BENTO LUNCHES THIS WEEK

A few more Bentos from last few weeks 🙂

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Spaghetti & Marinara Sauce

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HAVE A GOOD DAY BENTO!

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SIMPLE BENTO!

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ANOTHER ONE SIMPLE BENTO!

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CUTE BENTO!

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SPAGHETTI & MARINARA AGAIN!

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OCTOPUS & BUTTERFLIES !

I had fun making these lunches ,hope u have fun making them too !

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6 STEPS TO A SIMPLE WHOLE HOUSE CLEANING SCHEDULE

Happy Monday to all ! no not really!!  i have been dreading mondays for a while now !

I have been away ,I know many readers asking where I have been, honestly I have been too busy with my work, School, extracurricular activities,and planning parties!!

Well Anyways here are six steps to a  simple  whole house cleaning schedule!kids chore 3

To some, cleaning occurs when the dust bunnies are overly visible or the clutter has become very noticeable. But to many, setting up a schedule and being proactive in your cleaning regimen is more to their liking. This method allows the home to be cleaned throughout without waiting until it is too late. 

Schedule It

The simplest way to keep your home reliably clean? Stick to a schedule. It’s not as daunting as it sounds.

The trick lies in creating a realistic schedule that truly works for you and your home.

Stay on track with my 4 week cleaning schedule Here.

step1: Get Ready

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First things first. You’ll need to get a concrete idea of exactly what must happen for you to have a nice, clean home. Grab a writing instrument and a clipboard. Get ready to walk through your space, room by room, taking realistic inventory of the areas and tasks that will make up your schedule.

Clean with What You Have

Having the cleaning supplies and tools you need on hand will help cleaning go faster. And you may have some of the necessities already in your house. Watch and see!

Step 2: Choose Your Rooms

List all the rooms and areas in your home that need regular cleanings, including hallways, stairways, and entryways. Leave areas that you don’t often use, such as the  storage room or guest room, off your regular cleaning schedule. Work them in seasonally, or as needed.

Step 3: Identify Tasks

Visit each room on your schedule, one by one. Look around. List all the cleaning tasks you need to perform regularly. Order items from top to bottom—ceiling to floors—the same order in which you’ll clean.

Step 4: Select Frequency

Decide how often you want to clean each room. Most spaces probably need a weekly or biweekly cleaning, but do consider your lifestyle. If your family is away from home most weekdays, for example, you might not need to clean as often as someone who stays home with small children. You might also find that public spaces, such as the Kitchen  and guest bathroom, need cleaning more often than private spaces, such as bedrooms.

Step 5: Identify Your Cleaning Style

Now that you’ve identified both cleaning tasks and frequency, it’s time to decide how to clean.

Try one of the following three options:

1. One (or Two) and Done
Clean everything in one day. Or, if one very long block of cleaning feels like too much, split your list in half and tackle it over two days.

2. Timed Sessions
Decide which days you’ll clean and for how long, such as 30 minutes. Then, set a timer, and start at the top of your list. Clean until the timer dings. On your next scheduled cleaning day, pick up where you left off. Repeat.

3. A Room (or Two) a Day
Decide how many days you’ll clean. Then, assign specific areas to specific days. For example: Monday: Kitchen, entry, and laundry room; Tuesday: Living roomand Dining room; Wednesday: bathrooms; and Thursday: hallway and bedrooms.

Step 6: Practice Your Schedule

Schedule and start your first month’s cleanings. Consider it a trial run. To avoid overwhelming yourself, limit time spent in each room, simply picking up where you left off next time. Keep in mind that it will get easier. Like anything, it takes practice before a new home-cleaning schedule functions smoothly.

Make It a Habit

 Setting these cleaning habits actually  enhance your whole-home cleaning schedule.
Load a cleaning caddy with your favorite cleaning supplies.

Carry it with you from room to room to streamline the cleaning process.Clean Between ,Extend that fresh-cleaned feeling.

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If you aren’t in the habit of putting things away daily, add “declutter” to your cleaning list. It’s much easier to clean a home that’s free of surface clutter.

until next time happy housekeeping!!

MASTER BEDROOM CLEANING

First, Let’s do what we did in the living room and the kids bedrooms . 

 Printable checklist for this week ’s challenge

BEDROOM CLEANING CHECKLIST

 DRAWERS & DRESSERS 

Clear off those stacks and piles on and around your dresser/chest of drawers. Now, dump each drawer, one at a time, or all at the same time into a central location. Clean  the drawers if necessary.

Go through and sort items. Decide what you want to have in the dresser drawers and put only those items back.

Use the 4 box method to sort the remaining items. If you haven’t worn an item in a year, ask yourself if you will wear it within the next year. IF no then get rid of it! (Garage sale, donate to the needy or someone you know will wear it, or THROW IT OUT!)

Do similar with items other than clothing that you find along the way. How about those  old &worn undergarments?? Get rid of them and treat yourself to new! You may want to invest in, or make dividers for some of these types of articles.

JEWELLERY & KNICK-KNACKS:

How about the jewelry box? Time to go through & inventory. Might want to give some that you don’t wear to your kids to play, and leave room for your better items.

 

THE CLOSET! 

Use the same technique as for drawers: take everything out of the closet and pile in a central location. Decide what you what to store where in the closet! Then use the 4 box method as you consider each thing you removed from the closet before you put items into the closet!

For shoes, try on all pairs if you can’t wear them now, chances are you never will. Get rid of them! And if you never really felt comfortable in a certain pair, find a friend who would.

Come on now, do you really need to keep the old maternity clothes ??

Would anyone else want them? If so, give them away, if not throw them away! Okay now, get ready to fill the closet with things you need and love.

THE BED AREA .

Have you checked under the bed yet? Better do so! There could be shoes, books, and other items that have long since been forgotten. You might want to consider getting storage containers for use under there for your off-season clothing.

Clean off the night stands & bedside tables and dust off the lamps & arrange your books !

Have you changed the linens on the bed? Turn the mattress first, so you won’t “wear” a valley in it! Throw the pillows into the dryer to fluff, and pull out all the dust they collect also!

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ELECTRONICS  & OTHER STUFF 

Time to dust and clean off all the furniture with your favorite product. Don’t forget the TV screen & any mirrors you may have. Everyone has different things in their bedrooms which are individual to your household. Take a good look around and see if there is anything we left out.

Vacuum the floor of the room and under the bed!

LIST TIME: 

Do you need new hangers? Have you replaced winter clothes for summer clothes? Have you found that necklace that fell behind the dresser last year?

Did you check the ceiling fan, light fixtures & air vents? Do you need a new mattress pad or mattress cover?

We should be finished! What an adventure!

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KIDS CHORES

KIDS CHORES

Doing chores is a tradition in many families.Certainly was when I was a kid  , I remember I and my sis would fight over chores so that one of us could get some extra money to buy something that we wanted  !!

 Chores help kids learn responsibility, and sharing chores gives you help around the house.

These are merely guidelines—your child may do more or less. Knowing that learning life skills is a process, don’t expect perfection from your kid . The intent here is to give you ideas to try out in your family.

The following chart gives some ideas of what is possible at what ages. also a BLANK PRINTABLE .

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Your child may be able to do more than you think.  In general,  preschoolers can handle one or two simple one-step or two-step jobs. Older children can manage more. 

Here are some ideas on kids’ chores by age:

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES —2 TO 3 years 

  • Put toys away
  • Put clothes in hamper
  • Wipe up spills
  • Dust
  • Pile books and magazines

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES——- 4 TO 5 years 

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Make their bed
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Bring in mail or newspaper
  • Clear table
  • Pull weeds, if you have a garden
  • Water flowers
  • Unload utensils from dishwasher
  • Fix bowl of cereal

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES —6 TO 7 years 

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Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Sort laundry
  • Sweep floors
  • Set and clear table
  • Help make and pack lunch
  • Weed and rake leaves
  • Keep bedroom tidy

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES —8 TO 9 years 

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Load dishwasher
  • Put away groceries
  • Help make dinner
  • Make own snacks
  • Wash table after meals
  • Put away own laundry
  • Make own breakfast
  • Peel vegetables
  • Cook simple foods, such as toast ( they can defy do this )
  • Mop floor
  • Take pet for a walk

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES 10 AND OLDER.

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Unload dishwasher
  • Fold laundry
  • Clean bathroom
  • Wash windows
  • Wash car
  • Cook simple meal with supervision
  • Iron clothes
  • Do laundry
  • Baby-sit younger siblings (with adult in the home)
  • Clean kitchen
  • Change their bed sheets

 This below is Poohcoo’s Chore chart , I have put it up on my fridge where its easily accessible to her and she remembers to do it too!

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Not sure your kids will go for it? Take heart!  Here is a fun way of downloading their fav character and making chores more fun ! check out these 2 websites below !

http://www.dltk-cards.com/chart/

https://in.pinterest.com/famzoo/creative-chore-charts/

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There are ways to make chores a little bit, well, less of a chore for everyone.I hope that helped you to create some age Appropriate chores for kids.

I would LOVE to hear what chores you have your children do in your house!!  I am always revisiting our chores and editing them to their ages.

HELPING HANDS & MAKING MEMORIES !!

Make Your Kids Part of the Cleaning Routine . But though it can be challenging to keep things clean, neat, and orderly when you’ve got young children at home, it’s not impossible. In fact, the secret is to make your kids part of the solution, rather than the problem. here are a few tricks and tips for u to get help from little helping hands !

1. Have Realistic Expectations.

To a child, asking them to “clean a room” is an overwhelming and confusing thought  they often have trouble understanding . Asking them to put away their clean clothes away or to clear off a play area  are likely more manageable expectations and will eventually lead to better help with keeping a cleaning routine.

2. Set Timers.

I don’t know about your kids but mine works much more efficiently with deadlines. If I asked her to pick up all the toys off the floor and return them to where they belong, it might take all afternoon because she would become distracted by playing with them. But if I set a timer for 15 minutes, the task was over and done 15 minutes later. We called our timed cleaning tasks as “cleaning  fairies ” and it turned what might feel like a chore into a fun game. And as a long term bonus it taught her  to become independent and  efficient!

3.Have A Place for Everything.

 By regularly purging excess and having a clear place for everything, I hoped to teach my kid to be successful not only with daily cleaning but understanding the need for keeping only what you need and basic organizational skills. Then automatically she started doing things like she has always done them !

4. Set Aside A Time for Daily Cleaning.

Once a month cleaning and weekend cleaning plans did not work at our house. For awhile we tried Saturday cleaning and it pretty much ruined our weekend. Once I realized that I didn’t enjoy letting all the housework pile up to be dealt with on Saturday, everything changed around our house. A little bit of upkeep every day helped my whole family to become people who generally just picked up after ourselves regularly, rather than waiting until “heavy cleaning day.”

5. Rewards, Memory Making and End of the Week Fun.

It is so important to make living fun and memorable. I never wanted Poohcoo to have more memories of “cleaning days” and “chores” than of regular family fun and I really like teaching  her about the rewards of hard work and daily discipline. So I reward her every Friday ,after her whole week of tasks are done ,we go through our Chore List and enjoy the rewards by way of ICE-CREAM!!! imagesSo while this battle may not be worth the effort–or even feasible–for everyone, I can say without hesitation that it was most definitely worth it for us, not simply for the clean room, but for the character it is instilling in them….and in me.

KIDS ROOM CLEANING CHECKLIST

Kids room Cleaning steps :

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 Dust the furniture. Wipe down the crib or bed and all other furniture with cleaner and a cloth.

Clean the upholstery. Dust any upholstered pieces—such as a rocking-chair cushion, an ottoman, or beanbag chairs—with a moistened cloth. Or gently go over the fabric with a dry-cleaning sponge.

Sanitize the changing table and diaper pail. Use all-purpose cleaner and a cloth. Wipe down any baby products sitting on the table with a cloth.

Launder the bedding. Wash everything—mattress pads, sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillowcases—in hot water. For good measure, throw in pillows every few washes.

Dust any photos, and artwork. Use a microfiber cloth or an extendable duster. Spritz glass cleaner on a cloth and wipe down any glass in long, horizontal strokes to avoid streaking.

Disinfect the wastebasket. Spray all-purpose cleaner both inside and outside the bin and wipe down with a cloth.

Vacuum the floors. Or mop them with a dust mop. Move big pieces of furniture, such as cribs, changing tables, beds, and toy chests, and clean underneath, around, and behind them. Don’t forget to clear everything off the closet floor and run the dust mop or vacuum over it. Dust bunnies breed behind closet doors.

Do the light fixtures. Dust with extra caution! 

Wash the windows. Spritz glass cleaner on a newspaper or use a squeegee and a solution of dishwashing liquid and water.

Clean the blinds or curtains. Wipe blinds with an extendable duster. Vacuum curtains with a brush attachment or wipe them with a dry-cleaning sponge.

Wash the toys. Machine wash stuffed animals and let them air-dry—or throw them in the freezer to kill germs. Clean plastic toys with a disinfecting wipe and wooden ones with a wet cloth moistened with dishwashing liquid.

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Clean the mattress & the Bed , Play Area.  Carefully go over the entire surface, paying special attention to indented or buttoned areas, where dust can lodge.

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Let’s get shelves done first (if appropriate). Use same method: examine, toss/save/donate, replace onto shelves.

 For me the Hair Accessories are a overwhelming cleaning chore ,

here are 2 ways how I tackle it!

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This is a good time to get rid of games with lots of missing pieces, or save for while you’re in the playroom in case the pieces are hidden there.

Desk drawers: go through (or have your children if they’re older) and sort out what papers need to be saved and what can be tossed.

Get rid of old magazines, old McDonald toys, toys in pieces, broken crayons, non-functional pens. make room for the stuff on top of the desk!

Clothing Drawers and Closets: Again, check for current sizing. Too small? Donate to a friend’s kids, Goodwill, or homeless shelter. Torn? Can it be used for rags?

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Box up anything to be saved for a sibling. Label and the box and put it away now. Throw out anything not able to be repaired! Have your child try on questionable items.

Before we go further. have you thought about taking curtains down, and washing? Better start now! Throw the bedspread & blanket in the wash too!

Time to check under the bed for the Messies down there. This might be a good place for under-bed storage containers.

Once everything is picked up off the floor, don’t forget the ceiling fans, and wash your ceiling fixtures. Now’s a good time for windows & blinds too! Don’t forget to dust, & polish any wooden furniture.

If you have boxes stored in bedroom or closets make sure you have a good marker with you to mark the outside of boxes with contents.

You can use the same methods for playrooms or play areas. 

 HERE IS A  PRINTABLE CHECKLIST KIDS room clean

If you have none of the above,

Then take a relaxing bath. Then go over any areas that still need  “doing”.

PRINTABLE JULY 2015 SCHEDULES

When it comes to organizing, the best system is the one you come up with to suit your particular life circumstances.  Systems devised by others can give you ideas, but it rarely works when you try to follow them to the letter.  (Not that I haven’t tried.)  

july!There’s something irresistible about other people’s systems,

the promise being that if only you could stick to a system, you’d never be caught with an empty fridge or messy living room ever again. YES ! The thought always brings a smile to my face ,but honestly it hardly works ! but it doesn’t hurt to try ! Right?

  Anyway here is an Organization Plan for July 2015  .

I’ve tried to create something simple, easy to use, and practical for even the busiest mom. I have broken things up into daily tasks, weekly tasks, and monthly tasks There are some tasks that must be done every day to keep a clean home.

To keep it simple for you,I have  very easy ROUTINES  To do throughout the day here . Most take only a few minutes. 

This July Printable Calendar is so easy to use ,just print and keep it in your HOUSEHOLD NOTEBOOK  and u won’t forget even a single task ! Trust me this method really works ! I can only hope ! 

There’s a different organizing suggestion for you to do every day of the month–all easy, down-to-earth, and no thinking’ what should I do?’ required.

so here is a Calendar for July 2015 a sneak peak at the whole month ahead of you !

JULY 2015         

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I JUST FEEL LIKE HER RIGHT NOW !! I really Have come up with this system to help my family needs , it is editable so u can download it and Edit Away!! 

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Until then Happy JULY to ALL!!