Here is a brief breakdown of what my average weekdays look like...
I am a stay at home mom to an almost 6 and 2-year-old. My son, Dylan, is in kindergarten, so he is out of the house the majority of the day. My daughter, Giuliana, just started preschool; half days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Once Giuliana gets home, she takes a nap and then its go time. I mean, she is everywhere and in everything. Being the super independent little mama that she is, everything must be done according to her. This includes feeding herself. (A NIGHTMARE for someone who is in charge of the household maintenance. A typical early afternoon consists of cleaning up crushed goldfish crackers and sticky-spilled juice. ) Then, 3 o’clock rolls around. We leave to grab Dylan from school, get home by 4 and then its prepping for dinner until my husband, Vince, gets home from work. (Since our move we are on an extracurricular hiatus for Dylan but pre-move he was doing karate five days a week after school.) In between our daily schedules, I have a fair amount of downtime. I use that time to catch up on social media, go on the internet, and if I’m lucky, and my minime is in decent form, we head to Target. (thank God she is rarely in good shape to go shopping since we would be broke from that heaven sent corporation.)
Even with our busy lives, I do manage to keep a very clean and tidy home. Laundry is always done and never over piling. Dishwasher is always emptied and toys are put away. And no, it does not consume my downtime, ever.
I’m going to share with you my little tricks to keeping a clean and spotless home that doesn’t take away from your family and your personal time. These tricks are a way to retrain your brain to help you see clutter and mess around your house while allowing you to maintain the life you want to live. So here goes...
Yep, I said it, clean as you go. It’s really not as simple as people seem to think it is, though. But here’s the thing, it really is the key to keeping a clean home and once you get into the habit it becomes second nature.
It really isn’t as simple as it seems when you are told to clean as you go. You literally need to retrain your entire thought process. You need to retrain the way you see your home. It is extremely easy to walk past clutter and dirt; toys and crumbs. It’s also so much easier to leave your dishes in the sink and skip a day doing laundry. But in the end you’re only hurting yourself. The laziness catches up with a quickness. Getting in the habit of NOT overlooking mess is the key to a clean home. Train yourself to take the extra 15 seconds to hand wash a dish. It is so refreshing to not have to schedule a day to clean. A clean home in a happy home.
Here are some of my favorite must have cleaning products/ items that make my life easier:
Clorox wipes – aside from the spills in the kitchen, I use these bad boys for the bathroom countertops, sinks and yes, toilets. (Especially if you have those bad aimers living with you too)
A broom and self standing dustpan (I purchased mine from Target but any would suffice)
Bona – wood floor cleaner and mop (if you do not have wood flooring a swiffer wet jet works just as well)
Eureka -Mighty Mite vacuum cleaner – This little $80 sucker is amazing. I use it for the floors, baseboards, car, stairs… everywhere. If you are on the fence about a new vacuum, this is the one.
Vikan dish brush – guys… this is the brush of all brushes. Aside from it replacing those nasty ass sponges in your kitchen sink, it is durable AF. When it gets dirty, throw it in the top rack of your dishwasher and voila! It’s like brand new. ( not to mention it cleans as well as a Brillo pad)
i-Robot, Roomba – This is more on the expensive side, but let me tell you. You put this little sucker (pun intended) on a set schedule and your vacuuming is done! I typically set mine for when I’m enroute to Dylan’s school. By the time I get home, house is vacuumed. Amazing.
I hope these little tips help you to maintain your home a little bit easier! Be sure to check back for more updates on our farmhouse! DIYs will be up next!