New Year Cleaning Challenge

It's a New Year and you're looking for a fresh start? Take the New Year Cleaning Challenge, and welcome Spring to a clean and organized home.

Catch up to daily messages here, at the Cleaning Challenge Home. With printable checklists and reminder messages, you'll stay on-track as you deep-clean, toss clutter, and organize each room or area of the home.

Ready? Let's work together to live clean and serene in the New Year!

Cleaning Challenge Day 26: Boost Your Pantry Power

pantry power

What's the difference between an organized dinner hour and chaos in the kitchen? A well-stocked pantry!

A pantry is not a place, it's an attitude--and you have one if you have stockpiled food, health and beauty aids and paper goods in your home.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll boost our pantry power with tips for starting, growing and organizing the pantry.

Cleaning Challenge Day 24: Clear Kitchen Countertops

clear kitchen counters

What's taken up residence on your kitchen counters?

The old real estate maxim works for kitchens, too: "location, location, location!" In the kitchen, countertop space represents the room's most prestigious--and hardest-working--real estate address. Is your cooking space clean and lean--or crammed and cluttered?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll clear kitchen countertops, applying a simple A-B-C method to make zoning decisions for appliances, decor and storage.

Cleaning Challenge Day 23: Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

cut clutter in the kitchen

When we dream of an ideal kitchen, the room we visualize is usually spare, clean and serene.

But when we open our eyes to reality, we're faced with a basic truth: the kitchen has an amazing ability to attract clutter.

Even after out-of-place items are rounded up and given new homes, we remain faced with hard-core kitchen clutter.

How to banish kitchen clutter once and for all? Try these kitchen declutter tips in today's New Year Cleaning Challenge Challenge.

Cleaning Challenge Day 22: Kitchen Week

Cleaning Challenge Kitchen Week

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: kitchen and pantry take center stage during Kitchen Week.

In the days ahead, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize the kitchen, and brush up our pantry power in food storage areas.

Menu and meal planning basics round out the week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

Ready? Let's get cooking!

Cleaning Challenge Day 21: Living Room Week Wrap-Up

Living Room Week Wrap-Up

Living Room Week is drawing to a close; time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the living room.

Looking ahead, the New Year Cleaning Challenge moves into the kitchen and pantry.

Time to get organized in food preparation and storage areas? Join us tomorrow for Kitchen Week!

Cleaning Challenge Day 20: Making Sense of Household Scents

living room scent

Standing on the threshold, the living room is lovely to look at, clean and organized. Soft sofa, attractive artwork, pleasant lighting all beckon.

But the nose wrinkles. Do you smell something?

Taking on the "to scent or not to scent" question is like stepping in a mine field. Today, we'll try to find our way to freshness, while staying clean and green at home.