Simplify Saturdays: Cleaning routines

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I can honestly say that I have never completely cleaned my home in one day. I have tried to do it, and I either run out of time, or I get burned out. And my house is not a big house.

I also learned pretty quickly that cleaning on Saturdays meant that I lose my entire Saturday and I don’t get to do anything fun with my family. I found a daily cleaning schedule on Pinterest, adapted it, and came up with this:

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My house is much cleaner when I do a little bit of cleaning each night. This way, every surface of the house is cleaned monthly, if not weekly. Honestly, with kids, you need to spot clean upholstery more often than once a month. We also don’t always get to the windows, but we do try.  It also helps that my oldest child likes to help me clean, and is pretty good at it, too.

Another way to simplify your cleaning routine is to create cleaning zone kits. For instance, I keep a kitchen cleaning kit under my kitchen sink, and bathroom cleaning kits under both bathroom sinks. The kitchen kit includes stainless steel cleaner, Chlorox wipes,  dishwashing detergent, ceramic tile cleaner, multipurpose cleaner and window cleaner. The bathroom kits contain Chlorox wipes, window cleaner, daily shower cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet cleaner and magic erasers. Having these kits in close proximity means I can just open the cabinet, grab the kit, and do a quick cleanup.

I also keep a general house cleaning kit in my laundry room with window cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, and furniture polish. This is in a bucket with a handle on it, so I can tote it around the house.

I have learned that tackling one room at a time means that I am able to clean the room more thoroughly, and that I am less likely to do a thorough job if I clean the whole house all at once.

Truthfully though, you have to clean your home in a way that fits your family, your home and your schedule.

Have a wonderful week! How do you clean your house?

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Peaches and cream overnight oats, Trim Healthy Mama style 


School has started back and things are a bit crazy around here. We are struggling to find the balance and I could definitely use some simplifying.

Mornings are by far the hardest. Each day we struggle to get everyone dressed, fed and out of the house ON TIME. Since skipping breakfast isn’t an option, I needed some quick make ahead breakfast options that are cheap and still healthy.

This overnight oats recipe is in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, but as usual, I have put my own spin on it. You will need 1/4 cup of old fashioned rolled oats.

Next, add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of almond milk. The cookbook recipe asks for 1/4 cup integral collagen, but I added a dash of coconut oil with MCT instead.

Next, add a pinch of mineral salt, a half teaspoon of stevia and a heaping tablespoon of Cottage cheese or Greek yogurt. I used Dannon triple zero vanilla. Add a 1/4 cup of peaches.

Pop that bowl in the fridge overnight. In the morning, put the oatmeal in the microwave for 50 seconds to one minute and enjoy.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Have a great Tuesday.

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Organization: a new command center

The whole purpose of a command center is to help you manage and organize your home.

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When we first made our command center, it did a great job of organizing and managing our home. Over time, though, it was a different story. Oh, it was still nice, attractive, and useful, we just didn’t use it. We talked about it and we realized why we weren’t using it: the command center was located in our office, and we don’t walk by it unless it’s intentional.

We began looking around our home for a more traveled area in which we’ll pass by the command center several times a day. We don’t currently have a mudroom, but it is on our long term list of things to do. We didn’t want to put it in our living room and there isn’t a good place in the kitchen.

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One side of our pantry (the side that isn’t pictured above) doubles as a coat closet. We also park our shoes in here when we come in the door. I also have to go in there in the mornings to collect my purse and the diaper bag. It’s kind of like our “mini-mud room.” Therefore, the pantry seemed like the most logical choice.

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I started by moving the hanging rack down a bit to accommodate the command center. I also removed any unnecessary bags from the hooks- for instance, Emorie’s swim bag was still in here. The child is not currently in swimming, as it is February. Out it went!

I simplified the command center quite a bit, by reducing its size and making it function better for us. I sometimes felt the large command center we had before seemed overwhelming. The cleaning checklist was moved to the laundry room, since that’s where the cleaning supplies are stored. Just made better sense to me.

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Sorry about the boob light reflection in the glass 🙁

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All in all, I really like how this turned out! And it’s getting way more use as well 🙂 Send me pictures of your command centers. I’d love to see them!

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A little AWOL, but for good reason

Hey, all! No, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. I just went back to work. My students come back on Monday, but teachers started back last Friday. Since I have been either working or prepping for work for the past two weeks, the blog kind of ended up on the back burner.

We have been busily trying to perfect our back-to-school routines to make the transition easier. We do not have a school aged child yet, but she is in pre-school. She is also beginning gymnastics for the first time, so we have a little hustle and bustle to factor in as well.

One solution to stress busting before the school year starts is to plan, plan, plan. Sunday is our “get-ready-for-the-week” day. We go to church, go to lunch, and then we come home and plan meals for the week, update our family command center, clip coupons from the Sunday paper, and grocery shop. We also plan outfits for the week. This saves me so much time throughout the week!

We also try to firmly establish a routine and stick to it. I can already tell my kiddo is going to be exactly like me- very schedule driven and very routine-oriented. When her routine is off, even a little, WATCH OUT WORLD.

There are exceptions to the following schedule, of course. We go to church on Wednesday nights, and one night a week, she will have gymnastics. As far as my being a teacher, I try really hard to manage my time at school well so I’m not frequently bringing work home. It’s hard to do school work with a small child. I do usually do some sort of work on the weekends, though.

A typical day for me looks like this:
4:45 AM: Wake up
4:50- Devotional (I have been doing so much better! I’ve been reading my Bible daily for two months. Pray for me so I will continue to do this when school starts).
5:10- Run/workout
6:00- Get ready
6:30- Leave the house
6:50-4:30- Work day (includes morning tutoring- sometimes we have afternoon meetings and leave closer to 5)
4:50- Pick up Emorie
5:30- Dinner. Michael is usually home at 5:15
6:30- 8:30- During this time, we do our evening chores, take care of animals and play with Emorie.
8:30- Emorie’s bath
8:50- Emorie gets ready for bed (teeth brushed, jammies on, grab a bedtime book)

After she falls asleep, we get out our clothes for the next day, get the meal items ready for the next day and make sure our bags, etc. are ready to go. The mister and I are usually in bed by 10:30, although there are occasional late nights, of course.

The easiest and least stressful way to balance a home, a family and a career (I’m still learning to effectively do this, by the way) is to plan ahead as much as possible and manage your time well. Please share your tips for maintaining the balance, because this is something I am constantly trying to improve.

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A little AWOL, but for good reason

Hey, all! No, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. I just went back to work. My students come back on Monday, but teachers started back last Friday. Since I have been either working or prepping for work for the past two weeks, the blog kind of ended up on the back burner.

We have been busily trying to perfect our back-to-school routines to make the transition easier. We do not have a school aged child yet, but she is in pre-school. She is also beginning gymnastics for the first time, so we have a little hustle and bustle to factor in as well.

One solution to stress busting before the school year starts is to plan, plan, plan. Sunday is our “get-ready-for-the-week” day. We go to church, go to lunch, and then we come home and plan meals for the week, update our family command center, clip coupons from the Sunday paper, and grocery shop. We also plan outfits for the week. This saves me so much time throughout the week!

We also try to firmly establish a routine and stick to it. I can already tell my kiddo is going to be exactly like me- very schedule driven and very routine-oriented. When her routine is off, even a little, WATCH OUT WORLD.

There are exceptions to the following schedule, of course. We go to church on Wednesday nights, and one night a week, she will have gymnastics. As far as my being a teacher, I try really hard to manage my time at school well so I’m not frequently bringing work home. It’s hard to do school work with a small child. I do usually do some sort of work on the weekends, though.

A typical day for me looks like this:
4:45 AM: Wake up
4:50- Devotional (I have been doing so much better! I’ve been reading my Bible daily for two months. Pray for me so I will continue to do this when school starts).
5:10- Run/workout
6:00- Get ready
6:30- Leave the house
6:50-4:30- Work day (includes morning tutoring- sometimes we have afternoon meetings and leave closer to 5)
4:50- Pick up Emorie
5:30- Dinner. Michael is usually home at 5:15
6:30- 8:30- During this time, we do our evening chores, take care of animals and play with Emorie.
8:30- Emorie’s bath
8:50- Emorie gets ready for bed (teeth brushed, jammies on, grab a bedtime book)

After she falls asleep, we get out our clothes for the next day, get the meal items ready for the next day and make sure our bags, etc. are ready to go. The mister and I are usually in bed by 10:30, although there are occasional late nights, of course.

The easiest and least stressful way to balance a home, a family and a career (I’m still learning to effectively do this, by the way) is to plan ahead as much as possible and manage your time well. Please share your tips for maintaining the balance, because this is something I am constantly trying to improve.

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A little AWOL, but for good reason

Hey, all! No, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. I just went back to work. My students come back on Monday, but teachers started back last Friday. Since I have been either working or prepping for work for the past two weeks, the blog kind of ended up on the back burner.

We have been busily trying to perfect our back-to-school routines to make the transition easier. We do not have a school aged child yet, but she is in pre-school. She is also beginning gymnastics for the first time, so we have a little hustle and bustle to factor in as well.

One solution to stress busting before the school year starts is to plan, plan, plan. Sunday is our “get-ready-for-the-week” day. We go to church, go to lunch, and then we come home and plan meals for the week, update our family command center, clip coupons from the Sunday paper, and grocery shop. We also plan outfits for the week. This saves me so much time throughout the week!

We also try to firmly establish a routine and stick to it. I can already tell my kiddo is going to be exactly like me- very schedule driven and very routine-oriented. When her routine is off, even a little, WATCH OUT WORLD.

There are exceptions to the following schedule, of course. We go to church on Wednesday nights, and one night a week, she will have gymnastics. As far as my being a teacher, I try really hard to manage my time at school well so I’m not frequently bringing work home. It’s hard to do school work with a small child. I do usually do some sort of work on the weekends, though.

A typical day for me looks like this:
4:45 AM: Wake up
4:50- Devotional (I have been doing so much better! I’ve been reading my Bible daily for two months. Pray for me so I will continue to do this when school starts).
5:10- Run/workout
6:00- Get ready
6:30- Leave the house
6:50-4:30- Work day (includes morning tutoring- sometimes we have afternoon meetings and leave closer to 5)
4:50- Pick up Emorie
5:30- Dinner. Michael is usually home at 5:15
6:30- 8:30- During this time, we do our evening chores, take care of animals and play with Emorie.
8:30- Emorie’s bath
8:50- Emorie gets ready for bed (teeth brushed, jammies on, grab a bedtime book)

After she falls asleep, we get out our clothes for the next day, get the meal items ready for the next day and make sure our bags, etc. are ready to go. The mister and I are usually in bed by 10:30, although there are occasional late nights, of course.

The easiest and least stressful way to balance a home, a family and a career (I’m still learning to effectively do this, by the way) is to plan ahead as much as possible and manage your time well. Please share your tips for maintaining the balance, because this is something I am constantly trying to improve.

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A little AWOL, but for good reason

Hey, all! No, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. I just went back to work. My students come back on Monday, but teachers started back last Friday. Since I have been either working or prepping for work for the past two weeks, the blog kind of ended up on the back burner.

We have been busily trying to perfect our back-to-school routines to make the transition easier. We do not have a school aged child yet, but she is in pre-school. She is also beginning gymnastics for the first time, so we have a little hustle and bustle to factor in as well.

One solution to stress busting before the school year starts is to plan, plan, plan. Sunday is our “get-ready-for-the-week” day. We go to church, go to lunch, and then we come home and plan meals for the week, update our family command center, clip coupons from the Sunday paper, and grocery shop. We also plan outfits for the week. This saves me so much time throughout the week!

We also try to firmly establish a routine and stick to it. I can already tell my kiddo is going to be exactly like me- very schedule driven and very routine-oriented. When her routine is off, even a little, WATCH OUT WORLD.

There are exceptions to the following schedule, of course. We go to church on Wednesday nights, and one night a week, she will have gymnastics. As far as my being a teacher, I try really hard to manage my time at school well so I’m not frequently bringing work home. It’s hard to do school work with a small child. I do usually do some sort of work on the weekends, though.

A typical day for me looks like this:
4:45 AM: Wake up
4:50- Devotional (I have been doing so much better! I’ve been reading my Bible daily for two months. Pray for me so I will continue to do this when school starts).
5:10- Run/workout
6:00- Get ready
6:30- Leave the house
6:50-4:30- Work day (includes morning tutoring- sometimes we have afternoon meetings and leave closer to 5)
4:50- Pick up Emorie
5:30- Dinner. Michael is usually home at 5:15
6:30- 8:30- During this time, we do our evening chores, take care of animals and play with Emorie.
8:30- Emorie’s bath
8:50- Emorie gets ready for bed (teeth brushed, jammies on, grab a bedtime book)

After she falls asleep, we get out our clothes for the next day, get the meal items ready for the next day and make sure our bags, etc. are ready to go. The mister and I are usually in bed by 10:30, although there are occasional late nights, of course.

The easiest and least stressful way to balance a home, a family and a career (I’m still learning to effectively do this, by the way) is to plan ahead as much as possible and manage your time well. Please share your tips for maintaining the balance, because this is something I am constantly trying to improve.

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