Accomplish More With Less Insanity

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I had a rough week.  Tooth extractions ~ dry socket ~ more extractions ~ and more dry socket to come because those dog-gone root canal teeth are little boogers and don’t like to come out and clot properly! UGH!

While at the oral surgeon this morning, I forgot a book to read and I had to wait over an hour with nothing to do but sit and pray.  At this stage of my life, I enjoy those times more than I did when I was younger and more apt to be fidgety.

I prayed for my family, my health, my procedure, the doctors, my friends and…

how on earth do I get everything done without feeling like I’m drowning and working hard all day long but accomplishing nothing?  I know I’ve blogged about this very thing and I probably should re-read some of what I’ve written so I have this down, right?

I wanted a fresh look at things since my situation keeps changing.  As our children grow and needs change, I need to change also to keep up with our family.

So I prayed and brain stormed and came up with a couple of thoughts that I wanted to share with you.

These are pre-novocain and pre-percocet thoughts, by the way!

Listening to recent home business training videos they said that if your house is a little messier and things don’t get done ~ don’t sweat it ~ let it go!

I agree with that whole-heartedly in a lot of scenarios, like health issues, pregnancy, having little ones, caring for a loved one’s health needs, working, and a lot of other things that come up in life that make being a cleaning lady less of a priority…

BUT…

In my life and situation right now, I feel like there is absolutely NO REASON why I should be behind on everything every day.  Not that we have to be perfect every single day ~ that has never happened and it never will ~ But I have some pretty awesome able-bodied big people who help out tremendously in this house and are all willing to do whatever it takes to assist with the load.

~ I need to be organized on my end and…

~DELEGATE~

I’m a terrible delegator!  Our children all have chores and responsibilities and they mostly do what they’re suppose to do and more without complaint.  I say mostly because the second I brag ~ things usually go down hill fast.  See?  I’m learning!

 

So ~ this is what I came up with while I was fretting  waiting for the extractions: 

  1. Spending time in God’s word and praying daily is a PRIORITY! 
  2. Exercising daily is a MUST! (Doctors orders so my kidney doesn’t get blocked again!)
  3. Preplan my meals better.  Pre-cut vegetables and make a list of my food and meals so the kids can help out without confusion.
  4. Delegate more chores to the kids.  They won’t even notice.  (LOL)
  5. Declutter.  I did this once in the spring and it was AWESOME!!  I’m not good at keeping it up though.  More clutter makes more chaos.  Read my blogs titled “The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent”

And “Part 2” also has a follow-up of how I decluttered and how awesome it was.

Decluttering really helps keep the workload down.  I need to keep up with this as holding on to everything is a hard habit to break, especially after 46 years of experience.

I think that about covers it.  The pain-killers are starting to kick in so I can’t remember if there is more or not ~ but I think you got the idea.


Health and Wellness Tip 

Here is a quick list of things that can slow down the body’s healing process and weight-loss results:

  1. Stress
  2. Not drinking enough water
  3. Not getting enough sleep
  4. Not eating healthy
  5. Not eating enough healthy fats (Avocados, walnuts, olive oil, flax seed, salmon etc.)
  6. Skipping meals
  7. Not exercising
  8. Drinking soda or diet soda
  9. Constipation (Plexus BioCleanse helps with this)

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ONE LAST THING: November is Diabetes Awareness Month and our youngest has Type 1 Diabetes.  Read my blog about our journey:

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed


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A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Satisfaction ~ Contentment ~ Blessings

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

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My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

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Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

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Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe

 

 

 

 

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

I thought I’d switch things up a little bit and talk about how to quick clean the kitchen.  After all ~ I am the QUEEN OF CLEAN!  (OR NOT!)  

That was a joke *cue laughing*

I’ve been a homemaker for 25 years and my weakness happens to be cooking and cleaning!  Imagine that ~ HA!  (I blame my creative side for that.)

But if there is such a thing as an award for “Most Improved,” I surely would be a candidate for most improved cooker and cleaner because I have changed so much in that particular department.

Cleaning isn’t one of my strengths but I’ve discovered a few ways to make cleaning so much easier.  Since I’m excited about what I’m learning,  I thought I’d share my tips and secrets for a quick cleaning of the kitchen, especially for those who cook a lot, like me!  (Notice how I keep saying “QUICK” cleaning.)

1.  CUT THE CLUTTER

AAHHHH CLUTTER!  NOW ~ I am the queen of clutter, that’s for sure!  I’m more attached to my stuff than a baby to his binky.  But I’ve learned that being attached to your clutter is like being attached to your fat.  It’s a heavy and needless burden to bear.

I’m not where I’d like to be yet, but I’m making progress by leaps and bounds.  Although it has always crossed my mind in the past that I use 25% of my stuff and store the other 75%, which is very much in my way, I really didn’t understand the significance of living minimally.  I thought it was wise to keep everything.

I stumbled on this mindset totally by accident.  I’ll tell you the whole story (since you asked haha.)  A mom in a homeschool FB group posted that she was so happy to get rid of most of her homeschooling stuff to become more minimal and stress free.  I commented that I have trouble getting rid of anything especially homeschool curriculum and that I have 18 years of homeschooling that is taking over my house.  She recommended another group page and I joined right away.

That’s when I learned about Allie Casazza and quickly signed up to receive her blogs.

I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER!!!  

She doesn’t know I’m talking about her or that I exist.  But I’m going to give her a shout out because she has completely changed my thinking and my life.


You can read about my purging journey in my blog “The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent ~ Part 2.”   It’s a good story!

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QUESTION:  How do you declutter the kitchen?

ANSWER:  Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or use.  Get rid of the excess dishes and silverware.  If this creeps you out, then take some of it and put it away somewhere where your family won’t find it.  That way they’ll be more inclined to wash a dish they need than go to the cupboard to dirty another dish.

Completely clear off your counters and put everything away.  Put your “stuff” in the cupboards.  If there’s no room, then get rid of something.  I cook a lot and make most meals from scratch and I don’t really have a lot of “stuff.”

I keep my waffle iron, food processor, and crock pot in the cupboard below where I use them or on my refrigerator.  I do keep my toaster, Jayce’s diabetes supplies, and kitchen knives on my counter ~ but usually that’s all.

Now, I am a work in progress so I’m not going to pretend that my counters are perfect right this second.  But it’s my goal to get them this way at night before going to bed ~  at least during the weekday.

Whatever your hand finds to do ~ do it with all your might ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

2. CLEAN AS YOU GO

I rinse my dishes off as I use them and I also have a sink full of hot soapy water.  I will either put the rinsed off dishes in the dishwasher or give them a quick wash in the soapy water and let them sit to dry.

That way I’m not left with a huge stack of dirty dishes to do at the end of the day.  I clean as I go, for the most part, but even if I don’t get everything cleaned every time, I still do enough to make it easier for me at the end of the day.

And this is where the decluttering of dishes comes in handy.  If you have only enough dishes for the people in your house available, then even if everything is dirty, there won’t be a lot to clean.  Rinse every plate after each meal so they will be ready for the next meal.


Every family is different and every need is unique.  We are a homeschooling family who is home for every meal.  We have 6 people living in our house, a gluten-free, diabetic 7 year old with special dietary needs, and a 14 year old boy who is continually hungry.  Our kitchen is used and loved a lot ~ maybe more than the average household.


3.  START ON ONE SIDE

After dinner, I will start with the kitchen table by clearing it and cleaning it completely.  This is also a good job for the kiddos to do.  Then I start from the far right side of the counter and move around the entire kitchen.  I clear everything off the counter usually by taking as much as I can hold at a time.  Doing it this way seems to go faster for me.  I keep moving quickly taking armfuls of stuff, throwing and putting away and stacking the dishes, moving from one side of the counter to the other until I’m completely finished.  If I’m not distracted by something ~ this goes super quick!  All that’s left is wiping the counter and taking care of the dishes. Once all that’s done, I make sure my sink is completely cleaned, dried and shining bright!  And then I sweep the floor and wipe quick with a wet cloth.

4.  MOVE QUICKLY

There are things you can do quickly and once you get into the habit of doing these fast it becomes automatic.  For me, if I focus on doing this every day and keep myself moving quickly, I really find myself becoming a much quicker cleaner.

Whatever you do ~ do your work heartily ~ as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.  Colossians 3:23-24

5.  DELEGATE

I’m terrible at delegating.  I’m a do-it-yourself kind of gal so it’s hard for me to let go.  Besides encouraging our children to clean up their own mess, I assign one child to empty the dishwasher and the trash every day (they switch off every month with vacuuming.)  I also have the kids clear and clean the table.  It’s simple enough that they can (and will) do it without being nagged but it also helps with the work in a big way.

6.  DEEP CLEAN ONCE A WEEK

Once a week I deep clean my kitchen.  I dust the top of the refrigerator, pantry doors, window sills and shades, etc.  I use Murphy Oil Soap on my floors and cupboards, and I clean out my fridge.

I had to make myself remember to do this every week because I’m not naturally organized and cleanly.

Since I do this often, I do this as quickly as possible.  As I say to my children ~ I scurry!  I figure that it’s better to do this once a week quickly, than to do it once a year slowly or not at all ~ YIKES!  Even if I forget something one week or I only have time to deep clean half of my kitchen, it still gets a thorough touch up at least once or twice a month.


I know so many people who are much better at cleaning and organizing than I am so I feel a little silly writing a post like this.

But since this is what I’m working on right now and there might be someone somewhere who will be blessed and encouraged by what I write, I thought I’d go ahead and share.  This is my story and hopefully, someone can learn something from me.

All hard work brings profit ~ Proverbs 14:23

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MY OTHER POSTS~

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7 Ways To Make Great Teens (MOST RECENT)

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Family:

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

 Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe