Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

So it's Saturday night as I write this and for some reason, I thought it was Friday.   I seriously hope that I remember to wake up for church tomorrow, lol!  ;)

I don't have a blog post (I know, no surprise there, haha) so let's just get right to it!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Is Clutter Worth The Money? and MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 101 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


I haven't done a frugal post in awhile.  A long while.  A VERY long while.

It's because we won the lottery and no longer need to be frugal.

Not.

I was talking to someone recently who said that his dad had paid for two storage units for over 20 years.  My friend began to clean out the storage units and he said that most of the stuff in there was junk.  Just junk.  Not even usable - it had to go straight into the trash.

He was lamenting the fact that his dad spent thousands of dollars over 20 years time in order to store all that junk, when he could have been enjoying his senior years with his wife, going on trips, or just having more comforts at home.

But his dad was a "depression" baby and I do understand the desire to keep stuff and not throw it away, just in case you needed it.

On the other hand, I also understand the irony of paying over $100 a month to store stacks of old magazines that no one reads, a bunch of doorknobs that you'll never use, and tools and things that are broken, rusty or bent and unusable.

What if you are paying more for storage than the items are worth? 

I don't know.  I know that my sis stored some furniture and stuff temporarily when she moved from a home into a tiny apartment, and for her, the storage unit was a great idea and a good investment.  I myself once stored some stuff of sentimental value (and some necessary stuff) when I moved back in with my parents for a few months when I was single.  To me - it was temporary and it was worth it.

Probably most of us don't pay for a storage unit.  But what about the "real estate" in your home?

Do you have one room that you can't use because there's too much junk in it?  Do you have a garage that you can't get your car into because there's too much stuff in there?

After we first moved into our current home, I managed to get most every room unpacked and livable.  Except for one room.  We called it the "junk" room, but it was really our Room of Doom.

I had a four year old and a new baby and once I got all our "necessary" stuff unpacked and most of our other things unpacked, I just gave up on unpacking for awhile.  I stuck everything in that room where it stayed for awhile, and I closed the door and walked away.

The problem with doing stuff like that is that you are paying for a room that you aren't using.  You are paying for a three bedroom house when you actually only have a TWO bedroom house, because one bedroom is filled with stuff and you can't use it.

You are paying for a two car garage when you actually have a no-car garage because it's filled with stuff. Or you are paying for a walk-in pantry that you can't walk into, because there's just no room.

You have a bedroom or family room that you don't like to be in for very long because it's just too cluttered and is not comfortable or restful to be in.

Your child has so many toys that you are tripping and falling all over them.  He doesn't have space in his room to play with them as it is crammed full of toys, so they are taking over your house.  You have boxes of old toys in the garage that your children outgrew but you can't bear to get rid of.

You have to move your stuff off your bed to sleep, and move stuff off your table to eat.  Then you put it back again when you're done.  You have a hard time finding anything to wear because you have to fight your closet every time you need to get in there.

You get the idea.

When this happens your clutter is costing you MONEY because you are paying more money for space that you can't use.

Let's say you rent a 2 bedroom apartment and pay $1200 a month, but you're only using one of the bedrooms.  The other bedroom is full of what you call "junk."  You recently discovered a one bedroom apartment in the same building for $1,000, but you're not sure you can squeeze all your clutter into a smaller place.  Is all that clutter worth an extra $200 a month?

Most of us don't think this way.  We aren't paying for the clutter we have around the house so we don't think it's costing us money.  But it's taking up space, costing us time and money and ENERGY to maintain, and maybe even a little STRESS.  Maybe a lot of stress........

Is YOUR clutter causing you stress?  Is it costing you money?  Is it causing arguments with your spouse or causing you to get annoyed or angry with your children?

Take back the control today.  Control your clutter - don't let it control you.  The four box method is a great way to begin to get that clutter under control, simplify your life and make your home sing!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 110 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Oooops!!!!  I'm sorry, I totally forgot to get this meme up this morning.   Saturday just slipped away from me and Sunday snuck up on me and I obviously forgot.  O.o

I can't believe it's August already.  I love the lazy days of summer for many reasons.  But one of them is because most of my ministry ends with the school year as we take a break for the summer.  So it's easier to lose track of the days since most of my benchmarks are gone.

But we will be gearing up for fall ministry which means I will be busy several weeknights and on Sundays again.  So I am going to enjoy every last bit of these lazy days that I can.  I love the ministry that I do during the school year, but I also love the breaks in between to recharge.

Are you recharging this summer?  Are you filling your days to the brim with activities or are you managing to squeeze in some relaxation?

Make sure to set aside some time just to breathe and recharge!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 100 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

I still love summer.  I loved it as a kid because it meant no school and lots of playtime!

I loved it when I was working (before my kids were born) as it meant I would come home from work and it would still be sunny and light for several hours yet.

I loved it when I was homeschooling the kids because it meant no school and lots of time for projects and gardening.

I love it now because it means that many of my church ministries are put on hold for the summer, so I have lots more time and freedom!  It also means I don't have to meet the school bus (to take care of my friend's daughter) and so I don't have to rush home in the afternoons if I don't want to.

The only problem I am finding is that sometimes I sort of forget what day it is as all my weekly benchmarks are gone.  So I am constantly forgetting what day it is.

But that's kind of a nice "problem" to have!  I'll take it!

August usually starts to get busier as we begin to gear up for fall ministry.  So for now I am going to continue wondering what day it is and enjoy my summer!  I hope you all are too.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 117 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


This summer is going fast!  I have been sick for over a month now and haven't been able to enjoy it the way I thought I would.

Summer, for me, means getting to do some of the organizing and other cleaning projects that I like to tackle during the summer.

I get a lot of satisfaction out of straightening and reorganizing my closets and cupboards, or doing some deep cleaning stuff that I have been putting off until summer.

But the nice thing about being sick (is there anything NICE about being sick?????) is that I'm really experiencing a relaxing summer.  So I am actually enjoying it in a different way than I had originally planned.  

I've had to cut back on activities and basically stay home most of the time.  When I do feel well enough for an hour or two, I can go out and get some errands done and once I even went out for a pedicure with my bff.

She had been wanting to get together and do something for three weeks but I just didn't feel like it.  I had a good afternoon that day and off we went!

Sometimes we can fill our summers so full of activities that we forget to take some time out for some fun too!

I hope that you all are remembering to RELAX and have some FUN this summer!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Housecleaning Game & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 120 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.





Sometimes I feel like I clean the same things over and over.  Do you ever feel that way?  Sometimes it just feels like ALL I do is clean the kitchen.

Seriously.  All I do is clean the kitchen.  All.  Day.  Long.

If I'm not cleaning the kitchen I am straightening up the living room, or neatening up the bathroom.

Honestly, doesn't it just feel like you are ALWAYS doing laundry or washing the dishes or emptying the dishwasher?

That's because you are.  I am too.

This is how we stay ahead of the game.


The Housecleaning Game

Because it IS like a game.

In a game you either play by yourself or you are part of a team, but either way you are playing to get ahead and win.

There are rules in the game, and sometimes penalties.

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In the housecleaning game, the rules are simple:

  1. If you take something out, put it away when you're finished with it. Have a place for everything and put it in its place by the end of the day.
  2. Clean up the kitchen after every meal.
  3. Run the dishwasher after dinner if it's full or mostly full.
  4. Empty the dishwasher early in the morning.
  5. Hang up or put away your clothes when you take them off.
  6. Wipe up spills or messes as soon as they happen.
  7. Rinse dishes (if necessary) and load directly into the dishwasher so food doesn't harden.
  8. Have regular toy pickups throughout the day.  (We had three: before lunch, before dinner, before bed).
  9. Have a regular cleaning routine and follow it as best you can.
  10. Don't let the laundry pile up.  

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The penalties can be difficult:

  1. A sink full of dishes and a counter top full of clutter can make dinner preparation very stressful.
  2. Doing dishes can take a lot longer when food is hardened and dried on.
  3. Waking up to a messy kitchen or a cluttered home can get your day off to a bad start.
  4. The chaos and clutter of an overly messy home can be very overwhelming.
  5. Clutter can cost you money as you find yourself buying new things to replace the ones you can't find.
  6. The mess and stress of living in all that clutter can cause fights within your family.
  7. Feeling like a failure because you can't keep your house clean even though you try and try.
  8. Feeling as if people are judging you whenever they come over to visit.
  9. Stepping on a lego or another small toy in the middle of the night can REALLY wake you up, not to mention hurt.
  10. Getting further and further behind until eventually you feel defeated and don't even bother trying to catch up.

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But the rewards of the housecleaning game are awesome!:

  1. Peace of mind.
  2. No more embarrassing moments when people just drop in without notice.
  3. Starting the day with a clean slate instead of starting behind.
  4. Staying on top of things means you spend less time cleaning and more time having fun!
  5. Getting the kids out of the house on time and in a good mood, instead of screaming at them as they rush around trying to find their backpacks and shoes while you try to find them something clean to wear.
  6. Getting yourself out of the house without having to spend 10 minutes looking for your keys.
  7. Being able to relax for the evening without having to block out all the mounds of laundry, stacks of dirty dishes, and other unfinished business calling your name.
  8. Waking up to a CLEAN kitchen and clean bathroom.  Awesome!
  9. Being able to find what you need when making dinner because you know where everything is.
  10. Did I mention peace of mind?
So go ahead and play the housecleaning game today and make your home sing!  You'll be glad you did!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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I am linking up to these linky parties:

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Living Proverbs 31

marriage mondaysWhat Joy Is MineTeaching What Is Good Messy MarriageFamily Home and LifeWise-Woman-Builds 125 Titus 2 Tuesday Button Photobucket