How To Create A Laundry Schedule That Actually Works

In this post, Jenn shares with you how she created a laundry schedule that is easy to follow and allows her to stay "caught up" with the laundry.  She also included a free laundry schedule blueprint that you can download and use. #laundry #laundryschedule #laundryscheduleforworkingmoms #laundryroutine #familylaundryschedule #familylaundryroutine #laundryprintable

Laundry- it's a never-ending chore.  As you sit and read this the laundry is piling up.  In this post, I'm going to share with you how I created a laundry schedule for my family that actually works.  I also created a freebie for you so you can set up a laundry routine too.

There has been a lifetime laundry debate going on.  Should laundry be done once a week or daily?  Which one will save you the most time?  Which one will be the least overwhelming?  

This debate has been going on for as long as I know.

Everyone has their own opinion and you're going to be getting yet another opinion to the classic laundry debate.

I get overwhelmed easily.  It's the way I was built.  Over the years I've found that I need as much structure as possible for the housework to get done and for me to not get overwhelmed.

As you can imagine laundry is one of those chores that can be extremely overwhelming.  Everyone needs something cleaned "like yesterday..." and the laundry never gets done.

It's like dishes.  There's always something to clean.

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Since my daughters are older getting "dibs" on the washer and dryer has become the biggest fight in the house.  It was time for a change.

Yes, another schedule.

Like I mentioned earlier, I get overwhelmed easily so schedules are exactly what I and my entire family needed to survive.

So I created a laundry schedule- a laundry schedule that actually works.  AND I want to share this schedule with you.

For this overwhelmed momma, daily laundry with a schedule was exactly what I needed to be able to breathe without a paper bag taped to my face.

But before I was able to live a life with laundry peace I needed to create a schedule that would allow the white flags to fly.

Setting up your laundry schedule

The reason why I get so overwhelmed with laundry is that I never know what I should clean first.  It seems like every laundry basket is overflowing and there's never a day that I can "catch up" on the household laundry until the living room blankets are walking around by themselves.

By that time I tell them to take a shower and they obey.

Putting together a schedule I can stick to so all of the laundry gets done (without the embarrassing - "I don't know when that was cleaned last thought") was a little tricky.  Here's how I broke that up:

  • Everyone's clothes got a day
  • Everyone's bedding got a day
  • The house got a day

Then I needed to assign days to everything.

I knew that my washer and dryer were going to be working every day and I was okay with that from the beginning because it already was going every day.

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It's important to assign light laundry days to your busier days and heavy laundry days to your slower days.  When you're not home to stay on top of the laundry it can be tricky to remember and be efficient.

Here's how our family laundry schedule came out:

  • Monday-Household
  • Tuesday-Youngest bedding
  • Wednesday-Our laundry
  • Thursday-Free day
  • Friday-Our bedding
  • Saturday-Our laundry
  • Sunday-Youngest laundry

Since my oldest is away at college and not using our washer and dryer the demand for laundry has gone down.

How I broke up the laundry days

Mondays are for household laundry.  This includes bathroom towels, shower curtain, curtains, table cloths, blankets, kitchen towels and anything other household linens that need to be laundered.  

Typically Monday's are my deep cleaning days so I'm home scrubbing everything and it makes it easy for me to do the household laundry on this day.

Tuesdays my youngest strips her bedding before school and I wash, dry, and make her bed for her.

Wednesday I do our laundry.

Thursday is a free day.  This is the day that I play "catch up" on any laundry that might need to be done that I haven't scheduled.  I've found that this ends up being more household laundry.

Friday is our bedding.

Saturday is our second laundry day for the week.

Sunday is my youngest's laundry day.  She gets Sunday so she has an empty laundry basket to start the school week off with.

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How to make this your own

Now I know your laundry schedule will look nothing like my laundry week.  Every family is different however the process is the same.  That's why I created Momma's Laundry Schedule Blueprint.

The Momma's Laundry Schedule Blueprint includes a weekly schedule plus a worksheet to help you create your own perfect laundry schedule for your household.  Click the button below to download your free copy.

I would love to know in the comments below, what type of things do you do to stay "caught up" with your laundry?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few other posts below that I thought you might enjoy!

Have an amazing day,


How To Clean Your Dirty Deck To Make It As Good As New

Removing a slimy green film from your deck couldn't be easier.  In this post, Jenn shares how she was able to remove that film from her back deck by using 3 items in no time at all.  She also included a free checklist so you can do this yourself.  #cleaning #outdoormaintenance #deckmaintenance #removemoss #homemaintenance

I live in the pacific northwest and that means during the fall and winter we receive a lot of rain.  When I say a lot, I'm not exaggerating we're talking 2-3 inches a day.

The other day the rain had cleared (for a short time) and I decided that I wanted to do a little bit of yard work in the backyard.  The third step I took onto our deck caused me to bite it.  It was a bloopers moment that I'm so glad no one witnessed me sliding, falling, and bouncing three times...

The problem was with all of the rain that we've received over the past 5 months has allowed a nice layer of green slime to form on our deck.  This is a common problem for anyone who lives in a rainy climate.

The combo of short rainy dark days causes moss to duplicate like I've never seen before.

It was past time for the deck to be cleaned so I got to it.  In this post, I'm going to share with you how I was able to take my slimy, moss-covered deck and make it look as good as new with only 2 ingredients (that most everyone has at home already), a scrub brush, and a little bit of elbow grease.

Obviously, the idea of cleaning your deck makes taking your kids to the dentist seem like a day at the park.  

It's important not to neglect areas of your home because they will cost you in the long run.  This is our second deck because I didn't do anything with it.  We didn't reseal it or clean it.  We took our deck for granted and then we ended up with a deck that was rotting away.

Since we invested so much time, money, sweat, blood, and yes a TON of tears I want to make sure our deck lasts and lasts.

The good news is, cleaning the deck cost me under $10.  All I needed was a Costco size thing of baking soda, some water, and a scrub brush.

I put together a free checklist to help you take the same steps I took to clean my deck.  You can download it by clicking the button below.

Now I'd like to walk you through the steps I took to quickly clean the deck.

Clear it out

The first thing I did was cleared off the deck.  Since it was January the deck was pretty much empty.  Our furniture and BBQ were packed away so they were clear of the elements.

As you can see below, the deck started turning a green color...

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As you can see, this is exactly why I bit it.  The entire deck was covered in this green slimy film.

Wet it down & work in sections

Once the deck was clear, I hosed down the deck making sure the deck was wet.

Then, working in sections I sprinkled some baking soda and then started scrubbing.


I found that if I didn't work in sections the baking soda would dissolve and be washed away when I rinsed the sections.

The other great thing I found working in sections is I could see how nice the deck looked.


As you can see, the scrubbing really help remove the green film quickly.  

You can also see the wood going back to its "normal" color.


Here's another shot of how much better the deck looks.


Here's an after picture of what the deck looked like.  

With a little bit of time and elbow grease, I was able to remove the green slime from my deck and I'm happy to report it's safe to walk on the deck.  

This might not be something that needs to be done in all climates but if your area gets a lot of rain then this is probably a good idea.

Once the weather turns to more sun and less rain I'll be ready to seal and stain the deck again.

If you are in need of scrubbing your deck you can take the same steps I took.  I've put a checklist together for you so you can clean your deck with ease.

I would love to know in the comments below, what do you do to maintain your deck?  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Below are a few other posts that I thought you might like.

How To Make Your Kitchen Sparkle Once And For All

Knowing what needs to be cleaned when seems like an impossible thing to master.  In this post, Jenn shares what needs to be cleaned when and how to make your kitchen sparkle without feeling overwhelmed.  Included is a free checklist. #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaningchecklist #cleankitchenchecklist #cleankitchen #wheretostartcleaning #cleanroutine

Cleaning the kitchen is something that seems like is never done.  It's like laundry...Never. Ending.  Am I right?

As much as we try to keep our kitchen clean there is always something that needs to be done.  The problem is, it's hard to know what to do when.  In this post, I'm going to walk you through how to thoroughly deep clean your kitchen.  

How to thoroughly deep clean your kitchen

I'm going to break this down to what should be done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, twice a year, and yearly.  I've put together a checklist so you don't have to worry about remembering what needs to be done when.  I've tried that before I know how impossible that truly is!

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My kitchen hasn't always been clean.  

My kitchen was a place for everything.  Since our kitchen is the "central hub" for us all to gather it seems logical that the kitchen would be the place that the mail falls, homework hangs out, and my daughter's phone with wheels end up (moms you get this).

My biggest frustration was that I needed an hour to clean my kitchen before I cooked dinner then I needed another hour and a half to clean up the mess from dinner, homework, and play time.

I couldn't keep up.  

It was time for a system so that's what I did.

To be honest, this wasn't something that took overnight.  It took a lot of practice from everyone.  Setting up a system doesn't just change what you do but it does affect your family too.

The first thing was no more non-kitchen stuff in the kitchen was allowed.  This cut the clutter and cut the time it took me to clean the kitchen.

Then it was time to figure out what needed to be cleaned and then how often.  

About 10 years ago I invested in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook this handbook is a beast.  It's got everything that you need to clean and more.  What to clean, how to clean it, how often, and what to use.  If you haven't seen it, you can check it out here.

This book is great, but I needed a quick reference guide so that's exactly what I did.

I wrote out everything that needed to be cleaned and then grouped them into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, twice a year, and yearly.  

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Here's what I came up with.

Daily cleaning

As much as you want to avoid daily cleaning it has to be done if you want to keep up.  

Each day I came up with:

  • Wash dishes (this will probably be more than once a day depending on your family size and how many meals you prepare at home)
  • Wipe down counters
  • Clean up spills as they happen (this save a ton of time in the long run)
  • Sweep floor
  • Disinfect the sink
  • Clean out coffee pot
  • Switch out towels
  • Switch out dish rag or disinfect the kitchen sponge (dishwasher or boiling water)

Every morning I like to unload the dishwasher from the night before.  I'm usually doing this while I'm making breakfast for everyone.  Then I load the dishwasher wipe down the counters and I'm usually good until lunch.

If I'm home alone, the afternoon is quite easy.  I just do my lunch dishes and that's it.

If the family is home I usually make everyone lunch, do those dishes, wipe down the counter and run the dishwasher.

At dinner time I unload the dishwasher and load as I go.  When we're all done with dinner I load the dishwasher, set it on a delay to run at midnight.  

This is when I complete the rest of the chores on the list.  So I clean out the coffee pot, switch out the towels, add the sponge to the dishwasher after I've wiped down the counters (again...), and then I complete my cleaning with a quick sweep of the kitchen floor.

Sure that may seem like a lot but it does go by fast if you do this every single day.  The biggest thing is keeping up and cleaning as you go.

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Weekly cleaning

The weekly cleaning is the semi-deep cleaning and sometimes can be the forgotten chores.  What I came up with for weekly cleaning was:

  • Mop floors
  • Clean the microwave (how often do you open the microwave and cringe?)
  • Remove old food from the fridge 
  • Take fridge inventory (this helps with meal planning)
  • Clean stove top
  • Wipe down cabinets & appliance fronts

If you are doing the daily cleaning your weekly cleaning really isn't that bad.  I've found that once I started doing this weekly cleaning every week it went by so fast.

Usually, Monday is my deep cleaning day.  This is the first day that the family is gone for the week and I can clean up after them.

I start off by wiping out the microwave and polishing the front.  Then I remove old food from the fridge and take inventory of items that I need to buy at the grocery store.  

Sure that might not be technically cleaning but I'm in there and it needs to be done.

Then I clean the stove top.  I have a glass cooktop so I use my AP cleaner and a microfiber cloth to polish.  

I take the same cleaner and cloth and clean all of the cabinet and appliance fronts.

I finish off the kitchen cleaning with mopping the floor.

** Cleaning tip **

Clean from top to bottom this will help with crumbs, dust, and other weird stuff that falls. 

Monthly cleaning

The monthly cleaning list is a little long but these are things that need to be done just not that often.  I like to call this my deep cleaning time.

Here's what I came up with:

  • Dust cabinet and appliance tops
  • Clean pantry
  • Take inventory of fridge, freezer, and pantry
  • Clean stove burner liners (if applicable)
  • Clean garbage disposal (if applicable)
  • Vacuum and wash all corners
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Clean out freezer
  • Wash the window and window cill/sill

So the monthly cleaning list can be a little overwhelming but it does go by rather quickly once you're in it.

If your cabinets are not all the way up to the ceiling then the tops need to be dusted along with the items that are up there.  So every month I wipe down the cabinet tops, the top of the fridge, and microwave.

Then I like to head over to the pantry and dust, reorganized, and vacuum the shelves and floor.  I've found doing this each month really does help keep the pantry in good "working order".

After the pantry is in working order I jump over to the freezer and clean it out.  So often we'll just through things in there and completely forget so each month I like to go through everything.  If it's during the cold months I dump out the ice so we are getting fresh ice.

After the pantry and freezer are cleaned out I like to take inventory of the items in the pantry, freezer, and fridge.  You can simply write down everything you have on a piece of paper and store it in a home management binder or kitchen binder.  

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You can check out my Ultimate Busy Mom Planner for inventory sheet (and WAY more, like organize your entire life more).

Then if you have coil burners or a gas stove you'll want to clean out the burner liners.  The easiest way if there's stuck on food is to soak them in hot soapy water.

Your garbage disposal needs to be cleaned and freshened (if you have one).  The best way to do this is to cut up a lemon and run it through then follow with some boiling water.  Your sink will smell lemony fresh.

Every day the floors are swept and the counters are wiped down but it's good to really get into those corners and clean them.  So once a month I grab the vacuum and using the hose attachment I vacuum all of the corners (floors and counters) then I wash them with my AP cleaner and a rag.

The light fixtures are something that seems to be forgotten.  Once a month I like to dust the light fixtures.  

Then I finish off my monthly cleaning with washing the window and window cill/sill (depending on your spelling).

Later on in this post, I'll share a few tips that I use to get through the cleaning so it doesn't seem like the only thing you're doing is cleaning.

Quarterly cleaning

Quarterly cleaning is something that I never did but I have found that it is really important for more than just keeping your kitchen clean.  By doing some of this cleaning helps with clutter, and gives life to small appliances.

Here's my quarterly cleaning list:

  • Mop under fridge and oven
  • Wash light fixtures
  • Wash oven/vent filter
  • Polish stove top
  • Polish appliance fronts
  • Clean out small appliances
  • Replace water filter
  • Clean dishwasher filter
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean faucet
  • Clean spice jars and update spices as needed
  • Clean garbage can
  • Clean out kitchen cabinets
  • Clean pantry jars (flour, sugar, etc. containers)
  • Co through kitchen gadgets toss and replace if needed
  • Clean fridge coils
  • Clean fridge filter
  • Clean window blinds/curtains
  • Go through canned foods and toss expired food

Okay, yes, I know this is a very long list.  The good news is, these items only need to be done 4 times a year so every 3 months I make a date with my kitchen and do the thorough deep kitchen cleaning.

It sucks but it's so worth it.

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Each appliance gets a little bit of a "tune-up".  Filters are cleaned, fronts are polished, (if they can be) they're pulled out dusted and cleaned underneath.

Appliances are expensive to replace so I like to make sure that I do my part by making them "good-as-new".

Every month I take a Swiffer duster to the light fixtures but every 3 months I like to wash the glass fixtures with soap and water.  This helps keep the lights bright in the kitchen.

Then about every 3 months, I like to wash out the inside of the garbage can.  This helps with any weird smells that might be starting and the garbage looks nice.

The faucets need a little bit of TLC so I like to clean the faucets.  I take a scrubber to them and then let them soak in white vinegar for about an hour.  Then I rinse and they're good as new.

The biggest part of the quarterly cleaning is going through and cleaning the spice jars, pantry jars, and going through all of the cabinets.

However, if you take a look in your drawers and cabinets you'll find food particles (how they get there I'll never know) so about every 3 months is a good time to clean all of the drawers, cupboards, pantry, spice jars, and all of the jars that store the flour, sugar, etc.

The last thing that you'll want to do is clean the window blinds/curtains.  If you're anything like me, this is something that I forget to do.  But they look so great when they're clean.

Twice a year

Thank goodness that the twice a year list and once a year list are small because the monthly and quarterly lists are quite overwhelming.

Here's what I came up with:

  • Clean the oven
  • Wash the walls

So with that being said twice a year, I like to clean the inside of the oven.  Since I have a self-cleaning oven I just turn it on and let the oven do the work.  

I don't stop there though, I clean the oven racks.  Throughout the months they turn yellow and brown from spills, grease, and other questionable things.  So while they're out because the oven is at 1 million degrees to clean I soak them in the tub in hot soapy water for about an hour.

I scrub and whatever didn't come off from the first soak I take baking soda and vinegar to those areas.  That combo works like a charm.

Then I finish off my twice yearly cleaning with washing the walls.  I have no idea how spaghetti sauce makes its way onto the ceiling but it does.  I take a sponge with a scrubber back and wash all of the -- who knows what -- off the walls.

And that's it.

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Yearly cleaning

The yearly cleaning isn't really cleaning but some maintenance that needs to be done.

  • Calibrate the oven

That's it.  The oven takes a beating in our home.  I use it almost every day so it needs to be calibrated so it stays at the temp I need it.

How to actually follow the cleaning checklist

I know what you're thinking.  

This is too much!

Yes, it's a lot to do but I have a few tips that I use and I want to share them with you.

1. I clean throughout the day.  

My daily cleaning gets done a little at a time.  Sure I might do the dishes more than once a day but I'm trying to "keep up with the mess".

2. Clean as I go

During the day, I clean as I go.  I put things away as soon as I'm done with them so I don't have to do it later which seems like it takes longer.  Or--not getting done at all.

3. Break up the cleaning

The weekly, monthly, and quarterly cleaning I like to break up so I'm not feeling like I'm cleaning all of the time.  

For example, Monday's I focus on the floors.  Since my family has been home all weekend tracking in this and that and spilling this and that I like to scrub the floors.  Tuesdays I like to focus on dust.  

Sometimes I'll spend a little bit of time cleaning the light fixtures.

4. Create a clean routine

Setting up a clean routine is probably the one thing that has helped me the most.  If you'd like a cleaning routine I've written a few blog posts on them.  One for you and one for your family.

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Setting up a family cleaning routine

5. Delegate some of the cleanings

Once you have created a cleaning routine for yourself it's good to get the family involved.  Since everyone makes the mess and lives in the house then why not have everyone help.  

That's why I like to delegate some of the cleanings so all of the cleanings hasn't fallen on my shoulders.

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In conclusion

Being thorough with your kitchen cleaning takes a lot of work but if you have a plan it doesn't have to be that overwhelming.

By doing a little bit every day you're going to be able to keep up.  Your kitchen will be cleaner and you'll notice that your appliances will last longer.  

The fear of looking at the back of the fridge will go away since you're clearing out old food each week making your life that much better.

I did create the Kitchen Sparkle Blueprint.  Inside the Kitchen Sparkle Blueprint, you'll find everything that I talked about in this post.  

The blueprint is broken into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, twice a year, and yearly job.  This will help eliminate some of the overwhelm and you can know exactly what needs to be done when.

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I want to thank you so much for stopping by.  I've included a few other posts below that I thought you might love.

Have an amazing day,


How To Update Your Dining Room In Under 20 Minutes

Here's a quick and simple way to make your dining room table look amazing.  In this post, Jenn shares how she was able to update her kitchen table in under 20 minutes after her Ikea trip. #shoppingtrip #organizing #organizedhome #ikea #diningroomtable #cleanhome

If you've been following along through my January IKEA shopping trip then you've seen my shopping trip, my haul, and finally today I'm sharing my first transformation.  

My dining room has never been how I've wanted it.  With kids, most rooms are.  Since my girls are older now, I thought it was time to update my dining room.  

I wanted to start small to see how it would go.  I wanted to walk into my dining room and feel happy, accomplished, and proud of what I've done.  

Let's begin.

I started out with just my table.  I do like to use a tablecloth on my table to help preserve my table, for easy clean-up, and it helps with the decor.  However, I the tablecloth and napkins just didn't do anything.  

They seemed out of place and miss matched.

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So I changed out the tablecloth and napkins.  But I didn't just end there.  I purchased a few orchids at IKEA and some planters to hold them in.  I also purchased a table runner.

I really like the bowl with the lemons so I kept that where it was.  

Here's what I came up with:

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I really liked how much it changed the room.  But I didn't stop there.  I pulled out some off-white napkins and my silver beaded napkin ring holders and added them to the table.  

Here's how that came out:

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I couldn't believe how great my mismatched table looked.  So I went a little overboard and grabbed the good dinnerware and added that to the table.

Here's how that looked:

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So yes, like I said I went a little overboard.  But I was so happy to see my table look like a "grown-up" table.  

I made sure to make a special dinner so we could eat dinner at our newly decorated table.

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In a matter of just a few minutes, I went from my old mismatched dining room table to a nicely matched dining room table that I made me happy to look at.

The entire project cost me under $50 and took me under 20 minutes to do.

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I hope this post has inspired you to think outside the box a little and create a beautiful dining room table without having to break the bank or your budget.

Keep a lookout for the next project that I will be revealing.  If you want to check out what Katie with Organizing Mom's came up with during her IKEA shopping trip you can read that here.  In the meantime, you can take a look at the first 2 IKEA posts I shared recently.  Thank you so much for stopping by, have an amazing day.


What I achieved with my IKEA Haul

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If you read the post before about My January IKEA Shopping Trip then you know that IKEA is my favorite store (you can click here to read that post).  I call it the Organizer's Disneyland.  My good friend Katie with Organizing Moms and I headed up north on a field trip while the husbands were at work and the kids were in school.    

In this post, I'm going to show you everything that I bought while at IKEA.  So I guess you could call this my IKEA haul post.

Make sure to check back soon for more posts about what I did with my haul and how I was able to transform my home.

Let's begin.  

I first want to say it was really hard for me not to buy everything I saw there.  I felt that I was quite disciplined this time around by spending under $100!

There was one item I wanted to buy but they were out of stock.  I will probably be purchasing that the next time I go up.  

Which item?

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They were out of stock of this plant stand.  I thought this would be perfect in my dining room under the window.  It would be the perfect place for me to store my veggie starts before they go into the garden.  Hopefully, I can grab this next month!

So what did I get?  Let's begin!

This time I really wanted to focus on small projects.  This trip was my inspiration for future projects.  As you can see below, I didn't go overboard.

A couple of orchid plants, an aloe plant, shelf liners was the start of my shopping haul.

At $0.49 I couldn't leave this pots.  They were perfect for me to add my orchids and aloe plants to.

One thing that I've been needing to do for so long is adding shelf liner to my kitchen cupboards.  Since I didn't pre-measure my drawers and cupboards I know I will be needing more.  I got 2 sets to get me started.

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I loved these little chocolate molds and they were marked down to $0.49 so I needed to add that to my haul for sure!  

I knew coming in that I wanted to update my dining room table so I purchased this tablecloth and table runner to do just that.

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No house can have enough spray bottles.  I like to have them in every bathroom so you can quickly clean the shower right after you get out.  This helps with soap scum and mildew.  I'll be creating a post about this in the future.

You can't beat the price either.  Another markdown to $0.49!  Yes, I grabbed 3!

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Finally, I purchased some chalk.  The other day I bought some chalkboard paint at Target to redo my spices.  I tried to use chalkboard markers but it just didn't work so I'm going to give these a try.  I'll be creating a post about that coming soon.

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As you can see I was able to restrain myself from buying up the entire warehouse.  Check back soon to see how I was able to put my haul to use.  

If you haven't checked out Katie with Organizing Mom's post yet to see what she bought and what projects she came up with I encourage you to do so!  You can see them here.

I want to thank you so much for stopping by, make sure you check out the transformation posts that will be added very soon!

Have an amazing day!