It’s Okay to Let Things Go

A new year is just around the corner and it’s time to slow down and think about where we are in life and what we might need to change. My husband and I like to spend the week between Christmas and the New Year evaluating where we’ve been and where we’re going. In 2016, there are a lot of things we’ll be letting go to make room for better things! Here are some thoughts we’ve been kicking around- hope they help you, too…

Do you hang on to things? Not just possessions, but also relationships, situations, habits, memories, goals, commitments and things like that? I do. That purse that I’ve used twice since I bought it 5 years ago? Saved it. That board book that my older daughter loved and my younger daughter tried to eat, which is now torn up and has obvious teeth marks? Saved it. That […]

Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Planning

I know from experience that a rigid homemaking schedule just doesn’t work for me, but I also know that having no plan at all doesn’t work out too well, either. 😉 What I need are flexible guidelines. I need a routine that fits in with the natural flow of our day. This is the plan that I have found to work for us!

This Series: Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Prioritizing Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Planning (this post) Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Maintaining

Working with the rhythm of your day

Before having children, my days had a very different rhythm to them. It worked well, but not anymore. I needed to step back, figure out my current priorities and fit those priorities into my days as a mama of two.

Here’s what I saw when I stepped back and looked at the rhythm in my days.

Wake and […]

The 7-Minute Bathroom Cleaning

The bathrooms are the second part of my getting-the-house-back-to-normal effort, to recover from the neglect they suffered while I was busy obsessing over some fun baby projects. My kitchen is sparkling and functional again (I have some acorn squash baking in the oven to prove it!), but the bathrooms were too grimy to leave for another day.

Granted, this is not a method to deep-clean, but if you need to get your whole house cleaned up with minimal effort in minimal time, it’s perfect! I actually did this for the first time about two weeks ago, but I timed myself again, just to be sure it wasn’t a fluke. It’s true. You can get your bathroom “company ready” in under 7 minutes! Today, I did both bathrooms in 14 minutes. AND, I used only my homemade, non-toxic cleaner, so there were no nasty fumes going in this pregnant mama’s […]

How to Clean a REALLY Dirty Kitchen

I have a confession… I can get a bit obsessive when I am in the middle of a project. Last week I helped out some with a friend’s baby shower and I also made several gifts for her. It was so much fun, but my house… it kind of fell to pieces. Sadly, this is a regular occurrence when I get wrapped up in something new, but this time things really got away from me. Anemic and seven months pregnant, my energy is very limited. I knew I needed to do something different if I was going to get things under control without completely exhausting myself, so I curled up on the sofa and made a plan.

The first room to tackle was the kitchen, for obvious reasons…

Terrifying, I know. This is the room in our house where you can quickly see the “snowball” effect. One […]