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!
Note: We had 98 linkups last week which is awesome! I'm sorry I wasn't able to visit all of you, but I do thank you and appreciate you linking up! Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today! :)
Have you ever walked into a hotel room and just thought about how CLEAN it looks? And then a day or so later thought about how messy it looks now?
Clothes, shoes, pop cans, chip bags, sunglasses, suntan lotion, makeup and all that stuff scattered everywhere. Of course, most of us don't care about how our hotel room looks, right? We're on vacation.
Take a moment and look around you right now as you read this. What is out of place? What do you see that doesn't belong in the room that you are in? Do you see garbage anywhere? What do you see?
As I type this I see two packets of instant oatmeal, a box of Krispy Kremes, a rolodex, an empty box of Dots candy, a piece of chocolate candy, a greeting card, a bag of chips, a camera, an empty water bottle, some papers, a receipt, a notebook, a marker, and a set of hand weights. All on top of the table.
(I also find it somewhat humorous that there's Krispy Kremes (the guys bought them), chips, chocolate candy, Dots candy and then an attempt to ward it all off and "get into shape" with hand weights, lol!)
What do YOU see around you?
The problem begins when we go to bed without erasing the evidence of our day. Then we wake up to yesterday's evidence of a busy day, and begin a new day of busyness and all the clutter and "stuff" that IT entails. It just keeps piling up.
Pretty soon you have one solid week's worth of "evidence" that you have lived, that you have existed, that you have been busy working, having fun, enjoying your family, enjoying life.
But do we really want an empty box of Krispy Kreme's to be the proof of that? (O.k., maybe I do....)
And it's all there in your house, lying around for everyone to see. Including you. Day after day. Piling up.
So unless we want to spend our weekends digging out, or NEVER dig out and live on permanent vacation mode, we have got to find a way to deal with this "stuff."
To me, the best way is to erase the evidence. Just simply walk around each night, and put away the things that you left out during the day. I generally do this throughout the day to make it easier, but there's always something to pick up that last hour or two.
We don't have an "official" family pick up now because my kids are older and there's no set time for everyone to pick up, plus many times I go to bed before they do! Ideally, everyone is supposed to pick up after themselves. I say "supposed to" because even I have my moments!
Years ago I started something that I called "closing the kitchen." It just meant that the kitchen was clean and it had BETTER stay that way for the rest of the evening, lol! It was just a way of reminding the kids to bring their dishes to the kitchen, load them in the dishwasher and clean up after themselves. That way I didn't wake up to a messy kitchen courtesy of my children! ;)
How about you? Do you have any kitchen "rules?" Do YOU erase the evidence? If you don't, try it today 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! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog.
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