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I Detest Cleaning

January 11, 2018

Hey Everyone,

Growing up the house that I grew in was deplorable. Plain and simple. My step-dad had a large dog, German Shephard that shed all year long, he smoked inside the house, leaving cigarette butts everywhere, food wasn’t left out to mold because us kids would eat it too fast for it to go to waste. The blinds, curtains, and walls had layers and layers of smoke stains and dust covering them. There was no natural light let into the house almost at any time. The only time I ever saw cleaning being accomplished was on the super rare occasion that my dad decided to throw a party. By the time I was 18, everyone passed on the parties.

After getting kicked out the day I turned 18, I had no idea how to properly clean or do any household maintenance, outside of laundry. It was very nerve-wracking. And here’s the even bigger kicker, I was actually expected to be the housecleaner for the person who took me in when I was 18. Let’s just say that they must have had a heart of gold to put on with my mediocre housecleaning.

Once Husband and I got married and had our own place, it was frustrating to be able to see messes and not know how to properly clean them, or do basic house maintenance. I didn’t even know how often to change a toothbrush or wash sheets/blankets. It was very pathetic.

Husband was also not the best at cleaning up after himself either and with a young child in the household, the house was not as messy as the house I grew up in, but it was definitely not very cleanly,  I hate to say.

After a while, I found this great blog The Confident Mom. It was in a time in my life where something had to change, otherwise, I had a fear of not being able to be a good enough mom to my boys. For the last three years, I have been using her weekly household planner to help keep my house much cleaner than I had. It was the best free investment that I found.

Now that I had a what to clean and how often I then had to find out how to clean, and what products to use. At first, it was hard because I was almost working from the ground up and many of our things had caked on food and gunk. Limiting myself to 15 minutes a night focusing on the tasks before I would actually be interested in accomplishing the task of cleaning was paramount to where I am now on this cleaning achievement.

Even though I’m not perfect and I do get off track on the cleaning schedule, similarly to during OEP, the mess around the house makes me anxious. I get distracted by everything and just feel the need to clean it up or snap at anyone around who is making the mess. It is reprehensible how I respond, but it just gets on my nerve.

With that being said, I detest the act of cleaning. I feel inadequate with learning the basics at such an adult age when I should have been learning from childhood, and also how much effort it sometimes takes to do certain tasks, like laundry because we don’t have washer and dryer hookups in our apartment.

Let’s just keep going though, we have so much to learn.

Stay on the journey.

See you on the other side.

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Meal Prepping

Hey Everyone,

In the beginning of this journey, I didn’t think that it was important about what I ate because I was exercising more often than I had been. So I’ve been putting off what would be in the best interest of myself during this crazy, whirlwind adventure, my husband, and kids. Usually, if there was any question as to what was for dinner, or if there is a “special event” we take the easy way out and just go to Taco Bell, or McDonald’s before of after the even. Not the best options, but that’s what we would do. Not anymore!! There is going to be a change and that starts with school starting again.

It’s that time of year again where kids are starting school again, which means- school lunches. This is actually the first year where my oldest is going to school and so I did some research, i.e. Pinterest, to find some great lunch organizing ideas. And meal prepping to make it easier for everyone involved.

I was dreading this experience because that means my oldest child is growing up and the reality of that fact makes me a little emotionally unstable. Instead of avoiding the inevitable, I faced my challenge head on. Ending up with a very clean fridge.

fridge

Let’s just say that this fridge needed a deep clean. After two years of living in this apartment and only doing the basic maintenance of cleaning the old food for the new every one to two weeks. Good thing there was not anything that was moldy or more than a couple days past the expiration date, but just the same there was splatter stains, crumbs, and nastiness.

With Cozi I then planned what meals we were going to have for the next week as well as what foods would be easy, yet not too nutritionally deficit for the boys for their lunches. This idea was more difficult than I had previously thought.

prepping

This is what we ended up with. It looks pretty packed, but in reality, there hardly is anything behind what you see, carrots and celery in the upper middle left drawer and nothing in the bottom drawer at all. The fruit and vegetables are all cut up and separated into the containers on the middle shelf.

 

I do know that this is going be a steep learning process, that will help save the family money because there is less wasted food, because we are eating exactly what we buy, or buying exactly what we need (however that works). Also, because we aren’t going to be buying “junk” food, or going out to eat unless it is pre-planned ahead of time, that will help implement with the kids how to shop and eat healthfully, and mindfully.

We are definitely not perfect and we will fall off the wagon on this adventure, but let’s plan for the best, and just find a balance.

If you haven’t cleaned out your fridge recently, (within the last 6 months), I would urge you to at least do one shelf to start the process, or even go all the way to emptying it out and even cleaning the shelves, and drawers. I don’t want to hear about strange cases of listeria.

You can even post before and after photos, I would love to see the different fridge organization skills you have.

See you on the other side.