Keeping it clean

I tell my children  often, “Little messes are easier to clean than big messes.”

It is much easier to keep a clean house by cleaning as you go than it is to clean a dirty house. By that I mean it is easier to pick up things and put them away after using them. Pickup and put away toys after playing before you take something else out. Put clothes in hamper instead of on the floor. Put kitchen appliances away after using them. Tidying the kitchen as you cook and prepare a meal. I know it isn’t always possible to do, but it is a great habit to make. It will also cut down on cleaning. 

One of the things I like to do with my kiddos is the five minute cleanup. You do this several times throughout the day and it helps keep the house cleaner. It helps for everyone to have a certain area of responsibility, that way no one is trying to do the same area at the same time.  I like to do a five minute cleanup once in the morning, around noon, and in the middle of the afternoon.  If you are home alone you can do a five minute cleanup in different areas at different times of the day. 

One of the things I try to do every night is make sure I clean my kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to be clean.  Naomi’s responsibilities is loading and unloading the dishwasher, sweeping, and cleaning off the table.   I clean the countertops and the stove.  Sometimes Brian will sweep for Naomi while she loads the dishwasher.  I personally love waking up to a clean kitchen.  I try to remember to have the coffee pot set to make coffee in the morning, I am going to get better at that this year. 

After supper and before getting ready for bed I like to have everyone straighten up their area of responsibility.  That way in the morning we can start our day off on a good note.  Sometimes we don’t get to cleanup before bedtime and it always throws off our day. 

I will breakdown our area of responsibility in my next post.  Well, I hope everyone is having a great year so far. Thank you for stopping by…..

 -Pamela

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Celebrate Life

January 22, 1973 history was made and Abortion was made legal.  Here is the thing not everything in History is good.  Yes, History was made but it wasn’t a good thing.  Ever since that day countless of babies have died at the hands of the ones that were suppose to protect them.

Today I choose to celebrate LIFE!  I choose to have a real discussion with my children about the value of LIFE!  I choose to talk to them about the value of every SOUL!   I choose to take today to celebrate LIFE!!!!  I choose to mourn the children that lost their lives and was never given a chance at LIFE.   I choose to take a stand for the unborn!   I choose to use my voice for the countless souls that was never given a voice.  

I have said this many times but HUMAN RIGHTS starts with the RIGHT TO LIFE!   There is no such thing as HUMAN RIGHTS if you are not even given the RIGHT TO LIVE!  I believe in Human Rights and I believe every life has value.  I believe God loves every soul even before they were formed in the womb.   Every LIFE has VALUE! 

So today I weep for our country and I weep for the countless souls that was taken to soon.  I celebrate LIFE and I celebrate my six children that God has Blessed me with.  #ShoutYourBlessings  #ShoutYourChildren  #CelebrateLife 

-Pamela

5 Myths about Organization and Decluttering

Here are five myths about organization:

1. It is to expensive. Yes, organizational tools can get expensive. I like to think outside the box and up cycle items I have around the house. I also use items for different purposes.

Tip: These are dishwashing pans from Walmart. I use them to organize toys and school books. They are less than a dollar each.

2. I will not have to purge and declutter if I get organized. Purging can be hard, but it is necessary to have a organized and tidy home. Tips on purging. If you haven’t used it in over a year get rid of it….

3. I am going to wait till I can have a yard sale to get rid of clothes and toys. I am all for yard sales and I think it can be a great idea, but Sometimes you might not have enough stuff for a yard sale. Also sometimes when you put stuff aside for a yard sale they magically end up back in the house. Tip: Have a donation box, a keep box, a trash bag, and a future yard sale box to put items in when you are going through items in your home.

4. I think my donation box is safe in the garage or shed. Nope, your donation box is never safe from your families hands. They will slowly bring in everything. Tip: Get your donation items in your car and at the donation center as quickly as possible.

5. If I declutter and organize I won’t have to clean every day. Here is the thing, organization is just a tool. When your home gets messy organization helps you pick up and put things away quicker. Decluttering helps you get rid of things and have less to clean up. Tips: make homes for everything in your home and make it easily accessible. Keep it simple! I have a saying at my house,” Everything has a home and everything gets put back in its home.”

“Every thing has s place and everything in its place.” Hope everyone has a organized new year…

-Pamela

2019

Last year our word was Focus, and I wanted to zoom in and focus on Christ. I still want to emphasize this in 2019. As we focus on Christ, we Grow.

2019 our theme is ‘Be Fruitful ‘. I want my family to grow in Christ. I want to see more fruit in my life and in my family.

Happy New Years everyone!

– Pamela