Thursday, June 23, 2011


Summer is upon us and life is crazy.  You are running from swim lessons to baseball practice.  You are squeezing in family reunions and camp-outs.  How do we fit it all into our lives, while maintaining a semi normal schedule?  You have to simplify!  This is a small concept, and yet very effective.  Something I'm still learning to do.

Here are some simple tips to destress and simplify your summer.  After all, summer time should be fun time!  So take a load off and read on:

1.  Take some time to sit down and decide what are the most important ways to spend your time this summer.  Make a list.  Then perge the things that can wait until fall from your summer schedule.

2.  Cleaning can be difficult to keep up with.  Pick a project, the dirtiest most needy place in your house.  Do one project a day.  Or set your timer for 30 to 60 minutes and just clean away.  When the timer goes off, it's time to grab the kids and the floaties and head for the beach!  Don't look back; enjoy your day, because you've accomplished something.

3.  If you tend to stress out about unfinished business, this one is for you!  Take 3 minutes and sit down in a quiet spot.  Close your eyes and breathe slowly through your nose, filling your abdomen with air (not your chest).  As you breathe out, focus on relaxing your muscles and clearing your mind.  When the timer goes off, you are free to get up and go.  I promise if you do this 3 times a day you will stay energized longer and feel more relaxed.  

Summer doesn't have to be completely insane, just somewhat.  :0)  Remember, picking a small project to accomplish everyday will make you feel like you are still moving forward and still allow you the family time that you desire.

Organization isn't meant to take over your life, it's meant to simplify it. 

Now go get organized!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I know that it has been far to long since I've blogged.  I've put my personal things on the back burner for awhile.  I've had a foster child come and go, and we recently had a new baby girl adopted into our family.  She is now 3 months old!  But now it's time to get back into the game.

The newest adventure that I have begun to tackle is my house.  Let me back up a bit.  My husband, being the awesome man that he is, was working on a project outside.  He was sanding some window sills and prepping to install them in our basement.  Unfortunately the basement door was left open, probably by our kids, who were playing outside.  As a result a large dust cloud entered our home and left a thick blanket of dust all over our house.  

When I saw the mess, I almost cried.  There was no way I have the time to do a massive clean up job in my house.  Between work, raising my family, and maintaining the cleaning basics, I don't have a lot of spare time as it is.  I turned to Dustin, and he automatically said that he would help me clean.  I was so relieved!

The next step was to actually tackle the new project I had been handed.  But where to start on such a big job?  I started with the bedrooms at the back of the house.  I know I can't do this all at once, and I had to tell myself that my house was going to be messy for a few weeks...AND IT'S OK!  If you know me, you know that was a hard thing to convince myself.  

Dustin and I have spent a couple of hours every Saturday cleaning together.  During the week I have spent one to two hours a day cleaning something.  Slowly we are getting it under control. 

The up side is, that now all of the deep cleaning that I've been meaning to do, is actually getting done.  I couldn't just dust like normal, I had to wash off all of the nicknacks.  Take plants outside and wash them down with the hose.  Clean curtains, and wipe baseboards and doors.  Well, if I'm going to go this far, I might as well take it all of the way and clean out cupboards and drawers while I'm at it.  

Little by little, day by day, I make progress.  And progress is beautiful!