One of the things I am pursuing this year is quiet. And one of the more tangible ways I am pursuing it is by attempting to get rid of much (if not all) of the clutter that seems to scream at me from the moment I wake up. The very first thing I do in the morning is walk downstairs and look into our laundry room. I usually get the laundry started and grab a cup of coffee and head back upstairs to my office.
And my office: what shall I say about my office? It is the opposite of neat and tidy. It is the dumping ground for all those projects to get to, bills I will never look at again, random girls clothing and straight up junk. And what do I do in my office?
I have my quiet time!
Isn’t that so ironic? I sit at the feet of Jesus surrounded by a couple hundred random bits and bobs of junk. I attempt to read His word, meditate on it and pray for the day ahead surrounded by the very stuff that gives me the least peace I can think of. Wow. I am getting really convicted about cleaning up my office, just from writing this! Stay tuned to this journey, as I gather up the courage to show you pictures of the worst clutter spaces in our house (we have 3)!
I have a hard time calling what one wears to bed, “pajamas.” I didn’t grow up calling them that. I didn’t realize this was odd until I got to college. After months of telling my roommates I was “going to do my hygiene and put on my bedclothes,” they busted out laughing one night. They told me that no one says those things when talking about getting ready for bed.
I am raising our girls to know both pajamas and bedclothes, but it does warm my heart when my little one says, “I don’t want to put on day clothes, Mama. I want to keep my bedclothes on.”
Regardless of what we mamas call them, keeping up with bedclothes can be a chore unto themselves. As kids get older, they get pajama sets. And keeping up with the tops and bottoms can be difficult. And the result of our struggles usually ends up with mismatched bedclothes (not that it is a horrible thing) which can lead to clothes with uneven wear and fading (again, not a MAJOR concern. But still!).
I have a little trick I use for folding bedclothes to keep them both together AND neat. The method I use makes good use of the limited space we have for our girls (remember our shared closet for our girls?).
We have a bi-annual consignment event in our area for moms and moms-to-be to shop for gently used items. I get pretty excited about it and try to put off purchasing certain items I know I will need, to see if I can find them at the sale. To coincide with the event and because it has to be done pretty regularly at the ages our girls are, I go through all the girls’ clothing and sort out hand-me-downs and outgrown items. Then I make a mental (or actual) list of the items of clothing the girls will need in the coming months.
The sale for the fall season starts on Friday; so the task I tackled today was the girls clothing storage. I am actually embarrassed to admit that a large portion of baby clothing has been sitting untouched in my office for months. I sorted it I don’t know when and needed another plastic storage bin for a large portion of it; so I just left it there until I bought a bin.
Guess who bought a bin today? I often think that someday I am going to buy all matching bins for the garage storage, but then I think about the expense and just buy the cheapest one. Someday my OCD will overwhelm my penny-pinching and I will have the garage of my dreams…some day!
I have a really simple process for sorting and storing the girls’ clothing each season. It seems like I just get it done and turn around and it is time for it to happen again; so I have LOTS of practice on it! (Oh, how the time flies!) Here is what I do to sort out our girls’ clothing and get it ready for the upcoming season. Continue Reading
Have you noticed that kid’s and baby’s socks are tiny and are more prone to the “my dryer must have eaten it” moments? And do you get annoyed when you have run some of your baby and toddler’s bibs through the wash only to find that the velcro is stuck to every other piece of laundry but the bib itself? I think these must be two of the most common laundry annoyances for new and toddler moms.
I am always looking for simple solutions to my household problems and I love when I have have a domestic epiphany! I recently came up to the solution to my baby laundry problems and I thought I would share it with you. This solution solves two separate problems. I love a two for one!
Problem #1 The velcro on my baby’s bibs sticks to everything in my laundry.
Problem #2 Tiny socks get lost OR stuck inside of footie pajamas when I do laundry
Solution: Purchase (or repurpose) a lingerie bag and add it to your laundry supplies.
Tuck the socks inside a lingerie bag (I like the ones that have zippers, affiliate link). zip it up and send the bag through the wash with a load of your child’s clothes. When they come out of the dryer, you will have all those tiny socks in one location, ready for easy sorting and folding. No more finding little loose socks in the bottom of a pair of footy pajamas!
Throw the soiled bibs in the lingerie bag, zip it up and send the bag through the wash with your other kitchen linens. When they come through the wash, they will be clean and separate!
The investment of a few dollar is worth saving yourself the frustration of losing and then finding missing socks only to discover they are attached to the velcro of three of your bibs.
NOTE: I don’t do my bibs with our girls’ clothing. I run them separately with the kitchen and cleaning towels.
What other laundry tips do you have for baby and toddler clothes? Please leave a comment and share!
Well…I didn’t get yesterday’s challenge done because I have a back problem that I have been trying to work out on my own for a while. Turns out it is bigger than me and I need to go to the chiropractor and take it easy for a couple of days. The mopping will have to wait.
So, I am thinking I need to work today on something a little more stationary. How about laundry? I have been hearing for a while that you can save lots of money by making your own laundry detergent. And I have even seen some recipes for it online, but I have always had laundry detergent on hand and so didn’t see the point of making my own.
Today, I am on my last bit of regular laundry detergent and have most of the items to make my own on hand. I also have a beautiful glass vase just waiting to be filled with something lovely and placed on my laundry room counter. I think it is time to get to making my own detergent!
Here is the recipe I have settled on:
Simple. Home. Blessings. Laundry Detergent
2 cups washing soda (I am using Arm & Hammer)
2 cups soap flakes (found in the laundry aisle at the market)
2 cups Borax
1 cup powdered OxyClean
1 cup baking soda
This is basically a mix and stir kind of recipe, but you may want to stir after the addition of each ingredient to make sure the mix is consistent.
To use: Place 1/4 cup mixture into washer, as with usual laundry detergent. For easy fabric softener, pour 1/4 cup vinegar into the fabric softener/rinse compartment of your washer.
I am hoping this works out well. I think it will prove to be a great savings over traditional laundry detergent.
The challenge for today is to get 2 loads of laundry done (with my new detergent). That means sorted, washed, folded and put away!
Have a wonderful day! Leave a comment letting me know how you are doing on the challenge!