The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |
Now that we’re a household of three and a half (of course including our Murphy) it’s important that throughout the week I make regular attempts to vacuum, clean our laminate wood floors, wipe up our countertops, and dust my way throughout each room. Living by the beach, we are fortunate enough to always keep our windows open, but the downside to this is the dirt and dust that gets blown in on a daily basis. To stay on top of these bi-weekly chores, and to keep our home fresh and clean, I’ve enlisted the help of many products, but one in particular has helped me maintain beautiful floors without the hassle or mess. My Libman Wonder Mop. Yes, you read that correctly…a mop.

Our WONDERful Mop

See what a did there?

Being a self-described minimalist, it’s important for us to find quality products that help us be more efficient in our every day tasks. From creating a capsule wardrobe, traveling minimally, and cutting down on the material clutter in our home, we’ve been able to focus more on what’s important.

Keeping our home clean is another area in which it’s easy to stock up on products that don’t serve any particular purpose. With our Libman Wonder Mop I’ve been able to invest in one item that will keep our home fresh time and again. And best yet, the mop heads are durable and are machine washable up to 50 times before needing to replace! The Libman line of cleaning products are quality made and have a guarantee to last me through toddlerhood and those pesky pet messes.

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |

The wringing mop head pushes the water out so my floors stay clean and dry quickly!

Tackling Those Floors

Floors are obviously the most used part of any home and our laminate flooring takes a beating from all the dirt, spills, crumbs, and dog hair that occur daily. Also, our laminate flooring makes up 90% of our home with tile in the kitchen and bathroom. I love our Wonder Mop because it’s Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS are specifically designed to clean up to 20% more dirt and works on a variety of surfaces! The wringer also allows me to drain more water so my floors dry faster, which for any mom, time is a super important factor. I can clean these floors quickly while Greyson naps and they’re dry by the time he wakes up.

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Grab your $3 coupon to try it for yourself!

However, don’t just take my word for it. Try it out for yourself from your local Walmart and better yet, sign up for their newsletter to receive a $3.00 off coupon towards your own purchase (because who likes paying full price?)!

A Libman Sweepstakes!

Also, the Libman Company is hosting a Pinterest Sweepstakes where there are all kinds of goodies a lucky winner can receive which includes an exclusive Spring Cleaning Toolkit or even a toolkit plus and additional grand prize of $1,000! How awesome is that?!

 photo signature.001.jpeg

A Simple DIY Baby Binder

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

Being organized is one of my stronger qualities and I only need a simple excuse to create a binder. When Greyson came along I knew I wanted to have something in place where all of his important documents could be kept safely. It can be overwhelming, the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. When Greyson first started going to the doctor I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. And since we travel, it’s nice to have an easy way to take his medical information with us in case of an emergency while out of town.

Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

Creating Your Binder

Any organized binder begins with a, well, binder! Any width will do, but since it’s just Greyson and he’s our only child we went with the thinnest. Then it’s all about pocket protectors, dividers, and stickers for labeling. I used Keynote to create each page and added photos of Greyson for a little fun touch.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

Info At-A-Glance

The first page in Greyson’s binder is his medical contact information at-a-glance. It is perfect for locating important phone numbers and addresses as well as other info like his birthday and social security number. This page is essential and is important to have on hand in case anyone needs to call 911. This binder is also a great resource for family members or babysitters who may be looking after your child and an emergency occurs.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

Any binder needs cute divider tabs and these ones from Target were so cute! I love the material because it’s sturdy but also allows for easy application and removal of my Avery tab stickers. By using stickers I can interchange the dividers over time as I need to.

Growth Tracker

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

Another great page I created was a growth tracker for each month up until he turns one. I’ve included his weight, height (length) and percentile for each. My OCD and love for filling out forms is excited to visit our pediatrician for Grey’s wellness checkup so I can fill in his previous months! During the months in between visits I weigh him on our home scale and record it. That way I can stay on top of his weight and keep an eye on things especially as we introduce more solid foods into his diet.

Pockets Go A Long Way

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

Another favorite aspect of my baby binder are these plastic page protectors. I love keeping his immunization records and pediatrician printouts all in one convenient pocket so it’s easy to slip in and out.

Bills, Bills, Bills

Sometimes it can be overwhelming the amount of paperwork and copies of documents new parents receive both from the hospital after delivery and again once you find a pediatrician. I felt like I would lose something if I didn’t have a convenient and safe place to keep these things. Thus I created this baby binder, which has been the perfect thing to ease my mind and keep all of Greyson’s medical information all in one spot. Let’s take a peek...

In these page protectors I have kept important information that’s been given to us like his immunizations and circumcision F.A.Q. I have also kept handy any payment confirmations or bills that we’ve received so that we have a paper trail on all of our payments for Greyson in case of any discrepancies (which happen more often than not!). Once we paid our delivery in full we made sure to have documentation from the hospital as proof. I always recommend keeping on file your payments or bills so that you have these at your disposal when dealing with insurance companies or others trying to unnecessarily bill you. Also, some of these forms can be super helpful during tax season too!

Creating your own baby binder is such a simple answer to this organizational problem and really helped us cut down on stacks of paper around the house or having the documents we need going missing. Having just created Greyson’s I’m already at ease about where to place his important documents and each time we go to the doctor I can just slip his paperwork into the appropriate pocket and put away – done!

How do you keep your family’s documents safe?

 photo signature.001.jpeg

Home Organization On A TJ Maxx Budget

Home Organization On A TJ Maxx Budget | Today I am happy to share a few decor and organizing tips that always help me achieve that warm and welcoming look and feel for our home, cuts down on the clutter, but on a realistic budget. |theprimarilyinspired.com|

One of my favorite pastimes is split between pinning a variety of interior design inspirations and doing my best to replicate what I pin. I try to find affordable and easy DIY pieces at my local TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, World Market, and Marshall’s. It also doesn’t help that my current favorite home renovation show is Fixer Upper (along with every other woman in America). It does nothing but give me home design envy and the bug to go out and spend money on cute decor for our home. However, living in a one bedroom rental only allows me to do so much within our home and considering I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, I have to get crafty.

Today I am happy to share a few decor and organizing tips that always help me achieve that warm and welcoming look and feel for our home, cuts down on the clutter, but on a realistic budget.

start with a home plan

Living minimally, I have to get pretty practical with what I bring into our home. For the most part I have full control on the design and decoration, but it never hurts to run things by the husband prior to making any purchases or adding anything. So, making a plan for what I’d like to do is the first place I always start. How much wall space do I have? Square footage? Type of flooring or counter space? These questions help me find the potential in my home and gives me a place to start.

Another part of any plan of mine is making sure I am making the space we have useful. This goes back to the minimalistic approach we live by: everything needs to have a place and purpose. Given that we currently have limited space and can’t do any permanent renovations in our apartment, I have to see each room differently and plan a way to improve the space without leaving damage.

Before jumping right into decorating there are some steps that I encourage for anyone and that is what Chip & Joanna call “demo day.” I don’t mean tearing down your walls, but I do mean a total cleanse of your home. This makes room for new projects and allows you to see where you could use better organization.

step 1: de-clutter the home

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mathew 6:19-21

Holding onto things and becoming a clutter-bug is something I easily slip into. I have to remind myself that anything that comes in must be equalized with items that go out. This is whether we donate, sell, or just trash those things. God gives us a plan for how we should live our lives and I personally remind myself of His Word and how we should keep our homes free of materialistic distractions. With that said, here are a few ways my husband and I de-clutter our home so that it doesn’t leave us feeling like that cat lady on Animal Hoarders.

DONATE/SELL
“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Luke 12:33
  • Clothes: I try to make sure that I go through our apartment and clean out the clutter every 6 months or so. This means routinely going through my closet and donating any clothing, accessories, or shoes I haven’t worn or don’t fit (ThredUp, Goodwill, and local consignment stores are great options for offering you a bit of cash or tax deductibles for donating your lightly used stuff!). Think about what you’ve worn/haven’t worn in the last 6 months/a year and separate them into piles. Pregnancy has really made this step easy considering my body has changed since welcoming baby so I’ve been able to pitch a lot of what doesn’t fit anymore.
  • Unused furniture: See if you can host a yard sale or put up unused furniture on Craigslist to clear out the larger pieces you’re not using or are just taking up space. Another great idea is lending or even giving away furniture to young couples, those who have just moved, or otherwise need to stock their homes with the basics. No need in holding onto those bookshelves or old coffee tables you have no idea what to do with them.
  • Refurbish: A great DIY project is to take your old crummy furniture and give it some elbow grease and transform it into something you’ll love. Either that or refurbish it to sell it!
TRASH
  • Magazines, junk mail, and other stacks of unused paper is worth throwing away. That Entertainment Weekly that’s four months old can get the pitch and so can all of those old pay stubs (unless you’re properly organizing it for taxes). See what you’ve accumulated over the last few months and shred/throw out all of those pesky papers you have stashed around your closets or countertops. Get in the habit of going through your mail and immediately throwing away the junk.
  • Maintain your junk drawer. I believe it’s healthy to have one drawer that is designated for those knick-knacks because we all have them. Accumulated pens, matches, knobs from random cabinets, etc. are going to end up in your home no matter how hard you try. Just keep your junk drawer to a minimum and always go through it and see what you can throw away.

step 2: create storage where there isn’t any in your home

Hanging baskets, shelving, and incorporating other drawers or cabinetry is an easy and affordable way to create storage where you may be limited. In our apartment we only have a small linen closet and our bedroom closet for storage. That’s it. However, we have plenty of wall space and square footage that I try to use that to our advantage.
Hanging baskets, shelving, and incorporating other drawers or cabinetry is an easy and affordable way to create storage where you may be limited.

We get a subscription to Bon Appétit Magazine and this wall basket has been a great touch to display these magazines in our kitchen. Prior to that I just had frames, now I’ve created purpose to that little wall space by using baskets to hold and display our magazines.

  • Our coffee bar has served more than one purpose for our little apartment too. It’s not only a place where we can store all of our coffee needs, but it has really allowed us to create storage where we didn’t have it before. To create our coffee bar we simply used a rustic wall shelf with hanging hooks and purchased an affordable cabinet from Target. This bar alone has allowed us now to clear out space in our kitchen cabinets, get more organized, and pitch anything we’re not using.
use wall shelves to save space

I love taking pictures, making prints, and hanging our memories all around our home. When you have a plethora of prints you need frames and when you have a bunch of frames you need to hang them. But how? I actually hate hanging things because somehow two necessary holes in my wall somehow turn into thirty misplaced ones. To solve this problem I use wall shelves and simply lean my frames against the wall. Doing this I’m able to display more frames and without the hassle of trying to hang them. Another great way to display your photos is using a gallery wall. This incorporates multiple frames on one wall to create a collage of sorts.

I use wall shelves and simply lean my frames against the wall. Doing this I’m able to display more frames and without the hassle of trying to hang them.

Opt for cheaper frames to display your prints!Frames: Ikea & TJ Maxx

Other wall shelves are great for getting things off the counter, such as in our kitchen. In this house we love to cook and having certain spices at the ready has made cooking that much more convenient (plus it looks cute!). So, using a small wall shelf we not only display, but use the spices on our rack. Other spices we use sparingly or not as often we keep in our cabinet out of sight.

Other wall shelves are great for getting things off the counter, such as in our kitchen. In this house we love to cook and having certain spices at the ready has made cooking that much more convenient (plus it looks cute!).

step 3: give everything a place in your home

The key to getting organized and continuing to live that way is by giving the things you keep (or purchase) a place in your home that also has purpose. Decor is nice, but if you find yourself with more frames than you do photos or those decorative sea shells don’t have a specific place, then don’t purchase them. Here’s how I manage to organize my tiny space even with a baby:

Hide those ugly cords with simple organization solutions. I picked up a mail organizer at TJ Maxx and use it to keep our modem out of sight. We hold the mail we keep, our laundry card, and other important paperwork in the organizer so that it doesn’t get lost and makes that area useful.

Hide those ugly cords with simple organization solutions. I picked up a mail organizer at TJ Maxx and use it to keep our modem out of sight. We hold the mail we keep, our laundry card, and other important paperwork in the organizer so that it doesn’t get lost and makes that area useful.

Use a simple magazine basket to store dog toys in your living room!

I had picked up a magazine basket from Ikea years ago and had no idea what to do with it…until we had Murphy. Now I use this basket to keep his toys in one place and it’s easily accessible for him. He’s since taught himself to go up to it and get his own toys…if only we could train him to put them away 😉

Hang cards or other mail using a cute chicken wire frame with mini clothespins! Instantly keeps clutter off your countertops!

I absolutely love this rustic card display I bought on Etsy (and you can see how I use it during Christmas)! Originally I thought I would just have it up during the holidays, but there’s always an occasion we can display the cards we receive, like my first Mother’s Day cards (see photo). So, I’ve kept it up year round and now we’ve maximized that wall space facing out into our living room.

Useful baby storage

 Using a bookshelf and wicker baskets from Target I’ve created a changing station that hides our overstock of diapers and wipes.

Keeping our baby stuff organized has been pretty simple considering we don’t have too much stuff to begin with – just the necessary basics. Using a bookshelf and wicker baskets from Target I’ve created a changing station that hides our overstock of diapers and wipes. The baskets are easily accessible and one holds his plain onesies, hats, and burp cloths and the other stores medicine like his Infant Tylenol, first aid kit, nasal aspirator, etc. The rest of his baby clothes are stored in designated drawers in our bedroom and his “hamper” is a tote bag hanging in our closet!

See what his nursery area looked like before Baby Greyson arrived.

**Our nursery has since changed with the arrival of his crib and changing table. These baskets are now organized on his changing table shelves and we use the space under his crib for extra storage.

Lastly, affordable storage units like this one from Target is a simple way to keep baby things (or anything!) organized and offers bins to hide everything you don’t want displayed.

Lastly, affordable storage units like this one from Target is a simple way to keep baby things (or anything!) organized and offers bins to hide everything you don’t want displayed. Also, being a teacher turned SAHM had me with a lot of my books without a proper home. So, I de-cluttered my closet and put them into Grey’s bookshelf. Now he can enjoy these stories my students did for so many years!

These are just a few ways I’ve managed the clutter in our home and I hope these solutions can help you get your space organized and begin living meaningfully!

How do you stay organized? Any tips or tricks to share?

 photo signature.001.jpeg