Say Yes to Less

Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is proud to partner with Little Remedies® as a Mom Blogger Ambassador. Although I receive some form of compensation for the collaboration, all opinions expressed about the products are my own.

Once someone told me cleaning my house with a toddler is like shoveling my driveway in a snowstorm. I laughed, agreed and then stepped over the toys, books and crayons covering the living room floor.


For months, I accepted the fact that I would never be clutter free with kids. Make that one kid. I would always trip over a shoe rushing out the door during the morning madness or roll over onto a plastic piece of play food that made its way into my bed by the end of the night. So, I tried to block out the clutter. Kind of like a mind of matter exercise. But it didn’t really work.


I attempted to organize our space. That took all day. I threw in the towel, or in this case, the duster. The mess overwhelmed me, so I made excuses. I told myself, I’m a single mom who works full-time. Why spend the little bit of free time I have cleaning? Despite this new way of thinking, the mess still called my name. While Caitlynn napped, I spent three fourths of the time thinking about what I had to do, and the other part actually doing it.


Then 2014 came. And I decided to take on a new challenge and take back my house, or at least a coupe rooms under my roof.  Here’s how I’m saying Yes to Less Mess this January and cleaning with a toddler:

1. Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Instead of trying to conquer clutter in 24 hours, I tackle one thing at a time. During the week, I perform small tasks, like organizing a junk drawer or putting away a basket of laundry. This doesn’t take up much time and can be done while watching your favorite TV show or talking on the telephone.

2. In With the New. Out With the Old

This year, every time I make a trip to the mall, I must make a pitt stop at a Goodwill store. That way, I will constantly clean my closet and identify clothes I no longer wear. It’s also a good reminder that I am truly blessed.

3. All Work and No Play Makes Mommy a Dull Girl

Decluttering isn’t always stressful. Organizing our space is a great way to have fun and create memories. While picking up toys, we march through the house chanting hut 2-3-4. We turn on a music channel, pick up our instruments and take a shake break. We also take time a time out to read the books we put on the shelf and browse photo albums we pack in boxes.

This post is inspired by Little Remedies®, a company encouraging parents to Say Yes to Less and share ways on how to simplify in the New Year. Simplify–that’s exactly what the Little Remedies® product does. It was created by a pharmacist and father who was tired of searching for a product to give his kids that was effective and made with ingredients he could feel good about. So he followed the philosophy of “less is more” and made products only what is needed to make your child feel better – that means no saccharin, alcohol, artificial flavors, artificial coloring or dyes.

One product I used on Caitlynn as a baby was Little Remedies® For Tummys™ Gripe Water. Gripe Water, an herbal supplement made with ginger and fennel, is a safe, gentle, gluten and alcohol-free formula that eases tummy aches from hiccups or colic. It also eased my mind as a first time mom!

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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