Things have been changing around our house lately… it’s getting tidy! Yes, my kids are doing chores. But that isn’t new. What’s new is that they are excited about it! We’ve been using ChoreMonster for a month or so now, and since it’s working I thought I’d share it with you! To get started we created a list of chores and set some rewards, and the kids are earning points towards their goals with each chore. The real motivator is trying to win the virtual monsters, which are a huge hit with my two monsters! Unless of course our oldest wins a monster and our younger one doesn’t… but then that teaches an important lesson too, doesn’t it. 😉
I’ve tried sticker charts before, and they have never worked for us. We all got bored of them pretty quick. But I’m pretty happy to see that my kids are the ones reminding me about chores most days now. I don’t have to keep them accountable anymore, they are self-motivated! Finally! If you feel like trying it out with your family, you can use this link to get ONE MONTH FREE membership. Let me know what you think if you do!
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I received an opportunity through Canopi to partner with ChoreMonster.
Have you made a list of all the projects that you want to tackle this Spring/Summer? With all the sunshine that we had over Spring Break, we’ve actually started to check some things off of our LONG list already! The adirondack chairs that were sitting in boxes for two years waiting to be stained and assembled… CHECK! Emptying out and organizing our pantry… CHECK! Gardening… well, we’re slowly making headway each year on that front. There is so much still to learn!
Are you as impressed as I am with how my friend Angela organized all of her kids art supplies! She simply spray painted some tin cans in fresh Spring colours and divided up the supplies! And four large baskets underneath store the paper and all of their creations! Perfect!
A project that has forever been on the list is printing the bazillion photos that are hanging out in the ether. You too? I don’t know many people that aren’t a couple years behind on that one! Christine, of Just Bella, had a great idea to take all of her Instagram pictures and create a Blurb Photo Book, and I knew I’d be making one as soon as I saw it. If you’ve been wanting to make a book, I’ve got good news… Blurb is offering 25% off to you until April 14th! Sometimes it helps to have a deadline on things like this, right?!
Speaking of deadlines… I need to focus on the big ticket items on our list… adding trim and replacing all the windows, and painting the exterior of the house. Any readers have a window company that they would recommend? Or brand of windows that you’re happy with? There are so many options out there that I’ve put off making a decision for a couple of years already! I need to get on it! Suggestions please!
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Photo Credits: #1 – 4 Rosa Pearson, #5 Christine (Just Bella)
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I thought that I’d do a follow up post about organization. I’m hearing lots of people planning kitchen reno’s, so I thought that this time I’d focus there.
My first suggestion is to find room for a pull out garbage. Even if you only have a narrow space available it can still work. When we were in the planning stages, my friend Jenny from Oakville looked over our kitchen design and found a way to squeeze one in. Yay! It’s one of my favorite things!! Instead of one garbage can, I opted for two small containers… one for recycling items, one for garbage waste. They are small, so the garbage never gets around to being too smelly before it needs to go out!
If you have a peninsula in your kitchen, and have three corners to play with, then I have a suggestion for you. Don’t make all of them into corner cabinets! I sectioned the exterior of our peninsula into three even panels, and had one of them open to access four sliding shelves. LOVE the shelves! I find myself in the kitchen a LOT – it’s the center of activity around here – so most of the time my laptop sits on the kitchen counter. When I need to print something out I just slide out the top shelf to access my printer and paper, etc. The rest of the shelves have shallow baskets to organize phone chargers, place mats, etc.
This shot may not look like much, but pay close attention! This is the cabinet above the fridge. Do you see those two vertical dividers? Because this cabinet is usually deeper and taller than any of the others it is the perfect place to store large platters, griddles, liquor, etc. I LOVE having them stored vertically. They slide out so easily when needed!
My final must-have in the kitchen area – a bulletin board! At our house it’s always loaded up with school notices, kids artwork, and the calendar. Super handy! Oh, just ignore the mud that still remains from tiling the back splash. And the paper bonanza going on… focus instead on the new West Elm drapes that we installed in the dark!
If you’re planning your dream kitchen, or just trying to retrofit to make better use of the space, I hope this helps! Now go conquer your kitchens!!
Does anyone else feel the urge to organize? I sure do! My dining room table is a dumping ground for any item without a home. So, my goal this year is to find a home for everything. Things won’t be in their proper place all the time, because with kids that is unrealistic. Heck, for ME it’s unrealistic! But, I’m determined to make use of every inch of this house!
This antique fruit crate is a great addition above the coat rack in the entryway closet. It’s divided into three sections, so gloves, hats, and scarves all have their own spots. And, not having to hunt for a rogue glove among the scarves saves time when we’re trying to run out the door.
Herb pots play double duty as art supply storage next to the kitchen table. The kids take whichever pot they need to the table, and put it back into the empty spot on the tray when they’re done with it. Easy!
With kids comes a lot more books, which I love! But finding homes for all of them where they will still be seen is not always easy. I bought this antique tool box to store some of those books in our family room.
And last, but not least, this is my favorite drawer in our house right now. With the help of Japanese cups and saucers from this fabulous store, and a vintage cutlery holder, I’ve managed to put all the many batteries, tapes, screen cleaners, etc into one organized little spot!
How about you? Are you getting organized too? I’d love to hear if you have any tricks to staying organized!!
PS – I’m linking up to Cottage & Vine’s “Get It Together” Party!
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson @ FlutterFlutter