>The silent blog is attributed to me being still hard at work. I have goals! I’m focused on meeting those goals, and mix in “Clean House” on the Style Network, and I’m ready to go. 🙂
After the yard sale a couple of weeks ago, I decided that the stuff wasn’t coming back in the house and could only stay in the garage for a few weeks. So, a charity truck came to pick up some. Then I dropped off another load. And, wouldn’t you know, I bet I have enough for at least another drop-off, perhaps two. (Man, is this ever a sad reflection of how much stuff has been in my house, crammed into closets and bins!)
My goals for the house are:
1. Completely clean out Hannah’s room.
2. Paint and update Hannah’s room (if you are friends with me on Facebook, you’ve read my drama. lol). She wants a princess theme. I’m trying to steer her away from Disney Princesses, but am losing that battle, so I’m trying to use lots of non-themed stuff for bedding, etc.
3. Completely clean out Abbie’s room.
4. Update Abbie’s room. This probably won’t happen until we move her to a “big girl bed” in the fall or winter. The frontrunner for the theme is “Nursery Rhyme” because I’m (again) trying to stay away from commercial themes. Seeing Dora the Explorer in Hannah’s room the past few years hasn’t been so much fun.
5. Be able to park in the garage again. Seriously. And this is so, so sad. BUT! I’ve made LOTS of progress!
6. Paint the fence.
7. Paint the exterior of the house.
8. Have carpets cleaned.
I wrote an email to Hubs last week that went something along these lines: “In a perfect world, when it was time for Abbie’s birthday party, the house and fence would be painted. Hannah’s room would be updated. The house would be perfect. Balloons would be tied to the fence posts. We would have had enough money to buy the swing set for the girls and all the kids would be playing on it. People would be having fun.”
He said I sounded like a Walgreen’s commercial.
While I know I can’t ever reach perfection, I am striving towards excellence.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8
Having an organized, neat, freshly painted home is lovely, admirable, noble, right, and excellent. So I’ll keep thinking about those things and work towards having them done.
>My box of Mrs. Meyers’ Clean Day products arrived yesterday evening. I felt like a kid at Christmas when I got home from church and found it waiting for me, and I anxiously opened the container.
I have to say that I chose their Lemon Verbena scent because I’m not into Basil. Lavender is ok, so I might try that scent next time… sometimes, it’s overpowering. Geranuim? No, thanks. Baby Blossom is a possibility, as well. They have scent free products, too. I guess the smart thing would have been to order products in scents I think I’d like!
I used the bathroom products this morning: shower spray, cleaning wipes and the toilet cleaner. I like the shower spray. I LOVE the cleaning wipes! LOVE THEM. Why? They are thicker than Clorox wipes. They are biodegradeable. They smell lovely. The toilet cleaner was so-so. I think I feel this way because of marketing, to be honest. I’ve previously used the Clorox with bleach cleaner that is VERY thick and this toilet cleaner isn’t very thick at all. It cleaned the toilet, so no complaints. I think I just need to be de-programmed from all the TV marketing! 🙂
I’ve yet to use the window cleaner and the Sweet Pea kitchen cleaners. The Sweet Pea stuff smells just like garden. It’s formulated to smell like that… like fresh picked sweet peas. Hubs really liked it. Me, not so much. He also said he thought the Lemon Verbena smelled like rest-stops. I don’t agree, but that’s his take.
For more cool cleaning info, visit Mrs. Meyer’s sister company, Caldera, for some neat laundry tips:
>This week, I’ve been trying to finish cleaning out the garage once and for all. We had a yard sale today and will have another on Friday. Tomorrow, we’ll be in Lexington at Shriner’s Hospital for an annual check-up.
To keep me inspired, I’ve been watching “Clean House” on the Style Network.
It’s kind of weird to hear the hosts saying to the family what I keep saying to myself. “It’s not the stuff that’s important; it’s the memories.”
I have to admit that I have been pretty awful about associating memories or traditions to stuff. So-and-so gave me/my kids this. That is from my grandma’s house.
And you know, I think that kind of thinking holds a lot of people back. Listen, the people who love you most should want the best for you. And the best is not holding on to stuff you don’t use. It’s not the things that matter; it’s the people, and the most important people want you to be able to enjoy your home and, you know, be able to actually park in your garage. (Ahem)
So, while I’m not blogging, I’m busy trying to make a better life. But I promise photos of the bathroom and maybe even our progress in the garage!
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