Let’s Be Honest Here…Cleaning Isn’t Exactly My Favorite Thing To Do…

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Does anyone really love cleaning?

If you answered yes, please send me an e-mail, I’ll send you my address and you can come clean. I’ve got everything you need to get the job done; all you have to do is show up. Also, I pay in whiskey, vodka, and wine.

The other day I gave you some stellar tips for New Year’s resolutions, and I wasn’t joking. I really did mean do nothing in January. Relax. Calm down. But if you’re going to enjoy eating and drinking and cuddling in front of the TV for a month…I highly recommend a clean house/apartment/condo/whatever. If you haven’t found the right cleaning professional yet, you’re also going to need to take a few hours to do this yourself. (I know. I really honest to goodness considered hiring someone after all the Christmas madness, but I’m also Polish.)

Our house has pretty much been a madhouse since we moved in. Mostly thanks to my crazy.

Brian new house cleaning
This was before we moved into the new house when everything was empty and new to us…We even received a few cleaning supplies to get started thanks to Butler Products (Mr. Clean, Black & Decker, Dawn, and EverCare)

A month after we closed on the house, we threw a housewarming party (don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it later. I promise.) A month after we moved in (so three weeks after the housewarming party), we hosted Second Thanksgiving for my college crew.

Brian even swept the front porch with the Black and Decker broom
Brian even swept the front porch with the 24 inch Black & Decker Indoor/Outdoor Push Broom
while I took pictures…

A month after Second Thanksgiving, we hosted Christmas dinner for both of our families (about 30 people in total). And finally, a week after Christmas, we had some family over to play games on New Year’s Eve. Quite frankly, I’m surprised Brian hasn’t actually killed me yet.

Mopping with Mr. Clean Mop
Brian mopped the floor with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Super Twist Mop and a flat back bucket before guests arrived on Christmas Day. This mop is super awesome as that little round thing on the end is a magic eraser, designed to get those tricky stains! Also, does anyone else think my aloe plant looks like a creepy green hand?

So it’s been a roller coaster of clean/party/clean/party/clean/party etc since Day 1. Things got lost. It took me 2 weeks to find my Jewel saver stamps so I could turn them in for my free Cuisinart cookware at Jewel. That’s what happens when last minute cleaning turns into QUICK! Hide everything in cabinets, drawers, closets, boxes, and the basement!

It’s time.

While I have every intention of soaking up the relaxation of January and doing very little, I’ll be cleaning and arranging the house piece by piece so that everything is organized and has a place.

Brian may help me, and he may not (as you can see, he certainly helped a lot before all the parties)…but we’re fully armed with a couple of my favorite brands to really get stuff done around this place.


Cleaning supplies from Butler products
The good old days…when there was nothing in our house but cleaning products.


So cleaning may not be my favorite thing, but at least I’ve got the tools I need to make it as easy as possible.

Blog friends, how do you get yourself organized? Do you do it all in one day, or do you take your time, like I intend to? What are your can’t-live-without cleaning products of choice?

While no one compensated me to write this blog post, I did receive free Butler Cleaning Products, including items  from Mr. Clean, Black & Decker, Dawn and EverCare in order to give you my honest opinion. As I think it’s important to keep my reviews completely honest, I promise that I will never write anything I don’t believe in or agree with.

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16 Responses

  1. I want the dustpan. the pan scraper, and the mop. I love the idea of a mop with a magic eraser on it…I may even mop my walls with it. Is that crazy? Not when you live with my family! I will have to be on the look out for one.

    1. OMG I LOVE the mop. I’ve seen it at Jewel (grocery store) and Dollar General (which is not, despite it’s name, a dollar store). We sopped up water in the inside of the furnace with it the other night…our first house emergency. It was very helpful.

  2. Kudos to you Chrissy!

    That was quite an epic cleaning feat, by both you and Brian.

    I gotta say I’m also a piece meal cleaner.

    We travel all the time – literally pretty much – so we’ll be in different tropical hot spots and homes through the year.

    We’ll just keep things together from time to time but overall, we’ve been pretty blessed too; many of our homes our apartments are serviced.

    Here’s to the place in Bali – T minus 26 days and counting – having staff, as our last Bali spot had 😉

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. I miss the days when I had little slaves, oh, I mean children to help. Well, at least my husband is good at it. Because I hate to clean. I truly feel, something is terribly wrong in the sentence’ I love to clean”. Totally understandable “I have to clean”. But LOVE TO CLEAN??? On the other hand, who doesn’t love a magic eraser. It’s magic!

  4. I don’t LOVE cleaning but I love my apartment when it’s spotless. I love my tools but I’m a big fan of cleaning with things like baking soda and vinegar. Even when I wash my floors with a harsh soap, I always rinse with vinegar.

      1. Because of my furbaby I’m a big believer in less chemicals is better. The last thing I want him doing is walking on floors cleaned with harsh chemicals and then having him ingest them while he grooms himself. I’m a fan of Method’s line of cleaning products because they’re all natural. Especially in the bathroom.

        I totally clean my sink and stove and most of my pots using baking soda and it works because it scrubs and polishes.

  5. The aloe totally looks like a Grinch hand. Now we know what REALLY happened to him. Heart grew my ass, you dismembered his and potted his remains.

    I think I like you.

    1. Nobody fucks with Christmas around here. Especially not grinches. 😉

      Thank you. I’ve been trying to find a name for that darn aloe plant since Brian’s brother gave him to us for our housewarming.

      Mr. Grinch totally works.

      1. And now every time you look at your plant, you’ll think of me.

        This taking over the world shit might be easier than I thought. *evil laugh*

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