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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Keepin' it Real Tour of Chestnut Grove Academy Home


Do you sometimes feel like a failure when it comes to homemaking?  Do you ever beat yourself up for not keeping your house spic and span?  Do you thumb through magazines and ever wonder why your house can't look like that, or when you visit your favorite bloggers you wonder how they can keep a tidy home but you can't?

Well, let's get REAL!!  You are NOT a failure; your house does NOT have to be spic and span 24/7; those magazine photos are NOT real life; and I can guarantee you that the neat and tidy pictures you see of bloggers' homes are hardly ever like that on a regular basis.
So I thought it would be encouraging and fun to do a little home tour of my own (along with several other bloggers - make sure you check out the other home tours at the end of this post).  You know, kind of like those lovely house tours that DIY/Home bloggers do that show pictures of their immaculate, magazine-worthy homes?  Like that, but a little different.  For this home tour we won't
pretty up our houses or make them picture perfect, but rather show them as they are in their usual state - lived in!
We hope that through these home tours that you are encouraged to know that nobody has it all together, and that's okay; that you have fun peeking into the life of another family and seeing how other moms do things; and also to dispel the myth that bloggers have a flawless life.
BUT WAIT!  We want to see your homes too!!!  Even if you aren't a blogger, you can join us and share pictures of your home on Instagram.  For the next six days we will have a little Instagram challenge; each day will have a different topic for you to post a picture on.  Check out the graphic below to see what is assigned on each day.  Be sure to use the hashtag #KeepinItRealHomeTour on all your Instagram post so we can find each other easily. 

So here it is folks.  Here is the real deal!  People ask me how I get it all done, well truth is I DON’T!  Some things have to give.  I use to be majorly up tight and OCD about it, but I’ve lax’d A LOT (maybe too much).

Thank goodness for my hubby, he does help out a lot.  The kids have chores as well, which is great. 
My biggest problem:  PILES 

I have way to many piles of stuff around!
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R – Kitchen, L- Living Room
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My bedroom – I NEED a bigger closet!
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Boys room – 3 in one room, well it’s always a mess, and the one room that gives me anxiety when I go in.  The trundle was at least put away this morning!  Their bathroom isn’t bad, they cleaned it yesterday.
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Baby girl’s room.
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Basement
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R – laundry room – those are all CLEAN clothes, I need to get off here and go fold!  L – School room….yeah this is what it looks like MOST of the time.  I can’t even show you what it’s like behind that ABC chart!  Ugh!

I took these pictures mid day, just after finishing our schooling, but before lunch.  I do try and pick up some in the evening….o well….it’s messy, but it’s not DIRTY, so I’m okay with it. 
So what’s your problem area?   Our house is definitely lived in!  If I could find a PILES solution and a dryer that folded, I’d be set! 

Keepin It Real Home Tour IG ChallengeHouse porch with flowers

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