One of the things on my “do these things before the twins arrive” list was to finally PAINT.
When we moved into our home in 2013, it had all been painted a lovely neutral beige, with all the trims and moldings a nice complimentary white. No worries, we said. We’ll paint as we decorate!
Well…yeah. The outside of the house had been painted, the nursery inside the house had been painted, and that was it. Because you know what happened after that?
The twins arrived. A month and a half EARLY.
I’m not joking when I say I had paint samples taped to walls in all the rooms of our house for MONTHS. They’re literally gone now because I started having to dust them – I’m totally for real!
And are the rest of the walls painted yet? Um…nope. I figured I needed a little kick in the behind. And this might just do it! Check it out – the perfect painting resource from the folks at Home Advisor!
My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.
Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA!
But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.
So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!
The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.
A couple of years ago, my hubby asked me to point an appointment on the calendar.
“A guy is coming to test our water.”
“Oh, okay. What for?”
“Telling us the quality or something like that. We get a $100 Visa card if we let him do it.”
“Oh, okay then.”
Needless to say, three hours worth of a water-testing appointment later, we did NOT purchase the $5,000 water system the guy was trying to sell us, but we DID get the $100 Visa. Was it worth it? You got me! But what I DID learn through the process was, number one, no more letting people come over and test water. And number two, there ARE things you can do to make your water better and more heathy for your family!
So when Kaylee from Water Logic contacted me about sharing a drinking water infographic, I thought it was a great idea! We all need to be mindful of our drinking water – it’s so important to our good health!
I guess the one thing I didn’t realize about home ownership was how much CONSTANT work it is. I mean, seriously! I hate to be behind on things, so if I want to stay on top of stuff, there’s literally something to do every single day, and the weekends are taken up with larger projects! That’s only because the minute you fall behind…it takes SO much more work to catch back up!
Nevertheless, I always want our home to be at its best. So I’ll put in the work, for sure. But when Nick Stoyanov sent me over a guest post on the best ways to maintain a home, I figured it was fate. I needed it, for sure! Here’s Nick!
Homeowners know how hard it is to maintain your house. It is a constant work that never ends! Fortunately, there are some small tricks that can make it easier. Instead of doing things the hard way, why don’t you try these more efficient solutions?
Here is a list of 5 masterful ideas to maintain your home like a pro.
Taking care of your pool
There are a lot of homeowners who do not have a pool. One of the main reasons for this is that pools require a lot of money and time. Luckily, there is a way to address both of these problems. Most of the pool work (including pool pump maintenance, chlorination, cleaning, etc.) can be done without outside assistance. These are menial jobs that do not require any prior experience. Furthermore, pool maintenance is crucial not only because it protects your pool but it also safeguards the health of your whole family.
Everyone around here knows that I LOVE organization. My theory is, life is CRAZY. There are TONS of things you’ll never be prepared for, but by being organized and ready for the things you CAN be, you can combat the rest of the craziness with confidence!
So when I got wind of a new book on organization, I wanted to share it with all of you – in more than one way! Check it out!
Organizing for Your Lifestyle is a fun, inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases.