Category Archives: My Projects

Learning to Love Laundry Day

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No matter how hard I try, I can never seem to catch up on laundry. My [failed] strategy  has been to pop in a load or two between other activities in an effort to be as efficient as possible. But the other projects always seem to take more of my attention or take me to another part of the house away from the laundry room. The result is that I get distracted and forget all about the clothes in the washer. Today, however, I am trying a new strategy. I am learning to love laundry day.

Due to a series of unexpected distractions, I have gotten way behind on laundry over the last few weeks. The pile I confronted this morning seemed like the size of an elephant. It finally occurred to me that my usual strategy was not going to work. Instead of running all over the house cleaning and working on projects as usual, my main focus today will be laundry.

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My first task was to gather and sort: lights, darks, delicates, towels and sheets. My laundry room is minuscule so I only brought down a few loads at a time. After loading the first batch into the washer and turning it on, I sat down to make a list of the projects that needed to be done in the kitchen and den–both within close proximity to the laundry room so that I could hear the buzzers and move through the process without distraction.

This list included three types of projects: those that need to be done regularly (planning menu, making grocery list, loading dishwasher); special projects (inventory pantry, purge utensil drawer, tidy laundry room); and projects from elsewhere in the house that could be relocated to this area (sort, clip and toss old magazines, update calendars, iron shirts). The key to the list is that each project can be done relatively quickly–i.e., between loads of laundry.

Tea with laundry day

I also added a few “me projects” to the list just to keep things interesting: apply a face mask, file and buff nails, catch up on email and social media, read several chapters of Clean Slate. I knew these few perks would help make the task of doing laundry less daunting.

pajamas and laundry

The final step to learning to love laundry day? Do it in your pajamas!

How do you keep up with laundry in your household? What other domestic projects overwhelm you? Have you come up with creative strategies to tackle these projects?

 

 

When a Break Turns Into a Sabbatical

I’m back. I took a little break from writing and blogging this summer thinking I would be back at the keyboard by late-August or early September…it is now October 13. I suppose that is more of a sabbatical than a break. I didn’t expect that I needed or could even tolerate this much time away from writing. I guess I was wrong.

I stepped away from my laptop in June for family and for personal reasons. I will be writing more about both of these in future posts. In short, I wanted to spend as much time with my daughter before she started her senior year and I needed some time to process some things privately. I was concerned that if I continued to blog I would process publicly–and prematurely. Given these few months, I know I made the right decision in both of these cases.

The time away also allowed me time to get started on some much-needed and long-overdue projects around our house. I will be posting regularly about our “Take Back Our House Project.” I have some great before and after photographs, will share some of our dirty, little secrets and the solutions we have found. We are still very much in the process of this project and will be continuing to work on it throughout the year.For a sneak preview, check out my Instagram posts.

I’d love to hear from you about your own projects: how do you get started, what keeps you motivated, how you juggle the long process with living life, etc.

So…I am glad to be back. I am determined to keep writing and to continue to share my journey and struggles, battles and blessings.

God’s peace, my friends.

Amy

 

It’s A Garden Party Giveaway: How to Win

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Sign up with your email to join my mailing list to win this Garden Party Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to offer my first-ever “giveaway” on amywatsonsmith.com. I have put together a Garden Party in a box to show my appreciation to my followers.

Want to enter to win this giveaway? Then pop over to the sidebar on the right and sign up to join my mailing list. I would be thrilled if you would share this opportunity by regramming this post on Instagram and on Facebook.

This giveaway ends on Friday, May 16 at 10 pm. I will draw a winner on Saturday.

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I had the best time putting this together. Here is what I included in my Garden Party Giveaway:

  • Six glass milk (or other beverage) bottles hand-decorated in pink and green
  • Striped pink and green paper straws
  • Handmade Garden Party invitations
  • Paper coasters
  • Pink enameled pail in which to serve dip (included) or other yummy snacks
  • Flowers and tablecloth are not included

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Christmas decorations?

How to Let Go of Perfectionism This Christmas

I have always been somewhat of a perfectionist. And I suppose that Christmas has always been my showcase. Every year I try to out do myself attempting to balance tradition and creativity.

I have never been over-the-top with decorations or gifts. That’s just not my style. But I always have an idea of what I think Christmas should be like and each year I spend a tremendous amount of time and energy trying to surpass my own standards.

This year has been no different…well, except for the fact that nothing is going as planned!

This what my living room looks like right this very moment.

Ceiling repair

This is not exactly what I had in mind for this year’s Christmas decorations.

I had to let go of perfectionism this Christmas.

The work we had planned to have done on our ceiling earlier this fall was delayed. And delayed. And delayed.

Last week as soon as we bought our Christmas tree and put it in the stand, our contractor called to say he could fit in our repair. We decided to hold off on decorating the tree or putting up any other decorations in the living room until the job was complete–three days at most we were told. We moved all of our decorative objects into the dining room for safety.

Another call. Another delay.

My teenage daughter complains that it doesn’t feel like Christmas without any decorations. I agree.

Finally yesterday work began on fixing the two holes cut in our ceiling when the hot water heater exploded several months ago (that story is for another day). It isn’t a very big job–just sheet rock and painting.

This is what my ceiling looks like now.

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I am so excited! I am hopeful that it will be finished in a few days and then we can finally decorate.

But in the meantime I will just have to be satisfied with a carload of Christmas decorations waiting to be unloaded. Where else was I going to put them?

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At least my car is decorated!

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