Keeping house because I can’t pay a Housekeeper

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I have decided to use this page to discuss seasonal tips and my personal best practices for keeping a house through the  different seasons while juggling life and child raising. My family and I are blessed with a home in a cute little middle class community. Our home isn’t very big and it is certainly not finished and filled with fancy details and for a family of 6 it is a bit tight for sure, though I know we are blessed with more space than many, with less than 1500 square feet of living space and 1 full bathroom while raising 4 daughters between the ages of 2 and 15 we have been presented our share of difficulties and obstacles to overcome. I don’t by any means think I have it all figured out though when it comes to keeping a home, actually I think quite the opposite! I KNOW I don’t have it all figured out but I do know that the reason I don’t have it figured out is because my life has been ever changing these last 15 years since becoming a mother and so my approach to keeping a home has had to evolve and change as well. That’s normal though, I think it is at least.

Life happens and perfection doesn’t exist but we CAN find our own little flavor of imperfection that works perfectly for our family. We can find a rhythm, balance and a way of keeping a home and tending to a family that allows us to flourish in the imperfect of everyday life.

~Dazzling Rebecca

As our children grow and our family changes so must our approach to taking care of them. It’s because of this that I decided to begin seasonally updating the content of this page with a new idea, solution or tip for keeping a home that is relevant to a season in life and a season in nature. When raising and disciplining children you go through seasons where something that used to work like a charm just stops working out of the blue and you have to come up with a new approach. Life is ever changing, and because of that, especially with kids in the home, your approach to life must be ever evolving therefore the manner of which a woman keeps a home should have some fluidity. As the seasons of our lives change our families, the way we use our home and the function it serves in our life also changes. One of the biggest things I have had to overcome as a housewife throughout all the seasons of my life until recent years is that my personal standard for my home is not always going to be a practical standard for the season we are in as a family, and that’s OK because life is best lived in the imperfect, it’s there that God grows up and uses the seasons to mold us into that which He designed.
Now I am by no means an expert in this particular area but I will say that when you factor that I have gone from being a young single mom of one child, just starting to figure life out as an adult and working full time, to being a mother of 4, married to my best friend for over a decade and spending most of my days in and out of my home while running multiple businesses from it and playing taxi service to my 4 kiddos, I have quite a range of imperfect living in my past experiences to pull from. My range of home care and the amount of time to do so with has varied many times over the years. Due to multiple children being added to the same physical space within my home, my approach to keeping a home functional, clean & organized has varied many times as well. This is all now to your benefit! I will be using this page to update with ideas relevant to whatever weather season we are currently in and a different season of homemaking. They may be ideas that I am either currently implementing or they may be methods that I have seen great success with in seasons past. Be sure to check back seasonally to be sure you don’t miss anything that may work for you, but if you do just check my blog post category by the same name {Keeping house because I can’t pay a Housekeeper} for previous solutions! All of these posts will have one thing in common fore sure! They will all provide tips & ideas that can be directly implemented or altered to fit your family and then implemented to help you create more time to feel free to enjoy time with your family’s while making memories, because ultimately that’s what we would all prefer right? Now, here’s my first one:

Challenge: Getting a Cleaning Schedule to stay Ahead of the Holiday Mess Making!

Weather Season: Autumn         Parenting Season: Multi Child/Toddler to School Age

Goal: To create a manageable but still thorough cleaning schedule that allows you to celebrate the season in a clean home but manages to leave more time for memory making as your busy family heads into the hustle & bustle of the Holidays!

Adventure’s & Activities Ideas: Achieving the Goal allows you to have more time freed up in your life allowing you to spend this newly found time with your loved ones around all the activities & sports that back to school has resurrected for the year. Autumn brings with it a crispness in the air and an array of trees changing color under a still bright sunny sky and releasing their leaves in the perfect temperature’s to reap great harvests & create lasting memories by taking on adventure’s like apple & pumpkin picking, and wooded hikes. Family football games and big Sunday dinners, movie nights curled up on the couch or with a homemade drive in movie feel in the back yard complete with bonfire’s & roasted movie snacks!  Hayrides, Haunted Houses, or fall themed story time at the library for the younger kiddo’s are just some more great ways to spend quality time with your newly freed up time from getting ahead & sticking to a cleaning schedule heading into the beginning of our busiest seasons as women!

With that I introduce to you the……..

 

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I CAN NOT TAKE CREDIT FOR DESIGNING THIS SCHEDULE. I came across this somewhere online and saved the image to my phone awhile back for use at a later date because I felt it was well designed and had hoped to implement it, I did not realize at the time that the original source was not credited in the image so if you know where this came from please let me know so I can properly credit the source.

I plan to begin implementing this basic idea for a cleaning schedule into my weeks and months starting in this upcoming month of October. I do currently do many of the “Daily Chores” to begin with as part of my own (and my children’s chores as discussed in Our New Chore System!) but I will be more disciplined in doing so and will incorporate the “Weekly Chores”, “Monthly Chores” & “Yearly Chore’s”. Feel free to rearrange the days that your chores take place on to fit into the flow of your week reasonably. To do this more easily I have re-imagined the image above and created a Fillable Cleaning Schedule to allow you to rearrange the Weekly & Monthly Chores to work best into your week.

What I like the most about this approach is that it is evenly spreading the work across the entire month with a carefully planned approach that breaks it into manageable tasks that should take only about an hour spent in your home cleaning 6 out of the 7 days of the week. If we are honest with each other, we waste more than an hour a day on social media or in front of the TV or some other time drainer in our life. If we focus roughly one hour or even two a day on a scheduled daily task then it becomes much easier to manage while still getting the tasks accomplished. For me when the tasks are done and I have a schedule or plan in place to ensure other repetitive tasks will get handled then it ultimately makes it easier to justify spending and hour playing dolls on the floor with our daughters or going on a family adventure without guilt creeping into my brain.

We as moms need to find our own balance. We must be present in the lives of our children because they are only little for a blink and we are their only mom, the only one who can mold them with the same kind of unconditional love, compassion and grace besides Christ. We must take this role as homemaker & mother seriously and that means not taking it TOO seriously and remembering to make time for fun, silliness & adventure while remembering to be present when we do put the housework aside. Being present means being able to push the stressors and the chaos of the world out and managing our responsibilities so they don’t manage us and we can enjoy time in the moment with those we love. I hope this schedule helps you to maximize efficiency while trying to clean & maintain the housekeeping of this upcoming busy season so you can be present with your family in this season of Autumn Splendor!

As always, thanks for reading! I hope this helps you dazzle your way to a dazzling house!

~Rebecca

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