“Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” 7-Day Challenge (Day 4 and 5)

Day 4 (Friday)- Gain an extra 15 minutes. The first part of the challenge is to write down a list of things I want to get done in list of priority. Then, set a timer for 15 minutes, turn off all distractions and focus on chipping away at goals. Here is what I came up with. (I tried to stick to goals that I could actually do in 15 minutes)

  • Plan next blog post
  • Write two discussion board posts for class
  • Post in learning team forum
  • Read one chapter of any book

I picked “any book” because I have four or five lying around that I’ve been meaning to read. It took two 15 minute sessions, but I got the first three done. Hey, can’t win ’em all! I wasn’t distraction-free either since my daughter refuses to take naps. It was refreshing to have my homework completed before dinner time. I’m usually up late trying to get my thoughts together for those posts. Focusing on nothing but them for a period of time helped me to get them knocked out.

Day 5 (Saturday)- De-clutter one area of your home. It can be a closet, cabinet, or drawer. I’ve followed several clutter related challenges from Crystal’s blog, Money Saving Mom, and they have helped me tremendously. Just ask my mom what my very first apartment (after getting married) looked like. I guess the older I get, the more open I am to getting rid of things I’ve had since high school or college.

For this challenge, I had the perfect place in mind: the dining room table. I admit, we don’t eat at our table unless there is a gathering at our home. Since we had an early Thanksgiving  on Sunday you’d think that my table would still be clear. HAH! You, my friend, are sorely mistaken.

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My messy table. I either need less stuff or a bigger house. I’m gonna go with option 2. 

I’m going to be honest; there aren’t many places to put stuff in our house. For a family of four with three dogs, our barely 1000 sq. ft. house just isn’t cutting it. Anyway, since I have company coming over for a crochet date (Hi, Erika!) I decided this was the area to tackle.

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My clean-ish table. I don’t have a desk so I use the table as my work space (when I’m not on the couch). I also didn’t put my yarn bag away since I’ll be crocheting tonight.

Y’all, it took me less than 15 minutes to put everything in its place and I feel so much better. It’s just a table, but it’s no longer in my line of sight and adding to my stress.

Are you taking the 7-day challenge? I’d love to hear how you are doing! Comment below or send me a tweet!




Free Chalkboard Printables

Proverbs 31 30(Credit: Shannon from Sweet Blessings)

I was looking around Ann Voskamp’s website, A Holy Experience, and noticed her latest post included a link to free chalkboard printables. (If you get the chance, read her post for today. It will definitely lift your spirit and make you smile!)

These printables are from the Sweet Blessings blog, which I think might also be one of my new favorites. There are 11 printables in all and I love each and every one of them. Here is what Shannon from Sweet Blessings had to say about them:

“I love giving the gift of God’s words. It’s such a great, personal gift- and if you print it out at Walgreens and find a cute, inexpensive frame- it’s a budget friendly gift too! “
I think I’ll be finding some frames and putting a few of these up around my home. What beautiful reminders to have throughout the day. Pick your favorite one and place it on your desk at work for a great pick me up when you have a stressful day. I also know a few women who might be blessed by a gift of God’s word in this form.
I’m all about finding ways to live well on a dime and this goes right a long with that. While I’m not a coupon queen (I’ve tried, y’all. I just can’t get those things to work for me), I’ll be sure to share any other ideas I have with you. Here are a few posts I’ve done for Real Oilfield Wives on the topic:
Have a freebie or cheap idea to share for home decor? Leave a comment here, on the FB page, or send me a tweet!