• Character,  Cleaning,  Homemaking

    The Unexpected Knock

    There must be some law…. Some strange force of the universe…. One where, if someone shows up on my doorstep, my house will, without a doubt, be the WORST it has ever been…. Ever. Seriously. Like… forget the 30 other days of the month that the house is neat and kept and you have got your junk together. No. If someone knocks on my door…. It would be the day that I cleaned out the car and had all the contents in the kitchen to sort. It would be the day when the dishwasher was broken and I pulled all the dirty dishes out so I could take a look…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Pig Sty Method Rotation Chart: Free Printable

    I have been receiving requests for the background rotation of the Pig Sty Method, so…. sure, why not? You can download a PDF here: The Pig Sty Method But for those who did not become familiar with the method this week, you might need a rundown on the chores and crazy jargon. 😉 So…. here’s your key to successful ‘ciphering. Make your bed:     That’s easy. If you want to know why that’s important, you can read about that here. I mean…. it’s where the magic happens 😉 and… getting this done first thing puts you in a productive frame of mind. Ready for Anything:  If you’ve taken care of…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Pig Sty Method

    Housework is one of those odd balancing acts. It’s kind of like a science, testing, tweaking, modifying this and that… until finally, you find a sweet spot. A place where the level of presentation you are seeking meets achievability… and you can sustain it…. And do so without dreading it.  Learning how to embrace and fulfill my role as homemaker has been, and continues to be a journey. I’ve been the full-time working-woman, the bored-silly-childless-wife, the weak and debilitated out-of-commission spouse, the-barely-hanging-on-mama, and… now… I’m your average stay-at-home mom. In all of those roles and circumstances, I have learned that in order to do something long-term, flexibility is a must-have ingredient.…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Routine to the Rescue

    You know, being the insanely popular, superb-housekeeper that I am, people often ask me, “Girl, how do you do it? How do you keep such a perfectly clean home?” To which I humbly respond in a nasal English accent, “Darling, it’s in my genes. I was born with this super power.” ROFL. Not. I’m kidding. Seriously.   Trust me when I say, no one, and I mean NO ONE, has ever asked me such a ludicrous question. This girl’s house is lived in…  if you catch my drift. I actually just finished scraping my son’s embedded fruit and grain bar off the hardwood floor, so… you can imagine. The more…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Where Do I Even Start?

    There have been times in my married life, where I have looked around my house and thought… where do I even begin? Every time we’ve moved. The time we crammed all of our possessions into a tiny upstairs apartment where the second bedroom was my son’s nursery, my husband’s office, his “garage”, and a storage unit all in one… and because everything didn’t fit in there, it was like an oozing monster that kept creeping into my living room, master bedroom and kitchen. There was a period of time two years ago where I slowly emerged from an invalid state into a house that had not been kept in months.…

  • Cleaning,  Life as a Wife,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Welcome to my Humble Pig Sty

    Here’s a confession for you…. You ready for this one? I don’t know…. maybe I shouldn’t admit it. I tend to obsess over what people think of me sometimes…. Confessing this may not be good for that obsession. I might worry too much that the hoity toities think ill of me. *SNORT* Yeah right. You know me better than that. This blog is a forum of openness on the struggles of learning and adapting to wifeliness, mothering, and housekeeping. So…Here it is. Oink. Oink. I’m not a good housekeeper.. like… at all. Shocking, right?   *snort*  (ROFL) Y’all knew that.  I mean…. I try… but I fail. Miserably. Over and over…

  • Cleaning,  Life as a Wife,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Trunk of Self & Sentimentality

    Yesterday I sat down to deal with the trunk of sentimentality. I thought I was going to have to make many hard decisions, but really… I was surprised at how much was in there that had completely lost its sentimental value. Though I added to it regularly, it had been several years since I dug it out to really look through the things that were in it. While I sorted, sifted and pitched, I discovered something shocking in a very real way. I am not the person I was. I am no longer the person that needs loads of cards and notes to remind me that people really care about…

  • Character,  Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Someone Stole My Laptop

    You know what I did about it? Nothing. I let them have it. Well… actually I did do something. The laundry. Washed the dishes. Took some time and cleaned some areas that needed attention. By now you have probably figured out that I wasn’t too concerned about retrieving my laptop.     I knew I would get it back eventually.  That’s because I knew who stole it. His name is Mark. I’m married to him. He decided that this afternoon was take-Becky’s-laptop-apart-and-scare-her-to-death-when-she-sees-all-the-pieces day. That was my interpretation. His was more technical and a lot harder to understand. To tell you the truth, I was really lost without my old faithful…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    5 Tips to Keep the Laundry Caught Up

    Everyone has felt that crisis moment when they wake up in the morning, open their drawers to pull out some clothes and you realize…. you’re out of something. Or, when you wake up 15 minutes before you have to be somewhere and everything is either dirty, or wrinkled… Laundry can tend to get overwhelming if it’s not managed efficiently. My greatest challenge is not getting it washed and dried, but out of the basket and into the drawers and closets. Here is a handful of tips to improve your laundry efficiency: 1. One Load A Day Rule:  A. Put a load in the washer before you go to bed.  B.…