Spring Cleaning Room by Room

 

Hi Friends!

Have you been Spring cleaning? If you haven’t don’t worry because I am just getting started! Better later then never, right??  So I thought I would work on it room by room.

Since we are a family of six, our home gets messy very easily. So it gets pretty chaotic.  That’s why we will be tackling it room by room.  I am praying that going this route will help make things feel a little less stressful, which is always nice.

Because even though I try to keep it up as much as possible, with four children under 10yrs. old. it is just never ending.  There is always something to clean or put away.  Oh, well I just have to go with the flow because, before I know it, my kiddos will be all grown up and then I will miss all of the chaos and craziness!  Of course don’t get me wrong, sometimes I am super overwhelmed with the cleaning at times and I just have to pretend it’s not there!

But now that Spring has come and gone and summer is here I just felt it was time for me to get on the ball.  So we will only have to maintain it.  Ive had a lot going on and have seriously let it get out of control and I just want to get it done.  I will definitely be speeding it up, with the help of my crew of course! They have to do their part to take care of this craziness too!

Ok let’s get down to business.  This is my game plan. We will be working on the bedrooms one at a time.  I have 3 bedrooms to work on so it shouldn’t be too bad.  I just want to be able to finish what I start. Which, is really hard for me, because I tend to start things and not finish them. I get distracted with life easily.  So I need to focus as we plow through this.

So when I start the bedrooms, I will put away any clothing or items that need to be put away, and pick up everything off of the floor.  Then I’m going to gather some trash bags and a box for donations to get rid of things as I go.

 

Next, I will print out the lists for each of the bedrooms and go through each room writing down what needs to be done.  So I can keep on track and make sure I cover all my bases.  Then I will put each list on a clip board and keep it in each of the rooms, so I can check it off as I go, and see the progress I’m making.

Here is the bedroom checklist that I came up with:

  • wash Curtains/window coverings
  • wash Bed linens/pillows/throw rugs
  • wash windows inside + out side
  • remove cobwebs
  • clean/wipe ceiling fans/light fixtures/lamps
  • clean/wipe vents
  • wipe door frames/doors/knobs
  • vacuum underneath/behind furniture
  • vacuum inside closet
  • vacuum/wipe baseboards
  • dust/rearrange furniture
  • de-clutter/donate items no longer needed or that no longer fit
  • put any clothes or items away in their places
  • rotate/flip mattress
  • clean mirrors/dust wall decor
  • vacuum/wash floor

My hubby and kiddos will be helping me through the process which will make it easier for everyone!! AS they say, “more hands means less work.”  My kiddos can check off the lists as we go also, since they will have a list in their rooms too!

Then I will continue to do the same with the rest of the house.  I made a printable of this checklist with plenty of room to add notes to accommodate your homes needs.

 

You can download the Spring Cleaning Room by Room checklists here:

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I hope your Spring cleaning or should I say Summer cleaning is going wonderfully! Let me know about your favorite cleaning supplies, and about your Spring cleaning routine or the cleaning routine that you use everyday of the year.  I know I will be using a lot more baking soda and vinegar when I clean, along with my essential oils from DoTerra. Oh, and I would love to know if you found these checklists helpful or if there is something that you think I should have added to them that I might have missed.

Happy Cleaning!!

In His Love,

Rachel

 

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How to Make a Christmas Advent Calendar

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Last year I totally ran out of time to make my advent calendar. So I was happy to have had all of my supplies and made them in time for this Christmas season.

I’m so happy that I will able to use them year after year and I wanted to share with you how I made them so you can make one or get inspired to make one too!!

The first one I made is a scripture advent calendar count down to Christmas. It was simple and fun to make.

 

Supply list:

Rope King ST-300 Sisal Twine 300 feet

BAZIC Mini, Natural Clothespins, Wood, 50 Per Pack

Regency Baker’s Twine Cone red and white

White Card Stock

Gift Tag (I scored some that had the numbers and a slot to put the scripture card in.)

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Here are the daily scriptures that were used for each day.

  1. Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 33:14-15
  2. Luke 1:5-25, Micah 5:2
  3. Luke 1:26-38, Isaiah 40:1-4
  4. Luke 1:39-56
  5. Luke 1:57-80
  6. Matthew 1:18-24
  7. Luke 2:1-5, John 1:1-3, John 8:12
  8. Luke 2:6-7
  9. Luke 2:8-20
  10. Luke 2:17
  11. Luke 2:21-38, Luke 1:31-32
  12. Matthew 2:1-12
  13. Matthew 2:11a
  14. Matthew 2:11b
  15. Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 2:39-40
  16. 1John 4:9, John 3:16
  17. John 17:17b
  18. John 3:16
  19. Acts 9:20b
  20. Ephesians 5:2
  21. Luke 2:20
  22. John 14:6
  23. Psalm 118:29
  24. John 1:14
  25. Read the Christmas Story in Matthew and Luke.
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Then I hung it up on our chalk board in our Family living/dining room.
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The second one I made is a count down that has a daily activity to do as a family. I used a lot of similar supplies as the first one.
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Supply List:

Rope King ST-300 Sisal Twine 300 feet

BAZIC Mini, Natural Clothespins, Wood, 50 Per Pack

Regency Baker’s Twine Cone red and white

Wilton Holiday Mini Cookie Cutter set of 12, 2308-1250

large or small silver bells/ornaments

mini envelopes with card

mini draw string canvas bags

sharpie marker

chocolate

small toys/school supplies

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Each day one of my kiddos gets to read what activity we are going to be doing, get a little treat, and also put the ornament onto the Christmas tree.

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Here they are:

  1. Put up Christmas decorations and Nativity. Read the Christmas story.
  2. Bake Christmas cookies and read a Christmas book.
  3. Visit a Christmas market and read a Christmas book.
  4. Host a Christmas cookie or treat party and watch Christmas movies.
  5. Get hot cocoa and go see Christmas lights.
  6. Sing carols and wrap gifts. Read a Christmas book.
  7. Bake cookies or make a treat and read a Christmas book.
  8. Make handmade Christmas cards and read a Christmas book.
  9. Pray for those in need and read a Christmas book.
  10. Watch Christmas movies and drink hot cocoa or tea.
  11. Camp out under the Christmas tree and read the Christmas story.
  12. Donate gently used toys and read a Christmas book.
  13. Eat a Christmas meal with friends or family and read a Christmas book.
  14. Bake Christmas cookies or make a Gingerbread houses and read a Christmas book.
  15. Pray for those in need and make blessing bags or back packs to give out and read a Christmas book.
  16. Bless neighbors with cookies or a gift and read a Christmas book.
  17. Sing carols and wrap gifts. Read a Christmas book.
  18. Find more ways to give and pray for those who are in need. Read a Christmas book.
  19. Drive around and look at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music.
  20. Family game night and sing Christmas carols.
  21. Bake cookies for friends and read a Christmas book.
  22. Make a wreath. Thank God for His never ending love. Read a Christmas book.
  23. Finish wrapping gifts and read a Christmas book.
  24. Bake cupcakes for Jesus’s birthday. Sing carols.
  25. Read the Christmas story and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Since we are a family that loves to read I incorporated reading into the calendars. I will be making a separate post on our book advent calendar. So more on that later.

I hung this advent calendar up in front of our living room windows.

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I just loved making these advent calendars.

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And I like to give credit where it is due.

These were pinterest inspired by two lovely websites:

http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/free-printable-vintage-christmas-advent-calendar/

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/25-days-of-service/

 

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Do you and your family have an advent calendar? I would love to see them so link back to me your site in the comments.

Merry Christmas!!

Rachel

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