How to keep organized* with a toddler

I would have never thought that I'd be writing a "how to" on staying organized. My mom could tell you horror stories from back in the day when I lived at home with my parents. But luckily my OCD husband has changed me for the better regarding cleanliness and organizing.

G has obviously inherited his cleanliness from his dad, as he absolutely loves packing things away, sweeping the floor whenerver he sees a broom, throwing trash in the bin and putting his used spoons and forks back in the silverware drawer (yum!). But then again, he's an exploring toddler who absolutely loves to make a huge mess!

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Anyways, back to the actual topic: Anyone who has lived with a toddler, knows that it is
nearlyimpossible to keep the house tidy for long. Im sharing a few tricks that work for me and help me keep the house manageable and avoid having to have a complete cleaning of the house every night:

Have a couple of 10-15 min cleans during the day. Choose an area (example: bedroom) and just throw all socks into the laundry hamper, reorganize the makeup table quickly and go over the windowsill and nightstand with a cloth. Voilá

Choose 2-3 chores for the day and write them down. Chores could be organizing the tupperware drawer, cleaning the bathroom, organizing the fridge, washing make up brushes... Writing them down keeps you focused and striking it off the list just gives you a feeling of accomplishment.

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Include your child in your activities. G loves to help hoovering. When I wipe the table after luch, I'll give him a cloth or paper and let him wipe the chairs or floor (or the dog...). Keeps him occupied and distracted from the desinfectant bottle.

Make a laundry plan. Nothing messes up a clean home more than mountains of laundry. You can even fill up the machine on the night before and just turn it on in the morning. Fold away the dry clothes in the evening while watching TV.

This was the most important and life changing for me: Get good quality security locks on all drawers and cupboards! Although I didnt love the Idea of spending a good £100 on drawer locks, it was one of the best investments I've made recently. Gone are the days when all of my hair rollers and cotton wipes were spread all across the bedroom floor. It makes organizing so much easier and I dont have to fear that G will find someting potentially dangerous in the drawers.



What are your best cleaning/organizing hacks?

*please note that the term "organized" is used rather loosely throughout the post.

Forever Living review (body products)

Hi there!

What a week it's been! We've had the usual mid-week madness and this weekend has been full of action too. Ssaturday we were invited to a little princess's first birthday and today we had some friends over for subs and cake.

Last week I bought a new suitcase, now I'm officially ready for take off. Except of course i still need to plan what I'll take with me and pack.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review about Forever Living Face products and today I'm writing about the body products:

Aloe Vera Gelly
Great for irritated skin and burns. A really handy thing to have around the house. I imagine this would be a great after sun lotion too. This gel can also be used on animals for irritated skin or healing wounds.

Aloe Heat lotion
I totally loved this product and will definitely consider getting a tube myself! Its supposed to be good for a stuffy nose (just rub it on your chest and toes). I used it to heal my headache and sore neck and it worked really well. You can just rub a little product on your temples or as I did on my jaw and neck hairline to easen the tension that causes the pain.

Aloe Moisturizing lotion
Great everyday moisturizer with a nice subtle scent. Leaves the skin feeling moisturized yet breathing.

Aloe msm gel
This gel is good for muscle and join pain. My husband tried it for his sore back and liked it a lot (and thats quite something as he is usually not very keen on having sticky lotions on him).

Aloe propolis creme
This is also a nice daily moisturizing lotion which feels a little bit more luxurious compared to the aloe moisturizing lotion. It can even be used as a primer for your foundation. A great versatile product to have!

 

I hope you all have had a relaxing weekend!