Simply Living Blog Carnival June 2013 Call for Submissions: Around the House

Welcome to the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. We hope that you will join us on the third Tuesday of each month as we share posts about simple living in our lives. Submission deadline will be the second Tuesday of each month.

Around the House House work never seems to end. What tips and tricks have you figured out to help keep your home running smoothly? Help others simplify their homes and their lives.

To submit an article to the blog carnival, please e-mail your submission to mandy{at}livingpeacefullywithchildren{dot}com anddelilahfineandfair{at}gmail{dot}com, and fill out the webform by June 11. Please write a new, unpublished piece for the carnival. We will e-mail you with instructions before the carnival date. We ask that you publish your post on June 18.

We want you to use creativity and to express yourself as you see fit. To that end, you are welcome to post at your discretion with a few guidelines in mind. Please be respectful in your posts. Avoid excessive profanity and poor grammar or spelling. As the co-hosts of the carnival are all advocates of peaceful living and gentle parenting, we ask that you not post about non-gentle practices or violence toward others. While we will not be editing your articles, we do reserve the right to not add your post to the carnival if it is not on topic, is poorly written, or goes against the guidelines which have been set forth.

Blog carnivals are a great way to generate blog traffic and build a supportive community. Your blog will receive links from many other blogs and you and your readers will have the opportunity to discover other blogs with similar goals in mind. Please join us as we embrace Simply Living through Simple Living! We hope you will consider joining us every month as we discuss ways we simplify our lives.

motivated moms…

After the birth of each child, it feels like the house starts to get out of control. When my oldest was born, the difference was startling. The day before he was born, our apartment was completely organized and clean. Within 24 hours of his birth, everything had exploded. There were burp clothes, diapers, baby clothes, and pillows for nursing everywhere. Dishes were backed up in the sink. The laundry was already piling up. It took a few months before the apartment came out of the disaster zone, but somehow I managed to make it back to organized living. Life continued peacefully again, including a cross country move into a house, until the birth of our second child, when once again our household spiralled into chaos.

I like having a neatly organized, uncluttered, clean home. It makes me feel good. I’m less stressed. Life is more peaceful and calm. When the house is otherwise, my stress levels rise and I don’t feel very peaceful. I needed a nudge to get me back in my groove. After hearing about Flylady, I quickly discounted it. I don’t wear shoes in my house. I have no desire to have a million (slight exaggeration) e-mails a day telling me what to go clean. Oh, yes, I also had small children.

At some point I found Motivated Moms and really liked the concept. I could print it out and post it on the refridgerator. As I had a few minutes, I could easily see what needed to be done and pick something to do according to how much time I had available. It is thorough. Everything gets done at some point. It’s guilt free. If you don’t find time to do something, it will inevitably come up again. I liked it so much I began recommending it to people and had more people trying it out.

After a while, I had my own system going and no longer needed Motivated Moms. Or so I thought. After our third child, I needed a boost back to organized life, and I reordered Motivated Moms. Eventually I got my groove back on once again and didn’t reorder. Our fourth child is 3 months old now, and I was feeling the chaos. I went and ordered Motivated Moms.

The name is a little off-putting. Motivated Moms? It could be taken to mean that mothers are supposed to be the ones cleaning. I’ve even heard from someone who didn’t want to try it because of the name. However, the truth is that in our house, I’m the CEO. It’s my job to make certain our family runs smoothly. I’m the organized one. I hold the all magical planner which has everything for our family in it.

I’ve always ordered the secular version and have been pleased. I tweak the system a bit to fit our needs. I also tend to work ahead in the week as I have time, leaving less to do later in the week. I’m happy that my house is getting back in order again. A less stressed mother is a happier mother. At $8 a year (or $4 if you order half-way through like I just did), it’s worth it to me.