Bits & Pieces of Ashley: Housecleaning


I love a clean house. I’m not a fan of clutter, I don’t like dirt, and I like everything to have a place. But at the same time, I don’t want us to feel like we can’t live in our home. A little mess here and there doesn’t bother me, but I do like to go to bed at night knowing that my house will be clean when I wake up in the morning. I also don’t want to be so consumed with a clean house that I don’t enjoy my family and my child(ren). It’s a balance that I’m continually working on.

I feel like I’m less stressed and able to be a better mother and wife when we keep our home clean. I also like our home to always be in a fairly clean condition if friends or family decide to stop by on short notice. Last but certainly not least, I want our child(ren) to see what it means to keep a tidy home. For these reasons, I do my best to make it a priority to keep our house clean.

Fortunately, Cody and I have a similar level of cleanliness. Very rarely do we get annoyed with one another because of our messes. He’s a little more carefree about clutter, but other than that, we pretty much see eye to eye in this area. It makes keeping our home clean SO much easier!

I don’t want to be cleaning every single minute of every single day, so I’ve created a little cleaning schedule for myself throughout the week.

cleaning schedule

I know this wouldn’t work for everyone, but it’s perfect for us. I spend about 20-30 minutes cleaning each day (a little longer on laundry days), and then that’s it! I also love that we don’t have to spend the entire weekend cleaning.

Obviously this doesn’t include the “deep cleaning” stuff. To be honest, that’s one thing I’m NOT the best at… I try to scrub the floors and baseboards, dust in high/random areas, etc. about once a month, but once again, not always the best at it. I typically end up just doing it when I notice it’s getting dirty. In my dream world, I’d have someone do the “deep clean” stuff for us once each month, but I can guarantee you that won’t be happening any time soon. Winking smile

Once again, I’m not saying you need to do it this way nor do I think it’s for everyone! I’m just explaining how I do things to give some of you new ideas.

Have a great Friday!

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being NOT clean and 10 being VERY clean), how clean are you?

Do you have a “cleaning day” or do you spread chores throughout the week?

How often do you do “deep cleaning” chores?

What are your Friday evening plans?

01/30/14: Thursday Thoughts

1. A HUGE congrats to my beautiful friend, Brittany, for the adoption of her new little baby boy! He is so precious! Go congratulate her if you haven’t already!

2. The outside of my left foot – it hurts. Ugh. My hip is no longer bothering me, but now it’s my foot. There’s always something! I don’t think I could be a “full time” hardcore long distance runner. I think my body would hate me.

3. Baby Hunter is stepping it up in the world. He got a new big boy car seat.


4. This peanut butter keeps getting me in trouble!! I can’t keep my spoon out of the jar! P.S. This new 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams cook book is on sale now. Lotsa yummy stuff in there! I’m hoping to make something from it if I don’t eat the whole jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams with a spoon first. Check it out HERE!


5. This commercial… I just love it. The song, the puppy, the horses, everything.

6. I’m looking for a delicious dessert to bring to a Superbowl get together. I have SO many pinned on Pinterest, but I’m overwhelmed – there’s so many that look incredible. I figured trying one that someone recommends may be a better idea. So, any recommendations?

7. Tomorrow I have a girls’ night planned with my MOPS girlfriends! I Red heart girls’ nights. We’re all bringing food and one of the girls is doing our nails – the shellac kind. Trying to decide if I want to do more of a light, soft pink or a bright pink. Either way it will have sparkles!

8. Three things I’m doing today: Pump Class, laundry, making muddy enemies buddies (aka puppy chow). Catch ya later!


Have you ever had Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter? What’s your favorite flavor? White Chocolate Wonderful is my #1, but Dark Chocolate Dreams comes in a close second!

Crowd pleasing dessert recommendations? Recipe links welcome!

Do you typically go with more subtle colors or bold colors on your fingernails? I like to mix it up!

Three things you’re doing today?

Do you call it muddy buddies or puppy chow?

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