CaseyLand: Mommy Style Monday: Spring Cleaning

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mommy Style Monday: Spring Cleaning

Greetings from Albuquerque! We're getting settled over here - which means the apartment is a huge mess and we're wallowing in the stress of how much money it takes to move anywhere. Joy of joys!

Writing this post is going to make me miss my tiny house, most likely, but here we go anyway!

An old picture of the front of our tiny house. I think I have some new ones on my camera but I'll have to upload them later because my camera is by the baby and the baby is sleeping...
Growing up, I was the kid who would do anything to get out of cleaning, and honestly I didn't grow out of that until a little ways into college probably... ah! Embarrassing. I mean, I could tidy up, for sure, but actual CLEANING was something I wasn't super in to.

Turns out, owning your my own home gave me a delightful sense of taking pride in my own space! I have become the type of person who loves organizing and cleaning! I enjoy making each space in my  home clean and functional! In fact, I often look forward to it. If something isn't getting as clean as I want it to, I'll look on pinterest for "hacks" and try them out. I did that a few weeks ago when I didn't want to scrub the tub until my arms fell off, but also wanted the tub to be sparkling white. I shared the little "recipe" on Instagram stories and SO MANY people messaged me about it and how they used it, like more people than have ever cared about my stories before hahaha, so I'll share that at the end of this post. For now, I think I'll share a few tips that work for me to make keeping my home clean a good time instead of a dreaded time!

1. Don't shirk the small stuff! So much time and energy is saved if I do things the minute I see them need to be done. I know this is from a book or something (I haven't read it!), but I've heard it said that  if it takes less than a minute, just do it now. Some people change that to five minutes, which I think is fine too. I used to be the type of person who would see something laying on the ground and think "I'll just pick that up later" but when later comes there are 10 things on the ground instead of just one and it takes longer! I find this rule makes the biggest difference when it comes to doing the dishes. If I do the dishes as we go throughout the day, we don't have the gigantic pile at the end of the day, and it's a much more relaxing evening! So basically, pick up as you go throughout your day. It usually takes 30 seconds to put something away!

2. Find Your GO Motivator! I'm not always super motivated in the morning to immediately start cleaning, even though I do like a clean house. Some days, I'd much rather sit on the couch eating ice cream and watching TV. What? Yep, that's me. So the big thing for me is to find what gets me going! I have found that listening to podcasts is something I really enjoy, so I save the podcasts for when I am cleaning and cooking. Maybe music gets you going, so listen to music! Make an awesome playlist just for cleaning! Find a podcast you love. Promise yourself you can eat your favorite treat when you're finished. Just find that one little step that gets you moving.

3. Set a Schedule! Cleaning is incredibly overwhelming if you are the main person in charge, and if you have a whole house/apartment to clean. It feels like the work is never done! I have a schedule set, so I do a super good job cleaning one room a day. I tidy the other rooms as I go along like usual, but I really scrub and dust a certain room just once a week. Monday is bathroom, Tuesday is living room, Wednesday is kitchen, Thursday is the office, Friday is laundry day and laundry room, Saturday is bedrooms. I don't stick rigidly to this schedule, because I'm very happily a flexible person, but I do love it as a reference point!

This spring I really got the organizing bug, and I made some rooms in our house a lot more functional. We built some shelves to go in the closets for extra storage, painted, and moved all the toys out of the living room and in to the office! That made the biggest difference in our home. Things stayed a lot cleaner! I also organized all our cleaning supplies and went through our closets! Because I was already doing the small things every day, it wasn't too overwhelming to undertake those projects, and all of that organizing really made my job even easier!

Anyway, I guess my advice is to just find a rhythm that works for you. If you are struggling with where to start, find what motivates you, pick a room, and go for it! Start small and work your way up. Taking care of your home really can be a joyful opportunity if you let it!

I'm excited to see what the other moms do! Check them out below, and sign up here if you'd like to be a part of the next mommy style Monday! It's the first Monday of the month and we focus on your own way of doing things like fashion, kids activities, routines, date nights, taking time for yourself, etc! We'd love to have you.

The Sparkling Bathtub (And any similar surface) Recipe:
1/2 cup baking soda
1 tsp blue dawn dish soap
Warm water

Mix warm water in with the baking soda until it becomes a paste, then mix in the dawn soap. Apply to surface with any tool you'd like! I use a sponge and have been very happy with the results.

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Lauren at The Andrew Life

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