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I’m actually a good juggler.

Not, like, an actual juggler, unless you count juggling with two balls, and I can’t imagine that anyone gives any kind of weight to that.

What I mean, of course, is the ability to do all of the things that I do. I mean, sure, my canned response when people say, “I don’t know how you do everything that you do!” is always to remind people that I just don’t sleep, which is only mostly true. I don’t, in fact, sleep much—usually only about four or five hours each night. But really, the way I am able to get everything done is that I have become a fairly decent juggler.

Of course, I do have the occasional, you know, moment where my brain is crying

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but most of the time, I’ve got things under control. Ish.

I work, then I stop to wake kids and dress kids and feed kids and make lunches for kids and brush hair attached to kids and find umbrellas for kids and shoes for kids and bags for kids and kiss the kids goodbye and shove them out the door.

I work, then I stop to throw some laundry in the washer.

I work, then I stop to make banana bread out of the overripe bananas.

I work, then I stop to throw the laundry in the dryer.

I work, then I eat banana bread.

I work, then I stop to talk to The 3:30pm Dictator and fix all the cuts and scrapes.

I work, then I sign forms and drive to playdates and pick up from playdates and drive to dance and pick up from dance.

I work, then we go to the dentist, or the eye doctor, or the hand clinic for my son’s oft-broken limbs.

I work, then I throw the chicken in the oven and fold the laundry fresh from the dryer.

I work, then…well, you get the idea, yes? 

Juggling.

Balancing.

See? Good jugglers can have three kids, two jobs, one dog, and banana bread. 

Good jugglers prioritize. I figure out the things I really want to do, and make sure I make time for them — working out, watching copious amounts of television, making my bed, going to Target, taking my kids to the park.

Good jugglers delegate. I don’t take out the garbage cans, I require my husband to do it. I don’t bring in the garbage cans, I require my children to do it. I don’t have a green thumb—I don’t even have any green fingers or toes—so I hire a gardener. I don’t like to clean toilets (although I seem to be quite accidentally skilled at unclogging them) so I have a cleaning person come in  to do them and to change the sheets on the beds because I’m under 5 foot 2 and making my high-rise queen bed takes me about an hour and is basically an extreme sport .

And just last week I texted my husband to tell him that before the summer, before the kids descend upon my household and change up the routine that I have finally figured out, it would be amazing to have a cleaning service come in and clean my house.

Not tidy. Tidy I can do. But a deep clean—a down-to-the-baseboards, behind-the-fridge clean.

And then, the skies opened up and someone heard my prayer.

Because I got the timeliest and most wonderful email from a company called Aspen Clean asking if I’d be interested in trying out their green home cleaning service. I leaped, jumped, flew at the chance. Yes! YES! In the world of stay-at-home-mom required prioritizing and delegating — I have prioritized a clean house, but I need to delegate someone else to make it happen.

So yes. Three of the loveliest people showed up with all eco-friendly equipment required, including their own vacuum. They cleaned while I did my usual daily juggling. They truly seemed to love their work. It showed—on their faces, and on my walls and floors and bathrooms and kitchen and entryway.

And now I have time to fix all the cuts and scrapes.

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And pay it forward to you. Yes! It’s true. Toronto people! I’m giving away an Aspen Clean gift card so you can have the chance to try this amazing cleaning service in your home.

All you have to do is leave a comment, and you are automatically entered to win. Additionally, you can tweet or share this post on Facebook for extra entries. Follow Aspen Clean on Facebook and Twitter. I will randomly choose a winner at 9pm on Wednesday, July 2nd. You must live Toronto or Toronto-ish (…even all the way up to Newmarket) to win. The prize pack is worth $264 (plus GST).

Good luck!

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  1. Your juggling act is quite impressive. I try my best to prioritize, but making sure the house is spotless is definitely something that falls through the cracks.

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    Comment by Sara on June 25, 2014
  2. Awww man, now I want my house cleaned AND banana bread. ;) Love this!

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    Comment by Kat on June 25, 2014
  3. Your juggling is super impressive. I have just me to take care of and I can’t manage to do any of that. I just do the copious amounts of TV watching.

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    Comment by Kristabella on June 25, 2014
  4. I am a Toronto person and I would LOVE this! Love it!

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    Comment by Kate on June 25, 2014
  5. I really hope Oshawa counts as “Toronto-ish” (it totally does when I’m talking to my American friends) because we just bought a new house, and someone else cleaning it before we move in would be AWESOME :)

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    Comment by Cynthia on June 25, 2014
  6. I would love to win this for my sister that is super busy with her own store, two kids and just finished chemo/radiation Her house was the last of her worries (and it still stresses her out)

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    Comment by Lindsey on June 25, 2014
  7. This would be amazing! Crossing my fingers and toes that I win!!

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    Comment by Melanie on June 25, 2014
  8. mmmm…banana bread. lol.

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    Comment by Rina Deutsch on June 25, 2014
  9. As much as I would love this…I suspect my almost two hour away home is not quite Toronto’ish enough. I would love to win…and pay it forward to my marvellous friend, amazing mom of three boys and like you, awesome juggler. Thanks!
    Enjoy your clean house. And banana bread. Yum.

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    Comment by Mrs. Bailey on June 25, 2014
  10. Would love this! As you can imagine I do lots of juggling

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    Comment by chana on June 25, 2014
  11. That would be so awesome! I’m going to check them out. This is exactly what I need! I can tidy but hate the deep clean.

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    Comment by Dina on June 26, 2014
  12. Sure wish I could master the juggling thing. Seems I always give more attention to the kids and work than I do to the house. A deep clean would be perfect.

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    Comment by Angela on June 26, 2014
  13. Does Milton count? I would love to win this! I went back to work, sold my house and bought a new house within the span of three weeks! I’ve been so overwhelmed with raising a little one, a husband that works long shift work hours, moving into our new house and being a teacher. My house needs that deep clean that I never can get to!
    Would love to win this and eco-friendly products are a huge bonus now that I have a baby!

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    Comment by Caitlin on June 28, 2014
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