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March MAIDness: Day 6 – Monday (Morning) Refresh

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series March Maidness

Happy Monday morning!  I hope your weekend was leisurely and relaxing.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not what anyone would call a morning person, but I am a Monday person.  I do love a Monday because it feels like a clean slate to me.  It feels like there are lots of things that are possible on a Monday.  It feels like a fresh, clean load of laundry just waiting to be folded and put away.

And one of my favorite things to do on a Monday (morning or otherwise, depending on schedule and babies) is a refresh.  I just love to take 15 minutes (you guessed it) and jump-start my cleaning routine for the house in our master bedroom/bathroom area.  So here is what I can get done in 15 minutes – yes, I have timed myself:

  • Start a load of laundry in the washing machine (this is a must for Monday morning anyway).
  • Go upstairs and take the bed linens off the bed.
  • Open the windows (either the blinds or the actual windows) to let light and air in.
  • Dust the bed, bedside tables, and widows with a swiffer/microfiber.
  • Remove any trash or clutter that built up over the weekend.
  • Make bed, complete with pillows (I don’t do the pillows everyday because D does not like it).
  • Smile at the clean look of a freshly made bed.
  • Wipe down the bathroom counter/put away clutter from the counters.
  • Scrub the toilet.
  • Replace towels.

NOTE: To get all this done in 15 minutes, I make sure I have all the supplies I need (swiffer/microfiber cloth, fresh linens, a trash bag) on hand before starting the timer.

So how about you?  Do you smile at the look of a freshly made bed?  Crave something to help kick-start your cleaning routine around the house for the week?

The challenge for today is to do a refresh of your master bed and bath.  Leave a comment and let me know how it goes for you.


Growing Up, Nest Building

Begin as you mean to go

Recently I was reading a book on early childhood parenting that had a repeated key piece of advice: “Begin as you mean to go.”  Since I was reading this book just before the new year and just before introducing our little one to solid foods and formula, the concept resonated with me.  I started to think where this year would take our little one.  She started the year sitting and pushing up on her own, rolling over and smiling and giggling.  By the end of the year she will have pulled up on her own, stood for the first time, walked and even run.  She will also go from only having mother’s milk to craving and eating almost all of the same foods we eat.  She also will say her first words.

When I step back and imagine all of these changes that will take place, it can seem overwhelming from a parenting perspective.  The thing I hear the most from everyone who sees her rolling over is, “Just wait, she will be everywhere once she starts to crawl.”  And that is just the thing…”Once she starts.”  After she starts to do all these things she will never (God-willing) have to relearn the mechanics.  She will never have to be retrained how to crawl or how to walk.  So it is that much more important that we as parents start her off on the right foot, with the goal in mind.

We want her to be a good, polite little eater and so as we started to introduce solid foods, we also introduced limits to what was appropriate regarding eating.  For one, she is only able to eat in her high chair.  Next, we are trying to teach her not to touch the spoon, plate, or food while she is being fed.  And amazingly she is starting to get it.  At only seven months, she is able to be taught how to do things well.  Because we are beginning as we mean to go, with our eyes on the goal; we will not have to go back and break bad habits.

And thus begins another venture in our lives.  One which I am beginning as I mean to go.  I am starting this journal as a way of discussing issues that are close to my heart as a homemaker.  There are many  topics that will be covered on this blog in the future including housekeeping, child rearing, organization, saving, and devotional living.  I am beginning as I mean to go with this as well.  I am beginning with prayer and hope in the future.  The goal I have in mind is a little blurry at the moment, but I know I seek to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my home and with my blog.  I want to be an encouragement to others and I want to do well in order to finish well.

Let’s begin.

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