#trashouttuesday / this one thing always trips us up in our home

the daily Starr trash out tuesday

We love traveling. Anywhere. Anytime. Let’s GO!

One thing I strongly dislike – PACKING.

Which is why I always procrastinate until the last possible moment to pack our crew for trips. And then my packing isn’t usually as organized as I wish it were.

Even so.

We love the travel part – then, it’s time to come home and this always happens.

We get home just in time to jump back into our hectic schedule and the bags are dropped in a big pile (usually at the front door, it’s a miracle they all made it upstairs last night).

This recent trip to visit our family in Tennessee called for extra luggage – we had to bring blankets and pillows for our kids to sleep in our room at the cabin and then there was a chance for snow, so we had to pack ALL of the winter gear – because of course, I couldn’t miss a chance for them to play in the snow. Which didn’t happen, lol.

One by one, I’ll make my way through the bags. It could take days, weeks, months…years.

You think I’m joking??

Here’s the thing – I’ve realized how BIG of a problem this is for our family. We can have a clean organized room and travel will disrupt that pattern every single time. Then crap starts piling up and we get overwhelmed and it stays a mess until we clean it up again. And the cycle continues, on and on.

For example, I still have bags in my room from our December anniversary trip. My room is the worst when it comes to this cycle.

See, I told you this is a problem!!

As we arrived home last night I was determined to not let this happen again to our family and our home.

The challenge – unpack ALL THE BAGS for #trashouttuesday and our family project.

Everyone pitched in, even Joy and Chloe.

How does Kayla look like a teenager in this photo?? Brian so calmly reminded me how we only have 8 more years with her at home. I can’t even.

As everyone zoomed around upstairs putting our things back in their places and the dirty laundry in baskets and the winter gear away, something hit me.

Our kids NEED to learn these things.

What if I always just did all of this for them? What if I made it my responsibility to put their things away and bypass teaching them these habits? What will they do when they go out into the real world??

Yes!! This is a good thing – for me, for them, for our family and for our home!

And the strangest part? They LOVE these family projects.

Look at those smiles.

Brock’s fake smile (above). Brock’s real smile (below).

They were really excited because I told them they could go play the Wii as a reward for all of their hard work. Hey, rewards are good every now and then!

Brock wanted another project and Brian thought that was the best idea ever.

Brian and I are off to eat cheesecake as our reward 🙂

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4 comments

  1. This was a great idea. Our kids need to be equipped with knowing basic things like how to make their own beds , do their own laundry, and cook. I know as moms we have some sort of built in thing that tells us we are supposed to do it all for them. But what happens when they are finally on their own, do they bring it all back to you and ask you to do it? You go Starr!

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    • I have put so much pressure on myself these past few years with young kids to do everything and be everything. We’re moving into a season where they can truly learn responsibility. I had too many friends growing up that learned hard lessons as they got older because they didn’t learn what it meant at a younger age. Praying God gives us wisdom in this area of parenting as we learn so much!

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