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Keeping our home tidy with 4 kids

July 6, 2017

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that we had 4 kids in 5 years. To say that our home was hard to manage on 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep in an understatement. Then, add homeschooling on top of that and I have felt as though I am drowning in a sea of clutter, fingerprints, and STUFF EVERYWHERE!! This was made even more challenging as our home is around 1000 sq.ft.

When the kids were little I tried EVERYTHING, and with consistency (most of the time 🙂 ) We had little chore charts with pictures on them that they had to cross off, dresser drawers with pictures of clothes so they knew where everything went. Our house was still a mess – all of the time. ALL. OF. THE . TIME. I felt as though all of the training we were doing was for nothing. I feel as though we are beginning to see the fruit of those hard training times.

Fast forward to now – the kids are older (11, 10, 8, 6) we have cranked the responsibilities of each child up a notch.  Now, each child has an area of the house that they are totally responsible for every day for a week. Our home has been broken into 4 “Zones”.

  1. Kitchen – Wash dishes, clear off and wipe down all counter tops, wipe kitchen table and stove. Use a cloth to wipe fingerprints off of fridge.
  2. Bathroom – Clean toilet (Bottom, under, behind), wipe down/clear clutter off of countertop, clean mirror, wipe door handles. Then go and help someone else.
  3. Vacuuming/Other – Vacuum both sets of stairs and landing. Vacuum all main rooms. Sweep Kitchen floor, Straighten shoe rack.
  4. Basement – Pick up everything off of the floor, put all pillows back on the couch, pick up any trash, vacuum.

Our youngest, who is 6 is able to do every job except for the dishes. So, every week we rotate these jobs for the kids to do. The benefit of breaking the house up this way, for a week at a time, is that the kids have all realized how much work it takes to keep the house clean. They understand, now, how frustrating it is to spend time cleaning an area only to have people come through and leave something laying out. It has also freed my time to do other things in our home that I have been unable to get to over the years (baseboards, cleaning out closets, and attic storage spaces, writing this blog post, running my shop)

The benefits for our family have been great. The kids are learning to be hard working individuals, to care for the things that God has intrusted to us and to be active members in the caring of our home. I still have to go around the house and straighten things and make them “mom clean” but I am praying that these harder days of training will reap our kids the benefits of being reliable human being as adults! 🙂 *here’s hoping!

What do you all do in your homes? I’d love to learn from you and see if there are methods that you are implementing that I could add to our routine! What works for you? What hasn’t worked for you? Are you on the otherside of training and have seen the benefits of it all? Help us moms have strength to get through these years.

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Delayed Perfection

June 5, 2017

So, I have been thinking a lot about this quote lately: “continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection“. As I thought about that and how it might relate to my life, I was struck with the realization that so many things that I have wanted to do have been delayed because I thought I needed to have every part and piece perfectly in place. There are so many times that I stall in until I know it is perfect.  I was encouraged by my Mastermind group over at Inspire Business Community to stop waiting for things to be perfect before I start and just be willing to make mistakes. I have always felt like mistakes are a waste of my time. Instead, I am learning that they are a part of the process. Have you ever had a dream that you didn’t know existed until you started doing it? That’s what this blog has been for me. I have wanted to write for such a long time. I actually had a blog – way back before blogs were a thing and you weren’t afraid of the things that you put on the internet going viral – or people leaving you nasty messages about what they disagreed with you about. It was mostly a journal for friends and family to keep up with us as we began our family. But, keeping up with a blog when you are adding a baby to your family every 15 months wasn’t possible for me! What if the grammar police came after me for my misuse of punctuation or lack of verb agreement? I am sure I have annoyed these sweet people even in my few short posts thus far. 🙂 My kids are now older, and although life is busy it seemed like a good time to try again. It has been much easier for me to hide behind my work – to reduce my thoughts to one line Facebook posts or captions. I am looking forward to getting to know you better, and for you to know me in a different way than just someone who loves to create things.

I have been challenged to just start. That I don’t need to wait for perfection to start something. As long as I am continuously working on improving whatever it is that I have started, that is the far better than never having started at all.

Don’t wait until the “stars align”, the “time is right”, or “Monday” to start. Can you relate? Tell me in the comments what you’s be doing if fear or the unknown weren’t holding you back. Weight Loss? College Class? Your own business? I’d love to know and cheer you on your journey!

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Dear Tired Momma

June 1, 2017

Dear tired Momma with little ones,

I see you.

I see you out there trying so hard to do the right things for your kids and feeling like you are getting little return on investment. I see you struggling to figure out how to manage all of the hats you have to wear.  I have been in the same bathroom – hiding from the same little fingers that are poking in from under the door wanting the last piece of me that I don’t know if I have the strength to give them – wanting only to finish the cup of coffee that I’ve reheated 4 times and it’s only 9am.

I see you,

  • Panicked Momma. Locked out of your car, in a snowstorm, with your kids buckled inside, and cell phone on the front seat.
  • Frustrated Momma. Unsure of whether or not to ditch your shopping cart in the middle of the store with your screaming child (or children if you’re lucky) or check out with all of the groceries you struggled to fill as you chased them around the aisles.
  • Worried Momma. Your sweet little one so sick and feeling helpless as you wait out the night.
  • Exhausted Momma. You’ve given of yourself all day long.
  • Hard Working Momma. Keeping your house clean is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. It seems impossible.

I get it girl. I have been where you are.

You:

  • are tired
  • are covered in snot
  • have been pooped on
  • have been peed on
  • are late again
  • haven’t slept in weeks
  • haven’t slept in years
  • burned dinner
  • have a filthy house
  • have filthy kids
  • have a filthy car
  • had to get a van
  • have cheerios in every crevice of your life
  • you don’t remember what hot coffee tastes like
  • didn’t know your body could shift like that
  • you only listen to music with kids singing anymore

Your:

  • baby won’t nap
  • toddler threw a fit
  • jeans don’t fit
  • kids are sick
  • husband wants IT again – in the same week.

You’re:

  • forgetting what it feels like to be you
  • wondering why parenting isn’t as glamorous as you thought
  • wishing it looked differently than it does
  • so, so very tired.

But – you are also so very:

  • strong
  • skilled
  • brave
  • hardworking
  • helpful
  • giving
  • loving
  • patient
  • kind
  • generous
  • caring
  • funny
  • beautiful
  • smart
  • loyal
  • sexy
  • needed
  • chosen
  • holy
  • dearly loved
  • compassionate
  • humble
  • gentle

I have only this to say. You are doing a great job. It may not feel or look like it to you, but you are. When your heart is overwhelmed – call to Jesus.  He will swiftly rescue you, keep your head above water, and keep you from drowning. In Colossians 3,  He calls you His child. He says that you are chosen, handpicked by Him! He says you are holy – made in His image! The Creator of the entire world, dearly loves you and chose you to be the mother to your sweet kids. Keep your eyes ahead and focused on Him. Don’t look from side to side at what the other moms have or what they are doing. You have been given the gift of your family and He is equipping you, and strengthening you to continue to be the Mom He created you to be.

Tell me – How have you been surprised by motherhood? Share with me the most terrifying thing (funny or scary! 🙂 That you’ve experienced as a mom so far.

 

 

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I’m so glad you’re here!

March 23, 2017

Hey there!

I am so glad you stopped by. I know that there are millions of blogs that you could be visiting – so I am so grateful that you would choose to stop here for a minute. I’ll be sharing all sorts of things here- but one thing you can count on is that the motivation behind each entry is to encourage you.

Whether you come here and are encouraged to laugh from something funny you read, take a risk on a room you’ve wanted to decorate but didn’t know how, or you are encouraged by a piece that I have created for you to display in your home – I hope that this will be a bright spot on the web for you to visit (and you won’t be too put off by my lack of/ improper use of punctuation – I won’t let you down when it comes to spelling though, deal?!). 🙂

Come join me over on Instagram or chat with me on Facebook. I’d love to interact with you and hear your stories and experiences too!

 

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