PIE – perspective, inspiration, and encouragement.
we are part of an amazing school. gracie attends school with 11 other kindergartners twice a week and i home school her the other 3 days. sometimes figuring out the balance of life and schooling can be difficult, so there’s a wonderful committee at the school called the PIE team and they host PIE nights, where we can get together, over dessert of course, and discuss relevant topics and get ideas, help, we can vent, some cry… its a time and place where you can relate to others in your same situation and find some sanity and encouragement.
so last week was another PIE night and i just wanted to tell you all some of the things i took away from that night, besides the super deliscious still-warm-from-the-oven brownies. the main topic was overall organization.
1. use baby wipes for everything. get the kids involved. this seriously works. all 3 of my kids have helped me clean 3 rooms, so far, from floor to ceiling with the wipes. while i’m up high on a chair cleaning above the doors and windows, they are down low wiping off fingerprints on the door jambs and cleaning my baseboards… happily!
2. don’t mop your floors, skate on them. it was suggested to put wipes under your feet to slide around the floors for a quick clean, but it didn’t work out well for us. instead we used damp rags under our feet and really got a good workout sliding across the floors. the girls didn’t want to stop, it was so fun!
3. morning chores. we’ve been implementing this for awhile, but tend to fall off the wagon. before starting our day, whether its a stay-at-home day or not, my girls must make their beds and get dressed. i try to have the beds made while i’m making breakfast, but it doesn’t always happen. i don’t demand perfection. lily is only 3, but she can do a great job pulling up her sheets and her quilt so they lay nice and flat, then i let them get creative on how they want to decorate with their pillows each day. somedays they simply lay in a pile, other days its more couch style. it allows them some ownership to do it how they want, but still getting the job done.
4. motivatedmoms.com. so i can’t really speak from experience on this one, but this was recommended by a fellow blogger recently (brianna?). over at motivatedmoms.com they have a “printable chore planning system to help you have a clean and organized home and still have time for yourself!”, and its only $8 a year! what has drawn me to it is the fact that it really does seem do-able. here’s today’s list, for example:
-change handtowels in bathrooms
-clean light fixture – hallways/entryway
-pull dead leaves off houseplants
-clip children’s nails
-dust children’s/guest rooms
now this is in addition to daily chores, which are:
-sweep kitchen and entryway
-clean kitchen sink
-wipeout bathroom sinks
since i am a serious procrastinator, i’m patting myself on the back for the fact that i have not only purchases the chore planning system, but have also already printed it out. now it sits next to me, waiting for all its little boxes to be checked off!