Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

TGIF!

Here’s what I was up to this week:

1. I am so happy to be home!!!!  Elizabeth and I were gone for 2 weeks to Michigan to help with my sister’s wedding.  It was nice to be home, visiting my family and watching my best friend get married to HER best friend, but there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed. 🙂

2. Speaking of travel, Elizabeth did pretty well on both of her flights.  I imagined it going much worse, but she did great.  She even fell asleep during an entire leg!  I can’t remember the last time she fell asleep in my arms.  I crafted a “Lessons I Learned” travel post, so stay tuned for that one!

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3. Once we made it home, I spent a large amount of time unpacking, cleaning out the refrigerator, and just getting everything back in order.  But it felt great!

4. Elizabeth picked up so many new skills while we were gone.  She officially started saying “dada”.  She’s crawling so much faster now!  And she is an expert on pulling up to stand on anything.  Amazing.

5. And finally, yesterday was my 30th birthday.  While it’s nice to celebrate my birthday, my brain can’t help but drift to the fact that summer is more than half over!  We’re almost to Fall! YAY!

Even though I was gone for 2 weeks, there were still some blog posts!  If you’re catching up (like I am!), here’s what you’ve missed:

Menu Monday – Favorite Make Ahead Meals
30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge – Wrap Up
Menu Monday – Favorite Desserts Found on Pinterest
Daily Schedule of a Stay at Home Mom

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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Daily & Weekly Cleaning Schedule



Weekly Cleaning Schedule | Cup of Tea blog

One of the hardest things for me, each week, is keeping up with housekeeping.  It’s one of those things that I put off if there are other things that have to get done.

Please tell me I’m not the only one?

So to help me stay motivated and not overwhelmed each week, I divide out all the household tasks and try to spread them out, so one day isn’t a massive cleaning day.  Cleaning tasks are also something I can do when Elizabeth is awake and playing.  I save blogging and other computer work for when she is naps.

I found this really cool Day-of-the-Week notepad in the dollar section of Target.  It has a magnet on the back, and lives on the side of my refrigerator.  As you can see, it’s got a mix of housekeeping items on there, as well as weekly, repeating to-dos.

Weekly To Dos Notepad from Target | Cup of Tea blog

Every Sunday, I do my Menu Planning/Grocery List, Blog Planning and Cleaning Planning for the coming week.  I sit down with this little notepad and write in the cleaning schedule.  I put the cleaning/repeat tasks in each daily square, and write from the bottom up.

Then I add, from the top down, in each daily square, any errands or appointments that are coming up.  Sorry you don’t get to see that.  (Nosey Nancy!)

So here’s my weekly cleaning schedule, in a little more detail!

Monday
Laundry – Load of Darks
Vacuum Downstairs
Iron

Tuesday
Dust Upstairs (Includes all shutters and baseboards)
Vacuum Upstairs (Includes under dressers and beds)
Laundry – Load of Lights/Whites

Wednesday
Laundry – Load of Towels
Clean Bathrooms (Toilet, Shower, Sinks/Counters, Mop Floor)
Empty Trashcans (Includes mini trash cans in bathrooms & the diaper pail)
Laundry – Baby Stuff

Thursday
Dust Downstairs (Includes all shutters and baseboards)
Kitchen Clean (Wipe cabinets, spot clean refrigerator/microwave/oven, scrub sink, polish stainless steel)
Laundry – Load of Darks

Friday
Vacuum Downstairs
Mop High-Traffic Areas
Quick Clean (Just general tidying before the weekend)

Saturday
Nothing – day off of cleaning!

Sunday
Tidy, nothing major
Plan out cleaning for next week

It seems intense, but, honestly, if you tackle a little bit each day, it’s not so overwhelming.

Here are the things that I do every day:

  • Unload the dishwasher in the AM
  • Make the bed
  • Put away any items left on our bathroom counter once I’m done getting ready
  • Then, wipe down our bathroom counter/sink
  • Pick up any clothes my husband left on the floor in our bedroom
  • Pick up any shoes, ties, coats, etc downstairs and take them upstairs
  • Pick up any toys and put away
  • Stack magazines in one spot
  • Go through mail as soon as it comes inside and sort
  • Clean up after every meal
  • Wipe counters after every meal
  • Load dishwasher with dirty dishes as I go throughout the day
  • If the dishwasher gets full in the middle of the day, I run it! Dirty dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher go in the sink, out of sight
  • Start the dishwasher every night before bed

This Daily List looks like a lot, but, honestly, from start to finish this takes me NO MORE than an hour.  And this is spread out throughout the day. This ensures that, even if I did NOTHING from the weekly cleaning schedule, the house at least looks tidy, and we could have people over spontaneously for dinner without me panicking! (That’s my usual benchmark for how the house looks – if a friend popped over, right now, for a cup of tea, would I be ok with that?)

If you work outside of the home every day (been there, done that! I understand!), this is completely manageable.  Tackle the first half in the morning before you leave, then the second half in the evening, right after dinner.  Then after that’s done, curl up with a cup of tea and watch Breaking Bad (our fav show right now).

I hope this is helpful for you!  There are a ton of resources out there for a master cleaning schedule, with daily/weekly/monthly cleaning tasks so major dirt doesn’t pile up.  I’ve pinned some of my favorite schedules, as well as other cleaning/organization tips in Pinterest.  Follow the board if you need a little inspiration. (It’s nice to look at other people’s clean spaces instead of actually cleaning, right??)

 

Wardrobe Refresh: Edit

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Wait, what’s that?  You’ve been waiting for an update to my Wardrobe Refresh post a few weeks ago?

My bad!

If you need a refresher, I wrote about how I was desperate to go through my closet and do some purging and reorganizing.  I typically do this twice a year.  And when I do, I do the following:

1. Edit – go through my existing clothes and decide to either Keep, Toss or Donate.  And I’m ruthless!

2. Reorganize – put the “Keeps” back neatly and smartly, and figure out what I need to tackle those remaining piles.

3. Find new outfits – sort through the final wardrobe and figure out what outfits I have, and what pieces I need to fill in the gaps.

This week, I’ve tackled #1!  And I thought I would share my steps.

So, let me show you what I’m working with… below is my closet.

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Gross, right?  We’ve actually got a lot of space in there, but you wouldn’t know it from the jumble of hangers, clothes, etc.  (Side note – that bear… it was a Valentine’s day present from my husband (at the time, boyfriend), and he gave it to me RIGHT after I declared my hatred for romantic stuffed animal gifts.  Poor husband! And I don’t have the heart to get rid of the “Gangster of Love“.)

So, I basically tried on EVERYTHING I owned, and if it didn’t fit, had a funny stain, or I didn’t love it anymore, it went in the Bye Bye pile.  This applied to my closet, as well as my dresser drawers.  What I didn’t want anymore went into two piles – Donate and Toss.  The Donates go into a laundry basket, and the Toss went into a pile to be… well… tossed.

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Basic common courtesy of donation is donate things that YOU would buy at a shop.  In other words, if it has a rip, stain, or is damaged in other ways, put it in the toss pile!  Be nice!  Make sure the items are also clean. Again, common courtesy.

I had to do something different that I hadn’t done before with my clothes donations – I needed to itemize for tax purposes.  At least, that’s what Hubby told me.

Don’t ask me why.

Anyway, that basically means I had to make a correct count of exactly what I was donating, and then as for a receipt when I drop off those donations.

So I just took all my donations and then neatly folded and stacked the clothes, by category.

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It helps if you have a helper.  (I couldn’t resist!)

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Once neatly stacked, I then took each category and counted the items, then made a note of it.

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Yes, a graph paper notepad.  Sticky notes, to be precise!  Aren’t they awesome???!!!

And then, the FINAL step is packing up everything to go to the donation center.  For this, I just used Trader Joe’s shopping bags.  I put each category into it’s own bag, for easy identifying. And then the final FINAL step was typing up my graph paper list to take with me to drop off. Plus, then we could pair the receipt and the paper together, in case we need it for tax purposes (*shudder).

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Badabing, badaboom!!  My closet and dresser feel lighter already!

Actually, now that everything looks like a disaster zone, I need to get on with Step 2 and put everything away neatly!!!  Can’t wait to show you before/after pictures next week! Yay!