I have to laugh at my girls.
When it’s time to vacuum, and I turn on the vacuum cleaner, I have one twin who shrieks in excitement and crawls around after me, watching me vacuum. Then I have another twin who bursts into tears and must be held while I’m vacuuming, trembling the entire time.
Some may say that one year old is a little soon for me to be able to notice their preferences and tendencies, but I’m not sure that’s the case. After all, the one who loves the vacuum cleaner is the one who IS like ME the most! But I feel like, eventually, I’m gonna have to talk the other one into helping out around the house.
Do YOU find it hard to get your kids motivated to help clean the house? I think the key is to have a little fun along the way!
Let’s be honest here – cleaning your home (or anything for that matter) isn’t exactly a job that fills you with excitement, so why should your kids feel any different? Most people would rather be doing a million and one other things than scrubbing and dusting surfaces, but these jobs still need to be done. So, if you sometimes struggle to get motivated to do the housework, how are you meant to entice your kids to get involved too? Make house cleaning fun and easy, of course!
Most anyone reading this knows that we recently became parents. Well, I guess we’re still considered recent, right? The girls are almost a year old – does that count us as “new” parents still? Golly, it sure does feel like it some days!
As sweet and cute and wonderful as our 11-month-old twin girls are – I mean, seriously – aren’t they the cutest?!
(Let me explain the expressions here: Bug (left) was OVER the photo shoot. She was tired of being made to jump through hoops. That’s about it. Boo (right) was hot. And a little tired. But mostly just hot. Lots of sighing coming from her. Don’t worry. This was the last picture we took before I took off their headbands and popped them into their shady stroller with bottles of water. They lived to laugh at this photo. As they laugh at all photos of themselves.)
Anyhow…slight rabbit trail…
As sweet and cute and wonderful as they are, I’m still constantly looking for answers about them. Answers about what makes them tick. Answers about what foods are best for them right now. Answers about their behavior. Answers about their milestones.
And I happen to be pretty picky as to who I take my advice from. I’m just sayin’! There are a LOT of answers out there, but are they the RIGHT answers?!
In the end, there’s one thing I already know.
If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve seen the action: you know we recently sold our home, bought another one, and moved. I have to say, I’m SO glad that’s over with!!! Soon you’ll start to see projects from the new house pop up here, but right now, I’m still touching on a few things related to the selling process!
If any of you has ever had your house on the market, you know one of the most stressful parts of the details is when you get a showing.
Now, you WANT the showings. You WANT the action! You want someone to walk through your house and look at it and comment on it and want others to see it. You want someone to LIKE your house – because you want someone to BUY it! But, when you’re in the middle of a busy day and you get a call from a realtor that says, “Can a buyer see the house in 30 minutes?” – WOAH. That is enough to throw you for a major loop!
If you’re a single person, or even a couple, this kind of thing can be worked out fairly easily. But, if you’re a couple with infant twins and a dog and a cat and childcare folks coming and going and home maintenance folks coming and going and cleaning folks coming and going (because you can no longer handle things on your own anymore), well. That kind of action complicates things quite a bit!
When our home was on the market and showing, the girls were 8 months old, I was working part-time, my hubby was working full-time, and we had childcare, home maintenance and cleaning folks all in and out all week long. So one never really knew what any given day might hold. I got everyone together and made sure we were all straight on “the showing plan”. Here’s what mine looked like:
When I get to chatting “organization” with folks, the question always comes up: “I don’t even know how to start! I mean, I’m so overwhelmed! What’s the process to start on organizing something? What’s YOUR process?!”
Well, first of all, let me say that being overwhelmed is completely normal, so don’t beat yourself up over that! And definitely don’t let it stop you from TRYING. There’s no sense in that at all.
Second, my organization process is simple:
- Final touches
These steps have worked for me on everything from a tiny bathroom drawer on up to enormous walk-in closets, and everything in between!
Allow me to elaborate:
Purging is getting rid of the things you don’t want or need. This is hard for some people, so it’s a good thing it’s first on my list of steps; then you can get it over with quickly! Normally, with purging, I pull everything OUT of the space that needs organization. Then I evaluate. Is this trash? (Broken, old, expired, etc.) Is this something I don’t use anymore? (Doesn’t fit right, have another one I like better, can’t remember the last time I even looked at this one, etc.) The trash goes…in the trash! What a novel idea! HA! And the things I don’t use anymore go into a donation box. What’s left is what I have left to work with!
Categorizing is putting alike things together. If I’m organizing a pantry, I’m putting all my flours together in a “baking” category. If I’m organizing the girls’ toys I put all their stuffed animals together in that category. If I’m organizing a laundry cabinet I put all my cleaning rags together in that category. You get the idea! Once everything is categorized, you can REALLY see what you have left to work with, and sometimes you even see more things to purge! (Bonus points if so!)
Due to the fact that our house is currently on the market, we’ve been looking at a few different houses to move into next, as you can imagine. And I’ve got to say, as I look at these houses, if there’s one thing that just drives me up the wall, it’s a small bedroom jam packed with HUGE pieces of furniture. So overwhelming. I can’t stand it!
So when blogger Christopher Austin reached out to me with a post about styling a small bedroom to make it LOOK larger, I knew a few people I wanted to share it with right off the bat! HA! But mostly, I knew it was a great post I wanted to share with all of YOU! Here’s a few fantastic ideas from Christopher!
Just because you have a small bedroom, doesn’t mean you can’t style it to look spacious, airy and welcoming. The key is to design smart. The right color blends, the best accessories, and organizing the furniture properly are fundamental aspects you need to take into consideration when decorating a small bedroom. Size doesn’t matter, good design skills do. Here are some guidelines to help you decorate your small space in style.
Settling on a smart color palette
First thing’s first. If you have a small bedroom and the goal is to make it look bigger, you should settle on some priorities. Light, pastel colors and a white ceiling are fundamental aspects to take into consideration. The white of the ceiling will add height, and the beautiful pastels on the walls will create an air of freshness and light. Baby blue, pale pink, pastel mint are shades that work best in small rooms.