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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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…)!