Spring Cleaning

IMG_2016.JPG

It seems that everyone I know is obsessed with spring cleaning ever since Marie Kondo’s new show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo debuted on Netflix earlier this year. I haven’t seen the show, but I read her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it first came out, and I liked it. According to this article on NPR, thrift stores are overwhelmed as people donate their stuff after watching Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  Some people think the KonMarie method (which involves getting rid of things that fail to spark joy, but not before thanking them for their service) is silly but according to this Hufffpost article, the method has deep Shinto roots. This article says “Treasuring what you have; treating the objects you own as not disposable, but valuable, no matter their actual monetary worth; and creating displays so you can value each individual object are all essentially Shinto ways of living.” This approach to possessions appeals to me. Actually everything about tidying up, including light cleaning and deep cleaning, appeals to me. Especially since I’ve got dogs that create a bit of extra housework.

My English Bulldog, Coconut, is adorable. However, she is still a puppy, so she has the occasional accident. I’ve tried several eco-friendly stain and odor removers, which work okay. I love Grove Collaborative and lately, I’ve been buying all of my cleaning supplies there. I’ve tried PAW SENSE’s Waterless Pet Shampoo & Stain and Odor Remover, REAL SIMPLE CLEAN’s Stain & Odor Remover, and COUNTER CULTURE’s Probiotic Air + Fabric Refresh. They all seem to work about the same, but the one from REAL SIMPLE is big and therefore lasts longer, so that’s what I recommend, given that they all seem equally effective.

Despite my efforts to spray my way to a clean home, I still went ahead and had my biannual professional carpet cleaning. Of course, the moment the cleaner left my house, Coconut promptly peed on the carpet. Oh well, that’s the life of a dog mom. Luckily, I’m addicted to cleaning products, so I just wiped it up and sprayed it with my pet stain remover!

Warmly,

Empty Nest Obsessed 🐾

Disclaimer: I love to try new products. I’m particularly interested in eco-friendly household cleaning products and I’m obsessed with anti-aging skin and hair care products. If I find something that works for me, I’ll let you know! Please note that I am not being paid (yet!) for any of my product recommendations. It that changes, I’ll certainly let you know.

Comments Policy: Empty Nest Obsessed is a lifestyle blog meant to encourage, inspire, and support you as you navigate your own empty nest. In order to keep the tone positive, I reserve the right to moderate, edit, or delete any comments on Empty Nest Obsessed’s website or social media accounts that are negative, abusive, off-topic, or for any other reason. If you want to Comment as a Guest, your name is the only required field. Type in your name and your comment, and then click “Comment as Guest” and thank you for engaging!




Dirt Dog

IMG_4293.jpeg

There is a book called “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System” that I haven’t read (I did read the book review on npr.org) that apparently describes how many germs (including germs contracted when interacting with dogs) are actually very beneficial for children’s health.

Despite the benefits of dirt, I love to clean my house. It’s a weird hobby, I know, but I really love to clean and I adore eco-friendly cleaning products. My latest obsession is Grove Collaborative, which delivers cleaning products to your home. I’m addicted to their reusable, refillable, glass spray bottles and also to their all-natural pet products (got to keep Coconut, my English Bulldog, smelling good!). They sell a kin+kind Tick Dog & Cat Shampoo that smells pretty earthy and although it may be effective, I found the smell offensive. However, their kin+kind Healing Clay Organic Dog Shampoo smells herbal and is really lovely. If you try it, I hope you like it. Also, not sure if this works, but according to Grove’s website if you use this link you’ll get a free 5 piece gift set with your first purchase.

Warmly,

Empty Nest Obsessed

I love to try new products. I’m particularly interested in eco-friendly household cleaning products and I’m obsessed with anti-aging skin and hair care products. If I find something that works for me, I’ll let you know! Please note that I am not being paid (yet!) for any of my product recommendations. It that changes, I’ll certainly let you know.

Comments Policy: Empty Nest Obsessed is a lifestyle blog meant to encourage, inspire, and support you as you navigate your own empty nest. In order to keep the tone positive, I reserve the right to moderate, edit, or delete any comments on Empty Nest Obsessed’s website or social media accounts that are negative, abusive, off-topic, or for any other reason.