The Year Of The Tidy Home

As you may all know if you ready my first post this year, I purchased my first home. We went from being in a small two bedroom one bath 712 square foot condo to a three bedroom two bathroom 1489 sq ft home with a detached garage. Needless to say we have twice the space as we previously had yet the amount of stuff we had in our condo plus two storage units worth filled up our home quite fast. Even my hubbie said to me as we moved stuff in….how do we have so much stuff! I of course know the answer to that question and in the most polite manner I could possible put it, my hubbie doesn’t really like to give good stuff away. I will admit however, that I am good at giving stuff away and throwing stuff out that I don’t need but sometimes I have difficulties making the time to actually sift through everything and when I do find the time it often makes me anxious and I can barely get stuff done.

“Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself”

In my quest to find something to watch on Netflix while folding my piles of laundry and cloth diapers I ran into this show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The show is mainly about using her method to tidy up the home to bring joy to ones life. It covers families with kids, families who are downsizing, empty nesters, after a family loss, etc. So after watching several of the episodes I decided to look into her method and purchased her book called “Spark Joy”. One thing that really stood out in the very beginning of her book is when she says “Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself”. Since one of my personal goals for 2019 was to take better care of my “self” I figured that using Marie Kondo’s method could contribute to bringing joy to my life and reduce my anxiety revolving around my home’s upkeep. One anxiety I have around keeping a tidy home is the lack of help around my home. I cook, clean, do laundry, etc. We are a family of 3 kids and two adults. My kids are 8, 2 and three months so most of everything falls on my shoulders and the little bit that I can get my daughter to help me with. I hope that after I get through this experience I can involve my husband and teach my daughter some new life skills.

Marie says in her book that there are only two skills necessary to keep your house in order 1. The ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest and 2. the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place. When I read this my first thought was YES! always put things back in its place…I instantly felt happiness. I guess maybe its because I have like a really small case of OCD that feeds off of things being in their place…but if I let things get out of control (which happens when you’re a working mom) that is when the anxiety sets in and I have trouble focusing on what to do first….and that is where I am now. 

I started off when we moved into our new home about in early December I put all my clothes in my closet and then when my husband emptied our storage units and brought all my clothes I had in storage it all of a sudden became this daunting space issue with my clothes. the biggest issue I had was accepting I didn’t fit in much of the clothes after I had my son two years ago and I still don’t fit into them because I just had another baby….womp womp womp.

I have three challenges

  1. time; with a new born and a toddler
  2. involve the hubbie and have him be on board
  3. clothes that don’t fit me but I still want around for when I do loose that weight from being preggo.

So in tackling my home step one is to look through my clothes and only keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest.

Here is a before picture of my stuff.

Before Picture of all my stuff

Here is the after picture of my stuff.

after picture of my clothes

From the huge pile of clothes I had, I managed to give away probably about 1/3 of all my clothes, mostly a mixture of clothes that I  no longer wanted and or fit me. I did however keep a box of clothes that I love, but didn’t fit. I kept it because in my quest to take better care of myself I hope to be able to fit in those clothes by summer time, but that is a whole other post on its own 🙂

Originally I gave myself a week to finish this process, but I didn’t. I feel like this whole process took me WAAAYYYY longer than it should have, but I have a 3 month old baby and a very mischievous toddler who keeps me on my toes ALL day. 

Here’s to keeping our homes as tidy as we possibly can. Until next time.

 

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Happy New Year everyone!
Wondering where I’ve been? A lot happened in 2018 and to my dismay I didn’t blog much of anything at all…literally. But its a new year and I look forward to what is to come.
I had lots of disappointing things happen in 2018 like not working much on my shop to help it expand, I didn’t do all the things I had planned for 2018 as far as my blog went and my biggest disappointment was NOT getting into school. Not getting into school was by far my biggest disappointment because I felt it was what was going to help my life go forward while I worked on my blog and shop. However on the other hand I had some really good things happen like I had a baby and soon after that happen we were able to close on a house and move in just a couple weeks before Christmas….Yay, Merry Christmas to us! My kids finally have a yard to play in and I have endless projects and shenanigans to blog about. Needless to say 2018 was tough but it was also full of wonderful blessings towards the end of the year that are helping us welcome the new year.  So here’s to 2019 and all that it will bring to all of us.

Car Seats, what are they good for? Absolutely….Everything! (Part 1)

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The Holidays are here and so is the traveling that comes along with it. Lets keep our kids safe while driving this Holiday season.

In April of 2017 my job decided to send me to a week long car seat technician training so that I could have the right tools to teach a car seat class to our pregnant mothers. Little did I know that this training would open my eyes to all the things I did wrong during my daughters 6 years of life….YIKES!!

As moms we always try to do what’s best for our children, so then why is it that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 72% of nearly 3500 observed car seats and boosters seats were misused in a way that could be expected to increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash (NHTSA, 2006). That’s almost 4 out of 5 car seats installed incorrectly. That is a HUGE number of improperly installed car seats!

After gaining so much knowledge about car seats….and I mean so much knowledge, I felt a responsibility to my community to educate families in hopes that our children would ride safer. Wouldn’t you after learning that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages 1-13.

One Question to ask yourself as a parent, When was the last time you checked to make sure your child’s car seat was installed correctly, not expired or simply outgrown? Here are a 5 things recommended by safe kids worldwide you can do right now to keep your children safer in your vehicle.

  1. Right Seat- Check the Label on your car seat to make sure it appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. like all food products, your child’s car seat also has an expiration date. Just double check the label on your car seat to make sure its still safe.
  2. Right Place– your child is a VIP, just ask them. We know all VIP’s ride in the back seat, so keep all children in the back seat until they are 13. If you absolutely need your child in the front seat then at least make sure to turn off the airbag.
  3. Right Direction- Keep your child in a rear facing car seat until at least age 2 (California Law). When your child outgrows the seat, move the child to a forward facing car seat and make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments (LATCH).
  4. Inch Test- once your car seat is installed give it a good shake at the belt path. Can you move it more than one inch side-to-side or front-to-back? A properly installed seat will not move more than one inch.
  5. Pinch Test – Make sure the harness is tightly buckeled and coming from the correct slots (check your manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your childs shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing you’re good to go.

Please remember as parents we take the time to disinfect the handles of a grocery cart, but fail to check the proper installation of car seats in our vehicles. Do the right thing and keep your child safe. If you would like to find a local technician in your area to check your car seats click Here.  Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

Car Seats, What are they good for? Absolutely….Everything! (Part 2)….coming soon.

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