People often wonder why I decided to have children, or more specifically so many children. The answer is quite simple, so that one day I could relax while someone else took care of the house. I hated doing dishes as a child, and I wanted to pass that experience along to my own kids.
Just kidding! I simply felt the need to poke all those people that scoff at the idea of making kids do chores. “Let them be kids.” “They’re not your slaves.”
Seriously. There are people that truly feel this way.
Personally, I (along with herds of other parents and parenting experts) think chores are an integral part of teaching my children responsibility and life skills which they will one day be extremely grateful for. My kids will know the importance of contributing and having a good work ethic from a young age, and it will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Ever since having kids, I’ve had moments of feeling like I’m drowning in an avalanche of stuff, buried under a mountain of stuffed animals unable to breathe. Let’s face it, whether it’s the mountains of gifts your kids get from well-meaning relatives and friends, the “necessary” items you purchase for them or the rock they found on your walk they just can’t seem to part with, having kids means having stuff. Read more
“You must spend all your time cleaning with four kids!”
“I could never do what you do!”
“Relax! Take a little time for yourself. You don’t have to clean all the time.”
From the outside, I must look a little OCD, but the truth is I just have a manageable routine which I stick to. I am NOT cleaning all the time, and I have plenty of time to enjoy life. Would you like to know how?
The kitchen counters, your desk space, your kids’ backpacks, the car…do they all look as if they’ve been hit by a paper tornado? Even though so many aspects of our lives have been digitized, we still seem to end up with an abundance of paper. And once the paper starts to pile up, it becomes more and more difficult to dig your way out. I’ve assembled at list of simple, easy ways to manage and minimize the paper in your life.
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. -Benjamin Franklin
I found value in organization from a very young age. If I was able to make a list, follow a schedule, or adhere to a routine, I could prioritize and get things done. I also discovered I could not truly relax unless my home was in order. For me, a cluttered home was the equivalent of a cluttered mind.
Prior to having a husband, a house, and four children, I was able to achieve order in my life with very little effort. It became much more difficult when my world expanded. It is certainly true that clutter seems never-ending with children. They are really walking, talking messes. Making messes, though, is often a necessary part of having fun and making memories. However, teaching your children to clean up after themselves is also an integral part in preparing them for the responsibilities of life.
I’m not perfect. I always seem to have a space in my home needing to be tackled. Thanks kids! However, I’m the master at creating prioritized lists and cleaning schedules which are easy to implement and follow. Having these tools helps to free up time to do other more enjoyable things. I want to pass these tips and tricks on to other busy moms so they may benefit.
The true gift of organization is clearing your physical and mental space so you can fully enjoy the moment. When your life is uncluttered, you are able to truly be present with yourself, your spouse, and your children.