Today’s Challenge: Celebrate Your Success

Get-organized plans, like the Cleaning Challenge, can be great motivators, but for many folks, they create a problem: the idea of being “behind”.

It’s common to jump into the Challenge with red-hot energies, only to find yourself flagging when “real life” intervenes. Yet the plan rolls on without you, leaving you deflated. That feeling of being “behind” can sap your enthusiasm and blind you to the very real progress you’ve made.   Read More >>


Cleaning Challenge: Be Ready For Guests

When the doorbell rings, will you be ready?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we’ve freshened the front porch … and now, it’s time to prepare to welcome visitors and friends.

Lay out a cheery welcome mat. Add extra coat hangers to a nearby coat closet, and find a space to hold guests’ umbrellas or overshoes.

Most of all, prepare your heart! A welcoming home needs little more than that oldest and best greeting: “You’re here! Come in …. and welcome!”   Read More >>


Today’s Challenge: Finish-Up Week

You’ve made your lists, and checked them twice … but life still got in the way?

Welcome to Finish-Up Week at the New Year Cleaning Challenge! This final week is designed to meet the needs of reality: a scheduled chance to follow up on the good intentions that motivated you to get with the Challenge.

Not that this is a do-it-all kind of week. Instead, it’s designed to let you tackle the most important, most necessary items that got short shrift during the last 13 weeks.   Read More >>


Today’s Challenge: Front Porch Week Wrap-Up

This week, our focus has been on the front porch: the place where home meets world.

Today, wrap up any remaining items to bring a fresh feeling to the front porch–bringing our Cleaning Challenge to an end for this year.

Say what? There are still items on your to-do list?

Not to worry. Tomorrow, we’ll start a final “finish up” week, designed to provide time to complete those last few items.

Along the way, we’ll review basic routines, and focus on ways to keep your Challenge-clean home in good order year-round.   Read More >>


Today’s Challenge: Be Ready For Guests

When the doorbell rings, will you be ready?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we’ve freshened the front porch … and now, it’s time to prepare to welcome visitors and friends.

Lay out a cheery welcome mat. Add extra coat hangers to a nearby coat closet, and find a space to hold guests’ umbrellas or overshoes.

Most of all, prepare your heart! A welcoming home needs little more than that oldest and best greeting: “You’re here! Come in …. and welcome!”   Read More >>


Cleaning Challenge: Spiff Up the Front Door

What’s the focal point of the front porch? The front door! It’s the portal where home meets world, so does it spell a warm welcome to friends and family?

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it’s time to spiff up the front door. Banish the dust and brighten the windows. Polish the doorknob and put out the doormat.

Door wreaths or seasonal decorations bring a cheery touch; consider using Command-brand adhesive hangers to mount decorations without marring paint or creating nail holes.

When you’re done? Stand back and admire your home’s entrance. You’ve earned it!   Read More >>


Today’s Challenge: What’s Your Number?

Focusing on the front porch this week in the Cleaning Challenge, it’s time to ask, “What’s your number?” Can your house number be seen clearly from the roadway … day and night?

Safety experts tell us that a clear, visible house number is vital to first responders–and it’s just plain convenient for everyday visitors, too.

Today, check to be sure your house address number is easy to spot in any lighting condition. Will it need to be moved to a better-lit location?   Read More >>


Today’s Challenge: Let the Light Shine

Nightfall comes … and on come the lights!

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it’s time to assess outdoor illumination.

Take a good look at the light fixtures on the porch, path and driveway; do they shine a welcome light on your front porch? Dust down the fixtures, clean the diffusing glass, and replace any dim or burned-out bulbs.

Next, survey the front of your home from across the street. Do you need to add exterior lighting? Consider easy-to-install options like solar lights to beef up security and highlight landscaping.   Read More >>


Today’s Challenge: Spiff Up the Front Door

What’s the focal point of the front porch? The front door! It’s the portal where home meets world, so does it spell a warm welcome to friends and family?

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it’s time to spiff up the front door. Banish the dust and brighten the windows. Polish the doorknob and put out the doormat.

Door wreaths or seasonal decorations bring a cheery touch; consider using Command-brand adhesive hangers to mount decorations without marring paint or creating nail holes.

When you’re done? Stand back and admire your home’s entrance. You’ve earned it!   Read More >>


Clutter Into Cash: Printable Yard Sale Signs and Checklist

Garage sales can clear the clutter (and score some cash!), but it helps to be organized. For a quick start, try these garage sale printables.

To begin, this step-by-step yard sale checklist is your road map to planning an organized garage sale. (New to garage sales? Get up to speed with yard sale tips.)

Print highly-visible yard sale signs with arrows pointing right, left and ahead to guide garage sale customers to your sale … and turn your clutter into cash.

Ready, set … sell!

 

Printable Yard Sale Signs

Printable File: 

PDF iconYard Sale Checklist
PDF iconYard Sale Sign – Arrow Right
PDF iconYard Sale Sign – Arrow Left
PDF iconYard Sale Sign – Arrow Ahead