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Little did I know that some people can be and are interested in what my mind is blogging about. I know I have been on and so off with posting with what I am thinking about and what my mind is ranting about as well.

As we all can see and be, we all have some crazy life to attend and some crazy schedules to juggle and balance but with this insane followers, just gave me enough motivation to keep on blogging what’s on my mind.

It’s just inspiring to know that at least someone out there is interested and willing to read what’s going to your mind. Amazing and simply inspiring!

Let’s keep on blogging.

Posted in Accomplishments, Clean Up Time, Fun while learning, Organizing Your Life

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By Arianne Cohen

Clean Your House in Less Than an Hour  (True and I do clean my house weekly basis)

When it comes to cleaning fast, the key is to “have a system, move quickly and never go back to a room,” says Andre Lewis, manager of Alpha Living, a green cleaning service in New York City. Follow this plan-starting upstairs and working your way down-and you’ll be done before you know it.

Zone 1: Bedrooms
Approximate time: 10 minutes per bedroom (About 15 mins. on ours)

Do a clean sweep. Strip dirty linens and toss in the hamper. Stash unnecessary items clogging your dresser or nightstand in nearby drawers or closets. Empty the wastebasket. Think “hotel”-you want spartan surfaces to help the room look tidier.

Make the bed. Take a tip from hotel maids: Rather than trying to tuck sheets under the end of the mattress, lift up each corner of the mattress with one hand and tuck with the other. It’s faster.

Deal with dust. Using a dry microfiber cloth, start with a piece of furniture in one corner and work your way around the room clockwise. Dust each surface, working back-to-front and lifting knickknacks as you go, and dump the dust right onto the floor. Your cloth should only touch each part of the surface once (no constant back-and-forth). If there’s a lamp on the nightstand, clean it top-to-bottom first, then dust the tabletop. Use your long-armed duster on mirrors and wall art.

Vacuum. Start from a back corner and vacuum your way out the door, using long firm strokes. Save time by only running the vacuum over each strip of carpet once-not twice. Don’t worry about missing an inch or two.

***Before I strip down the linens, I open up the windows if they are close so that fresh air can come in, I go to the closet and prepare the new set of linens then I start dusting the highest corner and then down, then I will start stripping the linens and cleaned, arranged, organized and dust off the bedside tables, shelves, desk and then when the linens are all put into place, I empty the trash bin and vacuum and I am done.

Zone 2: Bathroom
Approximate time: 9 minutes (About 15 on ours)

Do your prep work. Spritz the sink, vanity, shower and tub with your all-purpose spray and let sit.

Tackle the toilet. Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, give it a thorough scrub with the toilet brush, then flush. Next, spray a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe down the outside of the toilet and tank.

Clean the mirror. Spray on glass cleaner and, starting in the top corner, wipe in a circular motion.

Go back to the sink. Use the toothbrush to quickly scrub hard-to-reach spots around the fixtures.Then, working back-to-front, start in one corner and move horizontally, wiping the counter, vanity, fixtures and handles.

Wipe down the shower and tub. No need for a full scrub-just give them a quick swipe with a dampened cloth, then pull the curtain shut.

Mop the floor. Using a water-dampened microfiber mop, quickly mop your way out of the room, beginning in a far corner and ending at the doorway.

***After all are done using the bathroom/shower, then I spray the water mix with bleach and fabric softener to the shower area then let the exhaust fan run, remove the rugs, spray the water mix with vinegar to the mirror and the water mix with bleach to the sink and toilet and water for a little while and of course mop the floor and remove the trash and viola… Fresh and clean bathroom. 

Zone 3: Kitchen

Approximate time: 12 minutes (I would say about 20 minutes on ours)

Do the dishes. Load the dishwasher and start the cycle.

Declutter. Spend a minute or two removing any clutter from countertops-put items back in the cabinets, stash papers in a drawer. The emptier your counters, the cleaner your kitchen looks.

Pretreat. Notice hard-to-remove gunk on your stove or countertop? Scrape it up with the credit card. And use the eraser sponge to tackle any stubborn stains.

Clean the counters. Wet a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe countertops back-to-front, brushing crumbs onto the floor.

Wipe down appliances. Swipe the fridge, dishwasher and stove with

a damp cloth.

Tackle the floor. Starting in a far corner, sweep your way out. Then give the floor a fast once-over with a water-dampened microfiber mop, again working your way out.

***Nightly kitchen is kept clean. After dinner is done, dishes, pots, and etc. are washed immediately. Table and counter tops are wiped down with water mix with bleach and fabric softener. Microwave and stove top gets the wiped down too. Floors are swept and mop as well. 

Zone 4: Living Room
Approximate time: 15 minutes (abt 15 mins on us.)

Clear the clutter. Quickly scan the room to see what’s out of place. Stash scattered items like remotes and DVDS in drawers; neatly stack magazines on the coffee table.

Dust. Start in one corner of the room, and follow the same how-tos as in the bedrooms, working top-to-bottom and back-to-front so that the dust falls onto the floor. And if you have blinds, swipe them with the long-armed duster.

Make glass gleam. To clean glass surfaces, spray a microfiber cloth with your glass cleaner and wipe in wide circular motions, working from one back corner to the front.

Vacuum. Speed-vacuum yourself out of the room, starting in the farthest corner.

***Because after dinner we end up in the living room we get to clear and clean this area of the house before we leave for work/school which is pretty quick and on weekly basis this is the last if not the kitchen of my chores to be done.

Arianne Cohen is a contributing editor to Woman’s Day and author of Help, It’s Broken!: A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired.

***I love a place where things has its home, organize, clean and smelling fresh. I am an OCD by nature but not diagnose… LOLS. 😀

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1. Plants add life to any room and filter out pollutants. The easiest to care for: money plants, spider plants and succulents, which all do well year-round.

2. Improve a two-color scheme with texture. Above, shiny glass, matte ceramic and velvety leaves keep green and purple looking vibrant.

3. If a room seems scattered, add a dark brown or black item, like this sleek table. It brings focus and balance by naturally attracting your eye.

4. Add energy to your living room by moving the furniture around. For example, the sofa doesn’t have to sit against a wall. Go ahead—place it in the center of the room. You can “ground” it by putting a narrow table along the back.

5. Nothing perks up the bathroom like new accessories. Mix patterned towels into the rotation to brighten things up. We love these floral designs from Amy Butler for Welspun. Bath towel, $12.99 each; BedBathandBeyond.com.

6. Don’t keep beautiful objects that you’ve bought on vacation stored away. If there’s a gorgeous piece you’ve stashed, bring it out and display it!

7. It’s true—you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The entryway is the first area people see, and it should look neat and pulled together. Place a small table near the front door and display fresh flowers, cute catchalls for keys, and a mirror for appearance checks.

8. Use a rug as your focal point. Consider one meant for outside—they’re easy to clean and have a smaller price tag than wool or cotton. Thom Filicia for Safavieh Ackerman rug, $149 for 5′ x 8′; Safavieh.com for store locations.

9. Shop for home accessories in the junior section. Items meant for kids and teens, like the ones found at PBTeen.com and UrbanOutfitters.com, look great for less money, and often come in punchy colors.

10. Instead of replacing your carpets, get them professionally cleaned. You’ll be stunned at what a difference it can make to the look of a room. If there are serious stains, layer a rug on top to conceal them.

11. Get maximum visual and sentimental effect by grouping like photographs together. Reserve a wall for a grouping of black-and-white family photos. Family members and guests will love seeing your family history.

12. Wall decals are an inexpensive way to add major personality. And the best part? They’re temporary! When you’re ready to try something new, just peel them off. Wisteria pattern, $45; WhatisBlik.com.

13. Although a well-thought-out book collection is impressive, staring at stacks of paperbacks is not. Store them away or donate them to a local library. Odds are you won’t read them again, and your bookshelf will look better with hardcover titles.

14. Add a retro-cool feel to the kitchen by displaying clear glass jars (Ikea has great ones) with grains, coffee, tea and other non-perishables on an open shelf.

15. Reinvent cabinets by simply replacing the hardware. Available in a variety of styles and colors, they add a nice finishing touch to any room. Various knobs, $8–$14; Anthropologie.com.

16. Look inside your china cabinet for items that you never use, and use them in unexpected ways. For example, a low vase can be transformed into a super-glam pencil cup. Or try a saucer from your china set as a catchall for jewelry.

17. Make your bathroom look guest-ready, even if it’s just for you. Put out fresh flowers, neatly stacked towels and soap in a pretty container.

18. The quickest way to add color to a living room: throw pillows. And so many affordable options look luxe, like this purple pillow, $17, and green pillow, $20, from HomeGoods.

19. Add an industrial-chic edge to any room by replacing a light bulb with an exposed-filament one. You won’t even need a shade.

20. No one really needs to know what’s behind closed doors. If you need extra storage for knickknacks, gift wrap, paperwork or whatever else threatens to overcrowd your space, fill up a piece of furniture. As long as it has doors or drawers that keep what’s inside hidden, it doesn’t matter what’s in there.

21. Even Oscar the Grouch would smile if he hung out in this garbage can. A bright item will breathe some life into a monochromatic kitchen—and with any luck, encourage kids to clean up. Green garbage can, $25; HomeGoods.com for stores.

22. Looking for colorful, interesting, interactive objects to place on your coffee table? Pick out a few of your favorite books in a variety of sizes and colors, then display them front-and-center.

23. If you have a variety of objects that happen to be the same color, gather them from around the house and group them together to create an eye-catching display.

24. Gorgeous ribbon adds richness to any plain piece. Try adding a length to a lampshade, or sew some along the bottom portion of curtains. Assorted ribbon, prices vary; MJTrim.com

25. Replace that old-fashioned, dusty poster or painting over the mantel with an oversize mirror. It will make a clean, modern statement and reflect light.

26. Give an old piece of furniture new life by painting it a bright, fun color, like cobalt blue. And use a high-gloss finish. In addition to adding a bold shock of color to any room, a glossy finish is durable and can be cleaned easily.

27. Even without flowers, these vases make a statement. Create a group that shares a similar trait—here, all single-colored glass— and place in any dark corner to add sparkle. Yellow Vase, $3, and Red Vase, $5; IKEA.com.Purple Glass, Roost, $19.50; Sweet Charity.

28. Save money on drapes and buy stylish shower curtains instead. There are so many beautiful options out there— no one will have a clue that you spent half the price.

29. Wicker is not just for patios. The timeless material brings warmth to the living room, and its durable texture stands up to years of spills.

30. Breathe life into a dull bedroom with sharp lines and a pop of bright red. Harvey Nightstand, $99.95; CB2.com.

31. Make inexpensive shelves look more luxe by painting the wall behind them. In the room at left, a tonal red stripe echoes the rest of the room.

32. Has your couch seen better days? Instead of running out to buy a new one, extend the life of your old one with a slipcover.

33. Brighten up the kitchen and bathroom with a little greenery. Take small cuttings from plants around the house, place them in a simple cup or vase, and display in the sink area.

34. Get rid of dull mismatched knives and replace them with this unusual set, which will be sure to add a punch of color to any kitchen. Just make sure to keep them far away from the little ones. Pure Komachi 2 Set, $89.95; Amazon.com.

35. “Hang a collection of your favorite framed artwork in different sizes and frames to create a dynamic focal point in the room,” says Antonio Ballatore, host of HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment. “To retain a sense of balance, keep the rest of the walls plain.”

36. Give the illusion of a larger room without doing any construction. Paint walls a light color for an airy feel. To make a low ceiling seem higher, paint it a cool color, like dove gray—it will appear to recede away.

37. Remember to pay attention to details. Replace a drab switch plate with a festive one that incorporates other colors in the room. Switch plate, $32; Anthropologie.com.

38. Place candles or vases of various heights in a nonworking fireplace for another added area of interest.

39. Antonio Ballatore suggests installing dimmers to change the atmosphere of your room. “Dimmers are easy to install, and they’re cheaper than replacing the whole lighting scheme,” he says.

40. Wish your windows looked taller? Try this simple fix: Raise the curtain rod.

41. Add a colorful quilt to the foot of the bed for some brightness on dreary winter nights. DwellStudio for Target reversible quilts (avail. Feb. 21), $70 each; Target.com

42. Benches aren’t just for entryways. Place one at the foot of the bed to store extra things and create additional seating.

43. A surprising item, like the bright-yellow phone, adds whimsy to the bedroom. What do you have stored in your basement?

44. A modern lamp helps freshen up a super-traditional room. Dane Table Lamp, $99.95; CB2.com.

45. If you love a trendy color but are afraid to commit, try it out in small doses, says Erika Woelfel, color director at Behr paint. Paint an accent wall, door or inside the closet with a trendy color to avoid having it take over.

46. Rearrange your bed. Lots of people make the mistake of placing the bed in a corner to maximize space. The room will look much larger and balanced if the bed is centered against the wall, with room on either side.

47. Curate your own gallery by placing photos in same-color frames. Mismatched frames? No problem—it’s spray paint to the rescue!

48. Hanging your own wallpaper is now easy, inexpensive and beautiful. Try out different patterns in any room of the house with removable, readjustable wallpaper. Lolliprops Temporary Wallpaper in Gio, $74.95/ roll; Edie, $84.95/roll; TempaperDesigns.com.

49. A lacquered wall reflects light and adds a chic edge but can be pricey. For the same effect, use paint like Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra in a high-gloss finish; it combines primer and paint to save you time.

50. Edit, edit, edit! Does the living room feel cluttered? Take a good, honest look and think about what you really need. Then discard, donate or store.

***Decorating ideas made simple and found it at http://www.womansday.com. Enjoy!!!

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It’s really stressful to organize a home, an office or even your life but once the habit is there and you are getting the hang of it, it will be a lot easier than you expected.

Got some free time? Try to motivate yourself in maybe sorting your mails, filing them in category and even try to color code your closet and drawers.

We all need motivation to make everything a little bit easier and do not be ashamed to ask for help and your unused items can be a big help to others.

You see we got a lot of items used and unused just lying in our drawers or in the boxes of our garages or attic. Maybe one weekend if you ain’t that busy and got the energy to maybe sort some  things and donate them to a local charity.

You will be surprise of what a little motivation can do and makes your house clean and organize and makes you feel good as well.

Happy Cleaning, clearing, organized and arrange and make space.

Posted in Discipline & Behavior, Fun while learning, Thinking Time, Thoughts of Unknown

As we go…

As we aged (gracefully) of course. We learned a lot of things and by aging gracefully doesn’t mean that you are right (at all times).

We learned our mistakes through life’s experience and we learned to correct them by experiencing it as well.

We learned to compromise for the better of each other and the people that surrounds us.

We learned to accept that the truth hurts no matter what and a lie is still a lie no matter what.

We learned to let go of things and accept the good and bad as they come along.

We learned to be a better person to make the people we love a much better person.

And a whole lot more we learned, changed, accommodated to make our world a much better place to live in and making us a much better individual but, by changing and accommodating others doesn’t mean that we are wrong even if we are right and doesn’t mean we are right even if we are wrong.

We just need to compromise and choose our words wisely so that the other person will understanding us much better when things are being discuss. Sometimes, because of the choice of words we use and the body language we are using even if it is for the better of the situation sometimes it doesn’t turn out to be what we wanted.

We need to step back, inhale, evaluate, exhale slowly and assess of what just happen. Life is really crazy and it even gets crazier at times.

We I am in a heated situation I simply excused myself, get up slowly and just walked away from the situation. (if outside my home or somebody else’s place).

When situation like these arises at home I simple get up and walked towards my bedroom and stay there until things cools down.

We cannot fight fire with fire. Someone has to calm down and assess the situation and discuss things later on. Sometimes there are the need to bend down and ask for forgiveness but that doesn’t mean you are wrong and they are right. It just means you are showing your respect towards the other person.

Sometimes showing respect can be very weird but it doesn’t make you less of a person. It just makes you a lot better than the others.