Spring Cleaning in Summer Series

So what is it with people and their stuff anyway? It is an obsession with some. Clutter from floor to ceiling. Coupon mania has spurred some to become addicted to collecting more than they will ever use, and most of it garbage anyhow. I had a lady tell me the other day that her home is just busting at the seams so they need a new one. She and her family of 4 would feel downright claustrophobic if they came into my 1800 sq foot home with 7 people, 10 chickens, 3 goats and 3 rabbits (No, the animals are not actually IN the house...except on accident sometimes.) Plus all our stuff. We, however do not plan on up sizing any time soon. My philosophy is that if you are feeling too cramped, get rid of some stuff! I have had  "stuff" on my mind a lot lately. I have decided it just takes up space and can be gone in an instant anyhow.
So, it's time for some spring cleaning in July. There are a few products that I have kept around mostly because I just haven't gotten around to tossing them. I have decided, however that it is time.  Now I have room for the abundance of jars that will need a new home when I get my tomatoes canned.  
I am getting rid of things I do not now, nor will I ever need. Things that:
  • Are chemical filled
  • Have ingredients I can not pronounce
  • Do not promote self sufficiency
  • Have no value to me whatsoever
  • Just take up space
I can replace almost all of the "stuff" in my cupboards for cleaning, beauty and medicine with the following:
Baking Soda
Essential oils
Coconut, Almond, Olive Oil
Shea butter
Distilled Water
Castile Soap
Washing Soda
Fels Naptha
Distilled Water
Good Vitamin Supplement
Redmond Clay
Hydrogen Peroxide
So tune in tomorrow as we begin day one of Spring Cleaning in July! What products would you add to this list?
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  1. Girl I need all the help with cleaning I can get. With three dogs and a husband who dont clean up after themselves your advice is much needed.

  2. I hear you there! I am not exactly qualified to lecture on keeping a clean house. I find that impossible in my current situation. I do, however have ideas for clearing out the junk. I am not a bit sentimental, however, so that is easy for me. My biggest obstacle is my husband who saves everything just in case he can use it in some other project. Handy, but messy!

  3. I so agree with this totally!
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  4. Looks like a great list! I also use most of the items on your list :) Isn't it shameful what toxins they allow in commercial cleaners?

    Thanks for sharing at Natural Living Monday!

  5. Maybe elbow grease too? People need to garden and scrub more, then they wouldn't have to join a gym!

  6. How do you use the beeswax and the Redmond Clay? Stopping by from the Titus 2 Tuesday Link-up. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Beeswax goes in my lotion, deodorant, and chapstick. I have only used Redmond clay in my toothpaste so far, and once as a shampoo...I didn't care for that. It is good on bee stings and bug bites. I have not discovered all of its uses yet.

  7. I'd like to make a goal of gradually getting rid of unhealthy things in my life. I like the idea of a spring cleaning. Thanks for sharing at the hop. :)

  8. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and share with us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homemaker-hop-10/

  9. I love this idea of simplifying...now if I could only do it! Lol Blessings from UNITE! ~ Jen

  10. Oh how fun! I love the part where you said you were throwing out stuff you couldn't pronounce. Hahahahaha! Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party! FYI, the NEW linky part is live and ready for your posts today! :)

  11. Great information!! Thanks so much for linking up to “Tuesdays with a Twist” blog hop!

  12. I agree, it really is so much better to clean with natural ingredients. I use a lot of baking soda and vinegar in cleaning.