Category Archives: homekeeping

Free printables!

While perusing this week’s Subscriber Exclusive from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, I followed a link that led to a link that led to free printables from Life Your Way.

They have more than 150 free printables available for download here, including a room organizer chart (I don’t know about you, but with the change of seasons we’re moving our furniture around into new configurations) and a Home Management Notebook.

So if you feel the need to scratch that “get organized” itch, check out Life Your Way, and if you haven’t heard of Homeschool Freebie of the Day, take a look at that site, too, where every day there’s a new free download of PDF e-books or mp3 files or links to free resources.


Monday, Monday…

It’s been one of those days where I feel as if I spent most of the day just running around and not accomplishing anything. I have three baskets of clean laundry, at least, but I won’t really feel as if it’s “done” until it’s put away. (It’s “sort of” folded to minimize wrinkling, anyhow, and I hung up the good stuff right out of the dryer, so at least there’s no ironing this week.)

Morning was devoted to the chiropractor, and when I got home I got the girls to work on the papers they need to write by Thursday… (computer outage means we lost a week of work time, and add that to the procrastination factor and it means they’re writing a 3-5 page paper in four days. Doable, but not fun.)

Afternoon was taken up with music lessons, bank, and shopping. I need to cut back on shopping, or organize errands better, or something. It just takes too much time out of the week, not to mention money out of the budget. (!)

Evening was choir practice.

Now it’s past bedtime, I look around at the house that has not been picked up from the weekend, that actually looks a little worse than it did this morning, instead of the lots better I was aiming for. I know what I want to do, I’m just too busy to give it the time it needs.


Tomorrow is another day, and if I get to bed right after writing this, at least I won’t have ruined the morning completely by staying up until midnight. (Half an hour short of midnight, but still better than midnight. Or after.)

What do you do to get on track when you feel like things are out of focus?

Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom, revisited

In case you thought I meant myself, well…

That’s so not me. But I’m working hard at it. Have been spending three hours a day, once our schedule emptied out for the summer, going through the piles. Dejunk, recycle, donate, you name it.

Letting go

One of the things I’ve had to let go is my perfectionism (Down, I tell you! Down!) It would be really nice, say, to have a garage sale of all the stuff we’re getting rid of. However, I realized that such a thing would be a downer, a drag, in other words, putting on the brakes. It would add a level of organization to a job that is, frankly, almost overwhelming. You stuff your house full of two decades worth of accumulation, with only two real dejunking sessions over that span of time, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Sono Harris, with her annual (or was it every six months?) purge, had a better idea.

If it must be done, ’twere better done quickly

No, I have to get the stuff out of the house quickly, while my resolve is firm. Having it pile up in the garage, waiting for a yard sale, is too much of an energy drain.

Recycle — for budget-friendly dejunking

It’s as much as I can stand to recycle, and the main reason I do that is that recycling gets hauled away “for free” while additional trash bags (if they don’t fit in the trash can) generate a fee of about $10 each. A dumpster is several hundred dollars. It’s amazing how much you can cut down the trash going out for collection if you separate out the paper and plastic. Oh, and it fits with today’s environmental focus, too.

I’m really good at sorting. It’s the “getting rid of” or “letting go” that has stymied me to this point. Recycling is sorting, so it’s not that hard. Storing up treasure for a garage sale is a sort of extended “letting go” that I know I can’t manage at this point. Maybe once I’m organized I can do a regular purge-and-garage-sale, but I know I’d just be throwing an obstacle in my way if I tried to do it during this huge take-back-the-house campaign.

Got to keep the momentum going.

(If you, on the other hand, want to profit from your purging, go for it. I hear that it’s a good idea to price as you go — then you don’t have to go through that pile of stuff in the garage yet another time and make more decisions. Either that, or hold a sale on a donation basis. Let people offer what they think an item is worth.)

I’m not going to offer before-and-after pictures on the blog. While I’ve found these motivating, on other blogs, I don’t really want to show the world all my clutter. You’ll just have to take my word for it. There’s a lot of it around, sitting in piles. Some of the piles are neat. Some piles are hiding in boxes, masquerading as organized clutter. (There’s an oxymoron for you.)

And for another thing, I can’t find the charger for my camera battery. I’m hoping it will emerge sooner than later, as the clutter gets moved out of here.

Confessions of an Organized Mom" blog

Not mine. From "Confessions of an Organized Mom" blog. Mine may look this bad. Or worse. Or maybe not as bad. But it's getting better. (Monty Python, anyone?)

In other news, the Organized Homeschool Mom blog has moved, so I thought I’d post the updated link for your convenience. Good stuff there.

Happy organizing! Is that an oxymoron, too? Well, no, I don’t think so. Though I used to have anxiety attacks when I’d try to get rid of stuff, this time, it’s getting easier to let go with each load that leaves the house. We can talk more about that later, I hope.

Natural cleaners

I was going to do a post using the Simple Woman’s Daybook prompts, but ran out of time. Then I thought about doing a Gratituesday post, but again, while I have more blessings than I can count, I have no more online time today!

So instead, I’ll post a link to an article I just printed out, about natural cleaners. Looks like some good recipes, some of them similar to what I’m already using.

The reason I went searching for info on natural cleaners today, was because I still use bleach in one area… no, two areas.

1) laundry – specifically, unmentionables. Those things can really use disinfecting. I’d like to do something else. I’ve heard of using hydrogen peroxide or tea tree oil, but never specifics, like how many drops (of the oil) per load, and if you need to dilute it in anything before adding, or how much peroxide to add per load. Help?

2) kitchen sink – My kitchen sink is white porcelain, and it can get pretty stained. Every few months I’ll fill it to the brim with hot water and add a cup of bleach, then let it soak for an hour or more (often when we’re going to be away from home). I first got this tip from the FlyLady, and it works beautifully. Doesn’t scratch my old sink, either. How else to get the stains out?

If you have any insights, please share! (How much tea tree oil, for example, or how much peroxide, or would peroxide work to make my sink white and shiny, or is there something else?)

Making a Home, update

Well, we got some of the living room done, and we really did have a yummy dinner: baked chicken and rice and stir-fried kale. Added bonus: cleaned out my refrigerator yesterday, even though it wasn’t on my list. Something spilled, and so I hauled everything off that shelf and cleaned, and one thing led to another, and pretty soon… Well, the inside of my fridge is now clean and organized. Sure makes cooking easier.

I know I’ve mentioned Mrs. Clean’s website before, but I was just poking through the printable checklists this morning, needing a more organized approach to our cleaning routine, and once again I found the lists and advice for tackling various cleaning jobs to be motivating and encouraging.


Making a Home

Linda at Linda’s Lunacy is hosting a Tuesday meme called “Making a Home” (will try to insert the code here, so if all goes well…)

Okay, if I did this right, you should be able to go to her blog by clicking on the image. In the words of Han Solo, sometimes I amaze even myself.

Anyhow, Linda is encouraging homekeepers to think about what makes a home, and apply their ideas.

I’m about to put some BBQ chicken in the oven so that good smells greet my husband when he comes home. We’re also going to stand at the front door to see what he sees when he comes home (I want the girls to get used to seeing things out of place and dealing with them, right alongside their clutterblind mother), and make an effort to make that first sight pleasant and welcoming. It’s a start, anyhow.

What did you do today, to make your house a home?

Menu Plan Monday

…actually, this post is something of a fraud. I don’t have a clue what we’ll be eating this week. I think I cooked two home-cooked meals last week, and the rest of the time we were either eating out or eating sandwiches in the car. (Buying lunchmeat and bread and fruit and chips and making lunch as you travel is a lot cheaper than take-out.) I’m out of the groove.

Got to clean out the refrigerator of the stuff that didn’t get eaten last week, what with all the traveling and reveling and that sort of thing, and then I’ll have a better idea of what we’re going to eat. Lots of salad, at least, because we got beautiful lettuce from our CSA this week. Not sure what else, yet. Will let you know.