• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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me: 
stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
I can’t believe it’s only another 14 weeks to go! Ben was born just past 38 weeks, so it could only be another 12. 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #photobyblaire •
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  • Blaire walked in on me doing the dishes and asked if she could take over. After, she proclaimed she was really good at it so it should be her new “chore”. They’re all yours, kid. 🧽 Do your kids do chores? Do they get an allowance? #blairep
  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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May 15, 2018

keeping your home tidy for showings with a toddler, an infant and cats

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeandCleanLiving #CollectiveBiasHouse Cleaning ScheduleI’ll be the first to admit I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with cleaning. I hate to clean (unless I’m upset or angry then it’s the perfect way to take out my frustrations) but I have always loved the feeling of a clean house. 

Whether you’re a mom who works outside the home or a stay at home mama, the last thing you want to do is spend all of your free time cleaning (also, what’s free time, anyways?!) So I have finally worked out this schedule that focuses on tasks for the morning and then some in the evening. It has managed to help us keep our home picked up and always ready for a last minute showing.   

a.m.
1| An empty sink.
If the dishwasher is full of clean dishes, I typically put them away as I’m getting breakfast ready for the kids. Then I can eat with them and I have an empty dishwasher to load our breakfast dishes into.

2| Clean up breakfast right away.
In my days of working full time, it wasn’t unheard of for me to leave the empty plates or cups on the table to run out the door. And more often than not, when I did clear the table, I didn’t take the 30 seconds to spray it down and wipe it clean. 

3| Clean the litter boxes.
This is especially important when your home is on the market and you want to be ready for a showing at any time. Let’s be real, someone will be fine with toys on the floor. They’ll probably be fine with dishes in the sink. But they will not be fine when they walk into your home and smell your cat(s). Choosing a kitty litter that’s working hard to keep gross odors away is important! We use Purina® Tidy Cats® because 1) it controls odors and 2) our cats like it, which is obviously important. 

4| Start the laundry.
Now this can be up to your digression. I’m the type of person who would be totally fine throwing in a load of laundry when I woke up in the morning, with the intention to throw it in the dryer before heading to work. If it didn’t make it into the dryer, it wouldn’t bother me to have it sitting in the washing machine throughout the day. If that bothers you, then wait until the evening to start. 

p.m.

1| Finish up the laundry.
I finally found that doing just one load of laundry per day typically means I won’t have to do any over the weekend. (For 2 children and 2 adults.) I have always been the person who has to rewash things multiple times before I actually move them over to the dryer. So I’ve worked on that, and now sometimes they just happen to live in the dryer for a bit. But, I have decided that if I put the clean laundry onto our (clean) kitchen counter, then I will fold it and put it away immediately. Once I put it onto my faithful laundry chair in the living room or throw it onto a bed, it slowly makes its way to the floor and then is so wrinkly by the time I get to it a week later, I usually end up rewashing it. 

2| Kitchen clean up.
After dinner, we make sure the sink is empty. It’s also when I sweep the floor and clean the counter tops. 

3| Pick up before bed.
Before Blaire gets ready for bed, we typically have her pick up. While she’s doing that, I usually pick up anything sitting out in the kitchen or in the bedrooms. One both kids are asleep, I like to do a final sweep to make sure everything has made its way to its rightful place in the house. I like to sit on the couch watching TV knowing the only thing I’ll need to do before crawling into bed for the night is to throw the Cherry Pepsi I’m drinking into the recycling bin. ;) 

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We have always loved Tidy Cats® so we decided to try their new Free & Clean Unscented line of kitty litter and our cats are loving it. It has been a goal of mine to continue cutting out unwanted dyes and fragrances in our home, including what we use for our smallest family members. This new line features Unscented Odor Control with the Power of Activated Charcoal. It’s traditional clumping litter and it’s 99.9% dust free.

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Do you have any hacks to help keep your house tidy? I’d love to hear them!

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