We went camping last weekend!! Yes, it rained and possibly snowed just a bit. It was cold and wet, but we went camping!! I am just a little excited that the camping season is upon us. At least for us crazy diehards, it is. We did go to our State Park where we had electric hookups. We didn’t go all survivor style or anything. We just needed to get away for a couple of nights and have some nature therapy.
I love the fresh air, the dirt, the grass, the trees and walks in the rain and roasting marshmallows. Most of all I love the memories we are making. Memories are what holds families together. Memories will be what’s left when we are gone.
I want to give my family a clean, organized home that is a comforting safe place to be and leave them memories that will live on long after I am gone. I know that sounds like having your cake and eating it too! How do you have time to make memories if you are keeping a clean and organized home?
I know for me, personally, I had a tough time trying to balance cleaning and laundry and cooking with spending time with my kids. I loved reading to them and baking with them and working on schoolwork together, but it was hard to do when I had so much that had to be done! I knew that there had to be a better way.
I have spent years developing that “way”! Thinking it out and perfecting my system. I wish I could have had my ducks in a row when my kids were really young. I hope they knew I was trying! It is my goal and passion to pass what I have learned on to you!
Breaking down household chores into little bits and doing those little bits each day, establishing habits that are seemingly effortless, and eliminating excess, creates what is the “Self Cleaning House”.
Eliminating things that create clutter helps to cut down your workload and keeps your house tidy. More is NOT better. Less is best! For example, I HATE dusting! The best way I avoid doing this job is simple. I just don’t have things that need to be dusted. I am a minimalist when it comes to knickknacks and decorations. Having very few “things” makes a room look more open, less cluttered and just simply beautiful. It makes it easier to tidy up and much easier to do the dreaded dusting. Less “stuff”, even if its pretty “stuff” gives the illusion of a much more tidy home.
We get used to seeing our stuff. It becomes like furniture. It’s just there. Even if we don’t like it, it just sits there and pretty soon we don’t see it anymore! Do yourself a huge favor this week and take a close look around. Walk into your home and pretend you are a guest. Look at everything with fresh eyes. What do you see? What do you like? What don’t you like? What looks out-of-place or outdated or just blah…? Then gather all those things up and take them immediately to your local St. Vincent’s or another thrift store you choose to support. Don’t stick them in the garage or closet just creating more junk to clean around. Be rid of the stuff!! Just say NO to stuff!
Dusting a flat surface takes very little time. I still don’t enjoy it but at least it doesn’t take long. Less time doing housework equals more time with your family and more memory making! Get rid of some stuff and go do something you love!