Friday, October 14, 2011

Keeping it Fun on Friday {Housekeeping Pt. 2}

{Autumn}
Today is gonna be such a FUN day! First off, my husband's vacation starts today--YAY! Also, I'm going to the War Eagle Mill craft fair with my mom and NO kids (thanks to my wonderful husband being willing to watch the boys). :-) I am going to enjoy this beautiful fall day and get lots of ideas from all the amazing crafters that participate. Oh and I'm gonna eat those sugar-roasted almonds and not even feel guilty about it! Then, in the evening, my DFF's (DeFrumpin' Friends) and our families are all meeting at a local corn maze for some family fun. Whew! Big day!

But first, I'd like to continue the series on Housekeeping. Last week, I shared some tips that I've learned that can make managing your house a bit easier and more efficient. This week, I want to focus specifically on cleaning your house....BUT in a FUN way. 

Yes, cleaning can be fun. And, boy, there are sooo many days I need it to be fun. Sometimes, I just need that extra bit of motivation to get started. How about you? So, here are some tips I've pulled together for you from me and several of my friends. I figured the more ideas the better!

Set up a FUN environment
  • First things first. When I'm ready to clean, I open all the mini-blinds (I open the windows too if it's a nice day), turn on all the lights, and basically "wake up" the house. This helps wake ME up. :)

  • Then I pick out some fun music. It can be anything that lifts your spirits and helps get you going! Many times I'll put on some kids' music like the Cedarmont Kids Bible Songs or Bullfrogs and Butterflies. I actually enjoy listening to it and my boys love it too! Music was probably the most common tip I received from my friends. Amber and Susan love listening to Pandora, and Lauren loves to wear her Bluetooth wireless headphone set while she cleans! :-) Another friend mentioned that she enjoys listening to Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey podcasts. Great idea! Audio books are also a fun option (check out Librivox or your local library for free audio books you can download to your ipod)! 

  • Light a candle! I love candles. It's definitely part of setting a positive mood in my home. In the fall, I enjoy vanilla, pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon spice scents. Ah! Such homey, kitchen smells.

  • Prepare yourself mentally to have a fun, enjoyable time while you clean! Only positive thoughts! Get your kids in on this too. It's so good for them to learn that any task can be fun if you have a good attitude. 

  • I always feel better when I've showered and dressed, so make sure you're not just frumpin' around in your pj's. Sometimes I even put an apron on! I collect vintage aprons...LOVE them! There's just something special about wearing one that gets you mentally prepared to be that efficient manager of your home. There's a wonderful article from Hillbilly Housewife about aprons called Apron Evangelism. Check it out....and then go buy or sew a cute apron! :-)

Wow! I'm about ready to start cleaning something...right now! Going through these tips is such a great reminder to me of why I love my job. Homemaking is so fun and challenging! And it's such a blessing to your loved ones (especially when you have a good attitude). I love finding out ways to improve my homemaking skills and I get such joy out of it. I'm so thankful that God has given me such an amazing role...wow. Just wow!

Next week, I'll resume this series by sharing some more tips on how to make cleaning FUN. Stay tuned...














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4 comments:

  1. I'm doing all my cleaning today to get ready for our busy weekend of birthday parties! I am definitely using some of these great fun tips! Got my Pandora going and my blinds and windows open. Gonna go light some candles and stick on that apron we made in our first sewing class - remember? - and see how fast I can be while the baby sleeps! Thanks Audrey! You have such a pleasant attitude about a sometimes unpleasant aspect of home-keeping!

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  2. I need to read this list every morning!! You just motivated me to go do my bedtime routine!! :-)

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  3. @Susan: sounds like you did an amazing job blessing your family this weekend! And yes, I still have my apron. I'm thinking it's time to make another one...

    @Lauren: Thanks! I think I need to read this every morning too. :) So glad you introduced me to routines and FlyLady!! Good job on doing your bedtime routine (I struggle with that one)!

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  4. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

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