My oven is all purty now…

by Mama Chocolate on September 29, 2011

Homemakers ChallengeI’m still limping along with the Homemaker’s Challenge. This doesn’t mean I’m not doing any housecleaning…it just means I am focusing on things like washing dishes and folding laundry and making beds, and not the “extras” so much, (dusting tops of cupboards, etc.)

I have had some real success this week doing a much better job at keeping up with the regular daily housekeeping.

The dishes have been washed. Every day!

Don’t laugh.

I’ve swept my kitchen floor more than twice this month(!!)

Yup, I’m feelin’ good, and the house is overall looking better than it has since before we had children. Except we’d just moved in then, so it didn’t look all that awesome then, either. Apparently, it takes me approximately a year to “move in.”

Which is why I plan on pray that we never have to move again. At least for a long time.

It’s going to be more like 31 Weeks to Clean at this rate but I did manage to get to the “clean your microwave and oven thoroughly” task!

Unfortunately, I had left our camera in the car (which John had at work,) and I don’t have one of those fancy-shmancy cell phones that takes amazing pics, (yet.) So, I don’t have any before photos. You didn’t want to see them anyhoo.

But do you like the “after?!”

I do! I have not seen my oven this clean since…we moved in 3.5 years ago!

It didn’t even take that long either! I did it during one of our speedy challenges, and it took me about 15-20 minutes max.

Why do I avoid and put off these stupid little things? I’ve lived for months with a crusty, grimy stove that took me minutes to make sparkly.

I want sparkly.

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Shonda September 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

What did you use to clean your oven? I tried and couldn’t get anything cleaned. Ugh! Love our cleaning challenges on Mamas of Littles. You are one busy mama!


Mama Chocolate September 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

First I ran the cleaning cycle on my oven, (does yours have a self-cleaning option? I think most do now-a-days) and then I scraped and vacuumed out all the crud. Then I scrubbed with a scouring pad and my Household Traditions all-purpose cleaner. (I’ll have a review/giveaway up soon!) ;-)
I love our cleaning challenges, too. They’re transforming my home!


Bethany September 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank you for making me feel like only sweeping the floor twice a week might actually be normal. :) Life with littles makes one feel like washing the dishes is an enormous accomplishment! I think I might just need this book.


HappyHomemaker September 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm

We’re proud of you!


Shonda October 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

No, my oven is very old so no cleaning cycle. I’ll just have to figure out a different way.
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