What a heavy week. How are you all doing? I have been so emotional this week with everything going on. The murder of George Floyd was absolutely heartbreaking. So are the riots (not the peaceful protests) and the overall division of our country. I shared some of my thoughts in this IG post and then to be honest.. I had to take a break from social media. I always have to take regular breaks from my phone and social media to keep my sanity, but this week there was so much negativity during a time when we really all need to be coming together instead of tearing each other apart. I know that for me (and my family) the real learning and growth is going to come from educating ourselves about racism and having important conversations at home. I want to read books, listen to podcasts, watch documentaries and better educate myself. Then I can explain things to my kids and share anything that is helpful to me along the way. I grew up in a small town in southern Utah that honestly was like a bubble without a lot of diversity. I was taught about racism in school, but there weren’t any conversations about how it has become a part of our society today. Our diverse culture in San Diego is one of my favorite things about living and raising my kids here. My kids have grown up with friends from such a wide variety of backgrounds and the way they all treat each other gives me hope for a better tomorrow.
I’m also focusing on kindness during this difficult time. I think it’s what we all need more of right now. Less judgement. More love and empathy and kindness. Even towards people who might see things differently than we do. One of the clipboards in my office has a quote that says “throw kindness around like confetti.” My kids always tell me it’s cheesy and it is, but I love it anyway. :) You never know when a kind word is going to make all the difference in someone’s life. I know that the kind words many of you send (whether it’s on my blog, social media or in an e-mail) lift me up in so many ways. There have been countless times when I have been struggling with something or having a hard day and I get one of your thoughtful messages and my whole outlook changes. Kindness matters and makes a difference! It becomes a ripple effect and is what we need more of in this world.
I can hear Kenny singing “A Whole New World” (his immediate reaction whenever I start to get sappy) so it’s probably time to move on. :) We’re heading into a weekend after what has been a hard week for so many and while we can’t control what is going on around us, we can control the spaces inside our home! (For the most part.. unless you have kids.. ha.) ;) You all know that nothing makes me feel better than cleaning out a drawer or cupboard and this weekend I need a pick me up. I’m planning on doing some organizing while I start listening to a new book on audible. If you think a little organizing would be good for your soul too I’m sharing a round-up of organizing projects that can be easily done over the weekend! Below each picture I’ll link the post it’s from if you want more details on a certain space.
Organize the space under one of your sinks! It’s a spot that can get messy quickly if you don’t have a place for things. Don’t worry about having the perfect dividers, bins or baskets.. those can come later if needed. Just toss things you don’t need, wipe your cupboard out and put back what you use. Such a lift!
Easy way to corral toothbrushes for busy mornings if you have a bathroom by the door! So funny.. we haven’t used these toothbrushes for months. I’ve missed a lot of things during our stay at home time, but our rushed mornings trying to get 3 kids to 3 different schools I do not miss!
Having your make-up organized makes such a huge difference! It’s the drawer you usually start your day with. Toss old make-up, wipe out your drawer and put the things you love and use the most back neatly. Easy weekend project that will have a huge impact on your daily life. (Along with organization I also shared my favorite make-up and hair products in my bathroom post.)
Most kids are out for the summer! It’s the perfect time to organize school supplies. Who knows what school will look like in the Fall. If you weren’t happy with your kids’ home ‘school zone’ now is the time to think through what might work better for next year. I’ve seen a lot of creativity in this area.. closets and other spaces turned into mini offices, etc. I’m really hoping kids are back at school (at least part time!) in the Fall, but I’m going to have things set up and ready for home school in case they aren’t.
One way to do this is to have a space set up for important papers (a home for your paperwork AND for your kids’!).
Organizing paper you don’t need daily but want to keep can take a little more time (especially if you haven’t done it before). If you have a lot of paper do this project over a weekend in baby steps! Friday – gather up ALL of the loose and miscellaneous papers throughout your home. Saturday – go through them all. Place everything you can recycle in a sack and organize the papers you need to keep in categorized piles. (I always use sticky notes for the piles when I do this.) Sunday – put the categorized piles of paper in folders and label them. Keep them in a filing cabinet, drawer or file box. Done!
Organize all of your greeting cards and set up a drawer or cupboard to hold things you need for mail! I’ve loved having all of our cards, envelopes, stamps and packing tape in one spot. Kenny was looking for some envelopes the other day and asked me where they were. “In the mail drawer of course!” I told him. He shook his head. “Ahh.. you have a mail drawer. Why am I not surprised?…” Clearly he doesn’t read my blog or he’d know all about this beloved drawer. Does it make you happy to know that you can probably locate things better in my house than my husband can at this point? Ha.
If you’re trying to eat better this summer prep some healthy snacks over the weekend! I always eat better when I plan and prep things ahead of time. I’m horrible with meal planning (I truly DON’T enjoy it) but I usually try to at least wash and cut up fruits and vegetables and prep some healthy snacks.
Go through blankets and donate any that aren’t being used as often! Corral the rest in one spot in your home.
Then do the same thing with your bathroom towels!
Then you’ll be on a roll so go ahead and do the same thing with your kids’ bathroom towels. :)
Wipe out the crumbs in your silverware drawer. Buy a new silverware tray if yours is getting hammered!
Tackle the junk drawer. Always a feel good weekend project!
Create a spot for your cleaning supplies in a closet or cupboard. I also keep a few cleaning supplies in various bathrooms so that it’s easy to do a quick clean out in those spaces when I have time.
Come up with a way to corral your earrings and other jewelry.
Organize (or donate/toss) all of those DVD’s! Hands down one of my favorite organizing projects. I still love opening this drawer. It gives me all the feels. ;)
Summer is here! Time to get your kids’ outdoor toys under control. I’m working on sports equipment in our garage and will share progress soon!
Adding hooks to this closet under our stairs created so much more storage! Another easy weekend project that can make a huge difference.
Now that my kids are out of school we are definitely going to sort through their closets! I always do this in January and then again in the summer. Kids grow so quickly and their closets can get out of control if I don’t make sure we go through them at least twice a year. This is an older pic.. Kole’s closet does NOT look this tidy right now. But it will soon. :)
I’m also hoping to organize my kids’ school work in a better file system this summer. I’ll share it when I’m done! My post on what school work I keep and what I toss might be helpful if you are doing the same this summer.
I’m also linking our Zone cleaning system and my Daily Expectation Charts for any moms who want some structure this summer!
I know.. slim chance of that right? In a way if feels like we’re going from one version of summer to another!
Hang in there everyone. 2020 has been quite a year so far. The good news is that it can only go up from here. ;) Thank you for the kindness you’ve always shown me. I’m so grateful for each one of you. I’m praying for you and your families and for our country right now. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Love always wins.
I can’t help it. Go ahead Kenny.. live it up..
“A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us, “No”
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming…”