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How to Clean a Burnt Pan

I have been horrible about burning supper lately!  Between trying to nurse the baby, welcome home hubby, take care of a potty-training 2 year old, and who knows what else, my scatter-brain forgets sometimes that dinner is burning away on the stove!  But I've become a professional at cleaning seemingly hopeless pots and pans!  Take for instance the pot in the picture below.  I seriously thought it was done for.  But as you can see in the “after” picture, it's as good as new.

Want to see my secret weapon?

It's called Bar Keeper's Friend, and it be found in the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart or the grocery store. In my experience it has cleaned anything and everything no matter how hopeless it looks.  Some things require a little more elbow grease than others, but it will still clean things I would otherwise have to throw away.  It costs around $3.99, and it is well worth the money for the headache it saves me.

What's your secret weapon?

2012: One Year of Anti-Procrastination

Look out 2012! I am challenging myself, not to a day, a week, or even a month; but to a full year of Anti-Procrastination!

I'd love to have you join me!

Let me explain what I mean by Anti-Procrastination. You know those crumbs you see when you open the silverware drawer? The messy closet that needs a good straightening? That pair of pants that needs mending? Anything that bugs you every time you see it but that you just never “get around to” is a candidate for an Anti-Procrastination project.

I really don't know why I procrastinate. I have million excuses that all seem valid, but really most of the time they aren't. “I'm in the middle of making dinner.” “We're getting ready to go out the door.” On and on I could go with the excuses, but they're getting a kick out the door this year. When I see something that needs doing, I'm going to do it right then and there!

I'm not saying that I plan to start deep cleaning the oven 5 minutes before it's time to go out the door. But those crumbs in the silverware drawer? Ten seconds and they'll be gone!

Here are my self-imposed rules for Anti-Procrastination Year. You can make up your own rules for how they will best suit your situation.

  1. I must do one thing every day of the entire year. On busy days I can choose a 10 second task like pulling that sock out from under the bed. On slower days I can plan ahead to do something that takes a little longer such as a craft project, deep cleaning, or organizing.
  2. If I start something that takes longer than one day, I must work on the same thing every day until it is completed.
  3. No task should ever take long enough to cause me to forgo my regular housework, cooking, mommy time with the kids, etc. If a task is taking too long it must be continued the next day.
  4. An Anti-Procrastination task is any task above and beyond my normal housework schedule. It can consist of cleaning, crafts, decorating, or anything else that I want. It can be something that really needs to be done or just something fun that I've been putting off until just the right time.

I'm sure I'll think of more rules as I get into this. I've already been trying to do one thing every day even though it's not 2012 yet (I decided not to procrastinate starting on Anti-Procrastination Year!). So far I've changed out my fall wreaths for the Christmas wreaths, pulled a sock out from behind the bed, and got rid of a pair of shoes.

I plan to post an update once a week of what I've been able to accomplish. I'm taking the plunge and publishing this so that I will be forced to be accountable for the entire year.

Please cheer me on, and join me in the challenge if you're up to it!

5 Steps to Follow When You’re Overwhelmed with the Housework

5 Steps to follow when you're overwhelmed with the housework @mbream

Are you overwhelmed by a messy house?  Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you've tried, things have somehow gotten out of hand.  It's all so overwhelming that you don't know where to start – so you don't do anything.  You know that's not a great way to handle it, don't you?  I've been there many, many times.  But I've learned a little secret and I'll share it with you.

Here are 5 simple steps to follow when you're overwhelmed with the housework:

1. Put one thing away.

2. Put another thing away.

3. Put another thing away.

4. Put another thing away.

5. Put another thing away.

 

Profound, huh? Yet this is what I do when I feel like the house is getting out of control. By putting just 5 things away, I am amazed at how much better that kitchen counter looks, and I'm then ready to “just finish cleaning this one counter”. But then that counter looks so good, I want the opposite counter to match, and it only takes a few minutes. I start getting on a roll, and before I know it, quite a bit has gotten done. It doesn't take long for me to realize things weren't as bad as I thought.

Try it next time you think the house is hopelessly messy!

 

10 Reasons Every Homemaker Can Rejoice

10 Reasons Every Homemaker Can Rejoice -- even on the hard days!

 

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

These are the words of which the Lord kept reminding me.

He reminded me in the middle of the night as my fussy newborn refused to sleep.
He reminded as I cleaned up a {lovely} mess including a perfectly clean diaper and a not-so-clean bed after my toddler's nap.
He reminded me as my tired body ached for a nap and the phone kept ringing.
He reminded me as I finally drifted off to sleep and I heard a little boy's voice calling to me “Mommy, come wipe me!”
He reminded me as my husband came home from work (late again) and informed me that he'll be working 6 days a week for at least the next month. (“No! I'm so tired, and I need your help! I don't want you to be away! I don't want you to be tired because then I don't feel like I can ask you to help me!”)

It's okay. “Rejoice in the Lord!”

WHY should a worn-out homemaker rejoice in the Lord???

Well, there are at least a hundred reasons, but I'll keep it brief and just list 10:
(And can I encourage you to actually read all the words of the verses instead of just skimming over them (cough.  like I know I sometimes do.)  I promise they will be a blessing to you!

 

1. I'm saved!
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

 

2. God is molding me to be more like Christ (Whom I shall see someday soon!)
1 Peter 1:6-9 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

3. I don't have to worry about my problems – I can take them to the Lord in prayer.
 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.

 

4. I have peace with God and complete access to Him through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

5. I have the complete Word of God to guide me, rebuke me, and comfort me.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

 

6. God knows all that my day will hold, and he will give me the grace for each moment.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

7. My God is holy and he will never allow anything unjust to happen.
Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

 

8. God is in control of the universe (including my life!)
Psalm 97:1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

 

9. The God of the universe is MY helper!
Psalm 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

 

10. Rejoicing is a result of being filled with the Spirit – a state in which I need to be all the time!
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

Are there little things piling up that are threatening to steal your joy? Think on the positive, and find reasons to rejoice!

 

 

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