Love her or well don’t, Martha knows her job. While the information she shares is rarely a total revelation, she organizes and arranges household info in clear and easy way, that it is hard to ignore. She knows what she is selling… and honestly who couldn’t use a little reminder? Especially with spring around the corner…
I thought you might want to hear some of the great simple tips she had for household preventative care. You can see the whole slideshow of ideas here on her site.
1. Make your bed!
If you take care of this, you will be less likely to let the rest of the piles linger.
Place your used dishes in the dishwasher as you cook, rinse immediately and/or quickly wash them and replace them- this is one of my mother’s rules too. The family joke is that you can usually only get one sip of a glass of water, before Mom dumps it out and throws it in the dishwasher, she is super efficient. ( I love you Mom!)
5. Wipe up spills ASAP!
They are easier to clean while they are fresh, (you will remember this tip the next time you are scrubbing dried spaghetti sauce off your cook-top!!!
If you have indentations or carpet ghosts! wooooo – left by furniture in pile carpet, place ice cubes on the dent. The fibers will swell as they absorb the water. Vacuum carpet thoroughly to pull up wet fibers.
There are other great ideas in the article, so check it out.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.
>these are great little reminders! i find that if i not only make our bed but open all the blinds and curtains- that helps too. oh and number 2 reminded me of when we were little. we would call the top and bottom of the staircase the "as-you". "as-you" go up or down them, always clear your stuff from the pile and put it away. that way my mom could always keep things clear and clean but we still put it away and helped out. even though we don't have stairs, we still have an "as-you" pile for "as-you" walk by, take it and put it away!
>wow – great suggestions, I wish I would always do all of these. I try to follow flylady – flylady.net – she also knows her stuff
>My favorite trick that I learned from Martha is how to keep my stainless steel pots sparkling. They used to get what looked like streaks or soap stains, almost like an oil slick look that I couldn't remove no mater how many times I washed them. Well simple solution:
Slice a lemon, rub it around on the inside of the pot, rinse and sparkles like new and no chemical cleaners!
I do this every time before I put my pots away now, just keep a special lemon half in the fridge in a baggie that no one else touches and replace it about once a week.
>These are great tips. I didn't know about the carpet dents.
Everyone thinks I'm a clean freak, but really I just employ a few small things, mostly those things above, to keep the house mostly picked up. It makes a big difference to have things picked up and wiped up. And, then I spend less time cleaning.
And, I really love Martha. =)
>I have tried implementing the no shoe policy for years. Too bad for me the hubs just won't go along with it. Aarrgg.
Mine is having a 3 tier basket at the top of the stairs. (our main living is upstairs)
Top basket is a stash for my office stuff, middle is for office paperwork (office in basement), and 3rd is garage stuff. Saves many in between steps and hides the mess nicely until we're going down there anyway.
And the old rule of keeping your sink clean seems to work too. You have a clean sink generally means you have a clean kitchen as they go hand in hand. I like this rule but that doesn't mean I follow it ALL the time. It's on the wish list! 🙂
>Wonderful tips. I do all of them, except I rarely make my bed…maybe I should change that…nah! 😉
>I love her… I just can't help myself… maybe it's because – well I just love her! But as far as what i do to keep things running smoothly:
1. I do all the hard stuff first.
2. If there is something I really want to get to like making something or working in my gardens, then I make a few goals to get done before I reward myself with fun work.
3. I remind myself that this household IS my job and that I'm privileged to do it. This keeps a smile on my face while herding the 7 people who live in my house! 🙂
>Great tips indeed. What do I wish I could do to keep my house cleaner? Make my 2 teenage sons sleep in the YARD. Who KNEW what a mess they could make 5 minutes after I finish cleaning!!! Ugh!
>These are awesome tips! I didn't know about the carpet dents.
The biggest thing I have a hard time with is the kitchen sink. I get so preoccupied with the rest of the house that I kinda ignore that one area.
As for the rest of it – I never leave a room empty handed. Something can always be picked up. And laundry gets folded & put away straight out of the dryer so that it doesn't end up piling up somewhere else. Our laundry baskets are actually now for the kids to use to transport their toys from the living room back to their bedrooms 🙂
I try to always keep in mind – if hubby brought a friend home, or a relative/neighbor/whoever showed up right now, would I be embarrassed with how my house looked? Would they be comfortable in my home? And that's how I base my cleaning. (i.e. the front gets done first & I work my way to the back)
>My grandma told my mom a long time ago, and then she passed it onto me, is to always make your bed in the morning and do the dishes first. Everything else seems to fall into place and be easier to do. I've tried doing other things first and they never come as easy.
>I agree, love Martha or not, she has the best no nonsence approach. And she is no ashamed to tell the world keeping a nice home is a "Good thing"!
>These are great tips. I am totally going to use the ice trick on the carpet! Last week I bought a mail/junk holder from Ikea, but that metal one from Pottery Barn is pretty cute. Maybe I need two? 😉
>Thank you so much for stopping by One Crafty Mommy and participating in Fashionable Fridays!
I love your post- what Excellent ideas! I am a firm believer in making the bed, because it sets the tone for the rest of the day. 🙂
I really need to work on cleaning the dished while I'm cooking…I have a ton waiting to be cleaned from lastnight's feast hehehe!
>This whole post was like reading scripture. I do all these things and believe they are my sanity in so many ways. I don't always take things downstairs with me but I do have a bag I keep at the top of the stairs for those things, mostly toys, so they're hidden away and easy to put away when I feel so inclined.
I also have tried the ice cube trick which did work and I only wish I could get some new furniture so I could use that trick again. Anyway, I love any and all orginazational tips and cleaning rules because I'm always happy for the reminder or a new suggestion/idea.
>Going to have to try the carpet dent trick. We've lived in our home for over a year and still have dents in the carpet from the previous owner.