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Clean Freak

Do you get butterflies in your stomach when you see a well-organized closet, or bounce up and down in your seat when you stumble upon a blog which focuses on different tricks to keep a tidy house?

My friends, welcome to my life. To me, cleaning and organizing is a HUGE stress reliever. If my home is messy and unorganized, to me it feels like everything is unorganized and chaos ensues. Let me clarify, I am not such a clean fanatic that if a toy is left on the living room floor, I freak out. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a clean house.

Since I am by no means an expert at cleaning and organizing,  I’m alway searching for ideas, tricks, and tips on different ways to tackle projects. I found some really cool ideas that I just had to share.

I am drooling over Ingrid’s (from Now At Hom Mom) home office. I honestly don’t know where to start; from her DIY Desktop carousel  to her bright pink peg board, I am in love with this room!

craft room area spaces

Then there is, Cassie from Hi Surgarplum; she can fit more under her bathroom sink than I can fit in my entire bathroom. I love her use of labeled containers. This is definitely a must do for me.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Bathroom Cabinet

Clean and organized isn’t limited to your house. Keeping all those bills/receipts out shoe box and filing them away in an organized fashion keeps money in my wallet and a smile on my face. A great site for organizing your budget (as well as your home) is A Bowl Full Of Lemons. I first stumbled upon this as I perused Pintrest and this picture caught my eye.

Her site is jam-packed with great cleaning tips, DIY home-made cleaning supplies, printable checklists and so on. If organization is your bag, you have to check this site out.

Do you have tips and tricks you use when cleaning and organizing? Or do you prefer the casualness of clutter and to let things fall where they may? 🙂

Budget: Friend or Foe?

I like to think that I am pretty smart with money. I pay all my bills on time, I get a little crazy if our “cushion” falls below what I think it should be and if at all possible, and like everyone else, I try and save a little for the future.

Sure this sounds all well and good on paper but there are a couple of slight negatives. First, I stalk our bank account. I like to account for every penny that comes in and leaves that account. I know, that can’t be healthy….but the first step is admitting you have a problem. 😉

You can also tell my mood by the balance in the account…..Pay day = HAPPY!!!! Paying bills (money go bye bye) = Sad!

Last but not least, I always get buyer’s remorse when it comes to spending money on makeup, clothes, etc. Now some may think a good way around this would be not to buy make-up, but let’s not get all crazy!! 😉

So, this new chapter in our lives = new attitude = new way of looking at things. And that means getting a budget (ON PAPER) so that we can track our finances, put aside money for planned and unplanned expenses, AND give ourselves a little allowance (if you will) so that we can buy what we want without adding guilt to the price tag.

Step one, get a budget sheet. Done and done! I found the worksheet below in excel and it looks like it may work for us.

Step two – plug in your finances and off you go.

What budget tricks do you have so that you keep more in your account while also allowing you to enjoy your hard earned money?

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