Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Organizing the kids room in less than 30 minutes

A Guest Post by Sophia Evans while I cuddle the little patient.

Organize the kids' room in less than 30 minutes

Organizing your children’s room quickly and efficiently is something we all desire. Kids are kids, they make a mess, it is inevitable. They do not have that sense of keeping their environment clean and organized, and sometimes it seems as if they enjoy the chaos, the clutter and the “hundred” of toys splattered all over the room. There is a quick and effective way that you can declutter your children’s room in less than 30 minutes and make it well organized to your liking. A chore that usually takes around an hour or so can be done in half the time if you follow a simple cleaning procedure that isn’t just efficient, but also time-saving and quite satisfying.

You should start off by making the bed. It can serve as an excellent work place to put stuff on and sort them through.

Continue by gathering all the clothes splattered across the room. Stained, dirty or clean just gather them and put them all in the washing machine. Being the number one culprit of clutter, unorganized clothes can give you the feeling of chaotic and cluttered atmosphere. Sort through all the clothes and organize them well in the closets or drawers. It shouldn’t take you a whole lot of time to take them all at once and stuff them into the washing machine.

Consider organizing all of the clothes in a pattern. Arrange a distinct and separate place for every type of clothing. T-shirts with t-shirt, trousers with trousers and so on. It is a good way to organize a closet or a drawer. It is also easier for your child to find whatever piece of clothing he needs, without taking most of them out and making an unnecessary mess.

Try to pick up all the stuff laying on the floor, most of which are probably toys and other unnecessary junk items. Take two boxes and fill them up. One of them fill with toys that are still in one piece, the other with broken ones and other spoiled and wrecked good that should go straight to the trash can.

Always keep a few boxes at hand for situations like this. It is definitely the fastest way of picking up toys and storing them together so that they do not turn into obstacles while trying to organize your kid’s room.

It might be helpful to install additional shelfs, boxes, or other storage places. You can either make them yourself by using items, you have found around the house, or buy them from the store. Additional storage place will definitely increase the organizing process and make it easier for you to declutter, sort out and rearrange.

Once you have decluttered most of the room and you have made space to walk freely without toys and other items getting in the way, you should consider a quick sweep and a vacuuming of the area. Very often while cleaning and dusting off, we tend to move items and place them where they are supposed to be. It is a very effective way to kill two birds with one stone.

A quick organizing scheme (30 minutes) can be as effective and efficient as a whole hour of work or even more. Knowing what to do, following a plan, simple consistency in your actions can result in faster results, but just as effective. Nowhere does it say that you should spend hours organizing, a plan coupled with a little preparation can save you lots of time, once you pick up the pace and get used to the new organizing scheme, you should be alright.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Quick Takes #252 Happy New Year


Longwood Garden from our December visit.


1. How is everyone? Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We did ~ safely made it to Maine before the worst of the ice storm hit and then got to hunker down cozy warm. The kids actually did great going to Mass twice on Sunday and the liturgies were lovely

2. During our week at my MIL we were able to get in lots of visiting as many of Dr Daddy's extended family were able to stop by for overnight visits. Lots of quality cousin time for the kids ~ and lots of new stuff to play with!

3. We rounded out the week with an Anniversary lunch and shopping trip and our traditional NYE fondue dinner. The year Lisbeth made it to midnight (largely by playing Minecraft with her twin/cousin)!

4. The snowstorm last week meant that the kids only went to school once the first week of January, so this week found us a bit rusty at the whole school routine but the general warming pattern did help.

5. On Monday Caitlin turned 5 and opted for Elana of Avalor decorations plus some Unicorn stuff, bringing Munchkins to school and a unicorn cake at home to mark the occasion!!

6. I owe her a real birthday post soon but as the other excitement of the week for her was parting with her tonsils I'm deferring writing in favor of cuddling her at the moment. Prayers and good thoughts welcome.

7. Have a  good weekend!!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What I'm (probably) reading in 2018

In the end I just can't quit the MMD challenge! Since I have also challenged myself to read thirty books this year I figured there would still be a lot of 'off-roading' even with trying to fulfill these twelve categories.

Inspired by our host's post I thought I would share what I'm thinking of reading this year.
A classic you’ve been meaning to read: Am currently reading A Room with a View.
A book recommended by someone with great taste: The Awakening of Miss Prim got some many raves I knew I had to give it try (currently reading).
A book in translation: Haven't decided
A book nominated for an award in 2018: TBD
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: • Envelope Poems, by Emily Dickinson or A Small Porch, by Wendell Berry
A book you can read in a day: The Penderwicks 
A book recommended by a librarian: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
A book that’s more than 500 pages: A Team of Rivals or The Summer Queen (or maybe both)
A book by a favorite author: This category was easy—just not sure which author yet.
A banned book: Not really sure but thinking Of Mice and Men.
A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction: Traveling Mercies or All is Grace.

What is on your reading list this year?

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 in 12 pictures

I love end-of-year recaps and so am again linking up with a photo year in review, this year hosted again by Bobbi of Revolution of Love

In January she turned 4 and Shimmer and Shine  helped celebrate!

In March we set about building a loft bed!

In April she started rocking these glasses!!

Saying goodbye after a great Kindergarten year!

We acquired a couple new porch rockers and I found a favorite reading spot!

In August I gathered with family to celebrate the life of a beloved aunt,

and back in Maine we watched the eclipse, and 

introduced Caitlin to s'mores.

In September Liam turned 7


October found us being batty and having a lot of fun!!


November found Liam wrapping up a great cross country season!!


In December Saint Nicholas was good enough to pay us a visit.

Happy New Year ~ May 2018 treat you great!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

How we met ~ repost

In honor of our 15th anniversary and as welcome to new readers I thought I would repost how my wonderful life with my Mr Bailey began.


Some backstory to Our Backstory: Someone or something was clearly leading me to PENN. Despite moving to the Mid-Atlantic (MD & VA) when I was five I have always considered myself a New Englander; I love the food, the geography, the spirit ~ everything! So 80% of the colleges I was planning on applying to were up there, a couple in VA where I was living and PENN. Which is Ivy League and in the city and everything I thought I didn't want ~ and one of the top nursing programs in the country.  I then as I do now often underestimate myself but some small part of me was curious and did not want to ten years later be curious if I could have gotten in if I had but tried. 

    Given the cost it was recommended to me that I apply Early Decision ~ and I did and it was the only school I ultimately applied to because they accepted me.  So I went to PENN where in the Spring of my freshman year I met Charlie.

    Having come from a wonderful parish with a great Youth Group one of the things I did at PENN was find the Newman Center (Catholic Student Center) and joined in; I became an Extra-ordinary Minister of the Eucharist, joined the Adoration Schedule, etc and in the Spring found out that I had been nominated to the Student Council as head of the Liturgy Committee.  I pointed out that as a freshman I thought I was too young to the then President, he told me to run anyway since I might not win ~ turns out I was running unopposed and won.  So that March after a joint council meeting (outgoing and incoming) up walks this nice guy (Charlie) who simultaneously tells me it will be fine because there was a structure in place, (I must have looked in shock) and then threw me for a loop by asking when I wanted to schedule our first meeting. (Charlie claims we had met before but I have no memory of this and am the one writing this so there.)

   So I took a deep breath, scheduled a committee meeting and discovered exactly how over my head I was when at the meeting I learned that the committee was rising Sophomore me and 4 PhD students. Eep!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Quick Takes #251 Advent and etc





  1. Hello ~ how's your Advent going? We are doing well here and finding a good rhythm I think.  The kids rotate lighting the candles, reading the prayer and then blowing out the candles.  Caitlin repeats after me but Liam is becoming more and more independent in his reading which is so exciting to watch.
  2. We had our first snowfall of the year last weekend of which an inch or so has stuck around which definitely gives the neighborhood that holiday feel; as does getting our Christmas tree.  No ornaments were broken in the trimming and I only had to bite my lips or sit on my hands a bit.  AKA you never realize how much of a control freak you can be until you have to let your young kids trim the tree.
  3. We left our shoes out for Saint Nicholas and ate chili on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. Next week both schools have Christmas programs.  Such a busy time but hopefully finding a good balance.
  4. As I finish up my last couple books for the year and start to think about what is topping my 'want to read' list for the new year I was excited to see Modern Mrs Darcy post her challenge list for 2018.  I'm still leaning towards 'off roading' next year but will definitely keep track of the different categories in case I get in a rut.
  5. The Crown; watched and really enjoyed the new season.  Which makes the knowledge that many of the principle actors are done rather bittersweet.  I understand and even like the idea of recasting every two seasons rather than continuing to age the actors but am sad to see Claire Foy and Matt Smith go.
  6. I have nearly half of our Christmas cards mailed and so feel like I can enjoy those we are receiving. I didn't write a letter this year but was tempted to include the kids ages on the photo card though with Caitlin having a January birthday wasn't sure what age to put. 
  7. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Open Book: December '17




The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson is wonderful and her characters were so fully developed that plot twists stayed with me for weeks after I'd finished the book.  This story captures beautifully a family, and town in the English countryside in their final moments of summer warmth and innocence and as the chill of war begins to be felt.  




Call the Nurse; Memoir of the Scotish Highlands by Mary MacLeod was a fun read where MacLeod found a good balance between sharing her cases as a Visiting Nurse and the everyday life experiences of living in the Hiberian isles.  Early in the 1970's MacLeod and her husband moved with their two youngest to the top and Scotland and sought a different life with what appears to be great success. There is a sequel which I will seek out at some point in the future.


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