Happy Monday y’all! As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, I can’t even believe we’re already at the holidays. I know everyone told me a million times while I was pregnant how quickly time flies once you have kids but gosh is it so true! I’m looking forward to a short work week and then poor Liam is getting tubes in his ears on Wednesday. He’s had major trouble with ear infections so we’re hoping this will finally bring him some relief.
Once his surgery is over though, it’s crunch time to prep for Thanksgiving and get our holiday cleaning done. After taking a year off last year since I had just had Liam and wasn’t getting much sleep, we are hosting a small group of our family for a low-key Thanksgiving. But hosting adds a lot of stress to get the house in tip-top company’s coming shape!
I don’t know about you but as long as my floors are clean I feel like my house is pretty darn clean. We have a vaulted ceiling in our foyer with a big window that lets in a ton of light which is great but it also points out every crumb, paw print or piece of dog hair that is lingering on our wood floors. With a very active toddler, we try our best to keep up with cleaning our floors but, admittedly, have been slacking recently. Because toddlers and working full-time are exhausting.
See how gross those floors were? Enter Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and Bona PowerPlus Deep Clean Pad! We have used Bona floor cleaner in the past but not with the mop. Typically, Tyler is the one who cleans the floors (I’m one lucky lady, aren’t I?!) and he was literally getting on his hands and knees with a spray bottle and a bunch of paper towels to clean the floors. No, I’m not making that up. The PowerPlus Deep Clean Pad seriously gets down in their with just as much elbow grease without actually having to put in much effort at all! Plus, if you’re scrubbing on your hands and knees too, this will save your back and knees some major discomfort.
Tyler even went so far as to say that he and the mop were going to form a very quick bond! Seriously though, this duo will making cleaning up before our guests arrive a breeze!
See how much our floors are shining there? That spray worked wonders on our hardwoods! And if you’re wondering, no, I do not always dress up this much to clean my house. 😉
And if you’re stressing out about getting everything done in time, don’t forget to include your family! Some may call this child labor but I prefer to think of this as resourcefulness. If he likes to push it around, I may as well let him help me as much as he can. And all the mother’s said amen.
One other thing I like to do to get my house ready for company, or just in general when I’m cleaning, is to sprinkle my kitchen sink with baking soda and lavender essential oil and then spritz with white vinegar. If you’ve ever done a homemade volcano, you know that baking soda and vinegar make quite the bubbly explosion so it helps lift any stuck on grime off your sink and the essential oil helps cut down the smell of the vinegar. I then take a course scrub brush and scrub all over my sink until it’s nice and shiny. Also, why do sinks get so dirty? I clean dishes in there all the time so, in theory, you’d think it would be one of the cleanest surfaces. Not so much.
Also, I’m not sure about y’all but our kitchen table is a catch-all throughout the week for random crap that we use daily. My purse, work bag, Liam’s diaper bag, Liam’s school bag, Tyler’s laptop bag, etc. While I hate just shoving clutter in a closet, I almost always shove those things in a closet because we’ll need them again soon but just don’t want them to crowd our table and look like a hot mess while we have company. Out of sight, out of mind!
Bona also has a few other holiday cleaning tips and tricks to help you stress less about your holiday prep so be sure to check those out in these last few days before Thanksgiving or to prep for Christmas gatherings. If you’d like some for yourself (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t) follow this link.