Mommy Monday

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Anyone else get inexplicably stressed out or anxiety-ridden when their house is cluttered/messy? When Duplos have been scattered across the floor and the hallway looks like an LOL Surprise minefield, I can literally feel my chest start to tighten.

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When the Christmas decorations were all out, I felt like the walls of our little house were closing in. I couldn’t wait for the holiday season to be over just so I could have a sense of calm. A few days after we cleared the house of decor, my husband and I watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix. If you don’t know, Marie Kondo wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing which quickly topped the best-seller list and has made believers out of her converts–even Emily Gilmore…

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Basically, Marie says that instead of decluttering and organizing room by room, you do it category by category. For example, you bring all of your clothes out and pile them. You touch each item of clothing and, if the item does not spark joy, you tell it thank you for being in your life and get rid of it.

Personally, the whole concept of whether or not something sparks joy/thanking a hoodie for being in my life concept is a little too “crystals under the bed to promote healing powers” for me. BUT, I think the idea of organizing by category instead of location is pretty smart.

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Huff the Hubs and I decided to try it out. He started out in our room with his clothes and I piled all of Huff the Tot’s clothes in the living room and we got to work. After we finished with her stuff, I moved on to Huff the Babe’s room and then I tackled the beast that is my own closet.

Y’all.

It was incredibly cathartic and relaxing.

We got rid of SEVEN TRASH BAGS–you read that right, SEVEN–of JUST clothes. Can you believe that?!

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Huff the Hubs bought the book because he wanted to know “the real method” to getting rid of paper clutter and books, so as soon as he reads that chapter (because Momma ain’t doing it) we’re getting started on those categories. If you’re looking to get organized and feel less clutter anxiety in 2019, I highly recommend trying out this process!

 

Mommy Monday

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I’ve been in summer mode the past week–no major plans (sans the garage sale I had over the weekend; worst idea ever), no real schedule, and pretty much just doing whatever and hanging out with my tiny humans. That being said, my house has kind of been a pit lately.

I know that a lot of you have your kiddos home allllll day long now that school’s out and I’m sure your house will be pitted out soon as well. Which means we can ALL relate to this video from The Dad:

 

SO. TRUE.

Try It Tuesday

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Y’all. This declutter challenge is out to get me. Seriously. I’m starting to think that this challenge was not made for people with kids. I’ve been so behind on the daily cleaning goals for this thing! Last week was okay-ish because I had actually done some purging a while back to get ready for a garage sale I’m having. Plus, I like to get rid of things before the kids’ birthdays and Christmas, so some areas of the house have been decluttered.

Day Eight 

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Today’s challenge was to discard old books. I’d already gone through the kids’ books and tossed any that were torn beyond repair or donated any that Huff the Tot deemed “too scary”. I’m still working on Huff the Hubs’ collection of how to draw manga books, *eye roll*. (He works full-time, is married to me, and we have two kids. When does this guy think he’s ever going to have time to draw?!)

 

Day Nine

Today’s task was one I was waiting for: clean out your wallet. I had more receipts than Kim Kardashian had against Taylor Swift!

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I seriously had target receipts from December of last year! This was an easy one!

 

Day Ten

Cleaning out my purse wasn’t as magical as cleaning out my wallet. I typically throw my wallet into a “mom bag” full of diapers, board books, and coloring pages so my purse was pretty much clean already!

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Day Eleven

Y’all, my makeup drawer is ridiculous. Not because I necessarily have a lot of stuff, but because of how long I’ve had certain pieces of makeup.

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Those three foundations? Yeah, I’ve had those since my wedding SEVEN YEARS AGO. Probably the last time I ever wore it as well. I bought three beforehand so I could test out which one worked best, in case you’re wondering. Also, those lipsticks? I *maybe* have worn them each ONE time. A few I also bought during engagement pictures/wedding time. (If you’re curious about how long to keep makeup, I found this helpful article here!)

 

Days Twelve to Fourteen

Thankfully, I had recently cleaned out mine and Huff the Hub’s shower, bathroom cabinets, and also went through my old shoes. So I gave myself a pass on those days!

 

How are you doing on your decluttering? Any tips you’ve learned along the way? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I told y’all I was going to try a 30-day decluttering challenge. At first, I was super excited because I thought, “Oh yay! I’m going to get rid of so much stuff and its going to be such a load lifted off of me! This is going to be SO easy!”

Yeah.

Not so much.

After the first few days, I was starting to lose my mind.

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Day One 

The first day, I had to empty out one junk drawer. This is everything I cleaned out of the drawer:

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I was able to put a lot in the garage to save for my garage sale this summer, and also took some stuff (like the selfie sticks and other fun things) to work to see if anyone else wanted them! After all, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.

 

Day Two

I was supposed to purge my closet, but I had actually already done that about a month ago so I did a quick once over and decided I was okay.

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Day Three

My confidence started to wain on the third day. I had to go through our movie collection. We have our movies stored in CD cases (a small one for kid’s movies, two larger ones for grown-up movies, i.e., PG-13 and up) and yes, they are alphabetized (hashtag OCD has it perks). After Huff the Tot’s birthday and Christmas, however, I hadn’t put any of our new movies into the cases. This meant I had to literally take EVERY. SINGLE. EFFING. movie out of the cases and put them all in alphabetical order. I thought I’d be able to do this during the kids’ nap times. I was sorely mistaken.

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It ended up taking me two days, but #blessup, I got it done!

 

Day Four

Decluttering the TV stand was much simpler after I went through the movies! I had cleared out a lot of space just by taking movies out of the plastic cases they came in and into the binders.

 

Day Five

Going through our mail pile wasn’t too terrible. Going through our “to file” pile was the filing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. For reals. It took Huff the Hubs and I almost three hours to go through a pile about a foot and a half tall. I’m not joking. I wanted to take a picture of the pile, but Huff the Hubs had basically thrown the pile all over the floor by the time I got my phone.

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Day Six

This was the easiest day! All I had to do was clean off the kitchen table! Woot, woot!

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Day Seven

Again, I had already purged kitchen cabinets a few months ago, but I decided to go through a cabinet anyhow because I knew there had to be things we weren’t using. Sure enough, I was right. I moved all the baby bottles and baby food prep/maker to storage and got rid of the cups from Hideaway Pizza and Fuzzy’s. This cleared out A LOT of space!

 

I feel pretty good now, looking at what all I have gotten rid of (clutter, for some reason, has been a big weight on my anxiety lately) and I’m re-energized for the next three weeks! Have you been doing the declutter challenge? How’s it going? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Lately, I’ve really been wanting to purge a bunch of stuff from the Huffman Homestead. We just have SO. MUCH. CRAP. that it is a little overwhelming trying to tackle it all. I was looking around Pinterest trying to find some organizational tips and came across a 30-day declutter challenge!

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I decided to start this on Sunday since it was the first of the month and do a small declutter every day instead of trying to do it all at once. When I’m done, I’ll blog about how it went (and whether or not my OCD took over and I had to just do it all in one exhausting day.

Who’s with me?

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Mommy Monday

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Some days, I feel like all I do is clean.

Clean up dishes from breakfast.

Clean off my kids.

Clean the floor.

Clean the bathroom.

Clean the floor again because someone gave the baby crackers.

Clean up from lunch.

And on, and on, and on, and on…

So this video–from the hilarious duo I Mom So Hard–was totally relatable and made me laugh so hard I almost woke my napping kids (which, as we know, is a fate worse than death).

Mommas, put the broom (or Clorox wipe or Shout) down and take a minute to giggle along with me!

Try It Tuesday

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For Christmas, I got Huff the Hubs a cookbook. He’s hoping to cook his way through it this year (a la, Julie and Julia) and last night he made asparagus soup. It turned out great! However, he left the burner on a little too high and, well…

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It turned the bottom of my big pot a lovely shade of black.

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He perused the interwebs to find a way to get the tar off and I said, “Wait! I want to watch–this can be a Try It Tuesday!” (Because, one, I didn’t have anything prepped for today and two, well… that’s about it.)  He found this site and set to work.

Here’s what he used:

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  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water

 

Fill your pot (or pan) with enough water to create a layer on the bottom. Then add 1 cup of vinegar and bring it to a boil.

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As it boiled, I could already see some of the burnt part coming off!

 

After the vinegar reaches a full, rolling boil remove it from heat and add in the baking soda. (Huff the Hubs did this part in the sink just in case the fizz bubbled over!)

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Sorry; the pics are a little blurry because of the steam. After the bubbles settle down, swish the contents of the pot/pan around. Then, get to scrubbing. After about 10 minutes, here’s what the pot looked like:

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Better, but not great.

 

The website said for more stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda into the pot/pan and add a little water to create a paste:

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HtH let it set until after dinner (about an hour or two) and rinsed and scrubbed some more.

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It looks MUCH better. Not back to normal, but pretty close! I think this would’ve worked better if we had a Brillo pad or something comparable. All we had was a scrub brush. Have you ever tried this before? Did you try something different? What were your results? Share in the comments below!