5 Places to Clean in Your Living Room

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Friends and Family.  It’s been really busy here preparing for a family turkey dinner.  Having people over usually means I spend an entire day running around the house picking up something to put away and before I can put said item away I find something else that needs to be done first.  It’s a vicious cycle where at the end of the day I am exhausted and nothing has been done.

So I decided to get organized, and start with one room at a time.  I start with the bathrooms as they usually don’t take very long and move onto the common living areas (living room, dining room, kitchen) and finally the bedrooms last.

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15 Steps to Installing a Toilet

I apologize for the small hiatus.  It’s been a crazy month.  Mini Dodge has been keeping me on my toes as she has decided to learn to walk at four months.  Needless to say, I am busy.  On top of that comes apple season, I’ve been stockpiling apple crisp for the year, and it seems like we have been running all over the place showing off the Mini all summer. Busy Busy!

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The Cleaning Series: 5 Tips To Get A Cleaner Bathroom

I’m not going to tell you that you need to clean your shower once a week or that when you are cleaning your mirrors you should clean in a circular motion.  Everybody cleans a little different and if you have found a way to clean that is sufficient for you I will fully support that.  What I am going to offer you is some tips that I think about whenever I am cleaning a bathroom.

I’ll be honest with you, I try to clean my bathroom once a week, it doesn’t always happen!  Sometimes I can get to it every 3 or 4 days, or sometimes I have to stop and think about the last time I cleaned the toilet.  Gross I know – but we all get busy.  I can tell you though that if you call me 10 minutes before you come over, it’s the one room I make sure is clean.

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10 Places to Clean You Probably Don’t

I always enjoy a deeply cleaned house as we get ready to start a new school year.  I don’t know if it’s just ingrained in me that September brings around a fresh start or if the crisp fall air makes me realize I’ll be spending more time indoors and the house needs to finally be cleaned.  Either way, here are the 10 places I clean in the Fall.

Place Number 1: The wall beside the stove

This doesn’t count for everyone but if there is a wall beside your stove – clean it.  In fact, pull the stove out – clean around the stove – that crevice between the stove and counter is disgusting.  Grab some good cleaner and a heavy duty sponge and go to town on this area


Place Number 2: The baseboards (especially behind the bed and couch)

I like to take a Swiffer dry cloth or a microfiber cloth sprayed with a nice smelling cleaning solution and wipe down all the baseboards in the house.  Be forewarned, if you own your own house – this may spur you to want to paint walls as you’ll notice little cracks or peelings.


Place Number 3: Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans

When was the last time you stood on a chair and cleaned your light fixtures and ceiling fans (Fun Fact: A dirty pillow case is great for cleaning a fan.  Just put the fan blade inside the pillow case and rub it clean.  All the dust is inside the pillow case and it’s already dirty so you can just throw it in the wash when you’re done).


Place Number 4: Switch and Outlet Plates

The light switches and Electrical outlets get touched a lot, by a lot of people – just think, people sneeze on their hands (or worse – EW!) and touch your light switches.  It’ll almost make you never want to have people over ever again.


Place Number 5: Inside your Garbage Cans

I like to take my garbage can up to the bathtub (or outside if it’s nice), throw some dish soap inside it and scrub the inside of it out – after it’s all clean, I throw a dryer sheet in the bottom and insert a new garbage bag.


Place Number 6: Your closets

Your front closet, your bedroom closet, your linen closet.  Clean them out – get rid of things that are ripped, stained, or unused.  Pack away your flip flops and sandals and pull out the rubber boots and fall attire (if you live in Canada, don’t forget your toque and mittens).


Place Number 7: The kitchen Cupboards

Pull stuff out and wipe down the shelves.  Find some cheap baskets to help keep things organized.  Throw out whatever you don’t need – or better yet – give it to a friend and borrow it if you ever need it again (like a blender).


Place Number 8: Your Paperwork

Everybody has old school work, bills, receipts, or paper lying around.  Go through it – if you absolutely need it create a filing system, or if you really want to keep it long term, scan it.  Saving things electronically is a great way to keep documents you need without the hassle of actually keeping them. (Side note here:  Keep anything relating to the government for 7 years).


Place Number 9: Computer Files

Speaking of electronic files – sort through your e-files.  Get rid of everything you no longer need or have no use for.


Place Number 10: Ceilings

Look up, do you have mysterious marks on your ceiling?  They should be cleaned – a mop will do the trick – even a broom to get rid of the cobwebs will probably help.



5 Reasons Why Being an Adult is Awesome

Everybody is always talking about how much being an Adult sucks – yeah sure you have to pay bills, clean up your own mess, and worry about things you’d never thought you would have to worry about (like, do I have enough pairs of socks? or Have my benefits kicked in at work? or better yet – when was the last time I went to the dentist?).

Here are 5 awesome reasons why I love being an Adult


Number 1:

You can live alone or with people, the choice is yours!  I personally love to live alone, yeah it gets a little lonely after a long day at work and you don’t have anyone to share your day with, but you also don’t have to wait to use the bathroom, do somebody else’s dishes, or deal with listening to your roommate’s poor excuse for a music collection. Plus, you can always hang out with a friend or call a family member (Note to my brother – call your sister more!).


Number 2:

If you want pizza for breakfast, you can have pizza for breakfast.  Remember all the sugary cereal your parents wouldn’t buy when you lived at home??  Hah! You can eat an entire box of it now! The options are endless, if you want Mozza stick poutine for supper, you go ahead!  Speaking of, have you tried Mozza stick poutine? A couple Mozza sticks in with your French fries covered in cheese and gravy – YUM!!!


Number 3:

If you want to go grocery shopping at 2 am, you can.  Or you can stay up late playing video games – who’s going to tell you what to do?! Nobody! Cuz you’re a grown up


Number 4:

You can travel the world without adult supervision!  Imagine, hanging out on the coast of Italy or renting a cottage with some friends for a weekend.


Number 5:

Best of all – you can buy alcohol. This one doesn’t even need any follow up.  It’s great – wine, beer, whiskey, try them all (just maybe not all at once…)!

Career Choice – The Ultimate Adulting Decision

**Disclaimer: this post focuses on looking at educational opportunities as a next step to adulating.  I realize that formal education isn’t for everyone, so coming soon is my post about what to do when post secondary isn’t for you**


When we are little everyone always asks “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, most children come up with a response whether it be a princess, an astronaut or a teacher.

We are taught from the get-go that we need to have a plan, I don’t think this is intentional, it’s just a great conversation starter with kids. As we get older, most of us go through a stage of panic when we get to our late teenage years and suddenly realize it takes a lot of work to be an astronaut or that we don’t enjoy being around kids enough to want to teach them every day, or sadly, being a princess is a little out of touch (there are only so many eligible bachelors with a royal title – I’ve checked!)

I very rarely give any advice on careers and choosing your own path is a decision you need to make but when I do give advice I only have two things to say:

•If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t stress, you do not have to do the same job for the rest of your life.

In fact, it’s very likely that you will switch careers up to 8 times before you retire.

•Find something you are good at or you like to do and make that your “backup plan”.

When I was getting ready to graduate high school I had no idea what I wanted to do, it was overwhelming.  I knew that I was good at working with computers, enjoyed people, and wanted a job that I could do anywhere. So I took a course in Office Administration with a focus on technology.  This certificate has opened so many doors for me professionally that I never would have even imagined.

Both pieces of advice really tie into the same idea – Do something! Don’t wait, try something new.  If you are interested in working with your hands, find a trade you might enjoy – that ticket will open up doors you couldn’t possibly imagine.  If you like to travel and organize, try working for a travel agency – it may not be your forever job but it’s an opportunity.

So, now that you know you don’t have to make a steadfast decision today, you are not allowed to use any excuses that do not make you accountable anymore.  Excuses that are no longer okay to use include:

  • School is too expensive, I can’t afford it or I don’t have the time to do school and go to work
    There are so many options for funding out there, loans, a line of credit, grants, scholarships, RESPs, taking one course at a time – I had a cousin who took 15 years to finish her degree because she took 1-2 courses a semester until completed.  Her determination got her the job she wanted before she even finished her degree.  If she can do it with 2 kids, a full-time job, and running a house while attending school so can you!
     School is too expensive
  • I don’t know where to begin If you don’t know where your program is being offered, type it into Google.  I’m currently taking online courses through a university that is across the country because there weren’t any programs being offered in my area.  If you don’t know where to begin when deciding between a certificate, diploma, or degree and the idea of 4 years is intimidating, start with a certificate or the first apprenticeship block and go from there.
     I don’t know where to begin
  • I didn’t get good grades in high school so I won’t do well in college/university
    If you graduated high school you can survive university, the establishments are there to teach you how to write better, think bigger, be more.  You can’t know it all before you go or there wouldn’t be a point in going. There are also many resources while in University to assist you.
     I didn’t get good grades
  • I need to help out at home
    This goes back to the first excuse, if you need to help out at home you can still do that.  Just put aside some time for you.  Talk to the people that you feel are keeping you at home, tell them your ideas and aspirations.  99% of the time they will be supportive.
    I need to help out at home
  • My job will miss me/needs me As for your job needing you, look at your paystub, is there an employee number on it?  Then you are replaceable.

Okay no more excuses, print out this Future Aspirations worksheet, fill it out, start something!  In the words of Earl Nightingale “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway”.