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‘Tis The Season To Stay Tidy

During the holiday season, I enjoy decorating, baking delicious treats, indoor gardening and snuggling with the dogs.  I'm always looking forward to

During the holiday season, I enjoy decorating, baking delicious treats, indoor gardening and snuggling with the dogs.  I'm always looking forward to putting my feet up and sipping on some hot cocoa while watching all of the Christmas lights twinkle around me.  Before I get to savor those simple moments, I want to make sure my home is tidy.  While you enjoy the beautiful gleam coming from those glowing holiday lights, you can also enjoy your glowing floors as well!

The holidays can be a chaotic time.  With a few tools in your cleaning arsenal, you can stay one step ahead!  Using Bona products helps me make cleanup easy, so I can focus on the things that matter.  Thanks to my supplies, 10 to 15 minutes is all I really need to spend on tidying up!  Here are some tips so you can tackle cleaning and continue to make those unforgettable holiday memories!

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My secret arsenal of supplies

Clean As You Go

Don't let muck and mess build up over time.  It's important to keep your surfaces and floors clean, daily, over the holiday season.  This way, dirt and mud don't get tracked all over the house.  I use my Bona mop with the disposable dusting cloths every evening.  This takes less than 5 minutes every day! It's so quick and easy and the cloths lock away dirt, dust and pet hair.  All you have to do is grab it and go! It's lightweight with no cords and always ready to use when and where you need it! 

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Keep Entry Ways Clear Of Mud

I live in New England, and our winters can be very severe.  I have to admit that I do track slush in the house when I clomp inside wearing my snow boots.  My two chihuahuas also tend to track in mud on their paws.  I may take my shoes off before I enter the living room or the kitchen, but my foyer still becomes a mess.  

It's important to remember that when guests come over during celebrations and events, this is the first part of the house they see.  For a quick fix I use Bona hardwood floor wet cleaning pads.  They are super good at cleaning muck, dry fast and also leave no residue! 

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Focus On The Kitchen

Family and friends all tend to congregate around food.  No matter how much you try to keep the entertainment in the living room or the dining room, people always end up in the kitchen.  Make sure counters, stove tops and floors are crumb free.  My Bona mop makes it easy to keep the kitchen floor clear of grime with it's washable and reusable microfiber pad.  It can be used on hardwood, stone, tile and laminate floors.  

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Banish Those Tracks & Paw Prints

Animals and pets are a big part of many homes.  They are a source of unconditional love, fun and dirt.  So much dirt!  When my pups trot in after play time or a walk, I am always shocked at how dirt ends up everywhere.  It gets worse during the winter months with the mud, snow and road salt.  I'm serious when I say that the Bona wet cleaning pads take care of it in a snap.  Instead of spending hours on end fussing over a mess that won't quit, you can snuggle up by the tree with your pooch or feline friend. 

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Enter to win $100 worth of Bona cleaning products to keep your home spotless this holiday season or a $150 SpaFinder gift card to help you enjoy the simple moments!  Who doesn't want to be pampered and have floors that sparkle?  Yes please!

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Terms & Conditions: The contest runs until December 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be notified directly by Facebook messenger on, or before December 27, 2016. Entrants must be residents of the US and 18+ only. Winner will be randomly selected from entries via the Rafflecopter widget.

Do you have any holiday cleaning tips and tricks?  Feel free to share with me in the comment section below or tweet me @thefreckledrose.  If you have any friends or family who would be interested in Bona cleaning products, spread the word!  Don't forget to remind them to enter the giveaway!  Hope you are having a fun and relaxing holiday season.  When you are feeling tired or overwhelmed, remember to stop and enjoy the simple moments!

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  • Michele Morin
    December 2, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Great post! Bona is fortunate to have you!

  • Angela Tolsma
    December 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I have a rule no shoes beyond the entry way! I can’t stand having winter in the house! I’ll have to check out these products, I’ve never heard of this brand before.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      That’s a great rule Angela! I completely agree, it gets messy fast during the winter months.

  • Dean @Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress
    December 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Like Angela, we’re a no shoes in the house family too. However, I have a dog, so he’s fun to clean up after with his paw prints and hair everywhere. (heavy eye roll)


    • Thefreckledrose
      December 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      It’s a good rule to have! My pups may be adorable, but they are the dirtiest little things! When I leave my house, I’m serious when I say the hair follows me. I keep lint brushes in every room. Good thing they are cute, it’s hard to get mad at them 🙂

  • Julie Durfee
    December 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    These are great tips! I have never heard of Bona before but I am definitely always looking for new and easy ways to keep my house cleaner. Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely entering the giveaway! 🙂

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Julie! Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  • Coralee
    December 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Hello and what a beautiful site you have. Your photos are beautiful. I had never heard of Bona before. The next time I am shopping for cleaning products, I might have to check the aisles for that brand. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you Coralee! I appreciate the kind words 🙂

  • Emily
    December 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I had never heard of Bona before, but lord knows we need help keeping the house tidy this time of year. Will definitely check them out!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Having these products on hand definitely makes it less stressful for me 🙂

  • Ana De- Jesus
    December 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This looks like the perfect way to mop up any spills or any paw prints that are in the home. A great way to keep the home clean.

  • Sophie Areli | Club Money Bin
    December 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Wow Angie! You are an amazing photographer. The Bona company needs to hire you to take pictures for their products. I love this post. My favorite picture is of the dog paws on the floor. Great job!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you so very much Sophie! I really appreciate your kind words 🙂

  • Jennifer Dunham
    December 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    This is great! During the holiday season there is always pressure to keep everything spick and span with so many guests coming in and out.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! There totally is, I’ve vowed to stay ahead of it this year 🙂

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter
    December 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Yes it is the season I want my house tidy when people pop in! I suffer from those dirty paw prints so will have to check out the floor cleaner!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Me too Cynthia! Dogs & cats are so cute but man, they can be dirty!

  • lisa
    December 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    It is that season indeed! We have a lot of wood floors too, and a dog, and four kids, so clearly I need a little Bona in my life!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      It’s a big help that’s for sure Lisa!

  • Michelle
    December 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I haven’t heard of this brand but I’d love to try it. I entered so wish me luck! We’re hoping to do some remodeling and put in wood floors so I’ll be needing to clean them often. We live in the country and track in lots of dirt.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      These products are such a big help around the house! Good luck in the giveaway Michelle 🙂

  • Terri Steffes
    December 3, 2016 at 12:09 am

    My pups track in so much dirt and grime! this would make life so much easier!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      It certainly does make life easier! I love my two dogs, but they do track in so much dirt. Thank goodness they are cute 🙂

  • Teresa
    December 3, 2016 at 12:32 am

    All the right cleaning tips here – I am just trying to get the rest of my family to keep these tips in mind ow instead of always leaving them to me! The kids are old enough ow that they can sweep up after themselves!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      haha I totally feel you Teresa!

  • orana
    December 3, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Wow those look like great products! I hate mopping as much as I hate dirty floors. Its a catch 22.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:31 am

      I totally agree with that statement!

  • julie
    December 3, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I couldn’t agree more with keeping the entry way clear and tidying up as you go! I’ve always felt like if you just spend 10 minutes a day tidying up you’ll never have to spend hours picking up!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Yes! It really works Julie 🙂 Totally worth the extra effort each day!

  • Kami @FaithfullyMeBlog
    December 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    This is great, I’ve not tried this brand. I just use the swifter brand. My kids love to help me around the home too since most of the mess is their doing lol

  • Heidi Villegas
    December 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    OK—You have inspired me to work on my photography! 🙂 I’ve tried Bona before—they have great products!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:34 am

      Thank you Heidi! I really appreciate your kind words 🙂

  • karen
    December 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve never used Bona produtcs, but they sound really fabulous from your review. I need to do more of those 5-minute cleans like you mention, so I will use Bona for that!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Yes, it makes cleaning a snap with no heavy equipment to worry about! My floors are so much cleaner now 🙂

  • Ana De- Jesus
    December 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    It is so important to clean as you go along because the longer you leave it the more it piles up. Especially at this time of year during the festive season.

  • Jazz
    December 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    We don’t get much mud down here (Houston, TX) but I agree with focusing on the kitchen. Since I cook a lot, that floor needs regular attention!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

      Yes! The kitchen always could use a quick clean up each day 🙂 My kitchen is less than spotless after a few cooking sessions!

  • Jamie @ Medium Sized Family
    December 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve been very curious about the Bona product line. I try different products on my hardwood floors, but without fail, I feel like every product is doing damage to the wood. I’d like to give them a try some time. Maybe I’ll win the contest! 🙂

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:39 am

      Yes, Bona works great on the hardwood with no damage! I love how shiny and new they look with a quick clean each day 🙂

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    December 3, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Oh, I love Bona spray! I haven’t tried any of their other products yet, but I’m sure that they are fantastic!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Me too Joanna! Super helpful to keep around the house especially during the holidays 🙂

  • Michelle
    December 4, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Why is it that this time of the year is always so messy. It feels like I spend most of my time cleaning and mopping, and we stay in South Africa so I don’tr even have to worry about snow LOL. The Bono mop seems to be a great investment and it looks light weight to. I wonder if they’re sold here?

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:46 am

      Oh, I completely agree Michelle! I totally know how you feel. I love it’s price point and how easy it is to use. I feel like I’m finally ahead of cleaning now instead of constantly behind 🙂

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    December 4, 2016 at 3:50 am

    If I had a tidy disposition I think I would go mad in with my messy big farm household!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:52 am

      I’ve learned to balance tidy with the occasional mess here and there 🙂

  • Jean
    December 4, 2016 at 6:14 am

    It’s so important to stay on top of the cleaning with so many people coming in and out of the house. It sounds like this is a great cleaning product though which is quick and easy but does the job.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:52 am

      Very true Jean! These products really do help 🙂

  • Brooke Neal
    December 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Great bokah in those shots.

  • Angela
    December 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I love these tips! Things can get so out of hand around the house during the holidays! Great reminder to stay tidy!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Yes! Keeping a clean home during the holidays can be a challenge. Glad to know I’m not the only one who deals with this 🙂

  • Kusum
    December 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Totally agree with you! Its so much easier to keep clean as we go rather than stress out with all the mess around us.
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  • Kristen
    December 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This looks like something I definitely need! Most of my cleaning this month is always focused on the kitchen since we spend so much time in there!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Me too Kristen! The kitchen can quickly become out of hand that’s for sure!

  • Vanessa
    December 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    This is great to use to clean up your wood floors.

  • Ana Ojha
    December 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I do not allow anyone to wear outside shoes at a certain door entry and thus it helps me to keep everything clean for a longer time. This mop looks amazing and thanks for sharing the review with us!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:02 am

      Very smart to keep that rule in place! Makes life so much easier 🙂

  • Taylor Mobley
    December 5, 2016 at 12:44 am

    This looks awesome! I am pretty good at keeping my little apartment clean but that would be harder to do with a big house! I have a rule about no shoes 🙂

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:02 am

      It’s a good rule to have 🙂

  • Christina Aliperti
    December 5, 2016 at 2:06 am

    These products look great. During the holiday season we have so much traffic so keeping the house clean is mandatory.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Holiday traffic can definitely make a huge mess in a small amount of time. I’m always thankful to take a much needed break from cleaning after the holidays 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.
    December 5, 2016 at 3:29 am

    There’s nothing better than having a clean home especially during the Holidays! This sounds like a reliable floor mop! I would love to have one!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

      It’s definitely a great helper to have on hand for those messy moments 🙂

  • Enricoh Naidu
    December 5, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Such excellent and creative cleaning tips> thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and chance to win

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

      Wishing you good luck in the giveaway!

  • Lorri S
    December 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I love your tips and your photos!

  • Via Bella
    December 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I love the title… it gave me a chuckle because I always feel the tidiness factor isn’t strong here and I wish it were. I do like knowing about products that I can use on my hard wood floors since we no longer have carpet.

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Thank you 🙂 I will admit, cleaning is definitely not the most fun task. It is much easier when you have a good mop on hand though!

  • Daisy J. Crawford
    December 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This would be an absolute saviour for my dusty wooden floors! Sad I’m not a US resident anymore 🙁

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

      It is definitely a super helpful product Daisy!

  • Lisa @ Fun Money Mom
    December 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    When we lived in our old house, the entire downstairs was hardwood and this was all I ever used! It’s a really great product and I’m glad you shared your post with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Yes! Has made my life so much easier Lisa 🙂

  • belinda
    December 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

    My husband loves cooking sometimes and I’m the one left to clean. I should get him to read this

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:08 am

      haha yes definitely do Belinda! 🙂

  • Justin
    December 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

    What an awesome and relevant guide for this time of year! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Thefreckledrose
      December 15, 2016 at 2:09 am

      Hope you are having a great holiday season Justin 🙂