Keeping the House Clean

As I mentioned in my post about my morning routine, I really like to have the house clean all the time in order to make my days go smoother and for me to be a better mother. I also mentioned that keeping the house clean and organized does not come naturally to me. It is something I have worked on for years, tweaking what I do and incorporating new routines as needed.

For the last few years, I’ve used my bullet journal to help keep me on track and reach my goals for cleaning. Each month I make a page for my daily/weekly/monthly to do’s with squares for the dates to complete each task. As I complete each thing, I color it in. I love coloring in those squares. Having all the day’s boxes colored in is such a great feeling, almost better than the feeling of having a clean house.

I of course have all the things in my morning routine on that page. Then I have some things on the computer that I do every day (daily thread on a Facebook group, adding to my letter to my aunt, updating our finances, a batch of indexing, taking a picture each day, and scrapbooking that picture for Project 365). Fritz does the 7 Minute Workout each day as well.

Once a month, on the first, I clean the dishwasher, the garbage disposal, and the washing machine. I deep clean the stove using the special cleaner and razor blade. I change my sponge and switch the little picture on the welcome sign my sister made me years ago. I rearrange our Lego calendar for the new month. I rub the vinyl letters on the living room wall to make sure they don’t fall off (vinyl letters and super textured walls don’t mix super well). And I clean the couch using leather wipes. Also once a month, on the 11th, Lola gets her heartworm preventative medication. Once a month, on the third Saturday I wash our sheets (twice a year I also wash the mattress covers and twice a year I wash the blankets and quilts).

I have several things I do once a week. Sundays I send an email to my oldest niece who is serving a mission for the Church in St. George Utah, Fritz cleans Rae’s cage, and we put the Sacrament in a baggie to take to church (those of us with Celiac eat Nut Thins instead of bread; for some reason when church switched from 9 to 10:30 we kept forgetting to take our special sacrament so I added it to my to do page). Mondays and Thursday I have a box for bringing in the trash cans (we can get fined by the HOA if they are still out the next morning). On Mondays, I clean the filter in our dishwasher with a toothbrush. Wednesdays I print the letter to my aunt and also send a copy of it by email to my mother-in-law in Ireland. Thursdays I mail the letter to my aunt. Also on Thursdays I make menus for the next week, order groceries (which we usually pick up Friday evening or Saturday morning), and make a list of what I’ll need to do to prep our food for the week once the groceries have been picked up. Saturdays I refill Ani’s pill containers for the week.

Not something I put on my to do page, but that helps with keeping the house nice, I often walk around the house while I read. It kind of kills two birds with one stone. I get exercise and I get some reading done, too. Sometimes I’ll grab one thing that is out of place as I make my circuit (which goes around most of the bottom floor). I put it where it belongs (or on the stairs to go up) as I continue around the circle. It’s a really painless way of straightening up.

It’s amazing how much these things, none of which take very long, contributes to the beauty and mood of our house. I encourage everyone to come up with simple things you can do each day in your home. I guarantee you will not be sorry!


Science: More (chemical) Reactions

Weeks 28 and 29 of school we learned about more (chemical) reactions using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 17.

We played with pH papers. Fritz especially had a good time with that.

We watched tons of YouTube videos (including one of Cameron doing the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment almost a decade ago).

We put glow sticks in hot and cold water and then let them sit for a while. The one in cold water didn’t glow as brightly, but the one in hot water didn’t glow as long.

We put Alka Seltzer in water and watched how the temperature changed. It went from 72* to 64* in less than a minute.

We mixed baking soda and vinegar and timed how long the reaction continued while stirring and while not stirring. It took 8 minutes for the reaction to end when we let it sit, but less than a minute when we stirred it.

We did the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. The fountain it made was impressive.

We mixed diced potato and diced liver with hydrogen peroxide to see which contained more catalase. The result: Definitely the liver!

History: Boston Tea Party

Weeks 28 and 29 of school we learned about the Boston Tea Party using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 17.

We added to our timeline. For the first time we had to put some on the facing page because the main timeline page is completely full.

We did mapwork.

We decorated cookies to demonstrate taxation without representation. After they spent some time making their cookies as pretty as they could, I told them I was taking a tax of one cookie each and they had no choice in which I took. Then I told them we were going to vote on having a cookie party later in the day and on how many cookies they would each contribute to the party. They got to choose which ones they wanted to contribute. We talked about how the first way was like taxation withOUT representation and the second was taxation WITH representation.

We made a model of Faneuil Hall.

We watched lots of YouTube videos including the Boston Tea Party episode of Liberty’s Kids.