the Beauty of Swapping

• 08 May 2008

I love swaps...any kind will do.

I swap meals with one of my neighbors weekly and I participate in a weekly project swap with one of my sister-in-laws. It's awesome! Let me elaborate.

Swapping meals is a beautiful thing--at least Kate and I think so. It's not for everyone but if you have a nearby friend who's game, go for it. We find it doesn't take a lot of extra time to double a recipe and we enjoy being exposed to different cuisine and of course, a night off!! One week I bring Kate's family a meal, the next week she brings me a meal, and so on. It's a great system with just the right amount of commitment.

My sister-in-law Tiffany and I are both first-time homeowners and are experiencing (for the first time) the struggle to maintain a remotely orderly household. More space means more junk. As our families expand, responsibilities increase, and life becomes busier than ever, we find we have less time to keep the "junk" in order. Ironically though, this is the time in our lives when we can really benefit from being a little more on top of things.

So, Tiffany and I take turns weekly lending a helping hand. One night per week I help out at her house and then the next week she comes to mine. Often we can't begin until 8:30 and 9 p.m., but we {try} to keep it to 1.5 hours so we're not up too late! During our "project time" we take on things like organizing closets, folding laundry, putting together a playroom, cleaning out cupboards, wiping baseboards, hanging pictures, and finding things to sell on Craigslist. Really anything goes, as long as it helps us feel more satisfied and on top of things in some small (or large) way.

So grab a friend and get swappin'!

Here is a "before" and "after" shot of my lazy susan cupboard we tackled last week. Between the two of us it only took a manageable time of thirty minutes! Now that's my kinda gig.


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