As I mentioned in a previous post – our house is clean enough to be safe and dirty enough to be lived in. I like this philosophy. I have two little boys and the idea of having a sterile and completely organized home seems completely impossible. I’m not by nature a huge lover of housework, but I don’t mind an afternoon or two of cleaning and organizing when the rooms start having “round corners” from all the stuff I’ve wedged in them to clear a path through the middle of the space.
So I’m starting to prep….and by prep I mean I’m cleaning because over the next month or so our house will be inundated with visitors. In the upcoming weeks (months?) we’ll be playing host to a soon to be 21 year old, my in-laws, and a 10 year old. Not to mention that somewhere in the mix of all that we’ll host a 2 year old birthday party and a number of friends/family visits during a wedding (which happen to be occurring the same weekend). Oh yeah – factor in there a road trip to Wisconsin and my husband heading to Austria for 10 days. It’s gonna get busy really quickly!
Successes for the week then? Well, I’ve….
…organized the coat closet in the front entry way. Nothing exciting, but it’s done. Coats that don’t fit (or won’t fit by the next appropriate season) have been donated or stored. The items that were piling up on the floor have been purged and organized. We might actually be able to put some additional items in the closet now that it’s cleaned out.
…trimmed the hedges. We have several shrubs that require periodic trimming throughout the warm months. This is one of my few ‘official’ outdoor chores (Matt does most the lawn care, garage cleaning, planting, etc). This task fell to me a few months after we moved to this house when Matt inadvertently trimmed the extension cord that was powering the electric hedge trimmer. (It should probably be noted that as of typing this I’ve got 5 more hedges/bushes to punch out…but that’s down from 13 and I promise to have them done before this posts on Thursday morning)
…after a small pity party (and some tears) on Tuesday following a phone call informing me that John’s speech therapy was being denied by the insurance company, I’ve started the appeals process. By started I mean I’m gathering the appropriate paperwork before I can officially start the appeals process. I am mommy…hear me ROAR!
…enjoyed a family dinner out with Matt’s national sales manager. Yes, I said enjoyed! The boys were well-behaved, the food was good and plentiful, and the conversation actually flowed easily. Since I much prefer speaking to large groups (I’ve never really enjoyed or excelled at 1-1 small talk) this experience certainly qualifies as a success. And the sales manager commented on how beautiful and well-behaved our boys were! (Proud mommy moment!)
…spent a lot more time playing with the boys despite my desire to clean the house from top to bottom. Nathan is loving to do art projects right now and John’s imagination is taking off, so it’s been a lot of fun around here recently. I’m trying to remember to embrace those moments. We’ll get the house cleaned before company arrives….but these little daily moments will disappear long before the first person knocks on our door.
“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow…for babies grow up…I’ve learned to our sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs… dust go to sleep I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.” – Author unknown
…been diligently cleaning out our fridge. Sounds silly, right? But we’re not a huge leftovers family. So we tend to pack up the leftovers after a meal then leave them in the fridge until I can no longer remember when we originally consumed the item and I throw it away. This is not budget friendly! Instead, I’ve been trying to repurpose items into other meals and working hard at eating those leftovers out of the fridge.
…utilizing our produce co-op again. Yay! I love our produce co-op, but often we don’t consume all the produce before it goes bad. Again, a waste of money. I hate that. Since the fridge has been relatively cleaned out recently I’ve had room for all the produce. Added bonus is that with the extra space in the fridge I can see all the produce and we’re consuming it in a more timely manner. You just can beat the taste of fresh fruits and veggies compared to canned and/or frozen.
Well, I’m feeling like a pretty big success this week! Lots done, lots still to do… Bring it on!
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