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Do you feel like you’re always behind on laundry?

Is it a struggle to keep the kitchen clean?

Do you dread dinner time because you never know what to make?

Just know you’re not alone!

I have struggled so much in these basic areas of homemaking over the past 9 years of managing a home.

Over the years, I’ve implemented systems that have helped me improve my household management, but I’m always eager to learn new techniques and tips from others!

Pile of Laundry

One tip that has helped me so much in my kitchen management was from a  4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking eCourse.  This particular tip was simple but implementing it has made a huge difference already!

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Room by Room Laundry

When I was expecting my third baby, I had so many people tell me that having a third child seems to make the laundry explode.

They were right.

Somehow our tiny baby girl seemed to double our laundry load and laundry was getting harder to manage.

I wasn’t sorting laundry into whites, colors or delicates. Instead, I was using the time saving method of unsorted loads. (And, I have had great results with unsorted washing!)

Mixed Load of Laundry

I was washing a mixed load (everybody’s clothes, linens and towels) almost every day and was managing to get it dried and folded but then it would just sit where I folded it or in the basket.

I knew I had to revise my system and figure out a way to make putting laundry away easier. 

Instead of having a mixed load every day, I decided to wash by room. I placed a hamper in each bedroom and wash a load when the hamper is full.

Here are my loads:

1. Master (my clothes and my husbands clothes)

2. Boy’s Room (the boys clothes)

3. Cecilia’s Room (Cecilia’s clothes, towels, napkins and cleaning cloths)

Once I get the clothes out of the dryer, I go to the room they belong in and fold the laundry in that room.This makes putting laundry away so much easier!

Other laundry

I regularly wash our sheets but I don’t consider them part of my daily laundry. They’re either washed when a diaper leaks, a child wets the bed, throws up, spits up, gets snot everywhere, etc. or on Tuesdays which is my bedroom cleaning day.

I also wash cloth diapers every other day but they’re easy to put away because they all go to Cecilia’s room.

Room by room laundry makes laundry manageable for our family of 5.

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28th BirthdayWhat a wonderful and full month March was for our family!

March 4th was my 28th birthday. I celebrated with 2 children throwing up that morning and feeling bad all day. Our plans for the day were scrapped and we stayed home all day and stayed in our pajamas! Everybody was feeling fine by the weekend so we had lunch in downtown Chattanooga to celebrate.
Aritsan SourdoughI’ve been baking with sourdough since starting a wild starter in January. It’s been fun learning about sourdough and making pancakes, muffins, pie crusts and breads. This beautiful artisan loaf is the best bread I’ve made yet. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to make a loaf this good since but I’m hopeful with more practice, I’ll be able to bake consistent loaves!
Sweet Sleeping BabiesMy husband was gone for 5 days mid March and I had sweet little bed buddies while he was gone. I just love watching my little ones sleep!!

Bunny LoveThis spontaneous ‘hug a bunny’ moment brightened my day! Our Kroger had a huge Easter display with all kinds of candy, balloons, baskets, stuffed animals and giant bunnies. We were walking by and Weston just headed straight for one of the big bunnies and gave it a huge hug. Big, stuffed bunnies are just too much for loving 3-year-olds to resist!

Sleepy PaxMarch was full of beautiful days and we spent so much time outside. One early evening, Paxton came inside and went into the living room. We soon discovered him curled up on a quilt. This was the very first time in his almost 5 years of life that he fell asleep on his own during the day (not sick or in a car seat!). We were amazed. All of the sunshine and running around wore this little guy out!

Gardening WorkWe had been hoping that we would be able to sell our home and move to a small farm that we found at the beginning of the year but that hasn’t worked out for us. Instead, we’re waiting for the dream and embracing where we are. We built some new raised beds, transplanted strawberries (shown above), started lettuce, peas, onions and potatoes and started some seeds.  I just love gardening!

Painting PotatoesOur boys are in AWANA at a local church and they have theme nights every other week. One of the March theme nights was ‘Potato People’ night. We had a blast painting and creating our potato people.

Potato PeopleI think our potato people turned out quite well! Paxton’s potato was ‘Darth Tater’ and Weston’s was ‘Spud the Cow’.

Cecila's BirthdayCecilia turned one on March 20th! We had such a lovely simple birthday for our sweet baby girl.  (This photo shows her a few hours after she was born, wearing her very first hair bow that her brothers picked out! She wore the same bow on her first birthday too!)

Sweet MomentsMothering three leaves me exhausted. Between my early risers and night owls, it seems like not a moment goes by when I’m not on mommy duty. Most nights, I tell myself ‘I’ll be productive once they’re asleep.’ But, then it takes what seems like forever to get little folks to sleep. I’ve not been worrying as much about being productive lately, instead I’ve been just savoring their night time sweetness. I have one darling little 3-year-old son who just loves being held, snuggled or lying beside mommy. Our baby girl’s baby days are fleeting. And, night time chats with my almost 5-year-old are some of my favorite times.

First Time SwingingCecilia had her first ride in a baby swing at one of the local parks! She enjoyed swinging and looked like such a big girl.

Playing at the ParkWe have a great little park less than 2 miles from our house and we’ve spent quite a bit of time there on these pretty spring days. Cecilia loves climbing the stairs to the play set and crawling/walking around! (And, isn’t she just adorable with those two little piggy tails?!)

FFA ConventionOn March 31st, we went to Gatlinburg for the Tennessee FFA Convention. This year marked 10 years since John David was a state FFA officer. His team was recognized as a milestone team and we were able to enjoy dinner with all but one of his teammates. It was fun bringing our little ones to the FFA convention, seeing old friends and reminiscing on our FFA days.

Simple 1st Birthday

We celebrated Cecilia’s 1st Birthday on March 20th.

We had a low key, simple 1st birthday celebration with our family.

Wrapped Presents

The boys picked out presents for her. We colored on our art paper to make colorful wrapping paper and they helped me wrap her presents. It was fun watching their excitement for sister as we colored and wrapped.
Opening Presents

We kept the decorations simple and made two pink, purple and white paper chains. One hung behind her high chair and the other was between our living room and kitchen. Making the paper chain was a fun art project. We also blew up several pink balloons and all 3 kids enjoyed playing with those.

After lunch, the boys were ready to give her presents and they helped her open all of them.
Reading Birthday Book

Weston was so excited about her new book that he started ‘reading’ it to her immediately. Birthday Presents

This year, her gifts were ‘need, wear, read.’

Summer pajamas were a need. (Her brothers picked these out!)

She can wear her new sandals all summer. (These are soft soled Robeez.)

She can read this touch and feel board book, Just Like Mommy. (And, it’s fun that the author of this book’s name is Cecilia!)

Birthday MuffinWe took the birthday girl out to dinner at a local barbecue restaurant. This girl LOVES barbeque and her daddy loves that she does.

When we got home from dinner we lit her candle, sang happy birthday and let her eat a soaked sourdough applesauce muffin. She loved the muffin and it was fun watching her eat the entire thing!

Our celebration was simple, but it was a wonderful way to celebrate one year of our sweet baby girl. It’s crazy to think that a year has already passed since she was born but it’s been one amazing year with our darling little daughter!

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