Slowly but Surely

I am slowly getting there! Finally, I have printed my daily routine lists! This weekend I hope to get some pretty Martha Stewart file folders! They have a great selection at staples! I am not sure about you but I love organizing. I am not a very organized person, I have to kind of force myself to get there! As I said slowly but surely I will get there!

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Homemaker Binder

Lately, I have browsing Pinterest and have been obsessing with organization. I started searching house binder, homemaking binder, and home management binder and found tons of great sites with lots of free printables. I have been wanting to get a better schedule for myself and get organized with my cleaning. Some days I get a little off track and I am hoping this will help!

On Monday is July 1st. I am hoping by July 31st I will have a completed binder!! Giving myself 30 days is plenty of time to gather ideas, print off sheets and get a binder all organized. I am obsessed with lists and Tony always tells me whats the point of a list if I don’t ever use them. Well, this is hopefully a way I can keep my lists together and actually cross a ton off!!

I have a few main categories I want to have in the binder and then I will be doing subcategories.

Main:

Mission statement- I found this on http://www.inspiredtoaction.com

here is a link about why mothers need a mission statement.
http://inspiredtoaction.com/2010/02/purposeful-motherhood-why-moms-need-mission-statements/

Prayers and Daily Devotions- (monthly prayer lists for Tony and the kids)

To Do List- (daily, weekly, monthly)

Calendar- (weekly, monthly)

Cleaning- (morning routine, night-time routine, daily, weekly, monthly)

Kids Routines- (morning, night-time, weekly)

Sitting- This is for the children I am watching (child information, schedule, parent information, emergency information)

Menu- (meal planning, favorite recipes, grocery lists)

Bills- (due date, what is paid, payment plans)

Extras- (birthday lists, important numbers)

I will probably be adding as I go by and think of more items. Starting tomorrow I will be making my deep cleaning list and breaking down what I would like to do daily on what day that works for our family. I am pretty excited to get it started! I will post all the links I find the great printables as well. I am probably going to have to make a few myself just to fit it to our family but in the end I hope it works great for us!!

Do you have a homemaking binder? I would love to see if you have posted! When I finish mine I will be doing a post of it!

How To Get Pen Out Of Microfiber Recliner

Pen Mark Cleaning

This morning my four-year old daughter decided it would be a fabulous idea to draw with black pen on my tan recliner. Yes, it’s not perfect and it is bought second-hand but it doesn’t have pen on it! I have been proud of my 30 dollar recliner. It was in great shape and yes may have a few dark spots on it from the kids but otherwise its great! It was such a steal I had to get it! I’ll get to how to clean it since this post was for that not my great second-hand finds! I’ll one day post items I have found.

So here is a picture of the fabulous drawing my daughter did!

Pen Mark

I had some rubbing alcohol in the house and figured I would use this. I know somewhere I had read that hairspray works on pen because of the alcohol in it. They say the hairspray has some ingredient that can actually make the pen stick more- kind of contradicting so I figured I would go the alcohol route. Always try a spot on the furniture before you go crazy all over.

{I am not responsible if it ruins your items- please test it before trying all over}

Cleaning Pen Mark

Dab the area with rubbing alcohol- DO NOT RUB! I dabbed to make sure it would not spread even further. Also, since there were skinny lines I use Q-tips to dab at a small part. If the area is larger you can use a rag. {the rag will be ruined because it soaks up the ink}

Cleaning Pen Mark

I dabbed until I saw the ink fully come out and let air dry.

Bam!! Clean arm of recliner!!

Finished Area

Isn’t it amazing! I think so!!

Staying Home and Being a Homemaker

A year ago I was blessed to be able to quit my job and stay home with my two girls. Tony works at an asphalt company mainly from April through November. During the off-season he does snow plowing for the company. At the time I quit, Tenley was just 5 months old. I had a very rough pregnancy with her and ended up missing lots of work. I don’t regret missing any of the days because it was better for her health and my own. I was also commuting 45 minutes to get to work and 45 minutes back. It was horrible, not including the late shifts I was given.

We ended up going over our finances and figured out that once he went back to work in April a month away, my paycheck was going to a babysitter and gas. Is that really how I wanted my kids growing up?! The babysitter taking care of them when my paycheck wasnt providing anything besides paying them.

The next day I put my two weeks in. Best decision ever!!

Some days I will admit are a huge struggle for me. It can get very hectic around here. You feel sometimes alone and that you’re missing a lot.

Even though some days are insane you really are gaining so much. It’s truly a blessing. Remember your children will grow in ways you never thought possible.

I am not the perfect homemaker. Some days have been lazy days, dishes piled up and laundry got out of hand. There were days I took advantage of being home. I will admit it, I am in no way perfect. My house is no where near spotless and my kids are not on the best schedule. When Tony was off it was a little slacking which I regret now trying to get things back into order.

Taken with my iphone- sorry grainy picture. You definitely get the point though!
Real Life

Real Life Mess

My house isnt always this messy I promise!

I want to strive to be a better homemaker and take care of the duties of the home. Tony works so hard to make sure I can stay home to raise our girls that I want to make sure he is satisfied with what I have done for the day. Dont get me wrong, I do want to do it mainly for me but its nice to have him smile and feel relaxed coming home to a clean home. Not every day is there dinner on the table or all toys picked up but I am getting better. Tony always tells me that he doesnt care how the house is but it is a more relaxed situation when he isn’t worrying about housework. Keeping on a schedule is hard for me. I am definitely a procrastinator but I am hoping to get a cleaning schedule down. I will do a separate post about it. Hoping it helps me with daily cleaning and keeping schedules.

I believe this was what I was called to do. Tony does a wonderful job of taking care of us and being the head of the household. I want to be a great teammate and happily do my job. Taking care of the house and children. I am so blessed in so many ways.

This job has been given to me do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it s a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfullness.
-Elisabeth Elliot

Here is a link to print off the quote above:
http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.ca/2012/12/free-printable-elisabeth-elliot-quote.html