Trying to keep a tidy house is hard when you have small children. It’s even harder when you’re at home all the time with those small children, due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have always had a weekly cleaning schedule that worked pretty well for us, but now I’m making it a point to incorporate a little extra deep cleaning, in honor of the current pandemic.
Our weekly cleaning schedule is laminated, framed, and hanging in our laundry room.
This definitely doesn’t mean that we are perfect. Not even close. Even though this schedule is hanging on our wall in a frame, there are days when our stuff doesn’t get done and when we let messes linger for too long. And while the Friday chores are typically deep cleaning tasks, I’d gotten a little creative in how we deep clean these days.
Typically we spend two weekends a month deep cleaning. While we are at home self quarantining, we are choosing to vigilantly follow a deep cleaning schedule. We are following our daily task schedule, but we are mopping and cleaning bathrooms twice a week. We are also making it a point to remove shoes at the door and do a deep cleaning task every weekend instead of every other weekend. The kids and I are trying to work together to make the chore of the day happen.
We are also currently homeschooling and I’m teaching from home too. We are struggling to find the balance but we are OK. We are getting there and we are making it work.
And while we are on the subject of house cleaning to combat the germs, have you considered incorporating a little self care into your day? Staying home is not easy for some of us, and as a result, your mental state can suffer. Remember to do something that lifts you up each day- it could be something as simple as taking a walk or Facetime calling people you miss, to gardening, to reading a book, or taking a hot bath. Either way- don’t neglect YOU!
We will see you soon with our spring home tour! Until then, stay safe and stay healthy. Thanks for reading!
I don’t know about you, but I am having some serious winter blues over here. It’s cold outside and I’m bored and ready for spring. I’m tired of seeing gray everywhere and bare branches. I need some sunshine and some color to lift my spirits.
The winter blues are fairly common, and after the year we have had, I’d say they’re a bit more common than usual. Today, I’d like to share some simple, low cost AND safe self-care practices.
It’s been said that exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant. I can honestly say when I am stressed or anxious, I find running, strength training, or even just taking a walk will calm my mind.
2. A hot, relaxing bath
Are you tired and feeling anxious? A hot bath with some essential oils may help tremendously. This is something I honestly can’t get enough of.
3. Spa night
Get your daughters, or a good friend and have a spa night. Indulge with your favorite face packs, lotions and sugar scrubs all from the comfort of your home.
4. Read a book or enjoy a movie
Take about a half hour to read something you enjoy or watch a movie/TV show you can get into. If it makes you laugh, even better.
5. Phone a friend
Sometimes calling a friend or family member is all you need to put a smile on your face. I like to call my grandmas or my aunts when things get bleak.
There are a number of ways to lift your spirits and most of them don’t cost a thing! What do you do to care for yourselves and combat the winter blues?
If you’re unsure what a vision board is, it’s just a visual format of your goals for the year. Make a board with pictures related to what you want to accomplish and put it someplace where you will see it daily. Studies have shown that this is more likely to make you accomplish your goals.
But, what does a vision board look like? And how do you make one?
This is the vision board I started last week. I’ve since added a lot more to it. My goals for this year are to travel (depending on COVID), lose the rest of my weight, focus more on blessings instead of stressors, eat at home more and incorporate more self care.
If this vision board doesn’t float your boat, there are other options.
I love this one. It is simple but board is also very neat looking.
Maybe creating a collage isn’t your thing and you want to do a graphic organizer instead. Check this one out: it says 2014 but you get the idea.
There are also a number of free vision board printable you can find just by doing a Google search. You can also use planner stickers if you like. The possibilities are endless.
Here’s to kicking off 2021…and hoping it will be much better than 2020.
As you know, I am predominantly a DIY blogger but one portion of my blog pertains to parenting. Like many of you, we are navigating our new normal as homeschool parents who work from home and self quarantine to safe guard our families against getting sick with covid-19.
While we have mine and the girls’ school work to occupy a lot of time, and we can go outside to occupy a bit more time, sometimes we still find ourselves a little bored and lonely. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun and useful ways to bond as a family , and to teach your kiddos a little something in the process.
Everyone needs to eat, and once you’re tired of all the takeout options, you might as well cook at home. I’m kidding, sort of. In all seriousness, cooking is hands on, a cross curricular activity and something your kids will need to know as adults. You don’t have to make a full meal, you could even make something as simple as a tray of cookies. My child hates math but she loves cooking. She doesn’t realize we are practicing math skills when we cook. She just thinks it’s grown up to help mom with dinner.
2. Take a nature walk
Recess at school serves the same purpose as recess when you’re schooling at home. Fresh air and activity give the brain a refresh. You can make a science lesson out of it and go on a nature walk. You can go on a nature scavenger hunt and find rocks, acorns or flowers. Or, you can go outside and simply enjoy the great outdoors.
3. Roast some marshmallows
This one requires lots and lots of supervision. Reward your kiddos for their hard work by allowing them to make a few s’mores. Even if you only make one s’more, they will love it!
4. Paint a picture or make a craft
We made a bird painting from a little paint and our kids’ feet and they turned out so cute. You can also just hand your kiddos some paper and colored pencils and let them take the reigns- creativity at its finest!
What sort of “sanity saving learning activities are you all using?
Most of us are guilty of working too much, and sacrificing all of our time for everyone else. There is nothing wrong with working hard or giving time to others; in fact, those things are great. But sometimes you do need to take a little time for yourself.
Finding time for you can be difficult amidst all your other demands, but there are a few ways you can sneak in a little “you-time.”
1. Wake up a little earlier
Waking up about 15 or 20 minutes earlier can allow you a little time for yourself. Read a book, go for a walk, or enjoy a cup of coffee on your porch.
2. Evaluate how you spend your time
Is there anything you do each day that wastes your time? I waste a lot of time on my Smartphone each day. By eliminating some of that, I have been able to spend more time on things that make me happy.
3. Delegate those chores
You can’t do everything. I’m the worst for trying to do it all. Delegate some of those chores to your kids. Kids can help with laundry or loading the dishes. Kids can help pick up toys and straighten up the house. Trying to do everything will only stress you out and steal all your time.
5. Learn to say no
Overextending yourself by taking on too much results in stress and no free time. Free up some time by saying no.
When you carve out a bit of time for yourself, think about the things that bring you joy. Whatever makes you feel renewed and happy, do it. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for you. Take time for yourself and be more relaxed.