Emergency Spring Cleaning.
My post today is dedicated to the gorgeous and wonderful Maz who is not only my best friend, but one of the few people I allow a complete insight into the weird way my brain works!
We laugh over ridiculous things, and I confess strange things like the fact that when I’m having a ‘fat’ day I dress in workout clothes even if I’m not going to be working out, so that when people look at me they will think ‘Well, at least she’s trying to do something about it’.
Don’t worry I don’t have body issues other than the ‘normal’ ones, I just have the occasional day when the pasty eating catches up with me! Anyway you may wonder why on earth I would dedicate a spring cleaning post to my best friend, well it’s partly to shut her up…
Whenever I go to her house I have apologies from her in advance that her house will be messy…it really never is, other than toys which are essential with one child at school and two minis to entertain at home, but because she has somehow decided I am a clean freak, she feels the need to apologize.
Well today Mrs W, I would like to set you straight and tell the truth! The only reason that you think my house is so clean, is that you never come unannounced (thank you for that!), and you are never nosey enough to sneak a peek in my cupboards…that I know of. Seriously lovely lady, when I tidy my house my children automatically ask who is coming over?, and ask if I want them to shut all the upstairs doors to hide any mess?
I have recently had a Spring clean, but I’ll be brave and share some of the ‘before’ pictures to let you see just what my house is sometimes like when there’s no one coming over.
I have to confess as well, my Spring Clean although desperately needed, wasn’t even 100% voluntarily done, I was kindly sent some Zoflora the other day by the company wanting some feedback and a mention on here (for disclaimer purposes in case you haven’t noticed that mention is in this blog post, I received the Zoflora for free and it was desperately needed!), and Simon’s reaction was to laugh for a lot longer than I felt was polite at the fact I would now HAVE to do some cleaning! He also sarcastically mentioned the fact that it took a blog post to get me spring cleaning…
My house hasn’t always been messy, but I know the main culprit, it’s not the boys for leaving their dirty socks anywhere they fancy (the more random the place the better), and it’s not Simon’s fault (though partly..) for having random tools all over the house, nope the main culprit is…blogging.
I’m sure many bloggers can identify with this, when my children are at school I want to get on with blogging, with hopefully making my blog a success, and this takes a lot of time and effort. I have to keep up with my social media contacts, build my social profile in the hope of attracting advertising and opportunities.
I have to take photos for my posts and edit/resize them, I have to write posts and re-draft these 10 times or so until I am happy and usually back to what I originally wrote, reply to emails and comments, and I have to do 100’s of other things for my blog every week. Admittedly a lot of this is ‘want’ to do as well as ‘have’ to ;).
Then when my children are home I have to cook for everyone, do packed lunches, reading, help with homework, extra work at home to help in areas they struggle with at school, force them into a bath, answer random questions such as “what would happen if a dinosaur was sitting here right now?” (the answer to most of Harley’s questions these days is “It wouldn’t happen”) and try to find a little bit of time to spend with my poor neglected man.
As you can imagine, there isn’t that much left over time for cleaning and so I have to look for quick solutions, and hope that nobody catches anything in between cleaning times! This is where the Zoflora has come in, I have previously used disinfectants (I used to clean a lot honestly!), but what has always let them down for me is the smell, or lack of. To me, if you are going to clean, you want it to smell wonderful to let everyone know you HAVE cleaned….this is the same reason that I always leave the Hoover out after hoovering, just to keep everyone in the loop of what a brilliant job I have done.
Men in my experience really don’t notice when you’ve cleaned, however when they trip over the Hoover, after the swearing finishes they definitely realise you have been busy and working hard to make the house pretty ;). The answer to your mental question is “Yes, I can be a nightmare to live with at times!”
I chose the Springtime Zoflora, and with this even our boiler cupboard that houses our poor usually overfilled bin, smells amazing! I love the fact that after I finished cleaning everyone could not only tell I had been cleaning, but it just smelt amazing. Sadly I’m not exaggerating how excited I was by this fact, it’s the same reason I have an odd addiction to Flash Bathroom cleaner!
I mentioned above, before I started waffling, that I want quick solutions when it comes to cleaning. With Zoflora all you have to do is have an empty squeezy spray bottle, rinse this out and then put the correct amount of Zoflora (check the packaging) into the spray bottle, add water, give a little shake and you have a new cleaner ready to go. You don’t have to spray it on hours before you want to wipe down anything, you literally just spray, wipe and it’s done.
I love the fact that it’s disinfectant , as with one child who is prone to picking up every illness/infection under the sun something to kill as many germs as possible is always a good idea. Thanks to Zoflora (and me of course) I have a lovely clean house again…for how long is anyone’s guess, but I willingly admit our house will never be as clean at any other time, than at the time when a guest is expected! Our house also now smells of Spring time, which is my favourite time of year, so that’s an added bonus!
So Mrs. W please relax, no more apologising, and no more panicking when your little people make a tiny bit of mess at my house, I really don’t mind and I’m really NOT a clean freak.
**If you want to read about our original kitchen renovation then click here.