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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6 Ways to Survive a Small Bathroom

I’ve shared a couple of small bathrooms with a number of people over the years. Growing up, my sister and I shared a small bathroom. In college, I shared a small bathroom with 3 other roommates. And our first year of marriage, I shared a VERY small bathroom with my husband. The struggle is real.

The struggle is SO real that, when we were looking at homes to purchase, one of my prayers was for double sinks in the master bathroom. Can I get an “amen”?! And here’s where I say that God really does have a sense of humor: the home we purchased actually had double sinks in the master bathroom AND the guest bathroom!

I know many of you have the same struggles with a small bathroom, so when Zoe Clark contacted me about this article, I knew there were lots of you who would find it helpful! And she’s got some fantastic ideas! Take it away, Zoe!

People who live in small flats should definitely not go throwing in random accessories, especially not in their tiny loos. If your bathroom feels like a matchbox and you cannot afford to move to a bigger home, check out these six simple tips on how to organize your miniature toilet area and make its modest dimensions work to your advantage.

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Keep only the essentials

A common problem with bathrooms, both large and small, is that homeowners tend to get carried away with the quantity of belongings they keep there. Just like the rest of your home, your bathing area should be free of clutter and equipped with functional essentials. Go over the items you have in your bathroom and donate or throw away anything you do not truly need. Also, be careful when shopping for bathroom staples and opt for cleaning liquids designed for multiple surfaces to avoid accumulating a range of disinfectants which work with one type of material only.

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On the Road in September

Well, another month has come and gone, and it’s full-fledged FALL around our house! (Well, it is INSIDE. It’s still 90 degrees outside, but that’s Florida for ya!) Nevertheless, it’s the start of a new month, so it’s time to check out the top 5 posts from LAST  month! Let’s see what the readers chose…

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