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Old 02-12-2013  
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Default Re: Valentine's day table settings!!!

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I love this Idalia, especially with that floating candle. Just so romantic.
 
Old 02-12-2013  
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Default Re: How to manage our homes

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I love the rustic feel of this.
 
Old 02-13-2013  
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Breathtaking and very romantic! I love this one. Hubby and I could even set this up in minutes. Very unique.
 
Old 03-07-2013  
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Those ideas are incredible. Thank you all for sharing! love them!
 
Old 03-10-2013  
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Yes ladies, no worries!

@ Abana - I love the 2nd one too. The simplicity of rustic and country style.
 
Old 04-02-2013  
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Default Re: How to manage our homes

20 Minutes to Tidy
Make Your Home Look Like It Did Before You Had Kids
By Apryl Duncan

Tired of your home always looking like a kid zone? Give your house a quick touch up in 20 minutes a day.
Set your timer and ... GO!

1. Start a Load of Laundry

Save time by letting your children sort the laundry while you work on a different chore.
After the laundry is sorted, throw a load of messy kid clothes into the washing machine.
If you don't have a washing machine, have the kids sort the clothes and bag them for your next trip to the laundromat.
Time Limit for You: 3 Minutes
Tip: Spray stain remover on the clothes needing extra attention first. While it's working, move on to another chore so you don't have to wait.


2. Straighten Up the Family Room

Have your children arrange the magazines and books.
Kids can dust with socks on their hands.
Time Limit for You: 0 Minutes - No time investment for you. The children are doing the work.

Tip: Your family room touch up can be left to the kids so you can focus on other areas of the house. Give them age-appropriate chores to keep them safe and see other types of chores that are easy for kids.


3. Pick Up the Toys

Have your children pick up their toys as fast as they can.
Hold a contest to see who can put away the most toys.
No losers in this game. Choose a prize everyone can enjoy when time's up.
Time Limit for You: 0 Minutes - No time investment for you. The children are doing the work while learning how to pick up after themselves.

Tip: Baskets and bins make toy pick up easier and more fun for children.


4. Make the Beds

Start with your own bed. You deserve a made bed to crawl into at the end of the day.
Pull the top sheet and comforter back in place. Straighten up the pillows.
Older kids can make their own beds to help save time.
Time Limit for You: 4 Minutes

Tip: Wrinkle-resistant sheets make your bedroom look cleaner than crumpled up sheets.

5. Vacuum Daily

Vacuum high-traffic areas every day.
Alternate vacuum days between the kitchen and bathroom.
On kitchen days:

Start with the area around the table, sink and dishwasher where crumbs accumulate the most.
Have extra time left on your timer? Vacuum the rest of the kitchen.
On bathroom days:

Move the bathmats and vacuum the floor.
Vacuum the bathmats before putting them back in the bathroom.
Time Limit for You: 5 Minutes

Tip: Use a handheld vacuum cleaner for spot cleaning without having to drag out the big vacuum cleaner.


6. Wipe Down the Kitchen

Use a disinfectant wipe to clean the counters, fixtures and sink.
Don't forget to wipe the refrigerator handles little hands have been touching.
Take a quick swipe inside the microwave with a damp cloth.
Time Limit for You: 2 Minutes

Tip: If you have a lot of counter space, only clean the counter areas where you prepared your children's food for the day.


7. Disinfect the Bathroom

Clean all bathroom fixtures with a disinfectant wipe.
Wipe the bathroom counters
Time Limit for You: 2 Minutes

Tip: Add an automatic toilet bowl cleaner to keep the inside of the toilet clean for 2-3 months.


8. Load the Dishwasher

Put the day's dirty dishes into the dishwasher.
Start the dishwasher at the end of the night.
Time Limit for You: 3 Minutes

Tip: Use downtime while you're cooking to put the dishes away.


9. Freshen Up Your House

Use air freshener throughout your house.
Spray fabric refresher on your furniture, especially those areas where the kids hang out.
Time Limit for You: 1 Minute

Tip: Open windows on a sunny day to remove odors with fresh air.

Time's up! You and your family just tidied up the house in 20 minutes.


SOURCE
 
Old 04-07-2013  
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Aww, Edda, this is greatly helpful. THANK YOU for sharing this. Love the idea on the stuff I could possible achieve in such a short period of time.
 
Old 04-12-2013  
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Default Re: How to manage our homes

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Originally Posted by Edda View Post
20 Minutes to Tidy
Make Your Home Look Like It Did Before You Had Kids
By Apryl Duncan

Tired of your home always looking like a kid zone? Give your house a quick touch up in 20 minutes a day.
Set your timer and ... GO!

1. Start a Load of Laundry

Save time by letting your children sort the laundry while you work on a different chore.
After the laundry is sorted, throw a load of messy kid clothes into the washing machine.
If you don't have a washing machine, have the kids sort the clothes and bag them for your next trip to the laundromat.
Time Limit for You: 3 Minutes
Tip: Spray stain remover on the clothes needing extra attention first. While it's working, move on to another chore so you don't have to wait.


2. Straighten Up the Family Room

Have your children arrange the magazines and books.
Kids can dust with socks on their hands.
Time Limit for You: 0 Minutes - No time investment for you. The children are doing the work.

Tip: Your family room touch up can be left to the kids so you can focus on other areas of the house. Give them age-appropriate chores to keep them safe and see other types of chores that are easy for kids.


3. Pick Up the Toys

Have your children pick up their toys as fast as they can.
Hold a contest to see who can put away the most toys.
No losers in this game. Choose a prize everyone can enjoy when time's up.
Time Limit for You: 0 Minutes - No time investment for you. The children are doing the work while learning how to pick up after themselves.

Tip: Baskets and bins make toy pick up easier and more fun for children.


4. Make the Beds

Start with your own bed. You deserve a made bed to crawl into at the end of the day.
Pull the top sheet and comforter back in place. Straighten up the pillows.
Older kids can make their own beds to help save time.
Time Limit for You: 4 Minutes

Tip: Wrinkle-resistant sheets make your bedroom look cleaner than crumpled up sheets.

5. Vacuum Daily

Vacuum high-traffic areas every day.
Alternate vacuum days between the kitchen and bathroom.
On kitchen days:

Start with the area around the table, sink and dishwasher where crumbs accumulate the most.
Have extra time left on your timer? Vacuum the rest of the kitchen.
On bathroom days:

Move the bathmats and vacuum the floor.
Vacuum the bathmats before putting them back in the bathroom.
Time Limit for You: 5 Minutes

Tip: Use a handheld vacuum cleaner for spot cleaning without having to drag out the big vacuum cleaner.


6. Wipe Down the Kitchen

Use a disinfectant wipe to clean the counters, fixtures and sink.
Don't forget to wipe the refrigerator handles little hands have been touching.
Take a quick swipe inside the microwave with a damp cloth.
Time Limit for You: 2 Minutes

Tip: If you have a lot of counter space, only clean the counter areas where you prepared your children's food for the day.


7. Disinfect the Bathroom

Clean all bathroom fixtures with a disinfectant wipe.
Wipe the bathroom counters
Time Limit for You: 2 Minutes

Tip: Add an automatic toilet bowl cleaner to keep the inside of the toilet clean for 2-3 months.


8. Load the Dishwasher

Put the day's dirty dishes into the dishwasher.
Start the dishwasher at the end of the night.
Time Limit for You: 3 Minutes

Tip: Use downtime while you're cooking to put the dishes away.


9. Freshen Up Your House

Use air freshener throughout your house.
Spray fabric refresher on your furniture, especially those areas where the kids hang out.
Time Limit for You: 1 Minute

Tip: Open windows on a sunny day to remove odors with fresh air.

Time's up! You and your family just tidied up the house in 20 minutes.


SOURCE
WOWWWWW! This sooo amazing. I can only wish I can do this as systematic as it sounds!
 
Old 04-16-2013  
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WOWWWWW! This sooo amazing. I can only wish I can do this as systematic as it sounds!

I feel you... I try to squeeze as much sleep as i can during weekends
 
Old 04-21-2013  
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Default Re: How to manage our homes

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