to do chores at home. It was only when I moved here in Dubai that I learned to clean, wash dishes, press clothes, do the laundry and so much more. I kinda wish I can get some help around the house now. I’m not young as I was and my energy level is seriously dwindling. On top of that, I have to blog too. I missed so many deadlines already. I wasn’t well the past few days and I guess, my body is just telling me one thing – slow down.

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