How to choose a mop and bucket

To keep your home neat and tidy, you need to prepare for your family specialized cleaning devices next to the traditional ones. In particular, mops and buckets are two cleaning tools that you cannot ignore. A mop will help you move away from all the stains in your home easily. And the bucket will be an assistant of the mop which supports it work faster and more efficiently.

On the market today, there are many types of mops and buckets with full designs, colors, materials for everyone to choose from. However, it is also the reason that makes people have difficulties in what suits their needs best.

Understanding that, in today’s article, I will present you with some tips for choosing the best mops and buckets. From there, you can consider what works best for your family. Are you curious about what I’m about to say? Alright, I won’t let you wait any longer. Let’s find out.

The types of mop

The first problem is the type of mop that you should buy. There are many different types of mops. Each type has different functions and uses. It will be a waste of money if you buy the wrong mop, right? On the market today, there are three common types of mops. The first is the string mop, this is a standard mop that can absorb water quickly and clean the house very well. The second is the rag or sponge mop which is made to apply wax or other polish or sealers to floors. And the last one is the all-in-one mop. This is the most versatile mop. It can do many different tasks in just one mop. About choosing the bucket for mops. You have to pay attention to whether it fits the shape and size of the mop you want to buy.

Choose to fit the space

The next criterion that you need to keep in mind when selecting mops and buckets is the space you want to apply. For example, do you use them for your home or office? How big is the house? Or how many rooms? If you only use household mops and buckets with small spaces, you only need to buy a small set of mops and buckets. And vice versa, you use it for offices or large spaces with many rooms, you should choose a set of mop and bucket bigger to clean faster and more efficiently.


The material of mops and buckets are also not to be ignored when choosing. It directly determines the durability of your cleaning product or not. Inexpensive materials like plastic will make your product quickly fail after a short time. Therefore, you should choose better materials to ensure and can use longer.


Have you used traditional mops that make you always bend over to squeeze, clean the mop in a bucket? That process makes you extremely sore back and tired, right? Understanding these inconveniences, manufacturers have quickly created many types of mops with a lot of functions. For example, there are many modern mops with the self-drying function when put in a bucket. And it can also wipe to hidden areas in the corner of your home space easily. Since then, cleaning the house has become an interesting and simple activity, even a child will volunteer to do it.


As I mentioned above, A mop and bucket are favored by its flexibility. For example, a mop can clean to hidden corners of a room or difficult to clean locations like under the bed, under the closet is very popular. On the market today, there is an extremely flexible 360-degree rotating mop, you can consider using it with a bucket that can squeeze dry mops. The convenience and flexibility of rags and rotating buckets is an auto-rotating mop that allows you to get to all gaps and corners of the house without having to use the strength of your hands and knees.


The real reason to buy the mop and bucket is its ability to clean the floor. Not all mops can guarantee this. Some mops do not help you to clean your house but they do make your floors dirty. Therefore, to make sure, before buying you should ask for buying and using experience from previous users. You will get some extremely helpful reviews. From there, you can choose a mop with the best mop performance.


Finally, the criteria of the durability of mops and buckets always make you care, right? Of course, you don’t want to choose a mop and a bucket that has just been bought for a few months or weeks is already broken. Besides due to your level of use and storage, the rapid breakdown of buckets and mops due to its quality is not guaranteed. Therefore, you should buy at reputable facilities to buy quality products and get the best warranty card.

In conclusion

I have finished presenting some of the criteria you need to consider when choosing a mop and bucket for the family. Those criteria are quite necessary. And you should not ignore when choosing buckets and mops in particular or other devices in general.

In the end, I hope that the information I give is useful to you. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Have a nice day.


Hands-On Homeschooling Workshop

You’re Invited…

Those in the greater Pgh area are invited to join us THIS Saturday, March 8th for the
29th Annual Greater Pittsburgh Homeschooling Workshop & Curriculum Fair 
where I’ll be offering a dynamic workshop titled
with Joanna Silveira
Join blogger and Classical / Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom of 4 (<—That’s me, ya’ll!) as she shares how to make active, meaningful and creative learning a regular part of your homeschool.
**Are you homeschooling elementary aged kids with babies, toddlers or preschoolers underfoot? Are you wondering if it’s possible to do more hands-on learning without getting totally burned out in the preparation & clean up?
Joanna shares how she incorporates in-depth unit studies, lap booking, art, history reenactments, and continuous nature study in a one-size-fits-all-ages style where mom is relaxed and learning is always an adventure.
Can’t wait to see familiar faces and meet many others at this year’s Fair. Please consider attending if you are local~you can even register late right at the door. Here is the workshop link for you (brochure is not fully updated, but general info is correct).
Hope to see many of you there!


Sample Homeschool Schedule

Scheduling continues to be one of the most requested topics I get asked about from other mamas.
New-to-homeschooling moms are dying to know how to even begin to structure their day to “fit in school” plus everything else, and even veteran homeschoolers are often seeking help in this area of time-management and the establishment of routine.
There is a reason we all want to tear into these sample schedules like hungry vultures.
Each of us desperately craves routine, order and organization.
We are aware of how full our plates already are as stay-at-home moms, and when you add homeschooling to that? It can be intimidating and overwhelming to say the least, especially for those just starting out.
Ultimately, we all want to find what works for us, and maybe if we see what works for someone else, we can get started on our own goals. At least that’s the idea.
My fear, however, is that someone out there will take a sample schedule like the one I have provided here, and they’ll lock into it, and stress out over it when it doesn’t work for them…but guess what? it wasn’t designed for them, it was designed for us. And each of us are vastly different.
I also hesitate because someone will read this schedule and feel exhausted before they’ve even begun. It’s just sorta crazy seeing it all SPELLED out like this.
Just.one.day. is so very, very, very full when we have little ones underfoot. But I am reminded that the days won’t always be so full, and that these precious years are fleeting, and that I desire to be a woman who numbers her days aright, and lives life fully with those whom God has granted me to journey.

I also remember as I was just beginning our homeschool journey, someone at a workshop handed me a sample schedule, and I clung to that thing like it was precious gold. It looked crazy-busy, yes, but it gave me an idea of what I was getting into, and how I could possibly structure my home and school and life in an organic way where everything flowed together seamlessly.
3 years into it, we still haven’t reached seamless, and certainly never will, but I am grateful to see how school and home-life truly have blended so beautifully in these past couple years for us in particular.
Still, this is worth repeating:
This schedule is NOT how life looks for us everyday.
Remember, this is the ideal.
I am not locked into the times and what needs to be done when, nor do I beat myself up when I fail to follow this routine. Quick example. No-where in the below schedule will you see anything about grocery shopping, running errands, paying bills, volunteering, doctors visits, or co-op days. Of course those things do happen here–on a weekly basis, just the same as they do in any home.
And obviously school looks different on those days.

This schedule is what an ideal day (spent at home with my children) looks like.
Because that IS my aim–to be home, 90% of the time with them, serving and loving them well during these years. Babies and toddlers especially don’t do well being carted all over town and so I try to keep my weekday running to a minimum.
I hope this sample schedule is helpful as a guide for those of you who are looking for a place to start, and who desire to have school and home function together a bit more smoothly.

(To print, click each page of schedule, save as photo and print)

Additional Helps:
{3 Tips for a More Successful Homeschool Routine}
Where to Even Begin When You’re New to Homeschooling
{Homeschooling with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers in the House}
6 Ways to Improve Your Homeschool Day
Classical Ed? Charlotte Mason? Can I do Both?
First Half of our Year: The Good Stuff
First Half of our Year: The Bad & the Ugly
My 2013-2014 Curriculum Choices and Recommendations
Interested to read more about our daily tea-time? I’ve got a post coming for you soon!


Winter Shoe Box Diorama

This week we pulled out this wonderful little shoe box diorama that the kids and I made last February. It’s a perfectly calm and quiet wintery scene and pretty much mirrors this month’s weather here in western PA.
Because we utilized the box’s lid as well, we were able to close it and store it easily on a closet shelf and bring it out from time to time for imaginative play.
To make this diorama, we started with a very sturdy shoe box and painted a sunset scene with acrylics on the bottom (which becomes the back when you stand it up on its side).
We then gathered some crafting moss, pebbles, glass rocks, sticks from outdoors, and some of our leftover artificial snow and mini trees from our Christmas display.  These were hot-glued down into the box to create the woodland scene you see.  We added some confetti snow flakes on the back of the box, and then added in our forest animals.  The small cardinals are from the craft store, as is the bit of fencing we added.
Children tend to love dioramas~maybe because they are their own little magical worlds, and lend themselves so well to imaginative play.  Perhaps we’ll celebrate the changing of the seasons by making a spring box this year.  But for now, we’re enjoying this winter landscape from indoors!