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Home & Oganization 2017-01-22T17:04:35+00:00

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A Happy Home

A place of peace for the family, and not too much insanity for mom!

Naturally speaking, I tend to be a bit of a messy girl.  Not that I love mess, just that I’m not easily bothered.  But having a clean home means less stress.  Lost keys are easier to find, bad smells easily located and dealt with, and no one whining about not being able to find a spoon to eat their cereal with.  This is where I share my processes, things I’m learning, and organization tips… caz if they can work for me, a messy girl, I’m guessing they could work for just about anybody.  Enjoy!

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Cleaning tips from a Messy Girl ~round one~

Last week I talked about Addi's new school schedule, and promised that I would be coming back with "Cleaning tips from a Messy Girl." Here is my story:  I like things clean.  I like the feeling of walking into a room when you are NOT immediately overwhelmed by the sensation that the room needs a lot of work.  I like knowing where things can be found. But none of this comes naturally to me.One of the things that makes it hard to keep things clean is that evolutionary theories don't work well in real life.  Order never comes from Chaos, but rather, CHAOS is constantly taking over places that have been set in order.   So you could do the dishes 10 times a day, but they don't stay clean.  You can vacuum the whole house twice a day, but things will still be on the carpet when you turn around to check.  It is rather frustrating. The constant battle with chaos, the constant "revenge of the dirtiness," this is the reason that people get into the dirty-all-the-time cycle.  They just give up on anything ever being clean.  But, don't do it.  Don't give up.  Here's my messy girl tricks!Thoughts to ponder:  Where would your rather drink your morning coffee? Which place would make you feel more sane, patient toward your kids, happy about life?  Where would you be better able to focus on reading your Bible, writing a freelance article or making a grocery list?  Picture from www.marriott.comPicture from mooving2minimalism.wordpress.comModivation:  To have a clean house, you need a reason.  Here are my reasons.1) I want to enjoy the place I live, instead of constantly feeling like a slave to it2) I hate getting sick, and want to keep germs away3) I want my husband to be sane.  A clean house is one of the main factors in his sanity.4) I hate stepping on toys.  They hurt.  Real bad.5)  I hate losing my keys, cell phone, binkis, bobbie pins, etc.6) I don't want to have to spend a whole day cleaning, just to have people over for dinner.7) I want to teach my children good habits, not good "how to avoid responsibility" lessons.So fellow Messy Girl,  how would YOUR household benefit from things being a bit more clean?You have to start somewhere:  if you are in a cycle of dirty, here is where I would start. Where I DID start.  I mean, ya gotta start SOMEWHERE!1) Make some "no fly zones." These are the areas in your house that you don't allow ANYTHING to be out of place in.  If you have a super dirty house, to keep from being overwhelmed, start with just a few NFZs.  The purpose of the NFZ is to create a few places of non-chaos, and get you used to the idea of how EASY it is too keep things clean.  Every single time something is out of place in a NFZ you pick it up and put it away.  No excuses.  Because you don't let anything be

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Becoming Mom~ Fear

A lot about parenting has to do with choices.  Many of these choices can be made due to fear...  Fear of problems if you do vaccinate.  Fear of

~School~

Well, its unofficially official.We have started school.   School is what it is, with an 18 month old and a 3 year old.  First let me tell you

“An imaginary house may be big and clean and beautiful. My house in real life is smaller and gets dirty real quick.  But I love it more because its full of children.” (ME)

They say, “The laundry will wait. Be with the children.” I say, “What! My kids have to have wear something!”

-Mary Elizabeth

“The house itself is not the point. No. The point is that you are making a place called home.  A place of peace, where people feel at home, can find their keys, and don’t trip over too many legos.”

“If you make a mess, clean it. If you spill something, wipe it up. Yes, of course I’m talking to you. Who did you think I was talking to? “
Every Mother Ever
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
Proverbs 24:3-4