Clean routines and parenting: keeping a weekly cleaning schedule

Trying to keep a tidy house is hard when you have small children. It’s even harder when you’re at home all the time with those small children, due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have always had a weekly cleaning schedule that worked pretty well for us, but now I’m making it a point to incorporate a little extra deep cleaning, in honor of the current pandemic.

Our weekly cleaning schedule is laminated, framed, and hanging in our laundry room.

This definitely doesn’t mean that we are perfect. Not even close. Even though this schedule is hanging on our wall in a frame, there are days when our stuff doesn’t get done and when we let messes linger for too long. And while the Friday chores are typically deep cleaning tasks, I’d gotten a little creative in how we deep clean these days.

Typically we spend two weekends a month deep cleaning. While we are at home self quarantining, we are choosing to vigilantly follow a deep cleaning schedule. We are following our daily task schedule, but we are mopping and cleaning bathrooms twice a week. We are also making it a point to remove shoes at the door and do a deep cleaning task every weekend instead of every other weekend. The kids and I are trying to work together to make the chore of the day happen.

We are also currently homeschooling and I’m teaching from home too. We are struggling to find the balance but we are OK. We are getting there and we are making it work.

And while we are on the subject of house cleaning to combat the germs, have you considered incorporating a little self care into your day? Staying home is not easy for some of us, and as a result, your mental state can suffer. Remember to do something that lifts you up each day- it could be something as simple as taking a walk or Facetime calling people you miss, to gardening, to reading a book, or taking a hot bath. Either way- don’t neglect YOU!

We will see you soon with our spring home tour! Until then, stay safe and stay healthy. Thanks for reading!

Free printable coloring pages

Does anyone else really like to color when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed? I don’t often find myself with time to color or draw, but when I have extra time, I find it peaceful and relaxing.

Instead of my usual once a month printable, I decided to do something different this time: offer three botanical prints that you can color, paint, or simply print, frame and hang up. They’re simply designed and I think they’re adorable. Remember, for best results, do not print larger than 8.5X11. To download, simply right-click and save them to your machine. Please do not use these for commercial use; they are to be used for free and personal use only. And, as always, if you should use these in a blog post, please tag me and give me credit. Thanks!

Spring Decor at Dollar General

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Spring is right around the corner…but if the groundhog can be believed, spring will come early this year. The recent warm temperatures have made me wish more and more for spring. Currently, my home is still decorated for winter, so I’m anxious to put up the snowmen and bring out the florals! While Hobby Lobby and some of the other craft stores have beautiful decor options, sometimes they’re a bit hard on your wallet. Enter Dollar General: cheap, but cute spring decor.

These cute little succulent pots are only $2! I am definitely going to snatch some of those up.

If you don’t like those, here is another option. These square “concrete” succulents are adorable. I may buy a few of those, too.

You could use this to put ice and drinks in for a party or cookout, or you could plant flowers in it. Put it in your laundry room and use it to corral your detergent containers. So many possibilities.

These little bud vases remind me of Rae Dunn. They’re cute and they’re colorful. I love them!

You know how much I love signs and quotes. I’d love to get this and put it in my daughter’s rooms. Isn’t it cute?

This isn’t necessarily a spring decor item, but I do love it. Dollar General always has some cute coffee mugs.

What cute, but cheap spring decor are you jonesin’ for?

Five creative spring gardens

The temperatures are still a little cool around here to start setting out spring flowers, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t started thinking about what I want to plant.

I’ve recently happened upon all sorts of neat ideas for turning things into unique planters. Recycling unwanted household items by filling them with beautiful flowers is a win-win situation, in my opinion.

Chair turned planter

My grandpa gave me this cute old chair. It had a metal slat seat in it. I took the seat out and popped a planter into it. Doesn’t it look cute with this fern in it?

Wash tub planter (source)

I want an old washtub so I can do this! Wouldn’t that be cute?

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This toolbox planter is absolutely adorable.

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I need a carriage now so I can plant flowers in it.

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I have never thought about planting anything in a flour sifter but this is pretty cute!

I hope you all have a great week! Join us on Friday for our spring home tour.

Easy Spring Kids’ Crafts: “feet birds”

Quarantine isn’t as strict these days as it has been, but most of us are still spending more time at home where we are safest. Staying at home can mean it’s a lot harder to entertain the littles, so throughout March and April, I’ll be sharing a few spring kids’ crafts with you.

I know you must be wondering: what is a foot bird anyway? It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Paint the bottom of your child’s foot with your choice of washable paint. Then, simply freehand a roundish belly at the arch of the foot. Add little feet, an eye and a beak. You can add a little crest to the top of the bird’s head if you want.

These feet birds make a cute keepsake so you can remember when your littles were small, or you can give them to the grandparents.

…or frame them and decorate with them every spring.

Have a wonderful week! We will show you a great reuse and repurpose idea on Wednesday.