Tabula Rasa — How Swiffer & Mr. Clean Help Movers Make Clean Slates from their New Homes!

It’s been a wild ride of a year as a Swiffer Fanatic, with a campaign that’s seen me cross political borders, introduce plenty of family and friends to the Swiffer Effect, and continue learning more about keeping a home that’s clean enough to raise kids in the right way. And though I wasn’t always able to participate as fully as I’d like (having a second newborn around will do that to you), there’ve been no shortage of stories to tell, and in this post wrapping up the first year of the program, it’s time to tell another!

So unless you’re still living in your parents’ basement (no judgment—well, not much, anyway), you’ll be familiar with one general rule of adulting:

moving can be one giant pain in the butt!

Tabula Rasa — How Swiffer & Mr. Clean Help Movers Make Clean Slates from their New Homes! — Casa de Palmer, Day 1For example—when we first moved things into Casa de Palmer back in ’09, we really should’ve hired movers as a minor scratch on the back of a weighty wooden armoire started an argument that nearly sent Sarah and I down completely different paths.

That said, we made it through, but not without putting in some serious work to make this house our home, which meant scrubbing every surface, dusting every corner, and making this place sparkle just as it did the day it first stood back in 1923! It took ages.

We really could’ve used some Swiffer and Mr. Clean back then!

Tabula Rasa — How Swiffer & Mr. Clean Help Movers Make Clean Slates from their New Homes! — The Swiffer and Mr. Clean ProductsPartnering with HGTV’s Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers game, Swiffer and Mr. Clean want to help new movers learn how to make a clean slate from their new homes, making the most of Swiffer’s sweeping, mopping and dusting tools for virtually every household surface, with the Swiffer WetJet cleaning floors thoroughly using its specially formulated solution that’ll break up and dissolve tough messes; and Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser that’ll lift dirt with every swipe, use its water-activated micro-scrubbers to penetrate even the narrowest grooves, all without the use of harsh chemicals that do more harm than help!

And if the tools aren’t enough, that’s okay—with the Clean Slate Tip Sheet they’ve written up specially for new movers, and a video from Jonathan Scott with cleaning tips designed to show that making that new house a home doesn’t have to be as laborious as we make it out to be, Swiffer and Mr. Clean want to keep you well-equipped for this new stage in your life.

Get some wisdom courtesy of Mr. Scott below!

Swiffer & Mr. Clean — Because Everyone Deserves a “Clean Slate”

While moving isn’t much of an option in 2016 for far too many Torontonians, it’s good to know some great first steps to take if you do ever realize that dream. And really, these tips don’t just apply to new homes—in a market where homes sell faster than you can say “unconditional offer”, even a home that isn’t listed will fare better with some stellar curb appeal than those of homeowners who grow a bit too… comfortable.

As for me, it’s off to keep the rest of my life as fresh as possible—it’s been awesome living the life of a Swiffer Fanatic, but for now I’m calling it a wrap! I hope these posts helped you keep your life clean in the quickest way possible, so you have the time to do the things that really matter.

Casey Palmer out.

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post as the last in a series written as a Swiffer Fanatic, part of a team of content creators who write to let others know about the Swiffer brand and how it can help make the boring tasks in our lives a bit easier to deal with!

GIVEAWAY: Saying “Yes” to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting

As Dad to two rapidly growing boys, I can tell you it doesn’t take long for your well-manicured home to look like every kid from the block’s been through it with toys everywhere the eye can see, dust congregating under the furniture, and nary a refuge left from the chaos with a toddler who will find ways to get into everything imaginable, no matter how many lessons you try to teach or stern warnings you give.

But it’s through all this chaos—perhaps as a necessary evil—that we see our son develop and understand his environment in ways he’d never interacted with it before. He wants to help sweep the floors. Make the bed. Beat the eggs. Wash the dishes. He’s beginning to realize that yes, there’s a time for play, but that ultimately he’ll be responsible for cleaning up after his own messes, and it’s amazing to see him progress from a baby who needs constant care to a little boy who can start pulling some of his weight around the house.

And it’s through this transformation that the Palmer family can start saying yes to the mess.

Saying "Yes" to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting — The Messy Nursery

Perhaps we—as a society—have grown a little too particular about how we keep our homes and the people and things within them. Though I know that even Sarah and I have fundamental differences in how we keep up the home and the chores we consider priorities, I know that I’ve come to appreciate why striving to keep the home in order is a great mindset—even if our toddler doesn’t see it the same way.

How do you teach a 2-year old logic? Cause and effect? That there’s a place for everything and that everything goes in its place? With a little over 28 months under his belt, there’s little in our 1000-square foot bungalow that Little Man won’t get into, and the battle to teach boundaries and cleanliness is one slowly fought, some days feeling like the home will stay in a state of physical turmoil forevermore.

But there’s something to be said for routine and repeatable actions—as of late, after he’s played enough, he’s started cleaning up after himself. He knows which toys belong in which container, learning to put things away in the sets where they belong so everything will be there the next time he wants to play with them!

And it’s not limited to his playthings—maybe it’s through seeing both parents take active roles in domestic duties like scrubbing the floors after dinner or doing the laundry several times a week, but it’s clear he doesn’t want to be left out from the action, looking to help with household tasks whenever we’ll let him!

Which makes it amazing that Swiffer’s products are so easy to use—even for the toddler who may see dusting as a fun-filled activity, completely unaware that all the while we’re merely grooming him to become a well-adjusted adult who knows how to maintain a home when his turn comes.

But let’s get back to the point.

Saying "Yes" to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting — Little Man Loves to Clean with SwifferWe say “Yes to the Mess” in Casa de Palmer because we—like 70% of parents*—feel that letting kids make a mess encourages their creativity. And like 97% of parents*, we think our kids will learn even more from cleaning up a mess. And though I’ll deny my son’s outlandish requests many a time because of the mess it’d end up making (not unlike the 68% of parents* who’d do the same), you’d better believe I’ve long since learned to keep a bevy of Swiffer products in places that’re easy to reach when the inevitable mayhem rears its ugly head!

So how about you—would you say Yes to the Mess? If so, why not share your own experiences with Swiffer on Twitter with this handy button?