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Let’s face it. I am not a Saturday in the trenches, all day scrubbing, dirt under my fingernails type of gal. Sometimes cleaning gets too much, it’s enough to make you want to buy a new mattress from somewhere like Leesa and new furniture too. I totally own that. Thankfully, I have a cleaning lady that comes in every other week and does a full deep-clean of my house. I also get someone to help clean my windows on the outside (makes sense right? Trying to get those clean is hard enough). I strongly recommend you getting your own window cleaner such as eavestrough cleaning company, they can really help you out! My hubby and I both work long hours and between our jobs, commuting, blogging and parenting there is not a whole lot of time left over. While I do have help, I still have to take care of the upkeep and between my messy self, my husband, daughter, tons of dark wood (that collects dust like a magnet) and my white fluffy furbaby (that sheds like it is his business) there is still a lot of maintenance that we are responsible for.
Since we do have to spend a little time each weekend tidying up, I try my best to make it fun family time! Here are some tips on how I achieve this:
1. Divide and Conquer. Make cleaning a family affair! Things go a lot more quickly when everyone pitches in and there is no reason why you cant bond and chat while you tidy!
2. Have the Right Products (aka SHOP). Shopping = fun! Am I right? I like to do things the quickest and most effective way possible. When it comes to tasks such as vacuuming, you shouldn’t need to shop for products like a canister vacuum too often, and a good vacuum should last you a considerable amount of time. In terms of other cleaning products, if I can find a product that is easy to use and I can keep close to where it needs to be used (like under the bathroom sink or on the kitchen counter) than I am all about it. Lately, I have been obsessed with a bunch of Clorox products.
A few of the items that I have been using to make cleaning easier are:
Clorox Scrub Singles Bathroom Pads. They are pre-loaded with Clorox cleaner. Plus they feature a scrubbing surface designed to power through soap scum. I love that I don’t have to worry about Taylor pouring the right amount of product onto a paper towel. She just wets a Scrub Single, cleans, rinses and chucks it. It is that simple and she is so proud of herself afterwards for being a good helper!
Clorox Pump ‘N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner. This one is a game changer! It is food-safe so you can use it all around the kitchen without worrying about poisoning your family (always a plus in my book). You can pump it with one hand and wipe out messes in a flash.
Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes. These wipes have been SO useful to me. If you have ever seen pictures of my house you may have noticed my love of dark wood. We have shelves, entertainment centers, bedroom furniture and tables that are all lovely dark shades. While they are aesthetically pleasing, they are a real dust collectors! I find myself cleaning these every few days unfortunately. Thankfully, I discovered Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes and they make the process a lot easier. I can use one for an entire room and I keep them right in my entertainment center. They are dry, non-abrasive and trap and lock dust, allergens and even the white hair of a certain cat!
OF COURSE, I got my cleaning products at Target (since I am there every week at some point anyway shopping for everything from dresses to cat products). You can find them in the cleaning aisle and from June 7-July 4, you will receive 10% off their Scrub Singles, Pump ‘N Clean and Triple Action Dustwipes at Target using the Cartwheel app! Savings plus convenience equals FUN!
3. Blast the Tunes. Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring! Nothing is more fun than a full blown family cleaning dance party! Try it! Some of my faves from my current playlist are:
Cleaning doesn’t have to feel so much like a chore! Make sure to check out other everyday cleaning moments here.
What tips do you have for making tidying up more enjoyable?