Yesterday I talked about how I want to have a cleaner house (even while living with a husband and 7 kids – what can I say, I like to dream big).
A thought came to me late yesterday afternoon. I remembered something I read years ago. The main message was this: Use good tools. Clean with nicer things. Don Aslett says the same in his books, also mentioned yesterday:
Invest in good tools.
Don says your husband probably has a $400 tool in the garage that’s used once a year, while you scrounge dollar stores for your cleaning supplies that are used several times a day?!
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Remember when I said that I let the kids choose their own cleaning products from Grove? 15 year old dishwasher son prefers Lavender Mrs. Meyer’s, 13 year old floor gal chose a Lemon Ginger Method hard floor cleaner, 11 year old bathroom girl asked for a Wildflower scented Antibac spray, and they all requested new Walnut scrubber sponges!
I went a step further.
I got a pretty, wooden-handled broom and dustpan to replace the worn out, ugly plastic el cheapo ones I currently use.
I use these tools SEVERAL times a DAY. Why shouldn’t they be lovely?
This is my new motto:
It must be pretty.
I’ve written before about my love of Grove and how they save me time and money. The cleaning products they offer are non-toxic and look pretty. They send me free stuff just for being a good customer. I enjoy free shipping as a V.I.P. And you can get a free product and a $10 credit if you sign up.
A few ideas for your first order:
- Dr Bronner’s castille soap in bulk – Grove has the best price I’ve found
- Acure organic skin care – these are 100% natural and high-quality, but priced less than most of the lines available at Whole Foods
- EarthPaste toothpaste – my kids’ favorite
- Method all-purpose cleaner (my favorite scent is Clementine)
- Natural soy candles (benzene free)
- Lip balms – big and thick, love them
- Hand Sanitizer – this is the only kind I’ll use. The blood orange smells amazing and the coconut oil actually moisturizes instead of drying out your hands.
Ordering my cleaning and personal care products from Grove is one of the ways I simplify my life. Staying out of stores saves me money, time and hassle.
This was a recent special offer (half price!) from Grove; the cleaning caddy is too cute.
Side note about cleaning with pretty things:
I am inspired by Marie Kondo‘s books, especially the first, called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (The second, called Spark Joy, is more the nitty-gritty and how to’s.) Marie is definitely an advocate for cleaning with pretty things. Here is an infographic explaining some of the main points I learned by reading it: