10 Common Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

You may have noticed while putting your Christmas decorations away or preparing for your New Year’s Eve party that your house isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be. That’s why many of us don’t wait for spring cleaning to do a thorough sweep of the house. But no matter how detailed our checklist is, we always seem to miss a few household items that gather dust, dirt and debris. If we forgot them once, chances are we will miss them again…and again. Check out this quick list to make sure you’re not missing any of those easy-to-miss spots.

10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean


Vents & Radiators

Heating vents, air conditioning vents and radiators are magnets for dust and other debris. Aside from taking some power out of your air flow or just appearing unsightly, the dust and dirt on your heating vents can be a safety hazard, potentially causing fires. If you want to give your vents a thorough cleaning this season, make sure you unscrew the vents and wipe them clean, inside and out, and take a look inside the air duct as well.

Ceiling Fans

Not many people realize that ceiling fans can cut down on heating costs in the winter and make your home feel a little bit cozier. All you have to do is reverse the flow of your fan to clockwise. This simple switch pulls cold air up (use a low speed setting) while pushing warm air to the edge of the room so it flows down to the floor. If you’re interested in saving on heating costs, turn on your ceiling fan, but wipe down the blades first.

Door Handles & Buttons

Some household items just don’t pop up on our radar when we’re cleaning. Door knobs, handles, even the buttons on electronics like the TV, video game console or DVD player are things we touch every day. If we touch it with our hands and fingers, it needs to be cleaned, so take a quick moment and walk through every surface and appliance you turn, hold, press, and twist. Light switches are also a common culprit we forget.


10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

Refrigerator Drawers & Shelves

It’s easy to think of the refrigerator as that nice, cold place where bacteria can’t survive, but that’s pretty far from the truth. Because it’s not something we clean very regularly (aside from spills and ordinary upkeep), it’s always possible that some unseen germs are lurking in the drawers and on the shelves. A quick clean will also get rid of any underlying odors. Make sure you clean underneath shelves, and get the walls, too.

Refrigerator Coils

To keep our refrigerator working properly, it’s important to clean the coils at least once a year. It’s such an easy process, but few of us remember to do it. This isn’t just about brushing off or vacuuming the coils. It’s also about vacuuming or cleaning the fan. Yes, this means pulling out the fridge, unplugging it for a brief period of time and shutting off the water supply (if it’s connected for water or ice), but it’s only once a year.

Coffee Maker

It doesn’t matter if you’re a coffee connoisseur or just need that morning brew to wake up for work, chances are your coffee maker is filled with bacteria, even mold. Maintaining a clean coffee maker requires more work than scrubbing the coffee pot. Bacteria and mold build up in the machine’s reservoir and carafe more than anywhere else. Separate all the removable parts, scrub them clean and put everything back together.


10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

Toothbrush Holders

We use our toothbrush holders every single day, exposing them to new germs or leaving them susceptible to residue over time. A lot of nasty gunk can build up on the edges, bottom and deep inside your toothbrush holder, so once in awhile we need to give it a deep clean. All you need is some hot water and soap. Better not to take any chances on something that houses our precious toothbrush almost twenty-four hours a day.

Bath Mats & Runners

Mold is constantly trying to invade the bathroom, and that goes for common items like bath mats. We might think that if the top of the mat looks clean then we’re in good shape, but bacteria can be hiding deep inside and is particularly fond of the underside of the mat. If your mat is machine washable, it’s as easy as tossing the mat in on its own. But if your bath mat is a little more fragile, you’re going to want to hand wash and dry.

Shower Curtain Liners

Shower curtains and shower curtain liners are built to thrive in their environment, but they’re not built to last forever. Instead of throwing yours out or changing the liner after a certain period of time, you can save some money by washing it yourself. Use this washing technique to clean your shower curtain and shower curtain liners in the washing machine with some assistance from baking soda and vinegar to keep it looking fresh.


Credit Cards & Keys

It’s probably weird to think about adding items like credit or debit cards to your regular cleaning list, but they are some of the things we own that are handled by strangers the most. Whenever you hand your credit card over to pay for something, it’s picking up bacteria. This goes for anything in wallets or purses, from licenses to car keys. Try to keep purses, handbags or anything else you take out of the house on a daily basis clean.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Favorite Items for the Week

Snow storms and cold temperatures are keeping most of us inside this week! We’re working on staying busy and staying warm! With that in mind, we put together a list of items we think you’ll find useful this week.  Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Favorite Items for the Week.

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You’ll find many uses around the house for this 2-Tier Cabinet Basket. It has a removable basket on each level for storing spices, office supplies, toiletries and more. 8″W x 10″D x 14″H, overall. Each basket, 7-1/4″W x 10″D x 4″H. Steel.

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Kids can build cabins, forts, stores or a whole frontier village with these Wood Log Building Sets. The construction options are endless with these gigantic sets. Pine wood and plastic. For ages 3 and up.

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A Set of 2 Fashion Scarves keeps you on-trend without breaking the bank. These vibrant designs are sure to make you stand out. They spice up any outfit. You can also wear them as head wraps or decorative belts. Fringe on the bottom. Polyester. 16-1/2″ x 65-1/4″, each. Imported.

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The unique shape of this stoneware Cozy Hands Mug is designed to warm your hands when you hold it. There’s a place on the side of the mug that’s perfect for tucking your hand in. Ridges on the outside of the mug help you grip it. Keep it for yourself or pair it with coffee, tea or hot cocoa for a fun gift. 16 oz. Dishwasher safe.

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Indulge in the elegant luxury of the 7-Pc. Anastasia Comforter Set. Waves of glamorous ruffles on each piece will give your room a sophisticated air, while the soft, wrinkle-resistant fabric pampers your skin. Queen comforter, 90″ sq. King, 106″W x 90″L. King set includes king-sized shams. Polyester. Comforter, shams, and bedskirt, machine care. Imported.

National Have Fun at Work Day: Ideas for Having Fun at Work

Fun-At-Work-DayWe spend a lot of our time at work — 40 hours is about 23% of our entire week — if we get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night, we’re only left with 72 hours to allocate for chores, commuting and our families. At the end of the week, we don’t have a lot of time for fun, so we have to shoehorn it into our schedules. With so much of that time being thrown at our jobs, someone thought we should set aside a day for a little whimsy at work. So, for January 28 — National Have Fun at Work Day — we put together a few ideas for having fun at work.

Joke’s On You Have everyone on your team write down their favorite jokes on post-it notes (as many as they can). Pick a blank wall in the break room or common space to post them for everyone to read in their down time or when they need a pick-me-up. If you want to make it interesting, have your co-workers guess who contributed which joke, or bring other departments in to contribute jokes and vote on your favorites.

Taste Test Get the bakers and cooks in your office to bring in their favorite dishes to be judged! The cooks get to compete for a prize (fun!) and tasters get to eat (more fun!).

Have-fun-at-work#Selfie We get a lot of face time with our co-workers — maybe more than our own families! We do projects with them, eat with them, why not create millennial art with them? Have everyone on your team take pictures of themselves (selfies), print them out and make a selfie wall. Let everyone get really creative to make self-portraits that are unique. Though it takes a little bit of thought, it’s a break in the day to have fun and make work not feel like work.

Dance Party Just about everyone has a lull in the afternoon when it’s really difficult to be productive. Instead of forcing yourself to get things done, take a break with your co-workers to get silly with a dance party! Move the chairs in the conference room and turn up a high energy songs to put everyone in a good mood — think 80s, Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams — there are hundreds of feel good songs to make your dance party — and work — lots of fun.

Have-fun-at-work-dayDecorate Your Cube Contest When you’re spending 40 hours a week sitting in one spot, it should be a spot to remember. Challenge your co-workers to a cube decorating contest and see who can come up with the most elaborate and crazy themes to make Have Fun at Work Day and every day a little more interesting.

Surprise! If your office is low-key, keep your fun low-key by surprising a favorite co-worker with something special. It can be something nice like a candy bar from the vending machine, or, if it’s the right kind of co-worker, just get silly! Wallpaper her cube with post-it notes.

At The Lakeside Collection, we have hundreds of products to make a little fun! Whether you’re at work or at home, we have something to brighten anyone’s day.

Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day: Reasons It’s OK to Ditch Your Resolutions

Just two weeks into the new year and, according to Static Brain, only about 8% of the people who made resolutions will stick to them. Most don’t make it past the two week mark — which is probably why January 17 was designated Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day. In honor of the day, here are 4 reasons it’s OK to ditch your resolutions.winter-running

Unstructured Objectives It’s not enough to just set goals, you have to have an outline of how you are going to achieve the goals. For lofty goals you don’t have a method for completing — like running a marathon without having a training schedule — take it off your list and focus on goals that are a bit easier, with simple steps to accomplish them.

Impractical Ambition Research shows that the more narrow your goal, the more likely you are to succeed. Ideas like “lose weight” or “be more productive” might be too broad for you to accomplish. If there are items on your resolution list that don’t have outcomes that you can qualify or quantify, it’s OK to leave them alone this year and rework them for next year.

Too Much, Too Soon You may not be ready for a change. Habits like quitting smoking take more effquit-smokingort than just saying “I’m done with this.” They may require you to be emotionally and spiritually ready in order to achieve the goal. If you’re not ready, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle that requires a lot more effort and focus to get meager results, if you get results at all. If there’s anything on your list you know you’re not ready for, taking it off your list may save you a lot of stress. It’s more efficient to spend that energy on goals you’re ready to take on.

Spreading Yourself Too Thin According to researchers from Stanford University, the more resolutions you set for yourself, the less likely you are to achieve them. Our brains are not designed to multitask efficiently, so if you’re putting too many goals on your plate, you may be wasting your time trying to accomplish all of them. It’s much better to make one goal that’s minor than to get half way through ten major goals.

Multi-taskingThe Lakeside Collection has dozens of products to help you make positive changes this year — with or without resolutions! Whether you’re looking for new cookbooks to help you make your dinners more interesting or you need new linens for your bedroom, shop Lakeside for unique products at practical prices.

National Oatmeal Month: Our Favorite Oatmeal Recipes

Nothing says cold winter morning like a warm bowl of oatmeal! It’s no coincidence that January is National Oatmeal month. However delicious it is for breakfast, oatmeal can be so much more than just a bowl of sustenance on a chilly day. We thought we’d introduce you to oatmeal’s range of goodness so we put together a list of our favorite oatmeal recipes for National Oatmeal Month.blueberry-oatmeal-crumble-bars

Blueberry Heaven How about these beautiful blueberry-oatmeal crumble bars? Averie Cooks came up with these. You can eat them as a snack or for breakfast, but either way, they’re easy to make and easy to clean up — she uses one bowl! They’re like dessert, but you get all the calcium and potassium your body needs that you’d get from a plain bowl of oatmeal.baked-oatmeal

Double-Duty Recipe Here are two recipes rolled in one! Love Grows Wild came up with this recipe that combines all the warm deliciousness of oatmeal with the fruity, cinnamony goodness of banana bread. With an egg to keep the oats and banana together, it makes a close-to-perfectly-balance breakfast — all you need is a glass of milk for your calcium and you’re ready to conquer the world. Or at least a frigid day in January.oatmeal-peanut-butter-bars

Easy-Peasy Protein If you’re good at planning and short on time, Mothering with Creativity whips up these no-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars for afternoon snacks. They only require three ingredients and they’re so easy to make, you’re going to want to know what the catch is! The only catch is it’s a high-protein, whole grain snack you need to put on the menu as soon as possible.  blueberry-pancakes

Gluten-Free For a delicious sit-down breakfast, Ambitious Kitchen makes a great gluten-free version of oatmeal blueberry pancakes. Yogurt gives it protein rather than egg and banana makes it a hearty, nutrient-rich sweet breakfast treat.overnight-oatmeal

Make Ahead Jeanette’s Healthy Living has mastered the art of making a healthy and tasty breakfast that’s easy to make ahead for busy mornings. She makes her oatmeal overnight with soy milk and chia seeds (lots of protein!) and tops it with fruit. She put together 20 fruit and oatmeal combinations — there’s one for just about anyone who wants a delicious breakfast that is good for you.

The Lakeside Collection has ideas and products to make everyday in January a little more pleasant for you. Whether you need fun recipes to enjoy oatmeal on a cold winter day or you’re looking for cozy throws to keep you warm on movie night, look to Lakeside for fun ideas and products at reasonable prices.

Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Six More Weeks of Winter

Winter is in full swing and even though El Niño is making it a little more tolerable, it’s no guarantee the remainder of the season will be anything like spring. We don’t want you to be caught off guard so we put together a list of items to get you through a full winter. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Six More Weeks of Winter.Blanket-babies

Cuddly Creatures Your little one will love naptime with a Blanket Babies Plush Animal. This irresistibly charming stuffed animal is wrapped in its own cozy blanket, which is securely attached so it doesn’t get lost. A fabric-magic closure allows you to open the blanket without removing it. 10″H. Blanket, 11″ x 12″. Polyester. For ages 3 and up.fashion-scarves

Stylishly Snug Accessorize affordably without sacrificing style with a Set of 2 Fashion Scarves. You’re sure to make a splash wearing one of these designs. They spice up any outfit. You can also wear them as head wraps or decorative belts. Fringe on the bottom. Polyester. 16-1/2″ x 65-1/4″, each. Imported.lotion-applicator

Comfort Within Reach The convenient Lotion Applicator helps you apply moisturizer to hard-to-reach areas while massaging muscles. Untwist the applicator head and fill with your own lotion. As the applicator moves, the 19 rolling balls release the balm. When not in use, the included cap cover prevents the lotion from drying out. A hole on the handle provides easy hanging for storage. 3-3/4″W x 17-1/2″L. Plastic, polypropylene and polystyrene.plush-pet-bed

Cat Crater The Soft Plush Cat Cuddle Bed provides luxurious comfort for your pet. This deep bed with raised sides keeps your beloved feline warm and cozy. Cushioned on the bottom and sides for extra softness, it invites your cat to curl up and rest. 18″ dia. x 11″H. Polyester and polyfill. Machine care. Imported.Embroidered-Sham

Cute & Comfy Update your bedroom with the feminine Embroidered Florence Quilt or Sham. These accents give your room a simple and refreshing touch. The quilt features traditional floral embroidery and keeps you warm on chilly nights. Full/Queen Quilt, 86″ sq. King Quilt, 100″W x 90″L. Sham, 26″W x 20″L. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.

The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of products for every season! Whether you need throws for winter nights on the couch or you’re looking for breezy dresses for spring, shop Lakeside for great products at practical prices.

Pinteresting Picks for December

The holidays and family time are over, for our Pinterest followers, it looks like they wouldn’t mind extending the time into the new year! Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

lak-beer-holsterWith a Monogram Beer Holster, you’ll never have to set your beer down and forget where you left it or mix it up with somebody else’s drink. The holster keeps a 12-oz. bottle or can of beer right where it belongs…at your fingertips. Perfect for backyard BBQs and tailgating! Two snaps at the top allow you to loop it over your belt for quick and easy attachment. 12″ x 3-1/2″ sq. Polyester. Imported.

lak-peace-nightstandThis groovy Peace Sign Night Stand will add style to any girl’s or boy’s room. Each night stand has a roomy pullout drawer and a large peace sign cutout on two sides. The shelf on the bottom offers open storage for books, small toys, gaming controllers and more. 15-1/2″ sq. x 22″H. Shelf opening to the bottom of drawer, 11″. Wooden. Assembly required; assembly hardware included.

lak-hold-my-hand-foreverSentiment Art by Marla Rae expresses love in a beautiful way. It features a romantic saying accompanied by a related silhouette. Textured gel coating and a recessed frame complete the look. Coordinating sentiments look great as a pair but also make a standout display on their own. 12″ sq. Wooden print with plastic frame. Ready to hang.

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Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines. When you finish a bottle, save the cork and add it to this letter-shaped frame. Start from the bottom and build your way up. Use a dot of glue on each cork for extra security. Ready to hang. 12″ long, each. Widths range from 7-3/4″ to 15-3/8″.

mothers-birthstone-necklaceA wonderful gift for mothers and grandmothers, a Mother’s Birthstone Necklace or Charms helps celebrate her family with a birthstone charm for the month in which each child was born. The silvertone necklace features a 3/4″ heart-shaped pendant on a 16″ long chain with 2″ extender. An opening on the heart allows you to slip on the 1/2″ rhinestone charms. The necklace and the charms are sold separately. Metal.

New Year’s Eve Parties to Remember

fireworksIt’s time to have fun and shake out the silliness of 2015 to make room for all the good things for 2016. Of course, we want to make our last night of the year to be spectacular with all things glittering and piles of confetti to make it memorable. With that in mind, we put together a list of places that put on New Year’s Eve parties to remember.

Austin They do family-friendly New Year’s Eve in Texas if you can’t make it to Disney World. Austin’s New Year (ANY) is a way to ring in 2015 with art and culture. The event is interactive, but there is plenty of music and film for breaks between  making art and walking through glow in the dark mazes. The festivities conclude with a fireworks display at 10pm. If you need to get wild, Sixth Street has enough bars with live music to keep revelers entertained until midnight.

Disney World For family-friendly festivities, Disney World puts on a great party for all ages. The park stays open until 1:00am so families can take in all the performances and live entertainment starting with a Main Street Electrical Parade at 6:30.  There’s a sparkling fireworks display at midnight and hot chocolate and cookies are served until 1:30am.

happy-new-yearLas Vegas If you need glitter and glamour without the freezing temperatures, take a quick trip to Las Vegas! On New Year’s Eve the Strip is shut down to traffic for a block party to rival Times Square. 300,00 people turn out every year to see live bands and a spectacular fireworks display you can only see in the desert. If you do make it to Vegas for New Year’s Eve, you may get a rare glimpse of snow in Sin City — there may be a few snow showers this week.

Los Angeles Los Angeles is home to celebrity A-listers which means exclusive — and expensive — New Year’s Eve celebrations. But there’s an option for people like us — New Year’s Eve at Grand Park. The event is free to the public with streets shut-down around the park so revelers can walk around to enjoy live music, art and plenty of food.

Miami Miami boasts of putting on the biggest New Year’s Eve party south of Times Square — as it should. With the temperatures hovering around 75℉, it’s hard not to enjoy January 1st. Miami is known for its nightlife, so they do no less than dazzling for New Year’s Eve. Dancing downtown starts at 8pm and they kick it up a notch with a fireworks over Biscayne Bay at midnight.

fireworksNew Orleans If you can’t make it to Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve is the next best way to experience the Big Easy. The city puts on a rowdy party you can only find in New Orleans. In the heart of the French Quarter, instead of a ball, they drop a fleur de lis to countdown to 2015 with a 15-minute fireworks display over the Mississippi River. The party doesn’t stop at midnight — Bourbon Street bars are packed well into the new year.

Season’s greetings from all of us at The Lakeside Collection! We wish you well this season and for the year to come.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items

The end of the week is here! We’re also just a few days from the official start of winter. That means we’ll have plenty of time to relax and get stuff done that we were putting off because of the holidays. With that in mind, we put together a list of products to make winter pleasant and productive. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items.lak-brackets

Endearing Embellishments Hang this Cast Iron Corner Bracket Set in almost any window or door frame for a decorative touch. Place the brackets on the corners of a window, porch and more. These simple pieces add depth and definition to any space, indoors or out. 10″W x 12″L, each. Metal. Hanging hardware included.lak-knee-pads

Playful Protection Protect their knees from boo-boos and dirt with this Set of 2 Baby Knee Pads. These knee pads help to prevent any scrapes and bumps by providing additional padding to pants or by shielding bare legs. Cushioned knee pads have grippers to help baby get extra traction, while soft elastic knit at the top and bottom bands keep them in place. One size fits most from ages 3-12 months. Cotton and nylon. Machine care. Imported.lak-nfl-bath-sets

Bathroom Refresh The NFL 15-Pc. Bath Set is perfect for any avid football fan. The polyester shower curtain and nylon rugs feature your favorite team’s colors and logo. The set includes polystyrene shower curtain hooks for easy hanging. The rugs have latex backing to keep them in place. Shower curtain and rugs, machine care. Imported.lak-knee-socks

Stylish Stockings Show off your fun and unique style wearing these 4-Pair Novelty Knee-Highs. These colorful socks feature bold looks and plenty of stretch to give you the ultimate fit. Fits women’s sock sizes 9-11. Acrylic, nylon and spandex. Machine care. Imported.lak-window-privacy

Progressive Privacy Create a sense of seclusion without blocking the light with this Self-Adhesive Window Privacy Film. It shields your bathroom, bedroom, entryway or any room from prying eyes. It reduces 95% of UV rays and glare while protecting your privacy and hiding unsightly views. Peel-and-stick film clings to glass and smooth surfaces, and it will not stick to itself. It’s also easy to remove and reposition for endless options to brighten a space. Cut it to any shape or size. Vinyl. 6-1/2′ x 17-3/4″ roll.

Pinteresting Picks For February

Spring is finally here, and home decoration is on the minds of our Pinterest followers. The Lakeside Collection is full of accents that will make your home one-of-a-kind. After you are done renovating your home, invite everyone over for some homemade treats. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for February.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

This groovy Peace Sign Night Stand will add style to any girl's or boy's room.

This groovy Peace Sign Night Stand will add style to any girl’s or boy’s room.

Rest your flat screen TV on a wooden Ladder TV Stand with handy storage shelves above and below.

Rest your flat screen TV on a wooden Ladder TV Stand with handy storage shelves above and below.

Save time and look professional with these Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets.

Save time and look professional with these Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets.