Hey there! Welcome! I know it is getting a little late for coffee, but I’m glad you stopped by! I’ve got soda, tea & plenty cold water…what’ll you have?
I made it to the weekend! Finally back from an unexpected blogging break, I’ve checked in at Home Sanctuary for Rachel’s Small Things. I love those Small Things. While I haven’t had time to comment much I did pray for friends, cut some tags, took care of some garbage clutter in my make-up bag, planned dinner before 10 am and today I shook out those throw rugs. In Minnesota those entry rugs definitely collect sand & salt! While I didn’t complete even 50% of my to-do list on any given day, I do feel good having added those Small Things.
About a month ago I made a little change to our weekend routine and my house has seen the benefit of that change. It makes my home a sanctuary, at least for the weekend. With daycare in my home, I might as well have a revolving door on my house Monday through Friday. Between 6:30 and 8:00 on any given morning a dozen people have come in and 3 of my family have gone out. That is a lot of traffic. Repeat between 4:30 & 5:00. By the end of the week my house can look a little worse for wear. This week I had a blue design on my linoleum for 3 days. It was carpet tape I put down in a zig-zag pattern through my kitchen & dining room for the kids to practice walking on. And today there was a head to a baby doll stuck under my hutch. Apparently the baby doll needed to go under there for a nap. When a little someone was trying to get the baby up they pulled a little too hard. Whoops. Definitely not a sanctuary feel.
I usually straighten up each night, then vacuum & sweep each morning. But energy for other big cleaning doesn’t come easily for me during the week. So about a month ago I was here with the kids for the weekend while Dan was on a fishing trip. I got a great idea! I would offer an incentive to my kids! I didn’t want to spend the whole weekend cleaning and I didn’t want to keep nagging reminding them to help.
This was the deal: For two hours after kids left they helped me CLEAN house. Floors, bathrooms, dusting – everything. At 6:30 if I had good, productive helpers with happy attitudes I would order pizza to be delivered. (this if VERY rare around here) then we’d pick out a movie to watch while we enjoyed our pizza. They loved the idea. Really.
They didn’t mind helping. They loved the pizza. And they really liked that mom sat down and watched a WHOLE movie with them & didn’t get up once to change laundry or something.
We have done this Friday night thing three times now. The kids ASK to do this on a Friday when we don’t have anything on the calendar. It is amazing. One week I got three junk drawers cleaned out & sheets changed in addition to the rest. Another week we got the kitchen counters cleared and scrubbed down. Best thing is, my house actually feels like a sanctuary by 7pm on Friday. Getting up to a clean house on Saturday morning is heavenly. On Sunday I still have a short cleaning session to do to get ready for Monday, but it is nothing like the weeks we don’t do our Friday Night Blitz (as my son called it last time).
That is the main thing I’ve got going on lately. How about you? What have you been doin’ to make that home a sanctuary?
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