Major Productivity

My husband left on Sunday afternoon, leaving me alone for 3 days with Paxton {I wasn’t excited about being left all alone with a moody teething toddler!} I usually dread him leaving but I’ve found that keeping a positive attitude combined with keeping busy is the best way to make it through these days.

I made a lofty to do list and started working! I accomplished a lot by using nap time wisely and once Paxton went to bed each night, I spent time blogging. {There will be posts coming more frequently on this somewhat neglected blog!}

  • I started Sunday afternoon on the big project I wanted to accomplish, painting our bathroom cabinets! I painted the bathroom cabinets black. I applied the first coat Sunday afternoon and finished up Monday morning during nap time. The cabinets look great. {Pictures coming soon once we get some of the hardware updated.}
  • I stayed up several hours past bedtime Sunday and Monday night writing blog posts! I spent the bulk of the time writing a series titled “Our Financial Story,” which I’ll be posting once John David has a chance to read over it and gives me the okay for sharing some of the personal details.
  • Monday evening I made curtains for both bathrooms! The half bath has a simple white curtain and I made a black and white curtain for the bathroom! {I’m so excited about finishing this mini bathroom makeover and sharing with you!}
  • Tuesday morning was nice and cool so Paxton and I headed outside to vacuum and de-clutter our car! He played in the drivers seat while I vacuumed. A vacuumed and clutter free car looks so much better!
  • During nap time Tuesday, I finally made laundry soap. I’ve been out for a month and was lazy and bought a container of detergent! It was easier to make than I remembered and I was kicking myself for wasting money on detergent when I had the supplies for homemade detergent already at home.
  • I spent Tuesday afternoon lightly de-cluttering. We’re planning a yard sale in a few weeks and I want as much of the excess clutter gone as possible! I went through our hall closets, Paxton’s closet, toys and dresser and my craft chest. I have a box full ready to go out to the yard sale pile in the garage.
  • And I did the usual, playing with my sweet boy, changing diapers, washing diapers, doing laundry, washing dishes, going outside to play, snuggling with Paxton in the mornings and many more daily joys!
Yes, I’ve missed John David but he had to be gone so I’m glad I spent my time being productive instead of moping around missing him!

15 Replies to “Major Productivity”

  1. For simple white curtains I have gotten into the habit of using cheap bed sheets from walmart! They are usually around $3 for a twin size and need only a few seams to make them curtains. I have even added ric rac on the bottom or the top to jazz them up a bit. 🙂

    1. I was given this recipe to make it in bulk but we don't have storage room so we cut it down to make less, thus the somewhat crazy measurements!

      3.2 tablespoons Borax
      1.6 tablespoons washing soda
      1/5 bar of grated laundry soap

      -In a 1 gallon container ( I use an old milk jug!) place first 2 ingredients, set aside.
      -Heat 3/4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add in grated laundry soap and stir until melted.
      -Pour soap mixture into 1 gallon container, stir.
      -Fill container with hot water, stir, let sit overnight.
      -Fill old detergent container with half of this mixture and half water and use about 3/4 capful per load.

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing these after pictures! Thank you for the heads up on what's coming/been happening. 🙂

  3. Great job, Rachel! Very impressive list! I was wondering a few weeks ago whether or not we'd get to see your new home. It was nice to get a glimpse of it in this post.

    I do the same thing when hubby is away. He works every other weekend, and I make a "to do" list. I try to get as much as I can done on one day and then relax the next day (normally because of pure exhaustion! 🙂 ) And hubby appreciates it, which makes it even more worthwhile. I'm sure John David does as well! He may not even recognize the bathroom! 🙂

    And with blogging, I do mine in spurts too. Some weeks, I have nothing to say, but other weeks, I come up with a month's worth of material, so it is nice to balance it out.

    Again, wonderful job!

    1. We've been slowly and steadily working on personalizing and also decided to budget some money to add some nice touches and do things to make us enjoy it more! And John David was quite impressed with the cabinets, he told me several times that they look good! 🙂

  4. Will you be sure to mention how you painted the cabinets black? Ironically, I intend to paint our bathroom cabinets black sometime, too!

  5. Cleaning out the car is the best! I actually did that this afternoon and wiped down the dash etc. Now I am so excited to have to go somewhere and drive in my "new-looking" car!

    Sounds like it was a productive weekend. I am hoping to have a similar one next weekend…we are moving out of our relative's home! I am so excited to get our things out of storage and part with (hopefully) a lot of things that we have managed without for 15 months! I have a feeling I will have a weekend just like this one in my near future and I couldn't be more excited!

    1. I love a clean car…my parents kept their cars super clean and we always had to get everything out of the car when we got home. We're not quite that extreme around here but I prefer it clean and clutter free too…just seems to drive/ride better that way! 🙂 So excited you're moving! I know you've been looking forward to thins for many, many months! Have fun getting rid of your excess!!

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