Thursday, April 25, 2013

30 Day Cleaning Challenge- Day 25

Oh my goodness! I started this challenge strong but have struggled to keep with it. I have noticed my house not staying as clean without doing the challenges so I am going to really try to finish the challenge. I plan to use this method to clean my house going forward. It does really seem to work. (as long as you do it!)

Today's challenge is to clean your kitchen or living room.

Both of my rooms were pretty clean so I decided to clean my oven. The smoke alarm has been going off lately when I have been cooking. Maybe it is time to take care of that!

I don't like to use chemicals when I clean my oven. I just dumped some baking soda in the bottom of the oven and then poured some vinegar onto the baking soda. It is better but still has some gunk on it. Is there a good way to clean an oven chemical-free that works?

Hopefully it will be clean enough that it won't make the smoke alarm go off any more!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

5 years old and 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge- Day 18

This past weekend, we celebrated my sweet Aubrey's 5th birthday. 
It has taken me most of the week to recover! We had family over Friday night and then 11 five year old girls here Saturday. It was tons of fun but I was exhausted afterwards!

So...I am back on track with the 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge.

Today's challenge is to clean your refrigerator.

I don't know why but I dread cleaning my fridge.

The shelves definitely needed a good washing. I also had a lot of stuff to recycle. Why do I have a Gatorade bottle filled with water that no one has drank for weeks in my fridge? Who knows! 
One thing I have noticed while working through the challenge this month is how much I overlook in my home. It is amazing how I can look at something over and over but not really see it. I am going to try to work harder not to let this happen.

How are you doing on the challenge?

Friday, April 12, 2013

30 Day House Cleaning Challenge- Day 11

Today's challenge is to clean your bathrooms.

I decided to do some decluttering.

I started with our medicine cabinet.
I found some medicine in there that I used when I was pregnant with my daughter. She will  be five tomorrow!

I also worked on the cabinet under the sink. Embarrassing!

This is so much better!

Last, I took the laundry down to the basement. Usually my boys take the laundry down but I thought that I would be nice to them! :)
 Not empty for long!!

It took me about 30 minutes to finish these projects. Why did I wait so long to do them?!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

30 Day House Cleaning Challenge- Day 10

Today's challenge is to deep clean your living room.

I have to admit that I do not deep clean very often. With four kids and a busy life, I am lucky to get the house surface cleaned!

I moved my couch and was shocked at what I found!

 This is a boring picture! This is after I vacuumed.

After I moved the couch, I noticed these two problem areas. It is amazing how when I started to deep clean, I kept finding more areas to clean!

Our entryway-

What do you do with your family's shoes? We just throw them by the door but this is pretty much in our living room. I would love some ideas on how to improve this area.

Clean for a moment!

This is the mess I was appalled at-

With the couch there, you don't really see it. It is tucked in the corner. When I moved the couch, it seemed so awful!

I added a bin to organize the books. I think it will help.

How often do you deep clean? I have decided I may need to do so more often!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

30 House Cleaning Challenge- Day 9

Yesterday was a looong day. It was gloomy here and I felt it all day long. Crabby kids and a crabby mom are not a good mix. I finally went to bed early and never got to the challenge.

Today is another day. It is still yucky here but I decided early today not to be a grump. Just making that choice made for a much better day!

Today's challenge is to surface clean a bedroom. I decided to work in my girl's bedroom. It needed some attention.

I noticed that the biggest challenge in their room is that they have a LOT of books. It makes me happy that my kids love books!

We put some of my older daughter's chapter books away that she has grown out of but Aubrey isn't ready for quite yet.

The books were overflowing onto their dresser.

Because we had put away some books, we had room to put these books onto her shelf. Soo much better!

This is our picture book basket. It looks like a garbage bin!

I love an organized book bin. :)

We still have some work to do but I am happy with the cleared off spaces!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

30 House Cleaning Challenge- Days 5-7

Today's challenge was a choice- Surface clean the living room and kitchen, clean a bathroom, or clean your interior windows.

I chose to surface clean my living room and kitchen. I can never seem to stay ahead of these two rooms. They are heavily used by our family of six!

Our toy corner very rarely looks like it should!


Flat surfaces don't stay clear for long here!


My daughter made this in Pioneers while they were preparing for Easter. Isn't it amazing?

I hate when I let dishes pile up. I wasn't happy to wake up to this mess this morning.

Clear counters make me happy! (This is as clear as our counters get!)

After one week doing this challenge, I am hooked. My house is started to feel cleaner. I LOVE doing a little each day. If you are doing this challenge, what did you think of the first week?

30 House Cleaning Challenge- Day 4 (Finally!)

Today's project is to surface clean an extra room in your house.

Our laundry area is in a corner of our basement. It is the LAST area to get cleaned.

I don't care if this area is sparkly clean. However, it has been bothering me that it is a COMPLETE disaster!

It felt great to have it cleaned up. Hopefully I will be motivated to keep it that way!

I would love to know if anyone else has a corner in the basement for their laundry. It seems like everyone has beautiful laundry rooms!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

30 Day Cleaning Challenge- Day 3

Today's cleaning challenge is to surface clean your bedrooms.

I was dreading this challenge. Our bedroom is far from the restful, romantic retreat that I would like it to be. It is much more of our I'm not sure what to do with this so I will just throw it in my bedroom room.

It took me about an hour to get it cleaned up. I don't know why I let it get so gross. I love how it feels to have a clean bedroom!

Before- (UGHHHH!)






Soo much better!!

Am I the only one that lets their bedroom get so embarrassing? Please say no!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

30 Day Cleaning Challenge- Day 2

Today is Day 2 of the cleaning challenge! The task is to surface clean your bathrooms.

I have to admit that I would not have cleaned the bathrooms today if I wasn't I participating in this challenge! The accountability is helping. :)

Here is a picture of our clean bathroom-

I also have decided to find 7 things to throw away each day. Here is my pile. (I couldn't figure out why there were only 6 things. I "found" the seventh thing after taking the picture in my hand! Yikes!

Are you doing any spring cleaning? I can't wait for it to feel like spring. It has been COLD here in Wisconsin!

Monday, April 1, 2013

30 Day Cleaning Challenge- Day 1

I am so excited to be participating in the 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge that is going on over at MoneySavingMom.

Today's challenge is to surface clean your living room. I am glad today is an easy challenge. I am tired out from the long Easter weekend!

These are the things my living room needed-
Toys put back into toy room
TV cabinet straightened
Easter basket put away

It didn't take me long at all to get this room whipped into shape. It sure felt good to have it cleaned up!

Ugh! I was so disappointed with these photos. The afternoon sun was pouring in and I just couldn't get them to be very clear. Maybe that means I should get my work done a little earlier in the day tomorrow. :)

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