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Mama Blog Monday Link Up #2

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Hey Mamas! Welcome to the Mama Blog Monday Link Up Party! I am hoping to connect with new mama bloggers each Monday. I also hope to gain some mama-spiration and grow a community of mommies and bloggers everywhere!

Features from last week!

Before we begin this week’s link up party, we’d like to give some love to our features from last week! Check them out!

 

This one comes from Bethany over at Mama Finds Her Way. She gives some tips for creating a life management plan in order to have peace in your home. I loved reading it and implementing these tips myself has made my life easier already!

 

The next one is written by Jessie over at Her Arms are Strong. Jessie writes about A Mom’s Version of 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. I love her creativity with words!

 

Finally, Surya over at The Crazy Busy Mama gives us 9 tips for making clean up in the kitchen quick!

 

We hope you will stop by and take a look! Thanks for linking up last week, mamas!

 

What is a link up party?

This link up party is a place for other mom bloggers to come and drop a link to some recent or popular blog posts. Any posts that are related to mommy-hood are welcome. This includes recipes, tips, DIY projects, or parenting advice. While you are here please look around at other blog posts and leave some love for other mommy bloggers!

Each week I will feature the (3) most clicked posts from the previous week. These posts will get extra shares on our Pinterest Group Boards (follow me HERE and email me HERE if you would like to be a contributor), Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Page, and e-mail reminder.

Sign up here to receive an email reminder to link up each Monday. You will also see the features from the previous week! Be sure to sign up in case you are featured!

 

How do I link up?

Read through the guidelines of the party first. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue button that says “Add Your Link.” Once there, paste a URL from a recent or popular blog post that you have written. Preferably one you haven’t posted here before. Then you should be able to add a picture for your blog post and link up! If you would like to add multiple blog posts click right back and add another!

How do we get the most out of a link up party?

Link up parties will benefit you most if you are willing to look around and give some love to other bloggers. Take some time to connect with other moms, get some inspiration for your week ahead, and share what you’ve gained with your friends!

 

What are the guidelines for this link up party?

  • Please consider following the host(s). This is not a requirement but it is appreciated!
  • Share as many of your recent or most popular posts as you would like!
  • Visit at least 3 other blogs on the link up and leave some love. (Leave a comment or share on social media).
  • Link up a specific post, not your blog’s main page.
  • A link back would be nice, but is not required! Please grab a button below, especially if you were featured!
  • Please spread the word about this link up! The more exposure, the more we all will get out of it!
  • By linking up your post(s) you are giving the host(s) of Mama Blog Monday permission to use your graphics for the featured post and for sharing on social media.

Here are your hosts for today’s party!

 

Brittany @ Imperfectly Perfect Mama

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Marissa @ Diytified

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Lauren @ The Gabbing Ginger

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Now grab a latte, sit back, relax, share, and enjoy!

 

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in Toddlers, Uncategorized

Living from the Laundry Basket

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Laundry is going to be the death of me. Okay, so that might be a little bit dramatic, and very much a first world problem. But, I know some of you other moms can relate with me on this! I hope I’m not alone in this!

 

My family lives from the laundry basket! We do the laundry. As in, we wash the clothes. But getting it put away? That’s another story. Sometimes, it doesn’t get put away. We simply pick our clothes out of the pile each day deciding last minute if we have time to iron it. If not, it just goes back in the pile and we pick something else out. The pile is so BIG, so overwhelming. The thought of spending an entire hour folding clothes is enough to make us leave it for another day.

 

Here’s the other problem. Once you do the laundry, there is always more to be done. It is NEVER. ENDING. Why put away all the clothes when there will just be a new pile to put away the next day? Ahh!

 

Please Lord, encourage my husband to do the laundry today. I pray this prayer a lot, and I know he prays it about me too. When one of us finally does fold the laundry it’s like we deserve some kind of award or something. I folded the laundry today! What a great accomplishment. Oh, wait, there’s another load to be done now.

 

I will soon be a stay at home mom and I know the laundry duty will be on me. So, I decided I need to have a plan with laundry that will actually work for me! Here’s are my goals.

 

Let me just note here that I am very much of a Type B personality. I know you Type A people are laughing at me that I am not already doing this but hey, I’m trying my best!

Wash Less

We wash SO. MANY. CLOTHES. Pajamas? Put them in the wash. Towels? Wash them. Got a little dirt on your shirt? Take it off and wash it. Played outside today? Change your clothes for nap time and again when you wake up. Clothes on the floor for no reason? Put them in too.

No longer. My new plan here is to wash less. If my daughter wore something for half a day and it isn’t filthy? It’s going back in the drawer. If she tries on three outfits in the morning I will use it as an opportunity to teach her how to fold them and put them back in the drawer. My kids will wear the same pajamas more than once unless they get dirty. I am determined to WASH LESS.

Going along with this idea, I also want to have less. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe which you can read more about over at Pinch of Yum.

 

Wash More Often

My next goal is to wash clothes more often. Instead of doing a huge load every week, I plan to do a small load every day or every other day. I know you may be thinking, what a waste of water! But, we probably have enough laundry to do a small load each day using less water in each load. This way I will have a smaller load to fold and put away. My hope is that with smaller loads, it won’t be as intimidating and I can fold it and put it away in a timely manner.

Which brings me to my next goal.

 

Fold and Put Away Immediately

My next goal is to fold and put away the clothes right as they get done in the dryer. Not only will this prevent the clothes from getting wrinkled but I won’t have to worry about setting aside an hour or more to fold clothes. I also won’t have to worry about growing piles of clothes laying around the house.

Change My Mindset

I know I will never truly enjoy doing laundry, but I also know I need to change my mindset. Instead of dreading laundry and putting it off as long as possible, I am looking at it as a challenge to get done quickly. If I keep with my schedule, it shouldn’t be as dreadful.

 

 

 

                    

 

 

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in Toddlers

Keeping a Clean and Organized House when you Have a Toddler

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If you have toddlers, chances are you’ve wondered how to keep your house clean. I know the feeling. You set out to clean the whole house top to bottom while the kids occupy themselves. While In reality, as you clean, your kids are pulling things out of cabinets, drawers, and tubs until you can’t see the floor anymore. The house ends up messier than it was when you started cleaning. All of the time you spent cleaning was time you could have been spending with your kids.

Yes, I know the feeling all too well. If you know me, you know my house is rarely completely clean and I am constantly feeling behind on housework. So, I decided to implement a few things around the house to help keep the mess under control. Some things I have already done, and some I plan to do in the near future so that I can stay sane!

 

 

Designate toys to one area of the house.

In our house, we have done our best to keep the toys in the basement. Obviously, toys make their way upstairs all of the time, but we do our best. This way, the rest of the house appears clean and organized. If people come over the mess is downstairs where nobody can see it.

 

Organize the toys into tubs and put them out of reach.

I did this last summer and it has made all the difference. I bought these tubs and these tubs and sorted all of the toys by category. I chose to put the dolls together, kitchen toys together, etc…but you could also organize them into tubs by putting a few dolls, a few kitchen toys, and a few balls in each tub so you can pull out a tub and have a variety of toys to play with. Then when the kids are done playing, they have to put one tub away before getting out another one. We keep our toy tubs in our storage room, but you could also put them on a shelf, or in the garage. The important thing is that they aren’t just strewn about the house. Since doing this, I have also noticed that my kids engage better. Rather than just pulling EVERYTHING out and not really playing, they have a few toys that they are really playing with.

 

         

Put locks on all of the cabinets and drawers.

This is one thing I plan on doing soon. I used to think it was pointless but as my kiddos get older, I realize how necessary they really are! We put locks on some cabinets, but not all of them. The kids know which ones they can get into on their own and do so frequently. Once they open one it only takes a few seconds to pull everything out onto the floor. It doesn’t usually take long to clean up but it is another thing to clean. Putting locks on the cabinets and drawers that the kids frequent can save you a lot of time.

 

     

Close the doors to the bedrooms in your house.

Another way to keep the kids from making messes unnecessarily is to close the doors to rooms in the house. This will keep them confined to certain areas of the house, thus keeping the mess confined as well.

Throw out broken toys and knick-knacks that have no purpose.

My biggest pet-peeve is finding little knick-knacks all around the house. Little parts that go to things, toys that don’t work or are broken, and things that are not in their place. Make sure everything has a place to go back to and if it doesn’t, get rid of it. It will also help the kids to know where to put things if everything has a place.

Keep the toys to a minimum.

Go through your kids toys during nap time. Give away or sell any toys that are no longer age appropriate for your kids. If you plan on having more kids, put them in storage for later. Less stuff=less mess. Also, if your kids are anything like mine, they are more fascinated by the rocks in the backyard than they are by toys.

Make a cleaning schedule.

Make a nap time cleaning schedule. Pick one thing to clean each day while the kids nap and write it down. It might look different each week, but having a plan will save you having to think of what needs to be done. There might be things you need to do each day like washing dishes. Figure out the best time to do these tasks and make a habit of doing it at the same time each day.

Clean up after each play time.

Start now teaching your kids to clean up each time to transition to something new. After doing this every day, it will become more of a habit. Of course as toddlers they won’t be the best at it, but at least you are in the routine of doing it and they are learning it as well. Cleaning up small messes throughout the day is much easier than taking an hour to clean up everything at the end of the day.

 

Keep the kids occupied.

If you do plan to do any cleaning while the kids are awake, give them something to play with that will keep their attention for a while. My go-to is Legos. My daughter sits at the kitchen table and plays with them so the mess is mostly contained. Then I have a good 30 minutes to clean if I need to.

Do a quick clean each night.

After the kids go to bed, take 30 minutes to power clean the house. Think about what needs to be done the most and get it done. Don’t worry about cleaning the entire house at this time. Just enough that you won’t have anxiety about it in the morning.

 

Most of all, you are making precious memories by playing with your children. Don’t let your anxiety about a messy house get in the way of that. Hopefully these tips will give you more time with your kids and less time cleaning. Remember that this is just a phase of life. A messy house isn’t the worst thing.  Soon, there won’t be toys to pick up anymore. While you might feel like you are going insane right now, someday you’ll miss this phase of life. Enjoy it while you can and try not to worry about the state of your house.

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