One more week until March is upon us.
Can you believe it!
That means green grass, flowers, and birds chirping will replace snow, icicles, and the loud roar of plows and salt trucks rumbling down the streets.
MIDWEEK with MIDTOWN: Episode 18 is coming in two parts, as will every Episode into and throughout the month of March.
We've got a lot to cover that we think will put the SPRING in your family's step as THE SPRING moves in. Yes...it's likely we'll remain that punny...all month long. :)
Part 1 of Episode 18 is going to focus on something you can do to make spring cleaning less of a chore, and more of a hilarious family-fun activity.
Hey...we've all been there. Thing get shut in drawers, pushed back into closets, and crammed in the attic during the cold winter months. And when warmer temps start to get us excited about cracking the windows back open, it also gets us (ok...the adults, not so much the kids) excited about cleaning out.
Since we are in the midst of the Winter Olympics, we thought we could turn spring cleaning into it's own Olympic event.
So, without any further ado, here's a thought on how to make spring cleaning a story your family will laugh about for years to come.
Divide up the chores on your to-do list. Write each one on a piece of paper. We'll now affectionally refer to those items as the "events" in your family's SPRING CLEANING OLYMPICS.
Next, you'll need teams.
If you are a small family, you can even get your kid's friends in on the fun. And if this goes over well, you can encourage your friends to get your kids to go help them run the same thing in their house!
So you have your teams, and the events.
Now it's time to get each event on the calendar. Be reasonable about how long it will take to do the "event" well, and plan accordingly. You can make your SPRING OLYMPICS last a week, a month, or longer, depending on the difficulty of your events.
Now...no Olympics would be complete without judges to rate the work, and medals (rewards) for the winners. Enlist your neighbors to come over and inspect the work. Watch how much more popular it is when you neighbor says "hey, there is still dust on this ledge" than when you say it to your kids. 9.5!
The only difference is you'll have to do match-up events, as you won't be cleaning the same space together. For example, one team may clean out the attic, the other the garage. You can have the same categories that the judge will look for to score. Once that is done, the winning team receives a pre-determined reward.
You see where we are headed with this.
The bottom line is we all have chores, dirt, dust, and grime to scrub out after a long winter. But, it doesn't just have to be the drudgery of boredom and complaining it may have been in the past.
Spend time as a family. Get your neighbors in on it. Offer to do the same for your friends and their families.
Have your kids go take care of something for an elderly neighbor as one of the events. The possibilities are endless when we start enjoying every detail of life together, and serving our community in the process.
Well...what are you waiting for?
And if your events take on the epic proportions of hilarity and you happen to get it on video or take pictures, you could always share those with us. :)
We'll share details on how to pull of an amazing SPRING OLYMPICS experience for your family, on Thursday in PART 2 of MIDWEEK with MIDTOWN: Episode 18.
See you then!
-The Midtown Realty Company Team
Episode 3 of "Midweek With Midtown" is focused on a few ways that you can decorate your home for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We know that HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, and so many other outlets have AMAZING displays of holiday decor. We also know that the look they create can feel like you need an entire crew to pull it off for your home. We have 3 super easy ways you can bring a cute holiday display to life in your home all on your own. You might even find your family wants to jump in and create these ideas with you as a family night activity!
Enter Midweek With Midtown: Episode 3.
Simple. Warm. Inviting.
Here are 3 ways you can make your home become just that for Thanksgiving.
Simple. Warm. Inviting.
Pumpkins. Apples & Greenery. Craft Paper.
Enjoy your holiday preparation!
Slow down, and be present each step of the way...
That, after all, is the joy in the holiday.
Join us on facebook HERE, and post pictures of your creations. Our team at Midtown Realty Company would LOVE to see them!
A family that spends time together, grows closer. One of the ways that brings people together is rolling up sleeves, and serving alongside one another.
Go somewhere as a family, giving your time to an organization that needs it.
As the first week of January fades away already, before we know it New Years resolutions may get pushed to the back burner in the hurriedness of life. When we make the intentional effort to serve others, as a family, it begins to create a home that isn't just happy for the holidays...but all year long.
Talk about it at dinner tonight.
Get feedback from your kids about where they would like to serve.
Together...change the very fabric of your family's life, and in turn someone else's life that needs your hands and feet to be there for them in a tough season of theirs.
We live in a fantastic community!
What makes that possible?
That got us to thinking today...what might it look like to see life through someone else's viewpoint? Doing so can strengthen the fiber of each relationship that makes up this wonderful place we all call home. Sounds like fun to us!
Spend time doing one thing someone loves…together, that doesn’t interest you.
At the very least, you are investing in relationship. And who knows, the very thing you thought couldn't possibly interest you, might just end up capturing your attention too!
When our relationships are healthier, our community is stronger.
That...that is a simple way to strengthen a community.
Take the walk to understand someone else, and you'll find the treasure of relationship.
A solid start to the new year for all of us would look something like this...
Solve a problem in our community. Do what we can, with what we, have where we are.
New Year's resolutions can feel overwhleming when they are too big, or too vague.
With 2017 here, let's see what we can do about that, by doing something right from the start. Everyone has different skills, talents, and resources. The one thing we all share in common is our individuality. Putting that to work in an area where someone needs our help, solves a problem. Think about a way this week that you can solve a problem with what you have, where you are.
We'll be doing the same.
It's a ton of fun to be part of this community. So many great people, with huge hearts.
Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you've had a GREAT start to 2017!
We are thankful.
From our team at Midtown Realty Company, we want to wish you, your family, & your friends all the best in 2017.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What better way to enter the new year, than going on a treasure hunt! What are we looking for? Something most of us have, and many others need. Clothes and toys.
Another great way to make it a happy home for the holidays is to do this...
Simplify your world.
Donate gently used clothes/toys & talk about why you are doing it as a family.
When our kids understand the many blessings we have, and get excited about bringing that same opportunity to others, we've created such a wonderful world for everyone!
With a little over 24 hours to go until we all ring in 2017, let's make 2016 end on a high note, and look for these items to donate. And if you can, do it anonymously. Why? It teaches our kids that leading the way isn't about notoriety, it's about being grateful for what we have through humility.
As 2016 comes to a close, it's always good to pause and think about what you are most thankful for. Even better than what we are most thankful for, is who. Even better than thinking it, is saying it.
So, today's idea is to do both.
Speak. Tell each other one thing about your family that means the most to you.
We were blessed at Midtown Realty to be loved, cared for, and led by a tremendous woman. Bonnie was a Great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend. Her gentle smile and reassuring words were a gift to all she knew. Though her travels now are on streets of gold, her legacy guides us each day through.
And to honor her legacy, what better way than for all of us to tell our families one thing about them, that means the most to us.
That will go a long way to creating a happy home for the holidays.
The holidays can be full of joy.
They can also be a very stressful time for those who are struggling.
Today's idea is for all of us to look around, and see if we can be the blessing to someone else's struggle. It's very possible that there is something we want, that we could really do without. We have a little extra cash we could use to meet a need for a family. Maybe they need new brakes or tires for their car. Maybe they need someone to drop off a bag full of groceries. Or we have extra vacation time, so we were just going to curl up and watch movies all day, when we could be helping an elderly neighbor with a project.
Imagine what the holidays would look like if we were to sacrifice a want, and donate those resources to someone in need.
If we could spend the rest of this week looking for these opportunities, we could truly make someone else's home a happy home for the holidays!
We thought that Christmas Eve was the perfect time to share this idea.
Start a simple tradition this year, that is something to look forward to next year.
With so many things on our "to-do" lists it can feel pretty hard to keep up most days. And around the holidays, things seem to move even faster. So our idea today is to go back to all of our roots. To family. To a moment that lasts far longer than one night, one week, or one season of the year. Something that can be passed down for generations.
As today settles into this evening, talk with your family about creating a simple tradition you could start this year, that is something to look forward to next year.
The key word?
It doesn't have to be something that overwhelms you on your holiday "to-do" list. It's meant to be the opposite. Have fun with it. Be silly. Be still. Be present.
And as tonight rolls into tomorrow...
From all of us to all of you:
Welcome! Our team is excited you are here! If there is a topic you'd LOVE to hear about, let us know. Midtown@Netsync.Net