Day 18 – Wash the Bedroom Bedding! Plus, FREE Method Cleaners! #31DaysToClean

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Ahhhh…I love the smell of clean sheets! These sheets and blankets are not clean. Yet. On it!

Today you have one goal: wash all the bedding in the house that is being used. That’s it. Go!

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FREE Cleaning Products! LAST Chance!!!!

The kind and GENEROUS folks at ePantry are once again offering you all an AMAZING deal! This is your LAST chance to get this deal, it will end SUNDAY. The deal? TWO of my favorite Method products for FREE! (They smell SOOOOO good!)

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To get this deal (that ends Sunday), go HERE and give ePantry a try!

Related: Why I use and love ePantry (AKA 5 Reasons to Give ePantry a Try)

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

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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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Days 16 and 17 – Third Bedroom! YOU’VE GOT THIS!

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My older daughter’s desk. SHE HAS SO MUCH STUFF. Not toys, but books and notebooks and crafts. Good thing she likes to organize! Her bedroom is the one I’m counting as the third (mine will have to be a weekend project). Oh, also, keep in mind I’m not showing full pictures of the bedrooms. Privacy and all. :)

Day three of the bedrooms! Keep going! You are SO close to being done. And if you are done, HAPPY DANCE! If you have much more to do, start planning a weekend to play catch up! Oh, and I’m combining Days 16 and 17 because there is no way my daughter is going to let you see her closet.

But just in case you need this for motivation, DAY 17! GET THE THIRD BEDROOMS CLOSET CLEANED! WOOT!

Okay, now, for good measure, here are some before pictures of my bedroom:

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You will feel so good when the bedrooms are clean! I’m already feeling SO MUCH LIGHTER!

After Pics!

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

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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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Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

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The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

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Day 15 – 2nd Bedroom’s Closet! HANG WITH ME! Half-way Done! #31DaysToClean

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My poor son has a pink closet. Also, notice there are no clothes on the hangers. Time for mama to do laundry!

Okay peeps, WE ARE HALF-WAY DONE with the 31 days to clean challenge! I am not giving up, even though WHOA LIFE.

Today, getting the boys closet cleaned out! And yes, that is a random box (actually, it’s an ePantry box – yay ePantry!). He just wants to have the box. I anticipate a fort in the near future.

Okay, here we go!

After Pics!

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Still pink, but at least it’s clean! :)

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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Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

Don’t forget to your FREE Method hand soap and dish soap, plus $5 in credit by trying out ePantry! Click HERE to give it a go!

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Day 14 – Second Bedroom! Plus, The Simple Way I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms (No Fuss)!

Today is a great day for the second bedroom, because it’s my son’s room and he is quite capable of cleaning it himself!

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Remember, I’m not showing pics of my kids rooms because I want to keep that space private. But I will show a few up close pics when he’s finished!

The Simple Way I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms (No Fuss!)

Over the summer I ordered Dave Ramsey’s book Smart Money Smart Kids. One of the ideas in the book was something I was initially completely opposed to. The advice? Pay your children to clean their rooms. Now listen, I am of the philosophy that children take care of their rooms and help with the home because we are a family and we all have jobs to do. Also, they are going to have to learn to clean and care for their things because no one is going to pay them to clean up their homes one day, they will just need to have the self-discipline to do it. BUT, after pondering it more, I decided to try paying my children to clean their rooms so I could teach them about how to manage their money. Because the reality is, we don’t do allowances, and I don’t have enough extra jobs around the house for them to do to earn a consistent income. So here’s what I did (I tweaked what Dave did with his family) and what has been working wonderfully since:

My children can each earn 5 dimes a day. They get a dime for each job they do in their bedrooms:

  • Make their bed
  • Pick up the toys
  • Laundry in basket
  • Books on shelf
  • Trash in the trash can

Once they earn their five dimes, they put one in their save jar (a simple cheap bell jar), one in their give jar, and three in their spend jar. At this point, I’m not messing with the 10% thing because it’s too complicated, and dimes are easy and get the point across. (At some point I will up the amount, but for now, dimes keep me not broke.)

Bada bing, bada boom. Rooms get cleaned and mama is happy.

And just as a sidenote, my kids have other jobs they have to do around the house just because they are part of the family. :)

So, what works for your family? Share all your secrets!

After Pics!

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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

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

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EXPERIENCING the Blessing of a Child

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Me with my precious Ella girl

I woke up and my body ached, my head hurt, and I had the sniffles.

I got what my kids had.

Last week all three of my children got sick with a cold, fever, body and tummy aches. I cuddled them, made them tea, rubbed their heads, and even fell asleep with one of them in their bed while thanking God that I was able to be with them while they were sick.

It was inevitable that I would get it. So when I did, I took some Ibuprofen and slathered on a bunch of oils. I then cuddled down into my bed and begged everyone around me not to talk or put on any lights.

Then it happened. My sweet girl sat on the bed next to me, rubbed my head gently, and said things like, “I’m so sorry you don’t feel well, mom. I love you.” She rubbed my head and spoke soothing words to me for nearly 10 whole minutes.

And right there, right in those minutes, I experienced one of the blessings of children.

I know that children are a blessing, but most days there is so much correction and teaching and cooking and cleaning up and the tiredness and “mom, mom, mom, mom, MOM!” and all the rest of mothering that the blessing can get lost. But when my dear Ella spoke kindly to me and rubbed my head, my heart felt such delight. I felt loved and cared for and she truly ministered to me.

The days can be long and difficult, but with each correction, each meal served, each cuddle, each kind word spoken and head rubbled and book read, I am imprinting my children with the stuff of love. And I am, without always being conscience of it, teaching them how to love.

You guys, parenting is ridiculous. It is so tired and frustrating at times, but then your child rubs your head and speaks calmness over you and it’s all worth it. All the work that you put in, day in and day out, it’s worth it. Our children are learning how to love. And when they love practically, people soften, light shines, and God, who is love, is seen.

It is love that changes the world. And that love, it begins in the four walls of your home.

It begins and works itself out in hidden places, in the normal, in the dailyness of life. But it happens, if you give yourself to the work.

So keep on moms, because what the world desperately needs comes, literally, from the love of a mother.

“Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.” Proverbs 29:17

Love, SM

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