May 28, 2020
Hi there friend!
I think one of the things that is becoming so common these days as we’re all tucked away into our homes is boredom. Not so much in the regular sense of the word but just a state of being bored in the mundaneness of every day life.
I know I’m not the only one who feels like the days all kind of run together, and this only magnifies the struggle with the repetitive nature of every day life.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love many different aspects of this all, but I have to get creative in how to change things up.
I probably sound selfish to say that I really like having my kids all to myself, but there, I said it. I love my kids being home with me all the time.
Not that it’s always rainbows and sun shines, because it isn’t, but it’s been so amazing to say literally everyday. “what shall we do tonight”?
I even bought a cute basket to keep all of our new games in right on the sofa table in the living room. It’s certainly not worth keeping these games up in out game shelves everyday, and we get into them so often that isn’t not even worth keeping them inside the cabinet in the living room.
Any how, here’s a tip I’ve found to help with boredom.
It’s super simple, but it works.
Change what you are doing.
I know, too simple right?
But if your wandering when you’re supposed to do something, so something else.
For instance. Today I was supposed to be working on the weekly meal plan. I worked on some of it, and then my mind just started to wander off and I wasn’t really doing anything.
So, I got up and cleaned the bathroom (something else I needed to get done)
Then, I was ready to get to work on the meal plan again.
I apply this principal all day long, especially on these long days spent at home.
May 21, 2020
Sooo, have you recently realized that “not being home enough” wasn’t the reason your house was messy?
I’ve been there, and I’ve figured it out. And boiled it down.
In this new post I’m sharing the two daily tasks that will make the difference.
The good/bad news is that these are the same two things that will make the difference when outside life gets going again.
And the same two things that will make the difference for those of you (and thank you so much if this is you) who’ve only been wishing for time at home because your work schedule has been bananas during this quarentine time.
So here is the post you need to read! https://uncommomspaces.com/messy-house-do-these-two-things-every-day/
May 14, 2020
De cluttering when I’m confident HIS stuff is the problem!
You know what the worst kind of clutter is?
The piles in my house that actually other peoples stuff.
Not that I don’t have my own clutter. I do. I totally do!
But for some reason, my own clutter doesn’t get on my nerves.
First of all, I can usually recognize the reason/excuse for my own clutter. I know (or think I know) what it will take to finish my own unfinished project. I know why that particular collection of things landed in that particular spot.
I’ve learned the hard way over the years that the only way to actually make any progress in my house and also maintain the loving feeling in the family is to first focus on my own clutter piles instead of ignoring them while I focus on his.
But then there’s the matter of joint piles.
The ones that have stuff of both of ours, but I assume it’s mostly his stuff.
I’ve resented this spot for a very long time. Probably years. When we have people over to our house for anything official, I generally move the nearby breakfast table up against the wall and hide this shelf under it.
But lately, it has become extra embarrassing.
The piles were bigger and more teter-ey
And I was more annoyed.
This small shelf is where my boyfriend keeps all of his bills, medicines and obviously other stuff as well.
But he has more stuff. Like owners manuals for tools, receipts and such.
I was convinced that 99% or at least 95% of the stuff on this eye sore was his.
But then I remembered my own hard won by experience advice to focus on less. And to make spaces better even when they can’t be perfect.
And most of all, to focus on my own stuff and neutral stuff first, even when I really wish someone else would just take care of their junk already!
Just by working through my de cluttering steps and only purging my own stuff and neutral stuff.
And straightening, obviously.
I was pretty sure there was some stuff in there he’d surely get rid of if he went through it, but I knew it would stress him out to not get to go through it himself.
But even leaving that, with a little straightening and purging, I felt so much better about this space and about my home and honestly, about life overall.
And I felt bad for blaming him for the entire mess for so many months/years.
As soon as he saw it, he saw that the two items on top obviously needed to go. Which made it even better. Even if it wasn’t perfect.
Better is good.
May 7, 2020
How to clean the bathroom with re-usuable cloths (with out being gross)
Because, in today’s times, we can’t always grab the handy lysol wipes, or even a roll of paper towels for that matter!
I’m all for green cleaning. Really.
Is it bad to admit, though, that my cheapness is more of a motivator than my sense of activism and earthiness?
Oh… it is bad to admit? OK. Then I’m not admitting anything.
I was asking hypothetically.
One of the biggest draws of disposable cleaning products (wipes and paper towels) is that I can throw germs in the trash and never see them again. (not that you can see germs, but in my imagination I can)
Also, on my cleaning chart for kids, I make a big deal about using a new wipe on different parts of the bathroom. I can’t bear the thought of someone “cleaning” the sink and faucet with a rag that just cleaned the potty.
The potty used by … BOYS
So, here’s my new trick.
I used a permanent marker to label the microfiber cloths so ANYone knows exactly where it’s ok to use that cloth!
April 30, 2020
How is it goin? That’s a loaded question these days.
My family is healthy, and I’m thankful for that. That’s my focus in those moments when I feel the crazy coming on, over how messy our house gets will all the people in it all the time.
So I think its appropriate to share from my first year of decluttering process. I started focusing on the dishes out of desperation because my house was such a disaster and I didn’t know where to start.
It turned out that doing the dishes was the key to getting my home under control.
After months of doing my dishes more consistently than I’d ever done them in my, I wanted to explain what I had figured out – why it was so important to do them every single night.
https://uncommomspaces.com/why-i-have-to-run-my-dishwasher-every-single-night/ This article has these answer to the question! Why I have to run the dishwasher every single night.
April 23, 2020
Hi there friend!
I Think we can all agree that we are living in uncertain times. You might even be feeling that we are living in scary times. And I think a fair description also is a feeling of being unsettled.
I live in a state where we have been banned from leaving home unless it is for groceries. I never thought I would see something like this in my life time, yet this is where we are.
I wanted to offer a few words of encouragement, because words like this seems to be few and far between.
If you find yourself feeling afraid, uncertain, or stressed out by the things that are happening, here are somethings I think you might need to hear.
You have done hard things before. We so easily forget this, don’t we? We are so good at not giving ourselves enough credit. But, I’m here to say that if you’re human, you’ve made your way through hard times before.
Tough times don’t last forever. I know it’s cliche, but its the truth. Hard times always feel like they will last forever, but the reality is they don’t. Know that if you’re facing struggle or fear, it will end.
There are always things to be greatful for. Its nearly impossible to be worried, frustrated, or afraid while also being greatful. Now more than ever. Make it a practice to think 3 things you have been greatfull for every single day.
April 16, 2020
Here are 6 steps recommended by the CDC to help stop the spread of bacteria that can cause viruses.
Wash your hands
The number 1 thing you should be doing is washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash between your fingers and underneath your nails as much as possible.
Cover your mouth.
Make sure that you are covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throwing it directly in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow and not your bare hand so you don’t spread germs when you touch something.
Avoid touching your face.
Be conscious of touching your eyes, nose, mouth as it’s an easy way to transfer germs to your self.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Make it a habit t disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like door knobs and light switches on a daily basis to help stop the spread of germs.
Practice social distancing.
Put distance between yourself and other people if a virus is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are higher at risk of getting sick.
Stay at home when you are sick.
Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but stay at home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
April 11, 2020
Spring is here! As you start to thaw out, start making plans for a thorough spring cleaning through out your home. With Lysol, you’ve got what it takes to protect and disinfect your home. Try some of these easy tips to help you shake things up and leave your home smelling great.
Clean with a scent.
Who decided that spring cleaning should be an assault on your nose from harsh cleaning products? Refresh the way you disinfect your surfaces with “Brand new day” series scents from lysol. Disinfecting wipes and all purpose cleaners. Reimagine the smell of clean with scents like mango & hibiscus, green apple & aloe, and manderine and ginger lily.
Start from the top.
Accumulating dust and dirt in the winter can really make your home feel stuffy. When cleaning, start from the top- dusting and wiping ceiling fans and shelves – and work your way down to your baseboards and floors. Make use of reusable micro fiber clothes to grab the small dust particles. And then follow up with a lysol disinfecting wipe of spray to help kill the germs.
Knock out odor causing bacteria
Lysol delivers a one two punch when it comes to your spring cleaning. This year, go beyond just cleaning away dirt and germs. Let lysol disinfect your surfaces while you clean to kill odor causing bacteria. With the Brand New Day series of products, you can kill odors and fill your home with Spring scents at the same time.
April 2, 2020
I have gotten really bad at making sure I get enough water. So here is a great suggestion made by one of my facebook followers.
This isn’t the first time I’ve let the ball drop with getting enough water. And just like in previous times, I’m always amazed at how little time it takes to get to the point of being thirsty all the time. It never takes my body long to get used to the increased water amount and crave getting enough and maybe even adding a little more every day.
If you’re some one who struggles with getting enough water, here’s how I make it happen most days, and maybe we can make this our focus together.
Drink a big glass fist thing in the morning. This helps get a jump start, plus it makes you feel pretty amazing and helps shake off the sleep.
Require yourself to drink an entire glass of water before drinking something else. If I want to start drinking a cup of coffee, the water must go down first.
Drink a glass before eating a meal. This also helps make sure I don’t over eat because I’m actually dehydrated but assume its hunger.
Use a specific cup or water bottle. It helps to keep track of your water if your always using the same one, Bonus points if its pretty since I think this some how helps.
So, there you have it! Those are the tips I use to drink more water every day.
March 26, 2020
There’s something biological that happens to us when our kids are upset.
Our faces heat up.
We feel like we’re on the verge of panic.
And all we want is for everyone to be calm and happy again. Right?
Do you ever feel like this? Am I crazy?
I hate it!
Even with all my child development knowledge, I’m still looking for some kind of fix to take that feeling away.
Because I don’t know about you, but I question whether I’m a good parent during thees moments. I think that, if I had it together my child wouldn’t react this way.
That’s not true.
Kids behavior can at times be unpredictable. The only thing you and I can control is our response.
March 20, 2020
I have always done ok with clutter
At least I thought I did…
Looking back to the “old me” I’m realizing that dealing with clutter is fairly simple concept that I was missing.
Here’s the thing.
If you want to at least break even with clutter, you have to take out the equivalent of the amount of stuff that you bring in.
In other words, if you take in stuff and don’t take out at least as much stuff, clutter will gain a footing.
When this happens month after month, year after year, you can easily see why clutter is the problem for most people.
I think you can agree with this simple clutter concept, but maybe, like me, you find the execution part is so hard.
Here it is in a nutshell.
Taking the above concept to the next level. If you want to win over your clutter you need to take out more than you bring in. Because honestly when you shoot to take out more than you bring in, You’ll likely come closer to a realistic exchange. I find I grossly under estimate what I take in.
Going forward, plan on taking out a larger amount of stuff or things that take up less room than anything new that comes into your house.
Its really easier than you think!