A few weekends ago, I was invited by Lysol to a day of learning from 100% Whole Moms, Marilen, Cheska and Rica and to celebrate Lysol’s newest product Lysol Maxcover Mist Disinfectant Spray!
If you know me well, you’d know how much of an OC I am. My being OC includes carrying multiple disinfectant sprays for personal use for the kids and I (including Lysol’s travel spray!) so I can clean hands and tables and chairs. I also make it a point to organize everything in our home (AKA I have a place for everything and I expect them to be there, or else!) and clean with the best disinfectant products. I also cannot work well if it’s a mess around me. I just can’t!
Now, having 3 boys in my life (Husband included with the mess!) makes it a tad bit harder to keep the house clean. I’m still in the process of teaching (TRAINING!!!) them to tidy up after a day of playing and making a mess of our second bedroom that acts as Oscar’s office and the kids’ play room. I was just telling him the other day how important it is that he also shows discipline in cleaning up after himself so that the kids will follow. You see, he’s more lenient when it comes to cleaning (obviously, I am over the top!), so I struggle with implementing the rule if the first authority figure in our family rarely makes them follow it. You can tell the difference when I leave him with the kids versus when I am left with the kids!
Marilen Faustino Montenegro talked about how we can organize our living space. Everything she mentioned, like placing a tray on top of the console or coffee table (or as I imagine on an oversized ottoman), can help keep things tidy. As simple as a tray! I can just throw in our keys there or the uncountable remotes we have at home, even our PS4 controllers and it would still look tidy. Another tip she shared is to keep a basket (woven or wire) by your couch that would hold light throw blankets and maybe a couple of soft throw pillows that would be perfect for movie nights. My sister already does this in New Jersey where the weather is perfect for it!
It’s nice to decorate and have these in place, but I feel like her third tip is the one that will hold everything together: Keep your place clean and organized.
And that my friends, is the battle! It wouldn’t matter if I had all the best organizing systems in place if my family and I do not know how to clean up after ourselves. The struggle is very, very real. Every day I have to remind myself and my boys to clean up our space. I still have to work on keeping bedroom #2 clean because that’s where all their toys are. Even when we had a yaya for the boys, it was so hard to clean up because they don’t pack away toys before moving on to a new one to play with. I just need to be more consistent with it so that the boys will eventually do it on their own. I’m so happy that Jacob is slowly picking up the habit of cleaning up. It’s Joaquin, my 2 year old, that I still have troubles with.
To connect it with what Cheska Garcia-Kramer shared about making a habit of cleanliness (this woman is my soul sister!), I learned that I should also make it easier for my family and helpers to clean up.
While I already had a list of daily To Dos for the helpers before, I have to make one that is even more specific and perhaps include a check list of daily cleaning routines. Cheska suggested that we keep a pail of cleaning tools allotted per room so that everything you would need to clean that space is already there. Here’s what that pail should have:
I love her personal tip of keeping a pail of water mixed with Lysol and a mop there, ready to be used, because I need this in my life right now! My kids are messy eaters and I am almost out of Lysol wipes! Ang gastos! Best to do her pail and mop tip.
We played a game, Family Feud style. We had to create a list of the hardest things to clean at home. Team Mommy Bloggers won!
One of the things listed is the couch or sofa. And Lysol has the perfect solution for us: Lysol Disinfectant Maxcover Mist! It’s Lysol’s newest product that is designed to cover and disinfect larger soft surfaces. It also has 2x wider coverage than the normal Lysol spray. It completely and evenly covers large areas such as a king-sized bed.
The ultra fine Micro Mist kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria, reaching crooks, crannies and crevices without over-wetting. Look at how it it releases everything we need to get rid of viruses and bacteria!
You can get Lysol Maxcover Mist in two variants, Garden After Rain and Lavender Field. SRP is Php 411.00.
Lastly, Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio shared with us #LysolMaxiMoms how to have a clean heart. How we should be aware of what we put in our hearts, what we release from our hearts, and what we keep in our hearts.
[su_quote cite=”Luke 6:45 ESV”]The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for our of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.[/su_quote]
Ways we can live this daily:
1. Encourage others, especially our husband and kids.
[su_quote cite=”James 5:15 The Message Bible”]Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.[/su_quote]
3. Forgive others. Let things go.
[su_quote cite=”H. Jackson Brown Jr.”]Never forget the nine most important words of any family: I love you; You are beautiful; Please forgive me.[/su_quote]
I had such a great time with my mommy blogger friends and other bloggers that day. I got to chat with Louise of Mommy Practicality about raising boys (I got some very helpful tips!), caring for our marriage and how having a support group in Church (they go to CCF, we go to Victory) is very important. I love these kinds of events and meaningful conversations!
Thank you Lysol and 100% Whole Moms for having me!