Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 121  linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


I  don't have a post for today so I am just going to go ahead and get the linky party up.   I hope you all had a great week!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Ways To Sabotage Your Cleaning & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 118  linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Image courtesy of Mister GC at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Are you bored with your cleaning routine?  Do you want to spice it up a bit and make it harder?

Are you wishing you could spend MORE time cleaning and less time relaxing?  

Well, I can make that happen. Follow these 10 guidelines and soon fun and family will be a thing of the past:

1.  Don't clean up spills right away, let them harden.  Don't soak or rinse dishes or load the dishwasher after dinner either.  Just let the food harden so that you can spend an hour cleaning up the kitchen instead of several minutes.  Better yet, wait until morning when you are more rested.  Can you think of a better start to your morning than trying to remove dried on mashed potatoes from a pan?

2.  Run all over the house instead of staying in one place to clean.  That way you will get distracted and more likely to forget about cleaning and will soon find yourself relaxing and reading a magazine or watching t.v.  Wooohoo!

3.  Don't carry your cleaning "tools" with you.  If you need something, just go and get it, one at a time.  Don't plan ahead.  Once you've used it, put it back right away, even if you're going to need it again in ten minutes.  Running from room to room and up and down stairs all the time is great exercise so who cares how much time you're wasting?

4.  Get angry and resentful.  Feel sorry for yourself.  Make yourself a martyr and think mean thoughts about your family.  After all, feeling angry and miserable is great motivation and will give you extra energy to clean, once you get over the desire to sit down and cry into a carton of ice cream.

5.  Don't take any rest breaks.  Just power through no matter what.  Do not stop and rest for even five minutes, less much fifteen or more.  Just keep on working like you're a robot until you drop with exhaustion.

6.  Don't stick with anything.  Spend a few moments cleaning the kitchen sink, then go and start cleaning out your closet for a few minutes.  Then go and start cleaning out your pantry, then go out and begin to mop the kitchen floor.

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7.  Don't allow anyone to help you, they'll probably mess it up anyway.  Just insist on doing it all yourself and doing it YOUR way.  After all, your way is always the right way, right?  Your family will probably be thrilled that you are picking up after them all the time, and the benefit will be a happy family!

Too bad you're too busy to spend any time with them.

8.  Don't follow through on anything. Start but don't finish.  Load the dishwasher but don't start it.  Wash the laundry but don't fold it.  Mop the floors but don't put away the bucket or mop......you get the picture.  Just leave everything out because you're probably going to use it again in another week or so.

9.  Don't plan anything or clean logically, just clean whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it.  So what if you're having a big party?  Just reorganize the medicine cabinet, who cares if your floors are crunchy and the rest of the house is a mess?  At least the medicine cabinet will look good if anyone opens it.

10.  Don't ever put anything away when you're done with it, that's just overkill.  Just leave things out and let them pile up.  You can spend a couple of hours on the weekend picking up!

After all, you've got nothing better to do, right?  Do these 10 steps and you'll sabotage that cleaning in no time.  You will also have the added benefit of making yourself miserable and if you do it right, you will make everyone else miserable too!  :)

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Living Proverbs 31

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conversations With My Family #1 (Does My Shirt Smell Like Urine?)




Me: (to my hubby) "Does my shirt smell like urine?

(I lift the middle of the shirt that I'm wearing so he can sniff).

Hubby: (sniffs my shirt)   "No."

(hubby walks away)

Me: (calling after him)  "Frankly, I'm kind of concerned that you're not even curious as to why I think my shirt might smell like urine.........!!!!!"

Story of my life.  And just so you know, it wasn't MY urine.



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Fake A Move" & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 96  linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today we helped our oldest son and daughter-in-law move into a larger place.  As I walked through their home I began to be excited for them.

There is just something wonderful about moving into a new place.  To me, anyway.  It is full of so much promise and potential.

All those closets and cupboards and drawers just waiting.....no........BEGGING to be filled with all your stuff.

It's a fresh start and it makes up for all the stress and headache of packing, moving and unpacking.

I just love how CLEAN everything is, in the beginning.  You unpack your boxes and organize those cupboards and closets and drawers and it just seems like they will stay that way forever.

Sigh.

I don't know about you guys but I think that decluttering right before a move is a GREAT idea.  But what if you haven't moved in years and have no plans for moving?  What then?

Well, then you FAKE a move.

This is not to be confused with bustin' a move.  Just sayin'.

You begin by asking yourself:  


  • Do you want to take this item with you into your new home?
  • Will you have room for it?
  • Will it work with the beautiful home that you have envisioned?
  • Will it lift you up or drag you down?
  • Does it bring a smile to your face or a frown?
  • Is it worth the effort of packing?
  • Is it worth the COST of moving?
  • Are you secretly praying it gets broken in the move?
  • Does it make sense to keep it?


Make that item earn its way into your fake new home.

You and I don't have to wait to move for a fresh new start.  We can make OUR OWN fresh new start.

Starting today.

Start looking through your closets, cupboards and drawers.  Pretend you are moving.  Use that "fake" move to look at those things with a new perspective.  Make them earn a place in your current home by deciding whether or not they deserve to be there.

If you don't value it, why are you keeping it?  If it's not worth moving, it's not worth keeping.

Fake A Move and make your home sing today!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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I am linking up to these linky parties:

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Living Proverbs 31

marriage mondaysWhat Joy Is MineTeaching What Is Good Messy MarriageFamily Home and LifeWise-Woman-Builds 125 Titus 2 Tuesday Button Photobucket

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 99  linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

I have been decluttering and reorganizing some of my closets this week.  I usually try to go through my cupboards and closets twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

But we went to Disneyland this last spring and then I got sick when we got back and was pretty sick for a few months, so I sort of missed that whole "spring cleaning" thing.

I am a "tosser" by nature.  I have been that way since I was a kid.  I don't think I have ANYTHING from my childhood.   No dried up flowers from a date, no corsages from Prom, no love letters or notes from old boyfriends.  Nothing.   (However, I do have all the love letters and cards that my hubby has ever sent me!)  ;)

I got rid of all my dolls and toys and scrapbooks, papers and everything else as I outgrew them along the way.  And honestly, I don't regret it.

I do have friends that have dolls and toys from their childhood and I think that's awesome. But I don't miss not having any of mine.  I guess I really don't form attachments to things, not a lot anyway.

My mom used to complain that I wasn't sentimental because I would just toss things, or encourage HER to toss things!  I would tell her that I was sentimental about people, not things.

I do have one lion puppet from my teenage years, I named him Ollie.  I also have some poems I wrote throughout my teens and early 20's.  Oh the drama!  ;)

Even though I got rid of all of MY toys and stuff, I did save a few toys and books that were representative of my own children's childhood.


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I have to admit, it was a little harder to part with some of their things.  But I parted with most of their toys many years ago, awhile after THEY outgrew them. 


The funny thing is, kids outgrow their toys long before WE are willing to let them go.

It's the memories attached.  That's why it's so hard for some people to let go of things, I think.  They feel like they're letting go of the memory if they let go of the item.  I have wonderful memories of my children's childhood, and because of that, I made sure to keep a few toys, books and a few of their baby clothes, but I let the rest go and bless someone else.

But just so you know, I do have SOME things that I hang onto, and onto, and onto........

The problem clutter that I have is my decor accessories.  I love changing the "look" of my house from a fall/winter look to a spring/summer look.

So I have three boxes that are filled with home decor items so that I can change things up a bit throughout the year.  Then I have two smaller boxes filled with pumpkins, roosters, baskets,and other items to warm things up a bit in the fall.  Then, of course, there are my Christmas boxes.

I have room for all of these boxes but it still drives me crazy that I have so many.  I keep going through them every year, trying to scale things down.  Then, of course, it seems like I buy at least ONE new item per season and wind up replacing/updating what I just tossed, lol!

So this is where I am at this week, sorting through closets and boxes and moving things around and trying to declutter.  What are YOU doing this week?

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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