Tidy Tips: The Easy Way to Clean House Daily

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photo: Rebfre

Maybe it’s because I have my own home now (no more renting!), but this year I want to focus on taking extra special care of our house. One of my New Years Goals is to focus on tidying! I’ll share a few “Tidy Tips” that I’ve learned + am doing, throughout the year. I’m looking forward to sharing these tips in case it can help anyone else out there. Unless I’m the only one that struggles with keeping up a clean house???  Anyway I’m sharing these because I’ve benefited so much from other bloggers sharing about their lives, so I want to pay it forward I guess!

TIDY TIP #1 : Tidy for 15 mins daily. I’ve been doing this for a week now and it is already helping keep my house looking good without overstressing myself! Since cleaning the whole house at once seems so daunting, so impossible, and so not fun, it has made cleaning stressful in the past. But someone once shared with me a book about overcoming procrastination that I’ve remembered for 15 years now. The takeaway was “if something takes 2 minutes or less to do, do it right now.” I wanted to implement that idea and extend it to 15 minutes of focusing on tidying/cleaning up. This can include doing dishes, cleaning up after dinner, wiping down bathroom floors, vacuuming, etc.  I set my timer, and if I get interupted I just pause it, and come back to it later.

I figure 15 minutes is enough to get the house somewhat looking tidy. If I expect it to be spotless all the time I will definitely be either stressed out trying to making it happen and ultimately failing, or so overwhelmed that I do nothing, and accept defeat. The goal is to do juuuust enough to where it doesn’t look like a bomb went off, but not too much that I get stressed out just thinking about how long it will take me etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

I found this list (below) of one minute chores to do around the house, and am implementing it into my 15 minutes of daily tidying. Of course it’s not just me cleaning, I also enlist the help of my husband. You can try it with roommates, children, spouses, guests (jk but wouldn’t that be nice!), etc. It’s the easiest way to keep your house tidy for those drop-in visitors who usually don’t make it past the front porch haha. I’ll be printing this list out to refer to daily! Keep reading to see the list…

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Thoughts on New Year’s Eve 2017

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Foggy Dress blog…I have not abandoned you! I have lots of plans this year to write more essay-type posts about my thoughts on moving, new motherhood, what to expect when you turn 30, and other random subjects. I have always loved blogging because I love writing and photography, so I think even though I disappear for a while I’ll always circle back. Instagram has sort of  replaced my blog in some ways but there’s only so much I can type on my phone’s keyboard haha.

It’s New Year’s Eve and you are part of my New Year’s goals! Cheers to an amazing 2017, and here’s to all that the future holds in 2018!

Photo: Razzi App

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Why I’m Totally Into Facial Mists

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My post-shower and post-face-wash skin has been a struggle for me. My skin is on the dry side, but breaks out easily with over-moisturizing. I’ve tried expensive face wash systems with 5 step washes, night creams of every kind, etc., always leading me to break out in some way.

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Lavett & Chin Coconut Moisturizing Facial Mist

Then I discovered facial mists, and at first they didn’t work either. I’d spray them on immediately after washing my face/showering, when my face was still a bit damp and it similarly was over-moisturizing my face.

Then I forgot to put it on after showering one night, and my face dried. I looked in the mirror and it was so stiff and clearly needed to be moisturized…so I sprayed this on, rubbed it into my skin as if it were a cream, and went to bed. I woke up with amazing skin! I’ve been doing that for months now and my skin feels perfectly balanced and moisturized. This one by Lavett & Chin has been my *hands down* favorite. I discovered/tried it first at the GOOP Mrkt when they did a pop up in San Francisco. The scent is subtle and soothing, and even spritzing on the lips is okay because it tastes so sweet. I cannot rave enough about this product; to me, it’s totally worth the higher price tag.

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Spritz Breath Deeply: Peppermint Essential Oils Spray

A close second is this facial mist that’s very pepperminty and works similarly to the other one. It has purified water, peppermint, eucalyptus and other 100% pure essential oils. The peppermint scent is so relaxing I can’t even tell you! It’s a great mister that I discovered in a subscription box of course.

What have been some of your skin moisturizing faves?

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Dressing the Bump // 23 Weeks

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Little Baby Boy is coming in a few months (May 2017!!) and I’m trying to transition my #foggydress wardrobe to be more bump friendly. I am so excited to see this little guy, but until then I have to figure out how to not look like a bum all the time (yes, I live in sweats 90% of the time). When I leave the house it’s low key, but for church I have to look my best, so you’ll probably be see lots of dresses during this pregnancy. That and I love wearing dresses because it doesn’t push on my tummy like a lot of my maternity pants do. Luckily I live in California so it’s pretty mild as far as winters go,

Here’s me and the babe at 23 weeks:

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Long blush/black Floral Trench Coat via Le Tote | Tank Dress via Foggy Dress (coming soon!)  | Toe-show Boots via Target | Silver Choker via Rocksbox

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Best Daily Planners for 2017

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I have officially used the last page of my beloved 2016 Day Designer Planner…time to order another one. Working from home means I have to have a lot of discipline. I need daily goals, checklists, and a way to organize it all. But don’t you use your phone for reminders? Yes! I do, like conference calls, paying a monthly bill, etc. But I literally make checklists of everything to get done that day, and there’s usually 10+ items on my list like do laundry, dinner casserole, finish blog post, take pictures, etc. I love physically checking things off my list, and sometimes I add things after I’ve done them just so I can look at my day’s checklist and see a bunch of ✔✔✔✔.PalmOpen_large

My favorite planner for my needs is Day Designer planners because they focus on yearly/weekly/daily health, work, personal kind of goals. I’ve compiled a list of a few others that focus on different aspects, if you’re in the market for planners (I swear, when you get one that helps with your needs, they’re life savers!).
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^Large or Small Day Designer Planners for a more practical approach ^.

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^Bloom Daily Planners “Best Year Yet” if you need less structure, more art.

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^Ban.do Planners if you really just want to have FUN and keep track of your parties!

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^Blogilates Fit Planner for a strictly fitness-oriented planner.

Three cheers for 2017! It will be out best year yet :P.

 

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