Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Making a house a home

Source: This cute printable is from Nessa Makes.

During the holidays, our house tends to be clean, tidy, well-kept.

During's a different story.

I make lists, plans, schedules, but choosing chores rarely happens - there's always other stuff to do!

My friend E posted this schedule on pinterest the other week, and I liked the simplicity.  Just a few things to do each day.  

My problem otherwise is that I get too ambitious.  

Past Me always woefully overestimates how much Future Me will be willing and able to do.  

It's very easy to write in my planner that on a Wednesday night I'll hoover the sitting room, iron a pile of shirts and cook up a batch of treats.  

It's very hard to do so on that Wednesday night after an extra long day at work, or an impromptu late night chat with the girls, or a date with Matthew!

Just called me a wannabe housewife.  I love a good bit of homemaking, but it's hard to fit it all in sometimes!  So I try my best.

Don't we all?

How do you get it all done, lovelies?  Do you have a favourite chore? (Mine? Cooking and ironing)  Or a most-hated chore? (Hoovering!).


  1. I also hate hoovering. And ironing. I like cooking. I like having a clean flat. I think that is where it ends for me!

    1. Hee! I love when I have time to clean - there's a nice satisfaction to beautifying the place! Can't wait to see your lovely home soon :)

  2. I hate cleaning the bathroom. I'm never happy when that chore comes around. I do love laundry though, it's too bad I'm in an apartment and don't have my own machines!

    1. That must be tricky. I love our washer - it plays little tunes to say hello and goodbye!

  3. I HATE doing the dishes--probably because I was spoiled for all of my life until moving to the UK by having built-in dishwashers! But somehow we've settled into a routine where I do the washing and Josh does the drying.

    I like (wouldn't say love) sweeping, hoovering, mopping, and ironing! But that doesn't make it any easier to do those things after a long day/week.

    1. I hear you - when I have a spare hour or so a day, everything runs smoothly. When I don't....

  4. i LOATHE washing up! I leave that to Robin. Strangely, I find doing the laundry calming!

    The Awkward Blog

    1. There's a lovely rhythm to laundry, I find.

  5. Doing the grocery shopping/putting the groceries away is my least favorite chore. I don't really mind laundry that much and I actually kind-of enjoy making beds/changing sheets. I like having nice, crisp beds--it makes the whole house seem much cleaner to me! :)

    1. Making beds is quite fun - I love how you can do it and a room looks at least 80% tidier!


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