Mama’s gone crazy!

You read that right, mama’s gone crazy!! I have started vlogging!! Woo hoo, I just uploaded my first ever vlog just a few minutes ago so be sure to catch me on youtube! I will post my video below!

You guys have no idea how excited I am that I have finally done this, I have been wanting to start vlogging for quite some time now and have just not had the time to do it and now I have some extra time on my hands…. never thought that would happen!! But, anyway I do now and so I decided to go for it!

I am so excited to do even more videos and to get even better at videoing and editing my videos as well, surprisingly this video only had 3 interruptions that needed to be edited out hehe! I may just show some outtakes in some of mine so you can see some of the craziness we have going on!

So, now that I’ve told you about it go watch the video for yourself on my new youtube channel 6inthemix!!!

Comment below and let me know what videos you would enjoy watching most!!

UPDATE: Laundry Soap!!

I wanted to chime in today with a little update about the laundry soap recipe I tried!!! To say that we LOVE this stuff is a complete understatement, not only has it lasted forever I have been using it for almost a whole month now (remember we’re a family of 6 so we have a TON of laundry) and you can hardly tell it’s even been used, I still have a huge 5 gallon bucket almost completely full of it!! But, it also smells so amazing matter of fact, I had some **clean** laundry that stayed in the basket all week (Don’t judge you know you’ve done that before too) but my hubby grabbed a shirt of his from the basket and it still smelled like it had just come out of the wash, it kept that incredible smell he said he couldn’t quit smelling it :-D!! All of it was like that, there is nothing quite like wearing clothes that smell like that aaahhhhh so refreshing!!

But, now to answer the question I’m sure you’re wondering…… Does it get the clothes clean? Well, I’ll just say this yesterday Justin put on some of his shorts these shorts are some he has had for a couple years, they are the one’s he wears when he’s doing the “dirty work” they have gotten muddy and greasy and any other messy that you can think of, and looked really stained and dingy no matter how many times I washed them. Well, yesterday he said, look at what the detergent did to these shorts, they look so good. These shorts had no stains and didn’t look dingy anymore, I think I’d say that’s a win!! We also have tons of red clay in our yard which is horrible to get out of clothes but this laundry soap gets them out.

Can you tell how excited I am!!! Welcome to adulthood I’m so excited about clean laundry haha!! So, I definitely encourage you to try this out!!

Cleaning picture for blog

 

I was cleaning my bathroom yesterday and I really didn’t want to spend forever trying to get the soap scum off of my shower………. again!  It really just builds up without you really noticing, but once it’s there it’s such a pain to get off.

So, here’s what I did,

First off, here are the supplies you’re going to need:

  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap

Yes, that’s all you need.  The page I read said to use blue dawn for this and was very adimant about the fact that it had to be dawn and that it had to be the blue kind, so, I had a few problems, first off, I didn’t have any blue dawn I had pink Ajax.  Second, that was my day to clean the master bathroom and it had to be done, and Third, I was not going to drag myself and all 4 kiddos to the store just to pick up some dish soap.

But, as I said, I had to clean the shower and I wasn’t going to spend forever doing it and here’s what I did:

Take equal amounts dish soap and vinegar (1/2 cup of each was plenty to do my whole shower).  Heat up your vinegar (I heated it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes) and yes, you do have to heat it up.  Then, add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray it in your shower and on the doors then just wait.  I let mine sit for a while I just sprayed it on and did the rest of my cleaning and came back to it when I was done.

After you let it sit, take a scrub brush(you could use a sponge too) and give it a light scrub and then just spray the shower down and it’s spotless!  That simple!

I really wish I would have taken some before pictures but I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that it would work at all and that I would just end up scrubbing it as usual but it did so I do have an after picture to share with you guys.

shower after

Trust me, it’s a huge difference from what it was before and I’m so glad that it worked, I will be using this every single week now!

Let me know if you get a chance to try this as well, let me know how great it worked for you as well, just comment below!

 

Need Some Motivation?

Since it’s been about 3 months since I did our challenge posts which can all be found here: http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=challenge&site=resourcefulhomeschoolmom.wordpress.com  I decided give you all some cleaning motivation and a few more tips since sometimes it’s very hard to stick to a routine and keep things running smoothly all the time and you realize you forgot to fold laundry the day before, or maybe you just didn’t feel like doing the dishes last night and now you’ve got a good many to do, or your bed hasn’t been made one day this week.

And, you feel like this:

Don’t get discouraged and don’t let things get out of hand just remember what it’s like to wake up in the morning to a nice clean house that you only have to do maintenance cleaning to.

  • Remember how good it feels:  Just think of how wonderful you feel to know that if guests show up without notice you aren’t feeling embarrassed at the fact that you’ve got a unvaccumed floor, or the fact that you didn’t get to clear that counter yet today.  Or, the feeling of waking up in the morning and being able to take a few minutes to relax knowing that you just have to maintain it all!
  • Don’t forget that it’s less work for you in the long run:  As mentioned before all you have to do is maintain your clean home, now yes you are still going to have to do the work every day, but when the rest of your house is clean and you’ve only got 2 rooms a day to maintain, a load of laundry and a load (or 2 or 3 for our house) doesn’t look like so much work.
  •  Know what you have to do:  Make a plan, you all know what happens when you go to the grocery store without a list, well, cleaning the house (especially when you haven’t been going to your plan) is just like that.  Only instead of extra things getting done, usually nothing does or if you do get little things done here and there it’s not very noticeable.  So, go in with a to-do list and only do what’s on that list and do one room at a time don’t keep going back and forth room to room.  With a list it will get done!
  • Housework can be very boring:  I’ll admit, that’s not much motivation but, it doesn’t have to be very boring it can be quite fun.  Make a game out of it, get your kids involved hand them a dust rag or a broom let them help out and race each other to see who can get done faster (while still getting it clean).  Throw on some music and sing while you clean, once you’re into the music it doesn’t feel like cleaning and time just flies by.  Also, one thing I like to do is go to youtube and put on a video of someone cleaning or a day in the life video I don’t know why but hearing someone else talk about cleaning their house or their routines makes time fly by and cleaning seem like not such a big chore.
  • Last but not least, write about it:  Once you’ve finished your cleaning for the day and you can sit and relax or sit and play with the kids, take a few moments to write down how you feel, how relaxed it is knowing that you’re done and the house is looking great.  It’s kind of like working out there are some days where you really just don’t feel like it, but once you’ve done it you feel great and you’re glad you did.  Just remember those things.

Have you stuck with the challenges or were you getting a little behind?  Did these tips help you out and give you the motivation you needed?  Comment below to tell us!

How Is It Going With The Challenges?

Well, the challenge posts have been done now for a few days, are you finding that they really help you out?  Are you still doing them?

I actually got a little bit behind with them just because Isabelle had to be hospitalized for two days 😦 which by the way having a 15 month old stuck in a hospital room is absolutely no fun at all.  But, with us being there taking care of her of course everything is going to get behind but I am still slowly but surely catching up on everything and can’t wait till the house runs as usual which will hopefully be within the next day or two.

If you did take me up on the challenges, which one has been your favorite?  Which one helps you out the most?

For me, I think that they all kind of go together and when they are all done together it just makes everything fall into place, but for sure the house would fall apart without the sink being emptied daily, and without one load of laundry getting done per day.

I really want to hear from you comment below 🙂

Challenge #7

Have you been making your bed? Does it make your room feel cleaner and more relaxing?

This is one of my favorite challenges because it seems hard (It’s kind of a two-part challenge) but when you actually start doing it, you realize it’s really simple and helps you out so much.

CHALLENGE #7:  DO A LITTLE EACH DAY, AND CLEAN CERTAIN ROOMS EACH DAY.  Here’s what I do each and every day: Make beds, do dishes, kitchen counters, clutter pick-up, quick vacuum of living room and dining room, quick sweep kitchen, file away paperwork/mail, 1 load laundry and 4 of those 7 things is already done by you completing these challenges, and the other 3 don’t take long at all.  

Now for part 2 of this challenge, clean certain rooms each day not just pick up but detailed cleaning, and here’s how I do it, MONDAY: living room and kids bathroom TUESDAY: kitchen, laundry room, and bedding WEDNESDAY: master bathroom and master bedroom THURSDAY: kids bedrooms (not the toys that’s their job), porches (sweep, spray off, and clean outdoor furniture), and outdoor toys organized FRIDAY: (these things are done once a month the other Fridays are a resting day or do extra things) organizing pantry, food inventory, menu plan(we’ll get to this later), write budget, organize bathrooms, organize closets, wash outdoor toys and the weekends are family time so no extra cleaning other than daily upkeep.

This may seem like it would be a very difficult way to clean, but once you get into it and stick to doing these certain rooms each day it gets really easy and if you have been following these challenges and sticking to them then you will discover that most of the cleaning is already done for you because the clutter is already gone, so all you have to do is focus on cleaning the room not cleaning up after a mess that has been left there, and your cleaning time will be much shorter than it has been in the past. 

*and you don’t have to follow my list if it works better for you to switch rooms around or if you have additional rooms to do then add that in there as well

Homemaking Challenge #4

Are you ready to add another challenge in?  How are the other 3 working for you?  Let me know, do they make keeping your home a little easier?

This challenge does not make more work for you, it lightens your load a little bit and also gives you a neater house, do your kids already do chores?  Do they pick up after themselves?  Well, challenge number 4 will help you out with clutter from the kids every day!

 

CHALLENGE #4:  Get the kids to clean up after themselves!!  Every day, get the kids to pick up their things, when they finish their meal, get them to put their dishes into the sink for you, when they are done with arts and crafts have them put all those things away, but most importantly get them to clean up their toys every single night before bed!  

Not only will this help them out by giving them a job to do daily and teach them responsibility but it will also get rid of some of the clutter for you and it will be a lot easier than waiting and having them clean up at the end of the week when their rooms have become a disaster.  Give them a small basket and have them go throughout the house and pick up their toys, then have them go to their rooms and put them in the appropriate place, also if they have any toys on their floors, have them pick them up and put them away where they belong.  This works best right before bedtime when they are done playing for the day.  It will be a lot less stress on you and them and you.  So, get your kids working on this challenge it may take a little work to get them into the routine but once they are used to it you won’t even have to ask them to do it they will start it on their own.