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Downsizing for the Holidays…and Beyond!

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you’re looking forward to the weekend, and get to do all the things you want to do. There’s a still a few short hours to go, but keep your head down and it will be here before you know it.

We’re going on a bit of a purge this weekend, as we usually do every year around this time. Think about it, with the holidays coming and the new year quickly following, there’s really no better time then now to start downsizing. New gifts are going to come in, so it’s time to make room by getting some of that stuff you no longer need, or use.

Where’s a person to start, though, when stuff has been building up all year round? More importantly, what’s a person to do with it all?

We’re glad you asked! Because today we’re going to offer you some tips on how you, too, can start downsizing your living space for the holidays, and beyond!

Start With the Closets

Everything always starts with the closets when it comes to downsizing. Old clothes, old shoes, whatever’s been piling up in there…it’s time to go! Take out what you don’t wear, or whatever’s not in fashion anymore, and set it off into a separate pile. When you’re done, put everything in a bag and donate it, so those old clothes aren’t going to waste, and can help someone else in need.

Oh, and this doesn’t just go for the closets in your bedroom. Take stock of all the other closets in your home, and get rid of anything you don’t need.

Toys, Toys, Toys

If you have little ones at home, this is the time of year (while they’re still in school) to start going through those old toys in order to make room for the new ones that will be coming in this season. Like your closets, set aside anything you know your child doesn’t like, or doesn’t play with anymore, and when it’s all said and done you can donate those toys to less fortunate children.

Picture Perfect

These days most everything is digital, right? Including pictures and movies. However some of us are still clinging to those old family photo albums and VHS tapes of your fourth grade recital that are taking up a lot of space. Now is the perfect opportunity to have all those photos and movies digitized on a disc, so that you can make room by passing those hardcopies on to other family members, or dare we say: toss them out. We know they might hold sentimental value, but a picture is a picture, whether it’s on your computer, or in your hand.

The Re-Gifting Process

Chances are you’ve received some items this year that you’re never going to use. Heck, some of them might still be in their original packaging. If that’s the case, it’s time to re-gift some things this holiday season so you can clear that space for other, more useful items. Not only that, but you’ll save money by not having to buy a few gifts, because you’ve already got them sitting in your cupboards.

Just make sure you don’t re-gift an item to the person who bought it for you in the first place, because that could get awkward.

Books

We tend to have a love affair with books, right? We read them, put them on a shelf…but why? We can count the number of books on one hand that we re-read once we’ve finished them, so why do we keep all these books around? To impress friends? Ridiculous. Go through your bookcases this year and get rid of anything you know you’re never going to read again. You’ll save a ton of space, and can donate those old books to the library, or local thrift shop, for others to enjoy.

That’s all there is to it. The above isn’t finite, so chances are there are tons of other little things you can get rid of to help you downsize this year. Kitchen gadgets you don’t use, old tools that never see the light of day, and sporting equipment that’s either been outgrown, or has seen better days. There are a ton of areas around the home you can clean out…just use your imagination and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

Chances are you don’t, which means you can have more space for the things you do need, or just more space in general for a happier, minimalized life.

Enjoy your weekend, Moppers, and we’ll chat with you again next week. In the meantime, stay safe…and stay clean!

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Drains Clean

Happy hump day, Moppers! Congrats on successfully reaching the middle of the week. Just think…the weekend is almost here, which means you can take some time for yourself to shop, relax, or take care of some projects around the home you’ve been meaning to get to.

One project we’ve been meaning to get to that we finally managed to, well, get to this week, was cleaning out the drains. Nothing major, of course, since we’re usually pretty good about keeping things clean, but that got us to thinking: how many people aren’t so good at keeping their drains clean?

We’re guessing it’s probably a lot, which is why today we thought we’d share with you some tips and tricks for not only keeping those drains clean, but preventing them from getting all gunky in the first place.

Tricks for Keeping Those Drains Clean

1. Baking Soda & Hot Water

Baking soda doesn’t just absorb foul odors, it works as a fantastic cleaning agent, too. Toss a handful of baking soda down your drains each day, followed by some hot water, and you’ll be amazed by how well the baking soda scrubs those pipes clean.

2. Hot Water

It might not seem like a lot, but running hot water down your sink after each use can do wonders for your drains. The hot water works to keep the oils in our various food products running down the pipes, rather than building up on the interior and making your drains slower than molasses.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is a tremendous cleaning source. In this case, pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain and letting it sit for 30 minutes before chasing it down with some boiling water will work to keep those drains free of organic buildup that can come from leftover food and oils that are stuck in there.

Tips for Cleaning Your Drains

1. Baking Soda & Vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda work great on their own, but together they’re almost unstoppable.

Before going to bed, pour 1/2 cup each of salt, and baking soda down your drain. Next, add 1/2 cup of vinegar, and let everything bubble up and fizz for roughly a minute. Next, pour 2 quarts of boiling water down the drain, and let everything sit overnight for optimal cleaning power. The baking soda and vinegar will work to dissolve all the crud in your drains, while the coarseness of the salt will help to scrub them clean from the inside.

2. Vinegar & Ice

If you’re like us and have a sink with a garbage disposal attached to it, then you know how easily that disposal can get clogged. Here’s a hot tip for you: fill an ice cube tray half full with vinegar, and half full with water. Vinegar won’t freeze on it’s own, but together with the water you’ll make some awesome cleaning cubes to help you out. When everything is frozen, turn the disposal on, and toss down those cleaning cubes one by one. The disposal will make short work of them, and the ice will scrape the grease off the walls, while the vinegar cleans the disposal and the drain.

Tips for Preventing Clogs

  1. Don’t throw your coffee grounds down the drain, okay? Instead, toss them in the trash, or save them for the mulch pile.
  2. Don’t pour cooking grease down your drains. Instead, put it in an old can or jug once its cooled, and dispose of it in the trash.
  3. Use a screen grate over your drains to help catch any larger food particles that could instead slip down the drain, thus causing a big problem later on.

Pretty easy, right? No harmful chemicals, just the all natural power of vinegar, baking soda, and water.

If you haven’t cleaned your drains in a while, it’s best to do so now before the holiday feasting begins. That way you can cook with confidence and not have to worry about everything backing up on you.

That’s all for today, Moppers. Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll see you all again on Friday. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

3 DIY Linen Sprays to Freshen Your Home

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope the weekend treated you well, and you’re now ready to face a hectic week head on.

We went on the hunt for some new bedding this weekend, because one can never have too many clean sheets, especially with the holidays coming up and guests coming over to spend the night. Thankfully we found a couple of nice sets, and of course the first thing we did when we got home was wash them.

And then we sprayed them down with our homemade linen spray.

Don’t get us wrong, clean sheets fresh out of the dryer smell great, but we like out sheets and pillow cases to smell even better with some essential oils.

Plus, if you have some larger fabric items around that don’t do so well in the wash (or just won’t fit), you can use this spray to freshen them up in a hurry.

Therefore we thought we’d start the week off smelling great with these recipes for some fantastic linen sprays you can make yourself.

Lavender Linen Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • Small jar with a  lid
  • 2 tablespoons of vodka or witch hazel
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Funnel
  • Small spray bottle

This lavender linen spray is super easy to make. Simply put the vodka or witch hazel in the small jar, followed by the lavender essential oil. Tighten the lid, and shake everything around to combine.

Next, add the water, and give it another good shake.

From there you can transfer the solution to your spray bottle using the funnel.

Now you can use it to spray on all your linens to give them the nice, calming scent of lavender, which will surely make you sleep better. Just remember to give it a good shake before spraying.

Refreshed Linen Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of vodka or witch hazel
  • Water
  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • 35 drops lemon essential oil
  • 30 drops fir essential oil
  • 30 drops cypress essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel

Like the lavender linen spray above, this one is also super easy to make, only this time it combines a few different essential oils to give your linens and fabrics a wonderful, refreshing scent.

Using your funnel, place the vodka or witch hazel in the spray bottle, followed by all the essential oils. Cap it, and give everything a good shake to combine.

Next add the water, filling the bottle until there’s about a 1/2 inch of space left at the top. Put the cap on, and give it a good shake once more.

That’s all there is to it. Now it’s ready to use with a hearty shake each time before spraying it on all your linens.

Recharge Linen Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of vodka
  • 15 drops of Douglas fir essential oil
  • 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 15 drops of juniper berry essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel

This linen spray is great for spritzing around the home on all your fabrics such as your couch and chairs to bring a nice, aromatic scent to your home that will work to help relieve mental fatigue and any anxious feelings you might be experiencing.

Simply combine everything into your spray bottle using your funnel so you don’t spill anything, cap it, and give it a vigorous shake.

The recipe for this one is to make a bigger batch, because we like to use it so often around the house, but you’re free to cut it in half if your spray bottle isn’t big enough, or you don’t need as much to suit your needs.

There you have it, Moppers. Three, fantastic recipes for homemade linen sprays that you can make today!

As for putting vodka in linen sprays…we do this because alcohol evaporates much faster than water, so therefore when you use vodka, everything will dry much quicker, which is better for the overall health of your linens and fabrics.

Hopefully you learned something new today, and if not, hey, at least you now have three more recipes to add to your repertoire of linen sprays that you use around the home, and as we like to say the more fresh scents, the merrier.

That’s all for today. Enjoy the start to your week, and we’ll chat with you again on Wednesday. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

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