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How a Mom of 4 Boys Keeps Her Floors Clean



It’s not uncommon when I post a picture here, or on Facebook or Instagram that I get a comment of “How in the world do you keep your floors so clean with four boys going in and out of your house?!!!”

Well, they are far from spotless or something you could eat off of, but it is one thing in my home that I try and keep up with…if I let my floors go, so goes my house! 

{I’m speaking of my own floors, not judging yours, so just go put that mama guilt away if floors aren’t a big deal to you.}

So What’s My Floor Cleaning Routine?

  • I sweep after every meal. (It’s just part of my meal clean up process.)
  • I mop the kitchen as needed (at least once a week).
  • I spot treat and clean up spills between mopping.
  • I frequently send the boys outside to eat when the weather is nice. 😉
  • I sweep/mop the hallway, entry, and bathrooms once a week
  • I vacuum 1-2x a week

It sounds like a lot of work, but it just got SIMPLER and FASTER with my Shark Sonic Duo.  Prior to receiving my Shark Sonic Duo for this review, I tried a dozen or more products for cleaning my hard floors from cleaners, to mops, to Swiffer products, but had went back to a good ole sponge and vinegar water scrubbing on my hands and knees.

As for my carpet, it’s typical “builder carpet” that’s had its share of abuse. I try to spot treat it now and then, and keep it vacuumed until someday when my “Carpet Fairy” arrives.

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So How is the Shark Sonic Duo Helping Keep My Floors Clean with Less Effort?

  • Hard floors look and feel cleaner than other leading products with less effort. The Shark Sonic Duo removes 4x more stuck-on dirt in carpets than vacuuming alone that removes only loose, dry dirt and dust
  • The powerful cleaning system requires little to no pressure or force to move the system
  • Hard floors dry in less than 5 minutes and require no rinsing
  • The system uses non-toxic, biodegradable formulas that are safe for children and pets

My only complaint is that it didn’t miraculously turn my carpet into a spotless wonderland.  And the price tag is a tad steep for our budget (although it’s currently on sale for over 30% off at Amazon), but knowing what I know now I can’t imagine living without it!

So how do YOU keep your floors clean?  What’s your floor cleaning routine?

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Homemade Cleaning Recipe for Furniture Polish {Pledge}

We’re prepping for a whopper of a birthday party in our home, running around like chickens with our head’s cut off, gathering supplies, cleaning, and baking. I’m sooooo excited to share it with all of you next week!

So in getting the house in order, I knew that everything needed a good dusting, but realized I was out of the aerosol can of furniture polish that I normally use.  Rather than returning to the store for the umpteenth time, I decided to try making my own, which was so SIMPLE!

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Natural Homemade Furniture Polish

In a glass jar, I combined:

  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

Mix well and then lightly dip an already damp rag in the solution.

Chemical free, great smell, fabulous results, and MUCH cheaper!

Young House Love has some great all natural homemade cleaner recipes that I look forward to trying.

What about YOU? Have you ever experimented with natural or homemade cleaners? What’s your favorite?



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Clearing the Dust and Cleaning My Heart…

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Over the last several weeks we’ve been working on cleaning the house, getting things organized, going through and cleaning out things we no longer need, etc. My checklist has been longer than the line at Walmart on Black Friday, but it’s going to be so nice to have most if not all of it completed before my surgery on Thursday

We’ve donated clothing, held a garage sale, cleaned out closets, switched our guest room downstairs and our office upstairs, and given our trash man a good reason to request a raise along the way. Today I was blessed by a sweet friend coming over to clean my bathrooms and kitchen.  What an incredible gift of love! 

I hate getting so behind on housework, laundry, organizing, etc. There just never seems to be enough time or physical energy to complete it all.  Anyone else with me?  And sometimes I confess, I fret over my piles of laundry and to-do list instead of just digging in and getting my hands dirty!  I allow guilt to creep in over my failures as a wife and a mom.


I’ve been on a mission to combat the guilt and working on my heart behind keeping the home, rather than just the tasks that overwhelm me. I’m so thankful for resources to help me along the way like, Tsh’s book, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living and Sarah Mae’s recent eBook, 31 Days to Clean; (I’m growing fonder of eBooks by the day! Especially after figuring out I can read Kindle books on my smart phone or computer!)

31 Days to Clean offers not only practical advise on keeping your home, it inspires your mind and heart to action. Each day gives you a Martha challenge (the heart inspection) and a Mary challenge (specific cleaning ideas/tasks). You’ll find chapters on:

  • Confronting laziness
  • Priorities
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • The Secret to having Energy
  • Dealing with Distractions

    Not sure about you, but these are real struggles I face on a daily basis.  I’m thankful for my friend Sarah Mae’s honesty and vision for this book.  (You are probably familiar with Sarah Mae as one of the founders of The Relevant Conference and creator of Like a Warm Cup of Coffee blog.)

    *** You can download your own copy of 31 Days to Clean for 50% off the $4.99 list price with the promo code: quad50 TODAY ONLYThank you Sarah Mae for extending your warm generosity to our readers! ***

    So what home-keeping task bogs you down the most?


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