Things I’ve learned as a Mom:
- There are never, ever enough AAA or AA batteries in the house.
- There will be too many of the WRONG kind of batteries in the house when your child clamors for the other kind.
- Always keep a Philips screwdriver in the kitchen drawer.
- Nature’s Miracle is handy for pet messes and for a light spray-down of a potty-training kid’s mattress.
- Check your own pockets for tissues and chapstick before doing the laundry.
- Diaper rash ointment can be handy for Mom’s running problems as well as baby’s bottom
- Every work of art is precious
- But take a picture of it and get rid of it or it will BREED LIKE RABBITS
- Only get rid of it when the kids aren’t looking
- Or teach the kids the value of recycling early in their lives
- Also: “This is how we make room for MORE art!”
- Keep an extra storage tote handy for dropping in seasonal decor that didn’t quite make the Easter clean-up of Christmas decorations (what, is it just me?)
- Sometimes a ten-minute timer makes cleaning into a game or a race, especially if there’s a prize at the end
- That works on kids too
- Throw the laundry detergent cup into the load after you add the soap. No more sticky residue!
- Also: keep the extra ones when you buy new detergent.
- Also: remember to get it out of the washer before you transfer the load to the dryer. Ha!
- Finally … three hours of kid-free cleaning while at home and sick still accomplishes the same as two weeks worth of cleaning while the kids are around.
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