We Moved into a House!

When I found out we were staying in Arizona I immediately started searching for a house.  We have chosen to rent for this year and look to buy something next year.  After a couple of weeks of calling on houses I liked only to find out they had just been rented, I finally found one we love.  The boys came with me to look at almost all of them because I wanted them to have a say in where we lived and because I really value their opinion.  My oldest actually was very helpful because he has such a logical mind. 

The things we like most about our house are:

* one bedroom has a private bath and can be used for a guest room

* open concept for the kitchen, dining and family room

* fairly new appliances and upgrades like RO water

* community pool, hot tub, playground, sport court and tennis courts

* next to the elementary school that I wanted Caden to go to

* a few blocks from the high school Connor and Carter will attend

* close to hubby’s work

* close to family

Here are the pictures we took before we moved in…..

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Moving from a 37 foot 5th wheel to a 1900 sq ft house feels huge!  However, I would definitely say that our perspective of space is different than it was a year ago.  We are all liking more space for sure!  The boys have been playing hide and seek and having nerf gun wars. lol  Plus there is a community pool 2 blocks away.

When we moved in we did not have ANY furniture other than our camping chairs.  lol  Since then we have gotten a great leather couch from craigslist and basic desks from IKEA for our school and work space. Surprisingly, we have plenty of things from what we brought with us in the 5th wheel.  We have all discovered we really like living minimally and simply!  We do have a few things in a storage unit back in Oregon which we will get and bring back in July.  Until then we are fine with our mattresses on the floor and our couch and camping chairs.

It will be fun to decorate it and I will be sure to share pictures when I do!

xoxo,

Claire

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Spring Clean My House : the Living/Family Room

We are on our last zone in the house for our Spring Clean Challenge

We have cleaned the Kitchen

We have cleaned the Bathrooms

We have cleaned the Bedrooms

Now we are on to the Living/Family Room area.

 

Whew!  It has been a lot of work but it feels great to have it all clean before summer hits with the kiddos. 

 

[[ read all about the spring clean my house challenge here ]]

 

spring clean my living room

 

By now you know the drill!  Grab your supplies and do a quick 15 min pick up of the room so you can clean it all.

 

Spring Clean My Living/Family Room Checklist ::

  • wash curtains
  • dust ceilings, walls, baseboards, picture frames
  • wipe down light fixtures and light switches
  • dust and wipe down blinds
  • clean windows and window tracks
  • wipe down furniture
  • wipe down t.v.
  • vacuum/clean furniture
  • vacuum floor
  • steam clean carpet

 

Here is how I do each task….

 

Wash Curtains ::

I do this first so they are clean and dry to hang back up when I am done cleaning the room.

 

Dust ::

Grab your favorite duster (I like swiffer with the extended handle) and start at the top of the room.  Go around the ceiling, corners, walls, all the way down to the baseboards.  Move furniture out from the walls to get behind it.

 

Window ::

Wipe down the mini blinds if you have them.  Then wash the window, tracks and window sill.  I spray my natural all-purpose cleaner, Basic H,  and even use q-tips to get in the track and remove the gunk.

 

*** check the laundry and put in dryer ***

 

Furniture + Knickknacks ::

Again, I use the natural all-purpose spray, Basic H, and wipe down everything!  Remove stuff from furniture first to wipe down and then clean each item before you put it back. Vacuum couch cushions.

 

Floor ::

Vacuum the WHOLE room.  Move furniture to make sure you get it all.  Use the hose to get in all the corners. Then take the time to mop or steam clean the carpet.

 

Lastly, put everything back and enjoy your hard work!

 

Check out these cleaning posts too ::

How to safely clean your TV

5 Steps to a Neat[er] House

 

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Happy Cleaning,

Claire

 

 

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A Mother’s Balance: Still Learning

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I told my boys the only thing I wanted from them was a BIG, genuine hug!  Two of them are teenagers and the many, random hugs of their younger days are too few for this mama.  They graced me with my my request and it was the perfect gift.  I told each of them that I LOVE being not only a mom, but THEIR mom and I am so proud of that role.  I have had many talks recently with my 16 year old asking for grace as I figure out how to ‘mother’ him and let him grow up at the same time.  It is HARD!

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I found myself reflecting (once again) how hard it is to juggle being a work from home mom and being present for my family when needed.  The reason I work from home is so I can be at home with my kids, but sometimes the lines get blurred.  Does that make sense?  This poem says it all for me…

“My hands were busy through the day.
I didn’t have much time to play
The little games you asked me to,
I didn’t have much time for you.

I’d wash your clothes.
I’d sew and cook,
But when you’d bring your picture book
And asked me please to share your fun,
I’d say, “A little later son.”

I’d tuck you in all safe at night
And hear your prayers,
turn out the light,
Then tiptoe softly to the door…
I wish I had stayed a minute more.

For life is short, the years rush past.
A little boy grows up so fast.
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,
There are no longer games to play.
No good-night kisses, no prayers to hear,
That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands once busy now are still
The days are long and hard to fill.
I wish I could go back and do
The little things you asked me to.”

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WOW!?  That totally helps me remember perspective in the juggling act. I am living the ‘no longer is he at your side’ moment with my boys.  They are older and now it is me that must go to them.  I must be ready to ‘catch’ them when they are ready to talk.  Believe me…it’s tricky with teen boys! I don’t want to be so caught up that I miss those moments with them.  I want to be available.

My greatest joy is being a wife and mom.  Is it yours too?  Do you feel it’s hard to ‘juggle it all’ too?

xoxo,

Claire

Spring Clean My House: the Bedroom

How is your spring cleaning going?

So far we have cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms

{ If you are just joining the Spring Clean My House Challenge, read this post first to catch up. }

This week we move on to the bedrooms!

Spring Clean My Bedroom

I don’t know about you, but mine seems to need a big dusting.  I try to keep up with it to keep the dust allergy on the down-low and this checklist always helps reduce it big time!

 

So grab your supplies and get ready to spring clean the bedrooms!  Start with a 15 min clean up.  Pick up stuff off the floor, clear off dresser and night stand so you can deep clean faster.  I love baskets to help contain stuff I need to go through later.

 

Spring Clean My Bedroom Checklist ::

* wash curtains

* strip/wash bedding and linens

* dust ceiling, walls, wall decor, baseboards, door frames, light fixtures

* dust and wipe down mini blinds

* clean window, tracks and window sill

* wipe down lamps and knickknacks

* wipe down furniture

* flip/rotate mattress

* vacuum/steam clean carpet

 

Ok.  We are ready to tackle it! 

 

Curtains + Bedding ::

Start by stripping the bed(s) and window treatments.  Have your kids help with this, especially in their room.  I do this first so I can get the massive laundry pile going while I clean the rest of the room. 

 

Dust ::

Grab your favorite duster (I like swiffer with the extended handle) and start at the top of the room.  Go around the ceiling, corners, walls, all the way down to the baseboards.  Move furniture out from the walls to get behind it.

 

Window ::

Wipe down the mini blinds if you have them.  Then wash the window, tracks and window sill.  I spray my natural all-purpose cleaner and even use q-tips to get in the track and remove the gunk.

 

*** check the laundry and get the next load in! ***

 

Furniture + Knickknacks ::

Again, I use the natural all-purpose spray and wipe down everything!  Remove stuff from furniture first to wipe down and then clean each item before you put it back.

 

*** check laundry and get the next load in! ***

 

Mattress ::

Vacuum the mattress before you flip it then do the other side.  It will help remove dust particles!

 

Floor ::

Vacuum the WHOLE room.  Move furniture to make sure you get it all.  Then take the time to mop or steam clean the carpet.

 

 

The last step is to put the furniture back, remake the bed, hang the curtains and get a good dust free sleep that night!

 

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How to Clean Naturally

 

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Happy Cleaning!

Claire

 

I use all natural cleaners because chemical based cleaners are harmful for the air inside your home and for your body.  They have been linked to autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and even cancers in young children; not to mention making you just plain feel sick with a headache. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not chance something as precious as my child’s life, so I use natural products that are safe and effective.

 

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