Category: Hitch Goals

Spring Cleaning 2019 part 2

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’ll keep you updated!

Working on my flowerbeds

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!

Spring Cleaning 2019

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.

Hitch goals no. 6

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.

  1. 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!
  2. Make an Easter bunny garland.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!

Hitch Goals No. 5

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Hitch Goals No. 4

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!

Hitch Goals No. 2

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.

Clear out clutter from Finley’s closet.

Sort and clear out clutter from Eleanor’s closet.

Potty train Finley.

Have a baby!

Hitch Goals No. 1

As an offshore wife, I live my life in the hitches that Kevin is home and when he is gone to work.  This gives me opportunity to have an ebb and flow of how inspired I am to do projects and other things around the house.  My plan is to have a new set of goals for each month and since today is the first day of November, I thought it would work out pretty well!

Yesterday marks the 30 week mark for my pregnancy.  We are now 3/4 of the way closer to meeting the newest little member of our family.  2 1/2 months.  I’m not ready.  With the first 2 babies, both of the rooms that were to be theirs were in total chaos.  There was nothing ready, but I didn’t really care.  I mean, I cared a little bit, but here’s a secret about me: I am not a project finisher.  What I mean is that I am really good at starting a project, but I have a hard time actually completing it.

I have a lot of thoughts on this subject and I think I have figured out the solution that works for me.  But I will have to talk about that some other time because I still need to sort out those thoughts.  Anyways.  On to my goals for this month.  I feel as if I am in full nesting mood and I have so much I want to do.  The best way to do this is to break the project down into manageable smaller projects and just get to work getting things crossed off my list.

Recover rocking chair.  This project is more than a “want-to,” it’s a “must-do.”  Two and a half years ago, one of the dogs chewed the padding off one of the arms on the chair.  This is a very special 30 year old chair.  And I just so happen to be 30 myself.  So yep, that makes it the chair that my parents rocked and held me in when I was a baby.  I love that I have this chair and I cannot wait to recover it to give it new life.

Paint nursery.  Finley and Eleanor are going to be sharing a room and the room Eleanor is currently in will become the new baby’s room.  Aaaaand it’s purple.  I’ve never liked the purple but I could never work up the motivation to repaint it.  Now that we are having another little boy, I have a reason to paint it.

Knit chunky baby blanket.  My cousin is having a baby girl in December and I want to knit her a pretty blanket for her out of this super soft and chunky yarn that I have.

Make Thanksgiving placards.  Including the kids, there will be a total of six of us at my mom’s for Thanksgiving this year.  This is a lot smaller group than we have had in the past, but our families getting older and growing, it’s gotten harder to get everybody together.  I am looking forward to our little Thanksgiving and making new traditions that we will hopefully have for years to come.  One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to make placards to go with the place settings.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.

Craft fabric pinecone ornaments.  I found the cutest fussy cut quilted ornaments on Instagram the other day.  When I shared a screenshot of them to my aunt, she told me about a set of ribbon pinecone ornaments a friend made for her.  I immediately looked that up on Pinterest and now I am obsessed.  I want to make several of them not only for myself but to give to my friends too.

Keep decluttering. Kevin and I are on this decluttering journey and while I don’t have the time or energy (or desire) to do it in one weekend or week, we have made tremendous progress in the past three months that have been working on it.

I’ve tried to keep this projects simple and straightforward because I have learned that is how I get things done best.  I tend to be an idealist when it comes to my to-do lists and project.  I have learned that if I set my project goals too big then I become overwhelmed more easily and end up quitting and not finished at all.