Cleaning the messy house. The uphill battle in EVERY mom’s life right?
Do you have a mess maker in your house?
My little boy Kyle is my biggest ‘mess maker’ and constantly leaves smudgy fingerprints EVERYWHERE.
Little crumbs and adorable smudged fingerprints are constantly appearing on my clean counters on the kitchen island and in my powder room. Areas I prefer to look spotless all the time – both for unexpected guests and my own sanity. However, little boys love to collect small things – Legos, pebbles, stones, and other random natural treasures – my son manages to leave a trail of them throughout our home which leaves little messes daily! His finds are precious and sweet but do leave me with the clean-up task of deciding: do we keep this item or throw it away? And let’s not even talk about the miscellaneous “boogers” young boys manage to misplace!
A clean living area makes me feel like I am in control of the chaos in my life. Controlling the organization and cleanliness of the living area downstairs in our home means I’m continually striving to stay on top of the mess my young children generate.
Here are my tips for dealing with little mess makers:
- Clean kitchen counters, crumbs, and those smudgy fingerprints immediately after they appear. You’ll appreciate the clean look right away and avoiding a bigger messy build up later in the day.
- Set an alarm clock for 5 minutes every day and ask the kids to return their toys or clothes back to their rightful home in the playroom or their bedroom.
- Leave a toy bin downstairs for miscellaneous finds, so if need be you can clean up in a rush for unexpected guests.
- Keep cleaning products in the kitchen and every bathroom to make cleaning up daily easy and a part of your routine. Windex® Touch-Up cleaner looks stylish on counters and works great for this purpose. It’s the best to have on hand for cleaning those little messes I talked about in tip #1.
- Make it a habit to make cleaning fun and involve the kids in the process. Reward them with compliments for helping out. And when that “big mess” hits which requires more effort to clean up, let the kids join in the efforts. We often play dance music or the songs from Annie - “It’s a Hard Knocks Life” from the scene where the kids are forced to clean, during our own clean up routine to make it more exciting for everyone!
Check out the Windex® Shineboard on the brand Facebook page for inspiration and tips to help you simplify cleaning and the mess in your life. Be sure to share your favorite tips and images from Shineboard on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
Instructions for entering our Classy Mommy’s giveaway for Windex® “Mess Maker” Prize Pack – 2 winners:
Prizing includes: A prize package including a flip camera, one bathroom Windex® Touch-Up Cleaner and one kitchen Windex Touch-Up Cleaner. Approximate Retail Value of prize is $100.00 USD and will be given to two (2) selected winners
1. Please leave a comment below by February 15th, 2013, answering the question, “Who is the mess maker in your house?”
2. Like ClassyMommy on Facebook here and leave a comment telling me you liked our page
3. Daily comments as daily entries are allowed.
4. Tweet the following for an entry:
“I’m hoping to win the Windex® “Mess Maker” Prize Pack giveaway from @ClassyMommy”
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Disclosure: I have partnered with Windex® and am being compensated for my posts. However, my opinions are my own.
OFFICIAL RULES (read on to see full rules)
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT POST OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR, PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
1. Eligibility: Classy Mommy’s Windex® Touch-Up Product Giveaway (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) who are at least eighteen (18) years of age. Employees of Classy Mommy (“Sponsor”), Daniel J. Edelman, Inc., and SC Johnson & Son, Inc. and any of their parents, subsidiaries affiliated companies and their advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouses, parents, siblings and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and household members, whether or not related of each such employee are not eligible to enter or win. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
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3. Timing: The Sweepstakes begins on February 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on March 15th, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. (“Promotion Period”).
4. How to Enter: During the Promotion Period, there is one way to earn an entry: 1. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, “Who is the biggest mess maker in your house?”
All online entries must be received (comments posted) by 11: 59 PM EST on March 15, 2013 to be eligible. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the blog post and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses.
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6. Winner Requirements: Potential winners will be notified by email on or about twelve (12) days from March 15th, 2013. The inability to contact the potential winner within a reasonable time period, the return of the prize or prize notification as undeliverable or non-compliance with these Official Rules will result in forfeiture of prize.
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7. Prizes: A prize package including a flip camera, one bathroom Windex® Touch-Up Cleaner and one kitchen Windex Touch-Up Cleaner. Approximate Retail Value of prize is $100.00 USD and will be given to two (2) selected winners. Prize is non-transferable and no substitution or cash-redemption is permitted except by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, which reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes) and any other costs and expenses associated with prize receipt and/or use not specified herein as being provided. Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.
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