Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Spring Cleaning Giveaway for Your Home Sweet Home

It's time to talk cleaning again. Yeah, I know. It's not much fun, but it's something we all have to do. I haven't made a lot of headway with the big spring cleaning projects I have to admit, but Hubs started talking today about some redecorating he wants to do. And that will involve moving around a lot of furniture, and turning our current living room into a family room (read: moving the TV & entertainment system upstairs). That's going to lead to a major scrub of walls and baseboards I know. He also plans to remove a wall downstairs, and then I plan to replace the carpet down there. So I think it's fair to say we are about to head into some major messes.

If that all goes well, the kitchen is next!

In the meantime, I've managed to pass along laundry duties to Hubs (yay!) and I've been making good headway with de-cluttering. The windows have been open as often as possible, and I've been bringing in some fresh flowers to brighten the place up a bit. It will all come together.


For all of you out there who, like me, have not yet got this spring cleaning thing out of the way, Church & Dwight offers these quick tips for success, along with a must-have giveaway for the occasion.

Tip #1: Call in for extra troops
Fighting off greasy stains, tough mildew, and stubborn odours will require an additional set of hands – so make this a family affair and grab as many troops as you can! When it comes down to it, you’re not the only one living under the roof.

Tip #2: Take your time
Remember that while adrenaline may be rushing to get your house looking spotless, it’s wise to spread out a large project like this over a few days. The season is here to stay so no need to panic! The last thing you want is an injury to welcome you into spring.

Tip #3: Map it out
Organize, organize, organize! Work from the top down, inside to outside, and keep an agenda to prioritize. Allocating rooms to each person (or doing it one at a time by yourself) will also avoid unfinished tasks. Setting this up at the beginning will make the process so much quicker and more efficient.

Tip #4: Have fun
Turn on the radio, lay out a few snacks and don’t take it too seriously! Celebrate the season of greener grasses and sunny weather (without the sweat and sunburns).

Personally, I am terrible at Tip 3. I rarely have a plan of attack for my cleaning. Or if I do I am so easily distracted that I wander off course. But Tip 4 is super important. When I clean I play music. Fun, upbeat, possibly loud music. It keeps me moving and if I'm singing and bopping around the work doesn't seem so hard. Water and snacks are important too, to keep your energy up.

Your family’s living space deserves only the best – after all, where else can you unwind and call it your very own home sweet home?

The Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive the following basket of cleaning goodies, valued at approximately $70:
  • OxiClean™ Laundry Detergent Fresh Scent, 24 paks
  • OxiClean™ Coldwater Laundry Detergent Fresh Scent, 24 paks
  • OxiClean™ Dishwasher Detergent Extreme Power Crystals™, Fresh Scent
  • OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover
  • Arm & Hammer™ plus OxiClean™ Carpet Odour Eliminator, Meadow Fresh 
  • Arm & Hammer™ Clump and Seal Multi-Cat Litter Coupon
  • Scrub Free™ Bleach Mildew 
Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, May 17, 2015. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!



Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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