Between blog posts and Pinterest there are more great ideas out there concerning home and health, efficiency and effectiveness than I could ever dream of putting into practice. I admit that at the end of the day I could surf the web for hours, gathering ideas that should make our home schooling run like a top. I can collect kitchen tips that should make my time cooking and prepping operate like a well oiled machine and if I follow “these simple steps” I should have a house that practically cleans itself and pre-baby abs as a bonus! (Sorry, I got a little sarcastic there, but you get the picture.)
It is all very exciting until there is the bittersweet reality of application within our home. This is where the idea flies or dies. I am a sucker for a great idea. Unfortunately not every great one works for me or our family. Sometimes I wonder if this idea is so great, why can’t I make it work for me? Here is a smattering of ideas that I have tried and failed.
1. Once a month cooking: I love freezer meals as much as the next gal. When a friend and I each had one child we could pull off one big day of freezer cooking. Maybe when the kids get older (or if my girls ever get to the point that they can sit through a DVD!) I can return to this idea, but with four little people 7 and under I just don’t have an entire day to devote to prepping and cooking.
2. Meal Swaps: As our families added more children my friend and I roped a couple more ladies into a meal exchange. The wonderful plan is to make 4 freezer meals and trade with 3 others who do the same (keeping one.) Four different freezer meals for the work of one-splendid! But with more babies came more allergies and intolerances. Add to that each family’s differing thoughts on textures and taste, and the appeal of this great idea was lost.
NOTE: I still use freezer meals constantly, but have found at this stage in life it works better for me to always double my own recipes and freeze half. My current meal plans are probably 90 freezer-friendly or crock pot!
3. Hot Glue Guns for Craft Purposes: To be honest I don’t do crafts. I try for my kids, but even they can’t be fooled by the ability that I lack to “get my craft on.” (My son gave me a Mother’s Day card this year that listed wonderful adjectives to describe a mom. He put a question mark beside “crafty.”) I like my hot glue gun, but much to my husband’s dismay I use it for household maintenance.
4. Dusting and Ironing: OK not exactly a Pinterest idea just 2 things that I don’t do often. I dust if we are having a major gathering at our house, and I iron my husband’s shirts twice a year: on Christmas and our anniversary. It’s my gift to him! J
5. The Weekly Laundry Day: I hate laundry. Laundry is my nemesis. My sister-in-law kept telling me that since I hold such distain for the chore I should do all my laundry in one day and be done for the week. The theory is lovely, but after a month my husband begged me to stop! Laundry day was Monday. I was SO crabby on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (impending laundry day, laundry day and finished up all the laundry day) that no one could handle being around me. We are all better off if I just divide it up into smaller hills I can climb instead of one huge mountain I dread.
NOTE #2: I want to make it clear that if these ideas work for you that is great. I am really happy for you. I think that they are great ideas; they just don’t work for me.
Why point all of these out? Because sometimes I see all these neat Pinterest crafts, and I think “What is wrong with me? Why can’t I do that with a hot glue gun?” Or I am tempted to envy those who can devote an entire day to cooking, and I shouldn’t. That isn’t how God made me or where I am at with my life right now. My blog like so many others is full of ideas. Some of them may work for you; others may not. My goal is to encourage others. Bulk shopping maybe isn’t the best thing for your family right now. I think that apple cider vinegar is the greatest surprise of 2012, but maybe you don’t see the same results. I get it, and that works for me!
This post is linked up at: Kitchen Tip Tuesdays @ http://www.tammysrecipes.com/ Hearth and Soul @ http://www.pennilessparenting.com/ and http://mamaldiane.com/ and http://mrsdullsnourishedkitchen.com/ and http://quickeasycheaphealthy.com/