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Home: Are You Too Busy to Clean? Use These 5 Tips!

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People are living busier lives than ever before these days. They have all sorts of responsibilities, and when they go home from work, the responsibilities do not end. With all the work, parenting duties, community efforts, and other things that people these days are involved in, a lot of them do not have time to do the housecleaning that they want to get done. It’s an important part of making your home comfortable and livable, but it can also take too much time out of your busy schedule to get it done right.

What you may be missing are some shortcuts to cleaning faster, easier, and more effectively. There are ways to make your house look clean and still have time to get everything else done each day. Here are our top tips:


Manage Your Laundry Well With Sharp Double Washer + Get To Enjoy Life More

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Most stay-at-home and working mums will agree that doing the laundry is one of the most daunting tasks we have to face on a regular basis. It is something to be tackled promptly and, unlike some other chores which you can re-schedule for later when you have enough energy to do them, it should be done on schedule lest your kiddos will run out of pajamas to wear or in our case, cloth-diapers-used-as-bibs, which the little man cannot live without.

Aside from being very time-consuming, doing the laundry can also drain a mum’s energy, as well as give her enough aches and pains here and there, that after finishing the chore she will no longer have enough energy to run after her little tot or play with him. That is why having a reliable washing machine at home is a must for every mum’s household.

For those who are hunting for one mean washing machine, read more about the new Sharp Double Washer in this write up and find out how you can enjoy the simple pleasures of life by worrying less and spending less time doing your weekend laundry:

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Of Summer Blues + Endless Chores

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Is it just me or was it particularly hot today that I hardly want to move a muscle? It goes without saying that summer is indeed just around the corner. The scorching sun reminds me of that lesson in History all those many years ago in high school when our National Hero Jose Rizal was rationalizing why Filipinos tend to be on the lazy and procrastinating side and pointed a finger at the hot, humid tropical climate as the main culprit. Oh well, I cannot agree more. I have such a tiny living space now yet I really find it way too difficult to get up on my toes to clean up the clutter and wash what needs to be washed in the kitchen in this weather. If I as much as lift a finger, I’d be sweltering and sweating all over and it is just too uncomfortable! How am I to kiss and hug the little man when I am all this sweaty? :(

I know I can only be lazy for a while, after all, the chores won’t finish on their own no matter how much I wished for them to. What I wouldn’t give for a magic wand that will allow me to do all the work that needs to be done with a single waive! If I had a carpet, I will probably waste no time dialing up a carpet cleaning service to get the job done for me. Where do you think can I dial to have my bathroom and kitchen sink cleaned or have my tile floors swept and mopped?

Oh well, I hope this summer blues go away soon. Maybe thinking less of the weather and more of our ship cruise and zoo visit later this month will do the trick! ;)

How are you thriving in this weather?

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Organizing At Home

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some of the little one’s toy cars

When you live with a toddler, you can only do so much to organize and tidy up. Things, like toys, books, crayons and other art supplies, seem to crawl their way back to the places where you just pick them up from and it is hard to keep the place spic ‘n span, even just for a whole 30 minutes! Most times I just let them be and leave my little man to his own device, but other times, when the “OC mum” kicked in, I simply cannot ignore the clutter and I will suddenly have the urge to clean up even when the little man is still up to making a dump out of the living room. On most occasions, Jared will be cooperative and will make sure to return his stuff to their original containers, but there are also other times when he is just being himself, a toddler!

I guess I have to give up on the  little man’s things for the time being until I finally manage to get him a separate closet for all this belongings, so they won’t end up cluttering our already cramped living room. I am thinking of getting one of those tool cabinets where I can stash his toys, books and school supplies in a very organized manner. I bet it will be easier for the little man to tidy up every playtime since he will have a more spacious rack for all his knickknacks. I will  make sure to have a separate nook for his growing die-cast cars collection, too.

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Closets and cabinets work wonders in organizing at home. Racks can very well do the trick, too. Take for example this shoe rack we bought last year to help us organize all our shoes and footwear. I got it from this groupon site who was having a promo at the time, now we have a the perfect place to put all our shoes in. Hopefully I will be able to do the same for the little man’s toys, as well as the other areas of our little home soon.

Do you have any tips + tricks on organizing at home? I’d love to hear about it. :)

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My Reliable Helper, Fuzzy

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Nope, I did not hire a house help recently, I couldn’t even afford one being a stay-at-home mum and all! I am actually referring to my ever-reliable automatic washing machine, which has been nothing but a sweetheart since day one. Choosing from  different washing machine brands and models from a local appliance center and opting for Fuzzy is actually one of the best decisions we made last year! I’ve been using it for more than half-a-year already and I’ve got no complaints. And yes, you just read that right, my washer has a name! :)

Since Fuzzy came, doing the laundry has been nothing but easy-breezy. No more endless hours of hand-washing and back-breaking tedious manual labor. Now I can do my laundry in 3 easy steps: load up my laundry, put the desired amount of powder detergent and sit back! My fresh, clean and good-smelling laundry comes out ready to be air-dried after 40 minutes or depending on how long I prompted Fuzzy to wash them. Even when I still have to check on the water supply on occasions, since Fuzzy is inconveniently located in one corner of my diminutive kitchen, which makes the process semi-automatic, I have no complaints. Turning the faucet on and off is definitely quite a cheerful job if I think of the mountain of clothes that I do not have to manually wash anymore! :)

Doing the laundry with just a press of a button is really one of the best gifts I have received. Now I have more time for more important things like sitting beside my little man as he watched his favorite cartoons or heading out to spend more time outdoors. If you are still trapped in the manual-laundry prison or still require another hand to do it for you, therefore shelling out money every time you need laundry to be done, I suggest you check out this wide selection of washing machines and get one for yourself. You and your family will thank you for it. Besides, for homemakers like  us, a washing machine is really one good investment!

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Cleaning Up After the Holidays

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It has been more than a week since we bid goodbye to 2012 and to all the hoopla that Christmas and the New Year celebrations bring. It is now time to clean up and tidy up after the holidays and don’t you just find that rather tiring? Blame it on the weather or on the fact that I’m back to my old routine of burning the midnight oil to update my blogs that I am rather sluggish and lazy when the morning comes.

I have not done much of tidying up lately. In fact the tree is still up and I am just asking the little man for permission to put it and all its accoutrements away. Of course all the gifts under the tree has long been opened and used, save for these two lonely packages whose recipients failed to pay us a visit for the holidays. Am going to have to put those away, too, maybe safe keep it so that I can give it to my godchild the next time I see him or find other use for it somehow.

I know am going to have to muster enough enthusiasm to box the Christmas tree and its trimmings sooner than later. I intend to use them for a longer period of time, so storing them properly is of utmost importance. I will put the balls, the lights and the flower decorations in separate boxes before I seal it away in a big brown box.

Anyway, I have managed to snap a photo of our tree, including some of the gifts under it  just before they went to their respective owners and I am sharing that with you today. The Girbaud and Sanuk gift bags are mine, gifted by Jared’s dad on our anniversary! ^_^

How about you are you done cleaning up after the holidays?

My 6th share for this month’s Blog Photo Challenge and for #fmsphotoaday.