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Cleaning: A Choir Talk

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I’ll be the first to admit, my housekeeping skills are sub par. I’ve tried many different schedules, but hadn’t been able to find something that worked in this current life stage, until now! I’ve been using this schedule for a few months now and my house is cleaner than it’s been since before I was pregnant with Sadie, granted, that doesn’t take too much!

Today, my plan is to walk you through my big cleaning day. For me, that’s Mondays. We usually get started around 9am, and I’m finished before 1. Let’s get started.

Start a load of laundry. Make a grocery list and head out for the week’s main shopping trip. Decide on a crock pot meal for dinner tonight! (this genius tip comes curtesy of Amanda!) It typically takes me about an hour to get to the store, shop, and get back home.

Now that you’re home, get all the cold food put away, but leave the rest. Get your crockpot going for supper, having a crockpot meal will become more important later:) Rotate the laundry and start Phase One.

Phase One: Clearing the Clutter

One important note, on this day, I only focus on the downstairs of our home; our living space, the kitchen, living room, and guest bath. Start by making piles of everything that doesn’t belong in these areas. I usually use the stairs, one stair for each room, but I know some people use baskets for this step. I usually let Sadie just sorta run around and play during this phase. She’s frequently in the kitchen pulling the groceries out of the bags, but I don’t mind because I’m able to get work done. Now that all the things that are out of place have been sorted, put the remaining items into their homes. It’s important not to get sidetracked during this step, focus on getting the items into their correct location only, don’t do anything else. Any dishes just get piled next to the sink. I put the rest of the groceries away and take the piles into their rooms. Continue rotating laundry as needed.

Now we move to Phase Two

Phase Two: Cleaning Top to Bottom

For this phase, I think it’s best to have the littles corralled somewhere. For us, this is around lunch time so I will make Sadie a quick plate lunch and put her in the high chair. If she finishes before I do, I give her some colors or playdough.  So go get your kids coralled, I’ll wait.

Ready?

Let’s get started. By now, your house should be pretty tidy, and if you’re like me, that is motivation to finish up! Start with getting all the dishes into the dishwasher and hand washing anything else. While those dry, we are going to dust and wash the windows. Spray the guest toilet with bowl cleaner and let it set. Now go put the dishes away. Use all purpose cleaner to wipe down cabinet fronts and your appliances. After you’ve cleaned the stovetop, set your oven to clean. If you have a steam clean option use that, otherwise put a pan with a cup of water in at 250 for a bit. Every few weeks, run a self clean cycle (this is where the crockpot comes in handy since your oven will be off limits for a few hours as it cleans). The littles are probably finished eating by now, clean up that mess, put them down for nap, and wipe down the table. Use the all purpose cleaner on your countertops and sink, next.
Stick with me, we are almost finished!

Clean the toilet quickly. If you’ve steamed clean your oven carefully wipe out the inside. Sweep, wet mop, and vacuum floors. And tada! Put your feet up, enjoy your clean house, and knowing you don’t have to make dinner:)
Totally doable right?! What’s your routine? Soon, I’ll let you know how  I clean our rooms. Thrilling, I know;)

How I KonMaried the Internet

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A while back, I was feeling overwhelmed, inadequate, and discontented. I realized those feelings were proportional to the time I spent on Facebook, insta, blogs, and Pinterest so I quit them. Here’s a quick breakdown of what I did, if you find yourself in a similar boat. 

1-Clear Out Yout Phone

  • Delete the apps! For me, this included Facebook, Bloglovin, and Pinterest. I knew I didn’t want to give up Insta because it’s my favorite. Instead, I moved the app to a third page on my home scream by itself so I wouldn’t see it immediately when I unlocked my phone. 
  • Turn off notifications. For everything. I don’t get notifications for email, apps, or text messages. If I’m near my phone, I’ll hear it go off when I get a text, but if I’m not it’s not waiting on the screen when I pick up my phone and there’s no little red bubble next to my icons urging me to interact.

2-Unsubscribe

  • From stores. There’s really no need to be on an email list for your favorite stores. It just breeds discontentment. If I’m planning on going shopping, I’ll do a quick Google search for a discount code, but really, it’s worth it to me to pay full price for items and have a restful heart. 
  • From blogs. This one too if you need it! I am only subscribed to 4 blogs now. Huge decrease from my bloglovin account. I get email updates from these favorite blogs when a post is up which helps keep me from mindlessly checking. 

3-Deactivate/Unfriend

  • Originally I deactivated my Facebook, and I still think that’s a great option, at least for a time, but my family kinda flipped when all their Sadie pictures went away. Another alternative, and what I ended up with, is an extremely pared down friend list. At first, I only kept honest to goodness family. I had like 15 friends. Since then, I’ve added back a few of my closest friends and I’m happy with the list I now have. I can keep up to date with those I truly care about easily. While you’re at it unlike all those pages as they appear in your newsfeed. Only keep your favorites. For me, that’s The Kitchn, Real Simple, and Red Tricycle and I don’t “follow” them, so the post don’t show up in my feed, I seek them out when I care to. Same goes for insta. 

So that’s what I did. I now feel joy when I pop onto the internet. I use the mobile version of most websites even though apps are available. The mobile version is usually slower and less user friendly, which helps to naturally limit the time I waste scrolling. Now I have more time for family and housework and myself! 

Do you have a love/hate relationship with the Internet too?


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