The Easiest Way To Clean Your Toilet

Today we’re getting into the nitty gritty of adulthood: cleaning the bathroom.

This is something I struggled with for most of my teenage years, until I went to college and suddenly couldn’t stand even a small speck of dirt on my shower. It probably had something to do with the fact that it was the first time in my life I didn’t have housekeepers to clean my bathroom for me. That probably makes me sound spoiled, but whatever, it’s the truth. In any case, I had to learn pretty fast how to clean up after myself, and also after my two dorm mates, because they sure didn’t clean anything.

Now, I’m a bathroom cleaning pro! I must admit that living in a party house makes it difficult, but I manage. Please ignore how gross my toilet looked beforehand, I live with three men, who as you probably guessed, also never clean. My bathroom at my mom’s house in Seattle looks like a hotel bathroom. Seriously.

Anyway, for today’s post, I give you: How to clean your toilet. This is a super easy method and takes only about 2 minutes of actual work. I decided to make this post into a Zeega, but unfortunately WordPress isn’t letting me embed it, so click the picture below to see the post!

Click above to see the Zeega!

Click above to see the Zeega!

7 Easy Tips To Keep Your Room Clean & Organized

While I admittedly am in a learning process when it comes to cooking, cleaning is my specialty. I come from a family of neurotic neat freaks. I’m that girl who has one shirt on the floor and apologizes for the mess. My roommates think I’m nuts, but really they should thank me because I do all their dishes. It’s a hard life, but someone’s gotta do it.

Now, I wasn’t always this way. I definitely have to thank my parents for the clean gene, but last year around this time my room was so dirty you couldn’t go in it. Seriously. I would pretty much just spend all my time in the living room and only go to my room to sleep. Now, it’s a haven! Using these seven easy tips, I have managed to keep my room clean almost 100% of the time.

Step 1: Wash your sheets at least every 2 weeks.

Seriously. Do it. I know it seems like a lot of work, but it really is worth it. Not only will it feel and look better, but having clean sheets is better for your skin! (Plus your room will smell bad if you don’t wash them often enough. Trust me.)

It's probably not very adult of me to have a million stuffed animals on my bed, but that's not the point.

It’s probably not very adult of me to have a million stuffed animals on my bed, but that’s not the point.

Step 2: Same goes for vacuuming.

You really don’t want your room to smell, do you? Plus, if you vacuum regularly, you’ll have consistently less mess and won’t have to vacuum for as long. This is especially important if you have wood floors. Dust accumulates disgustingly fast, especially here in Reno. Bonus tip: If you have wood floors, get an area rug. This one was only $19.99 at Ikea!

Freshly vacuumed and ready to go.

Freshly vacuumed and ready to collect dust again.

Step 3: Under-bed storage is your friend.

If you have a bed that’s not super low to the ground, take advantage of under-the-bed storage. It’s a great way to save space, especially if you have a tiny room like I do. Measure how tall and wide your bed is, and find bins/baskets that fit accordingly. I would recommend only putting things in here that you don’t use very often, but still want to keep, such as Halloween costumes.

The great thing about a Heisenberg costume is that it also doubles as a shield for when you're cleaning up after your roommates.

The great thing about a Heisenberg (RIP) costume is that it also doubles as a shield for when you’re cleaning up after your roommates.

Step 4: Bins, bins, bins.

Storage bins are my favorite way to make people think that I’m actually organized. If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of storage space, bins are another way to help keep all of your crap in order. My boyfriend even gets a bin to hold all of his video games and books that he keeps at my house. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s best to only use bins for things you don’t use very often, but there’s exceptions of course. For example, I have a bin filled with pots and pans that I keep under my desk for easy, every day access, but clothes for Fall stay on the top shelf of my closet until it’s time to switch them out with Summer clothes. That’s a twice a year switch.

Step 5: Always put your clothes away immediately after they’re done being washed.

Just do it.

Step 6: Shoe racks & clothing separators. 

As you probably know, there’s a huge industry just based around organizing. Ever been to The Container Store? It’s a neat-freak’s dream. Take advantage of the tools that others have created for you. I love shoe racks because not only do they keep your shoes organized, but they also can actually add to the look of your room! I think this one looks pretty sleek:

This is only a very small fraction of the shoes that I own.

This is only a very small fraction of the shoes that I own.

If you’re like me, however, one measly shoe rack isn’t going to cut it. The one pictured above is actually stackable, so you could go that route, but if you’re cheap like I am, find other places around your room to store your shoes neatly. I like to keep my stragglers lined up underneath my dresser.

Clothing separators are also great. They’re the best way to keep your dresser drawers organized, and they make finding clothes for the day way easier.

Step 7: Be realistic.

There’s definitely lots of great ways to make space in your room. However, you still have to be realistic about how much space you actually have. There’s only so many bins you can fit in your closet! If you know you have a lot of extra stuff lying around, it’s time to start thinking about doing a mass cleaning. Be realistic about what you will and won’t keep. Haven’t worn it in 2 years? It’s time to get rid of it. It’s much easier to keep a clean, organized room if you only have what you need and what will fit. Don’t waste time trying to cram too much in there, it’ll only be a disaster in the end.

Not too shabby. Notice the bins?

Somehow, I’ve made my closet presentable! Notice the bins?

That’s all for today! Be sure to stay tuned, my next post tackles the subjects I most dread: Budgeting and shopping for groceries.

Grill Whenever, No Matter the Weather

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Taken from my vacation in Lake Tahoe last month. Can I go back yet?

Just a quick tip today – grilled veggies are amazing! If you find yourself getting bored of vegetables like I do, grilling them is a great way to add some flavor and variety. They’re great alone with some sea salt sprinkled on top, but I prefer to put them on a grilled turkey burger. Yum!

I know it’s almost fall (okay, it is, but I’m in denial), but who says you can’t grill whenever no matter the weather?