14 July 2008

Another One of Those Days

You know, there are some days when I have no trouble coming up with my own list of things to accomplish, and I somehow am motivated and energized to do them. Other days I just look at everything and can't decide where to even begin! Mondays tend to be especially that way, which is why I've been appreciating the Making your Home a Haven challenge. While I was unable to get dinner prep started, I was able to find some yummy simple recipes to hopefully make good use of some of our garden bounty: basil, zucchini, beets, and green beans. So dinner should be interesting.

After photos of the kids playing. Even they enjoy a clean room!

But I'm doing something brave: I'm posting before and after pictures of what I was able to accomplish in our 5-minute cleaning jobs. Actually, we spent 5 minutes (plus a couple extra) in the living room, 5 minutes in the dining room, and about 15 minutes in the kitchen to get this accomplished (with lunch in the middle). It's not perfect, but definitely improved. The kids enjoyed playing ring around the rosy in the living room while I was fixing lunch, and the boys and I even got to play Memory after quiet time. While there is definitely a lot more time that needs to be spent cleaning and putting away things, for a Monday, I consider this a domestic victory.

Before: kids and living room looking a bit unkempt.

After: at least improved!
Before: Dining room with table full of "whatever"

After: Not perfect, but at least a little more orderly.

Before: Kitchen. This picture says a thousand words!

After: Kitchen: a thousand times better?


  1. Anonymous14 July, 2008

    Even small amounts of time make a difference - I love that! Your house looks great for spending about 25 minutes on it.

    Perfect does not live in the real world. Certainly not in mine, anyway!

  2. Anonymous14 July, 2008

    Thank you for showing me that I am not the only one in the world that has a dirty Kitchen and can get it cleaned you are an inspiration!

  3. Anonymous14 July, 2008

    Good job, mama!

  4. Thank you so much for posting your pics. Now I don't feel like I'm the only one that wakes up to a messy kitchen. I second the comment that your an inspiration. Thanks for being brave for our benefit.