Dare to Dream of Cleaner, More Organized, Living Spaces!

Because my office has been a hot mess and storage room since our move, I cleaned up with Zep Commercial® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TryZep

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Our recent move was kind of a mess in general. We moved on August 15th, but by moved I mean, we brought over the big stuff like the beds, kitchen and bathroom supplies, our clothes, my laptop, the TV, living room furniture, and the dining room table. We had until October 6th to get everything out of the condo which sounds amazing right? Well, not so much. That just made us procrastinate and go back over to the condo here and there and grab some “stuff” each time. Somehow most of that “stuff” just landed in my office. It just kept piling up. I kept closing the door and ignoring it while I worked away at the dining room table. Not ideal. I’m incredibly OCD (seriously, I have the papers to prove that my tendencies are incredibly high) so I need order in my life. I need an office atmosphere to work effectively and I sure as heck didn’t even want to think about walking into that “office” that had become utter chaos and downright dirty. I needed something powerful to light a fire under my butt and get this place in order. Thankfully I found Zep Commercial® Quick Clean Disinfectant and All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser and as soon as I realized that @%!# will clean anything, I knew I was free to dream of a clean and organized office again.

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First order of business was to move all of the “stuff” into the middle of my office so I could actually move around in there. Then, I did what all good Disney fans and daydreamers would do in this situation. I carefully placed and affixed this applique on the wall, just inside the door, and I started to dream of my new cleaner, organized, dusted, and disinfected happy place. Then I got to work. I started digging through boxes to see where they belonged and moved the ones that needed to go into the attic out into the hallway (I don’t do attic stairs so B handled that part). Then I started sorting through the other boxes and de-hoarding my belongings. So much trash. So, so much trash! And then I started taking out my most favorite things (and realizing that my taste is somewhat that of a teenager when it comes to my happy place). I immediately cringed when I saw how dusty/dirty most of them were from being stored for far too long, I cleaned them all thoroughly with the Zep Commercial® All-Around Cleaner and Degreaser. Bonus, this stuff not only cleans just about anything and everything (awesome in the bathrooms and kitchen too), it smells amazing! And as a final prep for the big makeover, I disinfected the doors, door knobs, baseboards, furnishing, and every other non-porous surface with the Quick Clean Disinfectant because we’ve already had colds, flu, and stomach bugs in our house this year and this is the room I’ve neglected the most. And then the real fun began.

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I was able to turn that hot mess of a cluttered, dusty, dirty, more than likely germy room into something that was beginning to resemble an office. A happy (and clean) place where I could work productively while singing a happy little working song. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out, once again, that my office decor is probably not age appropriate, but it sure makes me smile. Because who doesn’t want a monkey with a crown sitting over them while they work?

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And this monstrosity of a corner filled with books, laundry, boxes, an Elsa doll I still haven’t sent (I’m sorry Summer, I’ll send it now that I found it), a bike flag, cords, and so much more? This was probably the biggest challenge. But fueled with Zep power, I tackled this too.

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A $30 bookshelf did wonders and now we have a reading room as well. Plus I have additional space to put more of my important stuff. You know, like my Marilyn Barbie and such. Yes, that stuff. But there was more work to be done and I was on a roll!

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I know what you’re thinking now that you’ve seen there’s a closet in the room. You think that I shoved all of this stuff in there and jammed the door closed, right? OK, I was tempted but my OCD said “no, no, no”, and besides it wouldn’t have all fit even if I tried.

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I organized all of my crafting supplies (yes, I have those) in a tote, and I left all of the “stuff” I use regularly in there as well as some pictures and plaques I still need to hang. Yes, there’s still work to be done in the room, but I’m really happy with how well it’s turning out.

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Ready to tackle a HUGE cleaning project like me, or do you just need some new cleaning products that do an amazing job at a reasonable price (and smell pretty awesome too)? We’ve got a Zep for that! Zep Commercial® offers a complete line of cleaning and drain care products that deliver professional results. Whether you’re a cleaning professional or just want to get the job done right while saving time and money, you’ll be able to clean with confidence and have pride in the results like me.

Like my sparkly results? Read more about Zep Commercial® on their website. You’ll also want to like them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter to find out about all of their amazing cleaning products. Seriously, cleaning has never been so simple thanks to Zep! Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there are a few bathrooms in need of cleaning calling my name. Happy cleaning!

Be Inspired to Get Organized with Scent-spiration from Glade®

I should really tell you that I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser, Glade® #MeltsBestFeelings.

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Let me just put this out there, I hate winter. HATE. Cold weather makes me cringe, shiver, and I’m just plain lazy during this time of year. I let things go, and this winter, I’ve let my office go. I work from home. I spend a LOT of time in my office. It’s rather depressing really. I have the rest of the house in order since the move, but not my office. I needed inspiration to motivate me to do something about it. I need to be organized in order to work efficiently. So where did I find this inspiration? My scent-spiration came from the scents of spring and summer (ahhh…the warm months). It’s amazing how just the smell of spring can light a fire under you to just do more and put a bounce in your step like only warm weather truly can. Luckily, I can bring the scents of warm weather indoors with the help of Glade® Wax Warmers and Wax Melts.

I’m about to shame myself (and my OCD brothers and sisters) by showing you this, but here goes. THIS was my office just a few days ago.

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*SHUDDER*

And THIS was my desktop.

Desk Top Before #MeltsBestFeelings #shop I suppose I’ve seen worse and some might say this isn’t really so bad. But those people don’t know me. THIS is utter chaos and it had to change! HAD to. I can’t work like this. I look around, I cringe, and I try to work through the chaos. Not cool, but I wasn’t motivated.

But this weekend, while grocery shopping at my favorite grocery store, HEB, I found the fire that lit my butt into action. My inspiration was right in front of my eyes and I’d been missing it all along. I have wax warmers throughout the house because I love the smell, but not in my office. What was I thinking? Obviously I wasn’t!

In Store #MeltsBestFeelings #shop Until I saw this. I was looking for a spray and carpet freshener and that’s when it hit me. I needed to bring spring into my office. But where were the Glade® Wax Warmers and Wax Melts? Not where I expected but I did find them on a special display in the soda aisle so be sure to look around the store if you can’t find them yourself. They now have all of the scents of spring available and they are all divine and scent-spirational. Their warmer is the most beautiful hue of blue that goes perfectly with my decor and the melts are now available in Live Loud, Lift Off, Creamy Custard, Red Honeysuckle Nectar, Sunny Days, and Lavender & Vanilla. Something for everyone for sure. I picked up Live Loud (because, well…that’s how I live) and Lift Off and headed home with a plan!

Scent-spiration from Glade #MeltsBestFeelings #shop I stopped by an office supply store on my way home and picked up a black (not my color choice) organizer and some other supplies I needed. I plugged in my new Glade® Wax Melt Warmer and dropped in two Lift Off Wax Melts. The floral smells immediately started flowing through my office and I had an idea. What do you do when you don’t like the color of a supply you just brought home?

DIY Organizer #MeltsBestFeelings #shop Spray paint of course! Y’all spray paint was invented for people like me. I’m not very crafty but ANYONE can spray paint and the right color, just like the right scent, can change the mood of any room, and any person. Spray, dry, organize!

Desk Top After #MeltsBestFeelings #shop It’s really that easy. I literally revamped and organized my office space in less than an hour (and believe me, I didn’t show you everything so it wasn’t an easy task) inspired only by beautiful scents of spring from Glade® and an uplifting color.

After #MeltsBestFeelings #shop It’s like a totally new room, that smells amazing, and I’ve been so much more productive today. Clean spaces are happy spaces. For real!

Scentspiration for happy spaces #MeltsBestFeelings #shop And ironically, B must have sensed that I’d been a little blue about the winter because he brought even more color and fragrance into our home, and my office, with 18 gorgeous pink roses. Just because. Yes, it might still be cold outside but spring is in the air. It is in here anyway. And I LOVE it!

Setting the Mood #MeltsBestFeelings #shop Living on an island is a beautiful thing. Even during this dreary yet brief cold spell we have every year, I know that spring is just around the corner. And thankfully, with a little help from Glade®, I was reminded of this fact and my office thanks us both very much!

I have the Lift Off scent in my office and Live Loud is beautifying my living room with its fresh floral scent. Seriously, I wish you could smell it in here. Y’all, it’s AH-MAZING! Have you tried the Glade® Wax Warmers yet with Glade® Wax Melts? They really are WAY more affordable than the big brands you may be using and I love the convenience of picking them up when I’m out shopping. If you’ve tried them, what’s your favorite scent-spiration? If not, what are you waiting for? If you hurry, you can receive a Catalina coupon to save $2.50 on any Glade® purchase of $7 or more during January and February!

The Gift of a Germ-Free Holiday Season with Randalls

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Hi, I’m Christy and I’m a Germaphobe. I’m not your run-of-the-mill Germaphobe either. No, I’m obsessed with cleanliness and wellness. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily a crazy lady, but I was once told at a conference that instead of handing out business cards, I might do well to consider getting my information printed on those personal-sized hand sanitizers and handing them out instead. And at this time of year, I feel the need to step it up a notch. While everyone else is dreaming of diamonds, train sets, and sugar plums dancing in their heads, I’m thinking about all of the germs that are floating around because it’s that time of year. COLD AND FLU SEASON!
Let me back up a bit. Friday was pajama and a movie day for Bug’s first grade class. That meant fun, sharing hot chocolate, sharing space, sharing hugs, and sharing GERMS. I can do everything possible to keep her germ-free at home but it’s hard to control what goes on in the classroom, or the house of germs as I “affectionately” refer to it. I remind her daily of ways she can keep germs at bay and ward off cold and flu. Wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with your elbow, and for goodness sake…STOP touching everything. There are germs everywhere!
And then there’s this guy. You see, B is a pipefitter. Let me tell you a little bit about pipefitters. They don’t clean up after themselves at work. The eat off dirty table tops in common spaces, and they rarely even wash their hands before eating *SHUDDER*. Talk about a breeding house for germs! I can’t change what he does outside of the home (I’ve tried…believe me I’ve tried), but I can change what he does at home and I can help kill those germs he’s sure to bring home and spread to unsuspecting victims. 
You see, this poor little unsuspecting preschooler and I don’t have the best immune systems. I keep us sheltered, I keep the house clean, but when the germs hit, he’s always the first to be plagued. It’s my job, as his mother and protector, to do everything possible to keep him, and the other family members, healthy.
I keep cleaning supplies and vitamins on hand at all times, all year long. 
I’m constantly cleaning the surfaces that the germ carriers touch when they come home from their daily germ-fests. My favorite “secret weapon” is the simple, yet powerful, Clorox Wipe. Each little square is effective at killing 99.99% of cold and flu viruses. AND they’re great on kitchen grease too. Kind of a miracle cleaning tool, especially at this germy festive time of year.
I’m even prepared on-the-go because you never know what you might run into while you’re out and about. You know how when you enter your favorite retailer like Randalls and before you grab your buggy, you go to reach for one of the sanitizing wipes to wipe everything down only to find that the container is empty? Right. That never happens to me. I’m always armed with my own. 
BUT despite all of my best efforts. Despite my obsession with all things germ-free, cleaning, and constant preparedness, the inevitable often hits and I need to be ready to keep my little ones (and the pipefitter germ-carrier) comfortable when a cold or flu does hit. And I need to have plenty of supplies on hand, like disinfecting wipes, Kleenex, and medications, just in case.
That’s where my local Randalls comes in. The store is clean (happy dance), the staff is friendly and helpful, and the prices are amazing using the Just For U Savings App which helps me save up to 20% more on top of my savings that I already receive using my Remarkable Card. I can even visit their Wellness Advisor online before heading to the store to find out more ways to fight cold and flu, and which products are best for my family’s needs. And to make things even better, my local Randalls even offers flu shots in store. Guess what we’ll be getting next week?

To find out more about the savings at Randalls and all of the services they have to offer, be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
And then head out to your local store to pick up all of the supplies you’ll need for your own happy, healthy, germ-free holiday season. And don’t forget to get that flu shot! Here’s hoping you have the best holiday season ever and that all of your wishes (including a healthy family) come true!