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How To Eradicate Smells From the House After a Weekend with the Kids

Maybe you start fresh on Monday morning with your house in ship-shape order. I do not.

In spite of good intentions to get chores done over the weekend, my house is usually in quite a state after the weekend. Because the kids have been around, doing things. The detritus of a spectacular weekend—muddy boots, a dirty dog, blanket forts, Sunday dinner pots and pants—is a daunting thing to wake up to. I’m not the type who can’t sleep with dishes in the sink. I’m the type who leaves dishes in the sink and then wakes up, defeated by gross smells, before Monday has officially even turned manic.

I can’t face the idea of a full house-cleaning routine on a Monday morning. It’s too much. But I can get the smells out. I have to get the smells out.

Here’s what I like to do on Monday mornings to air things out:

First thing’s first, get the kids out of the house to school. If you have little kids at home, just live with the smell for a few more years.

Start a load of laundry. Corral the stinky socks and wet towels in the laundry room. Soon the sweet smell of Tide and Bounce will permeate your home.

Do a load of dishes. Rotten dishes probably smell the worst.

Wipe down counters with a wipe or some kind of bleachy cleaner.

Through out leftovers.

Take out the garbage.

Spray cleaner in the toilet and flush.

Make your bed, as a treat for yourself later tonight.

Take a shower and brush your teeth. Sometimes the smell is you.

Light a good-smelling candle you bought for $3.99 at TJ Maxx.

So you see, it’s actually kind of a cleaning routine. But the main idea is to make things smell better. Once yoru house smells better your mood will lift and you can start blogging without guilt. Or you can actually clean something, read a book, or go back to bed.

Here’s to a productive, sweet-smelling week!

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