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Saturday Chores with Cottonelle

*This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, all opinions however are my own. 

Back to school is synonymous in our home with piecing our home back together. Summer brings with it a tornado of activities and children, late nights and lazy days. Summer days usually don't include the regular picking up and organization time that I devote during the school year. With school having started and an honest look at the surroundings, we can finally focus on putting our home back in order. Saturday afternoon chores are typical around these parts, mild whining is expected but everything goes so much smoother when our supplies are organized. 

One room that needed restocking attention was our laundry room. It's the catchall spot for storing paper towels, detergent, cleaning supplies and toilet paper. We all come to the laundry room for our chore supplies, and if those aren't in order, well then I don't have to tell you how the rest of the conversation ensues. It usually includes someone walking off in a huff because they can't find what they need. When Cottonelle reached out to discuss our family's organization and how we work together to keep our home clean and tidy, I knew just where we could start. 

As you can see our laundry room is a decent sized area for storage, it gets a little disorganized when we don't take the time to give each item it's proper place. We have found, with kids especially, if every item is given a designated spot, it's so much easier to put things away. So when I purchase supplies like toilet paper, paper towels or the like, I make sure to immediately unpack the items and place them in the right location. It's amazing how smooth our Saturday afternoon chores go once this is accomplished. 

One chore assigned to the kids is restocking toilet paper in each of the bathrooms. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you're in an upstairs bathroom and in need of toilet paper, running downstairs, across the backyard, and into the laundry room is actually a really big deal. So this is an important chore. One trick we have discovered to keep this chore to a minimum is to purchase toilet paper that has a lot on the roll. We love Cottonelle's Mega 4-in-1 Roll for that exact reason. We have found these rolls to last much longer than any other type of toilet paper, and that means less running out, and less restocking. On that note, how cute is Greta doing her Saturday chore? 

Homemade Bath Salt Recipes using Essential Oils

How cute is this bath salt jar?! My girlfriend brought it from New York filled with my most favorite licorice candies from my most favorite Brooklyn grocer. Did you know Aaron and I spent the first year of our marriage in New York? It's true. And if you visit New York or live there, you have to go to Sahadi's on Atlantic in Brooklyn. They have the best licorice, best olives, best hummus, hands down the yummiest food items in all the land. I miss it a lot. So when she pulled out this jar filled with treats from there, it was pretty exciting. Although the treats didn't last long, I knew I wanted to repurpose the jar because of how unique and special it is. You can find it online here

Homemade bath salts were on my to do list and I thought they would look beautiful next to my bathtub in this lovely container. It's so easy to make your own bath salts. Take a look at the supplies. 

Relaxing Bath Salt Recipe

Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Transfer to your jar and clamp shut. You can halve the recipe if you want to make less.

You can add lemongrass essential oil which is great for circulation and healthy joints. A few others to consider combining would be chamomile, lavender, and rosemary. Rosemary helps alleviate eczema and tones the skin. 

I think it would make a beautiful gift too! I can see this for end of year teacher gifts, shower favors, or a favorite things party

100 Item Donation Challenge

It's January and we all have goals for the year we would like to accomplish. One of my goals is to clear out items we no longer use, will never use, have outgrown, and everything in between. So I am giving myself a 100 Item Donation Challenge. Every month I will gather 100 different items from household items to clothes to toys to books to games to decor and take them to our local Goodwill.

Will you join me? 

Why 100 items? Well, it's a nice round number that I don't think is overly aggressive for a household of 5 people. And 30 days is plenty of time to gather those items. In the photo above that's 50 items right there. I never even ventured downstairs to get these 50 items. So two trash bags full (depending on the size of the items) is a great amount to have as your goal. Now can it be 110 items or 90 items? Of course, set a goal that works for your family. 

Keep track! Another reason why I chose the number 100 is because it will force me to actually count the items, and in doing so I will keep an itemized list. This is necessary for tax deduction purposes, so you kill two birds with one stone. You will keep up with your goal of however many items you choose and you will keep track for next year's tax season. 

I will check in every month with how I'm doing on the challenge, and I would love to hear from you if you decide to join me in the challenge! Tag me on Instagram, comment on Facebook, leave a comment here. We will support each other!