“My house was clean. Then the kids woke up. The end.”

I love these snarky memes.  One would never know upon waking the house was straightened the night before.  I have photos to prove it and they aren’t Photo-shopped.  My bright-eyed bushy-tailed 2 and 5-year-olds are mini-tornadoes that can transform any orderly space into a disaster area.  But hey, they’re kids and I’m thrilled they have imaginations to use during play.  We have umpteen opportunities to clean up throughout the day.  Of course, it would be nice to have the room organized for more than five minutes during their waking hours. Today is Friday and this place looking picture-perfect before Shabbos. … Continue reading “My house was clean. Then the kids woke up. The end.”

Keep Calm and Prepare for Shabbos

Good morning, everyone! It’s the Friday race to Shabbos. We’ve been trying to finish 30 minutes before candle lighting for a more relaxed atmosphere. The more that gets done Thursday, the better things run on Friday.  Here are a few Friday musings I’ve been wanting to share. One of my biggest challenges is having a cleared counter space. It has the things from Thursday’s shopping plus dishes to be washed as well as dishes to be put away.  Somehow I can’t manage to do this Thursday evening.  In theory, I could get up early on Friday, but regardless of the time I wake … Continue reading Keep Calm and Prepare for Shabbos

How to Speed Clean Before Shabbos

OK, it’s Thursday night again.  It’s almost Shabbos.  I want the house to look worthy of the angels who are accompanying my husband home from shul on Friday night.  What must I do first?  Second?  Stressing or panicking will not accomplish anything.  Not productive.  Must be productive.  My method is based on Flylady’s room rescue and hot spot fire drill protocols.  Ready?  Here you go: Grab a laundry basket.  In each room, toss in everything that isn’t put away or belongs somewhere else. Go to the next room with another basket.  Repeat step #1. Repeat steps #1 and #2 for … Continue reading How to Speed Clean Before Shabbos