31 Days To Make A House A Home: Day 10: Upkeep

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When a space is well lived in and well loved, it gets messy- fast.  I think this is where I struggle the most.


So my goal, is to pick up 100 things a day.  I'm taking a leaf out of the imperfect homemaker's book, and modifying it to fit our family.  Most of the time, there aren't 100 things to do in between tasks when the house is already clean, and let's face it, this is all a work in progress for me.  The though of doing 100 things several times a day makes me want to bang my head on a wall 100 times.  But if I don't let the little things pile up, they don't become big messes.

Plus, it feels so nice to come home to a clean house.  Granted, I avoid the unclean parts of the house like the plague.  I literally only visit them in the dark of night as to avoid the awful visuals, which is a terrible idea because I could actually die from tripping over the mounds of whatever (I'd tell you what it is, but I can't see it), falling, and drowning in mess.

Yes, this is real life.

In other news the weather has finally turned here, and mornings are cool and crisp.  This is absolutely my favorite time of year; it's not so hot that you want to drown yourself in an ice bath and not so cold that if you leave your water out it freezes.  It's absolutely perfect.  Days like this I can go out in my long sleeves and show Anthony how wonderful the world can be.  Not that I really need to do that, he thinks everything is wonderful.  This kid coughs and goes into a giggle fit because coughing is hilarious.  He wakes up every day with a smile on his face.  He is absolutely the light of my life.  I can't get enough of my boy. <3 p="p">


  1. "I'd tell you what it is, but I can't see it". Hee! Thanks for the smile. ;)

    This sounds like what my aunts used to call "neatening." Throughout the day, they'd take 5 minutes to "neaten" a room. I like your idea to set a goal to pick up a certain number of items, though. It feels good to do something that's trackable.

  2. Love that pic at the end!
    I have a few areas of my house that are....unpresentable. And there is constantly a pile of toys scattered about the living room, but I've learned to overlook those since my toddler doesn't have a "play room." I don't think I'd like to count how many things I tidy up in a day, but I do like the idea of having a goal like that. (:

  3. ummmm I love that picture :)
    good for you - I love that idea! it makes a huge difference!

  4. one thing i learned (and i totally get you on the whole avoiding the bad parts like the plague we have an upstairs and we never went up there and thats were the bad parts were) while doing this same thing and upkeeping for over 3 yrs so far is to handle things once and make things easy for you that fit your family. i have baskets for shoes by our front door and a trash can by our end table, is it strange? yea maybe for other people, but for us it works. no piles of shoes whereever we kick them off, no mounds of trash on the end tables.you are doing great! and i luv the pix of you and your little guy