Lesson #6: Paper Plates on a Weeknight | Bringing Design Home

Lesson #6: Paper Plates on a Weeknight

Come on. Let’s not over think it. All of us could list a hundred different things that we are trying to juggle right now, in this moment. Sometimes you just have to pick your battles. For me, this time, I’ve chosen to let the dirty dishes win. I just can’t seem to keep up with it all and it stresses me out! My solution? Paper plates on the weeknights! Don’t get me wrong we still save our fancy plates for special nights with friends and for cutting thick pieces of juicy meat, but most nights we eat on these babies.

And it’s awesome!

It’s true, the dishes and I have finally found a mutual happy place. And when momma’s happy, everyone’s happy! :)

Say it with me; “We can’t do it all!” As a mom, as a wife, as a homemaker, and as a business owner there is no way I can give 100% of myself to all of those things 100% of the time. To be honest there is not enough of me to give. But we try. We try blending and weaving it all into one great song we call “life”, or at least for a few “pretty moments” where everything seems to be in perfect order. You know those moments in between naps when ALL the toys are put away, the laundry is not mounding over the couch, and I’ve got next week’s posts all written and ready to go! :)

And then comes Monday and we start the cycle all over again.

Everyone’s battles are different, and you have to learn not to compare. It’s easy to see how all the other moms are juggling it all and feel like you need to keep up with Mrs. Jones. Let me tell you right now, STOP IT! The grass is always greener, and someone else will always have a cleaner house than yours. Our biggest battle is against ourselves as we try and balance it all.

You have to be honest with yourself and what you like and don’t like doing. Personally I actually like grocery shopping, but cleaning the bathroom!? Ugh. I look forward to the day that I can hire a maid to deep clean my house (ain’t no shame ladies)! I say all that fully intending on working from home as I raise my kids. Does this make me a lazy parent!? Absolutely not!

Pick your battles when it comes to the rhythm of work+life.

The Miss. Do It All has got to realize she can’t do it all! And honestly, finding ways to streamline daily chores and tasks so that you get even 10 more minutes of quality family time, personal time, or business time is more than worth it!

What little ways have you learned to cut corners on daily tasks?!

For me, one of my solutions has been paper plates on a weeknight.

And if it makes you feel any less guilty, buy the pretty ones! ;)

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4 Responses to “Lesson #6: Paper Plates on a Weeknight”
  1. Mackenzie

    I use paper plates at lunch time almost everyday for time saving and so I am not in the kitchen ALL day! I only do laundry one day a week and I try to keep the kids’ clothes to only about 8 outfits with 2 dressy options so laundry is a LOT less. We also have come to a point where we have a 1 hour chore time every weekend and we take turns with the big stuff like vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, scrubbing the floors etc so I don’t spend all my “free” mommy time cleaning. and of course all of this ebs and flows and is never a perfect “routine”, but we try!

    • 04.14.2014

      Some great tips from an expert mom of three! ;) Thanks Mackenzie. It’s so true that you spend your mommy free time picking up and cleaning. I look forward to delegating more of those chores the older my kids get! :)

  2. 04.12.2014

    :) I’d love to get a maid too one day. I really hate cleaning. Blech. To help save some time every night, I use the dish washer. I love it because it’s like I have hired help. :)

    • 04.14.2014

      Leslie, we don’t have a dish washer so the paper plates are my way of “hired help”. You can guarantee the dishwasher is at the top of my add-on list for our new farmhouse we are designing! ;)

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