Month: February 2016

Mélange à trois: How do I keep my house clean?


I have a really inconsistent work schedule, and recently my house has become a complete disaster. I have looked at chore checklists on Pinterest and they all look so intense. I can’t figure out how to fit in some cleaning time with down time, and keep it consistent when my life isn’t consistent! Any ideas for keeping my place livable with a crazy schedule?


Um, yeah. As I talked about last week, getting shit done is on my radar lately – it’s so hard to find a consistent schedule to fit everything in. But I work full time, 9-5 – I can’t imagine trying to get a routine down when you don’t know when you are going to be working next week.

So I went to our old friend, Emily! She used to be an editor here at MM, and she is still my BFF so I get to make her help us whenever I want. She also works part time and has a nontraditional schedule – but luckily, she has found something that has worked great for her for a few months now.

She made a chore list, like the intense ones you see on Pinterest, but she made one for herself with her life in mind and made it easy and flexible. Check her’s out (Cooper is her dog :)):

Emily’s Weekly Chores

  • Grocery shopping
  • Clean out fridge
  • Water plants


  • Laundry
  • Clean bathroom


  • Clean glass
  • Dust


  • Vacuum
  • Clean floors
  • Brush Cooper
  • Brush Cooper’s teeth


  • kitchen must be completely clean before going to bed
  • bathroom counter wiped down
  • clothes put away
  • 5 minute clean up to put misc stuff away


Some days it’s more than one chore, but those are either my day off or super short tasks that only take a few minutes. Almost everyday is about 1/2 an hour of time (except for Mondays and Thursdays which are my off days). Also I don’t do anything on the weekends other than bigger projects, which is nice to feel like I have weekends off.

I always thought making a schedule for cleaning sounded so stupid, but when I made a simple one of my own I loved it. The nice thing about it is that I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had cleaned something. So for example I would be like “Gawd our floors are so grossss, I just did these!!” And my husband would be like “Yeah… I think we did them like a month ago…” So it’s nice to know how often I do things, and not be guessing.

Also, in a way it calms down the perfectionist in me, because if I’m cleaning the bathroom one day but I’m like eww, the floors are gross, I’ll just tell myself they’re getting done tomorrow and I can wait that long. And sometimes it’ll be the day to do something and I won’t need to clean it… So either I’ll give myself the day off or try to find something else small to do…but usually I take the day off.



I was inspired, so I made one too! I have some other aspects of my schedule in there too – everything is (theoretically) done after work.

Steph’s Weekly Chores

  • Gym
  • Dust
  • Dishes, wipe down counters in kitchen
  • Boil eggs for breakfast for the week
  • Water plants
  • Blog
  • Clean out fridge
  • Grocery shopping
  • Gym
  • Dishes, wipe down counters in kitchen
  • Clean bathroom
  • Gym
  • Windows or floors (or can do on Saturday/Sunday)

So. Emily has been doing this successfully for a couple of months now, so I have hope – but I am just starting out. I think it will help when Anthony is done working on his PhD recital (!!) so he can get on board with me and help keep us on track.

The thing that I took away from all this is to be realistic, tailor it to your real life, and to change it when necessary. Feel it out, shift things around… the point is to find something that is manageable and doesn’t feel like torture. It’s all about just doing less more often so you’re not taking an entire Saturday to clean your whole disgusting place.




I hope that helps! What do you all think? Do you have a routine or do you just clean when needed?




To Do

So I was laying in bed last night, getting mentally prepared for another week, and I started obsessing over the things I want to get done. I thought I might share my to do list with you that I have been compiling lately – maybe it’s similar to yours?

  1. Cook at home more often
  2. Get a toned body
  3. Eat super healthy all the time
  4. Learn how to actually do my hair right
  5. Quit my job and blog and become internet-famous
  6. Know about all of the local, domestic, and foreign political issues
  7. Become an activist for women’s and minority rights and have an impact on the world
  8. Make my own cleaning supplies
  9. Produce no waste (like this chick)
  10. Learn how to keep plants alive


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My newest victim, who is now looking super depressed and wilty. In this picture it had no idea what type of person had its fate in her hands. Look how happy it was.


Ever since I’ve gotten back my normal energy and mood, I’ve been feeling great and wanting to tackle new goals. However, I also still enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix and doing nothing with my boyfriend at home. Plus I work full time. That leaves little time for all the things I want to do.

But seriously, do you guys ever feel this way? Like I know people who do alllll this amazing shit all the time and still have full time jobs like me. I guess I’ve never been the type of person to take on a lot – I really like having a lot of down time and I’ve always made that a priority. And I’m fine with that, until I have a moment as I’m trying to fall asleep where I get overwhelmed with all the things I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t done.

My two biggest things right now are blogging and working out. They are the two things that I want to do consistently and I have goals associated with – but they are also the two things I need to be the most careful about. I don’t want them to start to feel like work or something that I dread. I want to work it into a convenient schedule that feels natural – and I don’t want to beat myself up if I have a week or two where I just can’t mentally get myself to it. And now the two seem to be competing – if I have some time after work, it’s either work out or blog. I don’t want to slack on either, but I also don’t want to cut into my watching SVU and sleeping in time.

Sometimes all I want to do is come home from work and do absolutely nothing. How do you guys do it? What goals are you struggling to reach? I would love to hear how you manage it!




Valentine’s Day Inspiration


I’m going to admit this right now – I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day person. It seems a little forced to me, I guess? Like, can we all acknowledge that every day is basically a day when the world is obsessed with love and relationships?

Myself included.

Anyway, Anthony and I usually celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries, and save our money the rest of the holidays. But, I have been super into seeing a bunch of pink and cute things on other people’s blogs and I thought – I would love to contribute to someone else’s Valentine’s Day fun. So I have some stuff that I think you’ll like.

unsplash_5244808e6b835_1 Here are my favorite love songs right now, to get you in the romantic mood:

I want to love you – Lenachka – I am super into this song right now and would play it on repeat if I wasn’t too cheap to buy the premium version of Spotify. So romantic and sweet.

Say you love me – Jessie Ware – This has been one of my faves for over a year now probably – Ed Sheeran wrote it I think. It’s bomb.

Comrade – Volcano Choir – Honestly, I have no idea what these lyrics are about or what he’s saying half the time – but the song is beautiful and dreamy so I decided it falls in the love song category.

Love myself – Hailee Steinfeld – For when you’re like, “You know who my favorite person is? ME!” (P.S. I am aware of what the song is actually about, but it also works for an innocent “go me” song…)


I ran across some adorable ideas from Advice from a 20something for what to do with your honey this vday – it includes making a fort, which is just awesome.


Are you like awesomely single and dating up a storm? Thinking about online dating? Check out my post on my OkCupid experience (don’t forget parts 2 and 3!).


Thinking about wedding bells and expensive dresses? I still love my best friend’s wedding photos – they planned it all themselves, so there’s a lot of inspiration in there if you are close to tying the knot (or just expanding that wedding board on Pinterest for when the day comes).


I also listened to this awesome podcast about rethinking single life the other day and loved it.



Anthony and I actually do have plans – we are going to go to an event on campus which is like a grown up prom, and all inclusive – very queer friendly with the idea of dressing and doing what you wish you could have done when you went to your high school prom. Cute, huh? I’m pretty excited to dress up and dance to live music with friends!


What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day?



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