Clutter Keeper

Clutter.

It’s get’s the best of all of us!

By definition it means “crowded untidily, littered, a mess, thrown in disorder, an untidy mass”

Sound familiar?

 

 

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Help is here!

Today I’m being featured on the Clutter Keeper’s blog!

 

 

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Clutter Keeper produces a line of home organization products – like this super versatile Deluxe Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer.

Their blog has tons of helpful home storage tips and room by room organization guides.
Their “Home Organizing Experts” series lets you meet people who love things neat, tidy, and in order-like me!
I encourage you to swing by and check out the article here: feature of Neat Freak McKinney.
I share my thoughts on life and organizing, plus some funny memories of things I’ve experienced on the job. I hope you’ll go see what they are!
Clutter Keeper and I can help you tame your space!
Ready to help you today,
Lisa

 

Summer Travel

Do you have summer travel plans?

Yes? I’d love to know where you are going! I love traveling and only wish we had more time to do so.

This summer my daughter and I are embarking on a fourteen hour road trip with three kiddos ages 8,5, and 18mo! Sound fun? NO?? LOL! We are going to escape the Texas heat and go visit my son and his family in Wisconsin!

Packing Cubes

To make life easier on the road, I’ve updated a few things to my packing routine! Have you ever tried packing cubes ? I can’t believe I’m just now getting on board!

 

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I chose blue for me and gray and white for my daughter. Our other daughter has a different color cube set  for each family member and she said it has made traveling so much easier!

 

 

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I can’t believe how much room they save. Summer clothes are so much easier to pack and I was able to fit a week’s worth of outfits in one cube ! The Container Store has so many packing options right now. I love thinking of all the ways to use them!

 

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I also added these cord holders to my travel kit! No more tangled head phones for me! They come in three colors too!

 

 

Four Wheeled Suitcase

The other item I added to my travel routine was this four wheeled suitcase  by Eagle Creek. I was so ready for an upgrade! The last few trips we’ve taken my elbow has ached from pulling my heavy two wheeler all over the airport.

 

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I love the lightweight and water resistant fabric that this suitcase  comes in. I chose black but they also have a pretty blue one too. There are so many compartments and straps, that no matter your destination, you’ll be sure to carry it all! The multi directional treaded wheels make it easy to cart your suitcase over any terrain! Hello German cobblestones!

 

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My other travel secret is keeping all my travel items and toiletries in this bin.  It makes packing so much quicker when all my products are in one place! I have all my travel sized items and containers in one place in my master bath. Grab and go packing is my favorite!

 

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I can’t wait to hug that boy in the picture! Wasn’t he just in high school yesterday? Now he’s all grown up and is the sweetest husband and daddy ever. I always told him he would be. Moms are always right!

 

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Happy travel this summer friends! Need help organizing? I’m an email away!

 

Ready to help you,

Lisa

 

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Playroom Update

I’ve wanted to update my grandkids’ playroom for over a year now lol! I have ideas swirling in my head but literally no time to implement them. Kind of like #thecobblerskidshavenoshoes lol!

My organizing business has taken off, and I’m not mad about it. In fact I just finished up my last year of teaching to pursue this passion turned business full time.

But with the help of The Container Store I was able to tackle one section of the playroom this week.

 

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I am blessed to have four of our five granddaughters here in McKinney, and they love playing dolls and being mommies. Makes my heart happy!

So when 3 Sprouts came out with these sheep bins I jumped at the chance to use them for all the doll accessories!

 

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They have several animal designs to pick from and they are all so cute! And speaking of cute, how adorable is this happy hippo box ?

 

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This will be perfect in the playroom to hold all the dress up clothes! You can find the adorable box here. There are also several animal designs to pick from!

 

And last but not least, and maybe my favorite, is this canvas deer bin! 

 

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I put one in the room where my grandkids sleep to use as a hamper! The inside is coated so we can use it for wet pool towels too! Have you seen this line at The Container Store? I’m in love with it! As a teacher and organizer I can tell you that kids play better longer when they have a controlled (organized and clean) environment in which to play!

I can also tell you that my grandkids were soooo excited when they saw the updated playroom! And Neat Freak Nana is happy that everything has a home to live!

 

Need help organizing your home? I’m an email away!

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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The Home Edit

I’m so excited to show you the new T.H.E. organization products from iDesign at The Container Store!

I’ve been sitting on this fun secret for a while, and now I get to share it with you!

If you don’t know who The Home Edit girls are click the link to see! They are organizing guru’s from Nashville, TN that have taken the organization world by storm. They just published a book and now have a line of products at The Container Store. #GOALS!

 

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Today I’m going to show you their craft room/school room/play room products! I tried them out with my grandkids and they gave the new products two thumbs up.

 

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My grandson loves all things lego so these large divided drawers were a perfect solution. He loves color coding as much as I do! He can easily find the pieces he needs to make his lego creations!

 

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He built this little house and garage complete with a car that has lights on it!

The Home Edit kids label pack made this organizer and label lover so happy! They are easy to peel and stick, and come off just as easy! They designed label packs  for your whole home too!

 

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I love that the lego sheets fit the top of these stacking drawers perfectly!

 

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I chose these canisters to hold his lego vehicles and back stock pieces. They stack for easy storage. The labels help my grandson find what he needs, and also reminds him where the pieces go when he is finished.

 

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He could literally make lego creations all day, and I love that!! Legos over TV at Nana’s house ;-).

 

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My granddaughters love creating art, so I couldn’t think of a better way to store art supples than with these divided turn tables.  I’ve always loved these iDesign turntables, but T.H.E. girls made them better with removable dividers and a storage cup!

 

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The cup allows you to take a specific item out easily! The labels help the kids know where everything goes when they are done!

 

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As a teacher, these would be AMAZING in a school room! Set one on each table and let the students create to their hearts content! Hint: great teacher appreciation gift!

 

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One last thing I want to show you is this smaller turn table that I use to hold play doh and play doh tools. The sides are lower but still spin for easy access…. I get giddy just thinking of ways to use these new products all over my home!

Head to The Container Store today to see all the amazing designs T.H.E. girls created. Don’t have The Container Store near you? Visit their website! They deliver right to your door!

These products are kid tested and teacher approved!

 

Want help organizing your home?  I’m ready to help you today!

 

Lisa

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Organization: Before & After

My most popular posts on instagram and facebook are the before and after pictures. This pantry I organized earlier this month has gotten the most likes ever!

Here is a before pic….

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And here is the after…

 

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These pictures show instant gratification….and that’s what happens when you organize. You see and feel instant results in your space and in your mental state!

 

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When you walk into a cluttered space your brain feels overwhelmed and your eye can’t find peace or calm. That results in the open and shove method….close the door on clutter and “you can’t see it”…..but guess what? You can feel it….

 

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By putting a few simple elements in place like baskets, bins, turntables and labels, the visual clutter goes away, telling your brain “ohhhhh this is wonderful”.

 

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Do you have spaces like this in your home? Are you ready to feel peace and calm in your surroundings?

 

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I can help you! If you live in the DFW area, I’m an email away. If you don’t live in the Dallas area, I offer virtual organizing OR can recommend you to one of my many organizer friends all over the country.

Summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get organized!

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Bathroom Organization

 

I get asked a lot about how to keep a bathroom organized.

 

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My answer is simple: less is more. Three towels per person, and a basket or bin for everything. When everything has a home, you know where it is, and you will use it! This basket  above holds all my washcloths. Simple and pretty!

 

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Keeping less not only ensures a clutter-less space, it also ensures that you are actually using everything you own. #proorganizersmotto #husbandscupboard Golf Accessory Storage Bin

 

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I like to keep all my cleaning supplies in one place too. This bin is perfect! When I go to clean my bathroom, I have everything I need, where and when I need it. My favorite scrub brush makes cleaning the shower and bathtub a breeze.

 

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I updated our shower storage recently. These built in corner units are nice but the wet bar of soap never stayed put. I love this soap caddy  It has a screw on tightener that actually works! And shaving in the shower just got easier for my hubs with this shower mirror.

 

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My side needed an upgrade as well. Since coloring my hair, I have a lot more shampoo products to keep. I like to switch up my products, and with this gel lock bin I can keep several bottles in my shower.

 

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The side knobs are perfect for hanging a luffa, mirror, or washcloth!

 

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I think your bathroom should be a pretty space that you enjoy. It’s the first place I go in the morning, and the last place I am at night before bed. Make it a space you love.

One of my favorite self care rituals to do is take a long soak in my tub with lavender oil, a glass of red, and a good book. This bath tub caddy is perfect! It’s pretty AND practical, a win win in my book.

 

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Do you or any of your kiddos have long hair? Then, this starfish hair catcher is a must. No more “snaking” long gross hairs out of your shower or bathtub drain! It comes in a pretty teal color too!

 

 

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The suction cups keep it in place. Perfect for bathing babies, as it covers the hard metal drain pull.

 

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And last but not least, my guest room bath received an upgrade with this three tiered caddy. The top bin is for grown ups, second bin is baby wash, and third bin is for baby toys! I give a lot of baths to our grand babies here.

 

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It’s sleek and clean and holds a lot! You can hang it from the shower curtain bar or the shower head. Either way it’s a great storage solution!

 

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If you have small children, use this corner caddy for their soap and toys. It’s easy for them to reach, but keeps the corners of your tub clean and free of soap residue. Makes cleaning your tub so much easier.

 

Thanks for reading and letting me share my favorite bathroom organizers with you! What room needs updating or tweaking in your home to make it work better for you?

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

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The Farmhouse Bin

I pretty much organize every day all day, and I get stuck on current favorites!, my “Steady Eddy” go to’s. Well these are my faves right now!  The Farmhouse Bin  from the Container Store.

 

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They work with every aesthetic;  modern, farmhouse, or eclectic… whatever your style may be, they work.

I use them all over my home, as well as in my clients’.

 

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I just switched out my summer and winter clothes in my closet, and used these bins for all my hats. In the summer I’m a total hat girl, gotta keep that sun off my face! #tryingtogrowoldgracefully !

 

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I spring cleaned my coat closet and organized all the winter hats,  scarves, and gloves using these covered farmhouse bins .

 

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Add a label so everyone knows where to find things, and call it done!

 

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All cleaned, sorted, and ready to go for next year! Do you swap seasonal clothes? Try using one box for two things. I use this farmhouse under bed box  to store sweaters in the summer, and beach bags in the winter. One box for two jobs! #spacesaver too!

 

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Store beach bags in the winter……

 

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and sweaters in the summer….win-win!

 

I recently organized a master closet for my client and sorted her denim into two of these bins.

 

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light denim…..and….

 

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dark/white denim….just needs a label and she’s all sorted!

 

What are your current faves for organizing? I’d love to know!

 

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And if you need help, I’m a message away.

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Clean Freak VS Neat Freak

Hmmmm what’s the difference you might ask? Well here’s how the dictionary defines them.

 

clean freak

adjective

\ ˈklēn \

Definition of clean freak

: a person who always wants things free from dirt or grime 

neat freak

noun

Definition of neat freak

: a person who always wants things to be very orderly and clean

Are you one of these or both?

Truth is, unless I lived completely alone lol – {and how fun would that be?}- I can’t have them both all the time, every day.

BUT having solutions set up in my home not only helps me, but helps my whole family. If you don’t have a system in place, how can you expect your family to help you?

Bins, labels, and a home for everything will help you stay neat and tidy.

A weekly cleaning schedule will help your home stay clean.

 

Involve your kids in household chores.

Make it fun for them and you. Put on fun music and work alongside them. Teaching them these skills young can instill a life long habits.

 

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Last Saturday I was spring cleaning my master bedroom and my granddaughter asked if she could help! She loved being part of my day. Having all my cleaning tools in one area was a great help too. I love this  caddy from The Container Store . It helps me stay organized because all my cleaning supplies live in one bin. It also helps me stay clean because when it’s time to tackle the dirt, I have all the supplies I need. Win-Win.

My granddaughter is using this sponge cloth to wipe down all the window sills for me. She loved helping and we had a sweet time together.

 

Do you need a system in your home? I’m a message away! And I’d love to help you!

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Food Prepping

Do you food prep?

I started doing this years ago and I cannot tell you how much time and money it has saved us! Not to mention taking the stress away on those busy school nights. Menus planned and meals prepped help this busy, working mom run her home better!

 

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How do I do it?

I love to food prep on Sunday nights. I get lunches prepped and ready for the week as well as cook all the meat I will be using for dinners. Bulk cooking saves time, energy, and money since you aren’t tempted to run through the drive thru. We always plan on eating out once a week for our date night, so having meals ready during the week is key!

I love using these  Stasher brand reusable storage bags from The Container Store . They save so much space.

 

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For example, here are two leftover boxes that we had this week. Restaurant to go boxes stink up the fridge and don’t seal very well. They also take up a ton of space! So I transferred the leftovers into these stasher bags and wow, space saved and smells gone!

 

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Not to mention, three lunches for this week all ready to go!

 

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These reusable baggies are microwave, stovetop, and dishwasher safe! Here’s what the label says, I know you like to read labels too!

 

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The half gallon bags hold a pot of white chicken chili that I prepped and made ahead. Make a pan of fresh cornbread, and dinner is served in 20 minutes!

 

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Next I clean out my fridge and freezer.

I like to organize my fridge and freezer every week. Cleaning out the fridge weekly keeps it organized, and ensures we use everything we have. No waste. Plus it makes putting groceries away easier too!

 

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I love using these bins  in the fridge and freezer.  They are divided, which I love! The dividers are removable though, if you need the whole bin. Labels make it easy for my family to find what they want, and help everyone put away groceries!

 

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Perfect for snacks in the fridge, or frozen foods in the freezer .

 

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If you have a freezer drawer, try these wire baskets. I love having all the frozen bread items in mine.

 

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One quick grab and I have all the bread in one spot. Freezer organization made easy!

 

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Here’s a tip to help keep your berries fresher, longer.

One last thing I want to show you. Save your berries and make them last longer using this apple cider vinegar soak.  Pour one half cup of vinegar (must be the kind that has “the mother”) into a bowl of water. Soak for one hour, rinse, and let air dry completely before putting back in the fridge. No vinegar after taste! Just fresh berries minus the spores that make them go bad.

 

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BUT, if you do have some soft berries, don’t toss them! Make frozen berry cubes. I made mine in this covered ice cube tray  . So yummy in fizzy water, lemonade, iced tea or champagne!

 

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So simple and easy. I have so many ideas for this tray. Freeze left over coffee to put in my iced coffees, cut up herbs and freeze in EVOO, make homemade baby food…so many ideas!

 

Did I help you today?

I hope so. Once you get the hang of food prepping, it will become easy and routine to do. Get your whole family involved. Put on some fun music and make Sunday nights family food prep night. Kids love to help, and everyone will love the benefit of a hot, ready to eat meal during the busy school week!

 

If you’re in the DFW area, I’d love to come help you. If not, I offer virtual organizing services. We FaceTime and I tell you what to do lol! It’s really fun.

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

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Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsorship with The Container Store. All products mentioned above were given to me in exchange for my honest review. You all know by now that I would not recommend any product that I don’t use or love myself! Thank you for your support – Lisa

 

Spring Cleaning

Can you believe it’s March?!

March Madness doesn’t mean basketball tourneys to me, it means “LET’S GET THIS HOUSE CLEANED” !! My family loves March….lol!

 

Why do I spring clean?

Dust accumulates, closets are full, winter is over, and it’s time to lose this weight! Clutter weight really does weigh you down! Plus, every single surface needs a deep scrub.

So here’s how “we” clean my home…..and by “we” I mean me and The Container Store lol!!

 

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First I do a deep clean of every room.

Using harsh chemicals in my home is a thing of the past.  The Container Store now carries cleaning products! Did you know that? My favorite part is that they are all non toxic,  which is very important to me and my family.

 

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Having a system in place makes all the difference.

House work is just that, work. And we wouldn’t got to our day jobs without the right tools and systems in place would we? That’s why I love this storage caddy .  I have one for upstairs and one for downstairs. It makes quick clean ups so easy. What I keep in my caddy is TCS’s all natural multi surface cleaner which contains orange essential oils , this 3-pack of dusting cloths, a small broom and dust pan, gloves, and these sponges.

 

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Gloves

 

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Cleaner            Sponges

 

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Having everything with me in my tool box makes the job so much easier.

Can I also say how obsessed I am with this brush set by Full Circle? Not only are they gorgeous they get the job done! Click the links to see each one.

 

Tile and Grout Brush.    All Purpose Scrub Brush.   Micro Manager Detail Brush.

 

Mini Brush and Dustpan Set.   Full Circle Duster.    Mop.    Broom

 

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I love how they have built in loops to hang on the hook in my pantry!

 

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Next I do a deep purge of every closet, every cupboard; nothing is left untouched.

Once the space is purged and empty, I give it a once over with my vacuum and cleaning supplies. I use these cellulose sponge cloths to wipe every surface down.

 

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The last step is to take all my donations to my favorite charity.  The Samaritan Inn

That’s it! That’s how I spring clean my home. I will say that I hire out the washing of my windows inside and out, and leave that to the experts. Me on a tall ladder is not a good thing. lol. #clutz

But, having all the tools I need to get the job done makes all the difference. I don’t have to start and stop because I can’t find what I need.

If you’re on the search for new cleaning supplies or need to update your cleaning tools, check out these great products at The Container Store. They are quality products plus affordable, which is exactly my style!

Need help spring cleaning your home? I love to clean out closets and purge; just ask my clients.

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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