Wait. It’s almost April? What? Wasn’t Christmas, like, a month ago? No? Okay, it’s fine. The year’s already one-third over. Holy canoli. Not sure how that happened, but whatever. It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything’s fine. Totally fine.
Has time been flying by for you too? I mean, APRIL is almost here, people. It still feels like Christmas was maybe a month ago, and yet the stores are filled with decorations and waaaaay too much Easter candy for this sugar addict. (Resistance is futile.)
This spring promises to be unusually warm in our neck of the woods, bringing with it new growth, sunny weather, and the first scent of spring in the air. Before all of us Minnesotans awaken from our dreary hibernation to squint in the unfamiliar sun, it’s time to shed our winter cocoons. Time to store the heavy coats and remove that residue dust from the days when we were too cold to move!
Okay, I’m exaggerating (a little). But there’s something about the start of spring that makes you want a clean, fresh start to life, isn’t there? With the snow melting and fresh air inside again, the buzz in the air often leads to a bee in my bonnet (see what I did there?! I’m so funny…) and a newfound motivation to clean, clean, clean!
I think the term “spring cleaning” can seem a little daunting (actually, cleaning in general can seem daunting to me!). With two boys 2 years old and younger, there’s no way I would be able to tackle it all at once. Instead, I’ve decided this year to take it one day at a time– with one task a day! If your house is also ready for some much-needed spring cleaning, check out this list for 31 days of spring cleaning ideas! Let’s tackle that winter grime and get our homes ready for spring together! Continue Reading…
Earlier this month, I got to team up with the wonderful Heather from Blissful Intent on a blog post swap! Check out the post she wrote for me (and you!) here about making memories with your kids. Here’s the article I wrote for her, if you missed it: my 31-day plan to declutter and simplify my home in January!
I don’t know about you, but as a parent of small children I have a really hard time staying organized. As hard as I try, piles of useless junk always seem to find their places into our home. That’s why my 2017 resolution is going to be to keep our home more organized (notice I said more organized and not perfectly organized. Maybe someday– when the kids move out. Maybe.) To start off on the right foot, I’m going to take the month of January to complete one decluttering job a day to drastically help our home!
I’m a fan of “one task a day” lists. They help break daunting jobs into manageable segments, so I actually keep up with what I set out to do instead of feeling overwhelmed. Maybe this list can help you start the new year off a little more organized too! Pick one task a day from this list and get to tackling that clutter!
There you have it, friends. Let’s tackle that clutter together in 2017!
Whoever said “Silence is Golden” obviously didn’t have a toddler.
This morning I was in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher as I listened to TJ play in the living room. After a little while I heard him scamper up the stairs and assumed he was going to play in his room on his own (Yay! We’ve been working on independent play, so this is great!). I continued my task, then used the momentary peace to tidy up the kitchen a little more. I carried on with a few other “homemaker” duties, happily unaware of what was ensuing upstairs.
Whoever said “Ignorance is Bliss”– they might have had a toddler.
I’m not going to lie to you– I usually don’t get excited about cleaning. Having a clean home is another story, but getting there… (It’s like shaving my legs: love the result, hate the process. But I digress.) However, ever since I finally got a Swiffer WetJet to clean my floors and got to replace a dirty mop (and the hands-and-knees scrubbing method), I actually somewhat like Mopping Day!
However, as much as I love using my Swiffer, I don’t love having to buy disposable cleaning pad attachments to be able to use it. 1) I hate spending money on things I don’t have to, and 2) waste waste waste. Ick. I’m trying to be MORE green in my house and life, not create more unnecessary WASTE.
So of course, as soon as I picked up my beautiful new Swiffer (well, new to me. Found it at a garage sale for $3.00, with a full container of the liquid cleaner. Boom.), I started looking up ideas on Pinterest for making my own reusable Swiffer cleaning pads. A simple search will show you there are dozens of ideas and tutorials for making your own pads. While I love DIY sewing projects, sometimes I’m more of the attitude of “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!” I like DIY projects that are quick, easy, and, most importantly, aren’t going to cost me a lot. Here’s the method I used for making four reusable Swiffer pads in under a minute, for a grand total of $1.00–and there’s not even measuring involved!
Trust me, if the thought of keeping a clean home (especially with kids) is a little daunting to you, you are absolutely not alone. But I’m a “rags to riches” cleaning story who’s here to tell you: yes, it is possible! And it may not be as hard as you think!