my love affair with cleaning products

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my hubby and i went to Fresh Market this past weekend to kick off our 'it's the first of the year, so let's eat better, plus swim suit season is on the horizon' plan. what better way to get you motivated than to peruse the beautiful aisles of Fresh Market or Whole Foods.  Because we both like to look at different things {he loves to spend lots of time looking at the cheeses, while i love looking at the beautiful baked goodies} AND we were kid-less we split ways. about 20 minutes later he hunts me down and finds me doing what i love the most... sniffing cleaning products. to my defense, they are natural, right? oh. my. goodness. have you smelled Mrs. Meyer's Rosemary?? delicious! i truly enjoy all of Mrs. Meyer's products, i've been hooked on the Radish sent lately. it's fresh and peppery. it's just divine. but, when it runs out i am definitely switching it up for the rosemary.

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i jokingly said to my husband "with my addiction to cleaning supplies,  you would think that our house would be immaculate." which got me thinking. do you feel that when you're house is clean no one stops over unexpectedly, but the minute your house is in complete disarray everyone and their mother decides to stop by? this happened to me when i graciously invited a neighbor in who was dropping something off. i didn't worry about cleaning up because she was just handing something over... but when she got here, her pen wouldn't work and it was 22 degrees outside. i really wanted to tell her that i would be back with a pen, but i couldn't leave her out there in the cold. so, i invited her into the chaos. the kids had just gotten home from school, so book bags and paper work was scattered all over the counter. baby bottles filled the sink ledge. coats and shoes thrown on the floor. my 2 year old was running around pant-less. it was crazy-town.

after that moment, i decided that i don't want to feel like that again. i know, you shouldn't care what people think. but the reality is, i do. even though i try not to let things like that bother me, they do. i wanted to welcome her in and feel proud of our home, not try to hurry her out before she saw the mounds of folded/unfolded laundry on my kitchen table.

i sat down and wrote a list. my daily cleaning plan.

it starts off with my cleaning arsonal.

cleaning products

i try to do this everyday or at least every other day.

- put Mrs. Meyer's in the toilets and sinks in the bathroom.

- Master Bedroom: make bed, take water glasses to kitchen, dust, take clothes to laundry room.

-Master Bathroom: wipe counters, spray shower with cleaner, wipe mirror, clean toilet.

Hall Bathroom: clean toilet and sink. empty trash can.

Family Room: pick up toys, dust, fluff cushions.

Breakfast area: clean up breakfast, wipe table, wipe chairs

Entry: dust the entry table, shake rug

Kitchen: unload dishwasher {i usually run the dish washer at night}, load dishwasher, wash bottles, put away things on the counter, wipe counters, wipe barstools.

Start laundry

Sweep and vacuum entire downstairs

Kids room: make their beds and put any clothes/toys away

Kids Bathroom: wipe down counters, clean toilet and spray/rinse tub

all in all it takes me about 35-45 minutes at full speed

want to know what the trick is? taking the time in the beginning to make a home for everything. that way, when you're cleaning up you already know where things go. invest time to organize so that when you start your daily clean-up routine, it goes fast and everyone in your home knows where things are. i can't guarantee that you're never going to hear "mom, where's my baseball glove?" but maybe it'll help your household run a bit smoother.

 

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