31 Days to Clean, Day 1: Begin the Kitchen! UPDATED with After Pics!



Don’t judge!

I know. I KNOW. It’s bad. But hello, that’s why I’m doing 31 Days to Clean!


Today is “Begin the Kitchen” day!

Let’s Do This!

Here’s what I’m doing, join in if you’d like!

First up, put in a load of laundry.

After the laundry is started, begin cleaning the kitchen. Focus on the basics:

  • Do the dishes (HOLLA if you have a dishwasher and praise the Lord for it)
  • Also the pans (yes, even the greasy piled up ones you haven’t wanted to touch)
  • Wash out the sink (If you have bleach, plug your sink and fill it with bleach and water and let sit for about a 1⁄2 hour.)
  • Gather all the paperwork and stuff on your counters and put it in a bin or a bag and set it aside, you’ll deal with this on another day!
  • Wipe down the counters.
  • Eat a cookie.

We’ll work more on the kitchen tomorrow!

After pics to come and my “Why” for cleaning will be up later today (I’ll update this post). Stay tuned! OH, and if you want to have your ePantry cleaning products to you by the end of the week, ORDER TODAY!

After Pics!


It’s on.


Clean, clean, it’s CLEAN!!!!



Because my kitchen was clean, I felt freed up to cook! Pork butt. YUM.


Are you drooling? It smells SO good in my house right now.

Ahhhh! And then, I had a brownie. :)


The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF for only .99 cents!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

$130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY!

Enter the giveaway HERE!

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FREE ePantry Cleaning Products for You Plus a $130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY! UPDATED with Winners!

UPDATE! The winners are listed below!


You know what’s great? Not having to think about buying cleaning supplies.

This always happens to me: I will go to run the dishwasher or dust my table (yes, I actually dust), or clean something, and I’m out of what I need. I just don’t pay attention to details, you know, like seeing when something is low. Maybe I subconsciously ignore it. I don’t know, but here’s the thing, I still need to clean, which means I still need cleaning products. Now, this might come as a shock to you (it’s coming as one for me), but today I am actually a bit giddy about cleaning supplies.

Yes I am! And I’ll tell you why!

I have had the pleasure of working with ePantry, an online store where you can get all of the best (and environmentally safe) cleaning products for less than what you would pay at the grocery store. In fact, according to ePantry, shoppers are saving 26% compared to what they were spending at their grocery store. And here’s the best part: you get the products every 60 days (or whenever you need them). This is brilliant for those of us who like to save money and not have to worry about running out of cleaning supplies.


And we’re talking about the good brands. You know, Like Method. I swoon for method. Especially the almond scent. LOVE.


ePantry offers products from Method, Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation and more!

How Does ePantry Work?

It’s simple and quick. You create an account and then, based on your answers to a few questions, pick the brands you like, and ePantry will help you figure out what and how much of a product you need. No worries if you don’t like their suggestions, you can make changes. It takes about 5 minutes.

There are no lock-ins, fees or anything else. You can cancel, change products or anything else you want at anytime!

Once you’re set up, you’re good to go!

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Who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail?!

Good Stuff For YOU Dear Readers!

The AMAZING and generous folks at ePantry have some special goodies for you all to help prepare you for getting your home clean and in order during the 31 Days to Clean challenge! For EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU who wants to give ePantry a try by spending $20 (worth it) you get $10 in ePantry credit AND a FREE Method Squirt & Mop Wood Floor Cleaner in my favorite scent, Almond!


For you, for free when you try ePantry!

This is an exclusive deal for my readers, so you have to give them a try using this link (or any of the links in this post). Now listen, you know you want to get stocked up before we begin, so you might as well save some money and use ePantry. Also, since they are giving you all this deal because of 31 Days to Clean, they are also giving you FREE shipping. If you order today you should, barring crazy weather, have your products by the end of the week!


To Recap:

  1. Get yourself an account stat.
  2. Get the supplies you need so you can join me here for the 31 Days to Clean challenge.
  3. Get $10 in credit and your free Method cleaner. WOOT! The deal will show up automatically in your cart.

Just to help you out, my friends at ePantry also created an ideal basket for you, if you want to try it. It’s $25:

The ideal basket includes:

  • FREE Method Wood Floor Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Daily Shower Spray
  • Dish Soap
  • Bathroom Tissue
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • and a Pure Soy Candle (just for fun)

To get this basket, just click HERE! The work is done for you! Easy peasy!


I have TWO fully loaded ideal cleaning baskets to giveaway today, worth $130 each! That’s right, TWO OF YOU WILL WIN this cleaning supply basket!





The fully loaded cleaning basket includes:

  • Scrub Sponges
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Dishwasher Tablets
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Soap (2)
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Stain Remover
  • Dish Soap
  • Shower Spray
  • Fabric Softener
  • Bathroom Tissue
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Wood Floor Cleaner (FREE)
  • and a Pure Soy Candle (just for fun)

This is a 48 hour giveaway, which means it ends at 4pm EST Wednesday (January 21st). It is a quick giveaway because we need to get cleaning and have no time to waste! But seriously, you should still get an account and get some supplies just in case…like I said, you’ll have them by the end of the week if you get them today!

Also, how much does ePantry rock? I am so thankful for how they have partnered with us to help us clean!

To Enter the Giveaway

CONGRATS to Jessica Boniface and Kara Jo Garis!!!! You WON!!!!!! :)

I will be emailing you soon! 

Fill out the form below! Good “luck”! I will SEE YOU TOMORROW! Oh, and if you haven’t picked up your copy of the REVISED 31 Days to Clean, GET ON IT! It’s only .99 cents, but for 7 days only!

Love, your cleaning-buddy, Sarah Mae

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Surprise! 31 Days to Clean Has Been REVISED & It’s Available NOW for Only .99 Cents!

epantrybanner 31 Days to Clean has been REVISED and it's only .99 cents for 7 days! WOOT!

It’s here.

The revised version of 31 Days to Clean is NOW available! I am just thrilled, mostly because I need to get my own home in order and it’s so much more fun cleaning with others. You are joining me, right? We begin tomorrow!

31 Days to Clean, written specifically with the “non-cleaner” types in mindwas originally released nearly four years ago, and has since inspired tens of thousands of women to get their homes and their hearts in a place of peace in order to love others well.

31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of your home, but it is also a practical resource that invites you and guides you in getting your home in order one day at a time.

What You Will Find in 31 Days to Clean

Each day has a short reading that is designed to motivate and encourage you in homemaking (which is for anyone who lives in a home). At the end of each reading you will find two challenges, a Martha challenge and a Mary challenge. The Mary challenges will engage your heart, and the Martha challenges will give you a specific cleaning task for that day.

What’s New in the Revised Version?

The biggest change is that I have completely redone ALL of the Martha challenges. They are so much more helpful and doable now. I also added some new content, and refreshed the daily readings. If you have the original version, you will also see I rearranged some of the readings to make them work in a more logical flow.

Basically, it’s better. So much better.

Go ahead and get your copy from Amazon or as a PDF for only $0.99!

After 7 days it will go back to its original price of $4.99. The paperback version should be available sometime next week.

Now listen, you MUST come back later today because I have MORE FUN AND SURPRISES FOR YOU! :) Helpful surprises. Surprises that will help you during your 31 Days to Clean journey. Because you are joining me tomorrow. TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE!

See you in a bit!

Love, SM

P.S. In Amazon, the new cover and sample isn’t live yet, but rest assured, when you purchase it it comes through as the revised edition.

P.P.S. Want to help spread the word about 31 Days to Clean? Click HERE for some pretty graphics to share!

P.P.S. I’m over at Becoming Minimalist today talking about getting rid of my kids toys! Click HERE to read it!

$130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY!

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For Those Who Still Have a Post-Christmas Post-New Year’s Mess {Ahem}



My house is still in vacation mode. My Christmas tree is still up because I refuse to believe Christmas is over.

Also, we had to rearrange the furniture in order to fit the tree, which meant moving our HUGE white comfy chair into my daughters small room. She loved it for a while but now is begging us to take the tree down so she can have her room back.

Also, I have snowflakes hanging from my ceiling.

Over Christmas, I wanted snow. I wanted a white Christmas. Instead, it was rainy and between 40 and 50 degrees. Not Christmas-y. I was lamenting to my daughter (the nine year old) about it all. I said we needed snowflakes. She proceeded, with her brother and sister to cut-out snowflakes and when I came upstairs to begin the day (it was a slow start) THERE WERE SNOWFLAKES HANGING ON MY CEILING ALL OVER MY LIVING ROOM! They were also on the windows. I cannot even tell you the joy that befell me. I have amazing kids.


Now we have snow. And it’s freezing. My heart, by the way, loves cold and snow, but I feel for all the people who have to work in it. I know, it’s terrible.

Back to the Christmas tree. I also still have all my decorations up. And my big plans for getting my home clean and organized and ready for the new year didn’t happen because I was working on my book. Also, vacation. But now we’re back to school and somewhat normal life (my husbands been home a lot which I love but completely messes with my routine because I think it’s the weekend all the time) and I really need to put away the Christmas stuff. And organize the school stuff. And clean my kitchen floors and sink and bathrooms and bookshelves and oh-my-goodness I have so much to do!

I am living in some serious post-Christmas, post-New-Year’s, post-book-writing MESS. This will not do. I cannot function in chaos.

I mean, I can, because I have, but I don’t want to. Let’s just say we’ve been eating a lot of sandwiches (made with love!). But I need to get back to my normal routine. I miss it. I actually miss the structure, which is weird, because I’m not a structured person.

There is a point to all of this.

31 Days to Clean is Back!


Isn’t the cover so pretty?! Kyle Reid did it, and I love it!

I have dusted it off the proverbial shelf, revised it, put in ALL NEW Martha challenges, and am ready to KICK SOME CLEANING TAIL! Or something like that.

Anyway, I would love for you to join me! :) I am going to work my way through the NEW and IMPROVED 31 Days to Clean right here on my blog! Accountability at its best.

The revised edition of 31 Days to Clean will be on sale MONDAY for only .99 cents via Kindle, B & N, and PDF! It will also be available in paperback!* WOOT!

So, want to join me? We will start Tuesday the 20th.


Love, SM

*I don’t know how much the paperback version will cost yet, but should be under $10!

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FREE Mini-Course: Four Steps to Discover Your Inner Creative Genius (Available for ONE WEEK ONLY)

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I am the most terrible crafter alive.

I don’t decorate, I don’t know what colors go with what, and the thought of anything that requires lots of details makes me want to pull my hair out.

I will say though, there was a time when I used to make dresses for my first born.


What’s missing is the picture of when my girl was three-months old and I made her a sparkly red dress. I kid you not, she had sparkles in her head for YEARS. Also, notice the bow-tie my son is wearing. Yep, made that too.

But then I had more babies and you know, dress-making got put on the back burner. When my sweet kiddos would finally go to bed at night, I realized, I didn’t want to mess around with needles, I wanted to write. I found that my creative outlet is writing, not crafting. So when I first heard of this discovering your inner creative genius mini-course, two-things came to mind:

  1. This is going to be about crafting. I hate crafting.
  2. Wait, no it’s not. It’s about being creative, and I’m creative! I’d like to be more creative. In fact, maybe I’d like to even try my hand at decorating. Wait, let’s not get too carried away.

Why do I associate being creative with being crafty? One does not have to be crafty or detail-oriented to be creative! Being creative is woven into our very beings; it’s part of the color God put inside of us. Why? Because He’s creative!

So, maybe you want to dig up some of that creativity that perhaps you put on the back-burner, or maybe you just figured you weren’t good at creating. Or maybe, you’re not sure how to make the time to invest in creative pursuits. If that’s you, you might be interested in checking out this FREE mini-course.

Four Steps to Discover Your inner Creative Genius is a week long course that comes to you via email. The course includes:

  • A short, inspirational reading
  • Worksheets with action steps to help dig up your inner creative
  •  Practical help and ideas to get your creative juices flowing

The course will help you figure out what you enjoy creating, how to find the time to do it, how to not feel guilty about indulging in your creative pursuits, and how to distance yourself from that dreaded ruiner of fun: Perfection.

To begin the mini-course IMMEDIATELY, just click HERE! (The course goes away on the 20th, so if you want it, get it now!)

Happy creating!

Love, SM

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