106 The Project Mentality Podcast

Podcast #106 from ASlobComesClean -The Project Mentality


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What is your Deepest, Darkest, Most Embarrassing Secret as a Slob Blogger?


I was recently asked this question: What is your deepest, most embarrassing secret as a “Slob Blogger”?

My basic, says-everything-I-need-to-say answer: It’s all embarrassing!

I was already planning to write this post, but then last night I was given the gift of new and fresh examples.

My plan for the next three weeks (leading up to the release of my book on Nov 8) is to do live video on Facebook sharing decluttering tips, with the goal of letting as many people as possible know about the bonuses available for those who pre-order.

Facebook Live video

Last night, I did not feel like sticking a camera in front of my very tired face, but I did it. It was going well, and then something strange started happening.

People from my “real” life started joining the video. It’s overwhelming to see the little notes and notices that FB gives you while you’re trying to talk, but my brain was able to register the fact that quite a few people from my real life world were watching. A friend I worked with when I taught overseas. A friend from church.

My sister-in-law. 

And I started to freak out that maybe I had gone live on my personal account rather than on the blog’s page.

Thankfully, those who were watching talked me down from the panic, but it was still weird. Very, very weird.

When I started A Slob Comes Clean in 2009, I had no intention of anyone I knew finding out about it. I didn’t even tell my husband what I was doing.

I made up a fake name (Nony is short for aNONYmous) and set up a new email address so no one could ever trace the embarrassing pictures back to me.

Embarrassing pictures like the one at the top of this post.

Almost 8 years later, I still cringe when I post a photo of a space I’m tackling because it is messy yet again.

I still squeeze my eyes almost closed and turn my face away when I realize someone I know reads my blog. Yes. Like a child who hopes that by closing her eyes, she won’t get caught.

I feel the need to be clear for those who understandably assume I’m proud of being a slob. I’m not proud of it.

It’s a struggle. It’s embarrassing to admit that this stuff requires so much THINKING on my part when it seems to come naturally to the rest of the world.

But I’ve realized I am most definitely not alone in these struggles.

And most of all, I have real hope to share from the principles I’ve learned and the strategies I’ve developed through my own process of getting my home under control.

I’m committed to being the Mama Bear Slob, fighting to get you access to the help and hope you need, even though it means that guy from my workout group stumbles upon the deep dark secret that I’d never in a million years mention while doing squats at 5 a.m.

So, what is the deepest, darkest secret? That I’m not perfect, and I never will be.

But once I say it, I see how ridiculous that statement actually is, and how not-helpful-at-all it is to keep it a secret.

Because only through admitting how bad things really were can I also share the reality of hope that things can change.

That a messy home can get better.

Only by admitting that I still struggle can I let others know there’s a reason to keep going after the thirty-seventh failure.

That there are ways to manage your home without losing your mind, even for people like me.

Speaking of, you should totally pre-order my book: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. If you do, you get immediate access to the pre-order bonus e-book, 14 Days to Opening Your Home to Guests. Go here to find out more about the bonuses and how to pre-order. 




Attending Cleaning School and Another Swiffer Giveaway!


I have renewed my gig as a Swiffer Ambassador for another year!

It wasn’t a difficult decision since I love Swiffer, y’all love Swiffer, and they are a very fun company to work with.

As part of the deal, I traveled to New York with this year’s other Swiffer fanatics and attended Cleaning School.

Not really, but we did learn about what’s going on in the world of cleaning technology and advancement at Swiffer.

A few things that stuck in my memory that will interest you as fellow cleaning nerds:

(Note: you can totally be a cleaning nerd without personally having a perfectly clean home. Obviously . . . )

Some study they referenced showed that expectations/desires for a clean home have changed over the past several years. Now, the majority of people want their home to be an 8 on a scale of 1-10, with ten being absolutely perfect.

This makes so much sense to me. People are busy. I want a clean home, but am fine with a clean enough home. I just want to get it done, be healthy and comfortable, and move on to other things we have going on as a family of five. Swiffer can get your home to a 10, but their commitment to making cleaning quicker and easier and honestly . . . a little more fun fits well with this shifting in the typical person’s cleaning goals.

Swiffer is always listening to their customers. I was so impressed hearing all about the science behind Swiffer products when I attended the “immersion program” in 2015, so it was fascinating to hear about all they’ve been working on over the past year. Some things I can’t reveal yet (top secret stuff, y’know), but what got us excited was their improvements to the Swiffer WetJet. The common complaint people had about this product was that it left streak marks on wood floors.

It all comes down to AGM, which stands for Absorbing Gelling Material, which is science proprietary to Swiffer. (Proprietary = no one else can use the material they developed.)

Swiffer old WetJet vs new WetJet

Basically, it’s the stuff inside the Wet Jet pads that absorbs liquid and holds it in. So they improved the AGM and added a special purple strip thingy so it locks in the liquid (therefore drying the floor) much more quickly, and that helps eliminate the streaking.

They are not advertising this as “new” because that would involve packaging changes, etc. and their goal was to get it out to the consumer as quickly as possible. Look for the pads with the purple Absorb and Lock Strip.

I learned a lot more, but the trip wasn’t all presentations and pencils.

Swiffer is a FUN brand to work with, and they embrace the fun. We watched their history of hilarious commercials that I totally remember seeing over the years. And then we went and had some fun.

Fun, like learning a dance routine from two former Rockettes. We spent an hour to learn a one-minute routine, but it was so so fun.

Me, dancing with Rockettes!

I’m the one in the middle.

We also got to decorate cakes at Carlo’s Bakery, in the same kitchen where many cooking competition shows are held.

Our Swiffer cake creations at Carlo's Bakery

The only catch was that we had to clean up our own mess with the Swiffer stuff. My family was quite disappointed that I chose to donate my cake to a nearby shelter instead of bringing it home. Bringing it home on the plane didn’t sound the least bit fun to me. 

I didn’t get to even taste any since it had chocolate in it and I’m allergic. (Yes. Really.)

I’m excited again to host a giveaway for another Swiffer green box! Just leave a comment on this post (click on the title of the post to get here if you’re reading via email), and tell me what kind of floors you have in your home. One comment will be chosen (I’ll use random.org to choose a number), and that person will have 48 hours from the time I send them an email to respond with their mailing address. Continental U.S. only. (Sorry!) The giveaway entries will close on October 24, 2016 at 9 p.m. Central time.

Included: Swiffer Sweeper Small Box Starter Kit, Wet refills, Dry refills, Swiffer Duster, Duster refills

Approximately $50 value.
Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador for Swiffer! Fascination with cleaning science is all mine. 

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