Keeping one step ahead 

Keeping on top of the house work and every day tasks can be a challenge with two kids under 4. Most days I used to feel like I was drowing under a sea of chorse and toys. I have found a few things that help me on a day to day basis keep my home running relatively smoothly.

1. Loading washing machine the night before.

This one may seem silly but I just never seems to be finished with the laundry so I find on a good day I can get 3 loads washed and dried in a day (with British weather you can’t take sun for granted ) I do have a tumble but I don’t like using it. So I just find loading the machine the night before and then when I turn the kettle on in the morning the machine goes straight on aswell. Presto 39 minutes later clean washing ready for pegging out on the line. 

2. The power hour 

This honestly has saved my life. My The Power Hour piece will explain more about this cleaning technique. 

3. Stay focused 

Playing music whilst cleaning really keeps me focused mainly as I boogy away whilst I’m doing it. 

4. Limit and contain the mess 

Having two under 4 tends to mean that as I’m cleaning there following behind leaving a trail of destruction, so I find limiting them to one small box of toys at a time does not only mean less to clean up but also teaches the kids to put away before getting more toys out. I also keep the toys in one room so I don’t end up with a house full of toys. 

5. Decluttering 

Clutter can creep up on us all. And whenit does it makes cleaning much harder. So twice a week I pick to places to declutter. I’m not talking entire rooms I’m talking small places which only take a few minutes such as kids wardrobe, side board or under the stairs. I just find this keep the clutter at bay without feeling that dreaded “oh god I’ve got to go through the bedrooms today etc “.

I hope you find this useful 

Much love 

Rhianna xx


The power hour 

Ice recently got into doing a power hour of cleaning ! I know it’s a bit behind and people have been doing it for what seems like forever! But honestly I’ve never needed it really before, but now it’s the summer my kids live outside and so unfortunately my housework has really suffered as a result. Power hour has saved my life… well my house from destruction. 

Today’s list (excuses the scruffy handwriting, i wasn’t planning on taking a picture of it )

I find the best results happen when I write a check list of jobs and tick them off as I go. I only use this for day to day jobs such as hovering or cleaning the bathroom and the odd weekly job. I then clean like a mad woman for 1 hour and the results are truly amazing!!

An hour goes surprisingly slow so it’s good to write more jobs than you think you can do. I start with the jobs I least enjoy or the ones that are a necessity that way if you don’t finish it all you aren’t left with jobs that still need doing. 
Does anyone else use this method??

Much love 

Rhianna xx