There’s such a thing as too much self-deprecation and I think a lot of moms, myself included, are guilty of it. It’s easy in a group of commiserating moms to portray our households as zoos and how the heck would we ever find time to cook, clean, exercise and do the other basic things of life. All these struggles have an element of truth but the more I look into my own habits and those of the moms around me; I’ve realized most of us have our shiz together! We’ve figured out how to manage our households well (Not during the newborn stage and other sleep-deprived stages of parenting are exempt too. If you’re there; just let it go, let it go).
When my first two boys were (even) smaller we lived in a multi-suite character home with three units. The sounds proofing was horrible and Ben and I were sleeping on the sundeck but we were trying to make it work for as long as possible because we loved the location and even some of the quirkiness of the house. Every week I had a cleaning schedule and within 20 minutes of doing my deep-clean toys would be scattered all over the house again, new dishes would pile up and garbage would need to be taken out.
One day my downstairs neighbour came up to do his regular noise complaint (he was an otherwise amiable man until we drove him fully crazy and had to move) and while standing in our suite he cast his eyes about and mentioned he had been experiencing bug bites while in his unit. He suggested they were coming from our place. He also one time said our suite would need sprucing up to rent it when we moved (we had just painted). I don’t get annoyed easily but I realized he was making jabs at the cleanliness of our place. All he saw was the scattered toys and laundry that needed to be put away. What he didn’t see was me on my hands and knees washing every nook and cranny, changing sheets weekly and deep cleaning regularly. Chaos might have been present but it was happening in a clean house (Meanwhile he had the dog and I never heard his vacuum going).
I didn’t jump to my defence then but I will now, because quite frankly, I’ve mastered the art of the weekly deep clean and I want to share the steps with you. It’s taking me 9 1/2 years to get it down and maybe I’ve only perfected it in the last few months but seriously, my house has never been cleaner.
I swear these easy steps will help you do a thorough deep clean in 2 hours, in one day of the week. The other days you can then concentrate on projects like sorting clothes and toys for donating, organizing your papers, maybe even painting the baseboards. Caveat: I am not talking about creating an interior designer’s dream house or amping up your decor to make it Pinterest worthy. I’ll leave that to my sister. I’m talking about pure cleanliness, knowing that even though your baseboards might need a paint job, they are clean.
The magic in these steps is the top-down approach. It gives focus to your cleaning and ensures you don’t miss anything!
Like most things in life, this cleaning approach takes work. I move fast and efficiently and yes, I break a sweat. But this is so the rest of the week I can focus on other projects. I usually have to do spot cleans and vacuum carpets (we only have one rug) every other day. I sweep every day, sometimes, several times a day but this only takes a few minutes.
I hope this is helpful and let me know how it works for you if you give it a try! Happy Cleaning!
*We use all Honest Products to clean our house.
*Image via. People.com
This weekend I had the privilege of taking my two oldest boys out on separate dates. It was much needed one-to-one time. There’s been a lot of sibling rivalry lately and my parenting style has been frazzled as a result. Isn’t that an officially researched parenting style? I kind of lost it at one point, which I hate to admit. I wish I never yelled or said any thing I regretted but sometimes I do and then it’s time to apologize and move forward.
There are two ways you can go on vacation as far as health and fitness are concerned, and I’ve done both this summer. It’s easy to treat vacation as a break from habits, including healthy eating and exercise. When I was in Harrison Hot Springs I was just recovering from a horrible stomach bug and finally was starting to eat again. Cheezies? Sure! But not just one snack bag, two. I went gluten crazy, partly cause I couldn’t stomach greens yet but also because bread tastes so good. I had an amazing time in Harrison with my family and I wouldn’t trade all that chaos for the world but I did arrive home feeling bloated and lethargic.
Do you remember your first job? Of course! You were probably a teenager just like me who wanted to earn some extra spending money for Starbucks and shopping at the Gap.
Ironically my first regular employment was in one of the few clothing stores at the time that grown men would shop in with a little swagger to their step. I was a scrawny 15-year-old girl trying to sell either steel-toed boots to big, scruffy men or front-pleated pants to clean-cut, male office workers. At the time the store was called Mark’s Work Wearhouse (now just Marks) but don’t let the masculine name deceive you; they also sell a selection of female apparel.
We’re going car-free! I’ve been trying to convince Ben for a few years that I could manage without a vehicle since we live right in the city and public transit is readily available. We found an even greater alternative in our new cargo bike. I could go on and on about how amazing it has been to have the whole family on a bike ride.
We live in a world of lifestyle blogs, TV programs and cookbooks that are constantly raising the bar. Wherever we look we’re bombarded with images of perfection. In the new film “Let’s Relax”, IKEA wants to start a conversation about the expectations that make our lives unnecessarily demanding. IKEA wants to help people say “goodbye” to stress and “hello” to the joy of cooking, eating and being together. Through the month of August, using the hashtag #letsrelax, Ikea is inviting us to share on social media what we’re doing to enjoy the art of living again.
I mentioned in my previous post how effective Dream Water is at providing a restful night’s sleep. It’s a non-prescription sleep aid that really works without leaving that groggy, day after feeling that prescription sleep aids can cause.
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Every year for many years I’ve written a blog post about our family vacation in Malaspina. I’m a creature of habit and I love the familiarity of returning to the same place each summer. The boys are old enough to eagerly anticipate our time at the cabin for at least 351 days of the year. Our days are spent playing in the ocean, walking the beach, colouring and collecting rocks and sticks. I even manage to read a little and work on crossword puzzles which, hello, thrilling.
We spent the past week in Harrison Hot Springs with my parents, siblings, spouses and kids. Eight kids, seven and under to be precise. My parents rented out a ginormous house that was formerly a B & B. It was the perfect accommodations for a group of young families and there was even a separate cabin so my parents could escape the fray. Each room had it’s own bathroom which is fairly essential or at least convenient when you have kids at various stages of potty training. There were huge grounds for the kids to explore and play equipment came with the site.
Last week I embarked on an adventure with Ardbeg Whisky to Vancouver Island. I’m writing up the trip for Vitamin Daily but I thought I’d post some photos here of the experience. It was a wicked awesome time and while it was a professional trip, it was hard to think of it as one when it was so dang fun!