Jump-start Your Spring Cleaning With a Weekend Purge + Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Semiannual Cleaning Checklists

How to Plan a Weekend Purge

And after you’ve successfully purged, try incorporating this handy dandy cleaning checklist into your routine!

Daily:

  • Clean kitchen counters.
  • Clean bathroom counters and wipe down the sink and toilet.
  • Spray the shower with a shower mist.
  • Make your bed.
  • Straighten the living room sofa and coffee table.
  • Vacuum floors (should be done every three to four days depending on number of children and pets).

Weekly:

  • Thoroughly clean toilets and showers.
  • Sanitize kitchen and bathroom floors.
  • Change bedding.
  • Dust all surfaces.
  • Put a bleach-water solution on door handles—more often during the sick season.

Monthly:

  • Vacuum bed.
  • Vacuum ceilings for dust and cobwebs.
  • Clean the inside of your microwave.
  • Dust all baseboards and moldings.
  • Dust ceiling fans.

Every three to sixth months:

  • Clean vents.
  • Clean ovens.
  • Reorganize and clean out closets and draws of unworn clothing and donate what you can.
  • Clean windows and windowsills.
  • Remove all sofa cushions. Vacuum pillows, fluff, replace pillows and vacuum entire sofa as well. If your cushion covers are removable, remove and wash the covers before replacing. If not, you may spot treat them for stains.
  • Remove and clean all blinds and curtains. You can launder curtains, and dust and wipe blinds.
  • Go through kitchen cabinets, trash anything old, and wipe off the shelves. This should also be done in the bathrooms.
  • Empty refrigerator and clean the shelves, walls and drawers.
  • De-clutter and get rid of anything you haven’t used in six months to a year.

This Couple Really Got the DIY Home Coffee Station Right—Fixer Upper Friday

All of us serious coffee drinkers have our own special coffee prep rituals. On auto pilot, we can crawl and grope our way to the kitchen and make our morning cup without even being truly awake. Recently, I’ve tried to streamline this process a little bit. I wanted all of my coffee paraphernalia in one place without clutter and without fuss. Most of all I wanted it to be pretty, because of course I did. This couple really hit the mark on what a fully functional, beautiful coffee station should look like. Check these pics out!

 

Creating a coffee station like this one isn’t as difficult as it might look. It’s all in the details. You can use a simple baker’s cart or a chunky piece of furniture like a buffet table or an armoire. Here’s a list of things you might consider including in your own home coffee station:

  • Glass or ceramic containers for storing everything from coffee and tea to flavored syrups and sweeteners
  • A pretty carrying tray or low top basket to organize paper cups, lids, and napkins
  • unique artwork (try chalkboard signs like the Gray House above or something like this)
  • any kind of houseplant or flower vase to add a little nature

Source: StudioGrayHouse

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair with Coffee Sacks—Fixer Upper Friday

That moment when you find that perfectly shaped thrift store chair that looks like it was custom made by a carpenter just for you, but it’s the wrong color and the cushion fabric doesn’t match anything you own (or anything that you’d want to own). Broken dreams for sure. Fortunately, painting and reupholstering a chair is probably one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever do.

I recently got a hold of some wooden chairs that I absolutely adore, but they really needed some tlc. They were almost identical to this one pictured below.

I knew that I wanted the chairs to have a farmhouse feel, so I decided to paint them white with a little bit of distressing a la Joanna Gaines (love you, girl!). I was struggling with my fabric choice, until I remembered that I still had some of those coffee sacks (find them here) that I had used for other projects. I was a little bit worried that the burlap would be too rough for use as upholstery fabric, but fortunately I was dead wrong. The result: the most beautiful little dining room chairs I’ve ever had! Here’s a step by step for reupholstering your own. Totally easy and totally worth it.

How to Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

  • Remove seat cushion from chair frame and original fabric from cushion.
  • Place seat frame face down on fabric.
  • Trace three inches out from edge of cushion around entire frame using temporary fabric pen. Cut along line.

  • Attach fabric to frame using staple gun. Begin by stapling fabric to frame at the center point of each side, and then at each corner, pulling fabric tautly around frame.

  • After sides and corners are stapled in place, continue securing fabric to frame by working from center point to each corner. Pull fabric snugly around curved corners to eliminate tucks on top side of cushion. Trim any excess fabric.

  • After seat cushion is covered with new fabric, reattach to chair frame using original hardware.

Source: How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair

Image Credit: adiamondinthestuff

Fixer Upper Friday---Hallway Guitar Gallery Wall

Fixer Upper Friday—How I Transformed an Ugly, Narrow Hallway Into a Beautiful, Functional Space

I know it’s been a while since I’ve given you guys updates on the projects going on in fixer upper #1 and #2. It’s not that I haven’t done some really cool things, it’s just that I don’t really think the pictures show just how cool those things are!

In fixer upper #1, I just finished renovating a long, narrow hallway. It was totally dead space…really dark and really horribly painted by the previous owners. First things first, I needed to paint. You already know how I feel about the magic of a fresh coat of paint. It’s just so crazy to me how paint can instantly transform a space! After I painted, I noticed that the light fixture I had was giving everything this putrid yellow glow when it was switched on. No, no, no! So I changed the light fixture, opting to use the flush mount Ikea light I used when renovating the attic bedroom.

Next, I decided to visually break up the space by adding a chair rail. Now, I’m sure there’s a proper way to install a chair rail. I’m sure that there may be specific lumber that is designated for chair rail purposes. Whatever. That’s not how I do things. I just got the cheapest MDF trim I could find (we’re talking $6 or $7 for 8 feet of the stuff) and hammered that sucker right into the wall. You guys, this chair rail made such an incredible difference! Just like that, this horribly long and narrow hallway suddenly had visual interest! As for paint color, I went with Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige for the wall above the chair rail, and I just stuck to white paint for the wall below the chair rail as well as all of the trim.

For the guitar gallery wall, I ran over to Home Depot and got some MDF base moulding. I should tell you that I used MDF moulding on this entire project because it’s a bit pliable. Anyone that owns an old house knows that these walls are far from flat and straight. So, I was able to easily mount the MDF to the studs in my bow-shaped wall. Again, this is an old house and it made finding those studs way more than just a notion! These are lathe and plaster walls. Stud finders are useless on lathe and plaster walls. Tapping on them to listen for the studs is useless. I even drilled a hole into the wall and still couldn’t find any studs. So I turned to this article and by using some of the tips, I was finally able to locate those hidden studs. Finally, to mount the guitars, I ordered some guitar hangers (find them here). And Voila! A beautiful and functional hallway!

Before

Hallway Before

After

Hallway After

What do you guys think?!

 

Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

Fixer Upper Friday: Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

While you may not be able to play host to 50 of your closest friends, you can still create a relaxing atmosphere in your small backyard. Following some simple rules, a tiny backyard or balcony can become your home’s best feature.

Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

Tiny Area Quick Fix: Go Vertical –Use the fence around your yard to your advantage! Ikea has some great options for hanging plants and hanging storage.

Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

Furniture: Think Outside the Box— Small backyards can be a pain when it comes to buying furniture that will fit.  Why not DIY outdoor furniture to suit the dimensions of your space? Make your own bench using cinder blocks and deck posts, or make your  own table using a large terracotta pot with the saucer on top!

Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Backyard

Outdoor Rugs: “That Rug Really Tied the Room Together, Did it Not?”— a pretty outdoor rug will anchor the space and give it more of a cozy feel.

Less is More: Keep it Simple–seating for two, a place to rest your drink, flowers, and some storage is all you really need in your backyard. Less is more!

 

Image Credit: sunset.com—ikea.com—behappybeme.com—thriftyandchic.com—harpersbazaar.com