Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days - Making your House your Home....

I'm excited to be participating in the Nester's 31 Days series again this year.  Tomorrow's the big day!  Last year over 1200 bloggers participated, blogging about anything and everything you could think of for the entire month of October.

My theme this year is 'Making your House your Home' so I'm linking up in the 'House & Home' category, natch. This month's all about making your home comfortable, welcoming, creative, warm and most of all, you!  This is where you'll find links to each day's post.  I hope your stop by to check it all out.

Day 1 - Enter Here
Day 2 - Aromatherapy
Day 3 - Book Shelves
Day 4 - Dining
Day 5 - Kids' Artwork
Day 6 - In the Backyard
Day 7 - Music
Day 8 - Feeding Them
Day 9 - Movie Night
Day 10 - Flowers
Day 11 - Kids' Rooms
Day 12 - Master Bedroom TV?
Day 13 - Game Night
Day 14 - Homework Station
Day 15 - Favorite Things
Day 16 - Fresh Baked
Day 17 - Spic 'n Span
Day 18 - How Much is Too Much?
Day 19 - Craft Day
Day 20 - To Paint or not to Paint
Day 21 - Keeping Up
Day 22 - A Creative Garage?
Day 23 - Family Fun
Day 24 - Getting Inspiration
Day 25 - The Family Calendar
Day 26 - Home Management Notebook
Day 27 - The Party's in the Kitchen
Day 28 - At the Front Door
Day 29 -It's OK to Let Go
Day 30 - Getting Ready for the Holidays
Day 31- Recap

Friday, September 20, 2013

31 Days of.....

Well, it's that time of year again when Nester challenges us to write on one topic for 31 days in October.  I haven't been posting much this year - things are super busy and when it gets like that something needs to go and this time it was blogging.  I miss it sometimes and sometimes I'm just too busy to miss it.

One thing about the 31 Days challenge is that it really is a challenge.  Think about it, no matter what, you need to post something worthy of reading for 31 days.  In. a. row.  Not that the blog police will come check on you if you miss a day.  Or your blog will get shut down.  Or someone will be mad if you don't post.  It's more of a personal challenge and I'm one of those people that if I say I'm going to do something I will do it. Even if it's just writing a blog post so I can cross it off my to do list.  I've spent a little time thinking about whether or not I wanted to participate in the challenge this year and I've decided that I do want to do it.

So there, it's out there.  I've committed.  And I hope you'll join me on the journey and even consider participating yourself.  All the skinny on joining in can be found here.

I'll keep you in suspense and let you know what my topic will be in the next week or so.  I will tell you that LM suggested 31 Days of Halloween or 31 Days of Halloween Costumes which I tabled since I would need to follow it up with 31 Days of wine drinking....

In the past I have done 31 Days of Hospitality and 31 Days of Home Organization.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cleaning Tips...

I was excited to see a Cleaning Tips post over at Kelly's Korner last week.  Sometimes I just wonder what has happened to my house.  It's clean as in we aren't going to get ill from eating at our table.  It's clean as in the sheets get changed every week and the bathrooms get cleaned weekly.  It's clean as in we will not be on 'Hoarders' anytime soon.

But it's not clean to my liking and for the life of me I cannot keep my tile floors clean.  They are white which is issue one and I feel like we drag every little piece of dirt in from the outside.  And the dust that accumulates on the (dark) furniture drives me crazy.  Dust everyday?  Sure, that's what I want to do.

I have a schedule - a flexible one, but this is what it looks like on the 'normal' week:

Sunday - Clean the fridge (trash gets picked up on Mondays so I pitch what I need to on Sundays), empty trash cans, clean dog doo (LM does the last two), mop kitchen floor.
Monday - Laundry
Tuesday - Dust, clean bathrooms (2), mop floors
Wednesday - Laundry
Thursday - Change sheets, wash towels,Vacuum, dust
Friday - Laundry
Saturday - Meal plan, grocery shop

The kitchen gets cleaned after every meal so it's usually in pretty good shape.  With just 3 of us, I don't need to run the dishwasher too often - maybe 2-3 times a week so it just gets run when it's full.

I'd love to have more time to clean (really!) but it's just not going to happen so I have to live with what I can do at this season in my life.

How do you handle cleaning - fly by the seat of your pants, hire it out, schedule it???