January 19, 2012

My Cleaning Checklist

How do you keep your house clean?  I try really hard to always have a 'clean' house.  Obviously with two kids, my house looks lived in...but I hate that feeling like my house is a disaster.  Since baby girl was born, I've felt like my house had a tornado go through it and it didn't survive.  I have tried very hard to clean it to perfection, even if just for a day and it is not working.  When I lived in the house before this one, my house was kept clean.  I was however terrified of leaving my house or even walking outside for that matter.  (When there was a shooting in our front yard is when I decided that we were buying a house in a safe city)  I had made a checklist for myself of stuff to do on a daily basis and stuff to do on a weekly basis.  I loved it.  I don't know why I haven't made one for this house yet (We have lived here almost two years now)  So today I made one and the first few weeks will be rough but I am determined to get this house in shape.  My list is very detailed, I love checking things off my list so the more things, no matter how small, the more to check off and the more I feel I accomplished. Anyways, I thought I would share with you what I'm going to start doing on a weekly/daily basis in my home on my journey to a clean one.

Daily Cleaning List:

Kitchen:
1. Unload dishwasher
2. Wipe off counters
3. Take out garbage
4. Sweep
5. Load dishwasher

Back Bathroom:
1. Clean up floor
2. Sweep

Entry/Stairway:
1. Clean up clutter
2. Sweep

Living Room:
1. Clean off end tables
2. Pick up floor
3. Vacuum

Hallway:
1. Clean up clutter

Boy Room:
1. Clean up clutter
2. Make bed

Baby Room:
1. Clean up clutter

Kids Bathroom:
1. Clean up clothes
2. Drain tub/Pick up toys
3. Clean off counter

Master Bathroom:
1. Clean off counter
2. Pick up Laundry

Master Bedroom:
1. Clean up clutter
2. Make bed.

Playroom:
1. Clean up toys


 Weekly Cleaning List:

Kitchen:
1. Clean off window sill
2. Clean off counters
3. Tidy up pantry
4. Clean back door
5. Clean out fridge
6. De-clutter drawers
7. Wipe down chairs
8. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
9. Change out soap if needed
10. Mop

Dog Area:
1.  Clean off dresser
2.  Mop
3.  Clean out kennels

Back Bathroom:
1. Change towel
2. Change out soap if needed
3. Clean toilet
4. Clean sink
5. Clean mirror
6. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
7. Empty garbage
8. Stock TP
9. Mop

Entry/Stairway:
1. Clear off clutter
2. Organize coat closet
3. Wipe windowsills
4. Wipe handrails
5. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
6. Vacuum stairs
7. Vacuum window ways
8. Mop

Hallway:
1. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
2. Vacuum

Living Room:
1. Clean between couches
2. Put away movies
3. Wash blankets if needed
4. Wipe off end tables
5. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
6. Clean TV
7. Clean DVD player etc.
8. Clean the couches
9. Dust

Baby Girl's Room:
1. Pick up floors
2. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
3. Dust
4. Wash sheets
5. Do laundry
6. Vacuum

Baby Boy’s Room:
1. Pick up floors
2. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
3. Dust
4. Wash sheets
5. Do laundry
6. Vacuum

Linen Closet:
1. Organize
2. Pick up floor

Laundry Room:
1. Clean off washer/dryer
2. Wipe up soap spills
3. Vacuum out dryer sheet vent
4. Run bleach through washer
5. Sweep
6. Mop

Kid’s Bathroom:
1. Change towel
2. Change out soap if needed
3. Clean toilet
4. Clean counters/sink
5. Clean mirror
6. Clean tub
7. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
8. Sweep
9. Mop

Master Bathroom:
1. Organize clothes/shoes
2. Vacuum
3. Clean toilet
4. Clean shower/tub
5. Clean mirror
6. Wipe counter/sink
7. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
8. Sweep
9. Mop
10. Do laundry

Master Bedroom:
1. Wash sheets
2. Clean off end tables
3. Wipe down TV
4. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
5. Dust
6. Vacuum

Playroom:
1. Clean up toys
2. Put away videos
3. Wipe baseboards/doors/walls
4. Dust
5. Sweep

Paperwork and Misc.
1. Plan menu for next week
2. Write letters and cards
3. Clean out purse
4. Pay Bills
5. File Paperwork
6. Clean out truck/car
7. Errands
    A. Grocery
    B. Library
    C. Post Office
    D. Bountiful Basket
8. Clip and Organize Coupons

Outside:
1. Take garbage to street (Sunday)
2. Sweep off/Shovel off sidewalks
3. Weed
4. Clean up garbage in corner
5. Mow lawn
6. Clean up anything in garage.

I know it looks like a lot but literally after a while, there is probably not going to be a lot of things I will need to do to declutter and I'll get used to just picking things up as I go.  I was walking through all my rooms today looking at everything that needed to be done...yes, it is a lot.  On the weekly checklist, I try to tackle three things a day.  (I pick which rooms depending on how much time I have that day)  That way I still have at least one day, sometimes two that I'm not cleaning.  I hope this inspires you to make your own list.  I just print it off and stick it with my cleaning supplies or somewhere where I see it constantly and then cross them off as I go to feel accomplished.  I'd love to hear how you keep your house clean or if there are any tricks out there.

January 18, 2012

Our New Playroom...Smaller, but better.

My husband and I have been looking for a way to have a craft room and a playroom in our house. We live in a four bedroom house and I feel like we are already so packed. I try and keep things organized and clean but for some reason...there just isn't enough room. If it is not one messy thing it is another thing that is cluttered. When we first built our house we thought about turning under the stairs into a playroom and then quickly moved it out of our head. We didn't need it at the time, we only had one kid and weren't planning on any others for a while. Now that baby girl is here, it was time to use our space. I don't know why but my son has a serious anxiety attack everytime I leave the room. I cannot do anything upstairs or downstairs without my three year old at my feet making me trip.  Even if I tell him where I am going, he still will freak out and scream for me if I'm out of his sight.  A playroom downstairs was the perfect idea, no more toys that I have to walk up and down the stairs fifty times a day. 

Mr. Next2Nothing got to work right away, bless his heart.  He cut out a hole under our closet shelf and even put in the electrical himself.  He had to put in electrical outlets and a light because there weren't any.  It was just a plain closet with three shelves in it before.  We planned to put a built in toy box on one side and some seating on the other.


My son was so eager to have his new playroom.  This is him helping the Mr. measure and mark.  Just like daddy...so cute.
This is what our toy box looked like before drywall was put in.
Drywall is up, there is also a tiny ledge along the back.
We bought some flooring at the Home Depot (love this place).  It was only $80 to do the entire floor.  I love how it turned out and it is super easy to clean.






It is a really small space but two kids can play in there very easily (I watch another boy and they play all day in their together), it just has to be kept clean.  I also cut back on my toys.  I put a bunch in a bin to switch out when the boys get sick of the current toys.  That way they will be more excited to play with toys.  I love this idea and I stole it for a friend.  I haven't refinished the TV stand or decorated the walls yet but that is in the process so stay tuned.

January 7, 2012

Making Homemade Baby Food

I got a baby food puree cookbook for Christmas and LOVE it. That is an understatement too. I never picture myself being a 'Betty' and cooking and preparing my own baby food. I didn't with my son and boy am I regreting that now. It is so fast, easy, cheap and fun!  Plus I tasted them all and they were good.  I would NEVER taste any bottled baby food, it just looks and smells gross.  It's a lot easier to try something when you cooked it and know what is in it.  So far I've made apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas and pears.  My little girl loves sweet potatoes the most so far with pears a close second.

I'll tell you how I made the carrots.  I put two cups peeled and chopped carrots and one cup water into a pan and boiled them until they were soft.


Then you just let them cool and blend them all together.



I just put the puree into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer to freeze.



Then once it was frozen, I took it out and stuck just the bottom for a few seconds in warm water. (this makes the cubes super easy to fall out)


Empty it into a bowl and put it in bags with the day you made them and a toss date. (3 months after the day you made it)


When your baby is hungry simply defrost two cubes for one serving.  My baby loved them!
You can defrost by microwaving but just be careful not to burn your babies mouth.
Or you can make meal plans for your baby and take out what is needed for the next day and stick it in the fridge.



January 6, 2012

Antiqued Signs (Tutorial)

A while ago I posted about some antiqued signs that I helped my friends make for Christmas gifts.  I am finally getting around to the tutorial for it.

So my friend had paid me in precut wood...isn't he the greatest. So I don't have that step. 
Paint the entire board the color you want the letters to be, in my case black and cut out what you want your sign to say in vinyl (or buy vinyl).  It doesn't matter what color of vinyl you use because you will be painting over it anyways.

Place the vinyl on top of your painted board:
 Paint your board, over the vinyl, the color you want on the outside (cream in my case)
Wait for it to dry and then peel off  the vinyl. 
 Don't worry if your vinyl wasn't completely down and got paint under it...it just makes a more interesting board in my opinion.
 Take a sander and completely sand the entire board, including the edges.  You can sand as long as you want or harder in certain areas, there are really no mistakes.
 Take your favorite finishing glaze.
 and paint over the top of your board.  Wipe off with a rag as much or as little as you want.
 And you are done!  I love my new sign. 



January 5, 2012

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