One of my very favorite things about directing the yearly musicals I do with my kids’ show choir is the conversations about my age that inevitably happen. At some point (when I’m sweating profusely from demonstrating a dance move or forgetting a kid’s name or am just flat out exhausted), I blame my current issue on my age. And every time (EVERY time) the kids gasp in shock. They had no idea I was so old! They really thought I was in my early thirties!! Or late twenties!! Or they assumed I was fifteen!!! (Even though my 12 year old child is in the play with them . . . ) Seriously, this is one of the biggest perks of that job!!
I’m 42, and I’m more than happy to be 42. With my forties comes a certain, ummm . . . attitude. It happened to my own mother. (Oh my, did it ever.)
It’s a take-it-or-leave-it, I-am-what-I-am, who-has-the-energy-to-pretend-to-have-answers-when-she-totally-doesn’t kind of thing.
It’s one of the reasons why, even though I still cringe when someone asks me what I “do” and I have to share my deep dark slob secret with them, I’m glad I get to write about something that lets me feel absolutely no need to pretend I’ve got it all together. (Whatever “it” is.)
Over time, through much resistance, I’ve accepted that I have something to offer the hopeless homemaker. I can identify and explain the basics for bringing and keeping a home out of Disaster Status in a way that actually makes sense to others to whom this stuff does NOT come naturally.
But I get questions I simply can’t answer. Or won’t answer. Because I base all of my strategies/advice on what I’ve personally found to work in my home, and I may not have actually made that thing work in my own home yet. (And may never.)
Like how often should you clean this, that, or the other. Or how do you keep track of the BIG cleaning tasks like scrubbing down air vents and such? (Ummm, I don’t?) Or how to menu plan using only whole foods?
Or questions about blending organizing and home decor. Hahahahaha!!! Those questions are usually from people who just landed here and haven’t looked around yet!
But my lack of ability to answer every question is one of the things I love about offering
the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.
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Some resources in the bundle that can answer questions I can’t:
The Motivated Moms Chore Planner from MotivatedMoms.com
I’ve heard about this resource many times, and now that I’ve seen it I can say it is most definitely IMPRESSIVE. So many details. It is an amazingly thorough cleaning checklist that takes you, day by day, from May 2016 to June 2017. There are everyday tasks to check off plus cleaning tasks to check off plus other random cleaning tasks assigned to every single day of the entire year. Do them all and you’ll have a perfectly clean home. Do any of them and you’ll be better off than you were before! This printable chore planner is normally $8.
Cleaning Around the Seasons from CleanMama.net
This is another printable deep-cleaning schedule, but has options for making it work with your cleaning style. It’s also gorgeous, as all of Becky’s stuff is. Normal price: $10
Cozy Minimalist Mom from TheNester.com
Myquillyn Smith is The Nester. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s well known for being incredibly gifted at teaching decorating techniques that are doable, lovely, and practical. This product is actually a video course and focuses specifically on eliminating clutter and creating a stylish home when you have kids living there. Normal price: $29
Frugal Real Food Meal Plans: Summer from DontWasteTheCrumbs.com
Summer starts SOON, y’all. These plans cover all of it, and are for “real food” meals. There are shopping lists to stock up on the non-perishables included, and then separate shopping lists for each week’s perishables. How cool is that? Normal price: $15
I could keep going, but you really need to go here to check out the bundle and see what catches your eye so you can decide if it’s a good value for you.