Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The "A" Is For Attitude



Today I am posting over here at the Five Mom's Blog. What's in a name? Did you ever have a "dream" name? You know, the name that you liked better than your own name? I did. Pop over here and find out what mine used to be. See ya there!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: It's Not Messy, It's Just Lived In

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

How many times have you said (or heard someone say) my home isn't messy, it's just "lived in." I've said that, and sometimes I still say that! Do you have too much "life" in your home? On the kitchen counters, on the coffee table, on the entry hall floor? Do you find yourself calling it "life" instead of clutter?

People have all sorts of different cleaning "styles" and views on cleaning. Some have to have an immaculate home. Some need a little clutter to keep 'em happy. Some really want a neater home but just don't seem to know how to manage it.

Some blame their children for the fact that their home is a mess. Yes, children do make messes. Believe me, I only had two kids but I understand how hard it can be sometimes to keep things neat. Hard, but not impossible. Some blame their husbands.

Some know that they spend hours watching t.v. or playing on the computer, yet blame someone or something else for their own lack of discipline. Some say they just don't care if their home is a disaster. Some do care, deeply, and feel like a failure because they just don't know what to do to get it neat.

I do believe that there has to be some sense of order in the home. After all, how can you eat a meal if there are no clean dishes, and how can you cook a meal if you can't find the counter tops? How can you eat together as a family if there's no room at the table?

Before I learned how to clean and organize my own home, we pretty much only cleaned for company. Oh, I had plenty of time to clean, but I filled that time with other more fun or creative endeavors. Cleaning was rarely one of them.

I eventually dug my way out of the mess (you can read about it here). Still, over the years I have had places of chaos in my home and things get a bit messy, though not as bad as before. Matter of fact, some parts of it are messy right now. This last week we started a couple of projects and right now things are sort of all over the place.

If you all came over to visit me today, (I'd need a bigger home so y'all would fit), I will admit I'd feel the need to apologize for the messy parts.

Isn't it funny how we feel the need to apologize if our homes are messy? It's almost as if we have the expectation that our visitor thinks our home should be clean at all times. It's almost as if we assume that our visitor's home is immaculate.

The thing is, if we feel that our homes deserve to be "company clean" then shouldn't they be family clean? If we feel like company deserves to be in a neat, orderly home, don't our families deserve that even more? Because they live there? Some people will knock themselves out to "impress" their company, while their families live in chaos the rest of the week. I know I used to! Who are you cleaning for, people?

A family needs to be able to relax and be comfortable in their own home. Does that mean it must be messy at all times in order to do so? Some people use this reasoning as an excuse not to clean their homes. There needs to be a balance. Many people don't clean before the company comes because their home is already neat. So they clean after the company leaves.

If you go over to a friend's house and spend the evening in her clean home, and feel depressed when you come back to yours, if you begin cleaning your home and the kids ask "Why are you cleaning? Is company coming?"........then maybe it's time to do some good pre-Fall cleaning and make your home sing this week!

BTW, I am doing a thumbnail linky again. If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). I have put my own header and profile picture links below as an example for you to see. Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up or want me to do it for you!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MAMA DRILL-SERGEANT A.K.A. BOOT CAMP

Kristen of We Are That Family is hosting Works-For-Me-Wednesday again!

Don't you just have days where you just want to bark orders to kids and husband alike? Don't you have days where you feel like you have more in common with a drill-sergeant than you want to admit?

Boy, I did! I had days where running my home military style seemed very appealing. Wouldn't it be lovely to hear "yes ma'am" all the time and have 'em all lined up at attention, ready for your every order? Haha, dream on!

I also had days where I barked orders so fast that I am sure I had them totally confused in about two seconds. I had days where I bossed them around and was more "Mama Drill-Sergeant" than loving mom!

Is it so wrong to hope that our children will listen to us? Is it so wrong to expect that they pay attention when we talk to them, or answer us when we call? Or do what they're told?

Where is the line between children and soldiers? What is the line between Mom and Drill-Sergeant?

"Get up for school. NOW! Move it, Move it!"

"Head up, get those shoulders back! Eyes front! No talking!"

You know, something like that......

When they were younger we began "Yes, ma'am/No, sir" training. The kids called it a game, we called it boot camp. No, we didn't make it up, I heard about it from a homeschooling group I was involved with.

Basically, you just sit them on the floor (or on a chair) next to you, and you tell them "I am going to give you an instruction. When I tell you what to do, you say 'Yes, ma'am" and run and do it. You don't question, and you don't argue. When you come back, you will get an m&m."

I'd give the kids lots of instructions, some fun such as "Run around in a circle" or "Rub your belly and tap your head at the same time," or "Dump a glass of water on the floor" and some not so fun such as "Please clean up the water your brother just threw on the floor."

This came about because we were tired of the kids answering us with "uh huh" or "yeah" or ignoring our requests altogether and not answering at all until we asked them again. Once the training was established we said a "Yes, mom or dad" or "O.k. mom or dad" was fine.

As they learned to give an obedient response, we also allowed for questions such as "I am right in the middle of _____. Do you mind if I finish this first or do you want me to do it now?"

As the kids got older, we dropped the "Yes, Mom" or "Yes, Dad" response as long as their answer and behavior was respectful and obedient. We were training them to give attention to our words, and be obedient to our request. The responsive action was what we wanted, the words just help give response to the action.

My kids are older now and my 17 year old is usually very good about doing whatever I ask right when I ask it. There are slip ups now and then. For example, as I write this the recycling is sitting out because he forgot to take it out last night when I asked.

When my oldest was home it was trickier. He was so busy that he thought he'd remember to do what you ask but then he'd forget. I occasionally threatened to go back to "Yes, Ma'am" training with him, lol!

The main thing is that we want our children to learn a heart of obedience, and making a game of it is a fun way to learn. Over the years they do need reminders and sometimes you have to go back to the game (a.k.a. boot camp).

I still have to occasionally say "Did you hear me?" because my kids still need to be reminded to respond sometimes. Also, while they may be willing to do something, they still will sometimes forget to do it if I say "Would you please do such-and-such when you get a chance?"

Sometimes it's just better to say "Do it now" which isn't fun for the kid, but teaches them to work on their memory if they want more leeway with timing. I have been known to drag them out of bed if they forgot to do something I asked (not always, but sometimes), so sometimes that will motivate them to do it right away next time.

Just know that as we lower our expectations and relax, our children may lower their response and relax as well. So occasionally you may need to do a refresher course.

Please pop over here for more works-for-me posts!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's All In How You Wrap It

It's my day to blog at the Five Mom's blog again! It's the day when I ask myself that age-old question:

"How come a man can figure out how to put together a baby's crib but can't figure out how to open a box of saran wrap properly?..........."

.......If you'd like to read the rest of this post, please pop over here today!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: "Company" Cleaning Vs. "Family" Cleaning

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

You know, I am really curious here..... if you knock yourself out to "company" clean, how is it different from your "family" clean? What do you do differently, and should you be doing anything differently?

Admit it, either you know people who knock themselves out to company clean, or you've done it yourself. I know I have. You work your behind off to get the house clean enough for company, but don't seem to mind that your family has been living in chaos for the weeks leading up to that, and will for the weeks after that.

I used to live like that, until I decided not to live like that anymore. Until I decided that it was worth the extra effort to live in a home that I didn't need to be embarrassed about if someone dropped by. Until I decided to stop making excuses and start making some changes.

Do you find yourself making excuses? Are you full of defensive words? Do you feel guilty because you know that you could have mopped that floor, or reorganized that closet, cleaned that bathroom or read that book to your child, but you spent two hours playing Farmville or reading blogs that day instead?

Do you run around in a panic before hubby comes home, madly picking up the house because you don't want him to wonder what you did all day?

Surely you all know someone who says she has no time for cooking or housework and yet fills your facebook page with all the hours and hours of games she plays online.

If I am not careful, I can slack off and begin to fall back into old habits. For example, I have not had "time" to mop my floors or clean the bathrooms around here, but amazingly I've had time to go online, go to the thrift store, go out to lunch, watch a little t.v., read a magazine, etc.

Isn't that amazing how I can't seem to find time to clean the bathrooms but can find time for fun? I have company coming later in the week and will I find time to get to the bathrooms by then? You betcha I will!

Have I been willing to let my family walk into a messy bathroom, walk across a yucky floor, and sit in a cluttered family room yesterday, and the day before that and the day before that.....yup!

Does that mean I don't love them? No. But lately I've been loving myself a bit more.

We need to know when to much is to much, and when "me" time needs to be cut short for "we" time. We need to know when it is time to reign ourselves in and say "no" to facebook or "no" to our favorite fun activities and "yes" to bathroom floors.

Because "company" will come and go, but family is here to stay. Make your home sing this week with some "we" time!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

BTW, I am doing a thumbnail linky again. If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). I have put my own header and profile picture links below as an example for you to see. Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up or want me to do it for you!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Things To Tell My College Aged Son Before He Leaves

As I mentioned earlier in the week, our son is leaving for his third year of college. At times like this you wonder if you told them the really important things, you know? Like:

1. Don't stick your fingers in a light socket. Don't stick them in a dark socket either.

2. Don't lick a metal pole when it's winter. Summer is fine.

3. Don't text when driving. Don't listen to music when driving. Don't drive when you're driving.

4. Be careful not to cut yourself while shaving, you may nick an artery.

5. Make sure your hamburger is burned to a crisp. That way you won't get sick.

6. Don't stay up too late, you need your rest or you'll wind up sleeping through your favorite t.v. show.

7. Don't forget to eat at least once a day, preferably three times a day. Remember that food that comes in a bag isn't really food.

8. Watch your money. Spending it and watching it as it goes away is not watching it.

9. Don't talk to strangers. This includes professors, students, and anyone not willing to submit a full resume, references, and their driver's license so that I can run it through the state database.

10. Don't forget to call home sometime. Call me if you forget our phone number and I'll give it to you.

So, can you guys think of anything I forgot?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Man And His Mower is A Beautiful Thing


My hubby is thinking "No blood, no glory" and fiddles with the mower a bit........

What is it with men and machines? A man and his lawnmower are a complicated relationship, I think. Maybe similar to a woman and her mascara, I don't know.

Anyway, if you'd like to read the rest of this post, please pop over here to the Five Mom's blog as I'm posting there today.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: WHEN THEY LEAVE THE NEST


Making your home sing Mondays

Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.





My baby boy is moving out of state this week! Well, not my youngest baby but my oldest baby. Here is a post that he did if you've never "met" him before. He has transferred to another college which is out of state for his last two years. The first two years were spent at a junior college and he was able to live at home (it's cheaper that way). Then he worked for a year to save money (and lived at home), and now he going to finish his last two years.

I am excited for him, but I know that I will miss him very much. Fortunately he will be able to come home from time to time, but this is the first "official" leaving of the nest.

This is what we prepare our children for, to leave the nest. We aren't really raising children, in a way we are raising adults. We raise them to leave us and go out to venture on their own.

We hope and pray that we can instill moral and spiritual values, love for God, family, country, a work ethic, responsibility, etc., in them.

We have days where we despair that they will ever "get" it, and times where we despair that we have failed them because we aren't the "perfect" parent that we always hoped and prayed we'd be.

When they are little we make the decisions for them, until they are old enough and mature enough to make decisions on their own. As they get older we give them the responsibility to make some decisions, but we are right there with them if they need us.

We make it safe for them to test out their decision-making skills, and we're there to catch them if they fall. We're there to remind them that sometimes more can be learned through a "failure" than through a "success."

Then, in many ways, we become "trusted advisors" as they maneuver through their teens years and onward. We encourage them to look at all the angles, to pray about it, and to make their best decision. We try to encourage them to broaden their world view, so that they are looking to the needs of others as well, and not just themselves. Seeking to encourage them to look beyond themselves and consider the feelings of others, when the circumstances demand it.

Sometimes we're there to say "no" and make a decision for them, when they don't quite have the judgment or experience to know that it's not a good idea.

My baby is leaving the nest, and I couldn't be more proud of the man he has become. (I am proud of my youngest son as well, but this post is about the oldest). To those of you who still have young children at home, I encourage you to stay the course. I ask you, do you know what you believe? Do you know what, specifically, you are trying to instill in your children?

Because I will tell you that if you don't know what you are seeking them to learn, someone else will teach if for you. The t.v. will teach it for you, the movies, the music that they listen to, the friends they hang around with. Let your voice be the voice of reason in his head when his friends are calling him in a wrong direction.

Pray that he will have a heart for God, and that he will be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Set an example for him, don't expect the church to teach it to him. Yes, it will, but this is your responsibility as his parent. Don't abdicate it.

Don't be afraid to say "no" when the situation warrants it. Don't be afraid to be the mom instead of his "friend." He/she needs you to be strong when he can't be.

You may be unpopular for a moment, but it won't last forever. I would rather be unpopular with a much needed "no," than popular with a dangerous "yes." We don't have many years to raise our children, let's make our homes sing with being intentional about it!

This week I will be making sure that I am available to my son as needed, making some of his favorite meals, etc. I know he will be back to visit, but this is the first big step towards him leaving the nest, and my momma heart misses him already!

BTW, I am doing a thumbnail linky again. If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). I have put my own header and profile picture links below as an example for you to see. Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up or want me to do it for you!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

MEMORY LANE SOMETIMES HAS A DETOUR

When I walk into a room should my stomach arrive before the rest of me does? No.

Should I still have frown lines when I'm not frowning? No.

Should my hair rebel and decide that it is going to change its color whether I like it or not? No.

Should I be able to sit for a long time without any discomfort because of ample padding? No.

Should I be able to remember seeing The Brady Bunch before it was in re-runs? No.

Should I have trouble reading fine-print? No.

Should I be called "Ma'am?" No.

Should I have a robe that is older than my college aged son? No.

Should I be able to remember when t.v. was in black and white? No.

Should I be able to recall when a quick bowl of popcorn was made on the stove with "Jiffy-Pop" instead of in the microwave? No.

Should I remember a time before PC's, laptops, cell phones, dvd's and i-phones? No.

Should I be able to remember when my first cell phone weighed about 50 pounds and was practically the size of a car, compared to today's cell phones? No.

Should I be able to remember when we didn't have to wear seat belts in cars, when smoking in restaurants and movies and airplanes was allowed? No.

Personally, I don't think I'm the one that's getting older......my memory is.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WALLPAPER WOES


"......If I can't get that wallpaper off I am going to hire a demolition crew and take that wall down, people. That wallpaper is not going to beat me. No way.

Kind of makes you feel bad, though. Any wallpaper that fights that hard to live deserves to. But not on my wall..........."


Please go here if you want to see what I'm rambling about today.

It's Tuesday and I am posting at the Five Mom's blog today!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: MESSY MONDAY


Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Why are Mondays always so messy? Does anybody else feel like they have to dig out on Monday mornings?

Fridays are my "big" cleaning days, and so usually I would go into the weekend with a very clean house. Even if we entertained over the weekend, I would still clean up afterwards so the house would still be neat come Monday morning.

Well, not this week (and maybe even not this year or decade). Let's just call it Messy Monday, and pretend that everyone does it and I'm not alone!

We are re-doing the bathroom due to some leakage problems (the floor, not me, people). So since we put in a new floor we (meaning I) decided to tear down the old wallpaper and paint.

Since we couldn't get into the bathroom for a few days I had to take everything out of it that I thought we might possibly need. All this exciting stuff is sitting in my dining room.

Did you know that a toilet plunger doesn't really go with any decor other than bathroom decor? Even then I'm not so sure.

Tearing down that wallpaper has become a BEAR! I don't know what those people put it on with, but personally I think it's holding up the entire house. My hubby was helping with it, and he said he'd still be there 45 years later.

So, this week I have got to get that wallpaper down, because the mess is....well, a mess. We've tried scoring it, using wallpaper remover, and steaming it. All that work and we haven't even managed to take off a square foot. I'm telling ya, the people used a bond that I've only seen in mother and children to bind that thing to the wall. They will be bound together forever.

I also have to be careful because all that standing around is hard on my back. Who knew?

Also, I think that I relaxed a little to well this weekend, because I can tell you that there wasn't a lot of cleaning getting done. Sigh. I think Slacking, Slothful Saturday snuck up on me.

So for Messy Monday I will be lamenting the fact that the wallpaper is bound to my wall with eternal devotion, and maybe some glue. I will have to clean my house or give up and call it Messy Month instead of Messy Monday. Who's with me?

I will also be trying to figure out a way to continue to motivate myself so it won't be Messy Monday anymore.

BTW, I will be trying a thumbnail linky this time, so we'll see how it works. If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). I have put my own header and profile picture links below as an example for you to see. Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up or want me to do it for you!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

WHEN BAD BLOG POSTS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

Sometimes you feel desperate for an idea for a blog post, and you begin to think that maybe you should post something that's taken from your "real" life. Sometimes, bad blog posts happen to good people. This is one of those times, I think.

Who knew that picking out a toilet involved a "decorating" decision. I mean, seriously?

I don't ever want to look at another toilet as long as I live!

Within one week I've had to pick out flooring for the bathroom (we changed our minds on the boring beige and got something different), figure out a paint color for the bathroom, and selected material to make curtains and cushions for the sunroom.

I am decisioned out. And then I had to pick out a toilet for the bathroom?

The minute I got in there I was like "I don't care, can I leave now?"

My. Word. Have you seen how many toilets you have to choose from????

I just want something with a hole in it to make the bad things go away.

I asked my husband if we could just rent one of those portable outhouse things that they use at construction sites, but he wasn't feeling it.

Last night I looked at toilets for longer and harder than I ever have in my life.

And I want you to know that toilet looking is not an art.

After awhile they all look the same.

As I said, I just want something with a hole in it to make the bad things go away.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday Ramblings

It's Tuesday and I'm blogging over here at the Five Mom's blog today. Let's just say that the word mud came up in the conversation, and we'll leave it at that.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: CLUTTER, THE FINAL FRONTIER

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Last week I was talking about cleaning up little clutter before it becomes big clutter. Surely you've noticed that some things are repeat offenders.

You clean up the clutter off your counter in the morning, and by the evening some of it has crept back. You sort through your piles of paper clutter and by that afternoon the mail brings more. Lucky you!

How do you view clutter? Is it your friend or the enemy? Seriously ask yourself this question, because what you believe about clutter will reflect how you live with it.

Some people don't mind it, some find comfort in it, some destest it, and some fall in between. Here are some ideas to help you conquer the clutter monster.

1. Don't set something down "for now." After all, if you don't want to put something away now what makes you think you'll want to put it away later? Put it away when you're done with it. Don't wait because clutter won't wait, it will keep multiplying.

2. Don't leave a room empty-handed. Before you leave a room look around you, do you see something that's out of place? Grab it and return it to its proper place, even if you didn't get it out (or call the "culprit" and ask them to put it away).

3. Find a home for all your stuff. One of the big reasons for clutter is that so many of the items don't have a designated place. So its either left out or shuffled from room to room. Find a place for it. If it's not worth finding a place for, is it worth keeping?

4. Keep the love and lose the clutter. Yes, dear Aunt Sally gave you that hideous candleholder. It's "her" but it's not you (not that Aunt Sally is hideous, but let's just say that her taste is not your taste). Can you appreciate and cherish the gift and giver without feeling an obligation to hold onto it the rest of your life? Surely Aunt Sally meant for you to enjoy it now but not necessarily until the day you die! Enjoy it for a time and then let someone else enjoy it too. Lose the guilt and let it go.

5. Keep the sentiment and lose the shackles. Any mother knows how hard it is to let go of practically anything her child sat on, slept in and on, wore, spit up on, chewed on, played with, etc. It practically hurts your heart to let anything go.

But can you take pictures of some things and then pass them on to someone else? Do you really need to have each item around in order to keep your memory alive? Is your child's future years held hostage by his past, because there is no room to move around or play due to all that clutter that you're keeping? Don't make a shrine of the past - shine now in the present!

6. In with the new, out with the old. Whenever you buy something new, try and find something old to part with. If you buy some new books, can you donate some old ones to the library? If you buy a new pair of black shoes can you get rid of your old pair? Always keep your stuff rotating in and out. That way you'll always have space for your things.

7. Think before you buy. Ask yourself if you really need this item. Do you have room for it? Why did you buy it in the first place? Are you buying it with your emotions?

8. Make your stuff "earn" it's right into your home. Ask yourself if you want to move it, dust it, and take care of it for the next several years. Is it worth the hassle? If it's not, why are you buying it or keeping it?

9. Stop wasting time and energy on anger and frustration and move it to action. Use your frustration and let it motivate you to action. Stop wasting energy being frustrated and feeling defeated with the mess and get moving! Conquer it before it conquers you.

10. Set the example for your family. Shine, don't whine! Stop playing the blame game, and stop being a martyr. Do you really want to just give up and let your feelings win over your actions? You deserve to have a beautiful clutter-free home if this is what you want. Don't let friends or family discourage you by telling you that it's impossible.

Just because you failed to get it done in the past doesn't mean you'll fail now. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and attack that clutter. You'll feel better and perhaps your family will be encouraged by your example. If not, then keep doing it for YOU and for them, even if they aren't aware of it! After all, you will all benefit by taming the clutter monster. You live in a home, not a storage unit.

If you have clutter monsters, join me in making your clutter the "final frontier." Let it be the last frontier that you need to conquer in your home.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!