I may be 29 years old and I may have 3 kids but adulting isn’t something I’m always good at. I’ve struggled to find a cleaning routine that works and that I can stick with. I’ve struggled to become a morning person so I can get my kids to school on time and I’ve struggled with making a budget that works. I’m trying really hard to fix those and become a “real” adult but it’s hard at times. Recently I’ve been putting in extra time at trying to figure those things out. I haven’t figured out how to become a morning person yet but I did go hunting for some advice on the cleaning routine and my budget.
A while back I had heard of the FlyLady or Marla Cilley if you want her real name.It’s only recently that I’ve been reading her book Sink Reflections, I know it sounds corny but stay with me. She basically walks you through how to de-clutter and clean your house. She helps you make cleaning routines and eventually she says that you won’t be spending more than 3 hours a week cleaning your house.
So far a lot of what she’s written about sounds like the cleaning routines my grandma did when she was alive. My dad said that on certain days my grandma would do certain things and in the book Marla breaks it down into “zones” for daily and weekly cleaning. I’ve tried to start doing some of the things Marla has recommended but it’s been hard to stay on track sometimes.
When it comes to our family budget it’s actually been a little bit easier. Nick and I have decided to get more serious about buying a house recently. We are a one income family and Nick and I haven’t always been the greatest at managing our money. Instead of fighting over who is worse with money we’ve decided to come together and figure our shit out. You know, adulting style.
I made a monthly budget in Excel for all our spending and then to see where our money was going made a weekly spending tracker. I also made debt trackers to help us pay off debt, not that we have a ton but it’s nice watching our debt total go down every month. It’s kind of like motivation to keep going. I also found a free bill pay checklist on Pinterest so Nick and I can see which bills have been paid and which ones haven’t. I repurposed an old binder to hold all these things so that Nick and I can both see what is going on. So far I’m the person who mostly uses it but because I use it daily I talk about it with Nick all the time. We’ve come up with a savings plan as well that I’m hoping we can stick with.
We also asked Nick’s parents for some advice on how we could repair our credit and they told us to call Money Management International. They are a free service that will help you set up your budget, repair any credit issues, get you HUD certified and help you find a lender for your first home. We’ve started the process with them but haven’t gotten very far.
With all this stuff going I’m really excited because I feel like things are moving in the right direction. I’m getting the house on track with help from Nick and we’re both focused on getting our finances on track. We are working together as a team for the first time and things are going really well. I really feel like with some hard work, determination and patience that Nick and I can do this. We just have to stay focused on the big picture and keep working together. This is the first time in a long time that I’m really hopeful for the future.