The focus of this series is to give simple tips and tricks to help ease the hectic life. Simple living creates positive changes in places you can’t even imagine. Those small changes can make a significant impact. Is your baby between the ages of 1 minute to 100,000 minutes, and do you want to create a loving, positive atmosphere for them? Then you are in the right place!
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Don’t you just love walking into a fresh smelling, clean home? You feel energized, happy, and it makes you feel good because a clean home is inviting. So how can we simply keep up on having a clean home without getting overwhelmed? Add small tasks to your daily routine. Keep it simple! I know, you might be getting tired of hearing me say that several times, in EVERY article, but I can’t stress it enough, it’s not only essential to keep things simple, but vital.
Did you know that a clean house can help you live a healthier lifestyle? A clean home that is less messy or cluttered improves sleep, happiness, and increases energy levels. Clutter can make it difficult to focus, so your brain becomes overwhelmed and distracted.
As we talked before about time management (read more on time management), and creating a daily plan (read more on daily planning), adding simple cleaning tasks to each day will keep the housework under control, your house will be clean, and you don’t get so behind it takes you a month to catch up on chores. Plus, overall you feel better! Truth: You don’t want to spend all day cleaning, but a clean house feels good. It’s your home, your life, your sanctuary. Spend a few moments caring for it. Don’t schedule out your entire day to clean, instead schedule some time to pick up the toys, or wipe down the counters.
Well, think about it, the ongoing cycle with stress. Clean house = reduced stress, and that my friend means you are motivated and encouraged to eat better, move more, and get better sleep. Continuing the positive cycle of reducing stress improves overall health, physically and emotionally.
If you are like me, you would prefer to look at a picture, or an example to really see what people are talking about. I’m a visual person, I like having it drawn out, and simplified for me. If it is too complicated, then it doesn’t end up getting done, and as you know, it just snowballs from there. It’s back to being too overwhelmed, stressed, and then the fatigue and wanting to hide under the covers sets in. That is not healthy, so let’s avoid all that. It is not fun either! So let me just give you an example of my week for house cleaning…
Yes, this is a different approach, because for the most part you are focusing on a certain task instead of just a certain room or area. As you can see, I have assigned a day for each task, then on that day I add it to my daily plan for a certain time. So for example, on Tuesday’s, I spend 30 minutes cleaning all three bathrooms in the house. Since I am doing bathrooms once a week, they don’t get SUPER dirty. AND since you are already wiping down the counters daily, it isn’t very time consuming. You are basically just emptying the garbage, cleaning showers, toilets, and floors. Find what works for you and stick with it. If you would prefer to focus on an area and do everything for that area instead of vacuuming the whole house in a day, then dedicate a day to the area or room instead of a task.
Pro Tip: When going through the house wiping counters, do the bathroom last, so you can just quickly swipe the toilet handle and seat before tossing the cloth into the laundry hamper or garbage if using cleaning wipes.
Make a daily routine, so you can maximize your time. The biggest part of staying on top of the house is getting into the habit of putting things away after using them instead of just dropping it somewhere. Your daily quick cleaning can help with the weekly big chores, and cut cleaning times down.
Are you constantly seeing tips and hacks on cleaning with natural products? Are you ever skeptical? I know I am always suspicious about any product or idea I have seen out there! Well, I put some to the test! Yes, most worked if you scrubbed until your arm fell off. And yes, some didn’t work at all! Here are a few of my favorites that work and that I continue to use! We are trying to keep it super simple. And we can’t spend ALL day on one thing. So we need tips and hacks that work and don’t take too long!
Before you go out and start a chemistry experiment in your kitchen, let’s go back to some of the basics of natural products for a minute. Don’t worry; I will not get into all the details of acids and bases; I will keep this SUPER simple. You don’t want to combine acids and bases. They neutralize each other and create salt.
I love using natural products and avoiding toxic chemicals, but I also remember chemistry class, mixing ingredients, and watching things explode into a huge mess.
Don’t get me wrong, natural DIY cleaners are the way to go, but there are a few things you never want to combine. Some reactions can cause opposite effects or is damaging to surfaces and you!
Let’s talk about the three main ingredients you DO want to use for cleaning but DO NOT want to combine. Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda.
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I am Leah. Welcome to The Loving Cedar LLC. Here is where you will find parenting tips and tricks to help you simplify life.