Running a busy household takes a lot of organizing, preparation and planning. All those meals, school runs, and extracurricular activities keep most Moms super busy. But it’s when you’re busy that some things can get pushed to the side and forgotten about. Prioritizing your task load each day is a regular challenge. Sometimes something slips and that important bill doesn’t get paid, or you forget to wash the kids’ football kits in time. A home budget can help you stay on track financially.
My kids and I were busy reviewing for their Unit Test the other day when I heard someone calling my name outside. I looked out and saw a familiar face. He was the father of my daughter’s friend and classmate in daycare. He was also an active parent way back during my daughter’s daycare days and he was just one of the few parents I mingled with during that time.
The reason why he paid us a visit was to borrow my daughter’s tomato costume she used two years ago during their Nutrition Month in daycare. It was only then that I remembered about Nutrition Month. After my kids’ exams this week, they will also celebrate the same event at their school. There are no advise yet on what they would do during the celebration but it was entitled “Healthy Lifestyle Presentation”.
I finally found my “own corner” in our home. As a Work-At-Home Mom for quite some time now, I have always wanted to have my own work space. My family and I are living in a small apartment and I find it really hard to find a spot where I can work. I am a self-confessed night-owl and so I normally work at night, when my three kids and hubby are asleep. When school started last June, I was able to manage my time and work a little during the afternoon after my kids went off to school and my youngest daughter is having her afternoon nap which usually lasts up to 2-3 hours. And that would mean a lot of working hours for me.
As soon as summer vacation started, our inflatable pool served its purpose to the maximum level. It was placed in front of our house for days and my kids invited their cousins and playmates to have a dip with them. Since my mom was there to look after the kiddos, I had time to craft!
It’s been ages since I made my hands worked on something artistic. Yes, I love DIY arts and crafts! I remembered doing my 2nd daughter’s invitations and souvenir give away for her 1st birthday. Ah, those were the days when I only have two kids to take care of.
The benefits of having two princesses in the family— hand me down clothes, shoes, toys and other girly stuff go straight to the little one. I am glad that my older daughter doesn’t mind giving away her stuff to her little sis when it doesn’t fit her anymore. On the other hand, my youngest accepts it wholeheartedly and even takes pride most of the time that what she’s wearing is from her big sissy.
Some people think that it’s a pity for the little one to have second hand items but I say it’s not. It’s the most practical thing to do. Of course, I still choose if big sissy’s dress or shoes still looks new or at least presentable enough for her little sister’s consumption. If it looked old and worn out, I pack them and give it to those less fortunate people who would usually knock on our door, saying they’ve been victims of flood or fire. Nothing goes to waste.
Here’s what you could do to preserve your kids’ clothes, shoes, toys and other stuff and make them look still new for their future heir/heiress:
1. Wash outgrown clothes and iron it before you store it in your closet. Make sure that stains are removed (if there’s any). Using a fabric conditioner will give it a fresh smell even after a long time of storage. In a few months, when it could already fit in to your little one, you could present it to him/her without guilt because it would still look new.
2. The same goes for shoes. Make sure that they are clean before putting it back inside the box. Check it once in a while because changes of weather could change the original state of your shoes. If it’s made of leather or chamois (gamuza), molds would most likely to appear especially if it’s a hot and humid summer.
3. For toys, make sure that you emptied those battery-operated ones before you store them for good or at least before the next owner plays with it. Stuff toys should be washed and if you could wrap them up perhaps with a plastic, then that would be much better.
I recently took out my children’s old stuff and they are all delighted to see them looked new again. My eldest son’s first and only biodegradable cutlery, which was a gift, was immediately grabbed by my little one. Another bequest for her!
Are you in favour of hand me down items for your kids or would you prefer buying new stuff?