Spring cleaning: Getting organized

Spring Cleaning and Organizing

Spring cleaning and getting organized is all the rage as we move into a season of warmer weather and open windows!  We’ve gathered information and inspiration from around the web to help you declutter and organize your home and make it sparkly clean for spring time.

cleaning supplies       organize your supplies

organize recipes        bag storage

Gather information on supplies you need to do a proper cleaning job, and how to store them for easy access. Get ideas and inspiration to organize everything from your family recipes to your garbage bags. Clean and organize everything from your bedroom closet to your bathroom closet.

Molly Saves in the closet       organize the bathroom

Get these tips and so much more from our Home Organization Pinterest board HERE. 

In an archived article from last year,   Organization- Friend or Foe , “Stuff can weigh a person down.”  In March, we introduced you to The FlyLady  who teaches us to break down our home cleaning into zones. You can read more about that HERE.

We learned about Decluttering- Creating a Peaceful Environment HERE

Bullet Points to Jump in and Begin Your Spring Cleaning

  • Divide and Conquer – use bins to separate clutter into keep, give away, throw away
  • Set a timer – in 30 minute increments
  • Turn up the tunes
  • Check off your list until each section in the room is clutter free
  • Clean the room
  • Move to the next room in the house
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Easter and Spring Projects from the Web

Easter & Spring projects from the web

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We’ve gathered Easter and Spring projects from around the web to share fun ideas for crafts, recipes, and home decor.  There are so many wonderful and creative ways to add a touch of spring to your life. There are projects and crafts to do with the kiddos, simple ways to decorate and bring a little spring decor inside, gift ideas for Mother’s Day (just around the corner) and ideas that are great for Sunday school and homeschool.

These creative ideas for Easter and spring include a Salt Dough Tomb, fluffy sheep cupcakes, dollar store vase craft, and quilted circular placemats.

Salt Dough Tomb        spring sheep cupcakes

Spring Dollar Store Ombre vases

Circular Quilted Placemat

 

Learn to use egg shells to start seeds, and turn ordinary sticks and paper into a beautiful arrangement. We’ve gathered enough Easter and spring ideas to keep you busy until NEXT spring!!

egg shell seed pots     Cherry blossoms from sticks and paper

chocolate bird nests       beautiful & creative gift wrap

Need a fun party idea? Make the above chocolate bird nest and serve up a taste of spring flavor, and be sure to wrap up any gifts using the silk flower and unique container ideas shared on our Easter and Spring Pinterest board HERE. 

 

 

 

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese : Frugal Home Friday link up

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

 

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Homemade Mac-N-Cheese

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Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

By linking up – you agree to allow us to use your photo and link to your blog if you are chosen as our Featured Participant. We share links on FB, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest as well to let the world know about your great ideas. Thank you for participating and sharing.

There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there who have a wealth of knowledge to share on topics for the home and homestead. If you run a home business, enjoy gardening, raising bees or chickens, love cooking, are good at organizing or any other topic that will be valuable to our readers – please link up your pictures and share the knowledge to inspire others!

If you don’t blog – you can link up photo’s from an Instagram account to share ideas as well or leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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Homemade Baking Mix – with Build A Menu

Homemade Baking Mix

 

 

Homemade “Bisquick” Baking Mix

 These days there are many reasons to consider making your own baking mixes. One, of course, is that it is more affordable for the family.  The other is, with all the additives that go into the boxed products you find on the shelves at the grocery store, it’s nice to get back to basics with ingredients you choose yourself – and ones you can pronounce!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
Instructions
  1. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Add shortening.
  3. Mix with the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, a hand mixer or your food processor.
  4. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
Single Recipe Method: Combine two cups of flour, 1 tbsp. of baking powder, 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. of sugar. Mix in one-third cup of shortening.

You can DOWNLOAD and Print Your Own Copy HERE

 

Healthier and Frugal . . . that works for me! 

Featured Participant on Frugal Home Friday

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

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A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money – Part 1 – Saving money on clothes

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Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

By linking up – you agree to allow us to use your photo and link to your blog if you are chosen as our Featured Participant. We share links on FB, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest as well to let the world know about your great ideas. Thank you for participating and sharing.

There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there who have a wealth of knowledge to share on topics for the home and homestead. If you run a home business, enjoy gardening, raising bees or chickens, love cooking, are good at organizing or any other topic that will be valuable to our readers – please link up your pictures and share the knowledge to inspire others!

If you don’t blog – you can link up photo’s from an Instagram account to share ideas as well or leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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Homemade Granola Bars: Build A Menu

Homemade Granola Bars

 

This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe is almost too simple, yet the results are fantastic. It’s also a recipe that is very easy to sub Gluten Free/Allergy Friendly ingredients if needed. They last up to a week in an airtight container, making it super easy to make on the weekend and have ready for snacks all week long! Ready to get started? Check the recipe below for your list of ingredients and then follow these simple steps to make your own homemade granola bars.

Homemade granola bars

Ingredients: 

Healthy Granola Bars from Scratch

Directions: 

  • First, dump ALL the ingredients together in a mixer.
  • Add in any of your favorite ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
  • Mix well.
  • Spread the granola mix out on your baking sheet, making sure to keep it about the same thickness all the way across.
  • Once it’s done, cut it while it’s still warm because once it cools it’s crunchy and harder to cut. Use a pizza cutter and cut into “bars.”  
  • Let the bars cool on the pan. Separate once they’re cool enough to touch and have hardened.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Print a copy of this recipe from Build A Menu HERE

Build A Menu  is an online menu planning service that makes meal planning and grocery shopping fast, easy and budget friendly. Not familiar with them? Take a minute to browse the site and see how they can save you time and money, too!

Molly Members get free access to their Dine on a Dime planner and shopping list from the member page – and a special discount to the full service. See benefits here. 

Get Clean – Get Organized with TheFlyLady

Get Clean with FlyLady and Molly Green

It’s time to Get Clean – Get Organized and to stay that way with TheFlyLady! Turn your life and your home organization around with the wit and wisdom she is known for.  Join her newsletter HERE for free and begin with a welcome letter that will help you begin to lay out a plan for your daily cleaning and organizing schedule according to the Zone plan. Spring is the perfect time to get started

For years now, FlyLady has been training women to fly by establishing routines with daily FLYing Lessons!  TheFlyLady is on a mission to help us get clean – get organized – and to stay that way. . . . . best part of all . . . . .  it’s free! She even has FlyLady TV to help and encourage you as you begin the journey towards a cleaner and more organized lifestyle.

Check out the video from TheFlyLady TV below:

You will learn to take baby steps, to stay on task, and to get the job done without being overwhelmed. FlyLady will break your home down into different Zones which hold daily projects to tackle so that you never get behind again. You don’t have to wait for a starting point – you can begin today – right where you are. FlyLady encourages you to jump right in and begin making changes immediately. You’ll have step by step instructions that will take care of the big projects in your home, as well as the smaller ones that add up so quickly. You will never have to wonder where to begin, or feel like there is too much to make a difference. You will love seeing how making small changes – will immediately make a big difference and see how those big projects shrink – right before your eyes!

Learn to declutter in 15 minutes and gain wisdom from the FlyLady’s 11 Commandments that will change your life, and your home . . . for good!

Discover more tried and true solutions for your home from articles by TheFlyLady in your issues of Molly Green Magazine. Join us to take advantage of the benefits (read more about that here) and become a Molly Member today!

 

Oven Roasted Fresh Green Beans with Thyme

Oven-Roasted Fresh Green beans by Build A Menu

 

Delicious Oven Roasted Fresh Green Beans with Thyme are a real treat any time of the year, and perfect for spring!

Have you visited our friends at Build A Menu.com yet?  If you are working on your Spring meals for the family or Easter Dinner for a crowd – they can help you get your ducks in a row.

Here is one dish from B.A.M. that looks good and tastes great on any table: 

“There are only three ingredients in this simple yet elegant side dish.  Fresh green beans, olive oil and thyme.  Inexpensive, healthy, and so yummy.  You can find this recipe and many other delicious side dishes in our menu planning website.” ~ Lisa Holcomb 

Try the delicious Oven Roasted Fresh Green Beans with Thyme on a week night or a special occasion and it may just become a new family favorite!

Hop on over to check out their full list of services and various menu planning options here. 

Enjoy regular recipes and meal planning ideas from the ladies at Build A Menu in each new issue of Molly Green Magazine! Have you joined yet? Get the details and become a Molly Member here.

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Frugal HOME Friday: Link Up

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

Featured Participant:

10 Steps to a Clean Oven

10 Steps to a Clean Oven 

 

Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

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De-cluttering Your Home – Creating a Peaceful Environment

De-cluttering Your Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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De-cluttering your home – one step at a time, one room at a time, one day at a time – is the first step to creating a more peaceful environment.

Getting rid of clutter helps you find clarity in mind and emotions. It ultimately relieves anxiety and guilt!

It can be easy to put it off when you are looking at clutter that has built up over time. You can become overwhelmed and end up putting it off even longer.

De-cluttering doesn’t have to be so difficult. We have a plan to help you jump in and get started, and then finish the race like a champ!

Getting Started:

Make a list of the major rooms you want to tackle. Then, break down each room with a list of the most important goals you have for that room, down to the least important.

Make a list for each goal in the rooms. For instance, I have a child’s bedroom that has been used for storage and now needs to be turned into a room suitable for a pre-teen boy. It is a mess.

The biggest problems in the room are clothes that the family has outgrown, and all the toys that they no longer use. Of course, that would be easy enough, but there are clothes in the mix that we need to save for other children, and toys that need to be kept for others.

It has been overwhelming because things have been piling up in that room for a long time – making it most uninviting  – not even a little bit of de-cluttering going on in there.  I have avoided it at all cost!

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Step number one is to get a bin for clothes that need to be stored and a bin for those to give away, a bin for toys to keep and a bin for toys to give away. It is also important to have a trash can on hand to throw away anything that is broken or clothes that are not worth mending. Turn on your favorite music and jump right in!

Set a timer for 30 minutes at a time and work against the clock to get through the first pile. It is okay  if you don’t make it on time, just reset the clock and keep on going! Take a break in between or at least every hour or so, move on to the next area on your list until all the clutter in room one has been removed.

Pull out your cleaning list until everything sparkles and shines!

Bullet Points

  • Divide and Conquer – use bins to separate clutter into keep, give away, throw away
  • Set a timer – in 30 minute increments
  • Turn up the tunes
  • Check off your list until each section in the room is clutter free
  • Clean the room
  • Move to the next room in the house

One of the best ways to stay on top of clutter is to educate yourself with great homemaking wisdom from The Fly Lady – who happens to be one of the fabulous Molly Green Magazine writers. She’ll help you make a flight plan and divide your home into zones that will keep you from getting behind ever again.

Visit FlyLady.net to learn tips and tricks from a real pro! 

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