Last month I had the honor of being a part of a collaboration between other mom and lifestyle bloggers. It was so fun to learn more about what life looks like for these SAHMs and see what really goes on behind the scenes of this glamorous life! 😉 (HA – totally saying that tongue in cheek, by the way!)
We all had so much fun doing it that we’ve decided to make it a monthly collaboration. Each of us answer the same questions regarding the theme of the month. I am so thankful Hannah asked us to collaborate on that first SAHM blog post because I have a feeling this is the start of a beautiful friendship! I love the way it has brought us women together. I’m in awe of how strong and resilient each one of you is and I loved reading each mama’s blog post last time. I can’t wait to read them this month!
This month’s theme is all about Living Simply and Spring Cleaning. I’m not the best at it, but I always feel inspired to do spring cleaning and I do feel a huge weight is lifted whenever I let go of things!
- Do you have any routine spring cleaning that you do? How do you go about it, if so? I do NOT have any routine spring cleaning! I guess I do try to get to dusting/wiping down the baseboards around this time of the year, but it’s not something I have set in stone. Most weeks I’m just thankful if I manage to do a few loads of laundry, keep up with the daily dishes, sweep and dust! I do find myself more inspired and motivated to deep clean in the spring, though. I’m about to deep clean my bedroom as it’s collecting way too many dust bunnies (a curse of living in Oklahoma, having hardwood floors and a dog!).
- What does living simply mean to you? Living simply means living in contentment. It also means letting things go. I’m always working on those two things, but when I find myself in a state where I’m not coveting others’ things or lives and I manage to let go of things in my house (as well as negativity within my heart), I feel so free and light. THIS is what living simply means to me. I think clutter around the house makes it hard to have a clean mind (as I’m typing this, I’m REALLY anxious to get rid of a lot of stuff that’s piled up around me!!). I’m not sure why, but there is a definite correlation between how much clutter and stuff is around me and my mental state. I think that’s why I’m drawn to minimalistic and modern designs. They are so CLEAN and free of clutter and extra things. My son is almost 19 months and I’m already thinking of donating a lot of toys. He doesn’t need so many (and we don’t even have that many when compared to some other families!) and I’ve been reading more about how less toys is a better environment for cultivating children’s imaginations. Ok, gotta clean out our entire house and make a few trips to Goodwill now…. !!!
- What are 5 of your go to products for your home? Organizational tools, storage, cleaners, essential oils, etc that you can’t live without! Storage bins/baskets, Thieves All Purpose Cleaner, Young Living essential oils (specifically Thieves, Lemon, and Purification!), microfiber dusting cloths, and my steam mop! Storage bins & baskets are perfect for keeping things tidy and feel like everything has a spot (speaking of, I need more of those!). Young Living Thieves cleaner is my go to for anything in the house. Spilled milk? Thieves cleaner. Dirty sink? Thieves cleaner. Messy high chair? Thieves cleaner! I love it because it’s effective, gentle and non toxic. I’m not afraid of using it on the surface that my son eats off of and yet I’m confident in its ability to clean my toilet effectively. I diffuse essential oils to clean & purify the air in our home & also to help with our moods (orange and lemon are especially “happy” and uplifting!). Microfiber dusting cloths are amazing and I use those daily since my house is always super dusty. And my steam mop! I use that every other week or so to clean/dust/sanitize my floors. I love that I don’t need chemicals to clean, just steam! It’s been a game changer since having Charley. I’ve always leaned more in the the “green” and “granola” direction, but since having him, I’ve been more aware of the smells in our house. I don’t want to have any one of my family members inhaling toxic chemicals because I’m cleaning my house!
- How do you approach tidying? For example, do you put everything away each day/night? I’m not the best at deep cleaning but I DO do a great job at tidying my house daily. I try to help Charley pick up an area he’s been playing in before moving on to the next. Clearly, that isn’t something I can do 100% of the time, but I think it’s an important lesson to teach him: to pick up after himself! I also try to tidy up the kitchen table daily (it’s become a catch-all for eeeeeverything!). I’ve been trying to figure out a better system than tossing our mail and everything else on it, but it clearly hasn’t happened yet! Any tips?! What do you all do?! I just put a little ‘catch all’ bin on our cabinet/pantry that’s just inside our front door. So far, I feel like it’s helped cut down on the clutter a bit, but I’m all ears for new ideas!
- How often do you clean your home? What are your daily tasks, weekly, bi weekly? I know we all wear many hats as women and moms, but the role of housekeeper is one I often neglect. I try to grow in this since it’s one of my weaker areas, but I also try to give myself grace and realize that I can’t do it all. I work 12-24 hours at the hospital each weekend as a nurse in the ICU, I just started my photography business, I blog and manage my social media accounts for Happily Lindsey, oh and I’m a wife, mom, dog mom, daughter, and sister. (Good Lord that’s a lot! Sometimes it helps me to see how much I do when I feel like I’m failing in one area. Typing it out helps me put it in perspective. Like, c’mon Emily, give yourself a break! So what if the house is dusty and the dishes are piled up in the kitchen sink!) Anyway! Back to the question of cleaning! 😉 I dust, tidy up our most commonly used living areas (living room, kitchen, Charley’s room), and do dishes daily. Weekly, I sweep & dust the floors, do laundry, and clean the toilet and sink in the bathroom. Bi weekly, I wash bed sheets & towels, wipe down the shower/tub & steam mop the floors. There’s always something to do, and if I think about it all I get overwhelmed, so I just try to focus on one thing I can do and do it. That makes me feel more accomplished and productive, even if there are a twenty more things to clean! Sometimes the simplest thing (like breathing!) helps when I feel overwhelmed; slowing my breathing down (google ‘square breathing’ – it really helps!) and focusing on just finishing one thing helps tremendously. Just take life one moment at a time.
Just take life one moment at a time. That feels like a good way to start my Monday, as sometimes the start of a new week can feel equally exciting and overwhelming. I admire you women for all that you do! You are strong, you are loving, you are kind! I’m amazed at all that you do.
Below are nine other amazing mom bloggers who are sharing their thoughts on Living Simply + Spring Cleaning. If you have a moment, head to their blogs and check them out! xx
Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com
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