*This is a sponsored post on behalf of P&G. I received free samples from P&G and compensation. All opinions and ideas are my own.*
You've heard me mention from time to time over the last few months that we are new Empty Nesters. It's been quite the adjustment with both of our children now in college.
We went from busy afternoons and evenings full of sports practices, matches, homework, kids dating, family dinners to just looking at each other!
It takes some adjusting for sure. You've got to rediscover yourself.
It's all about Embracing the Empty Nest!
We are quite a few months into this adventure so far, and while I miss the kids horribly…..it does have its pleasantries!
- food bill goes down
- do what you want when you want
- less laundry
- eating healthier because we aren't buying junk food
- more time for hobbies
- more time to entertain
- house stays cleaner
- more time to focus on your relationships
I'd honestly give anything to have those busy days back, but it's not a reality so why not make the most of it.
Over the next few months, I'll be sharing a few ideas to embrace The Empty Nest!
Going back to the house being cleaner. What a difference! One thing that I've been doing this spring is tackling some serious spring cleaning. I've been going room by room breaking it down into smaller projects. I find that if I do it this way it's much more doable. It sounds better to me to say today I'm going to clean the baseboards in the family room and NOT…. I need to clean the baseboards in the house.
Getting these little mini projects done and a room completed makes me feel accomplished. I feel more relaxed and organized to start enjoying some of the little things that I'd put on the back burner for many years like reading a good book! It's time to embrace the empty nest and begin to enjoy a full life.
I know if may sound odd, but I enjoy cleaning my house. I take great satisfaction in seeing things clean and in order. I let that go a bit when the kids were home. Now, I crave it!
I'm started by cleaning the chandelier in our family room. We just had our family room painted a light gray a few weeks ago and totally love the new look. As a result, we find ourselves spending more time in this lovely room. The moldings are all clean and now I am tackling nooks, crannies and lighting.
When we built our home, we had a motorized crank to this chandelier installed so we could easily change bulbs and clean it. As you can tell here from the spider webs, it's been a while since it has been lowered!
It's very dusty and in need of some tender loving care.
If your bulbs are dirty, you aren't going to have a bright light.
I pulled out my trusted Bounty towels. Bounty has been tried and true in our home for many years and truly is the “Quicker Picker Upper.” I prefer the select-a-size format which really makes tackling smaller jobs easier with less waste.
Bounty was all I needed to get this chandelier back to show stopper status. It worked great for getting the dust off the nubbly iron. Using Bounty prevented any fuzz from sticking to the chandelier.
The next thing that I did was to remove all of the bulbs. Make sure your fixture is off and the bulbs are cool to the touch. Do not try to clean warm bulbs. I removed the bulbs and placed them on a Bounty Select-A-Size to keep them in place on the table. I simply wet one towel with warm water and cleaned and polished the bulb. All you need is a Bounty towel and warm water!
Take a clean, dry Bounty towel and dry off the bulb. Proceed until all are shining and return to the fixture.
Seriously, look at the difference! Clean lighting can make or break a room. I did the same technique with my lamps.
Do you remember how dusty it was?
Now that this room is checked off my list, I can start to enjoy one of my favorite things.
It used to be that I only found the time or energy to read novels in the summer. Now that my house is getting in order, and I have more time…..I'm embracing the empty nest and taking a few minutes here and there to enjoy a cup of tea and get lost in a good book. I encourage you to embrace the empty nest. You can't change it. It's simply another stage in life. All those times that I said someday, I'll have the time. Now, is my someday! What things have you embraced as an empty nester?
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