How To Be More Productive 

Hi friends,

Thought I would share my tips that help be be more productive to get things done. These especially help me on those crazy does where I don’t have a lot of time to work with. It also helps me on those “lazy days” when you really don’t want to get moving.

  1. Lists-make a list of must do’s, not everything you want to do but of the things that are top priority. 
  2. No distractions, this is a big one. We waste alot of time checking our phones and once we pick it up to check one thing it doesn’t end there. Next thing an 1 hr is wasted. No other electronics either, as something might be interesting and we will stop to watch.
  3. Have routines in place (ex: morning and evening) of chores so you don’t feel overwhelmed when you need to take care of those “must dos” 
  4. On the days you have things you must get done, focus on only those until they are done. If you have time once completing those you can then do something else you would like to do.
  5. Have everyone in your family help thru out the day with chores. (Ex. Gets the kids to take out the trash at the end of the day, get everyone to load the dishwasher of any dishes they use, etc..) if everything is on you alone you will get very overwhelmed 
  6. Get a planner- now it doesn’t have to be expensive a simple one from the dollar store, whatever planner works for you. Plan everything in it, work days, kids events, appt, bills, to do’s. Everything all in one place. Review and plan every night and in the morning take a quick glance at it. This will also help you to not over do yourself. You can see how busy a day is ahead of time and you can change a to do or a list of things around to when it works for you.
  7. Make a list of things you want to do or get to and on less busy days you can go to the list and get a few things done or even just one and even if it’s just one off the list it’s still awesome and that’s one thing off the list. 

These are a few tips that help me stay on track. Since I started working I was over doing things and feeling like I wasn’t getting a hang of things around the house or errands because time was not enough. Now I plan accordingly and a morning & evening routine also help me sooooo much. Morning and evening routines have helped me way before I was even a working mom. I also swear by my planner, a family of 6 and now a puppy, there is always something and could be so easy to lose track of.

Do you have any tips or/& advice you would like to share with us? Comment below I would love to hear them.

Review: Dollar Tree Window Clean

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This product from Dollar Tree is amazing.

 

I do still love my Onmicloth I must say, but I love testing new products out. I was watching TheUnfrumphyMommyLife youtube video (check out her channel here) I can’t remember which video it is where she talks about this product, but her channel is great and she has lots of cleaning videos up (and many others) and you will see this window cleaner product in them and she loves it. So, the next time I visited The Dollar Tree (now I live in Canada so not everything I see that the States stores get, we don’t always have the same items or products) I found it and decided to try it out.

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I must say I was pretty impressed with it. Its does a great job and leaves no streaks and no film at all, it also leaves a great shine. I also love that it is Ammonia Free. I have tested it on glass surfaces, windows,  mirrors and love it! Now there is a smell of vinegar to it, but to me anyways it is not strong, but you do smell it when spraying. It’s a great product that is not highly priced, I paid $1.25 and am amazed at how well it works and cleans. I now have a bottle always on hand just in case. I also used it on glass shower doors, where I live we have hard water it leave marks on glass which this product removes and leaves the glass shiny. I have a puppy who hates the crate and always makes a mess in there, so I have used it to clean the crate and love it so much that I now use it to clean the dog crate at least once a week with it.

I am a regular user of my Omnicloth, which you can read my review on it here. At times my cloths are in the washer and with 4 kids and a puppy I love that I have this product to use as my backup.

I gave up on Windex because it was always leaving streaks and a bit of a film, I hated that. Made everything look like it was not properly clean. Windex isn’t cheap either for something that doesn’t work great.

 

This is not a sponsored post, I just love sharing with you all products that work.

Updated: Daily Cleaning Routine

It’s been awhile since I posted my last cleaning routine, so I thought I would share my new one. Since moving to a different house and returning to work a lot of my routines have changed.

Kids still have there chores and the help is more appreciated now then ever!

I still live with my agenda and need it more now with working as I have four kids in school there I always something to prepare for or to remember. I also still make “To Do” lists, sometimes the night before for the next day or sometimes at work while I am eating lunch. I barely do it during lunch at work as I have a new night routine and I like to do it in bed or in my office before turning in for the night. I have a post on Seven Things I Do Everyday you can check out here. I like to do on those days where you have less time to get things done, but don’t want to totally let everything go.

 

Daily Cleaning/Things to do Routine:

AM:

  • Clean up after making breakfast
  • Load & start dishwasher
  • Wipe counter surfaces
  • Prepare coffee machine (My husband & I have coffee after dinner)
  • Quick sweep of kitchen (if time permits, LOL)
  • Tidy up upstairs once we are all ready

 

KIDS After-school Chores:

  • Main floor vacuum
  • All closet stuff including shoes put away
  • 1st floor vacuum
  • Trash, Compost, Recycling takin out
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Wash dishes, containers, from school & after school eating
  • Tidy their rooms
  • Bring laundry down
  • Clean up after dog (outside)

 

PM:

  • Clean up after dinner
  • Load Dishwasher
  • Wash any dishes (not for dishwasher)
  • Wipe counters
  • Quick tidy up all floors once kids are in bed
  • Load of laundry
  • Double check backpacks for papers or containers, water bottles, etc….

 

A few things I also do is;

  • wash dishes as I am cooking, anything used to prep dinner and any dishes or pots used.
  • tidy up bathrooms (once everyone has used it)
  • Prepare coffee machine for next day
  • cut up fruits or veggies for next day lunches
  • lunches
  • Sign school agendas
  • Pick out my two youngest kids clothes for the next day
  • Go thru my planner for the next day
  • Plan anything that needs to done for the next day

 

Now some days some of these things may not get done as this is real life sometimes we are just too tired or something came up. Even the kids chores, sometimes they don’t get all done, they may have more homework, playdate, spend more time outside, etc… & that’s ok as when chores are kept up with normally it isn’t so bad when things aren’t always completed. I have a post on Seven Things I Do Everyday you can check out here. I like to still do on those days where you have less time to get things done but still want the house to look put together.

If you want to see my past cleaning routine you can find it here. Also, the past kids chores here.

 

If you have any tips or want to share your routine comment below.

 

 

 

Seven Things I do everyday to keep the house clean

Thought I would share with you my MUST do chores that help make the house look clean & tidy even when I haven’t done my weekly cleaning. It’s simple and doesn’t take much time to do. Even on my lazy days these get done. This helps also with not letting things pile & your home is always tidy.

1. Every night dishes are done

2. Wipe down of counters & appliances

3. Quick pick up around the house (every night)

4.Every morning make beds and pick up around bedrooms

5.Quick wipe down of bathrooms

6. Vacuum main floor

7. A load of laundry every night

With a 4 kids I need to stay on top of things or the house would be completely upside down. Now I am not perfect and at times I may not make the beds or wash those dishes but most of the list will get done, especially when its been a crazy day or kids/myself are ill. With me normally keeping to these daily tasks of my musts, it helps not being so bad if a day is missed. I normally wake up before the kids to drink my coffee in peace and get any chores started.

What are your must daily to do’s? Comment below

Here are some links I thought you would enjoy from my older posts.

Kids Chores 

Cleaning Schedule

January 2016 Challenge: January 27th, 2016

Basement Day: 3

*If you missed Day:1 of the Basement  & Day 2: of the Basement Challenge I recommend checking that post out first and start with that before starting Day: 3 of the Basement Challenge.

Today is the final day for our Basement Challenge.

  • Dust areas of basement (even if you have a unfinished basement you can dust your hot water tank, furnace, any surface or selves, etc…) & wipe down with a damp  cloth
  • Check your furnace filter to see if it needs to be changed
  • Check any other type of machine (ex: water softener, water filter system, etc…) to see if filters need to be changed or maintenance needs to be done.
  • If you have the filters already at home change if needed, if you don’t make a note of what is needed. As soon as the list is done, go put it in your purse so that you will remember to get it the next time your out.
  • Any remaining items or boxes, bins, containers etc… insure it gets all put away
  • Wipe down any furniture and decor pieces (if your basement is finished)
  • Turn on your warmer with your fav scent or spray the basement with your favourite air freshener, or turn on any plug ins you have down there, to give it a fresh nice scent
  • Give your whole basement a good vacuum (if your basement is finished do the baseboards as well.
  • If you have finished basement with floors you can mop, give them a good mop

*Remember the declutter bin/baskets/containers you did on January 3rd if there is one for today’s room then put the items away where they belong. Or if you added a new one from today’s challenge put it in the room it belongs and remember when the day of that room comes to also put away those items in there places.

THE BASEMENT IS ALL DONE! YAYYY TO YOU 😉

Did you complete the 3 Day Basement Challenge? Was is better to have the basement tasks spilt into 3 days? I shared a picture on Instagram of some of the garbage I got out of mine.

My basement is unfinished, but the amount of things that I tossed & donated feels amazing and the basement feels refreshed, nice, organized, cleaned, & now rents can continue as everything is nicely packed and well sealed.

Share your before and after pictures on Twitter &/or Instagram with hashtag #realhousewifeandmomjanuary2016

If you have missed my previous posts for the challenge I have linked them below.

First Post of Challenge

January’s 3rd Challenge Post

January 4th Challenge Post

January 5th Challenge Post

January 6th Challenge Post

January 7th Challenge Post

January 8th Challenge Post

January 9th & 10th Challenge Post

January 11th Challenge Post

January 12th Challenge Post

January 13th Challenge Post

January 14th Challenge Post

January 15th Challenge Post

January 16th & 17th Challenge Post

January 18th Challenge Post

January 19th Challenge Post

January 20th Challenge Post

January 21st Challenge Post

January 22 Challenge Post

January 23rd & 24th Challenge Post

January 25th Challenge Post

January 26th Challenge Post

January 2016 Challenge: January 21st, 2016

Office Day: 2

If you missed Day: 1 of the office challenge I recommend doing that one first before starting Day: 2

  • Vacuum baseboards and floors (if you do not have carpet, mop as well)
  • The pile of “Needs Attention ASAP” if not all done take a hour or less to continue on that & finish that pile.
  • Go thru your to file paper and insure you already have the files created to get them filed, if not or they are new files that needs to be created, make or print labels for them
  • Quickly go thru your filing system and sort any out of place files, also pull out any files you no longer use and need to store away or to be shredded and put aside
  •  “To File” grab that pile and getting filing
  • The files that were pulled out, if needs to be stored away for your reasons go put them away where you store your past keep files, for the ones that can be shredded take the time to shred now and remember to keep the folder as they can be reused 😉
  • Create and make any labels for your organization of your storage solutions of your office &/or files that may need to be created or needs to be replaced and label them
  • Go thru your older pens/markers/ etc… that you haven’t used and see if they still work, get rid of what doesn’t and give away what you no longer want
  • “Needs attention (non-urgent)” file go thru and get that it cleared & any other paper pile you may have from yesterday’s sort piles.
  • Grab your agenda &/or calendars and update them with any dates you have things to remember

*If you come across dates to remember for bill dues, kids school, kids activities, appointments, etc….. Have a note pad where you can write those dates done until you get to the agenda &/or calendar so that you don’t forget any and no need to go thru things to find them again once you remember.

Office challenge is now complete, did you find it better to deal with the tasks in two days instead of one? I know some may have a small space &/or just a little area for their office and that is ok also may of not needed the two days to complete the challenge.  Everyone has different homes/rooms and you can take from the challenge as it suits you and your space.

*Remember the declutter bin/baskets/containers you did on January 3rd if there is one for today’s room then put the items away where they belong. Or if you added a new one from today’s challenge put it in the room it belongs and remember when the day of that room comes to also put away those items in there places.

Share your before and after pictures on Twitter &/or Instagram with hashtag #realhousewifeandmomjanuary2016

If you have any tips &/or advice you would like to share comment below, I am always looking for new ideas. Are you following the challenge? How are you liking or not liking it? Would love to hear from you all.

If you have missed my previous posts for the challenge I have linked them below.

First Post of Challenge

January’s 3rd Challenge Post

January 4th Challenge Post

January 5th Challenge Post

January 6th Challenge Post

January 7th Challenge Post

January 8th Challenge Post

January 9th & 10th Challenge Post

January 11th Challenge Post

January 12th Challenge Post

January 13th Challenge Post

January 14th Challenge Post

January 15th Challenge Post

January 16th & 17th Challenge Post

January 18th Challenge Post

January 19th Challenge Post

January 20th Challenge Post

 

My Kids & Chores

I thought I would share my kids chores with you since I have been posting about my new daily cleaning & fall/winter schedule.

Tyler (12yrs old)

  • Making of his bed (daily)
  • Vacuum  main floor (when asked)
  • Tidying up his room & his washroom (daily)
  • Taking his laundry to the laundry room(daily)
  • Clear & wipe kitchen table after dinner (daily)
  • Take trash out (daily)
  • Putting clean dishes away (daily)
  • Putting his laundry away
  • Clean his room (weekly)
  • Clean his washroom (weekly)
  • Cleaning dog area outside (weekly)

 

Kianna (9yrs old)

  • Making of her bed (daily)
  • Tidying up her room & her washroom (daily)
  • Taking her laundry to the laundry room(daily)
  • Putting her laundry away
  • Help tidy up of main floor (daily)
  • Clear & wipe down kitchen table after breakfast (daily)
  • Clean her room (weekly)
  • Take out Recycling (daily)
  • Help set table (when asked)

 

Ava (5yrs old)

  • Tidy up her room
  • Getting dressed
  • Clean up of toys
  • Putting her laundry in the laundry room
  • Help setting table for dinner
  • Helps to wipe down toys
  • Helps put laundry in the washer & dryer

 

Madison (almost 4yrs old)

  • Tidy up her room
  • Getting dressed
  • Clean up of toys
  • Putting her laundry in the laundry room
  • Help setting table for dinner
  • Helps to wipe down toys
  • Helps put laundry in the washer & dryer

I believe children of all ages should help around the house, it teaches them so much and also helps prepare them for years down the road. It also shows them that it is not all on you to clean up after them. They may not do it to your level, but remember they are kids and you have to let go of somethings . If you smash the help they will never want to help you again and will not enjoy their tasks. I had to realize when I started doing chores with my first child (Tyler) that it wasn’t at all how I would do it and remembered that it can always be done my way by me at another time. I would never go in afterwards from them and do it. For example, when Tyler (12yrs old) started cleaning his washroom, my OCD would kick in and it would drive me crazy, what I would do would just say “good job, next time do try to do this like that” and as time goes on and they get older they learn the right way. Til this day I do clean my son’s washroom once a week but on a different day that he does. At this age its not so much of it not being done right, but the fact that I like to use beach cleaning products that I don’t let him use for obvious reasons . Of course chores are given in age appropriate levels & not to overwhelm them. 

Do your kids have chores? Would you like to share? Have any tips or advice? Comment below.