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Ironic

3 Mar

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Feels great

16 May

Putting your feet up and snuggling is the best feeling after cleaning the house.

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Messes

2 Apr

Messes make me crazy…literally crazy. This is a problem because I live with 3 people of the male gender to whom messes are no problem at all. This is not a prescription for my sanity.

However, I have learned that some messes are 100% completely fine. Necessary even.

This picture doesn’t make me crazy. It makes me smile.

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Flexibility

3 Mar

I have been pushed to the outer limits of stress, to-do lists, etc. at both home and work. It’s a rainy Saturday and my plan was to catch up on housework. Put away the 3 loads of laundry that have piled up over the course of the week, place food orders, organize, clean floors, and so on.

But my husband asked me to go with him to the outdoor expo this morning. I am the opposite of an outdoor girl unless it involves sunshine and sand, but I’ve been challenging myself lately. I also know that it is something that will make him and the boys happy. So here I am in the car on my way to the expo.

Wish me luck!!!

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Some great tips and tricks!

4 Feb

I got this email in my inbox today. Some of these ideas I already knew about or have seen on blogs and Pinterest, but some are new to me. I wanted to include them in a post so I can come back and reference them.  Thank you to whomever compiled this list!  It’s fantastic!

DISCLAIMER:  These are not my ideas!  If one of these ideas originated with you or you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give proper source credit.

Ideas to Make Life Easier

Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll
be uttering those words more than once at these
ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve
everyday problems.

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture
will disguise dings and scrapes.

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or
computer screen with WD40.

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
by securing with a rubber band.

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets
inside one of their own pillowcases and there will
be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
in a bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder
gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls
against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the
floor.

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
stocking over the vacuum hose.

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
crosses into a box lid.

For those who cant stand the scrunching and
bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use
magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers
and clippers, behind a vanity door.

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can
find them in just about every hotel.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets
hold the plastic cups down to make them
tip-resistant.

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper
bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet
stuff.

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit
or ice-cream.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
sunburn relief.

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Use egg cartons to separate and store your
Christmas decorations.

I am NOT June Cleaver

30 Apr

I know it’s probably a real shocker so take a moment if you need to.  I have a slightly messy house at most times because I have two boy children and one boy husband who don’t value organization as highly as I do…and I can’t do it all.  I can bring home the bacon, but can’t fry it up in a pan.  I am ABLE to, but my work schedule would leave us eating at 7:00 and that’s just too late.

I also can’t keep the house sparkling at all times because the way I traditionally clean is to tackle it all at once for hours on end.  This presents a problem because I don’t really have hours of free time to devote to this so cleaning always becomes a source of stress and I feel like I’m trying to catch up all the time.

I was perusing through this month’s BHG and came across and article featuring Donna Smallin.  She was describing how to make cleaning a simpler process.  The idea wasn’t revolutionary – I’ve read things like that before, but for some reason the lightbulb went off this time.  Designate one chore per day.  For instance on one day do all dusting and vacuuming, the next day all mopping, etc.  Also to be sure to leave a day for miscellaneous things like cleaning toilets and dusting fan blades.

I’m going to try to do this.  Some people think I’m lucky working part time.  I agree to a certain extent in that I feel that it’s better than full time and my kids are with family at all times.  However, I feel like I can’t do either job at 100% capacity.  I don’t know if this superwoman exists that can do it all well, but if she does it’s certainly not me.  Doing my best, but implementing tricks like this is the only way to do it!

Any tips?