We finally ripped the carpet out of our dining room, and replaced it with wood. I’m SO thankful to have such an easy-to-clean floor in there that I don’t mind cleaning it every day. (Or almost every day).
Rhythm is fluid and flexible. Routine is rigid. I can’t do rigid. So I created a cleaning rhythm for myself to work into my perfect day.
A cleaning rhythm means I know what comes next. Once I start cleaning the rhythm carries me through the chores and things go smoothly.
You might be thinking there’s no way to make cleaning fun, but you’d be wrong. There are a lot of little tricks and games we can play to make cleaning really rewarding, and even relaxing. I really love when I get some time alone to clean my house, listen to podcasts or books, and make
Suddenly, laundry catch-up inspiration hit.
What if, instead of asking or forcing my kids to help me, I wasn’t the person telling us to get the job done?
What if I invited them to play a game with me and we used a timer instead? And what if the prize for BEATING the timer was exciting enough to make it fun??
Of course, if you want a clean home, you’re going to need to clean it… eventually. But how can you keep it clean the longest, in between? Here’s how to have a clean home WITHOUT doing any of the work.
Kid Stuff. It’s everywhere. Toys and books litter the living room floor, clothes are all over their bedrooms, and somehow there’s garbage mixed in with everything. Food wrappers, scraps of paper, pieces of trash that look to your child like they could be “something” with just a little bit of glue, glitter, and ribbon added.
There isn’t really one right way to clean. Some of you might be frustrated about that. I understand. I’m the kind of person who likes to do things the Right Way whenever possible. I always liked school rules and guidelines, etiquette books that instructed me in the one correct way to eat a piece of
Think you know how to do laundry? Think again. I was interviewed for this awesome collection of laundry tips and tricks on mom.me, and I shared some of my favorite laundry secrets: How to avoid musty smells while saving money. How to save time and (electrical) energy. & Permission to be a bit lazy (and
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve also been following our road trip… after over a week of basically living in the car, I really wish we had taken the BISSELL LiftOff part with us… the car wash vacuum hose doesn’t get in all the nooks and crannies in the car seats, and it looks pretty greusome in there.
We’re going to be on the road for THREE MONTHS. If you hang out with me in person, you know my car is basically already another home. The kids and I go a lot of places together, and I make sure to have changes of clothes, diapers and extra underwear, toys, books, potties, wraps/slings/carriers, snacks, and so on.
We’ve really enjoyed splashing in the toddler pool in the evenings this summer. I know I mentioned it before, but I had thought we were going to go to the community pool a lot… not so. It’s so much easier to stay close to the house, in case someone needs a diaper or a bathroom
Seriously, you guys. When I watched the Duggars making their vats of laundry detergent (Was it on the show, or did I just dream about it?) I thought… “Okay, that’s a little bit beyond what I’m ever going to do to pinch a penny.” But then I saw this post about making laundry soap. No