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5 Tools for a Clean House

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Clean House

I was given the Dyson Ball Animal to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

At one time I had a clean house.

Everything had a place and everything was in it’s place.

I loved sitting in the living room of my clean house with a scented candle and a warm cup of tea. I would read my latest reading assignment for class or talk to friends on the phone.

Having a house that was clean and tidy was important to me.

But after having children, something happened.

Instead of my goal being to keep my house tidy, the goal was simply to survive.

Slowly, that is changing.

We’re getting better about keeping a routine for the whole family. Life doesn’t seem to be as chaotic as it once was. I can breathe again.

It’s time to dig in and take back that tidy and clean house.

Are you ready to join me in this take back?

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5 Tools to Take Back Your Tidy and Clean House

As with anything we want to accomplish, we have to make sure we have the right tools. This is key.

1. Make a plan. Depending on your season of life, this plan may be as easy as “Spend Saturday cleaning out your closet.” If you have several children and a husband who works an irregular schedule, it might be slightly more complicated.

Get out your calendar and set a date to work. Hire a babysitter so you and your spouse can work together, or find a time when your spouse is home and they can watch the kids. Make a list of the rooms in your house and what needs to happen in each room. Then prioritize the list.

2. Discard. SO MUCH STUFF. Have you ever walked into a room or opened the door to your closet and immediately felt overwhelmed because of all the stuff?

If you are like us, you have collected a lot of stuff over the years. Gifts, souvenirs, this and that, clothes that no longer fit, gloves that don’t have a match, shoes that the kids have out grown, so much stuff.

Get rid of it. Have a yard sale. Sell it on Craigslist. Donate the extra.

3. Cleaning Supplies. Find cleaning supplies that you love. Mrs. Meyers has a scent that I really enjoy. It makes cleaning fun, if that’s even possible. My favorite cleaner is Thieves cleaner because it smells warm and inviting while killing germs.

Keep all the supplies in one area. Using a tote helps this happen at our house. Inside my cleaning tote I keep Thieves cleaner concentrate, sponges, paper towels, glass spray bottle, lemon essential oil, garbage bags, baking soda, vinegar, and vacuum cleaner attachments.

The tote is easy to take upstairs and downstairs even with four kids usually following me.

4. Vacuum Cleaner. I can not tell you the difference that having a GOOD vacuum cleaner can make in your sanity. Especially if you have four children and a hairy dog. If I fail to vacuum at least every two days, tiny balls of hairs roughly the size of a small puppy start following us throughout the house. They are everywhere.

Having a vacuum that actually catches said balls of hair is a sanity saver in our house.

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That’s why I love the Dyson Ball Animal.

I didn’t think it was possible to love a vacuum cleaner, but I do. Now I enjoy vacuuming.

This latest Dyson upright vacuum cyclones captures more dirt and microscopic dust than any other cyclone.

Did you know Dyson upright vacuums have whole-machine HEPA filtration, capturing over 99% of pollen, mold, and bacteria – keeping them trapped in the bin? Just push the button to release the dirt directly into the bin. That’s one of my favorite features.

No longer do you have to use a different attachment for wood floors and carpets. The Dyson Ball Animal self-adjusts to seal in suction across carpets and hard floors.

The ball enables the machine to turn on a dime, which is awesome. This feature makes it so much easier to steer around furniture and other obstacles {i.e., toys, children, balance beams}.

The Dyson Ball Animal comes with the Tangle-free Turbine tool, so you can remove human and pet hair alike without tangling. Um, this is very important in our house not only with our dog, but because us girls seem to loose A LOT OF HAIR. It’s insane.

An instant-release high-reach wand allows for quick cleaning up high to get those hard to reach fan blades and window treatments.

If you continually clean up messes, have kids, pets, or just generally want a great vacuum, you should check out the Dyson Ball Animal.

5. Get the Kids Involved. This can get tricky. What are the best ages to start chores? How young is too young?

My answer?

Every child is different.

You know your children. You know what they are capable of.

Our 21 month old helps me switch laundry between the washer and dryer and then pushes the laundry basket to my bedroom. She also loves to help her sister empty the dishwasher.

Find a task that your children enjoy doing and encourage them in that. Our oldest loves to make beds. One of her jobs is to make everyone’s bed in the morning.

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Maybe it’s because it’s still new, but everyone except the baby likes to vacuum right now. I let them. They might not always ask to vacuum at a time that’s best for me, but I try to let them when they ask as often as I can.

What can kids do?

  • wipe baseboards
  • vacuum
  • put clothes in the laundry room
  • empty the dishwasher
  • put toys away
  • make beds
  • clean windows
  • wipe off the table before and after meals

Getting your tidy and clean house isn’t that far off. It’s possible with a little strategic planning, the right tools, and getting rid of all the stuff weighing you down.

And if you’re in the market for a vacuum cleaner you will fall in love with, get the Dyson Ball Animal.

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Stephanie

Saturday 9th of January 2016

I like your suggestions on getting kids involved. I need to crack the whip and be better about having them help me. I feel like passing the vacuum makes such a difference. Even if everything else is a mess, if I can get the floor clean I feel like I have accomplished so much.

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Monday 11th of January 2016

It's hard. It's definitely easier to do it myself. Ha! We have had several broken dishes, but it's worth it to let them take responsibility.

I agree. Even if I can't get to anything else, vacuuming makes a world of difference.

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