I was asked to join in collaboration with some fellow moms who primarily stay at home to care for their babies, while also following their creative passions. I've loved connecting with like-minded mothers on this journey, who help with daily inspiration and share positivity through the ups and downs of this wild ride of motherhood and affirm the feeling of being able to have it all, without actually having it all.
The links to their lovely blogs can be found at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
We're already a couple of weeks into Spring and the sprucing up around here seems to be never-ending. From tidying up the yard debris (which we were almost two years behind on) and our first lawn mow of the year, to refreshing the air filters, reorganizing the kitchen cabinets, and cleaning out our closets. Most of the time I feel like I am spinning my wheels as it's rare that I can finish home projects in the midst of chasing/feeding/playing with/reading to/changing/bathing my almost 20-month-old.
Though it's been quite the busy start to the season. It's prime time for my wedding clients, in combination with logo projects, and a fun pop-up event coming up for Mother's Day. Can't wait to share more details with you soon!
For our theme this collaboration, we were asked about our spring cleaning routine and how we live simply during this season.
1. Do you have any routine spring cleaning that you do?
My routine spring cleaning involves a major closet purge. Once the warm weather and sunshine starts to hit, the endorphins start flowing and I'm so ready to lighten up the closet a little. I go through all of my clothes from every season, toss the stained and damaged goods, and decide which pieces are worth keeping or selling/donating. If you're anything like me, it's easy to forget a small stain or hole if it gets hung up in the closet and forgotten about for months. A good overhaul and refresh is a great way to start the season off on a good foot.
For Faire, we do a similar process of purging and sorting through and storing pieces that are worth saving for future babies. (I love these stackable boxes for keeping things organized by size.) You can read more about how we organize and stay clean with toddlers on this post here.
Side note: I've been following fashion minimalist Caroline Joy and her Un-Fancy blog for quite some time, and though I still haven't managed to get down to a capsule wardrobe, I'm this close to getting there. It's a lifestyle that I've been naturally drawn to as a new mom: less time getting dressed and putting together daily outfits in the morning, plus, when most of your extra income goes towards your toddler, you are left with a smaller budget for clothing expenses. I've been somewhat forced to shop more intentionally, but I love being able to pair together numerous outfits from a limited number of pieces. This is where quality over quantity really comes into play. And the added bonus of being able to travel with a lighter load when towing All Things Baby. It's just really worked well for me, and I highly recommend her blog if you are looking for a lifestyle change within your wardrobe.
2. What does living simply mean to you?
Living simply to me, simply means, loving more with less. And certainly learning to live with quality over quantity and with intention. My favorite part of the day is when we all sit around the dining table together sharing dinner as a family. And even though it's such a small sliver of time in comparison to everything else that went on that day, the quality is there. We're unplugged and fully present, and most of the time just catching laughs at Faire in her highchair. This time together is so precious, and I'm just thankful I have these two to inspire me to be a better human on a daily basis.
3. What are 5 of your go to products for your home? Organizational tools, storage, cleaners, essential oils, etc. that you can't live without!
-This garment rack (in photos above) has become a staple in our bedroom. From planning outfits, to air drying delicate clothing, it's a great functional piece and less than $50! Also, these wooden hangers helping me to see pieces more easily and gives a cleaner look.
-Seventh Generation cleaning products. From the surface cleaner, to hand soap, laundry and dish detergent, and wipes - we use them all. We are huge fans of this brand for the obvious reason of being environmentally-safe, but we also love that they are gentle on sensitive skin and free of fragrance, dyes, or anything artificial.
-Pehr storage bins. Total life savers, we have these beautiful bins in almost every room in our house. Organizing made super easy and pretty!
-Weekly planner by Appointed. The most beautifully designed tools local to DC! Their planner helps me keep tabs on pediatrician appointments, deadlines, events, and travel dates - because I'm one of those that needs double reminders via iPhone and planner.
-Glass food containers. We've recently decided to give up the plastic tupperware for glass, which has been the best decision. They are super easy to snap and store everything from fruits and veggies to dry goods. And visually, they just make food look good sitting in your fridge (which the non-chef in me screams YAY!).
4. How do you approach tidying? For example, do you put everything away each day/night?
We all know how gruesome and down right exhausting cleaning up after a toddler can be. From toys and books scattered across the floor after just thirty minutes of play, to post-mealtime with all the spaghetti sauce. As much as life-with-a-toddler messes cannot be avoided, it has helped to take a proactive and preventative standpoint, hoping to steer away from those catastrophic messes.
I've noticed if we have an overwhelming amount of toys that have accumulated over some time, those seem to be the messiest days - because toddlers with that 5-second attention span. We usually keep play time to one room at a time, and won't move to a new room without picking up all the toys first. Also, since Faire turned about a year old, we've been placing toys in the closet for a couple of months and bring them out on a rainy day, so it's basically a brand new toy to play with all over again. And she's at the age where she's really grasping the whole "clean up" process and is surprisingly finding fun in putting things away. Again, thank goodness for Pehr bins making clean-up so easy breezy for mom and tot!
As far as daily tidying goes, I am so type A that I can hardly go to bed with a messy house. Faire's room is almost always picked up before she goes to bed, and I will typically pick up the living and dining areas once she is asleep. Our dining room houses her play kitchen and art table, so it sees its fair share of daily messes. Other than that, it's usually a tidy-as-we-go kind of deal.
5. How often do you clean your home? What are your daily tasks, weekly, bi weekly?
Daily cleaning all day, every day. We don't have a specific routine for what gets cleaned which day, as each day really differs from the next. Laundry is done 4/7 days a week and Sunday is typically a day full of multiple loads. Our home is covered in hardwood floors, minus the bathrooms and kitchen, but it requires vacuuming almost every other day (thanks to our shedding Aussie). And of course, the kitchen gets a good overhaul clean (counters wiped, sippy cups washed, dishwasher run) on a nightly basis.
Make sure you click around and check out the other amazing moms part of this collaboration!
Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com