Oh, how I love having a clean home. But life is crazy busy, and there are always a million things to do all of the time, and it can be tricky to keep up on housework. Whether you work out of the home or in the home, to-do lists and responsibilities can be a mile long, and you might feel like you just don't have time to do what needs to be done.
Years ago, I developed a method that really worked for me, and I've been able to maintain it through six kids, working, staying home, and now working/blogging from home. I've found that I can just maintain a clean house, the daily chores just don't take as long, so I can fit a lot more in. There are seven things that I do on a daily basis, and those things can help you keep a clean house in just about an hour a day!
I don't always do everything in one straight hour--most of the time it's some in the morning and some in the evening--but the great thing about these things is that they can be done any time of the day or night, based on your personal circumstances. Except making your bed...it really makes the most sense to do that in the morning. :)
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You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!! With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl!
I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn't. I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that's perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!
Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts!
I just love reading about people's favorite things--not only is it interesting, it can also give some great ideas on products I just might like to try. Since it's officially the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share my own collection of favorite things...2015! (affiliate links included)
You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I've used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn't resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces. They're easy, adorable, and really inexpensive--three of my favorite things!
Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump? I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy. You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween!
I love love LOVE it! Isn't it too adorable? Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice. How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink? I know!
With all of our things still in storage, I really
needed wanted to make a few fall decorations. Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make!
With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for. All of a sudden this past week that seemed like... a lot. We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now!
I've always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So...the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It's simple, but that's my favorite way to do things!
The last picnic table we had cost $10. We had just moved into our first house, and I was at the township office working in paperwork, when I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables. I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move.
I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago. We've always use our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an appearance here in upstate NY, so I was very happy! I had to wait about 6 weeks for the pretreated lumber to finally dry out in order to finish it, but it's finally down, and I love it!
We are on a quest to add some really fun things to our backyard, and this DIY tetherball set was an easy weekend project that our whole family loves!
After re-discovering tetherball at our friends' home several weeks ago, the kids begged us to get a tetherball set for them. I checked them out on Amazon, and when I saw the price (around $100), I knew I could make one for less. I did! I saved more than half by making our own, plus it's incredibly sturdy and durable. We absolutely love it, and our family has already spent a lot of time outside enjoying it.
I am in love with all things farmhouse, and I'm always on the lookout for decor that fits my farmhouse style. I've come across some great sites through my searching, and discovered some of my favorite farmware that I want to share with you today...and also where to get them! What I love about just about every one of these items is that they can cross style genres--industrial, traditional, coastal--and can fit into so many different types of spaces. I absolutely love each of these!