Once you start a blog, you are faced with the inevitable problem of finding something to blog about. For me, this often means feeling like I need to constantly come up with some new idea, re-do some furniture, or create something amazing. I can get so caught up in doing these “important” projects for the blog, that I have zero desire to tackle the very unglamorous day-to-day chores of housekeeping. After four straight Saturdays spent away from home, those unglamorous chores piled up to the point that ignoring them was no longer an option. So, I spent this Saturday playing housekeeper, and I learned some lessons about what is really important when it comes to making a house a home. Care to tag along?
Mmmm, freshly washed and ironed clothes! I admit to dreading doing the ironing. There is really no way to rush this job. But, there is something satisfying about standing in a sunny window, methodically making something wrinkled look fresh and new. I don’t take enough time in my week to just be still, but ironing forces me to just be for awhile, and I think that is a very good thing.
Do you put off ironing because it’s such a pain to get out the ironing board? I started laying a folded towel on my kitchen counter instead. It saves me wrangling with the heavy board and motivates me to iron a little more often.
Yay, for floors made fresh by a vacuum and scrub! I was so excited about these floors when they first went in, but now I’m so used to seeing them, that I forget how nice it is to have them. Spending a little time making them gleam like new, reminds me to appreciate my beautifully remodeled kitchen.
Crumb-free counters! I like to wipe mine down with a few sprays of vinegar water and a swipe with a microfiber cloth. Clean and green!
Nothing is as comfy as a fresh bed with clean sheets!
A few squirts of a lovely lavender spray make climbing into bed even more relaxing. It’s going to be hard to wake up early on Monday after a nice weekend of sleeping in a little!
I have a dust allergy, so I should really take the time to dust everything more often. Saturday I took the time to dust every room, wipe down every surface, and clean every mirror and glass. The house is so fresh and sparkly!
Just when I was starting to feel disappointed that I wouldn’t have time for any projects, because I had taken so much time cleaning, my sweet husband announced he was taking me out for dinner. Over a lovely meal at a new restaurant, he told me how much he appreciates everything I do to make our house a home. He thanked me for all the meals I cook, for keeping things neat, and for making the house, “look nice.” Y’all, I just about melted! It took these kind words from my dear husband to remind me that the little chores I think of as mundane tasks are just as important as the big projects. My husband is just as impressed by a clean house as he is by a huge room makeover. He’s just as thankful for a homemade dinner as he is for stylish décor (let’s be honest – he’s probably more thankful for the dinner!).
So, if like me, you sometimes feel like you have to do all this amazing stuff so you can blog about it, or have a beautiful house, or be a good homemaker, remember who you’re doing all of this for in the first place! As awesome as you all are, you don’t live in my house – Brad does. Take some time to do the little things that don’t seem that important, maybe even blog about some perfectly ordinary aspect of keeping house – because I bet those ordinary little things are appreciated more than you know!