Finding the perfect home for our family has been on my mind for almost two years. Now that we’re closer to making these thoughts a reality it’s added some unnecessary stress to my life.
Let’s face it, taking on a home that someone else has lived in can be scary. You just never know what to expect, and no matter how much you inspect that home, something is sure to come up.
Redirecting My Focus
During my morning conversations with my dad, I ask how he and my mom were able to overcome the headaches of purchasing a new home. He always reminds me that when the right home comes along, we’ll know whether or not it’s for us.
Knowing that finding our perfect home takes time has made me very impatient. Aside from the constant letdowns, there’s the thought that one day we’ll be able to finally make the move. That makes me hopeful.
To help calm my nerves I focus on the things I have control of, such as present day and minor steps leading up to our big move. Putting away items we no longer use or need for the next four to six months has lightened my load — not just the laundry. Doing so has made our current home easier to clean and look less cluttered. These days, I alternate between two bedsheet covers instead of 10 and four towels as opposed to 15.
On weekdays I spend my evenings tidying up before my husband gets home. Most of the day is spent entertaining the kids and catching up on freelance work. The pups lounge around since they spend an hour to an hour and a half in the morning running around at the dog park (you can imagine what that does to the white tiles in our home).
I used to drive myself crazy every day trying to clean up messes, putting things in their place and making sure all the toys were neatly put away. Now, the kids are lucky if they find their Batman figures in the box of small cars.
Below are the three things I’ve done to minimize the stress of cleaning our home:
1. Invest in wipes:
Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes make cleaning surfaces a lot easier when you’re pressed for time. Not only do they clean the chocolate milk spills our little ones leave behind, but they also sanitize surfaces for a better clean.
2. Put a load in the wash:
Before I pour my husband’s first cup of coffee, I like to make sure I throw in a load of laundry into the wash for the day. This makes me feel somewhat accomplished because by doing so, I’m already ahead of my daily chores. Place one of the ALL™ Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergent into your load, and let it work its magic on those onesies and undershirts.
3. Prep the toilet bowls:
Nothing has more germs in your home than the toilet, so adding the Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner before a morning shower would be beneficial to your health. Once the boys are in the tub, I get to scrubbing the bowls. Sometimes I’ll do it after my husband finishes his morning routine… just in case.
Do you have any quick cleaning tips you’d like to share?
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Former B2B editor and marketing manager turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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