Wednesday, October 24, 2012

House Cleaning and parenting

For a long time, before I knew I had Celiac's, which is a huge problem with gluten (ie wheat, rye, barley) I just got more and more tired, so to be the best mom I could be, I paid most of my attention to my children, and I had no energy left over for cleaning my house.  It wasn't a very good home, it was just a house full of mess, and mostly not nasty but it became nasty because I couldn't get things finished.  I was becoming a worse and worse mom because my kids and I were all frustrated with how bad the house got.  Here's a tip, part of good parenting is being able to keep your house nice enough that the children aren't frustrated.  I know.  Crazy right?  I mean, I'm not a stay-at-home mom, so I can clean my house all the time.  If I wanted to spend all day cleaning, I would pay someone else to watch my children all the time and clean other people's homes.  But, and (I very rarely start a sentence with but, but it's a big but!)  But, my children deserve a home where they feel like they can be and have a place to pull out all of the train tracks or spread out the legos.  They need a place to run and slide on the floor.  So, I did Flylady for a long time, and she worked really well before we moved here, but I could not for the life of me get it together here.  I still use some of her ideas, but I have noticed that for me, instead of shining my sink, I would rather have a couple dirty dishes in my sink, have my counters cleared off and wiped off, and have my dishwasher running.  When I am too worried about shining my sink, I stack up the dirty dishes on the counter and I don't necessarily get anything done.  My sink looks shiny but that's about it.  I have taken her principles to heart while deciding to tweak them for me.  Norwex® has really helped me to become better.  It makes things so much faster, easier, and more fun, so I clean more than I did.  Also, many of the products are safe for my children to use, so I don't feel bad about asking them to help me.  Jackie can go into the bathroom and clean the mirror in less than five minutes, and it's done!  It's so happy. My Daniel spills his milk and immediately asks me to get down a cloth so he can wipe it up.  He does it.  All by himself.  He's so proud.  I love it!  I sweep my floors and I mop them more than I used to.  The broom and mop work so well.  I am ecstatic!  I had not cleaned my windows since I moved into my house.  My friends might have when they came to help me while I was gone, but still that left a good year and a half of window gunk.  My windows (including my storm door) look beautiful.  My children are happier and more content, and they complain less about doing their chores.  I am so grateful for Norwex®, Flylady, and my children.  Not necessarily in that order.

Now, I do have to put in a plug for Norwex® while I am at this because this week, I am trying out a virtual party.  At the bottom of this post, I will do a short bathroom video, and you can check out my website at if you want to learn more.  ;)

Oh, by the way, I did figure out how to put in the Registered trademark!  See above???  If you are wondering like I was, and you have Windows XP, Vista, or 7, go to the start button, accessories, System tools, character map, and you can copy and paste it from there!  Voila!  It was a happy day for me.

See below if you want to see my cool videos of my Norwex® enviro cloth and then the second video is of the window or polishing cloth.  They are exciting.

If you want to look at my website to see the enviro cloth go here.
This is a cool video about the polishing or window cloth. It is a continuation of the previous one.
If you want to look at my website to see the window cloth, go here.