Housework made easy


I hate housework. There are about a million things I’d rather be doing instead of scrubbing toilets and dusting the fans. Now, don’t get the wrong idea here. My house would never be on a hoarders show. It’s just that I don’t like housework. The problem is that the Accountant doesn’t like doing housework either. We don’t make enough to hire a maid to clean our home every day for us so we are stuck doing it ourselves.

Enter the Bribe Chart  Job Chart

We take some one dollar bills and assign money to various chores around the house. It almost makes housework fun. The other day I happily vacuumed  the whole house just so I could collect my dollar bill.


The Accountant has really taken to this system. The other day I went to clean the bathroom and it was already done. Apparently, he likes money too.

It’s Time


It’s time. I can feel it in the air and in my head.  It’s time for me to pause, to put down the Facebook feed, to stop looking at recipes I never cook from the internet, to step away from the day-by-day play of the political drama, to live my own life instead of mindlessly following other people’s adventures. Yes, it is time. It’s time for another no social media challenge.  I did it six months ago for a week and it was a wonderful experience. I wrote a poem and went to lunch with an old high school buddy. I had time to hear my own thoughts.  I did this same challenge a year ago and for two weeks I didn’t use Facebook or read other people’s blogs. I heard the whispering of Heaven as I spent my evenings on projects and other good causes. It’s kind of funny that my social media fast is turning out to be a semi-annual event. I guess once you sit with yourself for  a while, you really do crave the quiet found in just being yourself.

The same rules will apply to this Social Media Fast Challenge that I used on my last challenge. No Facebook. No blog reading. No internet except for what is required by my job and the college class that I’m taking right now.  The challenge will go from October 3rd to October 17th.

When I emerge from creative cocoon, I hope to have many good things to report about on my blog. And if I do nothing for two weeks…at least I will have more time to do the dishes that are currently sitting in the sink.


See you in two weeks.






My 10th Challenge:Clean Up

Cleaning picture

My next challenge is to clean. Don’t get the wrong idea here. I am not a candidate for the Hoarders show. The Accountant and I are everyday folks. We try to keep a tidy house, however sometimes we collect things or let small cleaning projects slide. My 10th challenge is to organize, clean or tidy up just one area in our home each day for the next 13 days.  It can be small cleaning project like emptying out my purse or larger one such as organizing the kitchen. I won’t be doing it all alone. The Accountant will be cleaning too. It will be a fun adventure!

The Practical Reason

I  have very curly hair. I usually let it air dry, but once every two years or so I decide to blow my hair dry. Last week, I decided to use the blow dryer.  I could not find it. I looked all over the house for it.  After a long search, I bought a new one at the store. Two days after forking out $20 for a new hair dryer,  I found my old hair dryer in a drawer full of seldom used items. At first, I was mad. After I got over being mad, I realized that I had lots of little projects and drawers that needed to be cleaned.

The Philosophy Reason

It just feels better to be more organized. It might even save me some money as I won’t have to buy another hair dryer.