Scent Secrets

Today is minus 30 and I decided to clean the house and keep going with my organization plan. When the weather is like this I feel I just want to have coffee and watch movies. But I can’t relax in a messy house. I want it cozy and perfumed! So today I’m sharing a few favourite tricks.

Barr-Co, the best soaps and scent diffusers ever

I absolutely love scent diffusers and after trying with candles, many essential oils and sticks from many different brands, I adopted Barr-Co for life. It’s pricey but it’s real oil, when you pour you can see the quality, it makes no bubbles and it doesn’t smell like alcohol. The fragrance is divine and it lasts a long long time, what totally justify the price. If you want to spread more scent, just add more sticks, if the room is small, just use less sticks, easy like that! I have one bottle on each room of the house and it’s just amazing. I also like how it’s subtle and not overpowering like some other brands I tried.

Nice and beautiful

The soaps smell so good and have a surprisingly smooth texture, some of them with some cool grains for exfoliating. If you are careful and avoid leaving them all wet, they also last a long time. In the future I would like to try the bath salts and oils but everything from this brand is an investment so I just buy slowly slowly. I buy most of mine at Luke’s Drug Mart but I saw them at Pottery Barn and on-line as well.

Mrs. Meyer’s and me, a love story

Now, for cleaning the house, I hate the common products you find at normal supermarkets. They smell weird and very chemical, the package looks ugly and I just feel irritated using them. Cleaning the house is an annoying task, I’d rather be reading or drawing! But someone has to do it and if I’m doing, I gotta have some fun. I discovered Mrs. Meyer’s in California many years ago. I don’t find so easily in Canada so I buy mine online at Amazon. My all time favourite is the Basil Scent but I’ve been ordering the seasonal limited editions and it’s so awesome, the peony one was from 2019 spring and the Iowa Pine was from this last Christmas. It’s nice to change the scents with the seasons and I love how they make my sinks and bathtub shine. Even my husband who is a fan of those atrocious “kills 99% of germs” products had to admit that Mrs. Meyer’s works better and smells much better than all Walmart cleaning products we’ve ever used. If I need some extra “killing germs” I use my steamer and done.

The lucky wife

And the last touch for a nice scented house is natural flowers. I buy some from time to time and I’m lucky my husband is this sweetest in the world and bring me flowers when I least expect. I absolutely love having fresh flowers in the house. At this moment this is my favourite vase but I hope to find a nicer urn in the future, my dream is those silver gorgeous wide urns from the movies.

Of course the house must be vacuumed and dishes washed so this small touches can be noticed. But every time I have visits my guests ask me what is the secret for this delicious smell, so that’s it!

This week my sister and I also talked a lot about what makes a house cozy, how a place feels like home even when it’s your first visit and some other things. I think I’ll write a post in the future about that. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!


The tidy life

I love cleaning. OH! Did I say that out loud? No! That’s not true! I love a clean and organized house. Also a clean and organized work space, and even a clean and organized city. Maybe it’s the feeling of peace that comes from an uncluttered environment, I don’t know. It’s just so good when things look beautiful and smell fresh!

Throughout the years I learned a lot about different methods for keeping everything nice and tidy and I would love to share what I learned. Here is my main tips:

Cleaning is different from organizing.

Nice office space! Can I clean that window? (Credit: Life by Lufe)

An organized but a slightly dirty house usually feels better than a messy but very clean place. I believe our brain tricks us here. We are very visual and we love to see a beautiful composition. If the first impression of the space is positive and things look good, we overlook the details, like some dust on the shelves or a foggy window on the corner. However, if the whole house is clean but the decoration objects are all over the place, somehow we understand the place is not clean enough. That said, the goal is always organize first, clean later

Create your own cleaning routine and stick to it

She is so cute! Marie Kondo put us all on the right track

My routine is a mix of habits I learned from books and websites, including ideas from Lady Fly and Marie Kondo methods. I have a daily routine for the basic stuff, like making the bed and making sure the kitchen is spotless before going to sleep. I also have a weekly routine for laundry and a monthly routine for deep cleaning the house. I’ll make a detailed post about it later, but whatever you do, being consistent is the key. It makes everything easier!

Don’t obsess

I do have my Monica moments from time to time…

If you ever hired a cleaning person or company you know what I’m speaking about. It’s just amazing to get home and absolutely the whole house is sparkling clean and smelling like the paradise. I love that feeling and I know I could achieve same result if I spend my whole days cleaning. But let’s get real. Would that be a priority? I’d rather spend my time with my family, enjoying my hobbies or simply resting. So my “cleaning day” is usually a couple of hours. I try to focus in just one room per week and don’t obsess about the rest. My Monica side sometimes screams inside me, desperate to have the whole house spotless but there are other things on life, so I try calm down. How about you? Did you develop any routines? Do you get nervous in a messy place? Leave a comment bellow 😊