An Eco-Friendly Kitchen

We recently went solar…50 solar panels installed on the roof of our house.  It’s exciting to try to be more green.

So now my new focus is to try and reduce waste in the kitchen. We’ve done pretty good until now….we always have way more recycling than trash:

Easy Recycling Station via lilblueboo.com

 

 

I think paper towels were our guilty pleasure.  I recently added a drawer full of white hand towels to a drawer in the kitchen.  You can buy them in bulk (I got mine at Costco):

how to make reusable paper towels via lilblueboo.com

 

Now instead of using a gazillion paper towels each day we use far less.  It’s easy to grab a quick towel….much easier than the “re-useable” paper towel system I think.

reusable paper towels diy via lilblueboo.com

I even use them to mop….as reusable “swiffer” attachments:

cleaning and mopping with vinegar via lilblueboo.com

 

All the used hand towels have a place to collect when they are dirty too:

an eco friendly kitchen via lilblueboo.com

This is one of  my favorite eco-friendly tutorials….there’s something so gratifying about seeing the tarnish vaporize!  Click the image below:

Easy eco-friendly silver tarnish remover via lilblueboo.com

 

I asked all of you on Facebook for tips and there were some great ones!  (The post is here if you would like to read through them all or add your own.)

 

A few of your tips:

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Cleaning and Organization with FAB

Cleaning and Organizational Products Available on FAB right now! via lilblueboo.com

 

Have you heard of FAB? If you haven’t, it’s an online design curated shop featuring quirky, fun, modern and colorful products! There’s clothing, home decor, art, fun gadgets and so much more. The prices are great too! Since I’m in Spring cleaning mode right now I wanted to share with you some of my favorite cleaning and organizational products that are featured on FAB right now. Items at FAB are only on their for a limited time so if you like something…act quick! Also, FAB is offering FREE shipping for any size order tomorrow and Thursday only!

 

  1. If you are like me then you have a box full of random recipes in no particular order! It’s time to organize them and why not use something pretty like these Charcoal Spoon Recipe Cards.
  2. Tame all of those cords with these super cute and affordable Cordies!
  3. Is your makeup drawer an unorganized mess!? Check out these awesome Cosmetic Stax Combos.
  4. Do you have to pick out dust bunnies from your broom bristles when you sweep?? You don’t have to anymore with the clever Broom Groomer!
  5. Organize your undies with these clear boxes!
  6. Loving these Field Notes memo books for on-the-go note taking, and to do lists.
  7. Keep the whole family informed of the weeks events with this awesome Memo and Chalkboard Set.
  8. Cleaning can be fun with this super cute and Heavy Duty Cleaning Kit.
  9. Who doesn’t love a perfectly folded tee shirt? Everyone needs a Miracle Fold.
  10. These Clean Cubes are awesome! Use them at a party to collect cans and glasses or use them for your Spring Cleaning  and designate a trash, recycling, and donation cube! They are portable, disposable, and biodegradable.
  11. This bright and fun Errands Pad grips firmly to any non-porous surface…stick it to your fridge, mirror, cubicle or locker! Keep track of your errands, appointments, grocery list and more!
  12. The Plank Shelf for iPhone is a great place to set your phone and keys…and you always know where to find them!

 

 

 

*This post is in partnership with FAB. If you would like more information on sponsoring the Lil Blue Boo blog and to read our disclaimer policy please go here.

Clean Your Room – A How-To Guide

Heather Boissonneau, graphic designer and mom of two, designed this step-by-step guide to take her kids through the complete process of cleaning their rooms using a series of very simple steps.

 

Help kids to clean their room with this how-to guide printable by HB Design via lilblueboo.com

It neatly answers the questions her children usually ask during room cleaning time like: “Where do I start?” and “What do I do next?” It also helps to settle the debate around when the room is actually “finished” (A.K.A. Mom’s definition of finished as opposed to the children’s definition of finished) which, at least in Heather’s house, typically means that they are finished cleaning regardless of the state of the room. CONTINUE READING

Drawer Reorganizing

Two things to organize today: your underwear drawer and the kitchen junk drawer. I can be completely random when it comes to organizing. Make sure to read my ten BIG organizing tips from the fall!

Yep…that’s my underwear drawer. And I’m not embarrassed to show it because I threw away every single thing that I wouldn’t want to be caught wearing if I were ever found unconscious. (but I hope they wouldn’t be looking at my underwear first anyways)

 

And here’s my kitchen junk drawer, nicely reorganized using a container Boo’s Melissa and Doug Sushi Set came in:

 

Make sure to check out what else is in the Spring Cleaning series so far!

And my Getting Organized Series!

 

 

 

The Mother-of-All Spring Cleaning Lists

Here it is….the mother-of-all spring cleaning lists!  I compiled everything I could think of. Don’t feel like you have to do it all….but it’s a great reminder to do some things you might otherwise forget. For example,  I always forget to change the direction of the ceiling fans!

Just click below to download the PDF version of my list….then hand it to your husband….just kidding.

I don’t dread Spring cleaning….I welcome it. It’s a way to de-clutter my life.  Enjoy!

The Mother-of-All Spring Cleaning Lists (Printable Download) via lilblueboo.com

Make sure to check out what else is in the Spring Cleaning series so far!

Spring Cleaning Series via lilblueboo.com

10 Ways to De-clutter and Organize the Garage

I write daily for Babble.com. As part of my Spring Cleaning series I’ve rounded up some of my favorite idea for organizing the garage! Let the de-clutter begin…..

Click the image below to view the gallery!

 



Organizing the Kitchen, Fridge and Freezer

I write daily for Babble.com….here are two roundups that fit right into my Spring Cleaning Series. I rounded up some of my favorite ideas.

Click each image below to view the galleries!

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Babble Roundup: Bathroom Storage Ideas

I write daily for Babble.com’s The New Home Ec. I’ve rounded up 10 great bathroom storage ideas I think are great!

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I’m just getting started on my Spring Cleaning! Make sure to keep check back for the entire Spring Cleaning Series by Lil Blue Boo!

 

Spring Cleaning: De-cluttering the Bathroom

I’m starting my spring cleaning early! I’m going to be doing a short series on spring cleaning as I go so you can follow along if you like! Don’t feel like you have to do everything I do……I tend to go overboard. But even taking an hour here and there to accomplish one task on the list will help you get organized! Feel free to share any tips or products you love in the comments….I’m always open to suggestions!

Today I tackled the clutter in the master bathroom. Here are a few before photos of some drawers and cabinets:

 

 

Here’s the plan…

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