It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!!!!!!!!!

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

Yes, my post title does require that many exclamation points. I was away this weekend and it appears my husband and kids decided to trash the house beyond the limits of what I can stand. Awesome. Luckily, this year my youngest son goes to kindergarten so I’ll now have the house to myself and I can clean without a little destroyer right behind me.

If all your kids are off to school like mine are, keep in mind that now is an excellent time to do a major toy declutter. Since the kids will be gone, you can painlessly whisk away all the broken toys and the toys the kids don’t play with anymore. Some kids will complain, but most kids will hardly notice anything’s gone, especially if you do this somewhat gradually. Just 15 minutes a day could make a good difference- turn it into 30 minutes a day and you’re looking at major differences.

Even if you don’t have kids who are off to school, now is a good time to start a project or start doing things a new way. Our society is ingrained with this “start of school” thing, and I think most of us are internally set to change at this time of year. I know that for me, this time of year seems more like a new beginning than January first which comes in the middle of winter and right after Christmas. My “new school year” resolution: keep a cleaner house than ever before.

Tell me, Home Eccers, what will you be doing with this new time?


  1. Judith on August 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I want to get my paperwork and phone calling more organized, both at work and at home.
    Probably means actually keeping to a schedule, which should be easier now that it’s only hubs and me at home now.
    (My youngest is 20 and at college; just y’all wait ……… time with kids flies!)

  2. Nancy on August 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, lots of goals. Exercise 5 days a week one hour a day – either walk or Aqua classes. This will hopefully knock out two other goals – get blood pressure down low enough to go off the meds, and lose enough weight to be a size 10 again. Keep the house clean enough so that I can invite people over. You know, I should write these down. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

  3. Cathy on August 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm


    My goal this school year is to wake up earlier and go for a run.

    And I don’t do running.


  4. JaxCC on August 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’m going back to school, too. Trying to figure out how to take 3 classes, work full time, and not lose my mind. I have a week and a half left to prepare.

  5. Chele on August 18, 2009 at 10:29 am

    That is a great point! I have always done that throughout the year because I still have a little one home with me. I need to do it when he is with Grandma or whenever he is away. This time of year is like the beginning of my year too. My 3 oldest go back to school next Tuesday and it’s always felt like I was starting a new year. I will be desperately trying to get this house in order. Summer with all 4 home has been crazy!

  6. Ashley Cameron on August 18, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Preparing for this school year also means preparing for the flu.
    The Centers for Disease Control has released its guidance for parents and schools concerning flu, most notably H1H1 virus ( The CDC does not recommend early school closures for flu unless the virus becomes more dangerous or high absenteeism becomes a major factor in particular classrooms.

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