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5 Important Reasons Why Your Kids Should Clean

5 Important reasons why your kids should clean

My Three-year old has known how to use a vacuum since she was one and a half. She helps me do laundry, clean the kitchen and fold towels. She was taught at a very young age that she needs to clean up after herself. I can ask this girl if she wants to help me clean and her answer will always be, “YEAH! I love cleanin!” She does more than what other kids her age would do. (She does have an OCD mama, who loves a clean house.) I’ve been told, “Why do you have your kids clean so young?” and, “They are just kids, let them have fun.” Well, I will tell you why my three-year old already cleans up after herself and cleans with me. ONE: I don’t want her thinking it’s okay to trash anything without there being consequences. TWO: I also don’t want her thinking it’s okay to destroying other people’s houses either and things. And THREE: From day ONE, you are teaching your kids. You are teaching them what love is, what caring is. Then they learn what respect is and how to be independent and responsibility is. It’s just ridiculous to not teach them something while they are young and their brains are sponges. Makes no sense. 

What everyone does in their own house is not my business, but think about it this way… What favors are you really doing for your kids if you aren’t teaching them how to be more self-reliant, respectful and responsible? Absolutely NOTHING. You are ;ruining them. I’m not saying give them full on chores every single day. None of my kids have daily chores. They just know that if they make a mess, they clean it up. I am preparing my kids for when they go to other’s houses, school, college and just adult life. It’s just common sense to teach your kids this really. There’s just no excuse for it really. Them not doing it right is not an excuse… How else are they going to learn to do it right if they don’t do it wrong first? 

A lot of parents just don’t even know where to start with assigning chore tasks to what ages, so I have created a guideline to help y’all out. 

1. Chores help kids learn responsibility and self-reliance

Assigning your kids tasks around the house teaches them responsibility. Chores that personally affect your kids such as cleaning up their room/toys and doing/helping with their laundry can help them become more self-reliant at the same time. It also gives them something to be proud of themselves for-that they are mature enough to take care of themselves.

2. Respect 

You don’t fully know how much your parents do for you until you’ve left home and are now doing everything for yourself. Giving kids chores to do will  reinforce respect for the ones that care for them. They will become more aware of the messes they make if they are assigned to cleaning tasks around the house and have more respect for the work that goes into maintaining a household. 

3. Chores help teach life skills

your kids won’t be young forever. In just a blink of an eye, they grow so fast. Eventually, they will be out on their own or in situations where they have to know how to do things for themselves. It’s your job as a parent to provide them with that knowledge of how to take care of themselves. They are going to learn to do that if you always do everything for them. When they are out on their own, they will need to have learned how to do their laundry, cook, and just how to maintain a home. Not all of this is taught in school, therefore it is your job. You aren’t doing your kids any favors if they are 10 years old and you’re cleaning up their toys, or doing their laundry. You are then at that point teaching them that they will have someone to do these things for them. you are suppose to teach them how to be an essential part of society.

4. There are consequences

This is important. Like super important. Think about this. You teach your kids right from wrong. You teach them that they need to take responsibility for themselves. These life skills are going to be used for the rest of their lives! They need to know that there are consequences for everything they do. Obviously the consequences differ in different situations. Action: They don’t take care of their toys/stuff. Consequence: Their toys/stuff get broken or lost. Action: They don’t clean up after themselves at someone else’s house. Consequence: They may not be wanted over there anymore because they have no respect. The action and consequence thing can fall on the parents as well. Action: Not teaching your kids to clean up after themselves and to take care of their toys. Consequence: They more than likely won’t do it at someone else’s house and that’s pretty embarrassing for you as a parent. Action: They aren’t taught basic life skills growing up. Consequence: You might be the one doing their laundry, and making their bed and catering to them after they should of already moved out. 

5. Help improve time management skill’s

Chores can help older kids and teenagers build good habits early. It teaches them to set priorities and manage time. Think about it this way, if they were taught at a young age to just pick up after themselves instead of leaving it and contributing to the mess, then they would save time and not have to handle an even bigger mess later. 

 

There are chore tasks that are appropriate for each age group. My daughter is three and has known how to use a full sized vacuum since she was one and a half though. 

Chore list per age group (1)

 

There should be no reason at all why your kids can’t help clean up, especially if they’ve contributed to the mess. If you continue to do everything for them, they will never learn. This is a rule in my house. My girls know that they have to clean up their room when they are done playing in there, as well as other kids that play in there, they have to clean up their own mess too, or there’s no playing. 

 

Jessie

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CLEAN FREAK SERIES: 8 Bathroom cleaning hacks.

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Do you hate cleaning bathrooms with a fiery burning passion like I do? Do you have a house full of boys that make you hate cleaning the bathroom even more like I do? If you answered yes to both questions, then you’ll love what I’m about to tell you. Warning: If you have boys like I do, be afraid of taking a black light in the bathroom in which they use. You will find a whole lot of nastiness. The bathroom really is the worst place for me to clean. All the soap scum and water spot that seem to never go away are 2 of many reasons why I really hate cleaning this room the most. I’ve come up with a list of methods that I use that make cleaning the bathroom easier and more bearable.

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Lemon Lemon on Google Android 8.1

Use half a lemon and rub on the chrome fixtures to get rid of those stubborn water spots and BAM, gone. Lemon is also an odor eliminator, which is great for the boys bathroom, and cheaper than buying special cleaning products.

Natural toilet cleanser

A mixture of vinegar and baking soda will work magic on your toilet. Just spray vinegar inside your toilet like you would your regular cleaner, then sprinkle baking soda and spray more vinegar and let it sit for 15 minutes. You just super cleaned your toilet and didn’t use any harsh chemicals. This mixture is an odor eliminator as well.
Speaking of the toilet…

Toilet brush

After you clean the toilet with the toilet brush, let it drip dry over the toilet, in between the lid and the seat. This will save from germs building up on the brush when you put it back in the container. Which leads me to my next hack….

Toilet brush cleaner

Pour some pine sol in the toilet brush container to sanitize it and keep it clean and smelling goodPersonally, the lemon scent is my favorite. I pretty much love lemon scent everything. I even bought a lemon scented sink strainer from the dollar store and I have lemon scented garbage bags.

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Streak-free glass cleaner

When cleaning the mirrors in your bathroom, don’t use paper towels, instead, use wadded up newspaper for a streak-free shine. Here is a chemical-free glass cleaner mixture.
Ingredients:
3/4 cups of white vinegar
1.25 cups of warm distilled water
4 drops of LEMON essential oils
(Or any scent you want really, but I prefer lemon.)
16 OZ spray bottle

Mix all the ingredients in the spray bottle and then spray on mirrors and glass and wipe with newspaper.

Cleaning the shower head

Fill a zip lock bag of distilled vinegar and tie around shower head so that the head is in the water. Leave it for about 30 minutes and then the crusty crap on there should come right off. Hey, no lemons in this one. Hahaha

Bath toys

We all know that it’s crucial to keep our kids bath toys clean, as they can hold so many germs! Fill up the already cleaned sink with warm water and vinegar and leave the toys in there for about 15 minutes and then let them air dry. Do this at least once or twice a week to keep them sanitized and germ free.

 

Writing this is making me want to deep clean my whole house now….

Avoiding rust on counters

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You know those rust stains that appear on the counter underneath your glass soap containers? Yeah, do you hate those as much as I do??? Here’s how you prevent that from happening. Anything that you stick on your bathroom counter is bound to get wet so, just apply clear nail polish to the bottom of whatever you keep on the bathroom counter. BAM, no more rust stains!

If you loved these hacks and are just a clean freak like me, then drop me a like or comment what you would like to see hacks on next.

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My "Mom Look".

Definition of “Mom Look”: The look of a mom who is just too tired or in a hurry that she dresses more for comfort rather than for look.

So I have noticed how much my style has changed since before I got pregnant. I use to dress with accessories and always did my hair and makeup. Once I got pregnant, that slowly started to fade. The bigger I got, the less I cared. lol I don’t dress atrocious or anything, I just don’t put too much effort into it. I am just now getting back into dressing a little better.

When I brought my daughter home, yoga pants and tank tops were my best friends. That’s pretty much all I wore. I know I didn’t put jeans on for like the first 2 months of her life. Just seemed like too much effort, especially knowing that I was probably going to get puked on anyways. lol

I didn’t sleep much (2 to 3 hours a night, maybe) when she was a newborn. I mean who really does? I was past the point of just “too tired” to wear “real” clothes so, I didn’t.
But, I am now giving my Mom Look more effort. Sorta…I don’t wear yoga pants anymore. That’s a step in the right direction right? I still pretty much wear tank tops all the time but I think it’s appropriate to use the excuse, “It’s summer time”.

I made a change to make my mom look easily achievable. I recently chopped the majority of my long hair off. My hair was just so thick and hard to take care of with a newborn because of the fact that it was so thick. I was hesitant about doing it because I had been growing it for 4 years but it was definitely the right thing to do.

4 Months ago, my mom look consisted of, Yoga pants and tank tops everyday, slippers, thick messy bun and a tired looking face.

Today, my mom look consists of Jean shorts and tank tops, sandals, shoulder length A-Line haircut and a very well hidden tired looking face.

Even though I don’t dress like I use to over a year ago, I feel better. You can definitely dress for comfort and still look good.

Why am I blogging at 7:30 A.M. you ask?
Because my daughter woke me up at 3, 3:30, 4:15, 4:30, 5:30 and 5:45, and I have been up ever since. 
I am tired. 

 

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Crazy Cleaning Lady!

Ever since I got pregnant, my cleaning “problem” has increased… a lot.
I don’t think this is a bad thing (My husband will disagree cause he doesn’t think I need to be using too many chemicals). So, I found some home remedies for natural chemical free cleaning products that really work!
I thought I’d share with everyone my secrets!! SHHHHH.

One of my absolute favorites is :

Vinegar & Baking soda spray
This solution gets rid of set in stains and odors on carpets. This is definitely my Go-to solution! I have dogs and they like to ruin my day and tinkle on the floor!
Well this completely gets rid of the smell!!!
Awesome right?!
What you’ll need:
-2 Cups of White distilled vinegar
-2 cups of lukewarm water
-4 Generous tablespoons of baking soda

-Spray bottle

Directions:
First make sure whatever you are cleaning up on your carpet is completely blotted up with a rag. It helps if you put something heavy on top of the rag, like a heavy book and then stand on it. its really important that you make sure the wet spot is blotted up until its mostly dry.
Mix the 2 cups of white distilled vinegar with the 2 cups of lukewarm water in a bowl
Add in the 4 tablespoons of baking soda in smaller amounts at a time (It fizzes) and mix
Dump solution into spray bottle (having a funnel of some sort comes in handy)
Now you have a chemical free cleaning solution!
Just spray on area and let it sit for a few minutes then blot it up with soft cloth.
BOOM!
Note: It will smell like vinegar. I love the smell but my husband does not so, Here is another solution for home made
Air freshener spray.
What you’ll need:
1 Tablespoon of baking soda
-Distilled water
Essential Oil (Any smell that you prefer)
Spray bottle
Directions:
Add the baking soda and 5-6 drops of your essential oil in a bowl and mix.
(I ended up adding more than 8 drops of my essential oil because I didn’t think it smelled strong enough, so really it’s to your preference)
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and then fill with water and shake to mix up the baking soda and the water
BAM!
I have more cleaning solutions but these are my top two favorites.
Here’s a funny story. Before I started making my own cleaning solutions, I  would go nuts on buying cleaning products! when I say nuts I mean like 4 bottles of each cleaning product and then some. Luckily, it was all from the dollar store but I still spent about $80 on just cleaning products and trust me, I used all of them.
Any who, I think I told my husband I was going to the dollar store for a few specific things and left with $80 of cleaning products. When he got home from work and saw my stock pile on the living room floor (I hadn’t put them all the way yet), he looked at me like I was crazy. Now he thinks I shouldn’t be allowed to go to the dollar store by myself. LOL
Here was my stock pile. 
I just Loveeee new cleaning stuff!
 
Fun Fact: One of my most favorite cleaning products is the Magic Eraser. This sponge thing has been a lifesaver. Being married to a mechanic and living in a place with white walls just do not go hand in hand. I am constantly wiping black marks off of the walls, doors and the fridge.
Everyone who thinks I’m Crazy and needs help after reading about my obsession, I guarantee, my house smells better than yours! 😛