Beat Anxiety and De-Stress with Spring Cleaning

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Get ready to de-stress to beat anxiety!

Some say that the common trait of successful people is they usually have smaller wardrobes. Maybe because they don’t spend much time fussing about what to wear because their wardrobe keeps everything simple. Applying the same theory to your homes and lifestyles, you could de-clutter and de-stress to avoid anxiety.

If you have many things in your house that you don’t really use or need, the following are the best ways to de-clutter to de-stress and avoid anxiety:

Donate Clothes, Toys and Unwanted Household Items

Having a garage sale is too much work for the amount of money it brings in, so just donate everything you don’t need to those who are in need instead. You can also forgo the stress of planning a garage sale. You get to de-stress, avoid anxiety, and help people in need.

Post Rarely Used Electronics or More Expensive Items Online

If you want to make some extra money, post items online. Take someone with you and meet in a public place. One of the good apps out there is Varage Sale. You get rid of unwanted clutter, de-stress, avoid anxiety and earn extra money. That will definitely put you up to a good mood.

Get Down To The Basics

Go through the kitchen, bathrooms, closets, and get rid of the things that you never or rarely use. Only keep the items that you need and get rid of anything extra. Just like going back to the small wardrobe theory, do you really need 20 coffee cups or 10 bottles of lotion? By giving away some to those in need, you get to de-clutter, de-stress, avoid anxiety, get more space for other things, and help others.

Eliminate Clutter

Less is definitely more. Having too many decorations or pictures throughout your home will just add stress because it makes more of a process to clean all of them. Eliminate clutter to de-stress and avoid anxiety.

Build It Into Your Schedule

Take a day off from work and hire a sitter so you can get everything done. It may not be easy but in the end it will definitely be worth it. You’re setting up your life for a more de-cluttered and easier to maintain home. So, you get to de-stress and avoid anxiety even after several months to come or until you pile up more new clutter in your life.

De-stress and avoid anxiety by de-cluttering your home. It will be a lot of work but you’ll reap the rewards soon enough. You’ll have less junk, more space, less pieces to clean, your house will feel like it’s almost brand new, and you get to de-stress and avoid anxiety in the long run.

The best part of it is having less cleaning time will give you more time to spend with your family. So, you also get to be happier, which will make you healthier mentally. There will be less need to de-stress in order to avoid anxiety. Start living the simple life.

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April Lane’s Daily Cleaning Checklist: Quick & Simple Tips For A Clean Home 

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Most of us strive for clean home more often than not. But what’s the secret to having a clean home all the time? We’ve found that the easiest and best cleaning tips for constant cleanliness are small, consistent maintenance actions each day. Daily cleaning may sound like it will take a lot of time. However, we’ve come up with a quick, daily cleaning checklist for your Kirkland home to keep it clean while spending as little time as possible doing so.

Kitchen

Clear the Dishwasher:

Remove any clean dishes from the dishwasher to make room for dirty ones.

Clear Out and Wipe the Sink:

Move all the dirty dishes from the sink into the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher and wipe down the sink with a sponge.

Wipe Countertops and Stovetop:

Stoves and counters usually take daily abuse. Use a damp sponge and some all-purpose cleaner to wipe up any spills, crumbs or splatters.

Keep an Eye For Problem Spots on the Floor:

For daily cleanup, skip the mop and save it for the weekends. Use the same sponge and all-purpose cleaner that you used for the counter and quickly scrub and wipe any obvious spots or stickiness on the floor.

Disinfect the Kitchen Sponge:

Get your sponge wet and put it in the microwave on high for 2 minutes zapping any living inside.

Bathroom

Bathroom Mirror:

Grab some glass cleaner and give the mirror a quick wipe. You don’t need to get its entirety, just focus on any foamy toothpaste splatters or other obvious spots.

Wipe Out The Sink:

Use that same glass cleaner for the mirror and spray down your sink. Wipe down the chrome and the porcelain with the same cloth or towel that you used for the mirror. Glass cleaner works great on chrome and won’t leave any streaks.

Clean the Shower Door or Curtain:

If your shower has doors,, use a squeegee or a dry towel to wipe down the water on the glass that can leave spots. If your shower doesn’t have a door, spray the curtain and liner with a disinfecting shower mist to reduce any mildew buildup or soap scum.

Toilet:

Give the seat and the rim a quick wipe using a disinfectant cloth. Take a brush and give the inside bowl a quick scrub to remove any visible ring if there is one.

Bedroom

Put Clothes Away:

If there’s any clothes on the bed, floor or chairs, quickly fold them and either put them away or in a dirty clothes hamper. Do your best to make a habit out of putting them away as soon as you take them off in the first place to make this part easier.

Make Your Bed:

You can straighten all the sheets or for an even faster job, just pull the comforter square on the bed and fluff the pillows, covering the messy sheets underneath.

Open the Curtains:

Open the curtains just to give some natural light to your bedroom during the day.

Tidy Up the Bedside Table:

Put away any items left on the nightstand such as books or water glasses.

Living Room

Clear the Clutter:

Take anything on the floor or the couch that isn’t supposed to be there and put it in its place. Toys, video games, or any other obvious items.

Spruce Up the Couch:

The sofa is usually the focal point of the room, so make sure it gets some attention. Fluff the pillows and fold any throws resting on it.

Scoop up Particles:

Take a quick tour of your living room and pick up any crumbs, dust bunnies or other particles with a handheld vacuum. If you don’t have one, you can use your hands or the suction tube on your regular vacuum cleaner. Check the couch, coffee table, and any visible sights on the rug.

Wipe Surfaces:

Use a microfiber cloth to dust any surfaces including the coffee table, shelves, and cabinets. If there’s any stickiness, moisten your cloth to remove the gunk.

Straighten the Coffee Table:

Take all the magazines, books and remote control and put them in one place on the coffee table, underneath, or in a drawer if possible.

Use this daily cleaning checklist to hit all the quick and easy spots in your home, saving you lots of time while helping to maintain a clean home. Sometimes you don’t even have the time or patience for quick daily cleaning duties, and we can understand. If that’s the case, April lane’s is a professional maid service serving Kirkland and the surrounding areas. If you need help cleaning your home, contact us, today, and see how we can keep your home sparkling while saving you time and energy.

Harry Potter Free Party Printables + Food & Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic Recipes 

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Dear Finley, 

I hope some day you read this and watch/read the entire Harry Potter series. I also hope someday all this is extremely useful to you.

Love Momma

 

A year ago had the opportunity to totally nerd out on my best friend’s bachelorette party with a Harry Potter theme, and it couldn’t have turned out any better. For some reason I went head first into this as a designer and kept coming out with idea after idea. I had so much fun designing all of it. Here’s the part I can use these decor ideas over and over again for all kinds of Harry Potter themed parties, and so can you!

 

Craft Supplies Needed:

  • Dubble sided tape to apply the labels to bottles, cups and containers.
  • Scissors

 

All links on the supplies are directed to smile.amazon.com – every purchase will donate money to your charity of choice.

(Click Here) to download the ButterBeer labels

Butterbeer Recipe (Alcoholic)

Use an 8 oz. (Cut Recipe in half for 8 oz.) to 16 oz. Mason Jar or a 12 oz. – 16 oz. Beer Mug.

  • One glass bottle of cream soda, this was mostly used for visual effect
  • Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • Tbsp of vanilla ice cream – mix into the soda and rum until it looks creamy (careful it will fizz up, mix slowly)
  • Butterscotch Sauce (Drizzle around the sides of the glass before pouring and then drizzle on top)
  • Whip Cream for Topping

There are hardly any measurements we just simply poured each in to our liking. Some wanted more rum, some needed more rum.

Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic) 

Use an 8 oz. (Cut Recipe in half for 8 oz.) to 16 oz. Mason Jar or a 12 oz. – 16 oz. Beer Mug.

  • One glass bottle of cream soda, this was mostly used for visual effect
  • Tbsp of vanilla ice cream – mix into the soda until it looks creamy (careful it will fizz up, mix slowly)
  • Butterscotch Sauce (Drizzle around the sides of the glass before pouring and then drizzle on top)
  • Whip Cream for Topping

 

(Click Here) to download the Mandrake Roots and Flobber Worms labels

Mandrake Roots – Use a savory or sweet party mix. Example: Snack Mix or Nut Mix.

Drunken Flobber Worms (Alcoholic) – Soak gummy worms in vodka over night serve in a shot glass or in a mason jar. Can also add them to any of your mixed drinks.

 

(Click Here) to download the Salamander Blood, Horklump Juice, etc. labels

Salamander Blood Recipe (Alcoholic)

Red wine works great for this or you can use the Bloody Mary recipe below

Mix all together. For visual effect add pomegranate seeds to the drink.

Salamander Blood Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)

Fruit Punch or Cranberry Juice works great for this or you can use the juice recipe below.

Mix all together. For visual effect add pomegranate seeds to the drink.

 

Horklump Juice Recipe (Alcoholic) 

The tastiest savory drink thus far! You will need Fried Mushrooms for this one, make yourself or purchase frozen. If you’re gluten-free I would highly recommend using balsamic/garlic marinated baked mushrooms.

Mix all together until liquid is smooth. Place speared mushrooms on top.

 

Lethe River Water (Alcoholic)

Serve in an 16 oz. Mason Jar

Lethe River Water (Non-Alcoholic)

Serve in an 8 oz. Mason Jar.

  • Scoop of Lime Sherbet ice cream
  • Fill with Ginger soda
  • Throw in some Flobber Worms!

 

Draught of Peace (Non-Alcoholic) – Fill a 20 oz or higher glass bottle or jar

Lavender is not mandatory but the aroma does help with stress. If you don’t have lavender, blueberries are an excellent substitution.

 

(Click Here) to download the Gillywater, Amortentia, etc. labels

Amortentia Recipe (Alcoholic)

Amortentia Recipe (Non – Alcoholic)

 

Gilly Water Recipe (Alcoholic) 

  • Splash of Blue Curacao
  • Splash of Coconut Rum
  • Splash Orange Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Squeeze of a lime wedge

Add swedish fish or blueberries.

Gilly Water Recipe (Non – Alcoholic) 

 

Place the small potion labels on little sample liquor bottles or for no-alcoholic parties use them on Little Hug Juice Barrels.

 

(Click Here) to download the Ministry of Magic “This Way” sign

(Click Here) to download the 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express sign

SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST – BEDROOMS 

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How’s spring cleaning going, guys? I’m sure with all the warmer weather and spring showers you’re likely to feel put-upon by your chores, and I get it! I’m hopeful these checklists are still helpful to you as you tidy up everything around your house so you can really dig in and enjoy the warmer months ahead. This list is all about a place a lot of us love: our bedrooms. This isn’t an easy place to purge and organize, but it’s easily the most important, so let’s get to it!

  • Strip your bedding and wash / dry clean thoroughly
  • Remove everything from under your bed, organize, purge, and replace as appropriate
  • Remove everything from your nightstands, clean thoroughly, and replace
  • Remove everything from your dresser, clean thoroughly, and replace what is necessary
  • Remove everything from your jewelry armoire / desk / sitting area / wardrobe, clean thoroughly, and replace
  • Vaccuum the floors and blinds
  • Clean the windows and windowsills
  • Wash your curtains and replace them
  • Dust all fans, lamps, and decor items
  • Replace any lightbulbs and stock up on new ones
  • Clean any rugs and replace as necessary
  • Thoroughly clean your baseboards and crown molding
  • Spritz linen spray on your bedding and light a few candles to keep the room fresh
  • Swap out outdated pictures with new ones
  • Purchase a few plants and place them strategically in your bedroom (I love orchids and succulents!)

Keep your head up and your gloves on – we’re almost done with our spring cleaning extravaganza!

XXOO
-KSL

7 Things To Do On A Sunday For A More Productive Week

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You know that horrible Sunday feeling?! You dread the fact that in the morning it will be Monday and you’ll be back off to school, work or any other commitments that you may have.

Well I think that if you make your Sunday a little more productive then your week won’t be half as bad as you think it will be.

1. Meal plan. Meal planning can help you in so many ways. It helps you when it comes to going shopping, it helps you to avoid the stress of deciding what to eat and it helps you have a balanced diet.

2. Create a weekly to do list. If you sit down at the start of the week and write out all the things you need to do, it can help you clear your head meaning that you’ll approach the new week already knowing exactly what you need to get done. It’s also a great feeling when you get to check something off your to-do list.

3. Reply to all e-mails. I know that replying to e-mails can be tedious but if you get it done just before the week starts then you don’t have to head through the week knowing that you have 100s of e-mails to reply to.

4. Have a big house clean. ‘A cluttered house is a cluttered mind’ or however the saying goes. Basically, just clean your house so that you can have a clean mind. Trying to think clearly when you’re surrounded by mess is impossible!

5. Clean out your bag. I swear, my boyfriend carries enough rubbish in his bag to fill 3 bin bags. I’m not sure how that can be helpful in any way at all. He is constantly asking me to help him find something in his bag because he can’t find it through all the receipts, empty packets and other random bits of paperwork. I have no idea why anyone would want to carry that around with them all the time.

6. Food prep. I always find it so helpful when there’s tupperware in the fridge, full of foods for me to just grab and eat. It’s great for if you’re in a rush!

7. Outfit plan. If you check the weather forecast and then plan your outfits for the week, you won’t find yourself stood in front of the wardrobe panicking because you’re not sure what to wear.

What do you do on a Sunday to have a more productive week?

6 Things To Do At The Beginning Of The Month 

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It’s the first of September today! Oh my gosh, time is going by so fast.

I always try to see a new month as a new chapter in your life. It’s when you get to start certain stuff all over again. That’s why there’s a few things that I do at the start of every month to make the month roll as smoothly as possible.

1. Fill all important events, birthdays, days off and appointments into your calendar or diary. Seeing all of your events in one place can help you see how much free to that you have so that you can make sure you schedule some time for yourself.

2. Arrange dates with friends and family. I can’t imagine that anyone reading this doesn’t have anyone that they enjoy spending the day with from time to time. The start of a new month is a great time to make plans to go shopping, watch a movie or visit the spa.

3. Clean out your fridge and cupboards. Throwing away all that out of date foods or spices that you’ve had hidden away in the cupboards is such a good feeling! You can then have a really good clean in all the cupboards making them ready for new foods, which leads me on to point number 4..

4. Do a basic food shop. At the start of the month, it’s a good idea to do a shop to make sure that you have all the basics such as bread, milk, butter and teabags. It’s also a great chance to stock up the cupboards of any little bits that you have been wanting to try out.

5. Plan your budget. No one likes doing this but budgeting is so important. It’s a great chance to know how much you can spend that month.  It will make spending money a lot easier. You can just your budget to keep track of finances and then you won’t be shocked when you check the bank and see a smaller number than you expected.

6. Set a month goal. I find that setting a monthly goal is a great motivator to do something new that month. It pushes you a little high is what people need in life.

Is there something that you do each month to make your time run a little more smoother? If so, I would love to know what you do..

10 Ideas To Fill Your Notebooks

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I am a huge stationary and notebook addict. I buy so many and I don’t actually have a use for them. I’m determined to actually start to use my notebooks up before I let myself buy more.


1. Create a reading log.
 This is a great way of keeping track of all the books that you’ve read and what you thought of them. You can write your reviews, rating, quotes your likes, words you want to remember and words that you want to look up in the dictionary. You can also keep little lists of books that you would like to read.

2. Keep a food dairy. Lots of people have food related needs which mean that they need to know what they are consuming. Keeping a food dairy can be a great way to help with that. You can write down everything that you ate through out the day. You can make it easy by simply writing a long list of everything, or make it more complicated by categorising the list by meals or times.

3. Start a one sentence journal. These are perfect for those who don’t have much time or those who find that writing just isn’t their thing. Simply write down one sentence to describe your day. You can write something such as ‘today was boring’, ‘today I broke my arm’ or ‘today I started learning to play the piano’. If you do this everyday, you will end up creating a little time capsule which will be great to look back on later in life.

4. Keep a goals journal. A goal journal is a great way to keep track of your goals. You can write down your weekly, monthly, yearly and lifetimes goals. Simply, tick them off the list once they have been completely. Keeping a goals journal is a great way to track to progress you make and to see how far you have come.

5. Create a bucket list. In your notebook, write a list of everything that you want to do, be and have in your life. You could write things such as ‘visit Paris’, ‘learn to drive’ or ‘run a marathon’.  You can then look back at a later date and tick off all the things that you’ve done.

6. Keep a gratitude journal. You’ve probably heard this 100 times before but looking at the positives in life is the key to happiness. At the end of the day, write down a few things that you’re grateful for.

7. Start a language journal. Learning a new language can be tricky. Keeping notes of new vocabulary, grammar rules and learning strategies can make it a lot easier. You can also make notes of mistakes that you often make so that you can make sure to never make them again.

8. Write down quotes that you love. By writing down all the quotes that you love, you will end up with a notebook full of quotes to inspire you. When you need a little motivation, you can sit and flick through the notebook and soak up the inspiration.

9. Keep a blog log. You can write down draft blog posts, blog post ideas, stats and ideas. This will be helpful for next time you’re running low on blog post ideas and inspiration.

10. Write morning pages. I have only just heard of these myself but I love the idea of them. The idea is to sit down each morning and write three pages in long hand. Simply write down anything that comes to mind for three pages and then stop. You can vent about something, plan your day or tell a story. It doesn’t matter what you write about as long as you write.

Eleanor