(This one is for Bev. Sorry it took me so long!)
I know there are people who love to clean or at the very least compelled by their own OCD tendencies to do it and do it often. I neither love it or have OCD. However, I do love it when my house is clean. With a 18 month old and 4 1/2 yr old, it doesn't stay that way for long. I spend most of my day picking up little messes just so by 5 p.m. it won't look like four tornadoes have simultaneously whipped through my house. Of course, I'd rather be outside playing or running errands. I guess if we did that more my house would stay clean? Hmmm, food for thought.
So here's how I keep my house somewhat together. First of all, let me state for the record that I do have a husband who is a little anal and really likes a clean house. (Boy, did he marry the wrong person for that!) And, he is happy to pay for it--literally. We have a group of ladies that comes every other Tuesday to do the floors, windows, baseboards etc.; those things that would rarely get done since I am spending most of my time just keeping up with the girls. One day they will get these special duties as chores! (Yeah, I know. There are lots of women who still manage to do it all with more than two kids.)
In between cleanings I do sweep and vacuum at least once and use the following products when I do real cleaning: Magic Eraser (a must have for any parent of a small child), Febreeze (I absolutely cannot stand the dog smell), 409 for the countertops and tables.
I do have a plethora of cleaning bottles in my garage for those just in case moments, but I don't know what they are anymore. I know I will have to drag them out eventually. The girls won't be little forever. For now I will enjoy this little break from real cleaning!