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spring cleaning

While everyone was gearing up for their Spring cleaning, I was having crisis. We all have hard times. I usually prefer to write about them in retrospect.  It’s hard to think clearly when one is in crisis, so I don’t usually write about the hard things while they are happening.  I might still share, but I usually prefer to have some perspective first. Now I’m ready to share our latest real-life crisis. Our landlord decided to sell the property we were renting. We’d been there since two weeks before the triplets were born. We were given a 60-day notice to vacate, and the 60 days had already passed. The landlord needed to do some major work in our unit before the sale, which is why he was so desperate for us to leave.

We were looking and applying, but nothing was coming through.  The landlord was calling me every day to see if I’d found something yet. A big part of me, the part that has a ridiculously optismistic outlook on life and unwavering faith, believed it would all work out.  The other part of me was terrified. We’re a large family so staying with someone else wasn’t really an option. Being a mother is my biggest responsibility and I was worried about providing shelter for my children. My husband tried not to show his worry, which only infuriated me. It was all very stressful. Just when it felt like the worst was about to happen, our landlord had another property for rent come available. Seven days ago I was given the address to take a look. This morning I hauled the last items from our old place into our new house. It’s amazing how much can change in a week.  Last week we were living in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen,  small rooms, a little patio, no yard, and no alternatives.

Today we’re living in a big house, with walk in closets as big as our last hallway, in every bedroom. We have a big living room, equally large dining room, entry way, long hallway, plenty of closets, a bonus room, a garage, two porches, and a huge yard; just like that! The kids are so happy. I’m so relieved. This house is old, really old. So, there are some issues that are common with old homes. It’s not like the houses one sees in magazines. It’s not modern. It’s not breathtaking. But, it’s shelter that is bigger and better than what we had. It’s a reason to celebrate, embrace new beginnings, and be grateful for the smiles and laughs from the kids as they continue to explore (and hide) in their new home. I’ll do more revealing of our new place throughout the month. This was the best possible outcome, which is exactly what I hoped for.

As icing on the cake, move-in cleaning now coincides with my Spring cleaning, so I get two things done at once. Win! But, I don’t want to pretend like it’s simple. Actually, I don’t even know where to begin with the mess and dirt. Since the move happened so quickly, there was no organization to the process. Stuff was thrown into boxes from one place and thrown into the new place. I cringe each time I wipe out a drawer, clean every crevice, and try to reconstruct the furniture pieces, and unpack the boxes that the movers (my husband’s annoying friends) threw wherever and everywhere.

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It’s so, germy! It’s so icky. So I took a defensive approach and stocked up on PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes. This is an unsanitary job, for sure. Luckily, PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes kill 99.99% of illness-causing germs, which I’m glad to have for my hands which have now touched every germy crevice. To practice good hand hygiene, you need the right products at the right time. PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes are perfect for those moments when you need to both clean and sanitize your hands. Not only are they safe for your hands, they are also safe to use on faces, which is perfect for at home, work, or on-the-go. I liked them so much, I went back to Walmart to get more because if mom’s hands are filled with germs, just imagine the kids. Don’t worry, they are really strong too, so one wipe does the job. I found them in the cleaning aisle.

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Honestly, I don’t mind all the work because I’m so happy that this crisis had a positive outcome.

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Even the closets have an abundance of natural sunlight. (A Blogger’s dream!)

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The filthy fridge freaked me out. How did that happen?!  I do trust the wipes to sanitize my hands, but I just couldn’t look at that one more minute, much less, touch it!

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Last night my front tire died.  See? Yea, I mean died. No patch is going to fix that. It’s time for a new set of tires.  I’m already using the spare on the other front tire.  I could moan and complain, but instead I’m going to be happy I have a garage to park the van in while I figure out how to pay for all new tires on top of the move in costs. Oh well, one crisis at a time.

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Unpacking the kitchen is my priority tomorrow.

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They’re easy to use and super strong!


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Wipe out Germs on Hands and Start your Spring Clean. What’s your icky button that will have you most likely to run to your new PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes canister?

By: Alicia Gonzalez