I’m looking forward to our meals this week, I’ve been trying to make what I eat to be more healthy. Since I’m breastfeeding, it’s so easy to just eat anything and everything I can get my hands on. So I’m trying to make more filling foods to keep me full for longer.
As a home keeper and mom of three tiny humans, I am always looking for the secret to having a clean house. I’ve figured it out and it is exactly what I was afraid it is.
The secret to keeping a clean house is the most simple and common secret to being successful at anything: doing the work. That’s it. There’s no perfect one size fits all of cleaning the house that will work if I don’t work myself.
I’ve thought that this what it takes for a long time because with any good and successful venture, the only thing that works is doing the work. Luckily, doing the work is no harder than doing anything else. But what is it about a simple and uncomplicated solution that keeps me from doing it for so long? I mean, it has taken me almost 30 years to get to this point of actively wanting to keep my house clean instead of just looking around and wishing it was clean.
I also know the answer to that question and it’s not one that I really want to admit. It’s because I want to be lazy lately. This is a hard reason to accept because nobody likes to think of themselves as lazy. I know I sure don’t.
But maybe there’s something else holding me back. Maybe the reason that all of those wildly successful pins on Pinterest that claim to have the magic solution do not work for me is that I have not found a solution that works for me to keep a clean house. Because there is no magic solution, I just have to do the work and the results will come.
I’m starting to branch out even more and get out of this spaghetti/taco/ground beef rut. I remembered that Kevin and the kids like to eat chili. And also since I’m no longer preggers, I can cook shrimp without feeling sick. Hooray for more variety!
Y’all my house is so clean! Or at least the front part of my house is. I started with my kitchen last week and then I cleaned the walls and baseboards in our living room earlier this week.
The living room is the room that I see the most lately since I’m often stuck to my chair while nursing Jacob. I’ve really noticed how dirty and dusty the baseboards are for a while now, but I just now got up the motivation to clean them. It looks so clean! I’m so very proud of how I can tell that they’re clean.
Unfortunately now I can tell where I need to touch up with paint on them. That’s probably a good thing, actually. We are talking about selling our house someday and touching up the baseboards is something that will need to be done. Painting the doors is also on my list of touch ups to do. Some of them are painted, but some haven’t been painted.
I took advantage of the kids spending the night at my parents house and cleaned the floors up front really good. I put some lavender drops in my roomba and it made it smell wonderful while it was running.
I’m not sure which room I will tackle next. Doing the cleaning room by room has been the right technique for me. To continue cleaning the rest of the rooms I will need to do some decluttering first. Which is totally fine by me, I am addicted to decluttering! It’s so nice to only have exactly what I need and not be distracted by having things I don’t need or even want.
I’ve been promising Kevin that he wouldn’t have to weedeat around my flowers that I planted in the front of the house and after three years, I finally made that promise come true! I’m not done, but I got one section finished, yay!
For the first time since we moved into our house 7 years ago I am deep cleaning the house. Or I’m attempting to do so. I started this morning with the kitchen by cleaning the cabinets and the baseboards. It took me two hours and I am so sore and tired. I never knew how much cleaning took physically. Of course I am embarrassingly out of shape.
When I decided that I wanted to do some cleaning, I knew I should ask my mother in law for advice on how and where to start. The first thing she asked me was “what did I want to get out of cleaning” and I told her that I wanted to just feel clean. My main goals were the kitchen and living room, I wanted the baseboards clean because every time I looked at them, they were just gross looking!
So she told me I needed to start at the top and clean the walls first, then the baseboards, then the floors. And since I had a limited amount of time to work then I should do just the kitchen first and then I can see progress rather quickly. Just like decluttering I thought!
Aaaand two hours later I had scrubbed my entire kitchen except for the floors. I am so proud of how it looks and I can’t wait for Kevin to come home and see if he can tell a difference. He probably won’t know exactly but he’ll be able to tell something is different.
And I made my own cleaning solution which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s so easy to do, I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to do it. Actually, I know why it took me so long and it’s because it would just take more work than I thought it would to use other cleaners. Now I fully expect to go down the rabbit hole of essential oils and different ways to use them.
Acts 9:5 And he said Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
The last phrase of this bible verse has been coming to my mind lately. I have been seriously struggling with motherhood the past couple of weeks. Life has been hard with my three little birds. This is my own fault. I’ve been to do my own agenda with little regard to what Finley and Eleanor need from me. The results of this selfishness on my part have been exhausting.
Toddlers are not the most reasonable to begin with, but when they are happy it makes life easier. Ok so I’m not saying I need to give in to their every whim. I have been slacking lately in several areas that I believe are essential to happy children: they need attention, consistent meals and snacks, teaching them, creative play.
Basically in trying to barely get by with the bare minimum with the kids, I’m making things soo hard for myself.
On thinking about why all the madness and crying and yelling was happening, I’ve come to a life changing conclusion and the solution is so obvious. I need to fill myself up before I can take care of my kids. Most nights I go to sleep exhausted and in the mornings I’m awoken by the kids waking me up. It hasn’t always been this way and I’m trying to give myself grace. I’m nursing Jake and he really just likes to be held most of the time. I’m not always eating as properly as I should be and I get few breaks to just be by myself and think straight.
But, and this is the biggest thing, I’m not reading my bible. Sure I start to read it but then I stop. My own selfish wants (Instagram) get in my way. I know if I start to consistently read, then I’ll truly be taking care of myself. By filling up my cup first, I can pour into other’s cups. Specifically and most importantly, I can fill up my family’s cups.
Life is hard right now because I spend all my time taking care of our physical needs and I am failing to take care of our spiritual needs. At the beginning of the year, I decided my phrase for the year will be “choose joy.” Since then, I saw a photo of this phrase where someone had crossed out the word joy and wrote “Jesus” under it. I love this! It’s so true because my joy does come from Jesus and apart from him I’m going to fail to be joyful.
I feel like we kind of need a reset. We all seem to be out of sorts and just fussy in general. Sometimes I feel as if the kids are only happy when I’m holding them or just sitting on the couch with them and I really don’t want that. A reset would be good for us all around.
Happy April! The temperatures are getting warmer, the days are longer, and we have spent 5 out of the past 7 days outside. And only because it rained and then it was Sunday so we were in church. I just love this time of year, I love being outside with everything turning green and growing again! I’m trying to not overload myself with a lot of projects and limit to 3 or 4 ideas.
As far as last month’s goals go, I did great! We got the yard fenced in and mowed once and I “worked out” approximately 3 times. I completely cleaned off my bookshelf and restyled it with less stuff, less truly is more! And we had lots of veggies as our side dishes. So delicious.
Clear off dresser surfaces in our bedroom. It’s so easy for stuff to creep in and cover both the dresser and chest of drawers that we have. I’m tired of feeling suffocated in my room and getting these things cleared off will help sooo much!
Make an Easter bunny garland.
Work on back porch. We fenced in a small area in the backyard that includes the back porch and I have a lot of plans for this space!
Spring clean the house! Ok so I’ve never done a super deep clean of our house and something crazy happened last week and I feel totally grossed out by my house now and I want to just take everything out, clean the house, and put about half the stuff back in lol!