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March 21st, 2014 at 8:00 am

Tackling Spring Cleaning with a Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

The is no better feeling then going through spring and starting summer with a clean, organized and simplified home. My first act of business is making a list. Lucky for you, I have a printable for you that contains a checklist of all the important items to tackle when doing spring cleaning.

How do I use the checklist to tackle my spring cleaning?

First, I gather all my cleaning supplies. Whether you use a tote, bucket or basket, gather all the needed supplies together and you are ready to go. Yesterday Liz wrote a great post that details recipes to make your own cleaning supplies. I also like to gather microfiber cloths for dusting, a wet rag, and paper toweling. Remember to also print out your checklist and have a writing utensil ready to go.

I then work my way down the list room by room. As I go through each room I like to note of details – do the walls need painting, does something need replacing, or do we maybe need to change up some decor? This is a great place to keep track of the items as you notice them. Also, I like to carry two boxes with me. One is to put things I need to get rid of and the other is for things that belong elsewhere. Some people like to sort the “get rid of” box into donate or trash right away, but I usually wait till I finish each room. As I finish each room I empty my boxes and exchange any cleaning supplies that are needed.

Some people tackle spring cleaning in a weekend, but that is way too much cleaning for me to do all at the same time, as it is not my favorite chore. I usually tackle a of couple areas a week and complete my entire home over the period of a month.

How do you tackle your Spring Cleaning?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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March 20th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

DIY Cleaning Products


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Let’s face it…when you have kids, you do a lot more cleaning. These messy little creatures always seem to find a way to make things dirty! Unfortunately, all the cleaning supplies can add up. You can save money by making your own cleaning products! Some of them are so simple, requiring only two or three ingredients that you probably have around the house already, and they work just as good, if not better! Check out some of these DIY cleaning products and let us know what you think!

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October 17th, 2011 at 5:00 am

My Biggest Stress at This Time of Year

Work? School? Kids? Chores?

I have to make a big admission- during this time of year my biggest stress is the amount of toys my kids have. What adds to this stress is the fact that in a little more than two months we will gain even more. How are you doing on your Christmas To Do List?

For the past 5 years I have just ignored our playroom until a week or so before Christmas. That, combined with the normal stress of Christmas, has ended up in near panic attacks. So, this year I decided that I was going to do things a little earlier, and a little differently. It seemed to go a little easier, plus I really weeded a lot more out than I expected.

First, I went through the room and took everything out that the kids no longer show any interest in. I piled all these items in my kitchen so I could accumulate any parts that may have been separated at first weeding. I was amazed at all the things that I was able to pile together. What surprised me even more is that my youngest son, who was home at the time, only threw a fit about two items. I asked him why he wanted these items and he was convincing so those items went back into the room. If he would have asked for much more, I would have had to make him make harder decisions about what he wanted to truly keep.

Next, I went through the remaining toys in the room and reorganized them. If I discovered broken parts then I decided wether something should truly be kept. Most of those things went. I was able to reorganize and move some things around and make the playroom much more spacious.

The last part is that I went through the times that I plead in the “garbage” pile and made sure that some of the little parts weren’t truly essential parts to toys we were keeping. My oldest son did this with me and only one item he pleaded to keep. Most of the items were truly garbage.

Now, we have a clean playroom that has some room to grow. I do find as my boys get older that we don’t accumulate as many toys since their wish list has some video game and book options. It’s amazing the difference that this experience felt like compared to the normal “cleaning of the playroom” at this time of year.

No, I truly feel like I can tackle Christmas!

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