Read (ok, am already doing that but must give myself accomplishable goals...probably not the best attitude to have only 3 items into list)
Give up soda
Not wear shoes in the house
Write thank you notes
Finish the plethora of projects half done and/or started in my head
De-clutter the house room by room
Start scrapbook project: 53 Saturdays
Plan out each day with some sort of strategy
Pray / Bible study daily
Not be a victim to technology
Keep up with this list every Sunday in format of Bridget Jone's Dairy in an effort to:
1) Entertain myself (always paramount in any activity)
2) Keep myself on track with my word of the year: PLAN (not to be confused with the word of last year that I seemed to have forgotten mid February which was plan. Capital letter PLAN is as different from lower case plan as ER was from e.r.....although George CLooney was in both.)
3) To live a simpler life chock full of time freed up by:
spending less time wondering where things are and what we will eat
to not be continually surprised when meal time arrives that people are looking at me as if I should have seen this moment coming all day
to be less stressed
What I will do with that extra, stress freed up time: nap or learn Italian.
Beware. I am done with clothes that bunch, scratch and shimmie into places they have no business being in the first place. So all of you t-shirts that bite under the arms: Outta here. Things that are hand wash AND have to be ironed : See ya. Too thick sweaters that feel like they are attacking me when I am driving the car: hasta la vista.
Now, some of you have been around for a while. Like since I stopped growing around 6th grade. We've had some good times. But seriously, loyalty aside, I have no business wearing some of you anymore. (Maybe except for the suede vest...because you never know when you'll be invited to a rodeo last minute.)
So while you all are still in good shape - someone else might be able to benefit from having you. If things aren't comfortable and easy between us, off you go. Thanks for the support. Literally.
#1 Each person has their own laundry basket for clean clothes in the laundry room.
I got this idea from another home school mom.
I do a load or two a day and just toss the clean clothes into each person's basket.
My kids now get dressed IN the laundry room most mornings.
Nice because their dirty clothes go right into 1 of the 2 baskets at the bottom (darks and lights)
and they get dressed from the newly clean stuff.
On Thursdays, everyone folds and puts away their own laundry.
We built some shelves for the baskets because we had this little cut out place that seemed just right for it. However, we used this idea back when I just had a row of laundry baskets on the floor.
#2. Using containers for little stuff in my cabinets.
Top shelf - glass container for candles.
Second shelf - Container Store plastic, woven baskets to house small appliances like the coffee grinder. And the mini food chopper. And the electric turkey slicing knife thing....that I think has only ever been used for slicing craft items.
Third shelf - Ceramic, woven bread bowl (a wedding gift) keeps all of our measuring cups. The Star Trek mug keeps all the measuring spoons.
Fourth shelf - Cook books. Arranged not by use or topic...but how pretty the spine looks.
#3 In the afternoon, I flip on the TV and clean during the commercials.
I get pretty wiped out doing school with the kids and house work. So in the afternoon, when my energy is lulling...I flip on an episode of Iron chef or 9 by Design or Star Trek and speed clean during the commercials. This works great for me on the loading the dishwasher and general tidying up.
This just happens to have been one of the winning tips in Real Simple magazine this month. I am so ahead of things. I have been using commercial breaks for ages. I think it comes form back when I tried to do my homework during them.
Ahhh. I just need a few more containters and it will be perfect. There are still a few items not in there. Like the giant tub of Play-Doh items that goes on the floor. Isn't it pretty? It makes me happy to just go and look at it. The pantry had a few moths living in it - so unlike the critters at Stacey Kingman's home who all get Biblical names and love - we killed...I mean "took care" of the moths that were there. They like cardboard...a lot. So no more card board in the pantry. All containers from nirvana...I mean, The Container Store. The moths also seemed to like rice and ziplock bags and nuts. But just by putting all 6 boxes of my Jiffy Cornbread mix into these containters - it feels a little more "home made" when I serve it up to the fam. After all, it is not from a box. It is from a lovely container in my pantry and was baked. See how containers can change you life? I am just the kind of person that needs to open a closet, cabinet etc and see order. You would think I'm a very neat person. Not so. I am messy. Really - place a paper on the counter and I suddenly have 20 things on top of it. Visual is how I like to refer to it. So I am neat behind closed doors and drawers in my home and messy in the general living are. I'm a puzzel all right. Actually - I need to know that there is a PLACE for things to go. A home to return them to. And that home should be rightly labeled. Did I mention all the containers have to match? Yeah, that will be part 2...the toy closet. Speaking of things being visually all over the floor..... k ps. So I am cleaning out the Pantry this week. SO, I felt the urge to clean out every area of my house all at once. It was a need. All at once. John David, I am sure, has a swollen lip from biting it. I went through some of the toys and pulled out stuff to give away. Max has played with the give away toys for over an hour BY HIMSELF (huge). Here he is, diaper clad, dumping the toys out of their containers all over the floor. Maybe he is gonna be visual too.