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The Green Egg and cooking accessories were purchased at Charlotte Grill Company.I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend! We had a great time hanging out with friends on Saturday night, and the hubs used his Green Egg to make some yummy barbecue on Sunday. I'll be enjoying it all week! LOVE BBQ!
How I Do It: Limitations
Gates are the key to boundaries. One thing that has helped me tremendously with having four minnies running around the house is having swinging gates on doors to certain rooms and to the stairs. Here are the ones we use, that seem to do the trick...
Little did we know that purchasing these gates for Boozer six years ago, we would get so much use out of them now. At the current time, it keeps me from having to run around telling L to get out of Boozer's doggie bowls, and trying to go up the stairs. And the girls know not to open them if they're closed, so L won't get through them. The gates also keep the kitchen off limits, when I'm prepping meals, which helps a great deal.
Sparse space. My pediatrician gave me some words of wisdom when W was little, and I still swear by it to this day: If you don't want your child to touch the vase, instead of constantly telling your child "Don't touch the vase!" just move the vase. So, while the children are young, we don't have any coffee table books, breakable items, etc. sitting out. That way we don't have to constantly tell them not to touch it. I know this may seem a little extreme, but it works, and it has saved my sanity! Yes, I have some great pieces that I would love to use, to decorate rooms, but I'll simply save them for when the kiddos get older, and more responsible. And I realize there are things that they have to be told not to touch, like in our case, the fireplace screen, the oven, stove, outlets, etc. but at least with everything else put away, the less scolding you'll have to do.
Confinements. Y'all, our house is small. I'm not kidding. Like 1500 square feet small. We thought when we moved in that we would get a dog, and then move out before children...well, six years later...and we're still here. We've clearly made it work for us, but it definitely has its challenges. Our problem was that they we bought it at the height of the housing market, and then the market crashed right after we moved in (terrible timing), so it's been hard to try and sell it for so much less than what we paid for it, back in 2006. So, all in all, with us having such a small house, it's easier not to have things sitting out (clutter).
And I know I may seem crazy in saying this, but having a small house does have its benefits, I mean it's a lot easier to clean for one thing. We definitely maximize every square inch of this place...which makes for no dust and no wasted space. While there are advantages, there are a million disadvantages to every positive thing to this house (i.e. while it's easy to clean, it's easy to get it messy too). But for the time being, I'm content. I always try and stay positive and realize no matter how small of a house...it's OUR HOME. I'm so blessed with my precious family, and thank the Lord everyday for that.
I hope this gives you a little more insight into how I make it work! Next Monday, I'll be discussing family involvement and errands/outings. Challenging, but fun!