April 14, 2010

A Simpler Life In 2010 . . .



Sometimes Wednesday rolls around and I have to chuckle at the very thought of blogging about a simpler life.  My life falls squarely under the heading of CRAZY right now.  There is nothing simple about it.  The house is in complete disaray due to remodeling, reshuffling and general untidiness, the husband is out of town for five days, the kids have 13 commitments between now and when he returns {dumb baseball!}, I'm supposed to be exercising and eating healthy each day, my sleep is disturbingly disturbed, the infant is cutting another tooth, it's rainy, then cold, then foggy, then hot, and on and on and on.

But there are still a few things I am grateful for that make even tiny moment of the craziness seem more calm and simplified and so today I impart some of that sweet peace on you.

Every year in April and October, our church has its General Conference.  It is a great opportunity for me to recharge my spirit with inspiring guidance and messages from church leaders.  It is also a time for us to do three important things in our house: 

1.  Shine dad's shoes.  As you can see, he rounds up all his shoes - no small task - then picks a boy and they head out to the front porch to polish wingtips and discuss life, sports, girls and all that other father/son type of stuff.

2.  Check the batteries in the smoke detectors.  The kids love hearing the alarms go off and we love putting new 9V batteries in so we don't have the random beeping of a detector keeping us up at night somewhere down the road.

3.  Update our 72 Hour Kits - We go to the basement storage room, get down all the backpacks, eat the food items (granola bars, oatmeal packets, crackers & cheese packs, etc) and replenish them, check to make sure that back-up clothes still fit the kids, change the size of diapers to fit our growing baby and double check to make sure we have everything we might need in case of an emergency.

By marking these things on our to do list for Conference Weekend, we know we've always got a date and don't have to worry about forgetting to do these little things that are important.  Just think - if the emergency was a fire, our working detectors would warn us, we could grab the 72 Hour Kits and escape the house with my Hubby in perfectly shined shoes!

What about you?  Do you have a date with household must-dos?


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7 comments:

Kasey Hunt said...

That's a good idea! That is cool they shine their shoes together!!

Bells said...

I've always had good intentions to rotate the 72 hr kit at conference and rotate our water storage, but as of yet it hasn't happened. I will go put it on the calendar for October right now! My sister saves up her small mending projects and does that during conference week-end. This isn't a household chore, but my kids and I knit scarves during conference. Keeps the hands busy while they listen.

AllisonK said...

a great schedule to have.
Giggling over the thought of everyone running from a burning house with their shinny shoes.

Lori said...

Just wanted to offer what I like to call a TORNADO TIP! I've included medical masks, a black felt tip marker, a garbage bag, and a good pair of garden gloves in our 72 hour kits. These were all items that were deperately needed right after our little emergency. Another tip...don't forget the 72 hour kits when you're leaving your home after a disaster. Phil didn't think to grab ours...he was in shock and it didn't cross his mind. SO...note to self...try to remember!

Apis Melliflora said...

Good planning advice. I like that shoe polishing is a guy time activity. Turning a mundane task into something meaningful...brilliant.

The Queen Vee said...

72 hour kits, I need to get those put together.

Tobi said...

You are so organized Sam! After eight years of marriage Joel and I finally did a GIANT DE-CLUTTERING of everything (and I do mean everything) that we own. Must blog more about this. But you are my hero! I want to be like you when I grow up!