* All photos by Kate Livingstone
There's something about a new season that always makes me crave a fresh start. A fresh start on working on mini goals, a fresh start on working on my relationships, a fresh start on Spring cleaning! I don't know what it is about cleaning your home, cleaning out of your emails, cleaning out the clutter of life that just makes you feel so refreshed! Having a crazy toddler running around with sticky fingers all day long makes cleaning, however, almost impossible now a days. Incorporated into my night time routine now includes a clean sweep of putting toys away, cleaning dishes, washing stains out of clothes, and putting shoes and jackets where their supposed to go. No point in trying during the day when two seconds later mess will follow. Love you Zoe
Do you ever notice yourself apologizing to people when they come over to your home for the mess that your babes have caused. I have, and I kind of want to stop. I say mess means life and fun happen here. Of course there's a fine line between mess and MESSSSS if you know what I mean.
It's time for another "Let's Be Honest Mamas" Q&A! All things Spring cleaning!! Make sure to read through our posts to see how other mamas keep their homes organized (or at least try). Shout out to our girl Hannah for starting this all! And play along Because let's be honest, we all need to stick together!
1. Do you have any routine spring cleaning that you do? How do you go about it?
My husband and I always go through sprits of "cleaning mode". That's where we start cleaning one thing and the next thing we know our whole house is sparkling. With Zoe, cleaning can be kind of hard. She doesn't quite know how she feels about the vacuum, but that always makes for an interesting experience. Most cleaning happens now either during nap time or when she drifts off for bed. Somehow I always get roped into toilets (how did this happen?!), and Eric always gets vacuuming. I DESPISE vacuuming. I always get so hot and sweaty (just me?!). We like to clean together though, in the same rooms. Talking or singing to music always makes the time go by faster.
2. What does living simply mean to you?
Having babies means acquiring a lot of toys. Before being married or having Zoe I was a nanny for 7 years. One of the rules that the family had was whenever they got a new toy they had to give away three toys. I always appreciated their simple living and knew I wanted to incorporate that rule into my own home when the time came. Finding great hiding spots for toys also is a great way to "live simply" when people come over. We keep two baskets underneath our coffee table that are easy to pull out for Zoe when she wants them, and easy to hide when guests come over.
3. What are five of your "go to" products for your home?
* None of these products are sponsored. I just really love them.*
- Babyganics toy and high chair cleaner is on hand multiple times a day. I love that it's soft and gentle, and also fragrance free while getting the job done. I always feel things are properly clean once I wipe things off with this stuff. Definitely a must for mommies in my book!
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Because of Zoe's fair skin, her skin is extremely sensitive to lots of soaps and lotions. When it comes to keeping our babe clean we only trust to wash her with this. It was recommended by Zoe's allergy doctor. If you notice your little one ever suffering from dry itchy skin try giving this a try. We were also recommended this lotion to put on her afterwards to keep her skin from drying out.
- all Free Clear Laundry Detergent. We noticed that even the laundry detergent we used effected Zoe's skin. Ever since we switched to this it has helped immensely.
- We love this rope basket that we keep in Zoe's room to store her stuffed animals. I love that it's soft and not stiff. Zoe looooves to pull out all of her toys, climb in and then cover herself up with her toys again. She's so funny! It's something simple, but so easy for keeping rooms organized!
- To help with smells I love to whip out my Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle from Anthropologie. This candle smells amazing and quickly fills my home. Even more, I don't even have to light it. I just pop off the lid and instantly each room smells great!
4. How do you approach tidying?
Keeping things tidy can be tricky when you have a little one pulling things out the second you put them away. For my own sanity, I love to do a quick sweep during her nap, and then a more proper clean up when she goes down for the night. You have to pick your battles during the day, ha!
5. How often do you clean your home?
- Making the bed. I try to make our bed every morning, it's a great way to start off your day! It's the small accomplishments, am I right?
- Dishes I love to clean the second they hit the sink. One less thing to deal with at the end of the day.
- We have our Ubbi Diaper Pail which was nice for newborn diapers (pre baby food), but once Zoe started eating solids those dirty diapers are one tough stink to keep hidden. The second we change diapers, those go straight out to the garage trash can. So running to the garage is a frequent stop of the day.
- Picking up toys every night.
- With hardwood floors downstairs, sweeping is a daily chore (especially after meal time with Zoe). It's those times I wish we had a dog, ha!
- Stains are inevitable when it comes to Zoe's clothes. I'm scrubbing at least one article of clothing each night.
- Laundry, laundry, laundry! I think I'm one of the only people who actually likes doing laundry. I love listening to podcasts or watching something off Netflix while I fold laundry. It's almost therapeutic.
Once a Month:
- Okay, I know this is discusting but I am not up to date when it comes to cleaning. Eric and I do a whole house cleaning at the end of the month. This includes bathrooms, vacuuming, dusting. Don't judge!
Make sure to take a look at all the other amazing mama's who participated in the "Let's Be Honest Mamas" post!