Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Refrigerator Snack Box

"Mom!  I'm hungry!  I want something to eat!"

Anyone else's kids constantly whine about food?

When my kids got hungry I usually gave them whatever I could grab quickly.  This included fruit snacks, crackers, cookies, and even candy.  I wanted to be better - to have healthy snacks at their fingertips.

Behold!  My solution.

I purchased this set of drawers at Walmart.  It fits perfectly on my bottom shelf.

Each child has a drawer.  At the beginning of the week I fill it with all sorts of snacks: oranges, grapes, string cheese, apple slices, baby carrots, Gogurt, etc.

Now, whenever my children are hungry, I direct them to their drawers.  Not only does it save me from the whining, the snacks are healthier as well.

This solution may not work for everyone, but it has been a marvel for me.

How do you organize your refrigerator?  What are some of your kids' favorite snacks?

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Organized Shirt Drawer

Monday, April 29, 2013

Goal #3: Nothing Past Nine

There have been many times as a mother that I think to myself, "When do I get time off?"  Between raising children, trying to be a good wife, cooking dinner, teaching piano, and the constant need to clean the house there is never any ME time.  If you're like me you probably feel a little stressed, overwhelmed, and slightly picked on at times.  (It's okay.  We all feel that way once in a while.)

So, I created goal #3: Nothing Past Nine.  It's more like a rule actually.  Once 9:00 PM hits I get to "clock out."  Everything I do after nine o' clock must be something that I WANT to do--something that makes me happy.  I can read, play the piano, watch a TV show other than My Little Pony, prep meals, plan for the week, get FHE lessons together, scrapbook, etc.  Whatever it is, it has to be something that I want to be doing.

And you know what?--the house has never looked better.  It's amazing how this simple rule has completely changed my outlook on housework.  During the day I work really hard to get things done and spend time with the kids.  Because I've worked so hard during the day, the house looks great by the time 9:00 hits.

Now, there have been times where I actually wanted to clean the house after 9:00.  For example: my hubby was called away to work and I knew he'd get home late.  I had been feeling sick most of the day, so the house was in shambles.  I decided to surprise him and have the dishes done when he got home.  Instead of being another dreaded chore, I enjoyed it--it!

Notice in the picture above I had the dishes done, but I didn't want to put away everything I hand washed.  I didn't sweep the floor either.  Who cares?  I can do it tomorrow!

So what if there are a couple of toys left to put away in the corner?  Big deal!  I'm not going to worry about it.  This goal is about lessening my stress level and feeling a better overall sense of well-being.  I'm loving it!

Granted, there are times when kids are still crawling out of bed, or are throwing up and need a bath, or whatever else life throws at you where "me time" is impossible.  But, most nights this rule has worked very well.

What do you do to lessen your daily stress levels?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

Turning a New Leaf Goals:
Goal #2: Drink more water - Because I never drink enough
Goal #3: Nothing Past Nine - Awesome stress relief rule

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Kid Exercise Cards
10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Challenge
10 Things to do With Kids When Mommy is Sick
Shirt Drawer Organization

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cleaning the Vacuum Trick

My vacuum was sounding like it was having a difficult time while I vacuumed.  Upon inspection I noticed there were hairs and strings all over the spinning bristles.  Not good.  I started tugging and pulling, but those darn hairs are so hard to remove!  I had a "Well duh!" moment when I looked at this picture of how to clean a vacuum.  Why didn't I think of that?  

I grabbed my seam ripper and behold...


The vacuum is looking and running much better now.  Happy me!

More cleaning tips:
Shirt Drawer Organization
Kid Art Display and Fridge Organization

Friday, February 8, 2013

Organized Shirt Drawer

I get so tired of not being able to find my shirts when they are in my drawer.  Anyone else?  It drives me insane that I spend so much time folding, but still can't see them.  My friend who I will call "Bestie" sent me to this link on organizing your shirt drawer and it has changed my life.  I'm serious!  Simply follow the steps on that blog and you will have a nice, neat shirt drawer in just a few minutes.

Here is what my shirt drawer used to look like.  You can only see a handful of shirts.

Here it is after trying the new method.  I love it.  They are like little files of shirts and all I have to do is pick one out.

I asked Bestie if she would send me pictures of her drawer before and after.  Here's what she sent.

This is her before shot.

And here's after.  The proof is in the pictures.  Try it out.  You won't be disappointed.

I proceeded to organize my husband's shirt drawer as well.  I get an insane pleasure folding shirts now.  Weird!  My hubby thinks I'm crazy, and maybe I am, but I am looking forward to organizing the kids' shirt drawers as soon as possible.

Here's the link one more time in case you forgot to click it above: Organized Shirt Drawer.  I mean it.  Give it a try!

More organization ideas:
Kid Art Display & Fridge Organization
10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Challenge

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kids' Art Display & Fridge Organization

I am always looking for ways to get my house in order.  Pinterest is an amazing source for house cleaning tips.  From Bowl Full of Lemons there is a very thorough 14 week list of rooms to clean in your house.  I figured I would start with week 1 - The Kitchen.

Here is the week 1 check list:
1.  Clean out and organize all cabinets
2.  Clean out and organize all drawers
3.  Purge everything that is not used, expired, doesn't belong, or is collecting dust
4.  Clean out and organize fridge and freezer
5.  Mop, wipe down cabinet doors, clean counter tops and tables
6.  Take everything off the refrigerator door.  It makes the kitchen look messy.
7.  Clean all appliances.

She goes into a lot of detail on how to clean the kitchen and all of the do's and don'ts.  I would highly recommend checking out Bowl Full of Lemons.

I decided to focus on #6 yesterday.  Everything on my fridge came down and then I wiped it down.

Aw!  Pretty fridge.

But I didn't want all of those cute pictures my kids had drawn to get stuffed in a drawer.  I came across this picture from Random Thoughts of a Supermom and it was exactly what I was looking for.  It was a cute little clothes line for kids to display their artwork.

I made mine out of command hooks, string, and clothespins.

It looks so cute in my girls' room above their art table.

It's the perfect height for them.  Goofy can't quite reach the pictures and pull them down and Princess can put them up all she wants.

I am pleased with how it turned out.  Clean fridge and a cute bedroom = happy mommy.

Need more cleaning inspiration?
10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Challenge

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Well-Run Home Update

I am here to confess that last week I didn't hit any of my goals.  I am super at the waking up early thing (thanks to my children), but not so much the going to bed early.  I will be trying again this week.  Wish me luck!

 You can find the original post here:
10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Challenge

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Update #2: 10 Habits to a Well-Run Home

I'm sorry I've been MIA this last little bit.  The week of Thanksgiving is always crazy for me: mom's birthday, my birthday, and two Thanksgiving dinners.  I am not complaining of course.  It's such a fun time!  I love the food, family, and packing on the pounds.

Naturally, it's been so crazy that I haven't been very good about my 2 goals (again).  I did have a nice 3 day streak.  I never imagined it would be so hard to keep up on dishes and laundry.  

This week I have decided to try working on something new.  I will be focusing on habits #1 and #2: wake up early and go to bed early.  If you're like me, going to bed early means getting in bed before midnight.  Anyone else?  I wake up early every day (thanks to my 2 year old), but my goal is to wake up on purpose, not because my daughter is waking me up.

So here's the plan--I will go to bed before midnight every day this next week.  I will wake up at 7:00 AM each day (and go to the gym at least 3 times this week).  Who's with me?  What are some of the habits you need to work on?  Good luck to you all.

View the original post here:
10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Challenge

Saturday, November 17, 2012

10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Update #1

Hey everyone!  Remember when I posted earlier this week about taking the challenge to do the 10 habits to a well-run home?  The week is nearly over and I thought I'd let you know how things went.

I challenged myself to do the dishes before bed each night and to completely finish one load of laundry.  I was not perfect.  Who is really?  I only completed each of those challenges 3 nights out of the week.  But let me tell you, when I woke up the next morning and didn't have to stress about doing the dishes before the preschoolers came I knew that it was worth the effort.  It was nice to have a clean bedroom floor too.

Next week I will be focusing on the same habits that I tried to form this week.  I don't want to move on until I am perfect at each of the habits for at least a week.  I'm sure it will take me longer than the 5 weeks I originally planned to do this challenge.  Oh well.  I am an imperfect person.  These things take time.  I know that it will be worth it in the long run.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

10 Habits to a Well-Run Home Challenge

Lately I have been super stressed.  I look around and my house is in shambles.  Anyone else?  As I was scanning some cleaning tips on Pinterest, I came across something I had pinned long ago.  It was a blog post written by TheStressedMom called 10 Habits for a Well-Run Home.  This post was just what I needed.  It give 10 basic steps to get your home back in order.  I will put the steps in the simplest form here, but check out her blog post for a more detailed explanation.  Here are the steps: