Cleaning Schedules- The Smart Way to Clean

I have recently embraced the idea of a cleaning schedule and it has seriously changed my life! I am not a natural born cleaner, so cleaning has always been sort of a hard task for me. I really have to motivate myself and focus on what task needs to be done and then I usually work really, really, extra super hard to find a way to not do it. Anyone else have this problem? Yeah, I thought so.

I have finally found my inner clean this year. I started tackling the worst mess in the house: My bedroom. This is where everything just gets thrown. That basket of stuff from the car I brought in 6 months ago? In my bedroom. The 600 pair of the kid’s lost shoes? My bedroom. 20 bags of stuff to donate that have been sitting there for 2 years? You guessed it! Have you seen that Hoarders show? My room looked like a less scary version of their house (okay, I am totally exaggerating, but still really something I should not have had to live in.)

I finally started tackling the beast and WOWZA!! It is like a whole new room! I got such a high off of cleaning the room and making it look amazing, that I literally did not stop until I was completely done! I got rid of like 30 bags of just random stuff. Like 50 bags of just papers and trash. Seriously. I know many of you won’t admit that you have just 1 room like this, but I am letting my messy flag fly for all of you to read about.

I started decluttering each room in the house and getting it good and clean. This is the FIRST STEP to getting your house clean: PURGE AND ACTUALLY GET THE STUFF OUT OF YOUR HOUSE. Donate it, send it to your neighbor, sell it on craigslist, have a yard sale. Just whatever you do, don’t keep it. Get rid of it as soon as you can. Don’t leave it in your house because it will just stay there.

So then, you need to start a cleaning schedule.

Choose how you want your list!

How do you like to work? Are you a total write it down kinda gal or a put it in your phone lady? If you like to write it down, please print my list below! If you are a techy, there is an app I LOVE LOVE LOVE called Tick Tick . It is a checklist app that really is totally amazing and so easy to use! It is so satisfying to “tick” off each thing!

This is the app on the screen of my phone. After you download the app, put the widget on your home screen. Click on the blue top bar of the widget or just go directly into the app! Set up an account once you are in the app!

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It should bring you to this page when you click the menu button in the app. First thing you want to do it hit add list. I added a list for things I need to do, one for Izzy’s Chores, one for laundry, and one for my life tasks. You can easily make a list for each room instead. Now time to click on your list and start adding tasks!

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Start adding your tasks by typing them in! I typed what room it was and then the task. If you made your list by room, you can just add the task! To edit the repetition and days, click on your task.

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It should bring you to this and click on the date!

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Then you will chose the date you want it to start on! And then choose how often you want it to repeat (see where it says daily on my screen).

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And then how often. To do something every certain number of weeks, you will choose custom and then set up the weeks.

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It is so easy and so much fun to “make” me clean. It will alert you each day with your tasks at about 8am! I LOVE IT and you might love it too!

Choose how often you want to clean each room and what tasks need to be done to each room!

I have tasks that need to be done DAILY, WEEKLY, BI WEEKLY, AND MONTHLY! Make a list of what you want to do each day or week and what can be stretched out to every couple of weeks. I also have a laundry schedule according to how much laundry we go through each week!

Here is my FREE task list to print or to copy into your Tick Tick app!

 

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Love,

Sydney

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SUMMER 2016 BUCKET LIST!

Summer is here! Sunshine and heat means playing in the lake and pool!

So, everyone knows how much I love my bucket lists!! The Summer Bucket List is by far my favorite though!! I thought I would share it with all of you! I also have a cute printable version available for download at the bottom of the page! Check out my “SBL” journey in the links on this page!!!

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  • Go to the lake
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Roast Marshmellows
  • Go Camping
  • Tye Die Shirts
  • Go on Road Trips
  • Outdoor Movies
  • Catch Fireflies
  • Make Homemade Lemonade
  • Play with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Go to a Water Park
  • Watch Fireworks
  • Ride on a water slide
  • Have a BBQ
  • Make Rootbeer Floats
  • Eat Snowcones
  • Watch a sunrise
  • Watch a Sunset
  • Go to a Festival
  • Go on a Picnic
  • Go fishing
  • Go to an Outdoor Concert
  • Wash our car (with waterhose)
  • Go stargazing
  • Go to the movies
  • Eat at a food truck
  • Go to a beach
  • Make a huge slip and slide
  • Go to a Rodeo
  • Make memories!!

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I hope ya’ll have an amazing summer! What would you add to your family bucket list??

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School’s Out…Summer Schedule is in!!!

School is about to be out!! WOW! I can’t believe summer is finally here. Although, here in Oklahoma it is still severe weather season (tornado risk every day this week)! So, I was thinking about how Iz thrives on schedules and during the school year, she has a strict schedule and then summer break comes along and ruins her habits and schedule. So I came up with a schedule that is totally kid approved. We are adding in our weekly fun, but are keeping structure to their days! The good news, I put everything on ONE page so that I can laminate a few copies to put in her room and on the fridge!

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Family Binder Freebie- Planner

Hey everyone! I have been putting my graphic design skill to hard work designing an amazing family binder! This is the 1st part of the binder, which is the planning part!

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This is the full color cover for your amazing family binder!

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Here is the Ink Saver Cover

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Planning Section

This section gives you planners and calendars (a mom’s life saver)!

SECTION 1- PLANNING

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I hope you enjoy this awesome download! Feel Free to share this with your friends! Make sure to always link back to me!!

Are there any pages you would like to see in this section? Comment and maybe they will become an add on!

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Fall Bucket List

Here is a FREE Fall Bucket List I designed!! Please feel free to use this or share it on your blog (as long as you link it back to me)! Download is below!!

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Exciting News/ New Series of Posts!!

So, I haven’t posted in 500 years because I have some crazy exciting news! Besides getting a new job, being tied up with the studio and taking care of my Izzy bug, I AM PREGNANT with a little boy! Tatum Michael is due March 23, 2015. I have had a few difficulties in my pregnancy causing me to be bed ridden and half the time knocked out from medication! I am doing so much better now!!

Ok, so now onto my new series! As many of you know, Christmas is now 42 days away and that means Christmas Shopping season has begun! Now, I have A TON of family to buy for this year and a small budget. This awesome series is going to be all about Christmas shopping, ideas, deals, and steals to make this the Most Memorable Christmas Ever! I am so excited to get started shopping and hope to give some amazing ideas for frugal gifts!!

 

VIEW PART 1: THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER- CHRISTMAS SHOPPING- MAKING YOUR LIST

Spring and Summer Bucket List: Visit Botanical Gardens

On April 18th, we went to the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK for Journey Church’s Good Friday in the park! It was such an amazing experience and the gardens were beautiful! They have done so much to make it look beautiful out there! They have a really neat park for the kids to play at and are adding new stuff all the time! We got to eat from the food trucks that were out there for the celebration and listen to music! I am not sure if the stage they had out there was one that is always there or if the church provided it, but it was a pretty spectacular set up!! We had such a great time at the Myriad and hope to go back there this Summer! I checked out some of the fun stuff they have going on there this summer for kids!!

Free Samples?? No Way!!

So one of my friends told me about these 2 awesome sites that give you free samples to try and you give them feedback! I thought yeah, right. There has to be a catch; they make you pay for shipping or something… NO. You get it TOTALLY FREE!!!

One of the sites bzzagent.com just sent me 6 Green Mountain K-Cups for my Keurig to try FOR FREE! No Shipping, no nothing. This is my 3rd or 4th time to get samples from them!

I thought this coffee was ok. It was a little weak in my opinion and I prefer the Donut Shop K-Cups to this one. I like a stronger, medium roast coffee. It was not a bad coffee, it was just not good enough for me to go out and buy 200 k-cups of it. My husband loved this coffee though. I do like that they are helping coffee-farming communities improve their way of life, but that is just not enough for me to want to drink this coffee every morning.