Those two twin troublemakers, busyness and boredom, seem to pester every mom from time to time, regardless of whether she be a “career Mom,” “homemaker,” or a little bit of both.
Getting in a rut is easy, and staying in one is even easier. But there are ways to fight back and find time to creatively improve one’s own life and the life of the whole family. Identify persistent problems and correct them, make the home brighter and cheerier, get the whole family connected with friends and relatives in a way that benefits everyone.
But how? Here are four ideas on how to put these sentiments into action:
1. Make Your Pets True Members of the Family
Fido may already feel like a member of your family, but until he has his own spot on the family picture wall, he simply won’t look like a true family member. And why stop at a mere snapshot or computer print out when you can get genuine oil dog portraits professionally painted and shipped direct to your house in about a week?
You can also, of course, include fluffy or other pets, and watercolor and pencil sketch is available along with oil canvas.
2. Find New Ways to Give and Socialize as a Family
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Organize baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, graduations, funerals, and more and centralize donations and gifts for the same. Set up funds to help with medical bills of friends who have been injured or gotten seriously ill. Get all the members of your son’s or daughter’s sports team, and organize donation drives to charities of special focus.
3. Finally Be Rid of Those “Buggy” Household
Are ants, moths, roaches, flies, boxelder bugs, or termites always invading your home? Have you tried the baits and chemicals but still can never get rid of them for very long? Maybe it’s time for a major move, a “Battle of the Bugs,” you might call it.
You can still call in the exterminator as a last resort or just to put the nail in the coffin, but here are some ways you can curb pethest problems on your own:
- Eliminate all standing water, and cover over any soil that is always damp or puddling with extra dirt, sand, or gravel.
- Ensure all weeds and tall grass is cut down. Pests like fleas, ticks, and chiggers often get onto pets or people after long grass/weeds they are clinging to are brushed up against.
- Clean your pantries and kitchen til spotless. Then, make sure all food is stored in tight-fitting containers that bugs can’t penetrate.
- If you have firewood, never bring it inside until just before burning, keep it 5 feet or more from all buildings, and store it on a rack to keep it off the ground. Otherwise, termites may find their way into your home.
4. Brighten Up the House
Tired of dark, gloomy looking rooms? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ways you can brighten up each room and make them seem spacious and cheery:
- Paint all walls and ceilings white, and if they are already white but look dingy, repaint them. Only allow dark colors for accenting.
- Restain dark wood floors in lighter hues. Or, if that is not practical, lay down light-colored area rugs.
- Take down heavy drapes and curtains that obstruct the light at the corners of the window openings. Use only blinds, Roman shades, and small curtains that are set back an inch or two from the window.
- Reduce the size and quantity of furniture and use sleeker, lighter, and solid-colored pieces.
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