Bright Ideas
Friday, April 3, 2009

Time to share some great tips, advice, and general hilarity:

From Vanessa at Seriously, comes the great idea to use Ice Cube trays to hold earrings. Brilliant! I haven't actually bought trays yet...but they're on my list.

From my sweet friend Lorena at MZ CRUZ comes the inspired idea to use 1 Cor 14:4-8 as a guide for being deliberate about loving your husband. Each week she focuses on a different characteristic of what real love looks like according to that passage of scripture. Challenging!

My friend Kelly at Teach and Tickle is a serious inspiration in the way she loves her kids and raises them to love and honor God. Check out the great list of books she recommends.

From my hysterical friend Tina at Detail Gal, we get a great reminder to laugh at ourselves. This post made me laugh. And laugh....and laugh. Oh my did it make me laugh.

The Best Children's Pastor in the Whole World (I could be biased), was a guest blogger this week for Jabberfrog and wrote a great post about the comparison game. I am a world champion at this game - highly skilled - and I never even intended on becoming a player.

Finally, a tip from my blog-less friend Cheri. Almost two years ago, she passed on the FlyLady tip of the Bathroom Swish and Swipe. Basically, it's keeping a bottle of Windex (or your favorite glass/all-purpose cleaner) and a roll of papertowels under each bathroom sink.


I can spray down the mirrors, counters, sinks, faucets and toilets in both bathrooms quickly and easily without having to go and retrieve the cleaning supplies. This might seem like a small thing, but I can't tell you what a big difference it made. I don't have to leave the room to go get stuff to clean with, and therefore have no way of getting sidetracked. (And getting sidetracked from cleaning is pretty much the story of my life.) Each day I just quickly grab the Windex and papertowels from under the counter, spray everything down, and the bathroom stays relatively clean. Try it!

Okay...."each day" in the above paragraph could be an exaggeration. Sometimes, due to the fact I am prone to laziness, I can fall out of my Swish and Swipe routine. Just didn't want one of you to come over and find toothpaste streaks on my mirrors and call me out as a big-fat-bathroom-cleaning-liar. The end.

Anonymous jonathan had this to say:

and I want to go on record that not 5 minutes after publishing this post, both my bathrooms are clean...

April 4, 2009 at 12:12 AM 

Blogger Vanessa had this to say:

Thanks for the link love. These are some great ideas! I'm not sure I will be good at the bathroom cleaning though, just the thought of having to do it daily, even if it does only take one minute, makes me ill! I'm not a happy cleaning person. :)

April 4, 2009 at 10:07 PM 

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