A Day In The Life: Christy

Good morning, everyone!  If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that we host a series called Operation: Organization twice a year–once in January and again when school starts.

This fall, we decided to do things a bit differently, so we asked several of our blogger friends to share what a typical day in their life is like, including all of their best tips and tricks for staying organized and efficient.  This is a two-part series, with half of us sharing today, and the rest of us sharing on September 6th, so we hope you’ll join us for both.

One quick note about the schedule:  Megan of Honey We’re Home was originally going to post today, but she lives in Houston.  While she and her family are safe from the flooding, she’s understandably exhausted.  She’s going to join us on September 6th instead.  In the meantime, please visit her blog post on “Helping Houston.”

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Let’s get started with a day in my life:

A typical school day at my house begins with coffee, and it doesn’t begin without coffee.  I’m a night owl, not an early bird, and thankfully my kids don’t have to be at school until 8am (Amy’s oldest has a 6:15 bus pickup; I can’t even imagine!).  I stagger out of bed around 6:45 most mornings.

A Day in the Life | Christy
^^That’s a 16-ounce coffee mug, by the way, because my morning caffeine is no joke.  I alternate between coffee from my Keurig and espresso from my Nespresso machine (I got hooked when we were in Spain earlier this year).  My kids are old enough (I have a freshman and a senior in high school) to get up on their own, so I usually sit and stare into space until that first cup has taken effect.  Then I pull out my daily devotional; things don’t go as smoothly on the days I skip it!

This is the coffee bar I’ve set up on our kitchen cart.  We aren’t messing around, are we?

Day in the Life | Christy
While the kids are showering and getting dressed, I unload the dishwasher, which is probably my least favorite household chore.  But then I try to be grateful that I have a dishwasher instead of having to do them all by hand.

Day in the Life | Christy
Even if the dishwasher isn’t completely full, I run it every night before bed.  I find that if I don’t, then it’s usually full right before dinner, and that makes everyone cross.

My kids pack their own lunches every day, although I do pitch in if someone oversleeps or if they get home late from the gym or yoga, because they sometimes work out in the morning (#didntgetitfromme).  My daughter usually meal preps on Sundays–she’s a ballet dancer and the healthiest eater in the family–and packs her lunch the night before.  My son leaves his for the morning.  The fewer people in our kitchen at one time, the better, because it’s quite petite.

(We love these Sistema {affiliate link} containers for packing lunch)

For those of you who are visiting from the other Operation: Organization participants, here’s the quick backstory on our family:  my husband is in the Army and received orders to move to Ft. Riley, Kansas, this summer.  The kids and I stayed in North Carolina so our son, a senior, can finish high school.  We considered moving, of course, because we hate to be apart voluntarily when we’re so often separated involuntarily, but that would have been Connor’s third high school.  To offset the costs associated with maintaining two homes and traveling back and forth, we downsized from a 4000sf house {see it here} to our current home, which is about 1600sf {see it here}.  It’s quaint and quirky, and lots of fun, though!

MCC House Kitchen
I try to hit the grocery store for lunch items on Sunday afternoons.  Because we’re short on cabinet space and don’t have a pantry, my shopping habits have changed and I now shop more frequently for smaller amounts.  We do have an extra refrigerator in our garage, which helps with perishables and frozen foods, but I find myself at the store three or four times a week.  Since we’re in a small town and literally everything is ten minutes away at the most, that’s not an issue.  I’m a big ALDI shopper and I can be in and out of there in fifteen minutes.  If you’ve got young kids and more storage space, then many of my friends swear by online shopping and curbside pickup, but that just doesn’t seem to work best for us.

I’m a bed-maker and if you ever see my bed unmade, you either came over while I was still sleeping, or I’m sick.  My kids make theirs in the mornings, too.

Or rather, my daughter makes hers and I remind my son to make his.  He thinks bed-making is a waste of the valuable resource of time.  I think that because their bedrooms are on the first floor and right off of our living area, it’s distracting to look in and see unmade beds. For the next few months, at least, I’ll win that argument.

Grey teen boy bedroom
Once the kids are fed and off to school–they either walk or my son drives if it’s raining–I take about ten minutes to tidy the downstairs.  Since the kids share a bathroom and it’s also our powder room for guests, I usually make sure the counters are wiped down and everything’s neat after the morning rush.

{see more of the powder room here}

I usually do at least one load of laundry a day in my basement dungeon. Old houses are the best except when it comes to laundry rooms!

laundry
I do a little dusting if it’s needed–it usually is with a dog and an older home.

If I know what I’m cooking for dinner, I write it on the chalkboard wall in the kitchen, because my  kids will ask what’s for dinner almost as soon as their eyes open in the morning.

MCC house kitchen
Harley and I usually go for a walk next, unless I have a morning meeting.  He waits patiently for his turn.

Dining room at the MCC House
We live near a stable, and his favorite route is to go visit the barn cat who lives there, George.

Harley and George
When I get home, I shower and dress for the day.  I’m not a workout-clothes-all-day kind of girl; I get dressed for real pretty much every day with hair, makeup, and jewelry.  I think this has changed as my kids have gotten older, because I used to think putting a pair of jeans on was dressing up!

My days are devoted to blog tasks, meetings for the two boards that I sit on, house and yard work, volunteering and errands.  If I’m lucky, I get to grab lunch with a friend.  Most days of the week I have orders to fill for our Etsy shop.  Sometimes I’ll work with a local design client or two, although I don’t do as much of that anymore due to time constraints.

{a recent design project}

Since I use a laptop, I can work almost anywhere.  The kitchen table is my office most of the time.

I also have a small office upstairs where I keep my Etsy supplies.

 

When the kids get home from school, they’re pretty independent.  My son is a lifesaver since he can drive, so he can get them both to and from work, sports, school, and home when I have an afternoon or evening meeting.  I don’t have to supervise their homework anymore, but college planning is a full-time job!

Annabelle has ballet four evenings a week, and usually weekends, too, so we make an early dinner before she leaves for class.  She usually cooks fish or chicken and roasts vegetables, but on this particular day she was craving tomato soup.

She passed on the grilled cheese sandwiches, but Connor and I enjoyed them.

If I wind up with free time in the evenings, I’m a bookworm and love to read.  The kids are the same way, so sometimes we’ll all be in the same room–but reading.  We can all agree on Gilmore Girls, so that’s our go-to TV series right now.  We got rid of our cable when we moved so we’re limited to what we can stream.  I won’t lie, I haven’t missed it!

I also talk to my husband at least once a day, in the evening, and we text during the day.  He tries to come home every 4-6 weeks, and so far that’s working.

The kids go to bed around 10pm and then I go to sleep around midnight; I usually read a bit and then lose consciousness within minutes.  And then it’s time to do it all again!

 

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Now, hop on over and visit our other participants–Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles has some great tips for staying organized as well as some recipes that I’m dying to try!

 

August 30th
Christy  — 11 Magnolia Lane
Amanda — Dixie Delights
Rebekah — A Blissful Nest

 

 

September 6th
Erin – Sunny Side Up
Mallory — Style Your Senses
Haneen – Haneen’s Haven
Megan — Honey We’re Home

 

 

Final New Christy headshot 2015

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Comments

  1. Wow you’re day is crazy busy like mine. I am thinking that is the normal day of a blogger! Your home is so warm and cozy too!

    • I blame the children. 🙂 Just kidding, but of course if I had to choose I’d rather stay crazy busy taking care of my family than have plenty of free time without them. Right?!
      XO,
      Christy

  2. CHRISTY, YOU’RE WAY AHEAD OF ME ON THE COLLEGE GAME… I’D LOVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. WHATEVER IT IS LOOKS SUPER ORGANIZED! ALSO, NOW I’M REALLY HUNGRY FOR TOMATO SOUP TOO! 🙂 LOVED SEEING THIS PEEK INTO YOUR DAY!

    • That screen shot was just the schools we’re sending his SAT scores to…I wish he’d narrow it down a bit because only the first four are free and it gets expensive! 😉

  3. Christy! I love your post – you’re a doll!!

    xoxo,
    Sam

  4. Can you tell me where you got your blue coffee mug? what brand is it, and what pattern? many thanks!

    • Of course, Margaret! It’s Spode Blue Italian and it’s 16 ounces to hold a lot of coffee! They’re on Amazon here, or you can sometimes find them at HomeGoods or TJ Maxx (they’re still $10 each there–kind of pricey). I only have two and love them!
      Hope that helps–
      Christy

  5. I know it’s crazy, but I miss those days! With Henley and Katie here for a little while, I am getting to experience a bit of it again and it’s nice. The one thing Katie loves about it there is the ability to walk most places and how pet friendly it is.

    • I know that I will miss it, too! I’m trying to soak up all the moments while they’re both still at home. Katie is correct: this is such a dog-friendly community. Harley couldn’t be happier!

  6. Love it, girl! And your day sounds so similar to mine! 😂 — Right down to the dressing up every day and minus the husband being away part! Maybe that’s why we get along so well 🙂

  7. Christy–I hope these all caps aren’t misconstrued! My caps Lock is off, BTW. Your downsizing looks like it went pretty smoothly and you’re all in a groove. I’m an Aldi shopper, too, but I ventured up 1 North (Tramway/Sanford) to Lidl and it’s pretty great! More choices, fresh bread, great produce to round out the farmer’s market, and no fumbling for a quarter for the cart. Bring your own bags. Love reading your posts!
    Dale, Level and Plum Photography

    • Dale–I didn’t know we had a Lidl so close by! Thanks so much for the tip. I am definitely going to head north next week to check it out. Hope you’re doing well!
      Christy

  8. I know that you are always a busy lady and you get so much accomplished as you are so very organized. I think getting “dressed” every day just sets the tone of the day to accomplish what you set out to do! You have made your little cottage a most beautiful home!!!

    • Thanks so much, Shirley. My mom always dressed for the day and while I didn’t always do it when the kids were younger, now I feel like it starts me off on the right foot every day. Hope you are doing well!

  9. Christy! Loved learning a little more about you through your daily life! Such a fun post! My daughter is a dancer too but man.. now I’m excited for when my kids can drive themselves! 😉

    FUN post sweet friend! xo

  10. What a fun post! I loved seeing what keeps you busy all day. I need to check out your Etsy shop.

    It was really fun to see that computer screen re: college applications. I have to admit I do NOT miss those days. My oldest applied to 15 colleges; my middle son to 13 colleges. But then my youngest visited High Point and said, “This is it.” Saved us a lot of money on application fees!

    My house is right in between Duke and UNC, so if you come to visit these parts, please let me know. My oldest went to Duke and my second to UNC, so we know quite a bit about those schools. And my husband taught at Hillsdale for 7 years, so we know a LOT about that school!

    Take care, Christy!

    • Hey, Richella–
      I will definitely keep in mind that you are a great stopping off point (and resource for college questions). How neat that you’ve got three of Connor’s choices covered within your family! Thank you so much for your willingness to be a resource–it’s so different from when we were applying to college, isn’t it?!
      XO,
      Christy

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