Favorite Blogs of the Week

There are so many link-up blog parties going on nowadays and I think you can really get lost in them, so I thought I would highlight a few blog posts that have caught my eye this week.

Hopefully this will help inspire other bloggers to take the time to personally lift up those bloggers they really enjoy reading in an effort to increase the blogger’s followers.

Feel free to hop on over and check out some of my favorite posts of the week!

Home Remodeling Tip: Living Room Furnishings

Home Remodeling Tip: Living Room Furnishings

This post by Zen of Zada gives you detailed instructions on how to turn your living room into a room you’ll love to be in!

The Clutter Creep and Why We Allow It to Happen

The Clutter Creep and Why We Allow It to Happen

This post by I’m an Organizing Junkie helps us understand why we allow clutter into our lives.

Commit to a Debt Free Christmas

Commit to a Debt Free Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and Budget Loving Military Wife has some great tips for staying within your budget during the holidays.

Talk Yourself Into Something!

Talk Yourself Into Something!

If you need motivation in your life to tackle the “impossible”, The Super Organizer can help you get one step closer!

Easy Ways to Live Healthier

Easy Ways to Live Healthier

Karama offers 9 quick, simple tips for healthier living. They’re so effortless and easy, you could begin implementing each one today!

Those are just a FEW of the posts I found worthy of sharing. I could have selected so many more, but lack of time prevented it. I’ll try to get more up next week. In the meantime, check them out and give them a “follow” if you like what you see. Have a wonderful day! :)

5 Tips to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

BHG.com

BHG.com

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult if you’re spending most of the night sneezing, sniffling or wheezing.

Consider these 5 tips for making your bedroom more comfortable during allergy season.

  1. Adding a ceiling fan to the room will help keep the air circulating. Just make sure you dust it regularly or you’ll be circulating dust throughout the room.
  2. Getting rid of carpet and installing hardwood floors will eliminate dirt and dust getting trapped in the fibers and hardwood is easier to keep clean.
  3. Install wooden blinds instead of curtains for the same reasons as hardwood floors: curtains trap dust and wood is easier to clean.
  4. Add an air purifier to the room. An air purifier can help remove dust, pollen and smoke that may be circulating in the air and causing allergic reactions.
  5. Use plastic bins to store items and avoid fabric ones that can trap dust.

In addition to those allergy-proofing tips, here are 5 cleaning tips to keep dust and mold at bay.

  1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuum upholstery and curtains.
  2. Dust walls and ceiling fans often.
  3. Move furniture monthly and vacuum under and behind it.
  4. Dust with a microfiber cloth instead of a duster which can throw dust around.
  5. Wash bed sheets every week in hot water.

Hopefully these tips can help you get a handle on removing allergens from your home and allow you and your family to breathe easier during this upcoming allergy season! :)

Feel free to comment with any tips you may have to allergy-proof your home.

 

5 Quick and Easy Tips to Control Your Spending

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Now that summer is almost behind us and the cozy days of fall and winter are approaching, let’s check out 5 ways we can reign in and control our spending for the next few months.

  1. Pick one day each week and declare a “No Spending” day. No money transactions are allowed including online shopping, having food delivered, grocery shopping, or drug store runs. Implementing a “No Spending” day will allow you to become more mindful of where and how you spend your money.
  2. On the days you are allowing yourself to spend, use cash as much as possible. Studies show that we typically overspend when paying with a credit or debit card. Using cash will also help you pay attention to where your money is going.  I’ve tried this method and trust me, it works!
  3. Pack lunches for work a few days a week. Figure out how much you typically spend on lunch (including drinks!) and transfer that amount into your savings each time you bring lunch to work. Instant savings! :)
  4. Unsubscribe to all of the shopping emails you receive.  Once you unsubscribe you will no longer be tempted by sales and coupons that hit your email multiple times a day.
  5. Give yourself a mani/pedi instead of going to the salon. If you’re used to going to the salon regularly, try skipping an appointment here and there and paint your nails yourself. This could cut your costs in half!

There you have it…5 quick tips to help you gain control of your spending. If you have any other tips to add, feel free to add them in the comments section. :)

 

10 Ways to Save Money in September

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Each month of the year brings new opportunities to save money. Here are a few bargains to be had in the month of September.

  1. Patio Furniture-Stores that sell this type of furniture are anxious to get rid of their inventory. If you even think you’ll need new patio furniture next year, now is the time to go shopping!
  2. Grills-Same issue as patio furniture: Stores are trying to move warm weather inventory out of the store.
  3. Airline Tickets-September is the best time of year to purchase airline tickets to visit family and friends over the holidays.
  4. Older versions of iPhones-New versions are usually released in September, so older versions are being sold at deep discounts.
  5. Gardening Tools-Again, stores are trying to move summer inventory out to make room for cold-weather items.
  6. Cars-September is a great time to buy a new car because dealerships are getting ready to bring in next year’s models and they need a place to park them.
  7. Summer Clothes-You will be able to find summer clothing on clearance in abundance during the month of September. When shopping for summer clothes for next year, be sure to buy solids and classic pieces. Patterns and trends can quickly go out of style.
  8. School Supplies-After the back-to-school rush, stores are left with too many school supplies and sell them at deep discounts. Stock up for this year and next.
  9. Bikes-Because people aren’t typically in the market for bikes in the fall, you should be able to find some really good deals in September.
  10. Lawn Mower-If you think you’ll need a new lawn mower for next year, now’s the time to consider purchasing one. Stores will try to move these items out to replace them with snow blowers.

Those are just a few ways to help you save money in September. If you know of any others, please leave them in the comments section and let us know! :)

5 Back-to-School Organizing Tips

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If you live with children that attend school, they are either already back in school or about to return.

Here are a few tips to help ease the transition:

  1. If you haven’t already, begin getting everyone back on a sleep schedule. Have everyone go to bed and get up the same time each day to reset their internal clocks so they won’t be tired those first few weeks.
  2. Begin planning their lunches if they will be bringing them to school. Purchase needed supplies such as a thermos, sandwich containers, lunchboxes, utensils, napkins, etc. Sit with them and plan the lunches they would like to take. Create a weekly grocery list based on these items so you will always have them on hand.
  3. Decide on a space in your home for backpacks, coats, shoes and papers from school. If everyone knows where to place their items when they come in, they’ll be less likely to just drop them on the floor.
  4. Think of how you want to store and keep track of papers from school. You could purchase an inexpensive file box and create folders to hold weekly newsletters from the teachers, graded papers, artwork, informational papers from the school and progress reports/report cards. Ideally, you could store a year’s worth of papers for 2 children in one file box. At the end of each marking period you could purge the items from the folders and discard what you don’t need. There’s an app called Artkive that allows you to take pictures of your child’s artwork and then create a photo book. We use this app all the time and love it!
  5. Set up a homework station in an area where the child will not be distracted. If they are young and need your help with homework, keep them close by, but keep distractions to a minimum. It’s good to have a container near them that holds all of their needed supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, pencil sharpener, calculator, etc.) so they don’t need to get up every time they need something.

If you have any additional tips to add, I’d love to read them in the comments section below! :)