How to Clean Your Toilet Properly

Just last week have I finally gotten our new house on a good cleaning schedule. It only took me 4 months. **SIGH** But I’m right on point today. Just finished cleaning a toilet, actually! 

Granted, we have had quite a few changes during that time. New house, and all the unpacking fun. I quit my job to stay home with the twins. My husband switched jobs. We got hit by a hurricane. The usual, right?

Any way you look at it, I’m thrilled to finally be on a good cleaning schedule! The house stays clean and I get to keep my sanity! (Well…at least my sanity that is related to a clean house, HA!)

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So when Suzanne from Better Bathrooms contacted me to share a post on cleaning toilets, at first, I won’t lie: I wrinkled up my nose. I mean, really? Ewww. But then I thought better of it. I mean, we all have toilets, right? They all need to be cleaned, correct? So why not make sure we all know how to do it RIGHT! Let’s see what her recommended procedure is!

While no-one actively enjoys cleaning the toilet, it has to be said that the more often it’s done, the easier it is as stains, mess and smells simply don’t get any chance to flourish or take hold. If you’ve just got your new toilet from Better Bathrooms and you’re wondering how to keep it clean and pristine, look no further than this step-by-step guide.

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Constantly Late for Everything? Maybe It’s Your Bathroom’s Fault!

We all have that one friend who is constantly late for everything. The one you tell you’re meeting at 2:15, just so they’ll actually be there for the actual 2:30 meeting. Are you thinking of that one friend? Or maybe you ARE that one friend? 

I can definitely relate to this, so when blogger Mia Gunson contacted me to tell me that the reason people are late is due to their BATHROOM…well, I had to read this one! 

How many times have you been late for a business meeting? Or a date? Have you ever had to call your friends or your partner and apologize for running late? How did you feel when you heard their disappointed sigh? Being constantly late makes other people see you as an untrustworthy person, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone stops making plans with you. However, what if it’s not your fault?

Let’s consider this scenario: you’re on your way to an important meeting, a date or a simple get-together with your friends. And since you want to look your best, what do you do? You go to the bathroom, take a quick shower, and then spend fifteen minutes looking for your beauty products, not being able to locate them. A messy bathroom can really put you behind schedule and it seems that you’re not to blame for being late – it’s the organization of your bathroom! If you have these problems too, here’s how to create an organized and functional bathroom, so you’ll never be late again.

First, Declutter!

The biggest problem in your bathroom is probably an abundance of unnecessary items – expired products, empty shampoo bottles, dirty laundry and wet towels. And in such a mess, it’s no surprise you can’t seem to find your hair brush or toothpaste for ten or fifteen minutes!

Therefore, before organizing your bathroom, declutter it first. This doesn’t have to take long, but it’s definitely worth the hustle. Only after you’ve cleared out all your trash can you start putting your bathroom and your life back together.

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Organize the Basics

What are the most important items in your bathroom? The towels, beauty products, skin care and items you need on a daily basis, like a toothbrush and shampoo? If this is the stuff you use frequently, make sure it’s within arm’s reach. If carefully organized and labeled, these items will be accessible to you at all times and you won’t have to waste time looking for them anymore.

Again, this isn’t rocket science and you don’t have to put in hours of work into achieving a perfect organization – hang your wet towel on rails and holders, place all your necessities in a medicine cabinet and organize your storage so that you always know where everything is.

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Proper Ways to Deep Clean Your Bathroom

When there were no pets and no kids in our house, I could take one day and get the entire house clean. All 4 bedrooms. Both bathrooms. All the rest of the spaces. Totally, perfectly, spotlessly clean. The hubby and I could maintain that clean for a month or so…and then I’d clean big time again.

Things got a little harder when we got CoCo the Black Kitty. Enter a litter box and cat hair, right? Figured out how to make that work, and the clean house continued.

Then came Taffy the White Doggie. Enter dog hair and everything she would bring in from the outside. Got that down pat, too, and the clean house continued.

THEN came TWO sweet baby girls. Oh, they’re so sweet and cute. Love them SO much!

But, I’ll be honest: I’ve yet to figure out how to keep the house as clean as I used to before they arrived! And, in the spirit of honesty…it’s about to drive me NUTS!

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I can get two rooms clean in about a week’s time now. And then I do my best to maintain that, but somehow they are filthy again before I get around to cleaning them again. I’ve been noticing that I really need to focus some more of my efforts in our bathrooms, because, really: CAN your bathroom ever BE too clean? I think not! Continue reading

How to Baby-Proof Your Bathroom

As you can imagine, I’m working on a pretty long to-do list these days. Even though it will be a few months before actual baby-proofing is needed at our house, I want to be as prepared as we possibly can…as early as we can! So when the lovely Zoe Clark sent me a post on baby-proofing the bathroom, I thought it was fantastic! She breaks everything down so perfectly – check it out!

Hi there! It’s a great honor for me to have been given a chance to contribute to Kristen’s blog again. Kristen is an eternal source of inspiration for me: witty, practical, and educational, her posts never cease to amaze me, and I’m thrilled she’s agreed to feature my posts here. I wish to use this opportunity to congratulate Kristen on the expected stork arrival – hope the twins take after their mom in creativity, resourcefulness, and positive outlook on life!

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With a bundle of joy at home, every sharp object, exposed wire, and power outlet is a potential ER nightmare waiting to happen, and new parents are often forced to stretch the limits of their imagination when redoing their nests with baby safety in mind. Bathrooms are especially critical areas with a small child in the house: slips, falls, and bumps can (and usually do) occur in a split-second if you take your eyes off the baby during bath-time. Still, hazards starring slippery tiles, running water, and various bathroom objects are preventable – and here are the essential steps every mom- and dad-to-be should follow when baby-proofing the bathroom.

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On the Road in January

Well, how did your first month of the new year go? I can’t hardly believe January is over! Ours was…different…than we had planned, but that’s for another post sometime in February. Let’s take a quick peek at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the past month!

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1. Celebrating Loved Ones All Year Around! – It’s still a good time to be thinking about flowers, since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, but remember that any time of the year is a good time to celebrate your loved ones!

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