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Don’t Let Your Kids Take The Furniture When They Move Out!

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Of course I don’t mean you should never let them take any furniture when they move out… just make sure you are prepared for it.

Let me tell you what happened today. Big Sister Olivia moved out a couple of months ago after graduating. She went to live with Big Brothers but has now decided to test those wings a little bit more and move again.

This time she needed a few things and a dresser was one of them. I told her she could have it a while back and I intended to be finished with it by today. Well even the best laid plans can awry.

We were supposed to have finished another couple of projects which would then have given me space to redo our main closet. The main closet was to be turned into a ‘family closet’. At least that was the plan a month or so ago.

It looked easy enough on paper.

As you all know I have been doing a massive declutter and deep cleaning of the house. This has been part of a mission to get more organized. I’ve been working on grouping all like things together so the family closet was just a great solution to keeping up with all of our clothes.

I had originally thought about turning the closet into a bedroom for the girls. I almost did that today when I realized what a mess is gotten myself into.

Back to today’s events… the little girls emptied the dresser. Mr. Awesome and I loaded it into a trailer so he could deliver it. That meant the girls had all of their clothes in two laundry baskets. I guess looking back on it that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing but at the time I thought it was.

This is a pic of after we moved the dresser out.

The other dresser had been stacked on top of the remaining one. It was crowded and unorganized in there or just a plain mess some might say.

So I decided to bite the bullet and tackle this closet. After all I’d ordered everything I thought I needed and the boxes had been cluttering up the house so why not?

We proceeded to clean out the closet.

I found a couple of my old suits that I really loved.

Then Isabella thought we should leave it like it was because it would be just perfect for hide and seek.

I found my old paper cutter in here. Plus that’s the serger I bought last year. I haven’t taken it out of the box because it got tipped over during delivery and all the spoils fell off. I’ve been procrastinating because I’m afraid it’ll be a bit confusing to sort out. It didn’t belong in the closet so out it came along with that bookshelf me and my sister worked so hard to squeeze in there last year. Sorry sis!

Wow! So much space or so it seems.

Of course we had to give the floor and walls a good cleaning with our favorite wood cleaner from Grove. It smells so good!

I did try out the grapefruit floor cleaner from Grove but the floor pads didn’t work well on this rough wood. They did smell really good though and Isabella was in love with them.

Then to put in the new double rod from Whitmor.

I forgot to show you what the rest of the house looked like after we emptied half of the closet. (We could only do half at a time because we didn’t have enough room. The closet may have more stuff in it than the whole house!)

I have too many square dance dresses, I know. I’ll be purging some soon and hopefully selling a few of them.

This was the first attempt at getting it all in there.

We then put together a couple of new organizers and cleaned out the other half of the closet.

Jacob supervised and instructed me as to how everything should go. He was also a very good helper once I told him the name of the pieces so he knew what I needed next.

Mr. Awesome returned about this time to find the house a disaster zone. It was really a mess!

After we got the organizers together and I rearranged a few more times I decided enough was enough. The little boys brought their clothes in from the dresser in the my bedroom.

They quickly filled the cubbies while tearing a couple apart in the process. They did a pretty good job but I think I’ll check out the Dollar Store or some baskets to fit in here so it is a little bit neater. I really don’t know how long these doors will last with these little guys either.

Then the girls tackled putting away their clothes.

Again we need to tidy it up a bit but they have a nice space for their clothes. There is another hanging area but they shoved all the jackets in there. I’m thinking of using the old closet in the living room as a coat closet… maybe… but first we need to find a place for their dress up that they shoved in there.

I had bought some shoe organizers with hopes I could use them to store my crinolines.

Unfortunately they weren’t quite big enough and most of my petticoats were too full to squeeze in there. I may try altering these to work but that’s gonna be on another day. I did get rid of two that I don’t use that much and I may try to let go of a couple more. I did say try… I really like all of the ones I have but they just take up so much space to store them.

I mean it’s really felt like a game of musical clutter today. The shed we were going to empty hasn’t been emptied so we have no place to store the furniture that isn’t needed. Then I ran out of trash bags so I couldn’t sort through as many clothes as I intended too. Oh well, progress is progress right?

I did have a mini meltdown at one point. I had somehow boxed myself into a corner and then a closet rod fell. It dumped all of my dresses that I had so carefully organized into the floor. I just had to sit down in the floor and have a little cry. I was tempted to just throw everything in a bag and get rid of it… I guess it’s a good thing we were out of bags.

We started cleaning up the leftover mess that had been pulled out I finally got to a point where it was somewhat acceptable. I fixed some Shepherd’s Pie and moved a few more things while it was in the oven.

The now empty dresser from the bedroom was relocated to the front porch temporarily. Another dresser was moved to where the old dresser had been and the gun cabinet took its place.

After dinner I opened the rest of the boxes that have been piling up including our new garment steamer.

I’ll post about this after I get to use it a bit. I’m excited to, hopefully, not be cooped up in the small bathroom while pressing clothes.

Then there was this neat little over the door shoe organizer compliments from Target Bullseye!

My dance shoes are happy to have a home.

They had been living in a tote under the bed.

Some had been in the back of the closet on that book shelf too.

Whew! That was a lot of work for one day. It all started because I let my daughter take a dresser… lol… I did have all intentions of doing this but this was not the way I had planned it to go.

It was much more work than I had anticipated. Especially since I’m still recovering from a fibro flare. The shelves didn’t get touched yet but I’ll have to wait until Mr. Awesome gets a place cleared to store some stuff. Ideally I’d like to get ever out of the closet that doesn’t need to be in there.

Mr. Awesome had a surprise planned for us tomorrow so I’d better try to get some rest. We still have a bit of clutter in the Main Room and a bunch of empty boxes.

These empty boxes will come in handy when I start to declutter the homeschool storage and toys. Gee… what am I saying? I don’t know how I’m gonna find the energy but maybe the vitamins I found in my box from that discount online shopping club will help out.

I didn’t even tell you about unpacking that box. That prompted me to go to the bathroom so I could put away some soaps, shampoos, lotion, chapsticks, toothpaste, and cleaners. I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and mix up some of the concentrates which in turn led to me cleaning the bathroom at 10:30 pm. They did smell good though.

I did retrain myself from taking the laundry supplies out to the wash shed. I had been attacked by mosquitoes earlier when I went out to get the mail. It was worth it though as we got some more of our new homeschool supplies.

So basically I just wanted to warn you to be prepared for your house to get turned upside down, inside out, when your kids move out. It will never be the same when they leave.

I’ve checked on her and she is happily settling in to her new room. She got some other furniture too and is working on unpacking. She thought it was funny when I told her what we’d been through since taking out the dresser but I must say it looks really nice in its new home.

I’ll add a picture soon 🙂

I’ll also post some better pics of the closet when we get it completed.

Have a good night!

Dealing With Bug Bites

It’s that time of year when we all like to be outdoors. The weather is nice, well most of the time, but the bugs are not. Here we’ve had quite a bit of rain so it’s been a struggle dealing with mosquitoes and yellow flies too.

These things really itch when they bite so we really like to use our ‘Stop The Itch Cream’. It really does help to soothe the skin and stop that annoying itch. I’ve just made up a new batch and you can follow this link for the recipe.

My favorite place for buying oils has been Simply Earth. (This is an affiliate link.) They also have a monthly subscription box where you can get recipes and all the ingredients you need for them delivered right to your door. It’s so easy!

Midweek Update June 12,2018: Allergies, Blueberries, and Cornhole Boards

Quite an assortment of topics for this update. I’m sure I will add in a few others as we go along too.

Allergies

First on the list is the allergies. I try to be preventive and I spray the beds every morning with an essential oil concoction that contains Lavender. This usually helps but I didn’t spray when I made the beds yesterday and the grass was mowed in the afternoon.

 

I took a trip to the garden after the mowing and now I’m dealing with major allergies. (Last night’s fresh tomato sandwich was so good though.) I love the outdoors but they don’t love me. I seem to also have an allergy to bug bites, especially mosquitoes, after I was attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes last Fall.

Luckily the kids aren’t as bad as I am. Joey gets the sneezes every now and then. I’ve found that the generic Zyrtec helps us both when the Lavender isn’t enough.

Continue reading Midweek Update June 12,2018: Allergies, Blueberries, and Cornhole Boards

And The Ants Came Marching In ….

Lordy, Lordy was all I could say when I got up yesterday. This was something my Mom-mom would say a lot about different situations.

I had been super stressed and had went on ‘strike‘ over the weekend. As a result the house was a mess. The kids had cleaned up a little bit but there was a lot that they had missed. There was stuff everywhere and what I mean by stuff was cookie crumbs, dirty clothes, toys, and wet towels to name a little. There was also sticky spots from jelly and sweet tea all over the kitchen.

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The food and wet towels were like a flashing neon ‘Vacancy’ sign for the ants. The fact that we’ve been experiencing and extremely wet season doesn’t help either. The house had been invaded.  Continue reading And The Ants Came Marching In ….

Is Cleaning Bad For Your Health?

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If you’ve been following along with my blog you know that I have been making changes around the house. These changes have not only been with the decluttering but also many personal changes and changes to benefit my family.

One of the biggest things I have been implementing is to bring in more natural cleaners and products into our home and getting rid of those toxin filled cleaners that so many of us use everyday. There have been so many studies and articles, like this one here, that talk about just how dangerous these cleaners are. One of these articles, click here to read, even compared daily exposure to cleaners to being as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!

Wow! That’s so crazy but it makes me glad that I’ve been making some of the changes that I have. I know that when three of my kids first came into my life they were all on allergy, asthma, and/or ADHD medications. I had even been instructed, by the caseworker, of what to do in case of an asthma attack as well. I was scared to death as I’ve never had a child with asthma. Fortunately we never had any asthma attacks and  within the first year or two they were all off of their medications and now they don’t take any medications on a regular basis.

It seemed that many of their allergy/asthma problems had come from cleaning, or the lack of cleaning in their previous home, and the chemicals in the products that they were being exposed too when the cleaning did happen. 

I know the use of essential oils has really helped out a lot here in our home as well. I love my Simply Earth subscription and I am constantly looking up and researching new uses for them and new recipes to use for my family and around the house. I’ve probably mentioned oils to all of my friends and family and I know some of them have started dabbling in the oils as well.

Y’all also know how much I love my cleaning and hygiene products that I get from Grove Collaborators and The Honest Company but money has been a bit tight here lately as I’ve had some doctor bills to pay off. I haven’t had a lot of extra money coming in either as I really haven’t felt much like blogging or promoting anything. So when a friend of mine told me about a shopping club that offers a 30-50% discount on supplies, that I am already buying, I was interested. When I found out that this company had over 400 all natural products, including essential oils, that are made right here in the USA I was really interested and decided to check it out.

I’m sure that I’ll be sharing some of these products with you all soon as I’ve placed my first order just today. I placed an order for the ‘customer favorites’ so I can get a variety of different products to try. I’m excited to see how these compare to what I’ve been using. Being able to make a ‘one stop shop’ was so convenient as well and if I like these products this will save me money in the future too. The company has been in business for over 30 years and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Can’t beat that. Not to mention that they also have several other ‘perks’ for preferred customers. (Right now, through June 30, 2018, I can help you sign up for only $1.00!)

Well, I’ve gotta go get some dinner started as the kids are starting to sound like ravenous T-Rexes and they are ready to eat just about anything in sight. I think we’ll be making some Oven Fried Chicken (not really healthy, I know), Vegetable Casserole, and maybe some ‘Smushed Taters‘ which is a new recipe I saw recently.

Hope you all are having a blessed day!

Living Room Kleaning Missions: Weekly Wrap Up

Oh my what a week! We definitely didn’t make as much progress as I had thought we would but that’s ok. Our house and family has benefited from what we have done and it shows.

If you missed the mid week progress you can check it out here.

This post does contain a lot of screen shots from Pinterest. Feel free to check out my boards to find the links to these posts. There may also be a few affiliate links sprinkled throughout the post as well.

Day 3

Part of the lack of progress is my pure lack of motivation/laziness. Not to mention my recent obsession with Pinterest. If you follow me then you know what I’m talking about. So many ideas!

I am also a planner. I like to know what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, and how I’m doing it. When you have limited space (with a lot of stuff) it’s especially important when to think things through before rearranging and moving things around.

I’ve been obsessed with a couple of projects and I have a notebook full of ideas and sketches. A big part of the day was spent trying to figure out how to re-purpose some items we currently have into a new area. I’m hoping to be posting about this project in a few weeks. Continue reading Living Room Kleaning Missions: Weekly Wrap Up

Kitchen Kleaning Thursday Mission: Cabinet Organization

I am so happy with the progress we have made this week. The whole family has been chipping in with tasks, working together, and surprisingly enough fighting a lot less! Maybe we should have started this a while back.

We didn’t have very much left to do in the kitchen. It seems we have kind of found a rhythm and developed our own little process for tackling these areas. The biggest thing is to remember to break the big tasks down into smaller tasks. I’ve found that once we’ve completed a couple of smaller tasks it helps to motivate us to the next one. Continue reading Kitchen Kleaning Thursday Mission: Cabinet Organization

Kitchen Kleaning Tuesday Mission: Refrigerator

Well today has been a bit more eventful than I planned. I am writing most of this post on the way to a dance. We did accomplish quite a bit today though.

My goal was to get the refrigerator corner of the kitchen cleaned and organized a bit. Continue reading Kitchen Kleaning Tuesday Mission: Refrigerator

Kitchen Kleaning Monday Mission: Stove and Spice Storage

If you read yesterday’s post you probably know that I am in the process of cleaning my kitchen. Now it had a fairly thorough cleaning last August before we moved in and I have rearranged a few things here and there but it is still a work in progress. Small house living has its pros and cons and can be quite aggravating when you can’t get to things you need on a regular basis.

Last month I tackled that problem in our bathroom and reorganized it from top to bottom in one day! Now it still needs a thorough cleaning and a bit of work but it is much more user friendly and I have a much better storage area too. You can check out more here.

The kitchen was next on my list as that happens to be the FlyLady Zone right now. (I love this site!) My first mission was to tackle the stove area. This whole project took me 30-45 minutes (in between loads of laundry and helping with schoolwork) to complete. Continue reading Kitchen Kleaning Monday Mission: Stove and Spice Storage

Last Minute Easter Ideas

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Ahhhhh! Can you believe that Easter is this Sunday? Man, where have I been? I’m telling you guys that time has just been slipping away from me so fast this past month or two. I’m still dealing with side effects and exhaustion from being so sick last month.

Here’s a couple of ideas from Katie over at Kids Can Cook Real Food that I found interesting:

How Do you Make an Easter Basket Without Junk?

No Mess, No Food Coloring Easter Egg Decorating

I have managed to throw together a quick shopping list for Easter dinner on Sunday and I think I will just try to do one giant Easter basket like I usually do for the kids. Hopefully we will get around to coloring some eggs this weekend too. I’d also love to attend a Sunrise Service but not sure if that will happen or not.

What plans does your family have?

Wishing you all a very blessed weekend!

 

Reserve Your Spot!

Hey there,

I hear the virtual seats are filling up for the live online event about raising healthy eaters with Katie Kimball of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse!

She’s a former elementary teacher and mom of 4 who knows her way around healthy food and has the neatest ways to explain basic skills to kids. She is sharing her secrets with us this month, the same ones that have helped over 6,000 families eat healthier food — and I wanted to make sure you saw the opportunity!

* Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

* Saturday, March 3, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

I’ll be soaking it all in too because no matter how much time I spend with my kids, there’s always something more to learn (or something I’ve forgotten in my poor full brain)! Hope to see you in the chat!

Even if you can’t make it live, I’d totally sign up because you can get the replay. (Efficiency at its finest – watch it at 1.5 speed! Ha!)

One big reason to come live: you get access to her full-length knife skills class for ALL ages 2-teen. It’s changed the way some families do dinner in just 10 minutes!

I am so determined that my kids know how to cook – the real stuff, not just boxes – so that they’re independent and healthy adults (and, truth be told, to get a little help in the next 5-10 years around the house too!).

Are you with me?

REGISTER NOW https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Here’s to always improving,

Susie

PS – Don’t worry, you can just sit back and watch, so you can totally be doing other things and no one will tell you to look at the speaker. 😉 Get your spot now  so you don’t miss out! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Quick Reminder: Free Healthy Food Tips For Kids

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So, if your email inbox is half as crazy as mine, you miiiiiiight have missed my blog post a few days ago about a free live online event that will change dinnertime in your house in a big way. I don’t want you to miss it though so here it goes again!

I’m excited to be connected with Katie Kimball, the “kitchen whisperer” who has taught thousands of families how to cook and tens of thousands of kids to (gulp) use sharp knives safely (including ours). Apparently, her kids actually stay at the table all throughout dinner most of the time – and she’s willing to share her strategies with us! 😉

These secrets will make dinner with your kids sound better than a hangnail, and you can expect more veggies to be going down the hatch than ever before. #itcouldhappen #evenpickyeaterscanchange

It’s kicking off soon – the first event is TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 1PM EASTERN (10AM PACIFIC), so take 20 secs and register now:

YES! RESERVE MY SPOT! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

You definitely should plan to make it LIVE because you get a special gift just for coming (a 10-minute cooking lesson for kids!!!)

If that time doesn’t work for you, you can also catch it on:

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific) OR 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

or

* Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

Here’s a bit of what you’ll learn:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

If you’re already registered, awesome! Really try to make it live to get that knife class for your kids, but no matter what, you’ll get the replay, so you can register without checking the calendar and still feel good about it:

REGISTER HERE https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

We all put a lot of time and effort into being good parents, and training our kids in life skills and mealtime manners is part of it – but it can be hard to know just where to start. I often feel like just giving up on getting everyone to eat what I fix without asking for something different.

So whether you feel just like me or the polar opposite, unless your kids are already competing for the healthiest eater award, you can probably use some encouragement and fresh ideas for meal times (and kitchen prep).

I’m looking forward to hearing what Katie has to say!

See you there,

Susie

PS – The live event is totally free and all online. Expect no more than an hour with as much actionable info as possible packed in to respect your valuable time as a parent!! Don’t miss it! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/