Laundry Room Nightmare!

For days now I’ve had a task that I’ve been putting off. After doing the washing, drying it and then emptying the dryer, I’ve ended up with a pile of clean laundry in the bedroom that just won’t shift.

Now I know I’m not on my own because I’ve just searched for the words ‘laundry pile’ on Google and there were a ton of images that could go on for years. I’ve also seen friends and family with the same problem. Continue reading

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The 5am Club

What is the 5am club I hear you ask? I came across a man called Robin Sharma as I was video surfing ‘motivational videos’ one day. I did some research on him and found out he is a writer, motivational speaker and leadership expert. Thought: what makes someone a leadership ‘expert’?

Anyway in this particular video of his, he talked about how to get up early. Early as in 5am early. Why should you do that? According to a ‘poll of 20 executives cited by Vanderkam, 90% said they wake before 6am in weekdays’,  (Businessinsider.com). We don’t need a poll to tell us this anyway. So Robin Sharma says the average time at which these people get up is  5am. However some are known to get up way earlier, like the Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne who gets up 3.30am.

Sergio-Marchionne of Fiat & Chrysler

Sergio-Marchionne of Fiat & Chrysler

It makes sense for one to get up earlier than everyone else in their time zone. Think of all the things that could get done. It’s no surprise most of these executives use this time to work out before breakfast, check their e-mails and respond to them and take care of their mind. And I don’t even have to mention how I can get this post typed up on a Good Friday morning when everyone else is asleep, that gives me more family time later on.

Joining the 5am club will take dedication, it’s not a breeze and Sharma states that you have to develop the habit which in his theory takes 66 days. In the video, he has tips on how to develop the habit and motivate yourself so as to not fall off track. My Monday to Saturday schedule is always the same, I get up somewhere round 5.45 and 6.30 so it’s not quite 5am but still earlier than most. It doesn’t have to be 5am, as long as you know you have an edge on the rest of the world, you have an advantage, whether it’s two, three or four hours is up to you. I tried to push it to 5am and it lasted two or three days but that was the end of it. To be honest I wasn’t as committed on that as I am on this blog. There has to be a reason for why you want to wake up early, otherwise the hunger will be non-existent.

Now what I would like to improve on is how I spend this time. I think knowing exactly what should happen is key. There’s no point getting up early and not doing anything constructive with that time, you might as well go back to bed. I am guilty of this. I don’t have a set plan, I do things slowly and sometimes it would come to 9am, and after three hours of being awake, I’d ask myself what I have achieved and I have nothing to answer for. Well today I woke up at 6.10, procrastinated a little and finished  this post by 8:15. That sucks! Normally I pay a visit to the kitchen first thing to check that the sink is empty, if it isn’t I’ll wash up the few things straight away and give the kitchen a wipe down; just puts the mind at ease. I didn’t need to this morning as I knew it was empty.

Well if you will be trying it out let me know how it goes or if you already are an early bird, how early do you get up and do you get much done at all?

WHY WE ALWAYS LEAVE THE TOILET SEAT UP IN OUR HOUSE

 

February-Toilet by SongDynasty, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

February-Toilet by SongDynasty, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Yes, we leave the toilet seat up in our house. Living with three boys and a lodger, I just want to keep on top of the toilet sanitation. No one wants a nasty toilet, ever! The boys don’t like lifting up the toilet seat because they are somewhat germ-aphobic, so I tell them to use tissue to lift it up if they find it down. My problem is that the most dirt is found under toilet seats, round the rim of the bowl and on the under side of the actual toilet seat. And the seat itself does a pretty good job at concealing any evidence when left down. I hate this. That’s why every time we use the toilet at our place, we make sure we leave the seat up on the way out. This way, anyone who uses it can be sure everything is all nice and clean, at least to the naked eye. It also helps the boys out in that they don’t have to lift it up every time they want to go, instead I have to put it down everytime I want to go, but I don’t really mind.

I’ve never seen anyone do it this way but it works for us.

ps. This may seem strange but I give the toilet a clean every time I use it, does anyone else do this?

 

WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!

OK, so I’m surfing the net looking for a different product or a different way to put on a duvet cover. I can’t tell you how much I despise this task. I’ve tried the inside out way, grab the corners then let it flop down to the end. Theoretically, I see the logic but it just doesn’t work like that. Depending on the tog number of your duvet, it can be a bloody hard upper body workout.

So I found this just about 2 minutes ago and I am all about sharing, any lazy tips, I want to tell everyone. I’m off to change the bed covers, actually looking forward to it for the first time EVER! lol

 

GLOVES ARE THE ENEMY

Am I the only one who sees using gloves as the enemy? I don’t quite know what it is but they aren’t comfortable, they restrict my fingers from moving around freely and personally I need to feel my fingers over surfaces and dishes while I’m washing them to make sure they are clean. The only time I wear gloves to clean is when cleaning the toilet.

Quick tip to keep your dish rack clean and mould free

This current dish rack that I have, I remember exactly when I bought it, it was last year mid January, so that means I have had it for over a year and it practically still looks new.

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Oh how much pleasure I get to put a freshly wash cup on there. I have seen a dish rack or two in  my time and oh, the number of mouldy, scummy ones I can not tell you how many of those I’ve seen. I have learned to keep mine clean and prevent any nasty things growing on it, this way I don’t even have to replace it so often. Continue reading

Keep your bathroom free of scum with this simple solution

I’ve had a tidy a little gadget in my bathroom that I can’t live without, and even the kids love using it. Everyone uses it when they’ve finished having a shower and it keeps our bathroom tiles so shiny and so clean you can see a clear reflection on them.

Run your fingers across your tiles when you haven’t given them a deep clean. Can you feel that some tiles are totally smooth and you can feel the ceramic whereas some of them have a layer of what I can only describe as scum. The tiles that are exposed to dirty, soapy water would be the scummy ones. Every time this dirty, soapy water is allowed to stay and dry on the tiles, there begins a build up of dirt, grease and hard water. Layer after layer, it gets more and more difficult to remove.

Since I am the only one who does the cleaning at home, it’s a bit difficult for me to clean the tiles every single time someone comes out the bathroom; I have myself, my 6 year old and my dearest partner and sometimes my 11 year old sister who stays over on the weekends and my partner’s two daughters.

The Solution? Continue reading

Why I love getting on my hands and knees vs a mop

Ok, at first most of you may think I am weird or it’s disgusting to mop the floor with a cloth and get down on my hands and knees. The truth of the matter is, I think it’s much more hygienic, much more thorough and satisfying for many reasons.

I’d love to say that we have no mop in our home, but….. we do have just one. but it isn’t one that I use. Continue reading