Oh my word, friends, we have a lot going on today!
First and foremost, IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!! Eeeeeeeeeks!
Per my usual routine, I am taking the day off today 🙂 . On the first day of school, I make breakfast for my kiddos, drop them off, and then spend the day enjoying a little time to myself (ie: looking for pumpkins to buy and pretending it’s almost fall). I will share pics of my kiddos as they head off to 2nd, 4th, 7th and 8th grade later on, but geez, they get big fast. Were we not just here…
…I swear we were. Now, instead of the big girl being in second grade, the baby is in second grade. Sigh.
Before I jet for the day, it’s another edition of LET’S LOOK!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
In January, we looked at HOW WE ORGANIZE FOR THE NEW YEAR.
In February, we looked at WHAT WE EAT IN A WEEK.
In March, we looked at OUR FAVES FROM HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE
In April, we looked at HOW WE DO DATE NIGHTS!
In May, we looked at OUR HOMETOWNS!
In June, we looked at OUR GO-TO SUMMER LUNCHES
In July, we looked at HOW WE KEEP HEALTHY
And today, we’re looking at….HOW WE DO EVERY DAY CLEANING!
I’m going to make this short, sweet and to the point today! We all know by now that I thrive on a tidy house. A calm, clean and neat space is how my Type-A-ness thrives (and anything else makes me nutty/agitated/not fun to be around). Here are my best suggestions right off the top of my head for how I maintain between the “big” cleaning my house gets (thanks to the sweet lady that comes each week!).
1: I vacuum certain areas every single day. Our bathroom, kitchen and outside the back door get vacuumed daily. My office rug? The dining room? Those spaces get vacuumed as needed or weekly, but the kitchen, my bathroom and where we come in and out of the house each day? That gets vacuumed daily. I also vacuum the foyer now most days because when we replaced the travertine with white marble this winter…
…I see more of what’s on the floor and feel compelled to vacuum it more often. I almost exclusively use my Dyson Stick Vacuum. I did an entire post on this magical thing about 18 months ago. It’s cordless and light, so it makes cleaning the floors super simple! Why do I feel so compelled to vacuum these spaces so often…
…because when we had to gut and remodel our bathroom back in 2020, we took this space from taupe to white. You know what that made me realize? We are disgusting people. You guys…why didn’t someone tell me that my obsessive cleaning would only be ratcheted up a million degrees by white spaces?! You didn’t tell me! I had no idea how much taupe spaces hid dirt/grime/stray hairs/fingerprints and all the other grossness that comes from my family until I painted it all white. HOLY COW, WE’RE DISGUSTING.
White shows everythinggggggg.
Anyway, now that I live in the full reality of just how gross we are, I’ve had to step up my vacuuming game.
2: Speaking of the bathroom, I now buy Mr. Clean Magic Erasers in bulk. I keep several in the bathroom, in the laundry room, in my office, under the kitchen sink, in the kids’ bathrooms…those things clean up smudges and scuffs like magic 😉 . I am telling you, you cannot have too many of those in your house. Buy them and put them everywhere. Since they’re not a single-use item, one eraser lasts a long time. With my whiter walls now, I am constantly pulling one out and quickly erasing a mark!
3: Set a schedule for sheets. Sheets are so tricky. They need to be washed often but they take up such valuable real estate in my already over-worked washer and dryer. I know on (typically) Friday mornings that I want to wash and dry my sheets, so on Thursday nights, I make sure my washer and dryer are empty. Then, first thing Friday morning (like as soon as I wake up), I put them in the washer, do my quiet time and drink coffee, put them in the dryer and then by the time I’m done working out, I can put pull them out of the dryer and make my bed for the day. The key is having that washer and dryer already empty the night before. My kids sheets? That’s not as easy. I typically rotate when I do their sheets (it’s too much work to do them all on the same day). I have them bring me their sheets before school and then my goal is to have the sheets clean and placed on their bed when school is out. Then that night, I help them actually put the sheets on for bed. Their rooms are more out of sight, out of mind, so it doesn’t bother me on sheet day that their beds aren’t made. Speaking of which…
4: Make your bed every day. It just makes things look tidier and more clean.
5: Try not to stack dishes in the sink. I try, at all cost, not to stack dishes in the sink. I just think an empty (and rinsed out!) sink keeps the entire kitchen looking more clean.
6: Wipe off counters frequently. I wipe off any bathroom counters and the kitchen counters as often as I need to in order to make them appear clean. I don’t like walking into a bathroom and seeing toothpaste in a sink/soap scum on the side/whatever. Wipe, wipe, wipe.
7: Put away clutter. Before the kiddos go to school or go to bed (or we leave to go somewhere), we put away as many things as we can. I think something as simple as seeing the pillows on the sofa in the right place and the bin of toys picked up makes the whole house appear more clean.
8: Light a candle. Burning a candle covers a multitude of “in-between cleaning days” sins 😉 .
9: Open the mail by the trashcan. I walk out to my mailbox every day, grab the mail and then walk straight to the kitchen trashcan to go through it. I toss as I go so that there isn’t any random mail cluttering up my house. Magazines get put in a certain spot, Andrew’s mail is put in a spot on his desk and then my mail goes to my desk (bills, etc that I will need to address).
10: Take the trash out often. I’m so thankful to have kids that can help with this chore, but seriously, just emptying trashcans makes an entire bathroom feel more clean to me.
I mean, surely I have more tips that that, but right now, these are the first things that spring to mind. A clean house makes this mama oh so happy (and productive!) 🙂 .
What are your tips for every day cleaning? You know I’m here for the cleaning tips!!! Comment and share please!
Friends, next month…
…it’s all about closet organizing!
I’m out for the day! I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and first day of school 🙂 . See you tomorrow! xx