Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Cleaning Schedule that Works

Raise your hand if you can get behind on cleaning and keeping the house tide. Do you see my hand? It's the one waving really high.

In order to keep up...and not feel like I have a mountain of work I front of me, I came up with this schedule. 

It works for me because it covers a little of every room each day. What it doesn't cover is the deep cleaning stuff. It IS great for keeping up and having a presentable house. And if I don't get to something, no biggie! I'll get it next week. 


Cleaning: Appliances-wipe them down

Laundry: 1-2 loads, washed, folded, and put away

Floors: Vacuum or sweep, mop (I mop when the kids are in bed at night)

Zone: 15 minutes (pick an area of the house that needs extra attention...a drawer, a closet, deep cleaning tasks...)


Cleaning: Surfaces (clean all flat surfaces, moving all items and cleaning as you go; counters, mirrors, tables, etc)

Laundry: Beds

Floors: Vacuum or sweep

Zone: 15 minutes


Cleaning: Bathrooms 

Laundry: 1-2 loads folded and put away
Floors: Vacuum or sweep

Zone: 15 minutes


Cleaning: Bedrooms 

Laundry: 1 load of clothes, rugs if needed

Floors: Vacuum or sweep 

Zone: 15 minutes


Cleaning: Living Areas 

Laundry: 1-2 loads folded and put away

Floors: Vacuum and mop


Floors: Sweep


Rest and relax!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Lord, Help me be a Sweeter Mom

Lord, help me be the mom my kids deserve.  Help me...
be a sweeter mom.
not to nag my kids to get ready faster for school.
be prepared.
be on time.
be prepared on time.
Help me notice the little things that will be missed when they are older. The tiny pair of undies left on the floor. The blankets left on the couch after a snuggly morning. The many, MANY, little notes and pictures drawn and given to me out of love.
Lord, help me see every minute as a blessing.
Help me find a blessing in every moment that is less than perfect.
Not to yell or raise my voice. Help me bite my tongue and look to You first.

Help me to...
stay calm.
look into their sweet eyes when they are talking to me.
listen. Really listen.
speak only kindness.
Help me to truly be with my kids--not just there.

Lord, help me simply be still.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Homemade Applesauce

Hey there! Are you back in the swing of things after the holidays? The kids are back at school and I am meal planning for the week....and thinking we need to eat healthy this week...and the next...and the next.
So I thought I'd share a snack with you.
Lately I have been making our own applesauce. It's super easy and so delicious! I don't add a thing and the kids love it!
Buy one bag (or more) of organic apples. Peel, core and slice the apples, adding them to a big pot. Add a bit of water (like 1/2 cup or so) to help things along. Cook the apples over medium heat for about 25-30 minutes, stirring once in a while. When the apples are cooked through, use a blender, food processor or immersion blender (my favorite) to purée the apples. 

That's it! Transfer to mason jars and store in the fridge!