I have decluttered around the house a lot lately. About a month ago I put the majority of the kids toys in boxes so I could do a toy rotation and at the beginning of July, I switched out my first rotation. It was such a success and I’m so proud of how it worked!
I finally got to clearing out the bathrooms, too, and I am super happy about it. I have been wanting to declutter them for several months now and one afternoon I was feeling in a weird mood and I got rid of a garbage bag of expired toiletries and hair and bath products we weren’t using. We have a lot of blankets that we don’t need right now and they are stored in the bathroom closet. I want to find a better way to organize them because right now they’re just stuffed in the top shelf and it’s basically a spot I avoid to look at. Ha ha!
I was still in a weird mood for a few days after that so I also decluttered my social medias. I try to do this from time to time because I have noticed that I tend to go on a “following spree” and start following a bunch of different accounts that are inspiring to me at the time. After a while a lot of them stop being inspiring and I find myself just scrolling past their posts to find the posts I really want to look at. I really think this is what causes me to be in a weird mood and that’s when I know it is time for me to unfollow people. I always feel much happier after I do this, too!
One night Kevin took down a shelf in the kitchen for me. This is something I’ve been asking for a while now and we finally did it! I’m hoping this will help with giving me more room for storage for cereal boxes and stuff. All of the shelves in my kitchen cabinets are too short for me to stand any boxes upright so I was storing them on their side. This is not practical in case anybody wondered. I still haven’t figured out the best way to store everything in that cabinet yet but at least I can stand all my cereal boxes up.
We went shopping last week and I got some new socks bc most of mine had holes in them like on the balls of my feet. So that spurred me to throw away all the socks and just have my new ones. And then I kind of went from there and cleaned out my dressers and I have a box of clothes to donate and a trash bag of messed up clothes and some other random trash that was in our room. I feel really good about getting that done.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that I am still trying to find different methods that work for us. Eventually I hope to get better storage and ways to organize what we have. It’s probably gonna be longer than I wish it would be but for right now what we are doing is working for us. I love that I’ve been able to use what we have and make do with what I find around the house, especially since we are paying off debt and stuff. But I still look forward to the day that I am not using diaper boxes as permanent storage for everything.
Totally forgot to do hitch goals for June! Life has been going back and forth between hard and not as hard and I just completely forgot. So anyways, to be honest, I haven’t put a lot of thought into short term goals lately. Kevin and I are doing a lot of dreaming for the future and I can’t stop thinking about all of our plans! That being said, I have come up with a few goals for July:
Whole30(ish). I’ve kind of already been doing this lately, but totally fell off the wagon last week. I’m planning to try again for this month.
Pay off medical credit card. We had some extensive dental work done the past two years and had to put the expenses on a card. Hopefully we will pay this balance off by the end of the month, two years early. We should be able to do this thanks to our tax refund and overtime Kevin has been making!
Declutter bathrooms. To be honest, this has been on my to-do list for a couple of months now. And I keep putting it off. This month I plan to make it a definite priority to get it done.
Oh hey! I’m just a little late with my hitch goals this month. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with life lately, I’m constantly going and not getting enough breaks to rest and recharge. So I’m trying to keep it simple this month since I have a lot of other responsibilities that I have to do.
Exercise. I found this 21 day workout challenge that I liked. While the exercises aren’t easy, they don’t require a lot from me as far as time and sweating.
Declutter Jake’s closet. To tell the truth I have already done this last week. But it happened in May and I need an easy win so I’m gonna count it.
Cook more vegetables. I kind of cook sides for our meals but I am also a little lazy when it comes to cooking because Kevin never ate anything other than the main dish I made so I never got in the habit of making veggies to go with our meals. But I feel like my body is craving more than just the minimum I’ve been eating so my goal is to cook more vegetables and have fruit available.
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.
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!
Oh I totally forgot to post these yesterday! I’m still keeping my goals simple, infant and all, pretty much planning for something I’ve had in mind for a month or two by this point. I love a new month because I feel inspired to get up and make changes that I’ve been putting off or do a project I’ve been thinking of.
Declutter and restyle bookshelf. I’ve been staring at this bookshelf in the corner of our living room for two months now and all I can say about it is that it needs work. I haven’t been able to bring myself to get everything off of it and figure out how I want to do it but this month I’m going to do just that!
Start a stretching/get moving routine. Pregnancy is hard on the body. Caring for three small children is physically demanding and my body is tired. I need to fix this somehow.
Fix up yard. Spring is coming!!! I cannot wait!! Every year I try to do too much with the yard. This year I’m doing a basic fix up and not much more. I’m not going to be able to stay away from growing my herbs and tomatoes.
Cook more vegetables. I’m in a rut again with figuring out meals and I know we need more vegetables. Now that I think about it, I felt this way around this time last year and I started a whole30 as a way to challenge myself to get more creative with meals. I feel stuck right now with the kids, Ellie eats anything and everything on her tray except chicken, Finley only wants meatballs and bacon. Kevin eats pizza and spaghetti. And I want chicken based meals so I’m trying to figure out a compromise. Mainly for myself because I’m the most reasonable of the four of us.
I think I can get those done. And I’m excited about all of it. Here’s to spring coming!
Our first month with three babies has passed! I’ve had a good month with my babies and I’ve enjoyed snuggling with my precious newborn baby Jake! Since I basically took the month off from doing anything, I feel like I kind of got more done and I’m ready for this next month! I still want to ease into the month but I can’t stay cooped up and alone in my house with the kids for much longer. Life just won’t let me. Also a husband who likes to go and do stuff won’t let me either. But I’m happy as long as I’m with him!
We actually got a good bit done around the house this last month, bathroom renovation started(!!!!), I can’t wait to keep up our momentum.
Focus on play-based learning. I’ve started following some Instagram accounts that have all kinds of activities for playing with the kids. I haven’t done any of them yet, but the more I get the kids to play with their blocks and color and play with puzzles and magnatiles, the more ready I get to transition to doing the more hands on activities. Confession: I really just want to sit in the couch and cuddle Jacob while I play on my phone.
Spend more time reading my bible with the devotionals I got for Christmas. I got a couple of devotions and memoir type books and I started out reading them pretty good but then I slacked off and eventually stopped. I think it is hard for me because I didn’t have a consistent study time before kids and now mornings are difficult because they are so full. It’s ingrained in me to do “word before world” but in my head since I can’t sit down with my bible and study books and spend 30 minutes before taking care of kids I feel like it is useless to do it. I’m planning to do it differently in February. #juststart
Declutter bookshelf and paperwork. So the bookshelf won’t take much time to do. Basically my plan is to take everything off the shelves and restyle them. I’ve been eyeing the dang thing for a few weeks now and I just haven’t put forth the effort to do it. The paperwork is a different story. At the beginning of this year there was five different spots that had random paper clutter everywhere. Before Finley’s birthday party, I cleared out two spots. A large dresser drawer in our bedroom (what? why even??) and then also the pile of paperwork that is almost always on the counter and the slots above our key rack. Clearing up these spots made a huuuge difference, the countertop looks a hundred times better and I also had another drawer to store my leggings and yoga pants in. So now it’s time to get to another part of the clutter: the china hutch and small filing cabinet.
I have a couple of other things in mind, but I am not sure I will get to them so I’ll just let those be a surprise if I get to them!
I just realized I never posted my hitch goals for this hitch! Wellll I actually only accomplished 3 out of the 6 of my goals for last hitch. I ended up coming up with other projects for me to do so I did get a lot done, just not like exactly what I had planned. One of my favorite things I did was decorate the top of my piano with bottle brush trees! I also cleaned off my shelves and restyled them with much less clutter. I am much happier with how everything is looking and my mind is much calmer.
Anyways. Some of my hitch goals from last month are being rolled over to this month and I am okay with that. Life isn’t meant to be lived on a rigid schedule so I’ve taught myself to be flexible when things don’t go as I’ve planned.
Hang up chalkboard in dining room.
Paint Eleanor’s room that will be the baby’s room.