Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Zone 1 Day 2 and 3

Today I am going to talk about day 2 and 3 of my Zone 1 cleaning.  See this post for the intro. Zone one is the Living Room. On day 2 (yesterday), I focused on cleaning the fireplace surround, granite, and mantel.  I also cleaned the baseboards and windows.  This was a very fast and simple day.  It might have taken 10 minutes.

Day 3 of Zone 1 is designated for cleaning under the couch and cushions.  This is an area that we most definitely have neglected in the past.  Out of sight, out of mind.  I know I am not alone here!  I also vacuumed the whole room since the vacuum was already out.  See how smart I am! lol!

Miss Abbey enjoyed playing with the cushions and getting ready for her nap.


And….look what I found under the couch! Really??


I haven’t mentioned that I have my daily chores on top of the zone cleaning.  I will do a separate post, but basically below is what I do.


I also throw in a load of something with the bedding.  Tomorrow I am going to post about some homemade cleaning products I made!!

This is how I might yesterday evening.  We are having the BEST weather!!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Cleaning Zone 1: Living Room Day 1

I am a big You Tube watcher and I recently started watching What Jen Does.  She is  not a BIG time You Tuber, but I found her when I was searching for cleaning tips.  She is a VERY meticulous cleaner and organizer!  She has post about how she cleans her house in zones for deep cleaning.  This is something that I really wanted to start doing.  I am on Spring Break this week, so I thought it would be the perfect time to give it a try.  I LOVE having a clean house, but I don’t have the luxury of spending hours cleaning. 

My first zone is my Living Room.  Day one involves deep cleaning the books shelves, washing Duncan’s dog bedding, and cleaning the leather on our ottoman. I clean the shelves and ottoman weekly, but this is more of a deep cleaning.

This is how I planned my zones. I have 7 zones (only 6 are pictured) and they are broken up into 3 or 5 days.  Nothing takes for than 15 to 20 mins.


This is an over view of my living room.  This room gets a lot of use.  There are usually toys all over the place.


I first threw in Duncan’s bed and blanket.  I also threw in the bathroom mat and a few coats.


This is what I needed for Day 1- microfiber cloths, multi-surface dusting polish, and a step stool (I am a shorty!)


Sorry for the sunlight!  This is one of the shelves.  I dust this weekly, but I just dust around things.  Today I removed everything and dusted under each item.  I also dusted the picture frames and decorative things.


In the process, I found these random things that were out of place.  I sorted threw them and moved them back.


I cleaned this ottoman really well.  I gets super dirty!


Since I had a little more time, I straightened up this cabinet.  I contains our Direct TV box, movies, games, and TONS of books.  I moved some books upstairs.  Abigail’s small books to her room and a few newer books to Andrew’s room.


AHH nice and CLEAN!! I love a clean house more than anything! This took a total of 15 minutes.  I moved fast and didn’t get distracted! Stay tuned to day 2!

Easter 2014

I just LOVE holidays!  Easter is always so special! We had a great one this year with our family and friends.  Andrew participated in 4 egg hunts and Abigail had 2.  Wow! Abigail was very much into egg hunting this year!

Easter morning- The Easter bunny visited! I should say here that we have never talked about the actual bunny delivery the baskets.  It was never something I started.  They are just special treats for this holiday.

Just for my own memories- Abigail  got a slinky, Minnie Mouse coloring book, chocolate bunny, small chocolate bunnies.  Andrew got a slinky, chocolate bunnies, small chocolate bunnies, 2 super hero easy reader books.


We then got ready for church and quickly snapped some pictures!  Andrew was all about the picture taking!


Abigail…not so much!




After church, we went to Nick’s parents for lunch.  Abigail has a HORRIBLE meltdown at the beginning of everyone eating.  I tried to rock her some away from everyone eating, but she wasn’t having that either.  I sadly had to end up just taking her home.  Nick and Andrew stayed and delivered my food later.  She has been going through the terrible two’s a little sooner.  She went home and slept for 3 1/2 hours. 

After a good nap, we went to my sister’s house and we celebrated with my side of the family.  Everyone was in a great mood! YAY!  We ate, hunted eggs, and celebrated my niece's 21st birthday.

The grandkids!


We went home and crashed! LOL!

I am planning on doing a series of cleaning blog post starting this week.  Get ready to SPRING CLEAN!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Well it has been awhile since I have updated.We are pretty much sleeping, eating, working, and then repeat.  I am sooooo ready for Spring break and of course summer! We look so forward to the weekends and then they are usually slammed full of stuff to get done.  I need a break!

Andrew has started soccer/T-ball twice a week.  They are playing soccer now (4 weeks) and then will spin the follow 4 weeks playing T-ball.  It is very laid back and they are basically just learning how to play the games.  He is loving it!  His first official soccer game will be Tuesday.




Last Sunday we went to Nick’s parents church to have lunch and attend their Easter egg hunt.  There were not many little kids there, so they got a ton of eggs! All my pictures were taken on Nick’s phone.  I will try to upload those soon.

We had a little mini photo shoot before church.  The dress is from Zulily.


We currently in the process of adding a deck to the back of our house.  We have a tiny one right now and we are adding a huge one.  I am so excited!!!