Monday, February 28, 2011

24 Hours of Progress: The 10th Hour

About 24 Hours of Progress:

So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Tenth Hour:
Today's projects are less about getting your house clean, and more about getting your social calendar cleaned up. That's right, moving playdates and practices around and managing to squeeze in an hour or two for yourself. I personally feel like you should challenge yourself to do each of the three tasks below at least once every month. (Gasp. Shocking, I know. I didn't say it would be easy, but I can guarentee that it'll be worth it.)

Make Time for your Spouse: It should come to no surprise that married couples who regularly have a date night have much happier marriages than those who don't. Most relationship advisors say that date night should be happening at least once a week.

Rolls eyes. Yea right. My husband works full time, is working on getting his MBA at night, and somewhere in between helps me raise our 15 month old daughter. This is the attitude that I initially took on a month ago when the idea of a weekly date night came up. We have since though, decided that date night is not defined by getting all dressed up and going out somewhere. And we've instilled a Friday night movie date right at home. Each week we check out a movie that we want to see from Netflix, and come Friday after AJ is asleep, we crack open a bottle of wine and settle in on the couch. Afterwards we take the time to talk to each other. It's become such a blessing to our marriage. And we've decided that once a month is a more practical length of time for us to go out and have a real date night. This past Friday we sprang for a babysitter and went out for some amazing Thai food.

Make Time for your Friends: Moms have got to be the worst about making time with their friends. Simply put, the kids are always an excuse. The kids have this going on. The kids need to be to bed by a certain time. The baby has a cold so I can't go out. Girl talk is an important part of keeping your sanity, mom! Once a month, try to get out for a girl's night out dinner at a local restaurant or at someone's home. It'll give you an energy boost and spark your social spirits.

Make Time for Yourself: This one should be easy enough. Make time for yourself. Take a nap. Read a book. Rent a chick flick. Get a manicure. Do something for yourself just because you can. And because you should! You know the old sayings.... "Happy Wife, Happy Life" and "If mama isn't happy, nobody is happy."

1 comment:

  1. As parents I think these 3 definitely get overlooked but it's so important to keep a healthy balance. The first few months after Avery was born, I didn't do anything without her, but some friends finally talked me into going out and we've tried to do it at least once a month since. It makes such a difference!!

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