I haven't had much time this week to get everything done that I've wanted to but I have been able to do quite a bit. I've been reading flylady about house cleaning. With three kids home all day for homeschooling, I find I'm constantly picking things up behind them. They are really independent kids and very helpful but things just get messy. Like my kitchen. It never seems to stay clean.
I've decided to make a household manual that will keep everything in one place. Pantry inventory, my bread and bagel recipes, menu planning, contact numbers, calendars, anything else I use on a daily basis. I need to think a little more on what that will be because I tried it before and it didn't work. I'm not sure why but think it was because I wasn't organized in my house like I am now. My bedroom and office/classroom has been clean since I put the bookshelves in and that's a really good feeling.
I was online last night and found somemore really cool recipes for household cleaners. I've decided because the chemicals are so bad for my family and the items are so expensive, that I will no longer buy chemical cleaners. I have a lot so once they are used up that will be it.
I also will not be buying any paper towels because they are so wasteful. I'm working on making cloth napkins instead of using paper and I also found a site for making dryer sheets. I was shocked at the toxic chemicals that are released when these are used.
My goal for today is to swing by Walmart and buy some natural cleaning products and spray bottles and containers. I need to try all of these things before I commit to them. But if they work-they have the potential of dropping my shopping bill even more drastically and that I am very much looking forward to. I'll post some recipes later and let everyone know how they work.