Declutter Your Home With These Simple Tips

I love when my house is cleaned and organized-but let’s face it, there are days (and weeks) when my house it out of control! That’s just life and I am learning to embrace it. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have a simple strategy to keep our home streamlined and running smoothly!

Today, I am sharing two strategies to help you declutter your home!

Tackle Your Main Living Areas: Do you ever feel stressed out when you sit down to rest? I’ve noticed that when our main living areas are clean, I am able to rest and relax much easier.

Try to speed clean your living areas at least once or twice a day. It’s also a good idea to get rid of items that you no longer use in this area. Simplify your living area until it feels cozy and relaxed! At the end of the day, I try to reset the room back to it’s original settings! Ha.

Tackle That “One” Area Each Week: We all have that one drawer or one room that gets extra messy. Try to tackle that area with a deep clean and sweep out each week. Donate items that are no longer of benefit to you and streamline where you can.

For us, it’s our schoolroom. So, crafts get tossed and books are donated when they are no longer serving a purpose. I love going to the dollar tree to get tubs to keep craft supplies at bay! I also invested in small two drawer hutch where I can keep workbooks, extra supplies, etc.

Bonus Tip: Keep a running list of daily cleaning tasks that you want to accomplish throughout your house. I have a zone to tackle each day. It helps me when I’ feeling overwhelmed!

What areas of your home to you try to tackle on a regular basis? I’d love to hear your favorite decluttering tips!

Pinterest Marketing Strategies For Growth

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For the last few months, I have been reading everything I can find on the topic of Pinterest Marketing Strategies.

My main goal has been to find ways to increase Pinterest traffic and blog traffic!

So, I decided to invest in two paid courses and a few free courses to get a jump start. I’m going to share five tips that have made my numbers double and triple in some areas!

Tip One: Take Pinteresting Strategies

The course where I saw a HUGE increase in traffic was Pinteresting Strategies by Carly!

A few stats since taking Pinteresting Strategies:

  • My Pinterest Views have tripled.
  • My Pinterest Clicks and Saves have doubled.
  • My blog traffic has skyrocketed from less than 1K to nearly 5K most of which came from Pinterest!

I downloaded Pinteresting Strategies and completed the course over the span of two days.

After reading through the first few lessons, I decided to put her tips into practice.

Within a few hours, one new pin had over 1,000 views. Typically, getting that many views would take over a week for me. That is how powerful and amazing her tips are!

The best part? Her strategies are simple, straight forward and SO EASY TO UNDERSTAND. Many times when reading about Pinterest Marketing, I felt like I was reading a different language. Can anyone else relate?

Of course, I would love for you to grab a copy of Pinteresting Strategies through my link. I’m confident that you will LOVE it!

Tip 2: Make Sure You Have Claimed Your Website on Pinterest

Confession time. I waited much to long to tackle this step. However, as soon as I claimed my website, my numbers did another incredible boost. I gained over 5,000 views by doing this.

If you don’t know how to claim your website on Pinterest, check out my article on How To Claim Your WordPress Website on Pinterest in 5 Easy steps.

Tip 3: Use Group Boards!

I feel like this step gets overlooked or gets a bad rap. However, since I’m sharing what has worked for me I have to include this. Group boards have been a huge boost to my Pinterest traffic.

Note: I utilize both keyword specific group boards and general group boards. However, I always pin to keyword specific group boards first and then pin to general group boards. This method seems to work great for me!

Tip 4: Use Simple Design

I find that the more simple my pins are, the more traction they get. I really think this is because 9 times out of 10 our pins are only viewed for a second or two before users scroll on by. You want your pin to stand out from the crowd. Think simple designs, bright colors and lighter backgrounds.

Tip 5: Try New Keywords

I think it’s important to have specific keywords that you are regularly pinning for, however, always try new keywords that pertain to your topic. This will help give your followers new insight and allow you to expand your reach.

Want more Pinterest Marketing Strategies and tips? Be sure to grab two of my favorite Pinterest Hacks!

Happy Pinning!

How to Claim Your WordPress Site on Pinterest

Today, I’m sharing a simple step by step tutorial on how to claim your web site on Pinterest!

It took me a couple of tries before I got it right. The easiest method is by using the Yoast Plug In! If you don’t have it, find it and add it! It’s a great resource for bloggers who want to make money online.

Five Steps To Claim Your Website On Pinterest

  1. Log into your Pinterest Account. You will need to make sure you are using a Business Account (personal will not work for this). Having a business account has many benefits which include claiming your web site and being able to use rich pins. It helps with Pinterest SEO!
  2. Once you have a business Pinterest Page, go to your settings (the three little dots at the top of the page) and then click on edit settings.
  3. On the menu (left side) click on claim web site. Pinterest has a step by step action at this point. Follow directions and copy the HTML Tag option. Don’t click save, yet!
  4. Open another browser and go to your WordPress dash board. Click on the Y SEO >SOCIAL Link. Double check your Facebook tab and make sure the open graph settings are turned on. Then, click on the Pinterest tab in the box labeled Pinterest Confirmation, paste the confirmation code that you copied earlier from Pinterest. Click Save.
  5. Now you can click Save on the Pinterst claim web site menu. Pinterest will e-mail you confirmation once your web site has been officially claimed.

You should be set! Be sure to check out my other Pinterest Marketing Strategies here!

How to Get Free Money Easy and Fast

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I remember the first time I ran across an article online that talked about free money.

I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes, but curiosity got the best of me and of course I clicked on the article.

By the end of the article, I had followed her steps and at the end of the day had a check on its way to my mail box.

Did you know tons of people have money literally just sitting around waiting for them to claim it?

Find Free Money

You can go to your local state government web site to see if you have money owed to you by companies. Most people get busy with life and forget they have money owed to them or don’t even know about it because they moved and the companies cannot find them.

It really does happen all the time and it’s worth checking out on a regular basis.

Another fantastic way to find free money is by simply shopping for items you already need online using a program like Rakuten! You simply sign up, shop like you always do and earn a percentage back from your purchases.

Could it be any easier? I don’t think so.

Make Money Shopping

For example, I did my grocery shopping online using Rakuten and earn a percentage back! Honestly, it’s almost too easy!

Another way I love to find free money online is utilizing free search engines and sharing my opinion through sites like Swagbucks. It is the easiest and most enjoyable free survey site that isn’t full of gimmicks. To date, I’ve earned gift cards for coffee, gas and even Amazon!

Honestly, I love sharing with others how to make money online or how to earn extra income by flipping items.

Who doesn’t want a hobby that makes money?

10 Clever Ways to Save Money

Learning to save money is important for everyone! Today, we’ve got a few simple tips for saving money on your every day bills.

#1 Shop Around For New Insurance

It happens to everyone-you get your Insurance bill in the mail and once it again it has gone up in price. You can call and ask for a price adjustment or call different insurance companies. Tell them what you are hoping to save and many companies will work with you to crunch numbers. Last year, I saved us an extra $45 a month just by asking around for better rates.

#2 Consider Using A Gas Card or Gas App

When it comes to paying for gas, it can really cause havoc on your monthly budget. Consider getting a gas car to local grocery stores to save money or download an app that give you the best local gas prices.

#3 Learn To Shop Second Hand

I know, it’s fun to go to the store and buy new items. But, what if you could find the same item nearly new for half the cost? I love to use online yard sales and consignment sales to find items on my wish list at a fraction of the cost.

#4 Consider Using Store Apps For Savings

Most stores these days offer apps for your phone. When you download the app they will often give you discounts or coupon codes that can be used for future purchases. I was able to save an extra $4 by using my favorite store app on a random purchase that I needed to make.

$5 Shop Online When You Can

By shopping online for your basic house supplies you are lowering your risk of buying items that you don’t need. This also allows you to do a simple shop and comparison on prices.

#6 Consider Switching Your Phone and Network providers

Have you checked on your phone bill lately? Is there another network available? Checking up on your phone bills on a regular basis is always helpful and can save you money.

#7 Always Double Check Receipts

This step is so important. There have been many instances when an item is being displayed at a discount price only to ring up for full price (and even higher). I will often check prices as they are scanning and request customer service management to help out if the price is ringing up differently.

#8 Utilize Dollar Stores

There are so many random good deals located at the local dollar store. Cleaning supplies, craft supplies, organizational items, canned goods, etc. Every dollar saved is a dollar earned!

#9 Buy Bulk When You Can

I love buying bulk when I can. Paper products and meats are typically my go to items as they ring up much lower than a regular purchase.

#10 Find Cost Effective Meal Plans

Do you use meal planning? The amount of money that we save when I faithfully utilize meal planning is one of my favorite ways to save money. Learn to rotate meals around meat is on sale and around produce that is in season to save money.

Five Cleaning Up Hacks For Work at Home Moms

Are you ready for a cleaning up palooza? Spring cleaning? Whatever you like to call it? Haha. Many of these tips I have learned over the last decade and implement them when I’m feeling behind or need to save time!

Microwave Cleaning Hack

I want to preface this one and say to use extreme caution. Microwaveable dishes only and you may want to use oven mitts when removing the dish. To easy remove build up and grim, microwave a cup of water with a splash of vinegar for roughly 2 minutes. Then wipe down the inside with a wet rag. It should sparkle! However, if you have excess build up, you may need to use a spray cleaner as well.

Stinky Sink Trick

If you are cleaning up your sink and notice a smell coming from the drain you can pour fresh squeezed lemon juice or orange juice to de-odorized. Firstly, pour baking soda into the sink and then pour warm water down the drain. Secondly, pour the fresh squeezed juice and let it sit for a while. After you rinse out the sink, it should smell fresh! Then you can use the leftover rinds to make a quick potpourri if you’d like! So organized, don’t you think?

Freshen Up Throws

From time to time, you will want to freshen up the blanket throws around your house. If you toss them in the dryer it will help kill germs. However, this will give you static cling. To combat that, toss in a wet hand towel to keep the static at bay.

Cleaning Up The Fridge Hack

Ugh, cleaning out the fridge can be the worst! I try to do a quick wipe down each week when we get groceries. Remove whatever is inside your fridge. Use wet wipes to wipe down the shelves. Add a small dish of baking powder to leave inside to help with weird fridge smells.

Pet Hair Trick

If you have pets, the shedding may be driving you crazy. You can use dryer sheets to rub down the base boards (i use a broom to run it along) and it will help keep pet hair from building up.

Happy Cleaning!

Simple Organized Room Ideas

One way to reduce stress is to find ways simplify your life. Today, I’m sharing a few organized room ideas that will help you get your life on track!

#1 Start With Daily Room Resets

This is one of my favorite strategies to staying on top of clutter. I love to have daily room resets. The idea is that each day go into each room of your house and spend 5 to 10 minutes focusing on putting items back where they belong. If you keep your home tidy in small cleaning spurts you will find yourself less stress and overwhelmed.

#2 Invest in Simple Organizational Buckets or Boxes

I love to buy small buckets and boxes from the local dollar store. I use these to keep smaller items in one collected area. This is such an easy organized room strategy! For example, I keep three white buckets in our pantry. These hold small bags of snacks, nuts, crackers, etc.

#3 Have Seasonal Room De-Clutter Sessions

I recommend de-cluttering each room in your house each season. Get rid of broken or worn out items. Go through magazines and newspapers. Go through old mail. Sell items that you no longer need to earn extra money. Pair down, take a deep breath, and enjoy a more streamlined homemaking routine.

#4 Invest In Storage Cubes or Rolling Carts

One way to keep rooms organized is to invest in storage cubes or rolling carts. In our school room, we have a rolling cart to keep extra items that don’t really have a place in the house. Other ideas for using rolling carts: make a rolling diaper cart if you have little ones.

The main thing is to focus on what organized room ideas makes your home feel more streamlined and user friendly for your family!

organized room ideas

How to Increase Blog Traffic with Twitter

Twitter is a gold mine for bloggers! It is such a great way to generate traffic, develop relationships and get to know brands. With a few simple steps on learning about Twitter marketing and Twitter trending habits, you will be well on your way with this simple social marketing strategy.

I have been using Twitter for years for both personal and work related outlets. I have to say on the work front it provides many wonderful ways to connect with potential readers and clients. Today, I’m going to share a few tips to help you utilize your full potential with a Twitter presence.

#1 It’s NOT about your number of followers!

Hear me when I say you do want to grow your followers, but don’t get hung up on your numbers or ignore this social media outlet just because you have a small amount of followers.

Why?

The simple answer is that you can still reach hundreds of people through your tweets by using hashtags. I personally believe that hashtags are way more credible and important than say on Instagram and Facebook (again not saying they are not important on those platforms, they are just much more user friendly.)

Case in point: I needed to create a new profile (re-branding and all that) and after a few days I only had a handful of followers. It’s humbling to start from scratch, but I still wanted to utilize it. I started sharing tweets with links back to my blog and faithfully used hashtags. I had less than 40 followers, but one of my tweets reached over 100 people! It was then re-tweeted which had potential of reaching who know how many more.

#2 Get To Know Those Awesome Hashtags!

The cool thing about twitter, is when you have a topic you want to tweet about, you can start a hashtag and Twitter will give you recommendations on what to tweet. Why is this helpful? Because on that list, Twitter will let you know what hashtags are trending. This is extremely important for getting a wider audience. Try to have a least one popular hashtag on the Twitter trending bandwagon!

#3 Mix Up Your Style of Tweets

Another things that I have noticed over the years, that it is important to mix up your tweets. You don’t want every tweet to link back to your web site. Mix it up with quotes, images and then tweet back with your latest blog posts. This helps you diversify and reach an even wider potential audience. This will help you to grow your following organically.

Combine these Twitter tips with your Pinterest Marketing Strategy and you will be well on your way to building an excellent online presence.

10 Quotes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, I’m sharing a handful of quotes to inspire you!

I have to tell you a secret: I love the Hallmark holiday that so many people complain about. I love the excuse to celebrate love. I love buying little Valentines for my girls. I love getting chocolates from my husband. I even love all the pink and red glittering most stores at this time of year! I just love, well, love.

With all that said, To celebrate my favorite month, I am sharing a few quotes on the topic of love that I thought wrapped my sentiments up perfectly:

  1. “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” -T. Tolis
  2. “In A Sea of people, my eyes will always search for you.” -Uknown
  3. “Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.” -Zane Grey
  4. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Shulz
  5. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” -Fitzgerald
  6. “Where there is love, there is life.” Ghandi
  7. “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” Jane Austen
  8. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Pooh Bear
  9. We were together. I forget the rest. -Walt Whitman
  10. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Bronte

If you enjoyed this post, check out these 10 Inspirational Quotes, today!

11 Items To Resell and Make Money Fast

If you are looking for a simple way to make money fast, check out my list of 11 items that you should be able to sell for a profit! Be sure to read to the end and I’ll share my favorite resell outlets!

  1. High End Kids Clothes: I’ve noticed that high end and boutique brand clothing sells quickly if they are in good quality. Double check for stains and tears and if it passes the test, sell it! A good rule of thumb is to ask 60% less than what you paid for it!
  2. Large Kids Toys: Dollhouses, outdoor toys or unique wooden toys sell quickly and usually at a good price! You may want to see what the going prices are for used items in your area to hep gauge what your asking price should be.
  3. Gently Worn Shoes: Another big selling item for me has been gently worn shoes: think Converse, Nike or other name brands.
  4. Home Decor: Did you buy a farmhouse sign that didn’t quite fit on the wall like you hoped? I’ve noticed that home decor can go quickly if priced right. Especially if it is in like new condition!
  5. Kids Sports/Elective equipment: Think baseball gloves, ballet tutus, tap shoes, etc. These are hot ticket items and usually sell well if they are in good condition.
  6. Luggage: This is a surprisingly easy sell in our area. Luggage can get expensive fast so many folks will check for used options first!
  7. Large Furniture Items: I haven noticed items like dressers, chests or any kind of large furniture can sell quickly if priced right.
  8. Organizational Items: Cubbies, storage cubes, storage containers. These sell well right before school starts as many teachers are browsing for items for their classrooms.
  9. Large Appliances: If you recently updated your washer, dryer or maybe even your fridge–these can go quickly and for a good price.
  10. Collectible Toys: Think Shopkins, Pokemon, Harry Potter, any collectors item that maybe hard to find.
  11. Homeschool Curriculum: This is another hot ticket items. If you have unused workbooks or teacher guides laying around unused, these will often sell for excellent prices!

So, where exactly do you resell these items? I recommend large furniture pieces, toys, books, etc for yard sales. For high end kids clothing and toys, I have always had great luck with consignment sales. Online yard sales are also great for just about anything! Just be sure to take safety measures and meet in public areas. Most local police departments offer meeting grounds for those making online transactions.