Why is October so busy?? I love it but I’m just about ready to move on to November and that sweet time of chilly but not cold. There are a few quiet weekends before the Holidays start to relax. We have been somewhere every night this week. There are just too many fun things to do in October, Fall Festivals, hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, football games, etc, etc. However, the house is surprisingly not a wreck and that is particularly due to the fact that I have been reading a new book. I purchased “The Complete Book of Clean” this week by Toni Hammersley. If you don’t already, you should follow her blog, instagram account and/or Facebook pages at A Bowl Full of Lemons. She has the best tips on cleaning, budgeting and staying organized. Something we need serious help with around here. Her website and pictures are clean, pretty and inspiring. The website is easy to maneuver. She has tabs for “Home”, “Blog”, “Shop”, “Home Tour”, “Favorites” and “Begin Here”. I like the “Begin Here” button because quite frankly, it makes it easy for those who are just discovering her site for the first time. Under the “Shop” button, you can find printables for any area in life that you might need help organizing. There are printables for budgeting, cleaning, menu planning, a weekly planner and even a Holiday planner, plus more.
The book focuses on cleaning and gives you list for everyday tasks, monthly and yearly tasks. It gives advice on where to start so that you do not feel overwhelmed. It also gives recipes on making your own cleaning solutions. I love this and have tried several in the past, but I will be trying more. One of my favorites that I’ve been using is baking soda with a few drops of peppermint oil for a carpet/rug freshner. I keep it in a jar that has holes punched in the top for easy sprinkle action. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and the peppermint oil makes it smell great. You could probably use lemon, lavender or whatever essential oil you like to smell.
Toni also gives some great tips on how to get the work done. One thing she suggests is something that I have done since I was a kid to help get my chores completed and that is to crank up the music! I have gotten away from this lately. I think because while the boys were tiny, I needed to be able to hear them. Now that they are older and growing more self sufficient everyday, I can turn the music back on while I’m cleaning the kitchen or folding the laundry. Who am I kidding?? These are little boys- they ARE NOT self sufficient, but they are old enough to come get me if they have a problem. I hate to clean up the kitchen, but some great music makes it better and I love when the boys join me for good kitchen dance party.
If you love to clean and organize or if you hate it and need some help, A Bowl Full of Lemons is definitely worth checking out! It’s very useful and inspirational. I highly recommend!!