5 Simple Tips to Help Care for your Mattress …

  Do you ever think about cleaning your mattress? Even though it’s covered by sheets, your mattress can still be a magnet for dust, dirt, stains, spills, dust mites and other nasties. When you consider that we spend 30% of our day lying on our mattress, it’s important that we give it plenty of tender loving care so that it stays clean and well maintained. Not only that, purchasing a bed is a costly exercise, so I want to make sure that I look after it so it lasts as long as possible.   Here is my regular routine for caring for my mattress: Use a … read more

How to Clean Your Microwave and Make it Sparkle in Under 15 Minutes …

  My microwave is one of the hardest working appliances in the kitchen. It’s used to defrost frozen items, reheat leftovers, cook vegetables and create whole family meals but, despite our best efforts, it can get dirty from splashes and spills. So, here is my microwave cleaning routine that helps keep it sparkling clean.   Daily … The simplest way to keep the microwave clean is to always cover any food placed inside. Be sure to cover everything with either paper towel, a lid with a steam vent or a loosely fitted lid that will allow steam to escape … … read more

How Creating a Simple Routine Helped me Win the Battle Against Dirty Dishes …

  Doing the dishes is one of those tasks that’s necessary but not a whole lot of fun. I’m sure everyone you talk to will have a different method and routine but if there’s one thing everyone will agree on … the dishes can’t be ignored!   Now, I definitely don’t want to spend the entire day chained to the kitchen sink but I also don’t want everything piling up on the kitchen bench either, so for me, it’s about finding some balance, creating a routine or a process and keeping that routine simple. Here’s what works for me:   I am fortunate to own a … read more

My Tips for Cleaning the Inside of the Fridge …

  Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it’s important that it’s well organised and working as efficiently as possible. And because it’s where we do all our food preparation, it’s also important that the equipment and utensils we use are super clean. Cleaning and getting organised is mostly about creating routines that are simple to follow and that helps us to develop habits. I’m a creature of habit so it helps me to choose a day of the week to perform regular or routine tasks and that helps me stick to it. Some weeks other things get in the way … read more

How to be a Tidy Cook in the Kitchen …

  I do agree, cooking can be a very messy event! And when I hear people say “I hate cooking!” what they often mean is they hate the mess and cleaning that comes with cooking. But to be honest, cooking and cleaning go hand in hand. So here are some of the things I do to help keep my kitchen clean when I’m baking or preparing dinner.   Start with a clean kitchen. Nothing makes a kitchen messier than a kitchen that’s already a disaster before I even start, so I like to start with clean benches. I take a few minutes to put things away and wipe down the … read more

Caring for Your Kitchen Sponges …

Most of us will think long and hard about the things we need to clean around our house and how we are going to do that. We think about the cleaning products we will use and the types of cloths and sponges that are going to give us the best results but do you ever give much thought to the care and maintenance of your kitchen sponges because these little “work horses” are deserving of some love and attention. As well as wiping up mess, spills and cleaning surfaces, kitchen sponges also wipe up germs and bacteria. So when one of my lovely readers asked me recently what … read more

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist … Free to Download …

It doesn’t take much for the bathroom to get dirty and it sometimes seems like a never-ending job. I clean my bathrooms once a week and then every 3 months or so I roll up my sleeves and thoroughly clean it from top to bottom including exhaust fans, light fittings, doors, windows and inside cupboards and drawers.   Today I’m sharing with you my Bathroom Cleaning Checklist that I use for that more intensive clean. Simply click on the download button and print off your free copy … that’s right … absolutely free! Simply laminate and then keep it in the bathroom … read more

How to Organise the Bathroom Drawers (Part 2) …

  Last week, my decluttering task was to clean out the top drawer in the main bathroom and I’m pleased to announce “Mission Accomplished”. Doesn’t it feel great to achieve something that’s been on your “To Do List”?   This week I’ve decided to tackle the next two drawers. The top drawer held most of Miss 21’s makeup and skincare and I found the perfect solution at Howards Storage. You can read that story here.   The other two drawers were going to store bulkier items so this is how I tackled organising those:   I removed everything … read more

How to Organise the Bathroom Drawers (Part 1) …

  Bathroom drawers can get very messy, especially if you have teenage girls living in the house and they have a particular fondness for makeup. Raise your hand now if you know what I’m talking about!   Miss 21 has claimed the main bathroom as hers, which is okay because hubby and I have an ensuite and Miss 15 uses the powder room. Everyone has a bathroom, so everyone is happy! But I will own up to being frustrated at how messy the drawers can get, so it was time to take some action. Here are my top tips for how to go about cleaning out the bathroom … read more

How to Organise the Bathroom Cupboard …

  Although our main bathroom is actually quite small, the bathroom cupboard is a reasonable size. So to make the most of the space available, I decided to declutter the cupboard and give it a good clean. Here’s how I did it, along with my top tips:   I removed everything from the cupboard so that all that was remaining was glorious empty space.   I wiped down the sides and bottom of the cupboard (including any shelving) with a damp cloth using Spray and Wipe. For marks or stains that are a bit harder to shift, I would use something like … read more