So 2017 was supposed to be the year of me getting my shit together. We’re over half way through and I have to say I’m not so sure I’ve really got too far.

To be fair, I have managed to keep a child alive and well, so that is a pretty amazing achievement! We’ve also sorted out some major jobs in the garden, got rid of tons of crap (although there is still plenty to go!) and I’ve been adjusting to being a working mum, so when you put it like that I guess I’ve made some strides!

The big thing I’d like to achieve is getting the cleaning cracked – having a good schedule that I (and hubby) can stick to without it taking up too much time. Is it just me or do you struggle to fit it all in?

Don’t get me wrong, my house isn’t a pug sty (or pig sty – thanks autocorrect), but it does need a good scrub – especially the bathroom!

I’ve been all over Pinterest trying to find good cleaning schedules that fit around our daily life. The ones I’ve found are useful but have so much in them!

I’ve also been watching other people’s routines and tips on YouTube on some of my favourite Mum accounts. I don’t k ow what it is about watching other people clean and tidy their homes but I find it oddly entertaining! It’s not just me is it?

I found that by taking ideas from all of these I could make something that fits for us. This is just daily/weekly jobs here, the deep clean stuff, like scrubbing the skirting boards, vacuuming behind the sofa and all of those things that I’ve seen my mum do haven’t quite made it into my plan yet! But

Weekly Schedule

Monday: Steam clean floors and vacuum downstairs

Tuesday: Dust downstairs and give sink and hob a good scrub

Wednesday: Scrub down stairs loo

Thursday: Put away any laundry/general tidy of each room

Friday: Rest day – once hubby and I are home for work on a Friday we are both pooped so seemed a good day for a rest. You have a rest day at the gym so why not for cleaning too!

Saturday: Scrub en suite and main bathroom

Sunday: Vacuum and dust upstairs. Give inside windows a clean.

 

Daily Routine

Morning – rinse out the shower and spray with Method Daily Shower Spray, empty dishwasher, wipe down after breakfast, quick mop and vacuum of kitchen/dining area and stick on a wash (if a non work day.)

Evening – load dishwasher, wipe down kitchen, rinse out the bath, stick on a wash (on a work day), bleach the toilets, and then sit down and watch Love Island {or whatever new show I’m obsessed with}

Easy right?! I’m pretty certain we’ll stick to it for all a few weeks before we start to falter, but even if we move a few things round/have a few more rest days, using this as a guide we’ll be able to make sure that things don’t build up on us. We do have a handheld Dyson (although one of the older models so its not quite as good as the new ones!) and I love my Wilko antibacterial wipes so do tend to use these each day as needed, but setting out when the big hoover comes out and giving things a good scrub will really help!

I feel like I get some serious mum points planning this out! What are your cleaning routines? Let me know in the comments what works for you and if there is anything I’ve forgotten!

Little Big Love

Becky xx

I have a confession to make… I, Rebecca Lyons, don’t clean my make up brushes! I know, I know they are a breeding ground for bacteria but I just never seem to have time. I have cleaned my brushes twice in the past year but that is definitely going to change!

Recently I have noticed loads of spots around my chin and the more I apply concealer the more spots seem to appear! I have a good skincare routine so have decided to blame the brushes. What a meany I am blaming brushes when it is really my fault for not giving them a good clean. So today I let them have a nice soapy bath.

Rinse

I started by giving them a rinse with lukewarm water.

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Shampoo

Then I used baby shampoo and massaged the bristles carefully.

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Dry

Once I’d rinsed them thoroughly I dried them off on a towel before leaving them at an angle to dry.

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Leaving them like this is really important so water doesn’t get in the brush head and dissolve the glue. Shedding bristles and bald brushes are not your friend!

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Brushes

As I had all my brushes out I thought I would share my top 5. I am a recent convert to make up brushes. I used to use my fingers to apply everything except blusher but after discovering the world of YouTube videos I invested in some great brushes. I could recommend them all but decided just to go for my favourite 5.

5. Real Techniques Duo Fiber Face Brush

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I love this brush for blending my bronzer and blush. I always apply them with other brushes then blend with this as it doesn’t pick up lots of product. The fibres are soft and blend product brilliantly.

4. Precision Beauty Angled Blush Brush

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I bought this as I was looking for an angled brush to apply my bronzer with. The bristles aren’t quite as soft as some of my other brushes but I still love it as it applies my bronzer just where I need it.

3. Topshop Eyes Brush

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I actually set out to buy either Real Techniques or MAC brushes for my eyes but found myself browsing the Topshop make up stand. The sales assistant told me their brushes are made in the same place as MAC brushes so are of equal quality. I don’t know how true this is but my word do I love this brush! A great shape, size and softness this brush is one I would invest in again.

2. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Ok so while this is not technically a brush I do choose this over using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush 9 times out of 10. It applies foundation with a really even coverage and allows me to build up layers well. A little tip I was given to dampen the sponge before using works amazingly well and is what what really makes this a winner for me.

1. Eco tools Concealer Brush

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This is my all time favourite brush as it applies concealer perfectly every time. The shape of the bristles makes it perfect for pushing concealer in to the skin and leaving a really smooth finish. I loved this even more after my wedding day as I woke up with 3 of the biggest spots on my chin that are invisible on my pictures thanks to this bad boy and MAC Prolongwear Concealer.

I’d love to hear about some of your favourite brushes and any tips on keeping them clean and germ free. Be sure to comment below