A Slob Comes Clean

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A Slob Comes Clean is the completely honest (and never-ending) story of my deslobification process. As I find ways to keep my home under control, I share the truth about cleaning and organization methods that actually work in real-life. And I'm...

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What's your best tip for keeping your home organized during the busy holiday season?

What's your favorite store bought or homemade cleaning product?

What's the most important home management skill a mom can teach her child?

What's a great cleaning product you've discovered?

Nony

I LOVE micro-fiber cloths! I was skeptical that they would be any different from normal washcloths, but they really are. They are just so much better at grabbing gunk off of the counters/table, and really make wiping things down much easier!
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What is your best tip for keeping the entryway clean and clutter-free?

Nony

Don't fall for the allure of pretty flat surfaces!!! I've completely eliminated a cute piece that did nothing but catch clutter and stress me out. It was difficult, but worth it!
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What is your best tip for keeping the bathroom clean?

Nony

Daily pick-ups are key! I'm not even talking about wiping things down! I've had to train my brain to see the clutter. When I see the clutter (and then pick it up!), cleaning is so much easier! And really, a clutter-free bathroom can pass for a clean bathroom at first glance . . . .
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Can you share a favorite Valentines Day project or recipe that moms can do with kids under the age of 6?

Nony

We make Valentine's Day special for the whole family by having a candlelit dinner and dressing up in fancy clothes. Generally, though, it's the middle of the week and often falls on the same night as basketball practice, so we have French Dip Sandwiches which are sooo yummy and special, but are as easy as you can get! So it's fancy . . . but simple and easy!
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Should allowance be tied to chores?

Nony

Honestly, yes. I know it's a controversial subject, but in our house it works much better. The main reason I like to tie the two is that it helps the kids be motivated to remember their chores. As someone who struggles to remember to do my OWN chores, I can go days (at least) without thinking to remind them to do theirs. Here's a post about our system (it includes a free printable chart): http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2010/09/daily-checklistchore-chart-for-kids-now/
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Do you have any tips for managing the mail so that it does not pile up?

Nony

To keep mail from piling up, I have to go straight from the mailbox to the trashcan! This may not prevent all piles, but at least I know that my piles are only of the important stuff!
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What are your tips for throwing a party that both adults and kids will enjoy?

Nony

Set up different areas for food and hangout. At a kids' party, put things adults love but kids don't (like spinach artichoke dip, guacamole) and chilled soft drinks in the kitchen away from the party's main commotion. Adults can hang out there and enjoy themselves. For an adult party, set up a special room with games and snacks and a movie for the kids. I've hired a teenager to be stationed in that room, and that lets parents relax more.
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What are some creative ways that a bride can involve children in her wedding day?

Nony

My best friend threw a candy bouquet for the kids, and the "real" bouquet to adults.
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Please share a link to a photo of the most organized space in your house -- whether it's a closet, drawer, toy shelf, etc.

Nony

Hmmm, that's hard. I'm always decluttering and re-re-organizing! I've found that the more extreme my decluttering and the more defined the space, the better it stays organized! Right now, my favorite space in the house is my recently re-defined gameroom. I worked so hard to change it from being a catch-all, multi-purpose room to being a useful space for our family's real needs. It was a long process of figuring out what this really meant, but the result has been great! And I find that the more true-to-the-way-our-family-lives I can make a space, the more easily it STAYS organized. And that's what it's really about, right?
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What's a great theme you've done for your child's birthday? Please share a link with a photo.

Nony

For my third child's third birthday, I finally accepted that three year olds just want to PLAY! I created a ladybug themed party, and made huge tissue paper flowers which "grew" all over the living room! I put out lots of climbing toys and made a tent shaped like a toadstool for the kids to play in. It was soooo much more successful than the parties I'd thrown for my other kids at age three where I'd planned tons of games and activities.
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What's a creative gift wrap idea? Please share a link to a blog post if you have one!

Nony

Modpodge is perfect to dress up a plain gift bag with cut outs or pics! And my art-major roomie in college always wrapped gifts with the Sunday comics! So cute and fun!
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What's a creative way to display family photographs?

Nony

I loved the strips of photo booth pics my kids took at their cousin's wedding! They had so much fun with the props and costume pieces and I have the best memories of my boys standing in line over and over again to take more pictures because . . . it was FREE! I found a large matted frame from IKEA that I'd had stored for years because it was oddly shaped. The picture strips fit perfectly and now it's a favorite displayed on my mantle!
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What's your best tip for teaching a gradeschooler about money?

Nony

Kids learn best about money when they get to an age where they really want pricey items. My philosophy is to use these times to teach them about the value of work and how it relates to money. When my boys got to the point where they really wanted their own hand-held video game system, I made them pay for them themselves. This helped teach them to not "blow" money from grandparents on small things, and motivated them to be consistent with their daily chore charts.
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