Today’s a big day around here…it’s release day for Journey to Clean 2018!
Hundreds and hundreds of you have loved the last two editions of the book. When I released the 2016 version, I had no idea how popular it would become. I was really just trying to help out those who had started using my cleaning schedule and wanted a better way to organize their cleaning each day. The response was overwhelming – and the response to the 2017 version was even bigger.
I think Journey to Clean 2018 has the potential to be the best edition yet! Let’s take a sneak peek inside of the new edition.
I definitely went back to my roots a little bit with this color scheme. I decided I wanted to return to a bright scheme that was similar to the one in my original cleaning schedule. It’s no coincidence that this is the scheme for my blog too – I love it so much! I’m thrilled with how the printables are looking with these vivid colors.
Those of you who purchased last year’s edition will recognize a similar overall format with some convenient updates. I included many of the same cover pages you know and love.
One of the big changes to this year’s printables is the formatting of the overall cleaning schedule. Instead of having it crammed on one page this year, I divided it into two pages and added a convenient weekly checklist that will help keep you accountable for each day’s tasks. This also let me make the checklists much bigger and clearer! You’ll find a few new additions to the list…I’ve added and taken away from the room of the week chores as I’ve seen the need over the past year, and this new edition reflects those changes.
The monthly cleaning calendars are always a fan favorite, and as always, you’ll find all 12 months of 2018 calendars in this edition. And, as a bonus, those of you who order in the next couple of weeks will receive a December 2017 calendar to match this color scheme in your inbox right after you purchase!
The bonus deep cleaning section also got a couple of updates this year. I changed their color scheme and added/took away a few chores. You’ll still find the 20 day and the weekly deep cleaning schedules in this edition, so you can break down your deep cleaning in the format you need! This section is always an optional part of completing my cleaning system, but has been shown to fine-tune your cleaning routine and really make you home sparkle.
Now, who’s ready to get clean and organized? Click the links below to check out more info!
Now, if you’ve already purchase and you’re ready to put together your family cleaning notebook, the process is super simple. When you buy, you’ll get one .pdf of the full eBook (with commentary) and one .pdf that just has the printables, in order. You can print just that full second file out and you’ll have your notebook…easy as that! I recommend printing it in reverse order (when you print, you should have that option before confirming sending to your printer)…that way, you don’t even have to sort your pages once it’s done printing.
As always, I recommend printing your notebook in full color. On my cleaning schedules, I differentiate cleaning tasks by different colors, and it might be kind of difficult to tell them apart if your pages are printed in black and white. All probables in this book are formatted for 8.5×11″ paper and can be printed on most standard printers. It’s great (but not necessarily needed) if you can print out the cover pages for each section on a thicker card stock. You could also put your cover pages in a page protector to make them kind of stand out for easy flipping.
I’ve listed a few of my favorite supplies for building my cleaning notebook below!
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1. Bright, high-quality copy paper: Getting really vivid colors in your printables has a lot to do with your paper, surprisingly. If you use dim paper, you’ll often get dim colors in your final product. I like to use paper like HP Office Ultra White to get really bright, vivid colors out of my printables. For card stock (like I mentioned above for those divider pages), the Neenah Premium Cardstock is a great option.
2. A great everyday printer: I’ve been so impressed with my HP Envy 4520. It’s really inexpensive in the inkjet market and produces such great quality printables. It’s what I printed all of the pages you’ll see above on, as a matter of fact!
3. A 3-hole punch that lasts: I have used my Swingline Desktop 3-Hole Punch for years. I bought it as an education student (almost 10 years ago), used it throughout my teaching career, and now have it in my home…and it’s still going strong! This is such a great investment and, especially if you have school-aged kids, you’ll use this a ton.
4. Reusable accessories: I’ve often advised Journey to Clean users to invest in a few reusable accessories so they don’t have to print pages over and over. Two of my favorite are plastic page protectors and wet erase markers. The EXPO Vis a Vis markers are a teacher favorite for a reason – they last and last. I also found these cute tabbed dividers that give a nice contrast against the bright printables of Journey to Clean 2018.
5. Non-bleeding, colorful pens: I couldn’t let a supplies post go by without mentioning my favorite pens! The Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens are the best colored pens I’ve found. They don’t bleed and they stay so bright, even after a ton of use. No smearing (even my left-handed self doesn’t have an issue) and very quick drying gel…that’s hard to find! These are fabulous and last so long, too.
6. And finally, I love a pretty patterned notebook! Here are a few that match Journey to Clean 2018 beautifully:
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