Did I mention that "Friday Group" celebrated our 3rd year anniversary a few months ago? What is Friday group, you ask. Well.....It's my friend Colette's brain child (actually she read about it in a magazine put out by our church, but she did have the get-up-and-go to make it happen.) Basically it's a group of friends who get together once a week to do home improvements, cleaning, crafting or whatever for each other. I think everyone should have a "Friday Group" So here's my How To for Friday Groups.
Step 1. Find Some Friends
We have found that four is the magic number. This gives everybody one Friday a month and it isn't too many people to give assignments to. But two or three friends works great too.
Step 2. Pick a Day
Obviously, we picked Friday. And we just rotate so that the first Friday of the month is always mine, the second is Colette's, and so on. If there is a fifth Friday we usually make-up someone's missed day or do something for another friend.
Step 3. Pick Some Projects
Here are some examples of the crazy and not-so-crazy things we've done on Fridays:
- Cleaned house
- Redecorated nurseries (4 nurseries so far)
- Made a duvet out of Grandma's old curtains
- Finally finished that scrapbook for the preschool
- Pickled pickles
- Cleaned a hornets nest out of a fan
- Reorganized basements (this is my favorite assignment to give)
- Pulled out a toilet to put a new wax seal on it (NASTY)
- Took a sledge hammer to the front steps
- Painted and repainted and repainted rooms
- Sewn innumerable sets of curtains
- Painted dressers, chests, chairs, etc.
- Moved furniture
- Cleaned out toy bins and book bins and cupboards, etc.
- Trans-planted flowers
- Finished quilts
- Hemmed pants
That's it. Sort of. Did I mention that we have fifteen children between us. Because our kids are all around the same age this works okay. They love to play together on Fridays. And during the school year, eight of the kids are in school. Unless, of course, there is a snow day. (Check out that pile of coats below. And yes, that is a baby Shannon is holding. And yes, she and Michelle are painting. I love that picture.)
Things can get a bit crazy, but it is definitely worth it. There are countless projects I never would have faced if I didn't have my Friday on the calendar. And it's so helpful to have the input and skills of three other women to draw on. AND in addition to all I get done because of Friday group, it is time set apart every week to be with three women that I think the world of.
So go for it!! Seriously. Make it happen and tell me what crazy projects you undertake. If we can do it with 15 kids so can you.
Speaking of Friday Group, the beautiful Saint Louis AT HOME Magazine came and watched us in action. They wrote up a little article about our project of the week. This was a bigger project then we would usually undertake and we spent some outside time on it. Here's the after picture. Download the article here to see the before picture and to read the article. My favorite part is how they call us all Mrs.. Believe me, we were all over that the next time we got together.
P.S. In answer to a couple of good questions on the comments:
We meet for two to three hours. And I can't believe it, but I found the article that was Colette's inspiration. Here's the link.