If you’re not contemplating piling all of your clothes onto your bed this weekend, per Marie Kondo’s tidying advice, who even are you? It seems like every Instagram story is another picture of someone’s closet mound. Those I like. The pictures I’m jealous of are the neat and decluttered closet aftermath. Seeing those all week long were enough to convince me to grab a stack of black trash bags and start sorting.
“I am SO SICK of making their beds!” I think I almost growled it to my husband who was wondering why I was already so huffy at 6:45am. He offered a brilliant solution: Don’t make them anymore.
That sounds nice for the three other members of our family who go somewhere every day and forget about the undone housework left behind. But I work from home. I cannot think with unmade beds and a messy house, so leaving them unmade wasn’t an option.
With the toy influx brought on from December, I can't help but notice how many toys my kids have. Seriously, they're everywhere. I could spend all day cleaning toys, and in no less than 5 minutes, our house is a complete mess again.
But over the last couple weeks of being home together, I've had time to observe what my kids play with and what they don't play with. This way, as I declutter and purge, I don't feel like I need to involve them in the process.
“This year was awful. Just awful,” my friend shared over lunch today. “I can’t wait to get on to the next one!” Her year was worse than awful. She was diagnosed and rigorously treated for a deadly disease. She lost a family member. She endured hurtful family drama after the loss of said family member. What a hard year, we both lamented.
If you haven’t been to a holiday party yet, then you’re probably hosting it. The busyness of this season makes it all the merrier. So here are a few ideas we’ve gathered to make bringing your people together easy and fun.
As a little girl I went over to my friend’s house to play. Upstairs in her playroom is where I saw the most beautiful dollhouse I had ever seen! This wasn’t like the Barbie dream house I had in my playroom. It was handmade by her Grandfather. White scalloped trim, little shutters, rooms with wallpaper, adorable furniture that furnished each room. Even as a kid, I knew it was special.
It’s our first Christmas in a new house, in a new city, in a new state, 20+ hours away from everyone we love. As December approaches, I’ve wondered if it will even feel like Christmas this year. I’m already missing my mom hosting us for Christmas cookie making, our annual visit to the downtown tree with a dear friend, and the office parties we are accustomed to.
We know you’re not planning your whole holiday meal around your picky little eaters. But if you don’t even consider a few dishes they’ll enjoy, your Thanksgiving table is going to get pretty whiney.
Definitely stick with your traditions. They’ll grow into them. But to keep your (and your grandma’s) sanity on Thursday, we suggest adding some of these kid-friendly recipes into the mix.
Cheese Tray Turkey