• Future Me,  self-improvement

    What Would Future Me Do?

    Yesterday as I began getting ready for work I noticed that several dishes had piled up in the sink. It wasn’t horrible but it was enough to make me sigh. I’d have something else to do once I returned home late that night. Something caused me to pause: What would future me do in that situation? I asked myself. Future…

  • Frugality

    Cleaning on the Cheap

    For most surfaces, Ivory soap and water cleans just fine. For heavier cleaning jobs I use Fels Naptha soap or Octagon Soap.  Lather it on, let it sit for a few moments on really grungy stuff, then scrub a bit and rinse. For windows, take a bucket of warm water, add a small squirt of dishwashing liquid and swish to…

  • Decluttering

    Saving Money by Cleaning Less

    Sometimes you can save money by changing little things you do in your daily life. These little steps can prevent dirt from entering your home, giving you less to clean. Less to clean means less money spent running the vacuum cleaner.  Less to clean means less water and cleaners used to mop the floors. Less to clean can mean washing…

  • Decluttering

    Having Less to Clean

    Simplifying your life can take the form of reducing things that you are obligated to do.  Cleaning is one of them. One way to reduce the amount you have to clean is by removing your shoes at the door, outside the home even. Leaving your shoes at the door will prevent a lot of dust and dirt from entering your…

  • Simplicity

    Ammonia for Whitening Whites?

    Yesterday I discovered an old bottle of ammonia under my kitchen cabinet. After some research I read that some use it to whiten whites and as an all-around laundry additive. I decided to try it.  I had a load of whites ready to go today from all of the cleaning I did yesterday, and they were quite nasty, especially the…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    Cleaning on the Cheap

    For most surfaces, Ivory soap and water cleans just fine. For windows, take a bucket of warm water, add a small squirt of dishwashing liquid and swish to mix. Wipe on windows with a cloth, then either use a squeegee or another cloth to dry. I generally clean all of my windows and mirrors at once using this mixture. I…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    New Year’s Update

    It has been a while since I posted last but I feel that it is important to share my progress. I have greatly simplified the amount and number of cleaning supplies I purchase over this last year. I would purchase items like laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, window cleaner, all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, etc. in bulk from places like Sam’s Club.…

  • Decluttering,  Housing

    A Simple Goal

    In order to simplify one’s life without going insane, one must start small. Only by taking small bites can one even hope to begin corralling the chaos that rules so many of us. Each of us has different needs, different lives – as a result our steps will be different from each other. What one thinks is laughable another will…

  • Decluttering

    Dishes

    Last night, I did something rare. I washed the dishes before retiring. Usually whatever dishes in the sink are obliged to wait until after breakfast in the morning, but perhaps it would be more cheery to wake up to a clean kitchen instead of a cluttered one? Perhaps if I change my routine, wash dishes twice a day instead of…