Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Simple Things

Sometimes, it's the simple things, like a well-run home that make all the difference for a family.
Mind you, I am not the shining example of this trait, but I do still strive to keep the days running smoothly and effectively.


When the kids were younger, the schedule was much different...naps, lunch, playtime...I look back and it was all I could do to keep my head above water!
When my hubby came home, sometimes there was chaos. Kids crying and jumping everywhere, babies neeeding a diaper change, me ...looking like a wreck.
But if I stuck to a plan for housework, a loose schedule for the kids, shopping, etc. my days were much more peaceful, my energy level stayed up. When Darren walked through the door, he felt relaxed and able to rest a little after a long day.

That loose schedule, always open for a change in plans, became sort of a staple in helping me feel peaceful.
I know everyone is different, but for me having a house that is picked up really keeps me from feeling like I am overwhelmed with life.
I started a cleaning schedule after reading books by Emile Barnes.
And you know what?
After 10 years, I am still stuck on Emilie's idea of tackling one cleaning project in the house a day.

This might be overkill to some of you....but here is my week.
I usually stick to it, unless life is incredibly busy.
Then I skip the task and just get back in board the following week.

Monday: Dust and wash all windows. Sometimes even outside.
Tuesday: Dlean bathrooms and wipe down/organize drawers.
Wednesday: Vacuum house, look up and vacuum any cobwebs on ceiling.
Thursday: Clean car
Friday-Sunday: Free days
 Everyday we mop, sweep, tidy the kitchen, pick up/wipe down the bathrooms, make beds, pick up rooms, sweep the porches, file, throw out unwanted papers, and do 4....yes 4 loads of laundry. 
I have help.
Don't worry!
Does it happen ALL the time? 
Nope.
But we do try.
{Lily during her riding lesson with my sweet niece}.

I try and have a menu plan for the whole week and only shop once.
I have this planner and love it. Over the weekend, I write in all upcoming dates and include a menu plan.
It makes my whole day go smoother if I have dinner planned/ started early.

And...instead of "spring cleaning" I clean 1 room top to bottom per month.
Usually, that includes touching up paint, washing walls/ceilings, cleaning light fixtures, and cleaning closets.
It's a wonderful way to keep life from getting overwhelming at certain seasons.

These simple things really have made my life more organized, peaceful, and less chaotic.
Our lives are busy, full of work, yet being a little organized has helped me clear out time for fun and play.

{Just for fun....me in my irrigating attire!}

The simple act of being loosley organized is what makes my husband feel more rested and comfortable when he gets home.
It's amazing to me that even now...being able to try and provide a smooth, functioning home is important to my husband and kids. 
I thought as they got older, it would take less time, but it still takes a large portion of the day to keep things running in the right direction.

Every day is not perfect, and it doesn't have to be!
 Life happens.
Over the years, I have found that getting anxious about it only worsens my attitude, which then affects the whole demeanor of the household.
I just get back on track the next day.
No biggie.

And the way to a man's heart....or a teen's heart....or a kid's heart?
It's true.
A plate of chocolate chip cookies makes the world a better place.
Darren loves it when I have something he can eat right when he walks in the door.
So today, I am making these.


Because life is good... and simple things like a well-functioning home make life more content :)

~Julia

5 comments:

Carol B. said...

Love it! and those cookies!! Pretty please post your recipe (or did you include the link, and I didn't see it?)

Hugs from the West Side.

Kristina Swain said...

This is so good, Running a house is tough,thank you for the tips!!
Love your outfit;)
Blessings
Kristina

Amanda said...

Oh mercy.

As if the farm stand post wasn't enough for this week, you go and post a lovely post such as this!

Loved every bit of it. From the tips on organization, the nice planner link, loving on your husband and children to...the fun picture of you in your irrigation attire!

A contented life indeed;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Julia, which is your favorite Emilie Barnes book? Thanks Marissa

Julia said...

HI Marissa!

I love these books by Emilie, and they really helped me early on in my journey as a mother!

Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home
http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Secrets-Beautiful-Home-Creating/dp/0736909699/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

More Hours in My Day
http://www.amazon.com/More-Hours-My-Day-Organize/dp/0736922539/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Home Warming
http://www.amazon.com/Home-Warming-Secrets-Making-Welcoming/dp/0736908633/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Heart of Lovliness
http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Loveliness-Celebrating-Being-Woman/dp/0736903127/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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