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How to Make Spring Cleaning More Fun For Kids {Guest Post}

Posted: April 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cleaning, Guest Post, Reviews and Giveaways | No Comments »

Spring is *finally* upon us here in Minnesota (I hope I didn’t just ensure another snowstorm!), and it’s time to open the windows and clear the air.  It’s also time for us to start packing to move and doing that one last clean-up before we turn in our keys.  I am hoping that the boys might be more helpful in this endeavor, they are usually content undoing the things I do- unfolding clothes, duping out toys…you name it, they can make a bigger mess than when I started!  I know I’m not the only one who will find this list of tips for Spring cleaning with kids, useful!

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House Keeper

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cleaning | Tags: Manic Mommy Monday | No Comments »

Friday my sister arrived in town for the weekend from Kansas City ans we did a pretty thurough cleaning in case they stopped by our house. It wasn’t really in the plans but I figured I needed to up my game with out of town company. So I cleaned and also take advantage of this and also did some repairs since the roof were broken so we get professionals from http://www.palmbeachroofingexpert.com/ to fix it.

Then we were at my moms from Friday until Saturday afternoon, so the house *stayed* clean for 24 hours. Who cares if no one was there to mess it up- 24 hours is some sort of record!

Then yesterday, on top of us being outside for most of the day, I busied myself with doing dishes and taking care of little messes before they became big messes all day long. I folded all the clothes while I listened to the radio from 7-9 (as per usual) and I scrubbed my sink within an inch of it’s life before I went to bed.

This morning I woke up, did a load of laundry, got the boys off to school (where they have own school cleaning services) and then proceeded to clean clean clean all day long.

It was insane! My clothes are all put away, all the fall/ winter clothes are removed from my drawers. The dishes were all done and I was busy making dinner when Yogi Dad got home…I even got a blog post done while Judah napped!

I have to give credit to this no blogging on the weekends thing I put into effect last week. Not falling behind with housekeeping on the weekend means I have a head start on Monday and when shit hits the fan, it’s really not that hard to recover from.

Actually I probably shouldn’t jinx it, considering I’m only 3 days into a clean house.

I also discovered Judah is not a fan of the vacuum cleaner. If I tell him I’m going to vacuum, he’ll repeat to me “vacuum floors? vacuum floors” and then he will run from whatever room we are in and sit on the couch and cry, our floors are porcelain tiles with a wood effect so I always make sure they are clean.

Poor kid..

There are very few things Judah is afraid of and if he wasn’t so sweet sitting with his legs straight out in front of him and his hands on his legs sniffing back tears I might giggle at how comical the scene is.

So that is my Monday- not as manic as usual. Maybe there is something to this clean house thing? But just in case this is just a phase I am going through I have already found a few phone numbers for domestic cleaning services in Bournemouth.

I’m linking up this post to the Manic Mommy Monday hop hosted by The Gnome’s Mom– mostly because she is awesome but also so that I can remember to stop and record my daily life once in awhile. You should try it!

Clean House

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cleaning | Tags: Cleaning, Moving, New House | 5 Comments »

So, we are moving in a few weeks.  We get our keys next week and then we’ll be between 2 places for 2 weeks.  Today was the Open House for our duplex.  I know everyone who’s ever had to show a house already knows this: keeping things just right with kids in the house is HARD.

We had plans to leave our house today at 11:30.  At 10:30, after picking up the same two bins of toys and reshelving all of their books for the 157th time today, I called it quits.  The husband has been power washing the driveway of any drawings made by the kids with his pressure washer.  We loaded everyone up into the car (including our pets!) and ran some errands.  Good Will drop-off, Target, picked up a Mother’s Day present for my Mom, drove through the new neighborhood etc.  It was a fairly packed two and a half hours.

When we got home, everything was neat and clean and ready to go, especially the new door from www.acewindowsne.co.uk/doors/.  I made dessert for tomorrow and did the dishes.  I made dinner for tonight and did the dishes again.  We picked up the toys every 30 minutes or so and then finally put everyone to bed.  It’s nice to have everything neat and tidy, but I’m not sure I can keep this up!

I mean I’d LOVE to, I just don’t know if it’s possible.

It’ll have to happen for at least another 48 hours, someone wants to take one more look….of course.

Wish me luck!

How do you keep things clean for things like this with kiddos in the house?

Friday Favorites

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cleaning | Tags: City Living, Cleaning, Friday Favorites, Goals, Mom stuff, Moving | 2 Comments »

I just hired movers for our move in May.  I’m feeling like a real grown-up adult!  I’ve never moved with actual movers before.  Rented a U-Haul?  Yes.  Hired someone to do the heavy lifting?  No.  So  now my mind is on this move.  Every time I’ve moved in the past 15 years, I’ve worked for Target.  I had a steady and free stream of boxes at my disposal.  I really should have stocked up before I left because now I get to hunt for boxes.  I may be hiring movers, but we’ll be doing the packing and I’m not going to buy boxes.  I’m just too cheap for that.

So what does this all have to do with Friday Favorites?

Cleaning and Cleaning supplies.

This place is going to sparkle when we leave- I have allotted 2 weeks to move- 1 week to move miscellaneous before the truck move, and one week after to clean.

I am serious about this.


These things have worked in the past and I hope they continue to do the trick. I’m working from the worst cleaning jobs on down to the easiest. Just in case I am not as serious as I think about this whole cleaning thing I have looked up some numbers for domestic cleaning services in Bournemouth as a back up.

Oven: I don’t think I have ever cleaned my oven as long as I’ve lived here. Gross I know, but it’s not a fun job….so there’s that.

Hardwood Floors: we have a lot of them- a lot as in all except the bathroom and kitchen. I like the look of hardwoods but combined with radiators and nothing circulating the air around we get a lot of dust and dirt, everywhere. I haven’t used this product but it’s got some good reviews and I haven’t found the “one” hardwood product that I can’t live without just yet. So we’ll give this one a go.

Radiators: There has got to be some sort of tool for this. A-HA! There is:

Walls and wood work: I think I’m going straight up vinegar and water here. I’ll hit it with the dry swiffer first to get rid of the dust/ cobwebs and then go at it with some old t-shirts.

Bathroom: I grew up with Softscrub and I HATE it with a passion. I feel like you are forever rinsing and drying and wiping up that white residue, I just can’t do it. I do however, like Comet. And this is even better than Comet because it smells so lovely. I’ve been using this to clean my tub weekly and I’ve never enjoyed cleaning my tub so much! Can I say I’m going to miss my tub? My big huge cast iron claw foot tub? I’m going to miss it. Probably more than any other thing in this house.

Of course I’m a total cleaning supply junkie and I have a whole cabinet full of things from which to choose from in a pinch. From bleach and Fabuloso to Method and 7th Generation, with a little elbow grease (and maybe a few cold ones) I think I can do this.

Now, who wants to watch my kids?