Last month, I wrote a post about how I was home all day but couldn't seem to get anything done. But this week, I feel like I've finally hit my stride as a housewife. I'm getting housework done, trying new things, and filling extra time with edifying activities.
A couple things have helped me to be more productive. I'm making sure to get out of the house at least once a day to run errands or for social interaction. I make a to-do list every night for the next day (I really like this printable daily page). I printed out daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning checklists (courtesy of Martha Stewart), put them in page protectors in a binder, and made a point to check off a few chores every day.
But let's be honest, the key to my new found housewife success (well, success is probably too strong of a word, maybe competency is a little more like it) has been Pinterest. I've been on Pinterest for quite a while now and had a really hard time getting into it. At first, it just seemed like a place to save pretty pictures, take note of the clothing I would never be able to afford, and admire the crafts I would never be able to execute. And really, it can still be those things, but I've found that Pinterest is what you make of it, and I've found a way to make it work for me. I've mostly used it to pin and find recipes, and found it particularly helpful to make two separate boards for recipes - one for new recipes I've found and another to move recipes to once I've tried and enjoyed them.
I've also really liked pinning potential gifts so I have a bank of ideas to draw from when gift-giving occasions arise. And I've pinned some craft ideas, although I've made sure only pin the ones that are feasible related to my crafting ability (nearly nonexistent) and financial resources (actually nonexistent).
The true magic in Pinterest is that it's forced me to be adventurous and try new things, which has been a huge motivation in getting things done. Here's a little sampling of some of my new experiments around the house:
End of Summer Harvest Slow Cooker Recipe
I made this for last night's dinner with vegetables I got at the farmer's market last weekend. I had to go all over the city to find the dried white Cannellini beans (finally found them at Whole Foods), but it was definitely worth it. It was the first time I'd used our crock pot since receiving it as a wedding gift over a year ago, but I am definitely hooked on slow cooking - I spent a half hour chopping vegetables and putting everything in the crock pot in the morning and didn't have to worry about cooking for the rest of the day. And I loved how it made the whole apartment smell. Mmmm...
Roasted Fall Vegetables
I made these roasted fall vegetables with fish for dinner Sunday night. I'd never made roasted vegetables before, although I had some recently at a friend's barbecue and had been wanting to try it. When I came across this recipe, I was inspired. Although the weather is still a little too warm for all this fall-themed food, these recipes looked just too good to resist!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
I made my first batch of homemade laundry detergent yesterday. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, so I'm not sure how well it will work, but if it does, it definitely will save us quite a bit on laundry detergent in the future. Plus, it was kind of fun to make. I felt like a chemist mixing ingredients (yes, I know that was a really dorky analogy, but why does my husband get to have all the fun working in a lab?).
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