My Updated Cleaning Routine

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Having a child has made my time and resources all the more important. All of my cleaning sessions have had to be condensed and scheduled in advance, because I love a good and reliable schedule. Plus, that helps to keep things simple and manageable. My current schedule is as follows:

Sunday: Meal prep
Monday: Vacuum and mop
Tuesday: Bathrooms and wipe down kitchen counters
Wednesday: Dusting
Thursday: Swiffer
Friday: Catch All Day (tidy up as needed, get to any tasks I was unable to do earlier)

Laundry is done as needed throughout the week, ironing is done whenever Clint gets a long nap in or is playing nicely across the room. Saturday is usually all about family activities and the occasional nap. Here are some tips to make your cleaning tasks a little more manageable, they’ve helped me!

Do your research – The internet can be your friend. Reviews should absolutely be your friend. Find a reliable site, Amazon, department stores, or reviews.com and look up your desired item. Perfect example, I purchased our vacuum cleaner when we moved into our house three years ago. It’s fine, we have a Dyson, but it’s a base model and it has annoying issues that fail to make it user friendly. A site such as reviews.com offers categorized break downs of each product. So next time you’re looking for a new vacuum (me in a few years), you can check out their must haves here.

Gather the appropriate tools – I have made a very conscious effort to make more sustainable, natural, and eco friendly choices. My cleaning supplies are from all natural companies (think Method and Mrs. Meyers), with the rare exception of the necessary harsh chemical. Instead of Clorox wipes, I use rags and homemade cleaning solution. I use microfiber cloths instead of Swiffer cloths, and bar mops to wipe down Clint after each meal instead of the previous, very wasteful, paper towel method. I wash rags and microfiber cloths weekly they have lasted for well over a year. You always have your supplies on hand and it’s saving money and the environment.

Never skip something twice – Say you’re pressed for time, or utterly exhausted from a sleep regressing toddler. There’s just no way everything is getting completed that week. Make sure you check that item off your list the following week (or month, or quarter). For me, I don’t get around to deep cleaning our base boards and crown molding every month like I would like to, but I do make sure I’m accomplishing that task the following month.

Maintain – As a relatively new homeowner, we’ll be in our house three years in January, nothing stresses me out quite like the thought of having things not working properly. Or maybe a guest comes over, goes to use an appliance/toilet/electronic and you have to explain juuuuuust how to hold this or do that to get the object to work to the desired effect. Essentially, keep your manuals and maintain as often as possible. Last year, Clint threw a cup holder out of his car seat and we lost it in the depths of some parking lot. I was able to contact the company, order the missing piece, and replace it in a timely manner. If you are replacing an electronic, I highly recommend looking into recycling it responsibly. Anyone installing an appliance should haul it and dispose of the item, but please don’t just toss old printers or tv’s. Many electronics stores, Best Buy included, offer free recycling programs for these needs. We just replaced our printer and dropped our old one in Best Buy’s recycling area, it’s such an awesome service. Look into those services offered around you!

Happy cleaning!

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This post was inspired by reviews.com.

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Monthly Favorites – July 2018

Happy July! We’ve been spending our summer days playing with water, toy boats, and buckets. So far, only three pair of shoes have been ruined. Thankfully, we now have some fantastic water shoes for Clint to avoid, or at least minimize, further destruction.

Podcast

Getting Curious

Getting Curious with Jonathon Van Ness – If you have not been watching the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, shame on you. It is inspiring, emotional, and gives me hope for an ever improving future. My new favorite podcast is hosted by the grooming expert, Jonathon Van Ness. Jonathon is smart, genuinely interested in his guests, and curious about an always growing number of topics which inspire his weekly podcasts. He has had fellow Queer Eye hosts Antoni, Kamaro, and Tan on as guests, and I am of course hoping he will have Bobby on in the not so distant future as well. One of my favorites from his archives is the episode about the traffic situation in L.A. Why is it so bad? Why hasn’t it changed? The episodes also clock in around thirty minutes each, so cranking out a few each week is a breeze.

App

MinimaList App

MinimaList To Do Lists – I love lists. I’ve mentioned this a number of times. I will always be loyal to my pen, paper, and planner system, but it’s becoming very crucial for me to have something concise and organized on my phone as well. I don’t like an app that feels chaotic and difficult to manage.  MinimaList is awesome because it keeps things very simple visually. You can create a number of lists and set alarms, reminders, and timers as you see fit. While Evernote is easily a second favorite of mine, you cannot beat the simplicity and function of this one.

Drink

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Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset Black Tea – I came across this delicious blend about eight years ago when I was teaching preschool across from a Barnes and Noble. I would sneak away into their cafe and skim a borrowed from the shelf book while having some much needed caffeine. I forgot all about it until coming across a handful of Harney and Sons teas in Target recently. The flavor on the hot cinnamon sunset tea is unbelievable. Plus, I love to treat myself to a cup while Clint is down for his nap. It gives me a little bit of caffeine and helps keep me from eating all the Trader Joe’s chocolate I keep stashed in our candy drawer.

Hulu Binge

Marple

Agatha Christie’s Marple – While I have long been enamored with the Poirot series, I didn’t check out Marple until a few months ago. The stories are each based on a book by Agatha Christie, which some crossovers of Tommy & Tuppence and some other much loved characters. I find this series to be a little more quirky, but it still possesses a lot of that English charm that I so love. Much like the Poirot episodes, it is fun to see how many now famous people you can spot in each show. This series is easily available through Hulu or Britbox.

Currently reading: Dumb Witnessby Agatha Christie