How to Really Clean Your Kitchen in 8 Steps + Free Checklist

8 Steps to a Really Clean Kitchen

You know that feeling you get when your house is super clean, all the laundry is done and you’ve put away all the clutter? It’s amazing right? Today I want to share with you how to finally, really, and easily get a super clean kitchen except you don’t have to spend all day scrubbing and it is with all natural cleaners. PLUS I have a free kitchen cleaning checklist below this post for you to use, reuse and love!

I’m joining 26 of my blog friends to bring you 6 days of organizing tips, ideas and inspiration to get 2016 off with a bang. We’ve got ideas for the kitchen, pantry, teen room, laundry room and more to help you finally get your ship into shape and enjoy the spaces you live in.

I’m sharing 8 steps for how to really clean your kitchen. Ahh, the kitchen. The work horse of the home right?

I’m in the kitchen 80% of the day, I’m sure of it.  These days Cora is crawling all over the floor so it needs to be washed often and without chemicals.

Which is why it feels so good to give it a deep clean every once in a while. Monthly, weekly if that’s your thing, whatever works for you.

I scanned the room and thought of everything I could to come up with the most-simple, NATURAL, get-things-shiny to do list for cleaning the kitchen and here it is. And there’s a free printable at the end of this post for you too! So grab that and start your year off right with a squeaky clean gathering spot. After all, everyone always hangs out in the kitchen right?

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2015 Year in Review

Welcome to my year in review! 2015 has been an amazing and unbelievable 12 months for me and this blog. Every year brings opportunities and memories both in our blogs and life and this one was no exception.

I can’t talk about the highlights of Decor Adventures without mentioning what happened behind my blog in my life.  I saw my daughter grow and turn 1 last month. I was selected as a designer in the Buffalo Decorators’s Show House.  I participated in lots of fun partnerships with partners and other bloggers. Sadly I lost my mother this year too. I also went back to work after having the baby and have been working on my dissertation for my graduate program. Life is full but I love it.

It’s so fun to look back and see what I accomplished as a blogger, DIYer, mom, business owner and more.  Here are my top posts, favorite projects and highlights from 2015.

Top 5 Posts of 2015

These were the most-loved posts of this year, in order. Blame it on Pinterest, general appeal or maybe just that we love to DIY? Click on each to go to the posts.

  1. 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Paint
  2. Summer Home Tour
  3. DIY Wood Plant Stand
  4. DIY Baby Mobile
  5. How to Tile a Small Table

Summer Home Tour

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DIY Holiday Monthly Dry Erase Planner + A Giveaway

DIY Monthly Dry Erase Planner

I’m into dry erase boards these days. I’m not even sure why since they’ve been around for a long while (clearly I am behind the office-supply times).  But ever since I realized you don’t actually have to buy a white office-like dry erase board and can use any picture frame with a glass front I’ve become hooked. So easy!

And functional! I’m into goal planning too. I’ve been mapping out all kinds of ideas I’ve had for this blog, my business plans and future goals. Most of the time I have to write things out to see how they make sense in really life. Do you do that? It helps me so much.

Plus the holidays, you know. Busiest time of the year. Although this doesn’t seem like a holiday project at first, trust me, it will get your organized for the crazy weeks we’re in. December needs a planner right?

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DIY Room Deodorizers

My daughter wears cloth diapers. You don’t have to be a mom to know that dirty diapers can get SMELLY. We tried all the different diaper pails that are supposed to keep the odor at bay, but none of them worked. We had to do something different.

DIY Room Deodorizers


Enter baking soda! It’s made to absorb orders for the fridge and is used for all kinds of purposes so why not try it for diapers, right? I wanted to make my own DIY Room Deodorizers and have them give off a nice natural scent too. This was a great opportunity to make my first project with my new essential oils.

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DIY Outdoor Plywood Holiday Trees

DIY Outdoor Plywood Holiday Trees

Today is filled with a ton of holiday decorating ideas for you, but instead of for inside, the Behr Paint DIY Experts have come up with a bunch of outdoor projects. And just in time for December so before the weather turns terrible, you can create some of these at your own home. I made these DIY Outdoor Plywood Holiday  Trees. I never made outdoor decor for the holidays before and I love them, come see!

DIY Outdoor Plywood Holiday Trees

If you’ve already decorated the inside of your house, here are lots of ideas for bringing cheer to the outside. Either in your yard, on the porch or back patio.  We sometimes decorate the outside, although not very often, but this got me excited to put up lights on the house and make it look as festive out there too.

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Home Paint Colors Abstract Art + Free Printable

Abstract Art

This past weekend was so relaxing that I got to dive into some of the hobbies I save up for rainy days, like painting, weaving and scrapbooking. Since I had some time to change up some of the decor in our room, I got to make this new home paint colors abstract art for our bedroom.

Home Paint Colors Abstract Art

Making art for your home can be both scary and exhilarating once you learn that you aren’t terrible at it.  Creating something on your own can be a lot of fun. This home paint colors abstract art is an easy way to add color to any space. I used a pallet of all the colors we actually have in our house, but of course, you can use any of your favorite hues.

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Spray Painted Holiday Wreaths

Spray Painted Holiday Wreaths at Decor Adventures

This post is sponsored by the Home Depot. All opinions are my own.

Hello! I recovered from Friendsgiving this past weekend to bring you this very fun project today. It’s one of my holiday favorites! Thanks to everyone who helped #PickMyDecor from Saturday’s post. Here’s what I was painting all along.

I decorated a Holiday Wreath Trio with my friends at the Home Depot and not only can you get inspiration from me and 22 other blogger friends who have also made their own versions of the wreath decorating project, but you can sign up to decorate wreaths yourself at your local Home Depot this Saturday.

Spray Painted Holiday Wreaths at Decor Adventures

Spray Painted Holiday Wreaths at Decor Adventures

First I’m going to show you how I spray painted green wreaths. Yes, it can be done! Then we’ll review to to decorate and hang them up. I’ve got step by step instructions, believe me, it’s a fun and easy project for anyone whose ever wanted a little more color to their holiday wreaths. Let’s get started.

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