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Jillian Harris


5 of My Favourite Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Home

It’s the first week back to reality for me! LOL!! I had SUCH an amazing couple of weeks off, hanging out with friends and family and soaking up all of the celebrations from Christmas to my birthday. Well, the party is over, everyone … LOL! It’s time to get back to the grind and finally get my house in order after all of the holiday fun!! If you know me, you’ll know that I LOVE organizing and getting our house all nice and tidy. When our house is clean and everything is in its proper place, I feel SO GOOD! I’m sure many of you can relate to this so today I thought I would share 5 of my favourite cleaning tips with you that will help refresh your home this year!

1. One Room at a Time

Cleaning can seem like a daunting task when you think you have to clean the ENTIRE house so you have to change your thoughts and maybe lower the bar a little! My mom always taught me to clean one room at a time. Just like you’re supposed to take life day by day, do the same thing when it comes to cleaning, room by room. If you only have one space to focus on it seems less intimidating. I find I do a wayyyy better job when I isolate my focus rather than running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get IT ALLLLLL DONE in one go!

2. Lift Everything off the Ground

The first thing I like to do when I start cleaning in one room is to lift EVERYTHING up off of the ground and get it out of the room. Generally, after the holiday’s I find that each and every room is cluttered and filled with items that don’t belong in that room. This is a quick and simple process if you bring three bins into the room with you. One bin is for garbage and recycling, one bin is for items that need to be moved to another room, and the last bin is for items that can either be donated or sold.

Once all of your bins are filled up, move them to the side and make sure all of your counters are clear so you can start cleaning!! Don’t forget to sort and clean out all three of your bins before proceeding to the next room!

3. Start High then Low

We all know that little dust bunnies like to accumulate everywhere so I like to start cleaning up high then go low so dust and dirt have a chance to fall on the ground before I clean the floors! If you clean high then low chances are you won’t be doubling up on work!

4. Do Your Floors Last

I have OCD when it comes to cleaning our floors! LOL! Before I leave one room I like to do a quick vacuum on the floors which includes getting into the corners and going along the baseboards. We use the Dyson V11 in our home and we’re obsessed with it. Not only is it cordless but it also has a canister that can be easily emptied when full (am I the only one who loves to inspect all of the dirt and hair my vacuum picKs up!? LOL!). The Dyson V11 also comes with a bunch of handy attachments that REALLY help you get down and dirty when cleaning!

Once I’m done my quick floor clean using Eco Mode in all of my rooms I like to go BACK into each room and do one final vacuum using the Auto mode for a deep clean before I wash all of the floors! This mode automatically adjusts suction power depending on your floor type and saves the battery, so I have more than enough to do my whole home TWICE!

Pssstttt … I have some really exciting news for you! Dyson has offered to give FIVE LUCKY WINNERS their very own Dyson V11!! All you have to do is enter via my Instagram post and follow all of the steps! We will randomly select and announce all five winners on my Instagram page on Tuesday, January 14th!

5. Have Fun

Let’s be honest, I can think of 10,000 other things I would prefer to do other than cleaning and organizing our house but it’s also something that has to be done sooooo why not have fun with it?! Crank up the music (I prefer 80’s tunes or Country!) and whip up a nice hot coffee … or, pour yourself a big glass of wine and get movin! Don’t forget to stop for a mini dance party in between dusting and vacuuming … or heck, dance with your Dyson like I do! LOL!


















Thank you Dyson for sponsoring this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

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  1. Julia Ranner

    January 9th, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Love this! Have always wanted a Dyson, it definitely isn’t easy to dance with my current vacuum! Feeling motivated to clean!

  2. cathy

    January 9th, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Love how cleaning looks so fun here … and if you throw on enough music and some cute overalls/romper it really isn’t so bad. Thanks for the tips. Now … can we PLEASE talk about those PINK overalls?! We ALL need to find a pair like that! Tips please!

  3. Patti Lynn

    January 9th, 2020 at 10:50 am

    I do not see any Dyson V11 details here. Wondering where to look. I thought this was the Blog. 😊

  4. Jennifer Bradley

    January 9th, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Your laundry room is absolutely beautiful.

  5. Kim

    January 9th, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Is this post sponsored by Dyson? If so where is the disclosure?

  6. Kelly Middlemiss

    January 9th, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Omg would love a dyson vacum cleaner. One day maybe. My husband always teases me about vacuumes. I just find the price a little to high.

  7. Kelly Sennet

    January 9th, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    The Dyson is amazing!
    But- what are these pink overalls!!!!

  8. Kelly

    January 10th, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Hi! I love your overalls! Where are they from?

  9. Christine Strehle

    January 10th, 2020 at 6:05 am

    So cute! Love the romper where did you get it from?

  10. Cheryl Green

    January 10th, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Gillian, You make cleaning look so fun and glamorous!

  11. ivonne izci

    January 10th, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Nothing like a good cleaning sesh ! Great tips Jilly,

  12. Jess

    January 10th, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Your laundry room is a dream I would do laundry all day if mine looked like that.

  13. Darlene

    January 10th, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Jillian, oh I wished I could enter for the dyson, BUT I don’t have intragram .. is there another way to enter the contest

  14. Jen Fleming

    January 10th, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I could definitely use a Dyson dance partner! Lol

  15. Lisa

    January 10th, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I just get so inspired by these posts!! Thank you!

  16. Veronique Rennie

    January 10th, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Would love this, all I do is clean. Would be a fantastic addition to my household, this could be a hint to my little peeps that they can start helping their mama who works 5 days a week then comes home and us still working. Thank you for this opportunity. Have a great day!

  17. rashmi gill

    January 10th, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Jillian! Thank you for the tips! We have a family wedding coming up this July that we have offered our backyard as the venue not just for the wedding ceremony but also the night before the wedding henna party.!! It’s an Indian wedding so there will be family and friends staying with us for a week or so. As excited I am about this it is giving me immense anxiety. Your email is like a sign from the universe to get my ass in gear. It’s time!! We are a family of 6! 4 humans and two precious fur babies. Work, home, kids and recently returning to school at age 50 I find zero time to actually thoroughly clean my home. We have a built in vacuum system but I have been eyeing the Dyson for awhile now..again universe speaking to me to enter my name in this contest!!
    Side note. I follow you on insta. Thank you for sharing your Disney adventures! Watching your reaction when you realized your going to Disney made my daughter and I cry too!

    Keep Shining Your Bright Light!!

  18. Samantha Geen

    January 10th, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Can I just say, you are absolutely adorable and your laundry room is exquisite, the colours and layout so YOU…and me and YOU….

    So yes would love to be included, could use a DYSON, then we would have at least that in common…wink..

  19. Sandy M

    January 10th, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Really enjoyed this post. Thanks for posting some great tips.

  20. Pamela Gomez

    January 10th, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Great tips Jillian. Your Mom gave you good advice, I tell my daughter the same thing otherwise the task can be daunting. XO

  21. Jacqueline Bob

    January 10th, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    This would be awesome for my home. Looks light and easy to use. I have all hardwood floors and two school aged kids so a Dyson would be perfect. Loved your review and thanks for the chance
    IG @Jackie.Bob

  22. Sharron vetsch

    January 10th, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I am trying to enter for the Dyson giveaway but do not know how

  23. Ercilia

    January 10th, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Love both my Dysons. They are old but still running strong!!

  24. Harjit C

    January 10th, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win an amazing vacuum! I vacuum almost daily so this would be wonderful to have for its power in picking up all the crumbs, dust and anything else. Insta fan@plumerea

  25. Kristy Siconolfi

    January 11th, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Love these tips!!! I’m definitely adopting your one room at a time rule – I get overwhelmed and try to tackle too much! We just recently moved to a much bigger home so it means more places to put stuff, more areas collecting clutter – I also love the three bin organizing! We have a cordless Dyson as well but it’s and older version and the battery doesn’t last…thanks for the contest, definitely entering right now 😊

  26. Janice

    January 11th, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Thanks Jillian! Love your attitude about cleaning. Always up beat and positive. Thanks again for the great tips. 😘

  27. Janis LeDoux

    January 11th, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    U clean like I do jilly

  28. Branka Stefanovic

    January 12th, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Love your tips Jillian. I will try to do room by room … I usually go by task. All the de-cluttering, then vacuuming, dusting.. I would love to have the Dyson V11 to back and use the boost mode and get the deep cleaning at the end. Thank you for the chance! #dysonpartner @luckybgirl

  29. Jennifer Conlin

    January 12th, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Great tips! Top to Bottom is so smart! Entered on IG (@justicesadie1) This is top of my wishlist! I might actually enjoy cleaning with this. Hair is my nemesis!

  30. Jenn Day

    January 13th, 2020 at 9:53 am

    I absolutely love these overalls!
    Does anyone know where they’re from?

  31. Cory Warner

    January 14th, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Where are the overalls from? love them!

  32. Amanda Thomasen

    January 14th, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Have I missed the winners being announced? If so I can’t find it. Your blog post says winners will be announced today……….I’m really really hoping i’m a winner and have been waiting all day! LOL!

  33. Jillian Harris

    January 20th, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Yes!! All 5 winners were announced on my IG post!! XOXO

  34. Brittani Peterson

    January 16th, 2020 at 12:27 am

    I love that you include to have fun in your post! Music always makes cleaning seen easier and more fun because you can sing and dance! I also prefer to listen to country!

  35. Vienna

    January 16th, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Just the motivation I needed to clean the house! Thanks for the great post!

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