For All You Non-Cleaning Types Out There: 5 Tips That Will Help You in Your Cleaning Efforts

bathroomreadyI am cleaner. Hear me ROAR!

Just kidding. I’m totally just psyching myself up to wash the toilet. Ew.

So here’s the thing, I’m not a cleaner.

While I believe in working hard and teaching my children how to take care of a home, if I could afford some help, I’d get it in a hot second. I have no problem with someone helping me take care of my home, and if and when I ever do have someone help me, it doesn’t mean I won’t clean or won’t have my children clean. They will because they must learn and I will because that’s life.

All to say, for those of us who don’t have a cleaning lady, and those of us with a particular visionary bent who would rather do anything else {ahem} we need some tips to keep us motivated. Today, I humbly offer some of the ways I have found help in cleaning.

5 Tips to Help You in Your Cleaning Efforts

Get Your Kids to Help

For real! When my kiddos were babies, I was on my own. Granted, there was less mess, but there was still mess. And diapers. And exhaustion. But now, NOW, I have three little helpers and it is wonderful! I cannot stress enough the glory in having your children help, besides the fact that it’s good for them to learn how to work, it is actually a help. Yes, you will have to train them and there might be some huffing and hawing, but eventually it will get better. I find that when we work together, things get done quickly and we are all happier. I’m always saying to my kids, “We are a team!” and the classic, “Many hands make light work!” I will overhear my kids saying that phrase sometimes and it makes me smile.

Keep on and your kids will be a delight and a help to you!

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Use a Subscription Service (Best Decision Ever)

Oh my goodness, having something delivered to my door is THE BEST. I don’t have to think about it, and in the long run it saves me money. I use ePantry and it’s WONDERFUL. Because ePantry is a subscription service, and it “pays attention” to what my family needs when, I don’t have to think about it! It knows when we need paper towels or toilet cleaner or dishwasher detergent. IT KNOWS. And so when we are just about out, we will get a box on our door step! How awesome is that?! But no worries, because just in case they got something wrong, they send an email 7 days before the goods ship so you can quick check to make sure all is well. LOVE IT.

I’m sure there are some wonderful subscription services out there, but I am liking ePantry because the products are ones I used before I found them. Method and Mrs. Myers products in particular.

You must check them out! Head HERE to read more of why I think they rock (including how YOU can get FREE cleaning supplies, potentially, for life). Also, if you decide to give them a go, you will get $10 in credit and a FREE bottle of Method Wood Surface cleaner in Almond (my favorite)! WOOT!

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Good Enough is Good Enough

I am a recovering perfectionist.

My brand of perfectionist looked like this: Oh, I can’t get it all cleaned perfectly because I don’t have time so I just won’t do it all. Makes sense, right? NO! Of course it doesn’t! It’s better to do something than nothing! And honestly, I’m learning, that sometimes good enough is good enough. Maybe I didn’t wash my windows, but I cleaned up my living room. Maybe I didn’t dust the floor boards, but I swept up. Life just keeps on moving and sometimes we have to be willing to let go of the details in order keep on. It’s okay. When you have that magical day that affords you ALL THE TIME, go on and dust those floor boards. Or maybe you’ll be able to hire someone to do that kind of detail work. But in the meantime, get what you need to get done and move on to enjoying your life!

Love Yo Self

You are beautiful and glorious and colorful just the way you are! So what if you don’t clean well and you’re not detailed! You are made in the image of God and you have the capacity to do great things for His Kingdom, which yes, most often times involves hidden things, like cleaning. But your identity should never be in what you do or don’t do. Love yourself because God weaved you together and He loves you. You are not more holy because you clean well, and you are not less holy if you don’t. Yea, cleaning is part of life and it’s a way to love others, but it has nothing to do with your identity. So crank the music up and dance yourself silly and get it done, but don’t ever think for one second that you are a worse person or wife or mother because you don’t rock at cleaning. Okay? K.

Bit by Bit (Slow it down, sister!)

Sometimes you’ve just got to put on a good podcast or some music and go slow.

Scrub the toilet slowly.

Take your time on the kitchen floor.

Go through your bookshelf, dusting, and carefully placing your babies, I mean books, back on the shelf with love.

There can be a lovely rhythm to cleaning if we allow it. Sometimes the rush is good and fun and practical, but sometimes the slow is just what the soul needs.

Well, there you have it friends, what I have found helpful in getting me to clean.

I’d love to hear your tips! Give it to me!

Until next time…

Love, SM

Want to get your clean on with me? Check out 31 Days to Clean and join me here everyday as I go through the Martha challenges on the blog!

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31 Days to Clean, Day 1: Begin the Kitchen!

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Don’t judge!

I know. I KNOW. It’s bad. But hello, that’s why I’m doing 31 Days to Clean!

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Today is “Begin the Kitchen” day!

Let’s Do This!

Here’s what I’m doing, join in if you’d like!

First up, put in a load of laundry.

After the laundry is started, begin cleaning the kitchen. Focus on the basics:

  • Do the dishes (HOLLA if you have a dishwasher and praise the Lord for it)
  • Also the pans (yes, even the greasy piled up ones you haven’t wanted to touch)
  • Wash out the sink (If you have bleach, plug your sink and fill it with bleach and water and let sit for about a 1⁄2 hour.)
  • Gather all the paperwork and stuff on your counters and put it in a bin or a bag and set it aside, you’ll deal with this on another day!
  • Wipe down the counters.
  • Eat a cookie.

We’ll work more on the kitchen tomorrow!

After pics to come and my “Why” for cleaning will be up later today (I’ll update this post). Stay tuned! OH, and if you want to have your ePantry cleaning products to you by the end of the week, ORDER TODAY!

After Pics!

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It’s on.

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Clean, clean, it’s CLEAN!!!!

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Because my kitchen was clean, I felt freed up to cook! Pork butt. YUM.

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Are you drooling? It smells SO good in my house right now.

Ahhhh! And then, I had a brownie. :)

Tomorrow, FRIDGE AND MICROWAVE!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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FREE ePantry Cleaning Products for You Plus a $130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY! UPDATED with Winners!

UPDATE! This giveaway is now over and the winners are listed below!

You know what’s great? Not having to think about buying cleaning supplies.

This always happens to me: I will go to run the dishwasher or dust my table (yes, I actually dust), or clean something, and I’m out of what I need. I just don’t pay attention to details, you know, like seeing when something is low. Maybe I subconsciously ignore it. I don’t know, but here’s the thing, I still need to clean, which means I still need cleaning products. Now, this might come as a shock to you (it’s coming as one for me), but today I am actually a bit giddy about cleaning supplies.

Yes I am! And I’ll tell you why!

I have had the pleasure of working with ePantry, an online store where you can get all of the best (and environmentally safe) cleaning products for less than what you would pay at the grocery store. In fact, according to ePantry, shoppers are saving 26% compared to what they were spending at their grocery store. And here’s the best part: you get the products every 60 days (or whenever you need them). This is brilliant for those of us who like to save money and not have to worry about running out of cleaning supplies.

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And we’re talking about the good brands. You know, Like Method. I swoon for method. Especially the almond scent. LOVE.

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ePantry offers products from Method, Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation and more!

How Does ePantry Work?

It’s simple and quick. You create an account and then, based on your answers to a few questions, pick the brands you like, and ePantry will help you figure out what and how much of a product you need. No worries if you don’t like their suggestions, you can make changes. It takes about 5 minutes.

There are no lock-ins, fees or anything else. You can cancel, change products or anything else you want at anytime!

Once you’re set up, you’re good to go!

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Who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail?!

Good Stuff For YOU Dear Readers!

The AMAZING and generous folks at ePantry have some special goodies for you all to help prepare you for getting your home clean and in order during the 31 Days to Clean challenge! For EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU who wants to give ePantry a try by spending $20 (worth it) you get $10 in ePantry credit AND a FREE Method Squirt & Mop Wood Floor Cleaner in my favorite scent, Almond!

UPDATE! The freebie now is the Method Wood Surface Cleaner!

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For you, for free when you try ePantry!

This is an exclusive deal for my readers, so you have to give them a try using this link (or any of the links in this post). Now listen, you know you want to get stocked up before we begin, so you might as well save some money and use ePantry. Also, since they are giving you all this deal because of 31 Days to Clean, they are also giving you FREE shipping.

To Recap:

  1. Get yourself an account stat.
  2. Get the supplies you need so you can join me here for the 31 Days to Clean challenge.
  3. Get $10 in credit and your free Method cleaner. WOOT! The deal will show up automatically in your cart.

Just to help you out, my friends at ePantry also created an ideal basket for you, if you want to try it. It’s $25:

The ideal basket includes:

  • FREE Method Wood Floor Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Daily Shower Spray
  • Dish Soap
  • Bathroom Tissue
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • and a Pure Soy Candle (just for fun)

To get this basket, just click HERE! The work is done for you! Easy peasy!

Giveaway!

I have TWO fully loaded ideal cleaning baskets to giveaway today, worth $130 each! That’s right, TWO OF YOU WILL WIN this cleaning supply basket!

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The fully loaded cleaning basket includes:

  • Scrub Sponges
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Dishwasher Tablets
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Soap (2)
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Stain Remover
  • Dish Soap
  • Shower Spray
  • Fabric Softener
  • Bathroom Tissue
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Wood Floor Cleaner (FREE)
  • and a Pure Soy Candle (just for fun)

This is a 48 hour giveaway, which means it ends at 4pm EST Wednesday (January 21st). It is a quick giveaway because we need to get cleaning and have no time to waste! But seriously, you should still get an account and get some supplies just in case…like I said, you’ll have them by the end of the week if you get them today!

Also, how much does ePantry rock? I am so thankful for how they have partnered with us to help us clean!

To Enter the Giveaway

CONGRATS to Jessica Boniface and Kara Jo Garis!!!! You WON!!!!!! :)

I will be emailing you soon! 

Fill out the form below! Good “luck”! I will SEE YOU TOMORROW! Oh, and if you haven’t picked up your copy of the REVISED 31 Days to Clean, GET ON IT! It’s only .99 cents, but for 7 days only!

Love, your cleaning-buddy, Sarah Mae

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Surprise! 31 Days to Clean Has Been REVISED & It’s Available NOW for Only .99 Cents!

epantrybanner 31 Days to Clean has been REVISED and it's only .99 cents for 7 days! WOOT!

It’s here.

The revised version of 31 Days to Clean is NOW available! I am just thrilled, mostly because I need to get my own home in order and it’s so much more fun cleaning with others. You are joining me, right? We begin tomorrow!

31 Days to Clean, written specifically with the “non-cleaner” types in mindwas originally released nearly four years ago, and has since inspired tens of thousands of women to get their homes and their hearts in a place of peace in order to love others well.

31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of your home, but it is also a practical resource that invites you and guides you in getting your home in order one day at a time.

What You Will Find in 31 Days to Clean

Each day has a short reading that is designed to motivate and encourage you in homemaking (which is for anyone who lives in a home). At the end of each reading you will find two challenges, a Martha challenge and a Mary challenge. The Mary challenges will engage your heart, and the Martha challenges will give you a specific cleaning task for that day.

What’s New in the Revised Version?

The biggest change is that I have completely redone ALL of the Martha challenges. They are so much more helpful and doable now. I also added some new content, and refreshed the daily readings. If you have the original version, you will also see I rearranged some of the readings to make them work in a more logical flow.

Basically, it’s better. So much better.

Go ahead and get your copy from Amazon or as a PDF for only $0.99!

After 7 days it will go back to its original price of $4.99. The paperback version should be available sometime next week.

Now listen, you MUST come back later today because I have MORE FUN AND SURPRISES FOR YOU! :) Helpful surprises. Surprises that will help you during your 31 Days to Clean journey. Because you are joining me tomorrow. TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE!

See you in a bit!

Love, SM

P.S. In Amazon, the new cover and sample isn’t live yet, but rest assured, when you purchase it it comes through as the revised edition.

P.P.S. Want to help spread the word about 31 Days to Clean? Click HERE for some pretty graphics to share!

P.P.S. I’m over at Becoming Minimalist today talking about getting rid of my kids toys! Click HERE to read it!

$130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY!

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For Those Who Still Have a Post-Christmas Post-New Year’s Mess {Ahem}

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So.

My house is still in vacation mode. My Christmas tree is still up because I refuse to believe Christmas is over.

Also, we had to rearrange the furniture in order to fit the tree, which meant moving our HUGE white comfy chair into my daughters small room. She loved it for a while but now is begging us to take the tree down so she can have her room back.

Also, I have snowflakes hanging from my ceiling.

Over Christmas, I wanted snow. I wanted a white Christmas. Instead, it was rainy and between 40 and 50 degrees. Not Christmas-y. I was lamenting to my daughter (the nine year old) about it all. I said we needed snowflakes. She proceeded, with her brother and sister to cut-out snowflakes and when I came upstairs to begin the day (it was a slow start) THERE WERE SNOWFLAKES HANGING ON MY CEILING ALL OVER MY LIVING ROOM! They were also on the windows. I cannot even tell you the joy that befell me. I have amazing kids.

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Now we have snow. And it’s freezing. My heart, by the way, loves cold and snow, but I feel for all the people who have to work in it. I know, it’s terrible.

Back to the Christmas tree. I also still have all my decorations up. And my big plans for getting my home clean and organized and ready for the new year didn’t happen because I was working on my book. Also, vacation. But now we’re back to school and somewhat normal life (my husbands been home a lot which I love but completely messes with my routine because I think it’s the weekend all the time) and I really need to put away the Christmas stuff. And organize the school stuff. And clean my kitchen floors and sink and bathrooms and bookshelves and oh-my-goodness I have so much to do!

I am living in some serious post-Christmas, post-New-Year’s, post-book-writing MESS. This will not do. I cannot function in chaos.

I mean, I can, because I have, but I don’t want to. Let’s just say we’ve been eating a lot of sandwiches (made with love!). But I need to get back to my normal routine. I miss it. I actually miss the structure, which is weird, because I’m not a structured person.

There is a point to all of this.

31 Days to Clean is Back!

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Isn’t the cover so pretty?! Kyle Reid did it, and I love it!

I have dusted it off the proverbial shelf, revised it, put in ALL NEW Martha challenges, and am ready to KICK SOME CLEANING TAIL! Or something like that.

Anyway, I would love for you to join me! :) I am going to work my way through the NEW and IMPROVED 31 Days to Clean right here on my blog! Accountability at its best.

The revised edition of 31 Days to Clean will be on sale MONDAY for only .99 cents via Kindle, B & N, and PDF! It will also be available in paperback!* WOOT!

So, want to join me? We will start Tuesday the 20th.

SEE YOU THEN!

Love, SM

*I don’t know how much the paperback version will cost yet, but should be under $10!

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