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Getting it Together: Daily Chores- Evening & Weekly

GITWeek3This week I am focusing on adding to my little routine with some evening & weekly chores.

Getting It Together Week 3: Daily Chores- Evening & Weekly

So, last week I discussed morning chores. How did everyone do? I did so/so. I have a feeling this week will be better. Now that we’ve discussed doing a little bit of stuff in the morning, let’s discuss a evening routine. I’m going to warn you now, this list is going to look long, but that’s mostly because it is detailed and includes things that you have to do anyways that no one ever mentions.

Evening:

Cook Dinner – very important and should be on all daily chore lists assuming you cook at home. This is a legit chore! Also, try to clean the kitchen as you go, makes the job easier
Sweep kitchen – probably more of an every other day chore, or as necessary but considering it is such a high traffic area with little food bits, very necessary.
Fill Dishwasher & Run
Wipe Kitchen Counters and Table down
Dry, Fold & Put Away Laundry – I struggle with this. Drying it is fine, but then it sits in a basket. Which is ridiculous because if I’d just go ahead and deal with it this only takes 5 minutes! Plus, I can do it while watching TV
Wipe Down Bathroom Counter – takes a second and could do while brushing my teeth since that is supposed to take 2 minutes
15 Minute Tidy around the house
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That list does look long, but think about how quickly most of those tasks can be done if actually done every day. Maintenance is a whole lot quicker than start to finish cleaning!

Also, one thing that all chore lists have that I fully agree with is doing a bigger cleaning task every day that only needs to be done on a weekly basis. That is what the Weekly Chore is. The weekly chores Joseph and I need to do every week is a short list so we will have days that we might not have to do anything extra, or I can use those days to de-clutter or organize (yay for nesting!).

Weekly Chores:

Sweep & Mop – this includes sweeping the bathroom and laundry room as well as mopping them, the kitchen and the main floors as necessary.
Dust & Vacuum – including our bedroom (which might be more than a weekly task), the stairs and upstairs (which get less traffic and at this time would probably be once a week AT MOST)
Toilets, Tubs, Showers & Mirrors
Clean out the Cars/Wash Cars – a task we fail at but we need to be better at.

And now something super fun, the daily chores in a fun printable!

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 So, share time. Do you have an evening routine? Are you the type who has to have a clean sink to go to bed? What helps your house feel more put together in the evening?

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Green Cleaning

So I have a confession guys. Ever since getting pregnant, and especially since nesting has set in, I’ve turned into a green hippy. I want to eat more organics (which is hard considering where I live), I want to recycle and also I want to use more clean, green homemade cleaners.

I went and rounded up all the cleaners in my house, not including laundry and dishwashing detergents and this is what I found.

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Ya’ll, that is ridiculous. Some of the warnings of those things are scary… Like the antibacterial wipes that are a hazard to humans and animals. WHAT? Then why are they sold?

To be honest though, making my own homemade cleaning agents is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. After a ton of research and deciding exactly what I need to replace (because we all know I don’t need that many different cleaners) I made a list of what I wanted to make and went about finding the information.

For one thing, I knew I didn’t want to have a bunch of things I’d have to make up each time I wanted to clean. A lot of recipes are one time use sort of things and I knew that would never work for me. I’m lazy. If I can’t make up a batch, the chances of this happening are nil. Another thing is I wanted things that were easy to make but still gave a really good clean.

So, I rounded up my ingredients:
White Distilled Vinegar
Castile Soap
Natural Dish Soap
Tea Tree Oil
Lemon Oil
Water
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda

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When it is all said and done, I decided to make the following cleaners:

Multi-Purpose Spray – to be used in the kitchen, bathroom, quick spill clean up, etc
Dusting Spray – pretty self explanatory
Shower Spray – great for tubs, showers, sinks
Glass Spray – for mirrors and windows (Half water/Half White Distilled Vinegar)
Disinfecting Wipes – for bathroom sink and other quick clean ups

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The toilet cleaner looks to be the only thing I’ll have to mix up when I want to use it and that’s because it is a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and clearly that can’t be pre-mixed because the reaction is part of what does the cleaning.

Now, I’ve only just made these up, and I’ve not really tested them out but I’m hopeful that since I’m using someone else’s tried and true recipes that they will work out.

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Cleaning Out My Closet: Lesson & Revelation

I got a push of motivation this weekend to declutter my clothes. My plan had actually been to take a nap but once my mind is set on something, it won’t shut up until I comply. I started off with my dresser, going through my workout, pajamas and tank top drawers. I got rid of clothes that didn’t fit, I never wore or that I just didn’t like. Throwing them in a pile to take to goodwill because I’m sure there is someone out there that would like them.

I moved on to the closet, also pulling out the clothes that I didn’t like or no longer wore. Adding to the pile of clothes to donate, I emptied many coat hangers of things that I couldn’t recall why I was keeping them around. I felt accomplished and happy. I had a huge bag of clothes that were still in great condition to donate and a slightly less cluttered closet.

With that task complete, I decided to try for that nap. After what felt like about 5 minutes (probably more like two), I got up again, still not satisfied with my work. I re-entered the closet with a different eye on my clothes. I pulled out everything that didn’t actually fit because it was too small. Out of those clothes, I sorted them into two piles, “Could fit soon” and “You’re kidding me, right?”

It was actually a very depressing exercise because I got to look at all these cute clothes that are just *tiny*. You know, from those days where I thought I was fat. Yeah, fun times.

The clothes that would fit, probably, soon, I stored in my hope chest (ironic name) that lives at the foot of our bed and the rest went into a Rubbermaid container to live upstairs.

My lesson: It really IS easier to pick out clothes when the only thing in your closet are things you would wear right at this minute. This morning I woke up and picked out an outfit with no stress, no rushing to try and find a shirt that I didn’t totally hate.

My revelation: I had hung on to somethings for far too long, simply because I hadn’t taken the time to go through my clothes. All it took was about half an hour and I had a less cluttered closet, drawers in a dresser that would actually close and a huge write off. And although it was depressing to have to admit “this totally adorable sweater no longer fits”, at least now it isn’t sitting in my closet taunting me. I’ll see it again, eventually!

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Tasty Tuesday: Menu Planning

I know some people would be surprised to know that I can be pretty Type A on occasion. I mean, if any of my coworkers took a look at my desk during the day, neat and organized would be so far from their list of descriptions for me. My mother would probably cry laughing since she’s seen my dirty room throughout my entire life. But, from time to time and with certain tasks, I do have a freakish amount of organization.

Typically I love menu planning. I love food and menu planning is picking something delicious to eat and anticipating when I can actually have it. I plan for a week at a time because we typically go shopping on Sunday or Monday, after work. Menu planning is, usually, a great way to save some money on your grocery bill as well as ensure you don’t have to throw away rotting food.

When I don’t menu plan, we typically eat worse and spend more either grabbing fast food or running by the store to pick up ingredients we only incorporate for one meal. We have to scramble for breakfast and lunch and who knows if we will actually get any vegetables. Overall, menu planning makes my life easier in so many facets.

However, with this weekend being a long weekend my menu planning failed for a Tasty Tuesday Recipe. So, instead, you can just drool over my awesome menu plan. It’s going to be fab.

Breakfast: Smoothie, Yogurt with Fruit, Eggs & Bacon, Deviled Eggs
Lunch: Taco Salad, Chicken Salad in Lettuce Wraps
Snacks: Deviled Eggs, Watermelon, Bananas, Yogurt with Fruit, Strawberries, Bacon
Dinner: Taco Salad, Grilled Chicken with Grilled Zucchini & Creamed Cauliflower, BBQ Chicken Salad, Good Egg Burgers with BLT Salads

 

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Work it Wednesday: Tackling the Laundry Room

Okay guys, this is going to be a very embarrassing confession. But, for the almost year we’ve lived in this house, I’m not sure I’ve really cleaned out our laundry room, including sweeping and/or mopping.

Embarrassing right?

What’s even worse is the picture you’re about to see. And, to be totally honest, this is AFTER I removed the huge pile of clean clothes because I folded and hung them up. I’m telling you guys: Em-Barras-Ing!

Ok, guys, promise you still love me? I know, it’s a for real mess. And the really scary thing is, this doesn’t show all of the mess, notice there is only ONE angle, nor the mess of a shelf above the washer and dryer. It was bad. But, it also wasn’t that bad to clean up. If I were a faster and/or more focused while cleaning it wouldn’t have taken barely any time to actually clean this up. A trash bag, full hamper and some help from Joseph, we got this room cleaned up in no time.

Isn’t it beautiful, and organized and so spacious looking? Perhaps an hour of work, *if* that and it was wonderful again.

Now, the real confession: I only cleaned it because I wanted a “clean slate” so that I could plan what I wanted to do with my laundry room. The walls need to be painted, boo to builder beige. I need better shelving, iron & ironing board storage (Which, I’m sure you aren’t surprised to hear, are currently set up in the bedroom but NEED to be put away.) and a solution for my brooms/mops etc. Joseph is probably going to build me some shelves to go in that big empty area by the washer, or possibly cubbies for laundry baskets so we can sort by colors before washing them. (Surprise, surprise, I’m lazy about that as well.)

I also will be buying some glass bottles for the laundry detergent and fabric softener I plan to buy. I’m trying to turn into Susie Homemaker, clearly. And perhaps, one day, Joe and I can take the leap into a new set of front loading washer & dryers (perhaps in blue?)

So, you guys have learned my dirty little secret: Sometimes I’m not the neatest. Of course, my mother’s known this for years, but I’m trying to improve. Perhaps more embarrassing photos like above, and it will work!

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