Sunday, January 27, 2008

Before I start the organizational post a little birthday wish. 11 years ago today I was in a hospital bed, during a awful sleeting day outside in labor. Full labor, it was a Monday and the doc said his office closed at 5 so we better get a move on. At 4:41pm she gave in and got here, finally. Early but all 6 pounds 11 oz and 20 inches of her made it. I was only 20 years old and had no clue what God had in store for me but I love everything about my life now and would not change a single tiny thing. Preteen years and all she has been worth every second.
This week we are going to work on getting our cleaning kits together for our February challenges. I will post a picture of my cleaning kit tomorrow the only picture I wanted on today was of Carlee cause she deserves that. Per Real Simple Magazine; Martha Stewarts Homekeeping Handbook and a post I made on Two Peas in a Bucket these are the essential thing your cleaning tub should have. You can carry this from one room to another and have everything you need to accomplish that. We will be discussing assigning rooms next week.
22 Essential Cleaning Items:
1. Microfiber Cloths
2. Scrub Brush
3. Spray Bottle
4. Rubber Gloves(Sooo Important, no ickies on these fingers)
5. Toothbrush(for those hard to reach places $1 at Dollar Store)
6. Dry Cleaning Sponge
7. Squeegee(GREAT for shower walls trust me. I fell in love with it)
8. Disinfecting Wipes(I keep a bottle in the bathrooms and the kitchen)
9. Mild Abrasive Cleaner like Bon Ami
10. Vinegar
11. Dishwashing liquid (I prefer Dove, great for the hands too and smell)
12. An All purpose cleaner (I hear Mrs. Meyers is great but its a little pricey and I can only get in the big city so you can make your own with 2 Tablespoons of Ivory and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle)
13. Baking Soda
14. Caddy (I ended up with a basket, our WalMart didnt have a caddy)
15. Microfiber duster (its so so soft)
16. Handbroom with dust pan
17. Toilet Brush (or those throw away ones which I prefer I cannot reuse those ICK)
18. Broom or we like the Swiffer Sweeper (You can get $5 off one of these if you sign up for the coupon on line)
19. Sponge Mop
20. Dust Mop
21. Extendable Duster(if needed, if you cant reach your fans etc)
22. Vacuum, If you are like Steff you can name yours hers is Penelope she is a cute pink Dyson
There can also just be a simple universal clean kit that is scaled down compared to the biggy to use for daily tasks that we will cover next Sunday, They are your basic All Purpose Cleaner; Mild Abrasive Cleaner; Glass Cleaner(you can make your own with 1 part Vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle; Rubber Gloves; White lint free cloths and a medium bristled scrub brush.
I would love to see everyones cleaning kits as well so link me to your blog or email me a pic and I will post it here. Please have your cleaning kits ready for February because it will benefit you greatly to becoming more organized and having a clean always company ready home.
If you prefer more enviromentally friendly cleaners these websites seriously rock! &
I found a few more links to share last night, these are coupon sites:; &
And just a really cool informative one
Well post on here a Happy Birthday for Carlee if you have time and more to come! Thanks for reading :) XOXOXO Alicia


wolffx5 said...

Did you get rid of the "A" stamps??

Michielle said...

Happy Birthday Carlee!!!!!.........We all love you bunches and bunches!!!!....Stay the sweet girl that you are!!! XXXOOOO You KNOW I'm going to 'hug' you the next time I get to see you!!! ha!!!

The Life of an Eight Year Olds Moms said...

Hey there,
Can you let me know if you have any of your garage sale items? Pretty please. I'm new the "Blog stalking!" Ha Ha. I'm also interested in attending Crop Camp, but heard its in Wichita. How do I sign up? Thanks so much!!
Have a great "Day"!!