[Music] [Music] hey guys welcome back to my channel I hope you are having an amazing day today I am going to be sharing a super super motivating cleaning video but also we are going to be decorating a little bit later on once we get everything cleaned up and then I’m also going to be taking you guys downstairs into our basement and sharing a new update we have had a ton of work down there since I’ve talked to you guys about it so I wanted to make sure to include that in this video sometimes it can feel really overwhelming when you have such a big mess like this but you just need to take it one step at a time so the first thing I wanted to do was clear off the table and move everything into the kitchen and then start putting away leftovers and then moving the empty dishes over to the scene [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] so I actually filmed this right after having like an early Thanksgiving dinner it was actually on the day that I had filmed cooking all of the things giving meals that I shared in that video for you guys I will link it up above if you guys missed that but I figured that would give me a great opportunity to basically share a Thanksgiving clean with me and give you guys all the motivation to clean up your holiday messes but of course you can definitely use this for any time so as you can see Kyle and I are just starting out in the kitchen this is something that we usually do together a lot of times you guys see just me cleaning but he definitely pitches in quite a bit when he is home and any time we have big huge messes like this if he is home he definitely comes in here and starts helping me out because we all make the mess and I think it’s really important to just have everyone kind of pitch in a little bit of course I do tend to do a majority of the cleaning in her house but it really does make a big difference if you can get your family on board to help you out a little bit [Music] [Music] so once we had all the dishes crawled in the same area and I had the dishwasher started I just wanted to start soaking the rest of the dishes that I was going to be washing by hand and that way I would just make the whole process a lot easier instead of having to scrub everything I could just clean it really easy [Music] so these are really really neat I actually ordered these on Amazon so I will have them saved in my Amazon favorites but basically they can replace plastic wrap they come in a ton of different sizes but they just go over whatever shape whatever size Bowl you have or dish you have and you don’t need a lid for it you don’t need plastic wrap and it’s also pretty leak proof I haven’t ever had these leak so these are definitely a good option if you are always losing your lids or you just want another option that’s not plastic wrap these are a really good one to try [Music] [Music] you start looking at you you’re like a Firefly you guys always love when I share the real mess there’s nothing sugar-coated or anything it is just what it is so I hope that the real mess is kind of motivate you a little bit more and just show you that we are all the same and we are all in this together and we can all just kind of tackle our areas together because although some things look perfect online it is absolutely not that way things are messy things are disorganized things are just real and that is how it is for everyone so I hope that you guys continue to enjoy the real mess and just the realness that I share in these videos it’s definitely a little hard to be vulnerable and share your imperfections with everyone but I think in the end it brings us a lot closer and it just creates a more stronger community and I’m so incredibly grateful for that and I am so grateful for you guys [Music] go in [Music] I thought you saved me when I was down but what you’re doing it’s hurt me now cuz I’ve been in the fire way too long I’ve been in the fire way too long you hit me baby you shot me down my heart is bleeding I’m scarred for life cuz I’ve been in the fire line away too long you held me in the fire I wait too long what you said is playing on repeat in my head baby you hurt me bad but that’s all you do now and that’s how you do now you shot me [Music] once I got all the dishes cleaned I just let them sit over there to kind of let them air dry a little bit and while they were doing that then I took my eat cloth and I just started wiping down my countertop I feel like I’ve been using my eat cloth a lot lately like I always use it but I feel like I’ve just been sharing it a lot and I think that’s just because during the busyness of the holiday season I am just trying to take things as easy as I can and eat cloths definitely make my life easier because it just uses water and so all I have to do is just rinse it out sometimes and then just wipe everything down and you were good to go [Music] [Music] it’s now that’s all you do now [Music] next once the kitchen was all clean I just had everyone come into the living room with me and help me out in here so as you can see Noah was actually passed out on the couch he was so exhausted from the day and then Liam was upstairs getting dressed after his bath but the rest of us just started tidying everything up and then Kyle and I kind of tackled the floors together and it made me wish that we could do this all the time because it went so much faster like he just went right behind me as I vacuumed he mopped it just got done so so quickly and I’ve also been getting a ton of questions from you guys whether I have been liking my Dyson cordless vacuum or my new shark apex uplight which is a corded vacuum and it’s really hard to say which one I like more but I will say that most of the time I have been finding myself actually using the shark up light a lot more often than my Dyson and I think it’s because while the Dyson is extremely convenient because it is cordless the shark just has so much power and so especially if I’m going to be vacuuming carpets and things or if I’m going to be doing like a whole house vacuum I will definitely go for the shark but if I’m just doing a quick vacuum then sometimes I’ll still use my Dyson so I do still use both and I do still love both but I kind of feel like I’m changing over and doing a short-girl I just have been so impressed with that vacuum [Music] I never thought breakups were pretty you told the line and let you go start at the words that I completed but that was then so long ago we were called no you’re not here you brought us down I told you so so now I wanted to start tithing of my office and actually putting a Christmas tree in here and just kind of changing up the room a little bit so this is a few days later but I really need your guys’s opinion on this I know a lot of you guys have told me to go ahead and move the couch back to where I had it on this main wall well I do feel like it kind of goes there it just feels so crowded in the rooms if you guys have any ideas on where I can put different furniture pieces let me know in the comments because I feel like I’m kind of at a loss for this room I’m just trying to get it to feel good and look good at the same time [Music] I go to bed to get up early I go to work did not much change I met a girl she’s quite funny but I’m not quite so once we had all the furniture moved around it and some of the wall pieces taken down if they didn’t really go then we started pulling out our Christmas tree and I’m actually teaming up with home story for this video they have sent me this Christmas tree and I have been so impressed with it the setup on it was so incredibly easy as you can see it’s also pretty lit which makes it really really pretty and also just super convenient if you don’t have the time or other lights to add to your Christmas tree and once we got it all fluffed out it was just really full in such a gorgeous tree I am loving this one they also shared a really good coupon code so I wanted to let you guys know that and I will be leaving that down in the description box for you guys and then next I did want to add a few our own lights to the tree these were Luke’s favorite they were really neat because they’re actually a USB corded one so you can plug them into anywhere you have a power source and they have a ton of different colors and a ton of different modes so you can kind of customize it to whatever you want and also all of the lights do come with a remote which makes it super convenient as well and then as you can see we ended up taking those lights off just because of how I wanted to decorate this tree I felt like the colored ones just didn’t really go as well and so I wanted a more softer look and so I went with the warm lights and these ones are probably honestly my favorite and I think it’s just such a gorgeous soft color these ones are battery-powered and this one actually comes in a pack of four so you’d be able to put them onto your tree put them somewhere else in your house you can just kind of use them all over the place they also have a bunch of different options on like if you want them to Sparkle or twinkle or kind of fade in and out or just be a constant I just love the different options these ones give you so while I’m talking to you guys about the different lights they offer I wanted to share another one these ones are Kyle’s favorite they are 80 feet long so they are super super long and they are also waterproof so they are perfect to be put outdoors honestly I feel like these lights are all really cool because they just have a lot of different options so if you want the colors you can go for the colors if you want just a white you can also do that and so kind of whatever theme you have or if you’re changing your themes each year these lights are something that you can have each year and you don’t have to keep buying new colors and new lights and then the very last set I think was all the kids favorite because these were another set of the colored lights these ones are nice because they are battery-powered and they can also go on a timer and a lot of these lights actually can go on timers as well and so they can just turn on whenever you want and then they will turn off a little bit later it smells really fun and whimsical and I love just kind of using them by the kid’s room so like I said home story is offering you guys a severe discount so I will leave the links and the coupon codes down and the solution box below for you guys to check out [Music] I think that I’m going to so once we had all of our lights on our tree and everything I ended up just putting this little Erland on I got this from Hobby Lobby and I just thought it was so gorgeous and so simple and kind of that rustic look they’ve been going for and then Luke and I were going to put all the bells on the tree but I realized that we had picked them up from our storage unit and they were still in Kyle’s truck which he had took to work that night and so we had to wait until later to actually enough decorating the Christmas tree so while we were waiting I ended up lining the banister with the garland and then these are actually the cool lights that I was talking about earlier and I’m kind of planning to do like a candy cane that tree in our living room I thought that would be really fun for the kids and then I will end up sharing our Maine Christmas tree and like the rest of our Christmas decor in next video so make sure that you were subscribed because I am so excited to share how everything ends up turning out I am just getting so so excited for this [Music] we could have [Music] finally after Kyle had gotten home Luke and I started decorating the tree while I would love to have a Pinterest worthy tree just like totally perfect and styled really well I feel like Christmas time is just so magical and a lot of things that make it really magical is just the experiences that you have with your family and then just having everyone together during that time and so that is something that has been always so important to me so I know that there will be a time when my boys don’t really want to be included in this type of thing and then I will get the chance to have my perfect tree but for now I’m just enjoying like the little imperfections that comes when you were decorating with kids because I feel like that’s kind of what it’s all about [Music] [Music] some gates never get open cos it’s too late I can’t beat the one who saves you from this place baby they never gonna fun I really hope you guys enjoy just seeing like all the decorating and the Nutri going up and also got a ton of cleaning motivation towards the beginning of the video and I also wish for you that you have the most amazing holidays and I cannot wait to chat with you guys in the comments [Music] trust me I’ll go legit [Music] okay so I am in our basement I wanted to quickly show you guys an update it is looking so different from Las Vegas odd we have actual walls there is no longer says we got all the drywall put on it’s mud and taped the ceiling is all textured it will be getting textured on the walls this weekend but I’m gonna show you in the round it looks so so different it is like for real a basement now I don’t know I just this is like a huge step sometimes you guys around show you this is where you just walk in from the stairs you turn right and this is the first bedroom this is just kind of a smaller bedroom and then you have the closet there and then you have this big opening right here I love that like these pillars and stuff kind of match and mimic like the architecture upstairs so right in this room you just have I think you’re gonna have like a game room kind of and then this will have the two bunk beds that way and then two bunk beds that way this is the main area so we’re gonna have like the projector and everything here and like a couch this way and there’s the stairway that goes along the entire way look at how different that looks we’re stairway going up into here so when you walk into the bathroom we will have a vanity here just a one sink vanity and then the toilet and then this is like a half wall into the shower right here coming out of the bathroom you go into this room this is gonna be Luke’s room so it’s a really good-size room I think we’re to put his bed right here I just cannot get over like how good it looks with all of the drywall and everything up this is going to just be like a little walk-in closet right there coming back out of Luke’s room you walk into Hobie Liam’s room and there it is with all the drywall on and there’s his closet of course this is how everything is looking with all the drywall and we just cannot get over it it just it’s like our vision is just coming to life and I just cannot believe it so anyway I just figured I would go ahead and show you guys because you guys are always asking like where we’re at with the basement and I also wanted to say next time we will be painting maybe even like the next week or two we’ll probably be painting down here and we’re actually thinking that we’re going to end up painting at the same colors upstairs just because we love it so much it’s kind of like a grayish tannish color like the best of both worlds and it’s also really light and neutral so I think that’s what we’re gonna end up doing but we could always change our mind let’s start getting like the fixtures put up and everything and then we down to like floors so it’s getting real and we are definitely on track to finish pretty soon so I can’t wait that is oh I hope you guys enjoyed today’s video and do not forget to subscribe down below if you are not already and I will see you guys in my next one bye guys [Music] you [Music]


  1. Hey family!! What was the highlight of your thanksgiving, or if you’re not in the US, what was the highlight of your week? ♡ I hope y’all enjoyed today’s video! Monday I will be sharing the rest of our Christmas decor & putting up our family room Christmas tree!! Let me know if y’all want to see a giveaway in Monday’s video!?! I hope you have a sweet weekend!! Love you guys!! XO ♡amanda

    Here’s the link to my amazon favorites… you can find the silicone lids in the kitchen catergory & the tree + lights in the Christmas category 😘 ::

  2. I’d turn the tall shelf flat against the wall the tree is on. It will look towards the door. Even though the couch will lock some of the shelves the height of the tree and shelf will balance out the wall. Couch facing your desk. 🤷🏼‍♀️. Cube shelf away for the season. The struggle.

  3. 1. Girlfriend, you so pretty! <3
    2. I am in love with your office Christmas tree!
    3. Those color changing lights look so cool! Thanks for sharing. I didn't know some were battery operated with a timer. Makes me want to put some in the bathroom as a night light (for myself) lol

  4. Hi Amanda!! Everthing is looking great!! Best part was watching how the guys were helping u out. Great teamwork!!! Keep it up! Hope your thanksgiving was a joyous day. Hugs from Puerto Rico! ☀🇵🇷

  5. Wow the prosses of the basement is come out good, to rearrange your office maybe have your desk were the shoe organizer is or the opposite wall were the couch is now and maybe have the couch by the windows

  6. Thanks for sharing. I am so looking forward to seeing the finished basement. I'm sure it will look beautiful like the rest of your home. ❤

  7. Since you asked for advice about your office layout, I'd suggest that once you take the Christmas tree down, that you put your ladder shelf in that general area. You were so happy with the shelf. It's too crowded and hidden by your sofa as it is now. Loved your video!

  8. I love the one lonely wooden spoon by the stove. All it's friends are in the dishwasher. That's how you know it was a big meal.

  9. You're so sweet & kind. I love hearing your voice on the voice overs. I'm watching you to get motivated to clean my house & decorate the tree lol Merry Christmas hun! ❤️🙂

  10. You are so motivational and your music is always so on point. I’m watching again while working on my cricut. 😆

  11. Very enjoying your video.
    Love how the dad and the kids are helping God bless them and you.
    I would like to know if you followed a method or something for them to have this sens of helping because my husband is never around when i'm doing shores or helpinf the kids with home work and i feel sometimes very exausted😢

  12. Another great, motivating video 🙂

    Do you think the boys will move straight into their new rooms once they're finished or will they wait awhile?

  13. Love seeing the stages of the basement makeover . May I ask how come the boys bedrooms are moving down there ? What are your plans for their current rooms upstairs ?

  14. Love the boys wanting to help with the tree and it is still Pinterest worthy! You always have a gorgeous house! And the basement looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it done!

  15. Definitely. Everyone chips in at my house. I agree with you. I cook. Everyone else does dishes.
    Hubby does bathrooms.
    Son vacuums and windows.
    I dust and swiffer.
    Laundry is a family affair.
    We all work outside the home. It takes all of us to keep the house looking good.

  16. I love all of your cleaning video’s! I am struggeling with anxiety and its worst before going to bed, i found this channel a week ago, but your video’s really help me to relax and have beter sleep at night thank you! Xx from holland🇱🇺

  17. Love these videos 💖 they’re extremely motivational and I have severe depression and anxiety so I watch one of your cleaning and/or decor videos and they just help me so freaking much. You are such an inspiration 🖤

  18. Wow Amanda!! The basement is really coming along 😍. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your Christmas decorations look great!

  19. I love the way your office turned out. Your house looks amazing. The basement is a dream. You and your family are so loving and certainly deserving of your new space.🎄🙏🏻

  20. Your office is sooo cute!
    Personally, I would remove the cube storage system, (it’s a bit too much furniture for the room).
    Consider keeping the sofa on the main wall, & after Christmas move the tall shelf back to the corner where the tree is ☺️

  21. That’s so awesome your husband pitches in with cleaning! My hubby is really good about it too and I’m so grateful because I know some guys don’t help as much. And Lord knows I can use the help! 🤣 Those lid things for leftovers are so cool! I hate plastic wrap! Great motivation 👍🏻

  22. Amanda eu adoro seus videos! Sou uma brasileira que mora na Italia a mais de 12 anos. Meu ingles nao e muito bom, mas consigo entender tudo. Voce com seus videos me ajudou bastante na organizacao da minha casa e da minha familha ( eu tambem tenho 3 filhos). Obrigada por condividir seu bom gosto, sua rotina e seu carisma. 😘

  23. Hello & hugs from me in Houston!!! Team work on the kitchen was awesome 🙂 Well, we have a lot of cats in the home & 2 dogs….I have a cat, Mr. Kitty whom is my shadow, lol! I am pretty close with them all, though….Mom of 6 here, so we are always needing a lot of clean up…decorations look beautiful…love always xoxo

  24. I love that you show the real side of life in your videos. It makes you so relatable! Keep up the great channel and happy holidays.

  25. I am Not judging you..I am a mother too..4 children but mine are Your age. Just advice. When you cook clean as you go. Then you WON'T BE over whelmed with a huge mess.

  26. You 2 are the sweetest couple. So great together…….home is so beautiful. Decorated so perfect. Tree is gorgeous. You’ll have so many bedrooms. Will the boys be scared to sleep down there.?

  27. For your office try putting your desk in front of the smaller window and the couch where your desk is. Then put the cube against the wall where the couch currently is.

  28. Great video! That’s awesome Kyle helps you in the kitchen. I have a rule in my house; if I cook I am not cleaning the kitchen. If I make a large meal using multiple pots and pans I will clean as I cook. My children are older so they can do the whole kitchen without me 👍😬.

  29. Best. Video. Love the Christmas tree! It's beautifully decorated 🙂
    Thanks for the basement update, it looks amazing! I can't wait to see the paint, lights and floors. You guys are doing a great job.

    For the office, I was smiling as you were rearranging because I do that as well when I just can't figure it out. We have a small living/dining room so we keep moving the furniture around the room every few months. Looks good!!

  30. I do most of the cleaning too. My family helps but it's hard. My husband had back surgery a year old and is still recovering. And our toddler makes it hard to get things done. But we keep plugging away.

  31. My 3 year old keeps undecorationing our Christmas tree. So of course I have to keep putting everything back up.

  32. I bought my mom ecloths for Christmas! My parents just got their first set of stainless steel appliances after 27 years of marriage.

  33. I bought those rubber expandable/fitted lids last year and they are wonderful! I love that I have one small enough to cover cans. No air is getting under those lids!!

  34. I would LOVE to hear how much you've increased the value of your home with the basement remodel once it's complete! I know numbers can be a bit iffy for some families, but even an estimate or something would be super interesting! 🙂

  35. I think you should try the couch in front of the big window in your office and your desk on the wall you have the couch now and then your shelf in front of the small window. Your house is beautiful dont stress over it.

  36. Finally a Mom who gets it. You are the first Mom I've seen on youtube that actually let their kid help decorate the tree. ALOT of the Moms I've seen on here decorate beautiful trees but don t let their kids help. The magic of Christmas is about the kids, not about who has the best tree on Insta or youtube . Love your channel.

  37. Oh no, you sound exhausted in your voice over for this one…I hope you found some time for yourself to unwind after this weekend. I LOVE the reuseable lid covers you suggested, I will have to pick some up to work on eliminating single use plastic. Also, I am a relatively (for a few months) new subscriber and I NEVER realized you had a dog, Emma is ADORABLE!

  38. Your house looks amazing! I was so moved watching your son help you decorate and pick up! Cherish the times you have with them. My grandsons came by and helped me get the trees set up. Then left to head back to college. So I started decorating the big tree first because it wears me out. It’s 14 feet tall and very full. Takes a lot to fill it…ladders are not my friends these days, either. I will work on the “cookie cutter tree” tomorrow. I think I won’t decorate the kitchen this year. Your kitchen cleaning section reminded me of my kitchen this year! After everyone left I ended up mopping 3 times before I got all the sticky stuff up!😳🤣thanks for posting! I love sharing your days. If people are negative…don’t read the comment. Delete, delete, delete!

  39. Hi Amanda I love how real you have always been and honestly I wish that's one thing about your channel that never changes. Real life = real mess. I thought about starting for 2 years and finally started back in May and it takes a lot of courage to put yourself online and share your life. I am cleaning along watching this so love the motivation. The tree is beautiful. Honestly I keep moving the furniture until I find the set up I really like, sorry I'm not much help on the office. Someday I will have outdoor christmas decor lol.

  40. Hi there I recently purchased the dyson too I love it soo much but it seems like it’s only to pickup a quick mess like dirt because is it only me that I see dyson doesn’t do very well with like big crumbs on floor or is it just me lol

  41. I'm so happy to see the couch in your office back on the wall (opposite of your desk). It feels like it just "belongs" there, and your tree turned out super cute!! Absolutely loving it! <3

  42. The blanket as a tree skirt is GENIUS! How have I never thought for doing that? I love that you share your amazing ideas (and your real life moments!) You are the best! <3

  43. I can't get over how much the basement has come together! So proud that you and Kyle & the boys did a lot of the work on your own! What a huge project that is coming together. Super excited for you guys! <3

  44. I love that your vids are so real girl. Our dog loves to play with my husband the most but she wants to cuddle with me more than anyone in the house. Look at Kyle getting in there with you! That's so awesome. My hubby helps out too. It's nice to have an extra set of hands when needed.

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