We all start out celebrating the small things with our babies, like first words, first tooth, first steps, etc. Then as they grow, the "firsts" start to come farther and farther apart - first day of school, first time losing a tooth, first soccer game, first date, etc. But nonetheless, our children our constantly gaining new experiences and every now and then, so are we!
Over the past week there were two big "firsts" for us - one for myself and one for my daughter...
My "first" this past week? I tried a cleaning schedule for the FIRST time ever and LOVED it! In fact, I loved it so much that I have no idea why I hadn't succumbed to a cleaning schedule before!!! As I've recently buffed up on my blog-reading, it seems I've read multiple times about how vital it is to have a cleaning schedule in order to maintain a clean home. I first read about this novel idea in All You magazine, which referenced the FLY Lady website, and her claim to fame in which you can spend just 15 minutes a day to maintain a clean home. The more I read, the more I liked this concept! But being as Type-A as I am, I couldn't just jump into her cleaning schedule at any old time...she has monthly projects and different rooms to focus on each week and it all seemed a bit overwhelming for me and my occasional, whenever-it-needs-it cleaning routine. But then I began to run across other blogs with their cleaning schedules like Clean Mama (who shares tips for 31 days to a cleaning routine), and Organizing Made Fun (who shares on how to "fake" an immaculate house) and reality began to sink in...I'd been doing things wrong all these years! For at least the past 6 and a half years (basically since my daughter was born), I have been cleaning on an as-needed basis, cramming most of my cleaning and ALL of my laundry into one day! This past week I had a trial-run of my own cleaning (and laundry!) schedule and guess what? It was great! With breaking all my chores into small tasks over 5 days, I didn't even notice the 15-20 minutes of time that I "lost" each day and by the time the weekend rolled around, I was actually ready to enjoy it! In fact, we had company this weekend and it was so wonderful and freeing to invite them over without fretting over getting my typical whirlwind cleaning done! If you don't have a cleaning schedule, I HIGHLY recommend it!
My daughter's "first" this past week? A concert! I spent a small fortune to take her to her first concert to see Taylor Swift on her Speak Now tour. Our seats were nowhere near what you would call "good" but the show was still amazing! And Libby was so excited to see one of her favorite singers, even if it was at a distance! And, quite frankly, so was I!