House Cleaning With Children: How To Make It Fun And Easy!

I have to laugh at my girls. 

When it’s time to vacuum, and I turn on the vacuum cleaner, I have one twin who shrieks in excitement and crawls around after me, watching me vacuum. Then I have another twin who bursts into tears and must be held while I’m vacuuming, trembling the entire time.

Some may say that one year old is a little soon for me to be able to notice their preferences and tendencies, but I’m not sure that’s the case. After all, the one who loves the vacuum cleaner is the one who IS like ME the most! But I feel like, eventually, I’m gonna have to talk the other one into helping out around the house. 

Do YOU find it hard to get your kids motivated to help clean the house? I think the key is to have a little fun along the way!

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Let’s be honest here – cleaning your home (or anything for that matter) isn’t exactly a job that fills you with excitement, so why should your kids feel any different? Most people would rather be doing a million and one other things than scrubbing and dusting surfaces, but these jobs still need to be done. So, if you sometimes struggle to get motivated to do the housework, how are you meant to entice your kids to get involved too? Make house cleaning fun and easy, of course!

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Perfecting An Action Plan for When Your House is Showing! (FREE PRINTABLE INCLUDED!)

If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve seen the action: you know we recently sold our home, bought another one, and moved. I have to say, I’m SO glad that’s over with!!! Soon you’ll start to see projects from the new house pop up here, but right now, I’m still touching on a few things related to the selling process!

If any of you has ever had your house on the market, you know one of the most stressful parts of the details is when you get a showing. 

Now, you WANT the showings. You WANT the action! You want someone to walk through your house and look at it and comment on it and want others to see it. You want someone to LIKE your house – because you want someone to BUY it! But, when you’re in the middle of a busy day and you get a call from a realtor that says, “Can a buyer see the house in 30 minutes?” – WOAH. That is enough to throw you for a major loop!

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If you’re a single person, or even a couple, this kind of thing can be worked out fairly easily. But, if you’re a couple with infant twins and a dog and a cat and childcare folks coming and going and home maintenance folks coming and going and cleaning folks coming and going (because you can no longer handle things on your own anymore), well. That kind of action complicates things quite a bit! 

When our home was on the market and showing, the girls were 8 months old, I was working part-time, my hubby was working full-time, and we had childcare, home maintenance and cleaning folks all in and out all week long. So one never really knew what any given day might hold. I got everyone together and made sure we were all straight on “the showing plan”. Here’s what mine looked like:

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Come Tour the House We Sold

Yes yes, I am still here! Are you shocked?!

Y’all, we’ve had a LOT going on over the past couple of months, but things are moving back towards a routine, and I’m excited to be back in the land of blogging! Woot woot!

So the biggest news is, we sold our house and bought another one! And can I just say that it’s WAY easier to move with no kids than WITH kids?! My goodness! I really had no idea!

We’re getting settled and establishing new routines in the new house, and there are lots of awesome things coming for us and for the blog, but for now, I wanted to share some fun pics with all of you.

NOTE: these pics are of the OLD house. WHY am I sharing pics of the OLD house with you, you ask? Well, I never really got to share ALL of the room tours I wanted to from the old house, and since our realtor brought in a professional real estate photographer to photograph the old house, well, my goodness! I wanted to show off the pics! Plus, you’ll get an idea of what the new house might look like from looking through these – most of the decor is the same, for the time being!

Without further ado… 

…welcome to 6843 Cabernet Crossing, our previous home!

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This is the first home my hubby and I ever purchased, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts!

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What Every Family Should Look For When Buying an Older Home

Want to hear the latest from our crazy life? Our house is getting ready to go on the market! I must say, I really do love our home, but we need a tad bit more space since the girls have arrived. Not only that, but, being that the hubby and I both grew up out in the country and not in a subdivision, we would like for the twins to have a similar experience. We think we may have found what we want, but not entirely sure yet. Right now it’s all about paperwork – wohoo!

As we were putting together our list of “wants” in our next home, one of our “okays” was on an older home. I think older homes sometimes have more character to them, and more opportunity for placing a distinct touch on them, too! So when blogger Damien Justus sent me a post on the things we should look for when purchasing an older home, well, I KNEW I needed to read it! He makes some excellent points, too! Read on…

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Prudent homebuyers determined to buy an older home must proceed cautiously or risk expensive problems down the road. While there are always practical arguments to be made for favoring newer homes that are less likely to need repairs in the near future, the charms of an old home are many and appeal to a large number of people. Due diligence efforts prior to signing the contract are particularly important to evaluate an older home’s electrical systems, lead paint dangers, and bugs.

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On the Road in 2016

Y’all know I normally do a “Top 5 Posts” post at the beginning of each month, looking back at the previous month to see what was most popular around here! Well, I figured I’d stop and see what the top 5 posts were for all of 2016! Are you ready?!

February

1. The Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a fantastic post on a variety of creative ways concrete can be used in home decor! 

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