How I Tackle Messes Big and Small + 5 Minute Chores Printable

This post is sponsored by Viva® Vantage Paper Towels, but all opinions are my own. 

Right now in my house, I have four boys, ten dogs and two cats! Needless to say, I have plenty of messes to clean up on a daily basis. Keeping the house clean until we can find forever homes for the puppies feels like a full time job sometimes. I was recently given the opportunity to try out Viva® Vantage paper towels that I picked up at my local Walmart, and they have been lifesavers for picking up messes both big and small.

I don’t know if you have ever woken up in a house in the morning that has 8 puppies in it at night, but it isn’t much fun. Needless to say, there are various presents left behind on my hardwood floors in the morning. Using the old cheap paper towels we had before, sometimes they would rip, and that my friends, is the last thing you want when you are cleaning up puppy presents! And don’t even get me started on what a bathroom looks like when four boys share it.

Viva® Vantage Paper Towels are so thick, they are more like clothes than paper towels. They are made with a V-flex Weave, which allows them to stretch and have incredible scrubbing power. Basically, I can use them to scrub sticky caked on messes off counters, but they are still soft enough to wipe of the front of my stainless steel dishwasher or even my kid’s face too. We use paper towels for almost every chore in the home, so the new Viva® Vantage Paper Towels with their ability to stretch and be used over and over again have been a life and money saver.

Free 5 Minute Chores Printable

So, how do I keep the house clean without spending all day doing it? I have made a list of common chores that take 5 minutes or less to do, that I can assign to the boys. They each have a chore or two to do from the list each day, but I also hand out extra chores when the boys are misbehaving or when they try to tell me they are bored. Want to see how quick cleaning can be? Feel free to print out this 5 minute chores list and hang it on the fridge at home.

If you’ve had it with flimsy paper towels that break and crumble in your hands? Break up with your current brand and learn more about difference Viva® Vantage Paper Towels can make!


  1. They're the strongest paper towels on the market. I'm sure of it! I need to take an hour and work on your 5-minute chore list!

  2. I love that list of 5 minute chores!! I am printing that and placing it on the fridge for HIMself!!!! Love Viva PTs. -from MDF

  3. We use paper towels for almost everything around here. I love Viva paper towels not just because they are sturdy, but soft as well.

  4. I need to try that. Wow, I'm so glad that the paper towels don't rip so you have to get "puppy presents" on your hands!

  5. I love your list! I'm guessing you do need to use the best paper towels with so many animals and boys in the house!

  6. That's a great list! I know that most children don't like doing chores (I didn't either as a kid), but my son actually loves doing them.

    • The boys are funny. Some, like mowing the lawn they will actually fight over. Others, like cleaning the bathroom, I have to fight to get them to do.

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