Keeping a Move-In Ready House Clean With Swiffer Giveaway!! (Sponsored post)

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That’s me in the middle.

If you know who that is, you’re excited!

But you might also think something looks a little funny. Here’s the real picture:

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Within moments of posting that photo, a friend edited it.

I met Jonathan Scott (and only Jonathan) at a Swiffer (and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) event recently. (Remember, I’m a Swiffer ambassador this year.) He’s a spokesperson singing the praises of using Swiffer products to make it easier to keep things clean after a move. Here he is sharing his cleaning tips on video.

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Y’all, he was so nice. Very funny, very excited to talk to anybody and everybody, and just generally fun.

Some of my favorite tips Jonathan (my friend Jonathan . . . ) shared that are perfect for those selling a house or moving into one (or anyone else, really):

If your hardware (drawer and cabinet pulls and handles) is in bad shape, clean it with a Magic Eraser. He says that many times, these pieces are just grimy and a good cleaning makes a huge difference.

Pay attention to the areas around doorknobs and lightswitches. They get nasty. Use a Magic Eraser to clean them off easily.

Use a Magic Eraser to easily remove stickers and their residue from the bottoms of coffee cups, etc.

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OK. Now that I’ve written the tips I remember, I realize they’re all about Magic Erasers instead of Swiffer. But we all know how much easier cleaning is with Swiffer, right? If you’re not sure, see the other posts I’ve written as a Swiffer ambassador here and here.

I also loved that Swiffer gave me an assignment to gift a recently-moved-or-moving-soon friend a set of Swiffer goodness! I knew immediately who I would surprise with the two green boxes. My friend, just moved into a home with all wood floors. She (and her cutie-pie) were excited to get the tools. This is something that Swiffer often does for people who move Habitat for Humanity homes, giving them the tools they need to maintain their new places!

The daughter of my just-moved-in friend opening their Big Green Box of Swiffer fun!

And y’all, because I know how excited you get, I get to do ANOTHER Swiffer giveaway!!! Same old rules, but I’ll state them again.

You must comment on this post to be entered. (If you’re reading via email, click on the title of the post to get to the blog and leave a comment.) U.S. residents only. (Sorry!) One commenter will win. One comment per person. Prizes are provided by Swiffer, not me. I’ll use to pick a comment number randomly. If (and this is the most important part) you are the winner, you MUST reply to my email within 48 hours of the time when I sent it. So pretty please, use an email address you check regularly. The giveaway will end at 9 p.m. Central time on June 20, 2016. See all my giveaway policies here.

Here’s what’s included:

Swiffer Sweeper Small Box Starter Kit
Wet refills
Dry refills
Swiffer Duster
Duster refills
About a $50 value.
Yay! And happy commenting!!!

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Moving Stress – How Clutter Doesn’t Help

Moving is stressful, but it's also an opportunity to declutter!

Hubby is moving to a new office after 11 years.

11 years in one place means there’s clutter to deal with. As the wife, I’ve been helping. Strangely, though, he doesn’t seem to value my decluttering expertise the way someone else might.

I’ve mostly been trying to be supportive. Just being there as he goes through things and offering opinions when he asks for them.

The main thing I’ve encouraged him to do? Don’t make assumptions about piles (or entire drawers) full of things you assume are ALL sentimental things.

The most obvious decluttering advantage that moving provides is the opportunity to purge on two sides. Purge as we pack and purge as we unpack.

But it’s just so tempting to assume we know what’s in a pile or a drawer and blindly pack it up. He opened a file drawer and said, “Oh, this is all sentimental stuff from years past. Gifts and cards and things.”

Have I mentioned that he tends to be more sentimental than me?

I told/encouraged him to go ahead and look at things as he put them in the moving box because he might find things that aren’t sentimental. The more he can go ahead and trash those things, the less he’ll have to pack, move, and deal with on the other end as he unpacks.

He was surprised to find that there was quite a bit that he didn’t even remember, or that didn’t bring up any emotion and he could purge easily.

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Yay for having less to move.

But y’all, this office-packing experience has me in full-on dread of his eventual retirement. Because there’s a wholotta stuff that looks cool and interesting and quirky in his office but I have no place for in my home. It may not be as breezy of a conversation when we pack up that office.

I’m grateful there’s no need for a stopping place between offices. The stuff can go straight to its new home, even if it can’t be unpacked immediately.

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But that brings me to a good place to mention my new partnership with I’m a spokesperson for them, and they’re all about moving right now. This time (end of May, beginning of June) is officially moving season, and it’s the time of year when more Americans move than at any other time.

If you’re moving and have some up-in-the-air-no-place-to-dump-your-stuff time between homes (or offices), check out their tool for finding the best price and coolest features on storage options near you.

SpareFoot conducted a survey specifically about moving and clutter, and (as a chronic clutter discusser) I thought the results were interesting.

Reasons people hold on to things they don't use! (Not shocked over here!)

And oh my, haven’t we had all of these discussions here on the blog:

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Does the thought of moving inspire you to declutter, or does it completely overwhelm you? 


Three Ways Your Laundry Routine Can Keep You From Ironing

Hate ironing Adjust your laundry routine instead!

Doing laundry is required. Ironing is (usually) optional.

I actually don’t hate ironing as long as I have plenty of time available to do it properly. And as long as there’s no clutter piled on the ironing board.

Hahahahaha!!! As if! Plenty of time . . . do it properly . . . no clutter?!?! (Let me catch my breath!)

Here are ways I’ve learned to adjust my laundry routine so I can avoid ironing whenever possible.

1. Don’t overload my washing machine or dryer.

I mentioned this in Friday’s post. It’s still true today. When you shove too many clothes into a load, they come out wrinkled. When my aunt told me this, I nodded knowingly (I’m good at that), but I didn’t know. I was a chronic shover, and would get frustrated when a freshly washed-and-dried load was wrinkly.

If clothes don’t have room to move around in the washing machine and dryer, they’re never going to be able to stretch out enough to not be wrinkled. And honestly, they can’t get as clean when they’re shoved in tightly, either.

2. Fold clothes as I take them out of the dryer and put them away immediately.

I’ve written about this before (many times), but it’s really/truly/honestly THE thing that has had the biggest impact on my overall Laundry Outlook. Whether you’re a one-load-a-day person or are as in love with the get-it-over-with-in-a-day Laundry Day like I am, putting clothes away immediately will rock your laundry life.

Folding immediately and delivering to drawers and closets around the house takes about 10 minutes. Or less. Once those ten minutes are gone, so is the laundry. It’s out of sight, out of mind, and off my Stress Plate.

And best of all, the clothes are not wrinkled. When I hang or fold warm clothing straight out of the dryer, wrinkles aren’t even an issue. For someone who is generally running later than she planned to be as she’s getting dressed, it’s so nice to not need to factor ironing into my timing.

3. Even when clothes are wrinkled, avoid ironing by using my dryer.

While the best part of following tip #2 is that clothes don’t (usually) need to be ironed, we do occasionally end up with a shirt or pair of jeans that has to be de-wrinkled (because some lovely child shoved it in the bottom of a closet), the dryer comes to the rescue. With any dryer, you can wet a clean kitchen towel and stick it into the dryer with the wrinkled clothes. The moisture in the towel plus the heat of the dryer helps steam the wrinkles out. (I use a kitchen towel because I like the smaller size and the lack of lint that might transfer to the other clothes.)

But with my new dryer, I love the steam feature. In about 20 minutes, the dryer runs a cycle that includes steaming the clothes (it’s somehow hooked up to water) and then tumbling them to the point where they’re wrinkle-free.

Samsung Dryer with steam Wrinkle Away Feature

Do you iron? Do you love it or hate it? What are your best tips for avoiding ironing your clothes?


Thanks to Nebraska Furniture Mart and Samsung for this fun project. I was provided with a new washer and dryer from Samsung in exchange for two posts, but received no other compensation. All aversions to ironing and opinions are mine and mine alone.

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