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Showing posts with label House. Show all posts

Our Cleaning Routines And Habits

 

Someone once asked me how I "do it all".  Five young kids seems like a lot, and I think they were wondering how I keep the house running, homeschool the kids, and still find time to blog and read and all that.

My answer to the "how do you do it all" question is the same now as it was then - I don't.

At that time especially, I let certain things around the house slide in order to fit everything all in.  But the other day someone made a comment about how I manage to keep my house so clean, and I realized that somewhere along the way I got back on top of the housekeeping. For the most part.  I still feel like I don't keep the house as clean as I would like it to be, but for having five kids it's not too shabby.



(I would show you better pictures, but the thing that has to slide now is this blog - taking pictures takes time!  Maybe I'll do a quick house tour on Instagram later this week.)

Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my (very basic) cleaning routines and habits that have helped our house not be the disaster you might expect it to be with five little kids!  


Sweep the floor and do the dishes every day.

For me, I feel pretty good about the state of my house if there isn't visible dirt on my wood floors, and if the kitchen sink and counters are reasonably clear.  After every meal I wash the pots and pans immediately  and clean out the sink, and I think that helps me never have too much of a disaster in the kitchen.  I usually end up sweeping once a day, usually sometime in the morning while the kids are doing bookwork.  There is a lot of dirt in the mountains!  These two things are the bare necessities of cleaning for me.


Have the kids pick up their toys at set times during the day.

Every morning before breakfast I ask the kids if their rooms are cleaned up and if their beds are made.  I also ask them to clean up toys before lunch and/or nap time (I only have one kid who still naps, but nap time is still clean up time).And then I'll have the kids pick up before dinner so everything is reasonably clean before bed.


Straighten up clutter before bed.

Before Derek and I head up to bed each night, we usually start the dishwasher, pick up any toys that were missed, and straighten up the living room.  I'll straighten up the books in the school room, put any stray dishes I find in the kitchen, and just generally do a quick declutter.  Since we do this every day it usually doesn't get too bad, so this takes us maybe 5-10 minutes.


Vacuum and clean bathrooms around once a week (or as necessary).

Over the course of a whole week, I'll usually do a quick vacuum job and rotate through cleaning all three bathrooms.  Sometimes these things need to be done more often, but I get to these chores at least once a week.


Dust and wash windows every 2-3 weeks as part of a whole-house cleaning day.  

These chores are usually part of a whole-house cleaning day every 2-3 weeks.  Some people rotate through different types of chores each week on a looping basis, but I like to have the whole house clean at once in a while.  So every few weeks I'll do a good declutter and try to clean as much of the house in one day as I can.  I try to do this before we have guests over for dinners too (though that doesn't always happen).



Do a little bit of laundry every day.

Laundry is the one chore that never ends.  I usually throw a load in at least once a day, and then the clean/dry clothes sit in baskets until I get a chance to fold them.  I hate folding laundry, so I'll usually save it up and do it all once a week, when I have a mountain to deal with and it's very overwhelming (but at least I can do it while listening to an audiobook, right?).  Thankfully Derek helps me so much with the laundry though - when he has time he will fold a bit of laundry each night, so sometimes I don't have to tackle my weekly mountain of laundry!

And one final thought that helped me a lot...


Realize that real people live here.

When I was first married, I used to get very uptight about keeping the house looking good all the time, until I realized that I do not live in a show home.  A real family lives in this house, real people.  Real children eat at that table and spill their food sometimes, those real books stacked in the corner are really being read, a real dog leaves his hair all over everything, a real toddler is potty-training.  Though I still breathe easier in a tidy house, and I try my best to make sure our home environment is generally clean and comfortable, I've loosened up my standards somewhat.  Better a happy family in a messy house than a stressed-out family in a show home.  There is a little made-up proverb for ya.



How do you handle housekeeping routines?





One Month In - Home Remodel Update!



I told Derek last night that this week is the cutoff.  Once we get to December 1st, we are officially on break from renovating until the New Year!  He didn't take much convincing.

This has been a whirlwind month, and the house doesn't even look like the same house anymore.  I haven't blogged through the process as much as I'd like, but I thought I'd do a little update now that we're about one month into our new home!  This is what we got done, and what we still need to get done.

(Sidenote - If you want to actually see how far we've come, go on Instagram TV and watch my house tour videos on there (@callienicole7)!  I have one "before" video, and a "halfway through" video.  I'll share before and after pictures on here after we finish everything!)

What We've Accomplished

New flooring - You might remember the old flooring was mostly pink carpet, even in the bathrooms. There is no more pink carpet, and we've replaced it with a nice grieve carpet and (vinyl) wood floor downstairs!  The carpet was installed for us.  Derek did the wood floor.  We had $1000 worth of wood stolen from us though (we have our suspicions), which is a bummer because it's really throwing our budget off now.

New paint - We originally thought we'd paint everything ourselves to save money, but we changed our minds.  We decided to hire out the paint in the entire house (except bathrooms), even though it wasn't originally in the budget, because doing it ourselves would take forever, and I've realized I loathe painting.  I have to say, that painter was worth every single penny.  I'm so glad we didn't try to do all that ourselves, and the painter said he'd come back to touch up anything we weren't happy with, even up to a year later!  I knew I picked the right guy for the job.

Painted the kitchen cabinets - We went with white on the upper cabinets, and navy blue on the lower. I may have panicked a little bit when we first started painting the blue, but now that it's coming together I think it's going to look great when it's done!

Kitchen backsplash - Derek just finished it last night!  It's a nice tile with copper/gold/brown/grey/ivory pieces.

Granite countertops - They installed them last week!  However, as soon as they were in, Derek and I decided to prioritize the kitchen, because with the color of the cabinets before, the granite didn't even look that good.  It's amazing how much cabinet color affects the look of everything else.

New fridge and dishwasher - It had to be done.

Demolished the master bathroom - If you recall, there used to be carpet in the master bath.  We are now down to bare wood floors, the shower and tile is ripped out, and tub will be going soon.

Painted the downstairs bathroom walls and cabinet - I did this myself.  I tend to be a little sloppy with painting, so it's not as pristine as the painter's work, but it'll do.

Bought and assembled new furniture, hung curtains -  Most of our old furniture works just fine in the new house, but we did need a few new things.  I spent a ridiculous amount of energy searching for just the right furniture.  We found an entertainment center that we love a couple months ago, and I picked out desks for the school room, bookshelves for my "library", and new curtains for the playroom and the kids' rooms (blackout curtains - yay!).  I also ordered a new couch, because we are overdue; our other one is in that too-soft-droopy phase.  The new couch comes in January!

Unpacked 90% of our stuff - This is no small feat.  I have a few boxes of kitchen stuff, a few boxes of books, and toys left to organize, but I unpacked everything else and hung all our decorations throughout the house.  It's starting to feel like home now!

Set up our Christmas stuff - Very important.















What We Have Left To Do

Finish the master bath - I fully expect this project to take at least a month - we are saving it for January so we can enjoy Christmas without projects hanging over our heads!

The upstairs bathroom - we have done exactly zero things in the upstairs bathroom.  We want to paint the walls and cabinets, replace the pink toilet, replace the floor tile.  We are still trying to determine if replacing the shower tile (also pink) is in the budget.

Finish the downstairs bathroom - It still needs a new (not black) toilet, new countertop, and new faucet and light fixtures.

Buy kitchen curtains - There are a lot of windows in this kitchen, and the glare is serious!  We need something for the windows.

Finish kitchen island remodel - We want to put a faux brick with a German schmear-type look around the island to finish off the kitchen.  Right now the island just looks like painted plywood (which it basically is).

Buy and install wood stove - I so miss my old wood stove!  We decided we need one here too, and luckily, all the pipes are already installed for one - so we just need to install the rock backdrop and the stove itself.

Kid's playset - Derek wants to build the kid's a playset this spring, since we left the old one at our other house, so we budgeted it in.

Finish unpacking/hanging curtains - I have a few boxes left, and few rooms with now curtains yet - we're getting there.

Clean out garage - The garage has become the holding area for everything.  Can you believe I still haven't even parked in it?

We've accomplished a lot, but it still feels like there is a lot to go!  However, the main living areas of the house are mostly finished, so it's nice to not feel like we are living in a mess anymore.  It's coming together, and it's so nice for the kids (and my sanity) to have the extra room!  We haven't gotten into a good routine here yet though, and I'm looking forward to a little more normalcy during our December break!



Where My Babies Slept (Nursery Tour)



T-minus 8 days until we close on our new house!  I wanted to show you the last corner of our first home before we leave it.

This room is one of the harder ones to leave.  It's gone through many transformations over the years, from blue airplanes, to pink and purple flower garden, to orange and turquoise ocean-themed, to coral and mint florals.  Each of my babies have slept in here at one point or another.  This is how it looks right now, how I decorated it for our last baby, Georgie.  It's hard to leave it, especially since she turns one year old in a couple weeks.  I labored over that quilt when my belly was so big I couldn't pick up the needle when I dropped it.  I rocked her when she was only as big as a loaf of bread, right in that chair.

The only thing missing is the rows of family photos that were on the wall right above the bookshelf - I took pictures of it before I took them down for showings, but I accidentally deleted the photos, so aside from one photo from my phone, you'll have to use your imagination.  Still, I'm glad I found time to snap a few more shots of this room amidst all the packing that is happening this week. I want to remember the place where each of my babies slept.






















 

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That's it, guys!  Our whole house, all the rooms in our first home.  We've had so many milestones here, so many good memories, and a few tears.  This house has been good to us, and the Lord saw us through it all and blessed us here.

Goodbye, First House.

You can click the button below to see the entire home tour.  Now, on to our next place!  I'll share "before" pictures of our new house in about a week or so!





The "Master" Bedroom (Before We Move)



This house will officially no longer be ours on Friday.   I thought I better get a move on and show you the last couple rooms!  

This is our "master" bedroom.  I put "master" in quotes because it doesn't have a bathroom actually attached, but it's the biggest bedroom in the house.  It's gone through a few transformations over the years, and this is what it looks like now, right before we are about to leave it.

This wall color is a good example of how a color can be scary until it's finished, just like our house color.  When we painted the outside of the house gray, we were afraid we made a mistake until we added the white trim.  When I painted this room "Ice Cube" by Behr, I was afraid I had made a mistake!  I wanted something that could feel airy, but could also feel cozy, and when I got this color on the wall it just felt...chilly.  But I persevered, and once I added all the furniture and wall decorations back in, it hit that balance of airy and cozy and colorful that I was going for.  

I'll probably go with a different color in our new master bedroom, because it's much bigger and I think this color would actually feel cold in that room.  But here, I've enjoyed it!



















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