Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Keep it Clean, Sister.

Recently,  I surprised one of my sisters.
My other sister and I showed up unannounced to help clean for a large gathering.
  We were happy to do it and she was happy to have us. 

Why it is so much more fun to clean someone else's house?
 Is it that their stuff seems so much cooler than our own?
 For me, it was like an adventure to see how clean things could be. 
 It inspired me to be a more thorough cleaner in my own house.

 It got me thinking. 
If someone came to help me clean, would I be readyNo, I wouldn't.
So, I assessed my cleaning supplies and where I keep them.
I'm usually going to at least 4 different rooms.
Upstairs, downstairs and cabinet hunting. And so are the kids.   
If everything was in one place and looked decent, not all crappy and gunky,
 maybe cleaning actually would be easier and a bit more fun.
And if I can get even a tiny bit more help from my 4 kids, I'm game to try.

Of course, I couldn't do it the normal way with a plastic basket thingy.
Here's what I came up with:

I used the enamelware bucket I bought this summer at a garage sale for $3.
The super fabulous "cleaning" is a vintage flash card I bought at Junk Bonanza for $1.50.
I am hoping the obvious wording gives the kids a subliminal message.........

I put in only the products I use the most.
 A sponge, Comet, floor cleaner, my handy dandy Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex,
 toilet bowl cleaner and brush. 
At any given moment, I can pull it out
 or the kids can grab it themselves and not have to ask me where it all is. 
The cuteness factor is a distraction from the actual work.
This is the goal.

Peek-a-boo. Please clean the toity.
(I now deem my cleaning supplies worthy.)

Oh happy day.
xo Jeanne.


  1. That enamel pot is the best thing ever! What a great idea!

  2. You know, I would gladly go to a friends house to clean if they came to mine to help too. So.....what time can I expect you? I bet there was a lot of laughing, I know there would be if it were me with my sisters.


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