Gather: Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Gather: Valentine's Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Hey there! It’s here today (Larysa’s daughter). With Valentine’s Day coming next week, I’ve been gathering up some lovely gift ideas around the web that caught my eye!

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about significant others! It’s also a great time to treat yourself or your girl friends to a little something special. Am I right, ladies?  :)

Enjoy the ideas in this post and be sure to check our Valentine’s Shop with many more gift ideas!

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Gather: Valentine's Gift Ideas

See many more gift ideas in our Valentine’s Shop!

Download these free Pretty Valentine’s Printables (over 20 designs).

Gather: Valentine's Gift Ideas

How to Clean Your House

How to Clean Your House

Since the very first time I mentioned my daily housekeeping routines many years ago on the blog, I’ve realized that many people have similar curiosities, questions and issues.

It makes sense that one of the most common subjects I’m asked about on a regular basis is in regards to housekeeping. I mean, it’s always fun to talk about decorating and everyone’s unique styles and all that.

But day to day, housekeeping is something we all deal with.

I get questions on specifics like how to keep elements in a house clean (like a sink, appliances, rugs, hardwood floors, tile, upholstery, furniture, counters, etc), my cleaning routines (how often I clean, what I clean, how to keep things clean, how to keep certain rooms clean), how to live with other people who make a house messy or dirty (husbands and kids!),  how I keep my house clean with dogs (or do I?), what products I clean my house with, questions on non-toxic and healthier household products, do I have a housekeeper, how to deal with all that clutter or how to get all the things organized.

It’s stuff most of us deal with, yes?

How to Clean Your House

I’ve written books that include some of those answers. In fact, I actually have a brand new book on organizing coming out April 3 that I can’t wait to share with you! I’ll tell you more about the book later, but if you’re excited, you can check it out and even pre-order it now ! I’ve written blog posts on a few of those topics, too. I’ve answered lots of readers questions in emails and on social media.

You probably know this, but I’m not a perfect housekeeper by any means. Besides the help of my husband on certain tasks, I still don’t have an official housekeeper (actually, I think that would be a dream come true).

But here’s the thing.

We have dogs, teen boys, people in and out, I run two busy businesses, we cook most meals at home, we have clutter, dust, dirt, and grime like everyone else…but in general, we strive to keep our house reasonably clean most of the time.

How to Clean Your House

You know my motto, I’ve shared it lots of times.

I want a “clean enough” house. 

What does that mean?

I have some higher standards for cleaning than maybe some people do, but my standard is not perfection (at least not on very many things hahah). I have certain things I can totally live with and other things that I just can’t or won’t. I’m laid back in many ways, too.

I’ve described a lot of my housekeeping mindsets in my books, but I know there are so many more questions I could answer for readers.

So all that to say, I’m thinking about sharing more details on my housekeeping methods and offering some of my tried-and-true tips.

In fact, because of the volume of questions that have been asked and how often this comes up in conversation, I may actually do a more comprehensive ongoing/periodic housekeeping series here on the blog. Would you guys be into that? I also want to share more of those types of daily things on stories if you follow me there (if you don’t, you should! I’d love to see you there!).

How to Clean Your House

Tell me about your housekeeping style! Are you somewhat tidy? Super clean? Crazy house? Dogs everywhere? Out of control? Or ask me questions! Let’s chat!

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