In My Home

Moving Day

Today, we say goodbye to our home of almost seven years. A friend of mine told me she wrote a note to her daughter when they moved from their first home and I had to do the same. I wonder if I’m overthinking the whole thing. My parents moved my older brother, older sister and I when I was my kid’s age and I don’t remember a minute of it. I don’t have any childhood memories in my home until I was about 5, yet I just want my littles to remember the life we built here. 

5 Game Changer Home-keeping Tips

I grew up watching my mom take the best care of our house. All 7 of us kids split chores every day including making sure our bedrooms were clean and clearing the mealtime mess after dinner. But so much of the responsibilities of the home fell on my  mom. I mean, the way she handled laundry for 9 people will never, ever cease to blow my mind! I knew from a young age that I wanted to create that same environment she created for us. Clean, tidy and orderly. Let’s just say I’m no natural Martha Stewart. I have to work really hard and be very disciplined not to let myself run a home that resembles an episode of Hoarders, but it’s a priority for me and I work every day to channel my inner Martha somehow. Here are a few things that have helped make home-keeping more of a breeze.

Moving Series Part 1: How we knew it was time.

I grew up in Chicago, moved to Baltimore halfway through 6th grade and to Northern California halfway through freshman year of high school. I moved to back to Chicago for my freshman year of college until I was offered a scholarship to play volleyball in San Francisco. I moved to St. Louis after O and I were married and a few months later, moved to Virginia. I’m no stranger to moving.

A Day in the Life

I’m so excited to be launching a new series called ‘A Day in the Life’ today! I’ll interview women who work for themselves and share a peek into their daily routine. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past six months of blogging consistently 3x a week, it’s that time is more precious than ever and there are so many ways to accomplish the same thing. I hope you look forward to this monthly series as much as I do! I’m kicking it off with a super in-depth breakdown of my own schedule, photographed by the amazing Paula in those couple crazy hours before nap time (they were so confused by taking a bath before their nap!) While no two days look the exact same, we thrive off of routine and each day certainly has a flow to it.

How My Morning Routine Changed My Life

I have always been a morning person. When I had 5am wakeup calls in college for volleyball workouts? Not that bad. That 4am alarm clock for my weekly flight to California for a semester? Doable. Having a body clock that naturally woke up around 7 each day, no matter how late my night was? Ideal. Then a funny thing happened. I had kids. 

Coming Clean in 2018

Every January, I join the rest of mankind and write out my goals for the new year. This means every year, I think back on the goals I spent months deciding made the ‘Top Ten Things to Make Me a Better Human’ list that year-many of which I usually have forgotten by the time another January comes around. Sure, I have goals I commit to with all of my being- usually related to things as important as my marriage and as seemingly unimportant as my cellulite. There is always one goal, however, that stands just out of reach for three hundred and sixty five days over and over and over again. I’m talking about organization, friends. The goal I have yet to really master, no matter how hard I try.

I am tidy. I am clean. I spend far too much time each day doing typical motherhood tasks like scrubbing, sweeping, picking up and general tidying. We don’t go to bed unless the playroom and kitchen are fully cleaned. I make our beds each morning and wash the sheets each week. Our incredible Cleaning Ladies come once a month for the serious deep cleaning (which honestly, I should probably do at least once every two weeks) But when it comes to actual organization, real life rigorous routine-
I have so little time to clean the house the way I want to. In my mind, I’m a mixture of Martha Stewart, Ree Drummond and Mary Poppins. In real life, I just keep putting things into neat piles and piling the laundry behind the closed door and pretending they don’t exist. While this is super acceptable these days and I tell myself “this is just the way real life is,” this is not the wife or mother I want to be for my family. Sure, its 2017 and women aren’t necessarily all “Cinder-elly, Cinder-elly” anymore, but I believe one of the ways I’ve been called to take care of the home and family I’ve been given is to keep an orderly home. Not just clean, not just pretty, but orderly. I almost feel like the word ‘homemaker’ is a dirty word these days but that’s the job I signed up for. It’s the job I’ve prayed for. And it’s the job I want to thrive in most.
I really like Clean Mama and I’ve been a fan of  I Heart Organizing for years to find cleaning schedules and organization methods. Often times, I get so inspired I jump into a crazy project (put everything in the pantry in a glass jar! put the entire contents of the linen closet into matching baskets for the sake of cohesion! Done and DONE!) But nothing sticks, you know? I’ve found that using a schedule made by someone else with steps I don’t necessarily always do often means I won’t be able to hold to that routine long term. I decided to make my own daily routine that actually fits my real life so I will be motivated to keep it.
And friends, can I tell you something ridiculous? Sometimes I strive more to have a photoshoot ready, Pinterest worthy home rather than a home that actually functions well for those I love. And to be honest, that’s how it runs half the time. It looks great! But do I actually know where things are? That piece of paper, that piece of a toy, that article I was saving, that doctors order…nope. It’s often in the abyss of some drawer/cabinet/black hole. This is not healthy.
I’ve decided 2018 is the year to tackle the goal once and for all, and I’d so appreciate your help. What is your cleaning schedule? How do you address the kid’s stuff? How do you stay organized? Do you regularly de-clutter? Did you used to struggle with home keeping? What book, blog, person or habit helped you change? I’m going to gather all the information I receive, do all my research and choose my plan of attack. I’ll report back here in the next couple months with my cleaning and organizing routine for this year and if you have the same desires too, we can do it together. You in?